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CHAP. XIII. Of Sanctification. THEY who are effectually called and regenerated, having
a new heart and a new spirit created in them, are farther sanctified really and personally, through the virtue of Christ's death and resurrection “, by his word and Spirit dwelling in them; the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified", and they more and more quickerred and strengthened in all saving graces, to the
defiled, and that fadeth not away, brethren, beloved of the Lord, bereserved in heaven for you.
Heb. cause God hath from the beginning i. 14. Are they not all ministering chosen you to salvation, through spirits
, sent forth to minister for sanctification of the Spirit, and belief them who shall be heirs of salva of the truth, tion?
Rom. vi. 6. Knowing this, that l. a 1 Cor, vi. 11. And such were our old man is crucified with him, some of you; but ye are washed, but that the body of sin might be deye are sanctitied, but ye are justilied, scroyed, that henceforth we should in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by not serve sin. Ver. 14. For sin shall the Spirit of our God. Acts xx. 32. not have dominion over you: for ye And now, brethren, I commend you are not under the law, but under to God, and to the word of his grace. grace, which is able to build you d Gal. v. 24. And they that are up, and to give you an inheritance Christ's have crucified the flesh, among all them which are sanctified. with the affections and lusts. Ro:1. Phil. iii. 10. That I may know him, viii. 13. For if ye live after the flesh, and the power of his resurrection, and ye shall die: but if ye through the the fellowship of his sufferings, being Spirit do mortify the deeds of the made conformable unto his death. body, ye shall live. Rom. vi. 5. For if we have been e Col. i. 11. Strengthened with planted together in the likeness of all night according to his glorious his death, we shall be also in the power, unto all patience and longlikeness of his resurrection : Ver. 6. suffering with joyfulness. Eph. iii. 16. Knowing this, that our old man is That he would grant you, according crucified with hini, that the body of to the riches of his glory, to be sin night be destroyed, that hence- strengthened with might by his Spirit forth we should not serve sin.
in the inner man. Ver. 17. That John xvii, 17. Sanctify them Christ may dwell in your hearts by through thy truth: thy word is faith ; that ye, being rooted and truth. Eph. v, 26. That he might grounded in love, Ver. 18. May sanctify and cleanse it with the be able to comprehend with all saints washing of water by the word. what is the breadth, and length, 2. Thess. ï. 19. But we are bound and depth, and height; Ver. 19. to give thanks alway to God for you, And to know the love of Christ,
practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord f.
II. This sanctification is throughout in the whole man, yet imperfect in this life; there abideth setit some remnants of corruption in every part*: whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilcable war; the flesh fusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh?
ITI. In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail “, yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome': and so the
which passeth knowledge, that ye after, if that I may apprehend that might be filled with all the fulness for which also I am apprehended of of God.
Christ Jesus. f 2 Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore i Gal. v. 17. For the flesh lusteth these promises, dearly beloved, let against the Spirit, and the Spirit us cleanse ourselves from all filthi- against the flesh; and these are ccaness of the flesh and spirit, per
trary the one to the other so that fecting holiness in the fear of God. ye cannot do the things that ye Heb. xii. 14. Follow peace with all would. 1 Pet. ii. 11. Dearly be. men, and holiness, without which loved, I beseech you, as strangers no man shall see the Lord.
and pilgrinis, abstain from fleshly 11. 8 1 Thess. v. 23. And the very lusts which war against the soul. God of peace sanctify you wholly : III. k Rom. vii. 23. But I see anoand I pray God your whole spirit ther law in my members warring and soul and body be preserved against the law of my mind, and blameless unto the coming of our
bringing me into captivity to the Lord Jesus Christ.
law of sin, which is in my members h 1 John i. 10. If we say that we
I Rom. vi. 14. For sin shall not have not sinned, we make him a have dominion over you : for ye liar, and his word is not in us.
are not under the law, but under Rom. vii. 18. For I know that in me grace. 1 John v. 4. For whatso(that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no
ever is born of God overcomet good thing : for to will is present the world: ard this is the victory with me, but how to perform that that overcometh the world, even which is good I find not. Ver. 23.
Eph. iv. 15. But speakBut I see another law in my mem ing the truth in love, may grow bers warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into cap.
up into him in all things, which
is the head, even Christ : Ver. 16. tivity to the law of 'sin, which is in From whom the whole body fitly my members.
Phil. iii. 12. Not as joined together, and compacted by though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow according to the effectual working
that which every joint supplieth,
in grace“, perfecting holiness in the fear of
CHAP. XIV. Of Saving Faith. THE grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to
believe to the saving of their souls“, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts", and is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the word ° : by which also, and by the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and strengtheneda.
II. By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the word, for the authority of God him
in the measure
every part, maketh give unto you the Spirit of wisdom increase of the body, unto the edify- and revelation in the knowledge of ing of itself in love.
him: Ver. 18. The eyes of your un2 Pet. iii
. 18. But grow in derstanding being enlightened; that grace, and in the knowledge of our ye may know what is the hope of Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ ; to his calling, and what the riches of him be glory both' now and for the glory of his inheritance in the ever. Amen. 2 Cor. iii. 18. But saints, Ver. 19. And what is the we all with open face, beholding exceeding greatness of his power to as in a glass the glory of the Lord, us-ward who believe, according to are changed into the same image, the working of his mighty power, from glory to glory, even as by the Eph. i. 8. For by grace are ye Spirit of the Lord.
saved, through faith; and that not 2 Cor. vii. l. Having there of yourselves: it is the gift of God. fore these promises, dearly beloved, Rom. x. 14. How then shall let us cleanse ourselves from all they call on him in whom they filthiness of the flesh and spirit, have not believed ? and how shall perfecting holiness in the fear of they believe in him of whom they God.
have not heard ? and how shall I. a Heb. x. 39. But we are not they hear without
a preacher ? of them who draw back unto per
Ver. 17. So then, faith cometh by dition ; but of them that believe, to · hearing, and hearing by the word the saving of the soul.
of God. b2 Cor. iv. 13. We having the
di Pet. ii. 2. Ag new-born babes, same spirit of faith, according as
desire the sincere milk of the word, it is written, I believed, and there that ye may grow thereby.
