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human affection for the inhabitants de la rujalem, and an human with or will torinesc: temporal good : Inftances of which human affection and will may be eblerved in Muria X. 21. Lake xix. 4 1. and xxii. 42. Belides, this will of gathering the Jews to him, was in bim, and expreffed by him at certain fem veral times, by intervals; and therefore he says, How often would I have gathered, &c. Whereas the divine will is one continued invariable, and unchangeable will, is always the same, and never begins or ceales to be and to which such an expression as this is inapplicable: And therefore this palaye of scripture does not contradi& the all 4***: sovereign will of God in the human acts of it, respe@ing election ass A (m.

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cles and doctrines, and by paffing an adt, that whosoever confessed him, should be put out of the synagogue; so that the obvious meaning of the text is the same with that of ver. 13. where our Lord says, Wo unto you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ; for ye jout up the kingdom of beaven against men : For ye neither go in your felves, neither fuffer ye' them that are entering to go in; and conse- . quently is no proof of men's refifting the operations of the fpirit and grace of God, buc of obstructions and discouragements thrown in the way of attendance on the external ministry of the word.

V. That in order to set aside, and over throw the doctrines of election, reprobacion, and particular redemption, it should be

proved that Christ, as God, would have gathered not Jerusalem, and the inhabitants thereof only, but all mankind, even such as are not eventually saved, and that in’a fpiritual saving way and manner to himself; of which there is not the least intimation in this text; and in order to establish the refistibility of God's grace, by the perverse will of man, so as to become of nó effect, it should be proved, that Christ would have favingly converted these persons, and they would not be converted; and that he bestowed the same gráce upon them he does bestow on others who are converted : - Whereas the

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These are not all Christ's fervants, nor so called ; much less with an emphasis, his own servants. No more can be included under this character here, than belong to the kingdom of bearven, the visible gospel church fate, che sabject of this parable; which does not consist of all mankind: Yea, even all the elect of God are not intended ; for though they are the servants of Christ, and his own servants, whom the father bas given him, and he has purchased by his blood, and subjects to himself by his grace ; yet all that come under this character here, were not such; for one of them is represented as a wicked and fotbful fervant, and to be justly cast into outer darkness; but the servants of the man travelling into a far country, meaning Christ, are the ministers of the gospel, who are in a peculiar sense, the servants of Christ; and who, whether faithful or floch, ful, are, in a lively manner, described in this parable, which is a distinct parable from that which is deliver'd in the preceding parc of this chapter ; for as thac gives an account of the several and different members of the visible church, To this of the feveral and different ministers in it; and being spoken to the disciples, was an instruction, direction, and caution to them, and not only to them, but is so to all the ministers of the word in succeeding ages. Maa...

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