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9.78. Whence ariseth the imperfection of sanctification in | believers ? 4. The imperfection of sanctification in believers ariseth from the remnants of sin abiding in every part of them, and the perpetual lustings of the flesh against the spirit;

Whereby they are often foiled with temptations, and fall are hindered in all their spiritual

into many sins ,

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Q. 79, Asay not true believers, by reason of their imper

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ond the many temptations and sins they are overtaken

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aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. * Isa. lxiv. 6. But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Exod. xxviii., 38. And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the Lord. 79. f Jer. xxxi. 3. The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. & 2 Tim. ii. 19. Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from \iniquity. Heb. xiii. 20. Now the God of peace, that brought

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Q. 80, Can true believers be infallibly assured that they ar oil, in the estate of grace, and that they shall persevere tieri loo. unto salvation ? - -

A. Such as truly believe in Christ, and endeavour to walk in all good conscience before him", may, without extraordinary revelation, by faith grounded upon the truth of God's pro- ano mises, and by the Spirit enabling them to discern in them. Ho, o

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o - / th. * that great Shepherd of the sheep, seed remaineth in him; and he can: o through the blood of the everlasting not sin, because he is born of God. Fo . covenant, Ver, 21. Make you perfect 1 John ii. 27. But the anointing to o t in every good work to do his will, which ye have received of him abid- to 3 working in you that which is well- eth in you; and ye need not that any * : Wor, pleasing in his sight, through Jesus man teach you; but as the same an: o Christ; to whom be glory for ever ointing teachpth you of all things,and § i; and ever. Amen. 2 Sam. xxiii. 5, is truth, and is no lie, and even as it is ld k Although my house be not so with hath taught you, yeshallabide inhill. o ( God, yet he hath made with me an i Jer. xxxii. 40. And I will make o everlasting covenant, ordered in all an everlasting covenant with them, o th things and sure: for this is all my sal- that I will not turn away from them o h vation, and all my desire, although to do them good; but I will put my & i lo, he make it not to grow. fear in their hearts, that they shall oli h I Cor. i. 8. Who shall also con- not depart from me. John x; }} } o firm you unto the end, that ye may And I give unto them eternal life, o l be blameless in the day of our Lord and they shall never perish, neither look Jesus Christ. Ver. 9. God is faithful, shall any pluck them out of my loo by whom ye were called unto the fel- hand. i. lowship of his Son Jesus Christ our m 1 Pet i. 5. Who are kept by the jo JLord. - - power of God through faith uno o i Heb. vii. 25. Wherefore he is able salvation, ready to be revealed in the o § also to save them to the utternmost last time. o that come unto God by him, seeing 80. n 1 John ii. 3. And hereby we so !: he ever liveth to make intercession do know that we know him, if we loo for them. Luke xxii. 32. But I have keep his commandments. o prayed for thee, that thy faith fail 0 1 Cor. ii. 12. Now we have o not; and when thou art converted, received, not the spirit of the wo strengthen thy brethren. - world, but the Spirit which is of too , k i John iii. 9. Whosoever is born God: that we might know the o of God doth not commit sin; for his o

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1 John iii. 14. We know have passed from death b because we love the rethren: he that loveth not his brother, abideth in death. Ver, 18. My little children, let us not love - in tongue, but in and in truth. ver. 19. And Y We know that we are of the old shall assure our hearts

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and bearing witness with their spirits that they are the hildren of God", be infallibly assured that they are in the estate of grâce, and shall persevere therein unto

Qol. Are all true believers at all times assured of their pre

in the estate of grace, and that they shall be saved? *uranceof grace and salvation not being of the essence offaith', true believers may wait long before they obtain it';

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the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 81. * Eph. i. 13. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of

your salvation; in whom also, after.

that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. * Isa. l. 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. Psal. lxxxviii. throughout. Ver. 1. O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: Ver. 2. Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; Ver. 3. For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.— Ver. 6. Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps. Ver. 7. Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me

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and, after the enjoyment thereof, may have it weakened onio, and intermitted, through manifold distempers, sins, temp- o

such a presence and support of the Spirit of God as

tations, and desertions"; yet are they never left without |

keeps them from sinking into utter despair".

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I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed.—Ver, 7. Will the Lord cast off for ever ? and will he be favourable no more ? (5'c. Cant. v. 2. I sleep, but my heart waketh : it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled : for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. Ver, 3. I have put off my coat, how shall I put it on I have washed my feet, how shall I defile them : Ver. 6. I opened to my 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 would not be wroth with thee, §§ me to hear joy and gladness: that nor rebuke thee. Ver, 10. For the & son C the bones which thou hast broken mountains shall depart, and the k." may rejoice. Ver, 12. Restore unto hills be removed; but my kindness ||...} o me the joy of thy, salvation; and shall not depart from thee, neither § s uphold me with thy free Spirit. shall the covenant of my peace be §§

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ways before him. Psal. lxxiii. 15.
If I say, l will speak thus; be:
hold, I should offend against the
generation of thy children. Ver, 23.
Nevertheless, I am continually with
thee : thou hast holden me - by
my right hand.

will I gather thee. Ver, 8. In
a little wrath I hid my face from
thee for a moment; but with ever-
lasting kindness will I have mercy
on thee, saith the Lord thy Re-
deemer. Ver. 9. For this is as the
waters of Noah unto me: for as

I have sworn that the waters of ,

Noah should no more go over the
earth; so have I sworn that I

removed, saith the Lord, that hath
mercy on thee.
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Q. 82. What is the communion in glory which the members of the invisible church have with Christ?

4. The communion in glory which the members of the

invisible church have with Christ, is in this life", imme

diately after death

tion and day of judgment Y. Q. 83. What is the

, and at last perfected at the resurrec

* Communion in glory with Christ which

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embers of the invisible church have communi

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trary, sense of God's revenging wrath, horror ; ind a fearful expectation of judgment, are

the beginning of their torments which they | *all endure after death.”

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dignation, which shall devour the

adversaries.

Ver. 2. By whom also we

13. And Cain said

Heb. . x. 27. But a certain fearful look

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