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Decrees of God-Predestination-Election. CHAP. III.
Acts i. 23. And the apostles appointed two, Joseph and Matthias. Ver. 24. And they prayed, and said, thou Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen ;
Ver. 25. That he may take part of this ministry.
Ver. 26. And they gave forth the lots, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Jude ver. 14. There are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, &c.
DECREES OF GOD.
IX. Decrees, things decreed of God. Job xxviii. 26. He made a decree for the rain. Ps. cxlviii. 6.
xxxviii. 10. He broke up for the sea his decreed place, and set bars and doors. Prov. viii. 29. Jer. v. 22.
Dan. iv. 24. This is the decree of the most high God, that is come upon the king.
Zeph. ii. 2. Before the decree break forth, before the day of the Lord's anger come upon you.
X. Appointments, things appointed of God. 2 Sam. xvii. 4. The Lord had appointed to defeat the counsels of Ahitophel
Job vii. 1. Is there not an appointed time for man upon the earth? -are not his days like the days of an hireling. Ch. xiv. 5, 14. Prov. viii. 29. He appointed the foundations of the earth.
Dan. viii. 19. At the time appointed, the end shall be. Ch. xi. 27,
Mic. vi. 9. He hath appointed the rod.
Hab. ii. 3. The vision is for an appointed time.
Luke xxii. 29. He appointed unto Christ a kingdom.
Acts xvii. 31. He hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world by Jesus Christ.
Gal. iv. 4. When the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son made of a woman.
1 Pet ii. 8. Christ is a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient, whereunto also they were appointed. Jude ver. 4.
XI. Predestination. Things predestinated of God. Rom. ix. 16. Whom God did foreknow, he did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first born among many brethren.
Ver. 30. Moreover whom did he predestinate, them he also called, and whom he called, them he also justified, and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Eph. i. 5. God having predestinated us to the adoption of children, by Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will.
Ver. 11. In him we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him, who worketh all things according to the counsel of his will.
Ver. 12. That we should be to the praise of his glory.
XII. Election of the Jervs. Neh. ix. 7. Thou art the Lord, the God
who didst choose Abram, and brought him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham.
Neh. ix. 8. And madest a covenant with him. Compare Gen. xi. S1.-xii. 1, 2, 3. Acts xiii. 17.
Deut. iv, 37. Because the Lord loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out of Egypt.
vii. 6 The Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people, unto himself, above all the people that are upon the face of the earth. Ch, xiv. 2.
Ver. 7. The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people, (for ye were the fewest of all the people :)
Ver. 8. But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath, which he had sworn to your fathers. Ch. x. 15.
1 Kings iii. 8. Thy servant is in the midst of thy people, whom thou hast chosen.
1 Chron. xvi 13. O ye seed of Israel, his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen ones.
Ver. 14. He is the Lord your God. Ps. cv. 6, 7.
Ps. xxxiii. 12. Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord, and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
lxv. 4. Blessed is the man whom thou chusest and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts.
cv. 43. The Lord brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness.
cvi. 4. Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people; O visit me, with thy salvation.
Ver. 5. That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.
cxxxii. 13. The Lord hath chosen Zion, he hath desired it for his habitation.
Ver. 15. I will abundantly bless her provision, &c. Ps. lxxviii. 68. CXXXV. 4. The Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.
Isa. xiv. 1. The Lord will yet choose Israel, and set him in his own land. Ch. xlxix. 7. Zech. i. 17.—ii. 12.
xli. 8. Thou Israel art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen. Ver. 9. I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
xliii. 20. I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desart, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
xliv. 2. Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee, fear not, O Jacob, my servant, and Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
Ver. 3. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground, I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring.
Ver. 4. And they shall spring up, &c.
xlv. 4. For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have called thee by thy name (Cyrus,) I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known mc.
Isa. xlviii. 10. I have refined thee, but not with silver, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
Ver. 17. I am the Lord thy God, which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.
lxv. 9. Mine elect shall inherit my mountain, and my servants shall dwell there.
Ver. 22. Mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. Fzek. xx. 5. Thus saith the Lord God, I chose Israel, and lifted mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, an made myself known unto them.
Zech. iii. 2. O Satan, the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem, rebuke thee: Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
XIII. Election of Christians. Matt. xx. 16. Jesus said, many be called but few chosen.
xxiv. 22. For the elect's sake, those days (of calamity) shall be shortened. Mark. xiii. 20.
Ver. 24. False Christs, and false prophets shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch, that (if it were possible) they shall deceive the very elect.
Ver. 31. The Son of man shall (at the last day) send his angels. with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect, from the four winds, from the one end of heaven to the other. Luke xviii. 7. Shall not God avenge his own elect which cry day and night unto him.
John vi. 37. Jesus said, all that the Father hath given me, &c. xiii. 18. Jesus said, I speak not of you all, I know whom I have chosen: But that the scriptures might be fulfilled, he that eateth bread with me hath lifted up the heel against me.
xv. 16. I have chosen you and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit.
Ver. 19. I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Rom. viii. 33. Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect, it is God that justifieth them.
ix. 6. They are not all Israel, which are of Israel.
Ver. 10. When Rebecca had conceived by Isaac.
Rom. ix. 11. The children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth.
Ver. 12. It was said unto her, the elder shall serve the younger. Ver 13. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, and Esau have I hated. Ver. 16. It is not of him that willeth, or of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Ver. 18. He hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Ver. 21. Hath not the potter power over the clay?
xi. 2. God hath not cast away his people, which he foreknew. Ver. 4. Seven thousand were reserved in Israel, who had not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
Ver. 5. So at this time, there is a remnant according to the elec tion of grace.
Rom. xi. 6. And if by grace it is no more of works.
Ver. 7. Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for, but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
Ver. 28. As touching the election, the Jews are beloved for the Father's sake.
Eph. i. 4. God hath chosen us in Christ, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame, before him in love.
Ver. 5. Having predestinated us to the adoption of children, by Jesus Christ, to himself according to the good pleasure of his will. Col. iii. 12. Put on (as the elect of God, holy and beloved; bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness, &c.
1 Thess. i. 4. Knowing brethren, beloved, your election of God. 2 Thess. ii. 13. God hath from the beginning chosen you to salration, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. 2 Tim. ii. 10. I endure all things for the elects' sake, that they may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. Tit. i. 1. Paul an apostle according to the faith of God's elect. Jam. ii. 5. Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he hath promised to them that love him.
1 Pet. i. 2. Elect according to the fore-knowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus.
ii. 2. Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness, to his marvellous light.
v. 13. The church that is in Babylon elected together with you. 1 John, ver 1. The elect lady. Ver. 13. The elect sister. Rev. xvii. 14. They that are with the Lamb, are called and chosen, and faithful.
See 1 Tim. v. 21. Elect angels.
Christ is God's elect. Isa. xlii. i.
XIV. Persons chosen or elected of God, to fill offices in the church and state.
Deut. xvii. 15. Thou shalt set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose. Kings chosen of God were Saul. 1 Sam. x. 24. David, 2 Sam. vi. 21. 1 Kings viii, 16. Ps. lxxviii. 70. xxxix. 3, 19-Solomon, 1 Chron. xxix. 1. 1 Sam. ii. 28.
Priests chosen. Levi, Deut. x. 8. Aaron, Num xvi. 5.-xvii. 5, 8. Twelve apostles chosen. Luke vi. 13. --Matthias, Acts i. 24, 26. ---Stephen, Acts vi. 5.---Paul, Acts ix. 15.---xxii. 14.
Place of worship chosen. Deut. xii. 5.---xi. 14.---xviii. 21, 26. The temple. 1 Kings ix. 3.---Jerusalem. 1 Kings xi. 14. Neh. i. 9.
XV. God doth call; his people are called. Isa. xl. 1. Thus saith the Lord, that created thee, O Jacob, that formed thee, O Israel, fear not, for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine.
xlviii. 12. Hearken unto me, O Jacob, and Israel my called, I am he, I am the first, I also am the last.
Isa. Iv. 5. Behold thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee, shall run unto thee.
lxii. 2. Thou shalt be called by a new name, which the Lord shall
Joel ii. 32. In mount Zion, and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. Matt. xx. 1. The kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an house-holder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers unto his vineyard. Ver. 3, 4, 5, 6. He went out about the third, the sixth, the ninth, and eleventh hour, and sent those he found into his vineyard. Ver. 9.
Ver. 9, 10. They received every man a penny;
Ver. 11. When they murmured against the good man of the house, because the first received not more than they who entered last.
Ver. 13. He answered and said, friend I do thee no wrong.
Ver. 15. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? is thine eye evil, because I am good?
Ver. 16. So the last shall be first, and the first last; for many be called but few chosen. Ch. xix. 30.
Matth xxii. 2. The kingdom of heaven shall be like unto a king, which made a marriage for his son.
Ver. 3. And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding.
John x. 3. The good shepherd calleth his own sheep by name. xv. 15. Jesus said, I call you not servants, I have called you friends. Heb. iii. 11. Christ is not ashamed to call them brethren. Acts ii. 39. The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Rom. i. 6. Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ. Ver. 7. To all that be in Rome, called to the saints.
iv. 17. God calleth those things that are not as though they were. viii. 28. All things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Ver. 30. Whom God did predestinate them he also called.
ix. 11. That the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth.
Ver. 23. The vessels of mercy he hath prepared unto glory. Ver. 24. Even us whom he hath called, not of the Jews only but also of the Gentiles.
Ver. 25. God saith, I will call them my people, which were not my people, and her beloved which was not beloved. Hos. ii. 23. xi. 29. The gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
1 Cor. i. 9. God is faithful, by whom we were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ver. 24. Unto them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
Ver. 26. Ve see your calling brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called. Ver. 27. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Ch. xxviii.
1 Cor. vii. 1. God hath called us to peace.