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estate of salvation a; which hope of theirs shall perish;
II. This certainty is not a bare conjectural and probable end persuasion, grounded upon a fallible hope“; but an infallible
Lord, that we should not be con keep his commandments. 1 Joha
iii. 14. We know that we have
of the truth, and shall assure our phets thereof divite for money:
hearts before him. Ver. 21. Beloved, yet will they lean upon the Lord, if our heart condema us not, then and say, Is not the Lord among us? have we confidence towards God. bone evil can come upon us. Deut. Ver. 24. And he that keepeth his xxix. 19. And it come to pass, when commardnients dwelleth in him, and he heareth the words of this curse,
he in him: and hereby we know that he bless himself in his heart, that he abideth in us, by the Spirit şaying, I shall have peace, though that he hath given us. 1 John v. 13. I walk in the imagination of mine These things have I written unto heart, to add drunkenness to thirst. you
that believe on the name of the
d Roni. v. 2. . By włom also we
have access by faith into this grace
that every one of you do shew the
assurance of faith, founded upon the divine truth of the promises of salvation', the inward evidence of those graces unto which these promises are made", the testimony of the Spirit of adoption witnessing with our spirits that we are the children of God": wlrich Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance, whereby we are sealed to the day of redemptioni,
III. This infallible assurance doth not so belong to the essence of faith, but that a true believer
may wait long, and conflict with many difficulties, before he be partaker of itk:
Which hope we have as an anchor life, because we love the brethren : of the soul, both sure and stedfast, he that loveth not his brother, abideth and which entereth into that within in death.
2 Cor. i. 12. For our the vail.
rejuicing is this, the testimony of our fHeb. vi. 17. Wherein God, will conscience, that in simplicity and ing more abundantly to shéw unto godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisthe heirs of promise the immutability dom, but by the grace of God, we of his counsel, confirmed it by an have had our conversation in the oath: Ver. 18. That by two im world, and more abundantly to you. mutable things, in which it was im ward. possible for God to lie, we might
h Rom. viii. 15. For ye have not have a strong consolation, who have received the spirit of bondage again fed for refuge to lay hold upon the
to fear : but ye have received the hope set before us.
Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, 8 2 Pet. i. 4. Whereby are given Abba, Father. Ver. 16. The Spirit unto us exceeding great and precious itself beareth witness with our spirit
, promises; that by these ye might be
that we are the children of God. partakers of the divine nature, hav i Eph. i. 13. In whom ye also ing escaped the corruption that is in trusted, after that ye heard the word the world through lust. Ver. 5. And besides this, giving diligence,
of truth, the gospel of your salvation;
in whom also, after that ye believed, add to your faith, virtue; and to
ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit virtue, knowledge. Ver. 10. Where.
of promise, Ver. 14. Which is the fore the rather, brethren, give dili
earnest of our inheritance, until the gence to make your calling and elec- redemption of the purchased possestion sure : for if ye do these things, sion, unto the praise of his glory ye shall never fall : Ver. 11. Kor. 80
Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not the Holy an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting
Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed
unto the day of redemption. 2 Cor. kingdom of our Lord and Saviour
i. 21. Now he which stablisheth us Jesus Christ. 1 John ii. 3. And hereby we do know that we know
with you in Christ, and hath anointed hin, if we keep his commandments.
us, is God; Ver. 22. Who hath also
sealed us, and given the earnest of 1 John iii. 14. We know that we have. passed from death unto.
the Spirit in our
hearts. III. k ] John v. 19. These things
of the yet, being enabled by the Spirit to know the things which grat
are freely given him of God, he may, without extraordinary po revelation, in the right use of ordinary means, attain therewal unto! And therefore it is the duty of every one to give :ols all diligence to make his calling and election sure"; that redes thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace and joy in the
Holy Ghost, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience", the proper
have ) written unto you that believe depth, and height ;- Ver. 19. Aná to on the name of the Son of God, that know the love of Christ, which ye nay know that ye have eternal passeth knowledge, that ye might be life, and that ye may
believe on the filled with all the fulness of God. name of the Son of God. Isa. I, 10. m 2 Pet. i. 10. Wherefore the Who is among you that feareth the rather, brethren, give diligence to Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his make your calling and election sure : servant, that walketh in darkness, for if ye do these things ye shall and hath no light ? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon n Rom, v. 1. Therefore being his God. Mark ix. 24. And straight- justified by faith, we have peace way the father of the child cried with God, through our Lord Jesus out, and said with tears, Lord, I be Christ : Ver. 2. By whon also we lieve; help thou mine unbelief. (See have access by faith into this grace Psal . Ixxxviii
. throughout. Psal. lxxvii. wherein we stand, and rejoice in to the 12th Verse]
hope of the glory of God. Ver. 5. 11 Cor. ï. 12, Now we have re And hope maketh not ashamed; ceived, not the spirit of the world, because the love of God is shed but the Spirit which is of God; that abroad in our hearts by the Holy we might kżow the things that are Ghost, which is given unto us. Roni. freely given to us of God.
