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baptized into hisSufferings and made conformable to his Death by the Energy of divine Grace, slaying in us the Body of Sin, and crucifying the World unto us and us unto the World: Pursuant to this we are risen again with Christ unto Newness of Life by the quickning Power of his Resurrection, for being planted together in the Lifeenese of* his Death, we shall be also in that of his Resurrection. In like manner as Christ was in his outward Office the Minister of Reconciliation betwixt God and us, so is he styled the same by his spiritually dwelling in us: " If being "Enemies we were reconciled by his Death, "how much more shall we be saved by his '" Life," i. e. by the Life of Christ manifested in us, which the Apostle calls " the "Riches of the Glory, (or exceeding rich et Glory) of the Mystery of the Gospel, viz* 'c Christ in us the Hope of Glory."' And as our Peace is ascribed to the Blood of the Cross, so K Peace of Conscience to the cleansing Blood of sprinkling: Thus all Righteousness and Peace are fulfilled both externally and internally, and Christ is made unto us compleat Redemption.

Were it not that we are in genVral' so much accustomed to hear and read and think of Religion only as something without us, or as something to be done by us, we {hould readily subscribe to the following Truths delivered by the most Rev. ^ahn Arndt, in his Book of "true Christianity, Ch. VI. "Foras"much as the Substance of the Christian Re"ligion consists in our Regeneration, or the "spiritual Renovation of the Mind, it was "the Will of God, that those things which "should be transacted in Man spiritually "and by Faith, should be also outwardly "set forth in Writing, and in the Words of "Scripture: For since the Word is the Seed "of God in us, it is necessary that it should "spring up and bring forth spiritual Fruit "in Us: By Faith must that be effected '' within Us which die Scripture declares in "the Letter without us: If this Effect doth "not follow, then 'tis plain that the '\ Word is still unto me a dead Seed, and an "Embrio destitute of Life and Motion: "Hence in Faith and in Spirit I ought to taste "and to see the Truth of the Scriptures; "for when God manifested his Will therein, "He did not design that it should be buri"ed in Paper and Ink, but that in Faith "and Spirit it should spring and grow up in "us to another Man, even a new and in.j '' ward


"ward Man: The Reason is, because all "is to be fulfilled and performed in Faith "and Spirit whatsoever the Scriptures do '' outwardly teach." He then goes. on to exemplify this Truth in many Particulars, and concludes as follows: "The Sum of "all is: The Holy Scripture doth outward"ly bear Witness to all those things which "by Faith ought to be fulfilled in Man: "They describe that Kingdom of God in "the Letter which must receive its Accom"plistiment in the Spirit; it describes Cbrift "from without who must live within me by "Faith; it describes Adam in his. Fall and "Restoration, which I must find in my'' self; it describes the new 'Jerusalem* "the new Birth, the new Creature, all "which I must have some Experience of, *' or else the Scriptures will profit me no<c thing: Now this is all of Faith, it is the "Work of God, and the Kingdom of God "in our Hearts." Christianity, thus considered in a spiritual View, and consequently in its true Relation and Benefit to the Soul of Man, comes represented in a way suitable to its Dignity and Usefulness, and is proper* ly distinguished from that ideal or external thing which so commonly usurps its Name; rriray J making


making known to all Men, jthatthe Perfection of that Religion which .brjngeth Salvation consisteth not in Notion^ and Speculation, but inSpirit and in Truth j not in Form but in Power; not in Opinion called Orthodoxy, or in bodily Exercise, but in Experience and Change of Nature; and that-no.Creeds nor Systems of Divinity, no particular Schemes or Modes of Worihip have any other Excellency or Help in them foirous, than as .they-are proper Means to produce or cherish the Life of God in the Souitof Man, wd Sl/s: - 1

. The Reverend.Mr. William Law, in some of his excellent Treatises.*, has explicated the Doctrine of the new Birth with uncommon Penetration, and shewed with great Solidity, that the Whole of our Salvation is grounded in it and rises from it: He has wkh a convincing Sagacity rescued this most important Mystery of our Redemption from the Errors of particular Systems, and the learned Ignorance of verbal Critics; opened the Nature of original Sin thpo' the Fall in so rational and satisfying a -manner as fully justifies this 'Doctrine of

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. ..j.^.jSechis Appeal to Deijls, tec. Treatise 6n Regeneration, and Spirit of Prayer.

£u..^t* c Scripture of Man's eternal Misery thro' the Want of such Forgiveness as is declared to be an Offence against God in ourselves; for it proves to a Demonstration, that everlasting Death is no arbitrary Infliction of the God of Love upon Man for Sin, seeing that He has done all that could be done to prevent our Ruin, but that it is the natural and necessary Consequence of Sin chosen, loved, and persisted in, and of Grace and Salvation rejected. If the Reader is riot satisfied .with this Author's Manner of treating these -Subjects; as his Writings are abundantly sufficient for its Defence, I refer him in particular to his Treatise, intituled, The way to Divine Knowledge, in which he has obviated most of the material Objections that can be brought against it. Upon the whole, this Author's Works are excellently well calculated for Usefulness to many different Sorts of Readers, and to promote Piety in all. His Serious Call and Christian Perfection contain very affectionate Addresses urged with the most cogent Motives to this End, and are liable to no other Objection than what is natural for Persons of too relaxed a Piety to offer. His Answer to the Plain Account, &c. is a judicious »- - Confu

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