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them to a more close and constant dependance for their support upon himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for sundry other just and holy ends 4.
VI. As for those wicked and ungodly men, whom God
a righteous judge, for former sins, doth blind and harden", from them he not only withholdeth his grace, whereby they might have been enlightened in their under
wonder that was done in the land, unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest God left him, to try him, that he that I love thee. He saith unto him, might know all that was in his Feed my lambs. Ver. 16. He saith heart. 2 Sam, xxiv. 1. And again to him again the second time, Simon, the anger of the Lord was kindled son of Jonas, lovest thou mey He against Israel, and he moved David saith: unto him, Yea, Lord; thou against them to say, Go, number knowest that I love thee. He saith Israel and Judah.
unto him, Feed my sheep. Ver. 17. U 2 Cor. xii. 7. And lest I should He saith unto him the third time, be exalted above measure, through Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me! the abundance of the revelations, Peter was grieved, because he said there was given to me a thorn in unto him the third time, Lovest thou the flesh, the messenger of Satan to me? And he said unto him, Lord, buffet me, lest I should be exalted thou knowest all things; thou above measure.
Ver. 8. For this knowest that I love thee. Jesus thing I besought the Lord thrice, saith unto him, Feed my sheep. that it might depart from me. Ver. 9. VI. W Rom. i. 24. Wherefore God And he said unto me, My grace is
also gave them up to uncleanness, sufficient for thee: for my strength through the lusts of their own hearts, is made perfect in weakness. Most to dishonour their own bodies begladly therefore will I rather glory tween themselves. Ver. 26. For this in my infirmities, that the power of cause God gave them up unto vile Christ may rest upon me. Psal. lxxiii. affections : for even their women throughout. * Psal. lxxvii, 1. I cried did change the natural use into that unto God with my voice, even unto which is against nature,
Ver. 28, God with my voice; and he gave
And even as they did not like to Ver. 10. And I said, retain God in their knowledge, God This is my infirmity : but I will gave them over to a reprobate mind, remeniher the years of the right to do those things which are not hand of the most High. Ver. 12. convenient. Rom. xi. 7. What then? I will meditate also of all thy work,
Israel hath not obtained that which and talk of thy doings. [Read the
he seeketh for, but the election hath intermediate Verses in the Bible.] obtained it, and the rest were blinded Mark xiv. from the 66th verse to the
Ver. 8. (According as it is written, end, with John xxi. 15. So when God hath given them the spirit of they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon
slumber, eyes that they should not Peter, Simion, son of Jonas, lovest
see, and ears that they should not thou me more than these? He saith hear,) unto this day.
ear unto ne.
2,9 bar do this great thing? And Elisha an
standings, and wrought upon in their hearts * ; but some
times also withdraweth the gifts which they had', and la exposeth them to such objects as their corruption makes
occasion of sin?; and withal, gives them over to their
own lusts, the temptations of the world, and the power a of Satana: whereby it comes to pass, that they harden
themselves, even under those means which God useth for in the softening of others 6.
VII. As * Deut. xxix. 4. Yet the Lord hearts' lust; and they walked in oli hath not given you an heart to their own counsels. 2 Thess. ii. 10, perceive, and eyes to see,
And with all deceivableness of unto hear, unto this day. :
righteousness in them that perish; ? Marth. xiii. 12. For whosoever because they received not the love hath, to him shall be given, and he of the truth, that they might be
shall have more abundance : hut saved. Ver. 11. Ani for this cause . Pwhosoever hath not, from him shall God shall send them strong delusion,
he taken away even that he hath. that they should believe a lie; V.12. Matth. xxv. 29. For unto every one That they all night be damned who
that hath shall be given, and he believed not the truth, but had pleaEs shall have abundance: but from him sure in unrighteousness. 14 that hath not, shall be taken away b Exod. vii. 3. And I will harden even that which he hath.