Acts fore have I spoken: we also believe, XX. 32. And now, brethren, I comand therefore speak.
Eph. i. 17.
mend you to God, and to the That the God of our Lord Jesus word of his grace, which is able Christ, the Father of glory, may to build you up, and to give you
self speaking therein"; and acteth differently upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings 5, and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come. But the principal acts of saving faith are, accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace'.
an inheritance among all then which made him a liar, because he beare sanctified. Rom. iv. 11. And lieveth not the record that God gave he received the sign of circumci of his Son. Acts xxiv, 14. But this sion, a seal of the righteousness of I confess unto thee, that after the the faith which he had yet being way which they call heresy, so uncircumcised: that he might be the worship I the God of my fathers, father of all them that believe, believing all things which are writthough they be not circunicised; ten in the law and the prophets. that righteousness might be imputed f Rom. xvi. 26. But now is made unto them also. Luke xvij. 5. And manifest, and by the scriptures of the apostles said unto the Lord, In the prophets, according to the concrease our faith. Rom. i. 16. For mandment of the everlasting God, I am not ashamed of the gospel of made known to all nations for the Christ: for it is the power of God
obedience of faith. unto salvation to every one that 8 Isaiah lxvi. 2. For all those believeth, to the Jew' first, and things hath mine hand made, and also to the Greek. Ver. 17. For all those things have been, saith therein is the righteousness of God the Lord: but to this man will revealed from faith to faith ; as it I look, even to him that is poor. is written, The just shall live by and of a contrite spirit, and tremfaith.
bleth at my word. II. e John iv. 42. And said unto
h Heb. xi, 13. These all died in. the woman, Now we believe, not faith, not having received the probecause of thy saying; for we have
mises, but having seen them afar heard hin ourselves, and know that off, and were persuaded of them, this is indeed the Christ, the Savi
and embraced them, and confessed our of the world. 1 Thess. ii. 13. that they were strangers, and pilFor this cause also thank we God grims on the earth.
i Tin. iv. 8. without ceasing, because when ye
For bodily exercise profiteth little: received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it wot things, having promise of the life
but godliness is profitable unto all as the word of men, but (as it
that now is, and of that which is is in truth) the word of God, which effectually worketh also in i Joha i, 12. But as many as reyou that believe.
1 John y. 10. ceived him, tu theni gave he power He that believeth on the Son of
to become the sons of God, even God hath the witness in himself :
to their that believe on his name. he that believeth nut Ged, hath Acts svi. 31. And they said, Bea
IBRAR clothe you, Oye of little faith?
III. This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong": ki
may be often and many ways assailed and weakened, but ale gets the victory'; growing up in many to the attainment e of a full assurance through Christ", who is both the aucapingthor and finisher of our faith".
UNIVERSITY liere on the Lord Jesus Christ, hath desire to have you, that_be and thou shalt be saved, and thy may sift you as heat Ver. 38. But house. Gal. ii. 20. I am crucified
I have prayed for thee, that thy he bis with Christ : nevertheless I live ;
faith fail not; and when thou art bdge yet not 'I, but Christ liveth in me:
converted, strengthen thy brethren. and the life which I now live in Eph. vi. 16. Above all, taking the the flesh I live by the faith of the
shield of faith, wherewith ye, shall Son of God, who loved me, and
be able to quench all the fiery gave himself for me. Acts xv. 11. darts of the wicked. 1 John v. 4. But we believe, that through the
For whatsoever is born of God grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we
overcometh the world : and this is shall be saved, even as they.
the victory that overcometh the III. k Heb. v. 13. For every one
world, even our faith. Ver. 5. that useth milk is unskilful in the
Who is he that overcometh the word of righteousness : for he is a world, but he that believeth that babe. Ver. 14. But strong meat
Jesus is the Son of God? "belongeth to them that are of full
m Heb, vi. 11. And we desire age, even those who by reason of that every one of you do shew the use have their senses exercised to
same diligence, to the full assurance discern both good and evil. Rom.
of hope unto the end : Ver. 12. not weak in That ye be not slothful, but fo!. faith, he considered not his own
lowers of them who through faith body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, nei
and patience inherit the promises.
Heb. x. 22. Let us draw rear with ther yet the deadness of Sara's
a true heart, in full assurance of womb. , Ver. 20. He staggered not
faith, having our hearts sprinkled at the promise of God through un
from an evil conscience, and our belief; but was strong in faith, giv bodies washed with pure water. ing glory to God. Matth. vi. 30.
Col. ii. 2. That their hearts might d po Wherefore, if God so clothe the
be comforted, being knit together grass of the field, which to-day is
, in love, and unto all riches of the and to-morrow is cast into the
full assurance of understanding, to oven, shall he not much more
the acknowledgment of the mystery Matth. viii. 10. 'When Jesus heard
of God, and of the Father, and of
Heb. xii. 2. Looking unto Jesus,
the author and finisher of our faith; you, I have not found so great
who for the joy that was set before
him, endured the cross, despising the Luke xxii. 31. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan
hand of the throne of God.
iv. 19. And being
anto he li
faith, no, not in Israel.
shame, and is set down at the right
I. a Zechte