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W. Those of mankind that are predestinated unto life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, accord. ing to his eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of his will, hath chosen in Christ

unto everlasting glory', out of his mere free grace and love,

without any foresig

ght of faith

or perseve

or good works, rance in either of them, or any other thing in the crea: ture, as conditions, or causes moving him thereunto"; and all to the § of his glorious grace'.

VI. As

od hath appointed the elect unto glory, so hath

he, by the eternal and most free purpose of his will, fore

ordained all the means thereunto".

V, i Eph. i. 4: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before him in love: Ver, 9. Having made known unto us the mystery, of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in himself: Ver, 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Rom. viii. 30. Moreover, whom he did predestigate, them he also called; and whom he called, them, he also justified; and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 2 Tim, i. 9. Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own Purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. 1 Thess. v. 9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath; but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. k Rom. ix. 11, 13, 16. [See letter * immediately Jorgoing.] Eph. i. 4, 9. {See letter i immediately for going.]

Wherefore they who are

1 Eph. i. 6. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved. Ver. 12. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

VI. m. 1 Pet. i. 2. Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. Eph. i. 4. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before him...in love : Ver, 5. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. Eph. ii. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 2 Thess, ii. 13. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning cho

Sen you to salvation, through Sano.

tification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth, - . n J Thess.

areelected being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ"; o * are effectually called unto faith in Christ by his Spirit | Working in due season; are justified, adopted, sanctified", and kept by his power through faith unto salvation. * Neither are any other redeemed by Christ, effectually olivo

- oil, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect '. Only - * * * , VII. The rest of mankind, God was pleased, according o

"the unsearchable counsel of his own will, whereby he oldeth or withholdeth mercy as he pleaseth, for the gory of his sovereign power over his creatures, to pass by, to ordain them to dishonour and wrath for their sin, to the praise of his glorious justice".

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- - . VIII. The doctrine of this high mystery of predestina. tion is to be handled with special prudence and care', that

men attending the will of God revealed in his word, and

yielding obedience thereunto, may, from the certainty of

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known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction? 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 namé of Christ depart from iniquity. v. 20. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. Jude, verse 4. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasci. viousness, and denying the only

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Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. ii. 8. And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient, whereunto also they were appointed. VIII. 5 Rom. ix. 20. Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? shall the thing form. ed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! Deut. xxix. 29. The secret things belong unto the Lord our God : but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. t 2 Pet. i. 10. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give all diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall. u Eph. i. 6. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved. Rom. xi. 33. [See letter * immediately a regrozzzpr. J. &; xi. 5. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the glotion of grace. ver, 6. And if...by grace, then is it no more of work” otherwise

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b xxxiii. 4. The spirit of

o hath made me, and to: ...Almighty hath given me life. “thin ". . . 20. For the invisible * of him from the creation

Of Creation.

IT pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost", for the

manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom,

and goodness", in the beginning, to create, or make of no-w

tling, the world, and all things therein, whether visible Gr invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good".

II. After God had made all other creatures, he created

man,

of the world are clearly seen, being
understood by the things that are
made, even his eternal power and
Godhead; so that they are with-
out excuse. Jer, x. 12. He hath
made the earth by his power, he
hath established the world by his
wisdom, and hath stretched out the
heavens by his discretion. Psal.
civ. 24. O Lord, how manifold are
thy works! in wisdom hast thou
made them all: the earth is full of
thy riches. Psal. xxxiii. 5. He loveth
righteousness and judgment : the
earth is full of the goodness of the
Lord. Ver. 6. By the word of the
Lord were the heavens made, and
all the host of them by the breath
of his mouth.
* [The whole first Chaster of Gen.]
Heb. xi. 3. Through faith we un-
derstand that the worlds were fram-
ed by the word of God, so that
things which are seen were not
made of things which do appear.
Col. i. 16. For by him were all
things created that are in heaven?
and that are in earth, visible and
invisible, whether they be thrones,
or dominions, or principalities, or
powers; all things were created by
him, and for him. Acts xvii. 24.
God, that made the world, and all
things therein, seeing that ho
Lord of heaven and earth, dwell-
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man, male and female", with reasonable and immortal souls", endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, after his own image', having the law of God written in their hearts", and power to fulfil it"; and yet under a /possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject unto change'. Beside this law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil"; which

II. d Gen. i. 27. So God created man in his own image; in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them.

* Gen. ii. 7. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. With Eccl. xii. 7. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. And Luke xxiii. 43. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise. And Mat. x. 28. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

f Gen. i. 26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over, every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Col. iii. 10. And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge; after the image of him that created him. Eph. iv. 24. And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

* Rom, ii. 14. For when the Gen

while

tiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Ver. 15. which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thought the mean while accusing or else excusing one ancther.

h Éccl. vii. 29. Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

i Gen. iii. 6. And when the wo" man saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise; she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat. Eccl. vii. 29. [See letter h immediately foregoing,

k ...'s #. #: of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shall surely die. Gen. iii. 8. And they heard the voice of the Lord o: walking in the garden in the cool : the day, and Adam and his wife hi themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of . garden. Ver. 9. And the Lor God called unto Adam, and said un" to him, Where art thou? Ver. 10, And he said, I heard thy voice in the

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