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of grace with boldness; e are enabled to cry Abba, Father;/ are pitied,9 protected, provided for, and chastened by him as by a father;k yet never cast off, but sealed to the day of redemption, m and inherit the promises, n as heirs of everlasting salvation.

to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

e Eph. iii. 12. In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Heb. iv. 16. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

s Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

9 Psa. ciii. 13. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

* Prov. xiv. 26. In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence; and his children shall have a place of refuge.

i Matt. vi. 30, 32. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith ?-For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 1 Pet. v. 7. Casting all your care upon him ; for he careth for you.

k Heb. xii. 6. For whom the Lord loveth he chastenetn, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

? Lam. iii. 31, 32. For the Lord will not cast off for ever: But though ne cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

n Heb. vi. 12. That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

01 Pet. i. 3, 4. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inlıeritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. Heb. i. 14. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs vf salvatio:: ?

CILAPTER XIII.

OF SANCTIFICATION.

1. They who are effectually called and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified, really and personally, through the virtue of Christ's death and resurrection, a by his Word and Spirit dwelling in them :) the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, c and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified; d and they more and more quickened and strengthened, in all saving graces, e

I. a 1 Cor. i. 30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. Acts xx. 32. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. Phil. iii. 10. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. Rom. vi, 5, 6. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

6 John xvii. 17, 19. Sanctify them through thy truth : thy word is truth.-And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Eph. V. 26. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. 2 Thess. ii. 13. But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

c Rom. vi. 6, 14. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.--For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

d Gal. v. 24. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts. Rom. viii. 13. For if ye live after the fiesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

e Col. i. 10, 11. That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness:

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to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

II. This sanctification is throughout in the whole man, yet imperfect in this life: there abideth still some remnants of corruption in every part, ħ whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilable war, the flesh lusting against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh.i

III. In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail, k yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome:? and so the saints

Eph. iii. 16–19. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints wbat is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

$ 2 Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. Col. i. 28. Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Col. iv. 12. Always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. Heb. xii, 14. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

II. 91 Thess. V. 23. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly ; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

* 1 John i. 10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. Phil. iii. 12. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

i Gal. v. 17. For the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 1 Pet. ii. 11. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.

III. * Rom. vii. 23. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

i Rom. vi. 14. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 1 John v. 4. For whatsoever is

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I. THE grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, a is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts ;) and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word : c by which also, and by the

born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Eph. iv. 15, 16. But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

m 2 Pet. iii. 18. But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

n 2 Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

I. a Heb. x. 39. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

62 Cor. iv. 13. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak. Eph. i. 17–20. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places. Eph. ii. 8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. See proofs under Chapter xi.

Matt. xxviii. 19, 20. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the

administration of the Sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengthened.d.

II. By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true, whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God himself speaking therein:e and acteth differently, upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth ; yielding obedience to the commands, s trembling at the

world. Amen. Rom. x. 14, 17. How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?-So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 1 Cor. i. 21. For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

1 Pet. ii. 2. As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. Rom. i. 16, 17. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth ; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God vealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Luke xxii. 19. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. John vi. 54-56. Whoso cateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. Rom. iv. 11. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also. Luke xvii. 5. And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. Luke xxii. 32. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. See Acts XX. 32.

II. e John iv. 42. And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. 1 Thess. ii. 13. For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 1 John v. 10. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. Acts xxiv. 14. Believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets.

Matt. xxii. 37-40. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy

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