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we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breast-plate of faith and love ; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.- But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light : Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul ; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.- Ye are the salt of the earth : but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted ? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick: and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in hea.
1 Thes. 5. 5–10. 1 Pet. 2. 9-12. Mat. 5. 13.-16. || Rom. 13. 11-14. 1 Pet. 1. 18—23.
The AUTHOR and means, nature and fruits, of EVANGELICAL REPENTANCE briefly stated.
JEHOVAH, Father, -In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repen. tance to the acknowledging of the truth. 2 Tim. 2. 25.
Son, -Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and for giveness of sins. Acts 31.
And Spirit,-For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die : but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Rom. 8. 13.
Giveth repentance by the means of his word, written, --The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul : the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. And he said unto
him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Ps. 19. 7. Luke 16. 31.
And dispensed.- And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.- To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Luke 1. 16. Acts 26. 18.,
Self-examination, -Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.
Lam. 3. 40. Conviction of Sing-What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house. 1 Kings 8. 38.
Self-loathing, -And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. Ez. 20. 43.
Sincere confession, —And the leper in whom the plague is, hes clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean.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. Lev. 13. 46. Is. 64. 6.
Fervent Petition,-And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. Luke 18. 13.
Turning to God, And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord : and they shall be my people, and. I will be their Gop: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. Jer. 24. 7.
In heart, I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee.- Set thee up way-marks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again 0 virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities. Luke 15. 18. Jer. 31. 21.
And in life, united, constitute genuine repentance. I entreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word. I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. Ps. 119. 58-60.
NOTE H. A brief statement of the Author, the means, the nature, the evidences, and the privileges of genuine Faith.
We are required to have strong, -He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. Rom. 4. 20.
Sieadfast,—Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 1 Cor. 16. 13.
Perserering-For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am ! with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him : Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Col. 2. 5–7.
Faith-Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb. 11. 1.
In God,-And Jesus answering, saith onto them, Have faith in GOD. Mark 11. 22.
In Christ,- Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6. 29.
And in the Scriptures.-And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa : and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me,'0 Judah, and ye imhabitants of Jerusalem ; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established ; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.- Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken !- But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Chron. 20. 20. Luke 24. 25. 2 Tim. 3. 14, 15.
Faith has for its Author JEHOVAH,-For I say, through the grace given unto me, to overy man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think ; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Rom. 12. 3.
Father,—And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona : for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Mat. 16. 17.
Son,-Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith ; who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12. 2.
And Spirit : To another, faith by the same Spirit; to another, the gifts of healing by the same Spirit. 1 Cor. 12. 9.
Its subordinate means, the wrilten-But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20. 31.
And dispensed —Neither pray I for these alone ; but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. John 17. 20.
Word of God ;-How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed ? and how shåll they believe in him of whom they have not heard ? and how shall they hear without a preacher? So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom. 10. 14. 17.
And the fruits of righteousness for its evidences.-Little children, it is the last time: and as re have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that de. nieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.- Teaching us, that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world ; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ. 1 John 2. 18, 21, 22. Tit. 2. 12, 13. || Jam. 2. 14–20.
Justification, -Seeing it is one God which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Rom. 3. 30.
Adoption,-For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Gal. 3. 26.
Sanctification,—To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Acts 26. 18.
God's Love,-For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. John 16. 27.
Access to him by Prayer,---In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Eph. 3. 12.
The Gift of the Holy Spirit,--He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive, for the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7. 38, 39.
Heavenly Light, I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. John 12. 46.
Grace, -Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ : Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Pet. 1. 1, 2.
Joy and Peace,–Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Rom. 15. 13.
And eternal salvation, are connected with, or promised “ to the faith of God's elect.”-For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. LORD, I BELIEVE ; HELP THOU MINE UNBELIEF. John 3. 16. Mark 9. 24.
NOTE I. FREE GRACE is manifested in ELECTION. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works : otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. Rom. 11. 5, 6.
Effectual calling,- Who hath saved us, and called us with a 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.- But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen ; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.- But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you. 2 Tim. 1. 9. Gal. 1. 15, 16. 1 Pet. 5. 10.
Justification,-Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. Rom. 3. 24.
Remission of Sins,- In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Eph 1.7.
Adoplion,-Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ; (by grace ye are saved ;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus. Eph. 2. 5, 6.
Sanctification and their attendants or fruits.—And God is able to make all GRACE abound toward you ; that ye, adways .