Pharaoh's heart, and niultiply my 2 Deut. ii. 30. But Sihon king of signs and my wonders in the land of Heshbon would not let us pass by Egypt. With Exod. viii. 15. But him; for the Lord thy God hardened when Pharaoh saw that there was his spirit, and made his heart obsti- respite, he hardened his heart, and nate, that he might deliver him into hearkened not unto them; as the thy hand, as appeareth this day. Lord had said. V. 32. And Pharaoh 2 Kings vii. 12. And Hazael said, hardened his heart at this time also, Why weepeth my Lord? And he neither would he let the people go. answered, Because I know the evil 2 Cor. ii. 15. For we are unto God that thou wilt do unto the children a sweet savour of Christ, in them of Israel: their strong holds wilt that are saved, and in them that thou set on fire, and their young perish. Ver. 16. To the one we are.. men wilt thou slay with the sword, the savour of death unto death, and and wilt dash their children, and
to the other the savour of life unto rip up their women with child, life; and who is sufficient for these Ver. 13. And Hazael said, But what! things ? Isa. viii. 14. And he shall is thy servant a dog, that he should be for a sanctuary: but for a stone of
stumbling, and for a rock of offence, swered, The Lord hath shewed me to both the houses of Israel; for a that thou shalt be king over Syrią. gin, and for a snare, to the inhabitants. à Psal. lxxxi. 11. But my people
of Jerusalem. 1 Pet. ii. 7. Unte would not hearken to my voice, and you therefore which believe he is Israel would none of me.
Ver. 12. precious : but unto them which be Sol gave them up into their own disobedient, the stone which the
VII. As the providence of God doth, in general, reach to all creatures; so, after a most special manner,
it taketh care of his church, and disposeth all things to the good thereof
CHAP. VI. Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the
Punishment thereof. OUR UR first parents being seduced by the subtilty and
temptation of Satan, sinned in eating the forbidden fruit a. This their sin God was pleased, according to his
builders disallowed, the same is made God are upon the sinful kingdom, the head of the corner. Ver, 8. And and I will destroy it from off the a stone of stumbling, and a rock of face of the earth ; såving that I will offence, even to them which stumble
not utterly clestroy the house of at the word, being disobedient; Jacob, saith the Lord. Ver. 9. whereunto also they were appointed. For, lo, I will command, and I will Isa. vi. 9. And he said, Go and tell sift the house of Israel among all this people, Hear ye indeed, but nations, like as corn is sifted in a understand not; and see ye indeed, sieve, yet shall not the least grain but perceive not. Ver. 10. Make fall upon the earth. Rom. viii. 28. the heart of this people fat, and And we know that all things work make their ears heavy, and shut together for good to them that love their eyes; 'lest they see with their God, to them who are the called eyes, and hear with their ears, and according to his purpose. Isa. xliii. S. understand with their heart, and con For I am the Lord thy God, the vert, and be healed. With Acts Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour : 1 XIVÏÏL. 26. Saying, Go unto this peo gave Egypt for thy ranson, Ethiopia ple, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and Seba for thee. Ver. 4. Since and shall not understand; and seeing thou wast precious in my sight, thou shall
see, and not perceive. V. 27. hast been honourable, and I have For the heart of this people is waxed loved thee; therefore will I give gross, and their ears are dull of hear
men for thee, and people for thy life. ing, and their eyes have they closed; Ver. 5. Fear not; for I am with test they should see with their eyes, thee: I will bring thy seed from the and hear with their ears, and under
east, and gather thee from the west. stand with their heart, and should be Ver. 14. Thus saith the Lord, your converted, and I should heal them.
Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, VII. C 1 Tim. iv. 10. For therefore For your sake I have sent to Babylon, we both labour, and suffer reproach, and have brought down all their because we trust in the living God, nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose who is the Saviour of all men, spe
cry is in the ships. cially of those that believe. Amos I. Gen. iii. is. And the Lord 11. 8. Behold, the eyes of the Lord God said unto the woman, What is
wise and holy counsel, to permit, hang purposed to
order it to his own glory.
II. By this sin they fell from their originat righteous, ness, and communion with God, and so becaine lead in sin", and wholly defiled in all the faculties and parts of soul and body
TII. They being the root of all mankind, the guilt of this sin was inputed', and the same death in sin and
this that thou hast done? And the that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt woman said, The serpent beguiled surely die. Eph. ü: 1. And you me, and I did eat. 2 Cor. xi. 3. hath he quickened, who were dead But I fear, lest by any means, as
in trespasses and sins. the serpent beguiled Eve through e Tit. i. 15. Unto the pure all his subtilty, so your minds should be things are pure : but unto them corrupted from the simplicity that is that are defiled and unbelieving is in Christ.
nothing pure, but even their mind 6 Rom. xi. 32. For God hath con and conscience is defiled. Gen, vi. 5. cluded them all in unbelief, that he And God saw that the wickedness of might have mercy upon all.
