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were fcatteret er and DE Gentiles as well as a and Tbeoperiał interpers interpretation is pezieer agreeabr ancient propuest; 2: FC SA 7. come, to biti smo people, or Gentis, D:; an. Sais text, and occasion of gee wo: * this ; Certair Greer. 022: were co2. 1: worship at the reco, carreiro which, wher: ire was apprize. To ples, he aniwered, ma te sur wa.me in which he Ecout D210, ar as corn of wbext ail: imit 12. groene anc iv., fo should he: Anc trovi in 123m mates, that it was no proDer IC ami teis Greeks into his preiens nox ; ve! W LIL itt was lifted up from to earti, o aile in death, his goipel Inouic is preacut a them as well as to the 70.; an tie, iarga numbers of them snovic De drawl butt inn, and brought to believe in him; agreeabit to which sense of the words is Dr. Hanemone's paraphrase of chem ; « And I being, srubin fied, will, by that means, bring a great pars of the whole world to believe UL mt, Gentiles as well as Jews". And to the same
Joha si. 52. The Perfar verfion, in Lond. Bibl. Polyglott. reads the words thus; And 1, uber 1 em lifted up from ile eartb, will draw my friends unto me. s lo Beza in loc.
b Gen. xlix. 12, la, zi. 19.
purpose is the note of Dr. Wbitby on the
NUMB. XXXII. Acts ïïi. 19. Repent ye therefore and be converted, tbat
your fins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing Mall come from the presence of the Lord.
T is concluded from hence', that re
pentance and conversion are in the power of men, and not wrought by the unfrustrable grace of God; that there is no such thing as an absolute election, or special redemption of particular persons; fince all men are exhorted to repent and be converted, and that in order to procure the remisfion of their fins. But,
1. It should be observed, that repentance is either evangelical or legal, and this either personal or national. Evangelical repentance is not in the power of a natural man, but is the gift of God's free grace. Legal repentance may be performed by particular persons, who are destitute of the grace of God, and by all the inhabitants of a place, as the Ninevites, who repented externally
i Limborch, l. 4. C. 13. I. 16.p. 374. Whitby, p. 70, 88, 553.
them, could not be saved unless they were partakers of them ; and therefore ought to apply to God for them.
II. These exhortations do not milicate a. gainst the absolute election or particular redemption of some oply, since they are not made to all men, but to these Jews, the crucifiers of Christ; and were they made to all men, they should be consider'd only as declarations of what God approves of, cominands and requires, and not what he wills and determines shall be ; for then all men would repent and be converted; for wbo hath resfied his will ? Besides, in this way
and does bring his elect to see their need of repentance, and to an enjoyment of chat grace, and leaves others inexcusable.
It is said, that if Christ died not for all men, God could not equitably require all men to repent: And it is asked, What good could this repentance do them ? what remiffion of fins could it procure ? and therefore must be in vain ; yea, that it would follow from hence, that no impenitent person can be justly, condemned for dying in his impenitent estate. To which I reply ; it does not become us to fix what is, and whaç is not equitable for God to require of his creatures, on supposition of Christ's dying or not dying for them ; this is limiting the holy one of Israel. Supposing Christ had not died
of the fons of men ; have they not all finned and transgressed the commands of God? and should chey not be sorry for these fins, and repent of the same, being committed against the God of their mercies ? and might not God equitably require this at their hands, though he had not given his son to die for them? and though such a repentance would not procure remiffion of fins, which is not to be procured by any repentance whatever; nor is it by the repentance of those for whom Christ has died, but by his
precious blood, without which there is no remission ; yet it might be the means of enjoying a present temporal good, and leflening the aggravation of future punishment ; as in the case of the Ninevites. Nor does it follow from Christ's not dying for all men, that no impenitent person can be justly condemned for dying in his impenitent estate ; since the providential goodness of God leads to repentance; and therefore such who despise the riches of his goodness, forbearance and longfuffering, do, after their bardness and impenitent beart, treasure up wrath against the day of wrath, and righteous judgment of God; and fince, as many as bave finned without lew", and consequently without the gospel and the knowledge of Christ, his sufferings and death, foall also perish without law; and as