xiv. 17. For the kingdom of God is vi
. 13. Hereby know we that we not meat and drink ; but righteousdwell in him, and he in us, because ness,
and peace, and joy in the Holy he hath given us of his Spirit. Heb. Ghost. Rom. xv. 13. Now, the vi. 11. And we desire that every God of hope fill you with all joy one of you do shew the same dili
in believing, that ye may gence, to the full assurance of hope abound in hope, through che
power unto the end : Ver. 12. That ye
be of the Holy Ghost. Eph, i. 3. Blessed not slothful, but followers of them be the God and Father of our Lord who, through faith and patience, Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us inherit the promises. Eph. iii
. 17. with all spiritual blessings in heavenly, That Christ
dwell in your hearts places in Christ : Ver. 4. According' by faith; that ye, being rooted and as he hath chosen us in hin before grounded in love, Ver. 18. May be the foundation of the world, that we able to comprehend with all saints, should be holy, and without blanie what is the breadth, and length, and before him in love, Psal. iv. 6.
fruits of this assurance: so far is it froin inclining men to looseness o
IV. True believers may have the assurance of their salvation divers ways shaken, diminished, and intermitted; as, by negligence in preserving of it; by fallinginto some special sin, which woundeth the conscience, and grieveth the Spirit; by some suddenor vehement temptation; by God's withidrawing the light of his countenance, and suffering even such as fear him to walk in darkness, and to have no light P: yet are they
There be many that say, Who will flesh and spirit, perfecting boliness shew us any good ? Lord, lift thou up in the fear of God. Rom. viii. 1. rhe light of thy countenance upon us.
There is therefore now no condemVer. 7. Thou hast put gladness in
nation to them which are in Christ my heart, more than in the time Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, that their corn and their wine in.
but after the Spirit. Ver. 12. Therecreased. Psal. cxix. 32. I will run fore brethren, we are debtors, pot the way of thy commandments, when
to the flesh, to live after the flesh. thou shalt enlarge my heart.
1 John iii. 2. Beloved, row are we ° 1 John ii. 1. My little children,
the sons of God, and it doth not these things write I unto you, that
yet appear what we shall be: but ye sin not. And if any man sin, we
we know, that when he shall appear, have an advocate with the Father,
we shall be like him; for we shall Jesus Christ the righteous. Ver. 2.
see him as he is. Ver. 3. And eyery And he is the propitiation for our
man that hath this hope in hini pusins: and not for ours only, but also rifieth himself, even as he is pure. for the sins of the whole world.
Psal. cxxx. 4. But there is forgiveRom. vi. 1. What shall we say then ?
ness with thee, that thou mayest shall we continue in sin, that grace
be feared. 1 John i. 6. If we say may abound? Ver. 2. God forbid :
that we have fellowship with him, how shall we that are dead to sin
and walk in darkness, we lie, and do live any longer therein ? Tit. ii. 11.
not the truth: Ver. 7. But if we For the grace of God that bringeth walk in the light, as he is in the salvation hath appeared to all men;
light, we have fellowship one with Ver. 12. Teaching us, that, denying another; and the blood of Jesus ungodliness ar.d worldly lusts, we
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all shonld live soberiy, righteously, and sin. godly, in this present world. Ver. 14. IV. P Cant. v. 2. I sleep, but niy Who gave himself for us, that he
heart waketh: it is the voice of my might redeem us from all iniquity, beloved that knocketh, saying, Open and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
to me, my sister, my love, ny dove, 2 Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore these
my undefiled: for my head is filled promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse drops of the night. Ver. 3, I have
with dew, and my locks with the ourselves from all filthiness of the
put off my coat; how shall I put
never utterly destitute of that seed of God, and life of faith,
it on ? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? Ver. 6. I opened to niy beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone; my soul failed when he spake : I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. Psal. li. 8. Make me to hear joy and gladness : that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Ver. 12. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation : and uphold me with thy free Spirit. Ver. 14. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation : and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. Eph. iv. 30. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ver. 31. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. Psal. lxxvii. 1. I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto nie. Ver. 2. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; my sóre ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be conforted. Ver. 3. I remembered God, and was troubled : I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. Ver. 4. Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
Ver. 5. I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. Ver. 6. I call to remembrance my song in the night: I conimune with mine own heart, and my spirit made
diligent search. Ver. 7. Will the Lord cast off for ever and will he be favourable no more? Ver. 8. Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? Ver. 9. Hath God forgotten to be gracious ? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah. * Ver. 10. And I said, This is my infirmity : but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High, Matth. xxvi. 69. Now Peter sat without in the palace; and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. Ver. 70, But he denied Before them all, say: ing, I know not what thou sayest. Ver. 71. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw hiin, and said unto them that: were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. Ver. 72. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. Psal, xxxi. 22. For I said in my haste, I am cut off froin before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of ny supplications, when I cried unto thee. (Psal. lxxxviii. throughout.] Isa. 1. 10. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light ? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.
91 John iii. 9. Wliosoever is born of God doth not commit sín : for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. Luke xxii, 32. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail