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xvi. 22. ““the glory that thou gavest me, I have given them.” Rom. iv. 25.“ who was raised again for our justification. vi. 4.5. like as Christ was raised up from the dead—.” 1 Cor. xv. 13. “if there be no resurrection from the dead, then is Christ not risen.” v. 20. “the first-fruits of them that slept.” Eph. ii. 5, 6. “God hath quickened us together with Christ.. and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Philipp. iii. 21. “who shall change our vile body--.” Col. i. 18. “the firstborn from the dead.". iii. 1, 2, &c. “if ye then be risen with Christ—" 1 Thess. iv. 14.“even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” Heb. x. 19, 20. 'having boldness to enter into the holiest—," 1 Pet. i. 3, 4. “ which hath begotten us again by a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
So far, therefore, as regards the satisfaction of Christ, and our conformity to his humiliation, the restoration of man is of merit; in which sense those texts are to be understood which convey a notion of recompense and reward. Matt. v. 12. “ rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven.” Rom. ii. 6, 7. “ who will render to every man according to his deeds; to them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life.' 2 Cor. iv. 17. for our light afiliction, which is but for a monient, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” Philipp. iii. 14. “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ.” 2 Thess. i. 5—7. "which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer ; seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you, and to you who are troubled, rest with us," 2 Tim. iv. 8. “there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day, and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” Ileb. vi. 10. “ for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love.” 1 John i. 9. “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just." Rev. iii. 4. “they shall walk with me in white; for they are worthy." Nor need we fear, lest in maintaining this belief we should lend any support to the doctrine of human merits. For our conformity to the image of Christ is as far from adding anything to the full and perfect satisfaction made
by him, as our works are from adding to faith ; it is faith that justifies, but a faith not destitute of works : and in like manner, if we deserve anything, if there be any worthiness in us on any ground whatever, it is God that hath made us worthy in Christ. Col. i. 12. " giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance. 2 Thess. i. 11. “we pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of his calling." See more on this subject in chap xxii. on Justification.
On the other hand, so far as regards the election of Christ to the office of Mediator by God the Father, and our own election to life by the same Father, the restoration of man is purely of grace ; whence the Father is so often said in the gospel to have given those that are the Son's to the Son, and the Son to those that are the Son's.
The fable of a purgatory, in which, as the Papists feign, the sins of men are cleansed and purged away by fire, is refuted by many considerations, but above all by that of the full satisfaction of Christ. For (besides that there is no mention of any such place in Scripture) if it be true that the blood of Christ has made complete expiation for us, and purified us thoroughly from all stains, it follows that there is nothing left for the fire to purge. To those who understand the fire mentioned in 1 Cor. iii. 13, 15. of a real fire, I reply, that the apostle is not here speaking of the flames of purgatory, but of a metaphorical fire, appointed to try, not mankind in general, but the false teachers, whose doctrine the day, that is, the light of truth, shall declare, whether it was on the one hand disguised and impaired by false ornaments, or whether, on the other hand, it remained neglected and without cultivation. Like the fiery trial mentioned i Pet. iv. 12. it proves us in this world, not purges us in the next. Besides, all retribution, all endurance of good or evil subsequent to this life, is deferred till the day when Christ shall sit in judgment, 2 Cor. v. 10. “that every man may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” And if it be true, as shown in a preceding chapter, that the soul as well as the body sleeps till the day of resurrection, no stronger argument can be urged against the existence of a purgatory. Lastly, it is certain that to those who are to be saved there is nothing intervening, except death, between the earthly house of this life, and the house eternal
in the heavens, 2 Col. v. 1. 2 Tim. iv. 8. “there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day.”
CHAP. XVII.—OF Man's RENOVATION, INCLUDING HIS
HAVING concluded the subject of man's REDEMPTION, his RENOVATION is next to be considered.
THE RENOVATION OF MAN is that change whereby HE WHO WAS BEFORE UNDER THE CURSE, AND OBNOXIOUS TO THE DIVINE WRATH, IS BROUGHT INTO A STATE OF GRACE. Eph. ii. 3, 5, &c. “We were by nature the children of wrath... by grace ye are saved.” i. 3, 5.“ who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Col. ij. 10. «s and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” Eph. iv. 23, 24.
ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” 2 Cor. iv. 16. “the inward man is renewed day by day.” Tit. iii. 5. "by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Rom. xii. 2. “by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Heb. vi. 4, 6. "for it is impossible for those who were once enlightened. if they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance.”.
In renovation two things are to be considered; the mode by which man is renewed, and the manifestation of that mode.
The mode by which man is renewed, is either NATURAL or
By the natural mode, I mean that which influences the natural affections alone. This includes the calling of the natural man, and the consequent change in his character.
THE CALLING OF MAN is that natural mode of renovation whereby GOD THE FATHER, ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE IN CHRIST, INVITES FALLEN MAN TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE WAY IN WHICH HE IS TO BE PROPITIATED AND WORSHIPPED;
THAT BELIEVERS, THROUGII
SALVATION, AND REFUSE TO BELIEVE ARE LEFT WITHOUT EXCUSE.
WHEREBY GOD THE FATHER. Acts ii. 39. “to as many as the Lord our God shall call.” 1 Cor. i. 9. "by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son.” 2 Cor. v. 20. “as though God did beseech you by us.” John vi. 37. “all that the Father giveth me. V. 44. “except the Father which hath sent me draw him.” 2 Thess. ii. 13. 14. “ the Spirit. ... whereunto he called you.” 1 Pet. v. 10. “the God of all grace, who hath called us.”' 2 Pet. i. 3. “ through the knowledge of him that hath called us.”
ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. Rom. viii. 28–30. called according to his purpose.” 2 Tim. i. 9. “who hath called us with a holy calling .... according to his own purpose and grace.”
IN CHRIST. Gen. iii. 16. “it shall bruise thy head.” xxii. 18.“ in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." 1 Cor. i. 9.““ unto the fellowship of his Son.” Gal. i. 6. “into
grace of Christ.” 1 Pet. v. 10. “who hath called us by Christ Jesus.”
To A KNOWLEDGE OF THE WAY IN WHICH HE IS TO BE PROPITIATED AND WORSHIPPED). Gen. xvii. 1.“ walk before me and be thou perfect. THROUGII HIS GRATUITOUS KINDNESS.
Isai. lv. '1., &c. come buy wine and milk without money and without price.” lxv. 1. “I am sought of them that asked not for me ; found of them that sought me not; I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.'
BELIEVERS ARE CALLED TO SALVATION. 1 Tim. vi. 12. “lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Thess. ii. 12. “who hath called you to his kingdom and glory.” See also 2 Thess. ii. 14. i Pet. ii. 9. “out of darkness into his marvellous light.” v. 10. “who hath called us unto his eternal glory.”
SUCH AS REFUSE TO BELIEVE ARE LEFT WITHOUT EXCUSE. Prov. i. 24. “because I have called, and ye refused.... I also will laugh at your calamity.” Jolin xv. 22. “if I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin ; but now they have no cloke for their sin.” Rom i. 18—20. “ who hold the truth in unrighteousness : because that which may be known of God is manifest in them ..., for the invisible
things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen
so that they are without excuse. Those therefore who have not been called, are not without excuse.
x. 14. “how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard ?"
This calling is either general or special. The general calling is that whereby God invites the whole of mankind, in various ways, but all of them sufficient for the purpose, to the knowledge of the true Deity. John i. 9. “ that was the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” Acts xiv. 17. “ he left not himself without witness.” Rom. i. 19. “because that which may be known of God is manifest in them.” ii. 15. “ which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another.”
It may be objected, that all have not known Christ. I answer, that this proves nothing against the doctrine, that all are called in Christ alone ; inasmuch as, had he not been given to the world, God would have called no one : and as the ransom he has paid is in itself sufficient for the redemption of all mankind, all are called to partake of its benefits, though all may not be aware of the source from which the benefits flow. For if Job believed that his sacrifice could avail for his sons, who were not present at its offering, and were perhaps thinking of nothing less, i. 5. if the returned Jews believed that their sacrifices could be available for the ten tribes, who were then far distant, and ignorant of what was passing at Jerusalem ; how much more ought we to believe that the perfect sacrifice of Christ may be abundantly sufficient even for those who have never heard of the name of Christ, and who believe only in God? This will be treated more at large under the head of faith.
God's special calling is that whereby he, at the time which he thinks proper, invites particular individuals, elect as well as reprobate, more frequently, and with a more marked call than others.
Particular individuals in preference to others. Thus he called Abraham from his father's house, who probably expected no such call, Gen. xii. 1. &c. and who was even an idolater at the time. Josh. xxiv. 2. 3. “they served other gods, and I
6 Him on this side Euphrates yet residing,
Bred up in idol-worship. Paradise Lost, XII. 114.