man was great in the earth, and that II. Gen. iii. 6. And when the every imagination of the thoughts of woman şaw that the tree was good his heart was only evil continually. for food, and that it was pleasant to
Jer. xvii. 9. The heart is deceitful the eyes,
and a tree to be desired to above all things, and desperately make one wise; she took of the fruit wicked, who can know it? Roni. thereof, and did eat; and gave also iii. 10. As it is written, There is unto her husband with her, and he none righteous, no, not one: Ver. 11. did eat. Ver. 7. And the eyes of There is none that understandeth, them both were opened, and they there is none that seeketh after God: knew that they were naked : and Ver. 12. They are all gone out of they sewed fig-leaves together, and the way, they are together become
Ver. 8. unprofitable; there is none that doeth And they heard the voice of the good, no, not one.
Ver, 13. Their Lord God walking in the garden throat is an open sepulchre ; with in the cool of the day, and Adam their tongues they have used deceit; and his wife hid themselves from the the poison of asps is under their lips: presence of the iord God amongst
Ver. 14. Whose mouth, is full of the trees of the garden. Eccl. vii. 29. cursing and bitterness :
Ver. 15. Lo, this only have I found, that God Their feet are swift to shed blood', bath made man upright; but they Ver. 16. Destruction and misery are have sought out many inventions in their ways : Ver. 17. And the Rom. iii
. 23. For all have sinned, way of peace have they not known : and come short of the glory of Ver. 18. There is no fear of God God.
before their eyes. Gen. ï. 17. But of the tree of III. f Gen. i. 27. So God created the knowlodge of gocd and evil thou man in his own in.age, in the image shalt not eat of it ; for in the day of God created he him : male and
made themselves aprons.
corrupted nature conveyed to all their posterity, descending from them by ordinary generation 5.
IV. From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good",
female created he them. Ver. 28. the offence of one, judgment came And God blessed thein; and God upon all men to condemnation; even said unto them, Be fruitful, and mul so, by the righteousness of one, the tiply and replenish the earth, and free gift came upon all nen unto subdue it : and have doininion over justification of life. Ver. 19. For the fish of the sea, and over the fowl as by one man's disobedience many of the air, and over every living were made sinners; 50 by the obething that moveth upon the earth. dience of one shall many be made And Gen. ii. 16. And the Lord God righteous. And I Cor. xv. 21. For commanded the man, saying, Of every since by man came death, by man tree of the garden thou mayest freely came also the resurrection of the eat : Ver. 17. But of the tree of the dead. Ver. 22. For as in Adam all knowledge of good and evil thou die, even so in Christ shall all be shalt not eat of it: for in the day made alive. * Ver. 45. And so it that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt is written, The first man Adam was surely die. And Acts xvii. 26. And made a living soul, the last Adam hath niade of one blood all nations was made a quickening spirit. * V.49. of men, for to dwell on all the face And as we have borne the image of of the earth, and hath determined the earthy, we shall also bear the the times before appointed, and the image of the heavenly. bounds of their habitation. With 8 Psal. li. 5. Behold, I was shapen Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as by one in iniquity; and in sin did my niother man sin. entered into the world, and conceive me. Gen. v. 3. And Adam death by sin; and so death passed lived an hundred and thirty years, upon all men, for that all have sinned.
and begat a son in his own likeness, Ver. 15. But not as the offence, so after his image, and called his name also is the free gift. For if through Seth. Job xiv. 4. Who can bring a the offence of one many be dead; clean thing out of an unclean ? not much more the grace of God and
Job xv. 14. What is man, the gift by grace, which is by one that he should be clean ? and he man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded which is born of a woman, that he unto many. Ver. 16. And not as should be righteous ? it was by one that sinned, so is the IV. h Rom. v. 6. For when we gift : for the judgment was by one
were yet without strength, in due to condemnation; but the free gift time Christ died for the ungodly, is of many offences unto justification. Rom. viii. 7. Because the carnal Ver. 17. For if by one man's offence mind is enmity against God; for it death reigned by one; much more
is not subject to the law of God, they which receive abundance of neither indeed can be. Rom. vii, 18, grace, and of the gift of righteous- For I know that in me (that is, in ness, shall reign in life by one, Jesus my flesh) dwelleth no good thing : Christ. Vir. 18. Therefore, as by for to will is present with me;