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Now

becaufe

they

are things

of

a twofold denomination, about which

we contend

before

the

king

of

heaven, each

part

producing

their

evidence

;

the

firß:fpringing from

the

favour

of

God towards

us

:

the

fecond

from the working

of

his grace, a&ually with-

in

us

;

I

lhall handle them feverally,

and

apart

;

efpecially

becaufe

to things of

this

latter fort,

gifts,

as

we call

them,

enabling

us

to

fulfill

the

condition required for the

attaining

of

glory,

we lay a

double claimon God's

behalf:

Firft,

as

the

death

of

Chrift

is

the meritorious

caufe

procuring them

of

him.

Secondly,

as

hisfree grace

is

their

effi-

cientcaufe working

them in

us

;

they alto

producing

a

double title, wherebythey

would

invert

their

beloved darling,

with

a

foie

propriety

incuffing

thefe

effefis. mrft,

in

re-

gard

that

they

are our own

a&s

performed

in

us, and

by us

:

geeendly, as

they

are parts

of

our duty, which

weare enjoyned

to

do

;

fo

that the

quarrel

is

dire

&ly between

Chíift's

merits and our ownfree-will,-aboutprocuring

the

favour

of

God,

and obtaining grace

and-

righteoulliefs..:

Let

us

fee what they

fay

to

the

firft.

They

affirm

(a)

that the

immediate

and

roper

effe&,

or

end,

of

the death

and

f

pa on of

Chrift,

is

not an aftual ablation

of

fin

from men, not an aftual remitfion

of

iniquities, juftification and redemption

of

any foul

:

that

is, Chrift his

death

is

not

the

meritorious

caufe

of

the remif8on

of

our

fins,

of

redemption,

and juftification

:

the

me-

ritorious caufe,

I

fay,

for

of

lbme

of

them,

as

of

juftification,

as

it

is

terminated

in us,

we confers

there

are

caufes

of

other

kinds,

as

faith

is

the inftrument,

and the holy

fpirit

the

efficient

thereof. But for

the

role

meritorious procuring

caufe

of

thefe fpiritual

blelings,

we always took

it

to

be

the

righteoufnefss, and

death

of

Chrift believing

plainly,

that

the

end why Chrift died, and

the fruit

of

his fufferings, wasour

reconci

liation with God, redemption from our

fns;

freedomfrom the curie,

deliverance from

the wrath

of

God, and power

of

hell

s

though

we

be

not

a&ualpartakers

6f

thefe things

to the

pacification

of

our

own confciences,

without the

intervening operation

of

theholy

fpirit,

and.faith

by

him wrought in

us.

.

But

if

this

be

not, pray what

is

obtained

by

the

death

of

Chrift

?

Why

(b

)

a

potential,

conditionatereeoxiiliation, not

altual

and

dbfolute,

faith

Covina,

But

yet this

potential

reconciliation, being

a new

exprelfon,_never

intimated

in the

fcriptui-e, and

farce of

it

felfintelligible,

we want

a

further

explanation

of their

mind,

to

know

what

it

is

that

direly

they .align

to

the meths

of

Chrift

:

wherefore;

they tell

us,

that

the

fruit

of

his death,

was

fah

(c)

an impetration,

or obtaining

of

reconciliationwith God,

and

redempti-

on

farut:

that

Cod

thereby

bath

a

power, his

jafliee

being

fatisfied, and

fo

notcompelling him to

the contrary,

to

grant

remifon offins,

ti

finful

men,

on

what

copdatien

he

would:

or

as

another

fpeaketh

it

(d)

Therewas

by

the eff

on

of

Chrif 's

blood,

a

right

obtained unto,

and

fettled

its

god, of

reconciling the

world, and

af

opening

unto all

a

gate

of

repentance, and

faith

inChrß.

But now whereas

theferipture

every where affirmeth,

that

Chrift died for our

good,

to

obtain

blefffngsfor us,

to purchafe our

peace,

to

acquire and

merit

for

us

the

good

things contained

in

the

promife

of

the covenant; thisopinion

Teems

to refirain the

:end

and fruit

thereof, to the

obtaining

of

a

power, and

liberty unto God,

of

prefcribing

us

a conditionwhereby we may

be

Paved

:

but

yet

it

may be,

thus muchat

leaf}

Chrift ob-

tained

of

Godin our behalf,

that

he Ihould

align

faith

in

him, to be this

conditiod,

and

tobeftowit

upon

.usalto.

No,

neither the one, nor

the

other,

(e)

after alt-thin,

had

it

fo feasted

unto his wifdom, God might have ch

fen

the yews,and others,

following

the

r'ghteoufnefs

of

the laro,

as

ad!

as believers, besaufe.

he

might have

ajgned

any

other condition

of

falvatienbefdesfaith inChrift,

faithGrevinchovius.

Notwithflanding then

the

death

of

Chrift for

us, we might have been

held to the

old

rule,

Do this and live

`

but

if

this

be

true,

I cannot perceive how it may be raid,

that

Chrift died to redeem

as from

out

fins,

to

fave

ourfouls, and to

bring us

unto

glory

:

neither perhaps

do

they think this

to

beany great

inconvenience, for

the

fame

Author Affirmed,

(f)

that

Chrift

cannot

befaid

(a)

Immediata mortisChrifti effeftìe,

ac

palonis,

ilia

eh

non

a(tualis peccatorum

ab his

out

ills A-

lain,

non

aftualis

remiffio,

nonjullificatio,

non

aftualis horum ant illorum redemptia, Armin.

Aníipork.

p.

76.

(

b

) Reconciliatio potentialis

&

conditionata,

non

aftuális

&

abfoluta, per mortem

Chrilli

in.

petratur,

Corvin.

ad

Malin.

cap.

n8.

fee.

r

.

(o)

Remifiionis,, jufiificationis,

&

redemptioois,

opal

Deum impetratio, quafaflum

ell, ut

Deus

rjam poffrt,

utpote

jufiitia cui

fatisf

ftum ell non

abbots,

hominibuspeccatoribus peccata

remitters, Armin.

ubi

fug.

(d)

Autoris mens

non

eft alfa, quameû

fido fanguine

Chrifli

reconciliandi mundumDea

ns

impetratum

faiffe, &

into

nova

f

iere

&

grariofja

m

nominibus,

Deum.grade odium,

omnibus

demo prenitentie

ac

vere

in

Chrifum

filer, Iegead-

aperuiffe, Epifal. ad

tV

1.

fol.

q

.-

(e)

Potaiffet Deus,

fr

ifa

fapientire

fue vilun

fuilfeg

opperarios

Judnos,

vel alios etiam

prefer

fideles

elgere,

quia

paint

aliam falntis conditionem,

quam

&km

In

Chrifium esigere,

Grevincb.

ad

Awl.

p.

sAg.

(f)

,Chriítus

nonefi

proprie, mo¡nms

ad aliggem fah

vandum idem, ibid.fol. 8.

._

properly