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AR

MINIANIS

M.

5i

properly to

die,

to

fave

any

one. And a

little

after he more fully declares himfel

,

(a)

That

after

Cbrifl had obtained

all than he

did

obtain by his

death,

the

right remained

wholly

in God,

to apply

it,

or

not

to apply

it,

as

irfho ld

feem good untohim

:

the

a;

plication

ofgrace

and

glory,

to

any rae

,

was

not

the end

for

which Chrift obtained them, but

to

oct

a

right and

power unto

God,

of

blowing

chofe

things

on

what

fort of

Men

he

world'

which

argues no

re-

demption

of

us thorn

our

fins,

but

a vindication

of

God from fach

a

condition, wherein

he had no power to forgive

them

;

not

an

obtaining

of

falvation

for

us,

but

ofa

liberty

unto

God of faring

us, on

Tome

condition or

other.

But

r000after

God

hath

got this power

by

the death of

Chrift,

and out

of

his gracious

good pleafùre,

affered

faith

to

he the means

for

us

to attain

thofe'

blefiugs, he hath

procured himfelf

a

liberty

to

below. Did

Chrift obtain this faith for

us

of

him

;

if

it

be a

thing not

in our

own patron

?

No

:

(b )

Faith

not obtained

by

the death

of

Chrift,

faith

Corvinus

:

fo

that

there

is

no good

thing,

no

fpiritual bleffng, into

which any

man in

the

world

loath any

intereft

by

the death

of

Chrift

;

which

is

not

fo

great

an

abfurdity,

but

that

they are

mof

ready

to grant it.

( c)

Arnoldus

confeffeth, that

he

be.

liaves, that thedeath of

aryl-

might have

enjoyed

its red,

or his

merit its full force

although

-never any

had believed:

and again,

(d)

the death and

f

tisf,flion ofChr

fl

being aceompl,tjhed,

it

might

come to

pats, that

none

Milling

the condition

of

the

nem

covenant,

none

Amid

!

be

faved,

fo alfo faith

Grerinchevius. Oit

Chrift

!

That

any pretending

to

profefi

thy

holy name,

fhould thus

flight

the precious

work

of

thy death

and

pafìon

!

Surely, never any before,

who counted

it

their

glory.to

be

calledChriffians,

did ever thus extenuate

(

their

friends

the

Socinians only

excepted

)

the dignity

of

his merit and

fatisfaffion

:

take but

a

/hart

view

of

what

benefit

they

allow

to redound to

us, by

the

effufron

of

his precious blood,

and you may

fee

what

a

pefiilent herefy thefe men have laboured

to

bring

into

the

Church

:

neither faith

nor falvation, grace

nor glory,

bath

he purchafed for

us,

not

any fpiritualblelfng, that

by

our iniereft

in

his

death

we

can

claim

to

be

ours;

it

is

not

fuch

a

reconciliation with God,

as

that

he thereupon fhould

be

contented again

to

be called

out God; it

is

not ¡unification, nor righteoufrefs,

noraftual

redemption from

our

fins,

it did

not make

làtisfà

&ionfor

our iniquities, and deliver

ris

from

the

curfe';

O

only

it

was a means

of

obtaining

fach

a

p

fbiliry

of falsario,,,

as

that

God withoutwronging

'of

his

jlice

right

rave

ús

if

he

would,

one way or

other. So

that

when

Chrift had done

all

that

he

could, there

was

not one

man in

the

world immediately

the better for

it

:

not-

withftandingthe

utmof of

his endeavour, every one

might

have been damned with

Yodas

to the pit ofhell

:

(f)

for he died

as well

for

Simon

Magus

and 7tdas,

as

he

did

for Peter

and

Paul, fay

the Arminian. Now,

if

no

more

good

redound to

us by

the

dealt ofChriff,

than

to

Simon

Magus, we

are

not

much obliged

to

him for our

falvation nay,

he may

be

rather

Paid

to have

redeemed God, than

us, for

he procured for him, immediately a

power to redeem

us

if

he

would

;

for

us only

by

virtue

of thaepower,

a

poff

bility

to

be redeemed

;

which leases nothing

of

the nature

of

merit

annexed to his death,

för

that

deferred, that

fomeshing

be

done, not only

that it

may

be

done

:

the

workman

deferveth that

his wages be given

bim, and not

that

it may

be

given

him. And then

,

what

becomes

of

ail

the comfort

and

confolation

that

is

propofed to

us

its

the death

Áf

"Chrif?

but it

is

time to

fee

how

this nubble

is

burnedand confumed

by

the

word

of

'God,

and

that

eflablilhed which

they

thought

to overthrow.

[

r.]

It

is

clear

that

Chrift

stied

to procure

for

us an

aftual reconciliation

with God';

-and

not only

a

power for

cis

to

be

reconciled unto him

:

for

when we wereenemies, we were

reconciled

to

God,

by

the death

of

his

fon,

Rom.

v.

-a

o.

We

enjoy

an aEtual

reco:

ciliado,,

-unto God

by

his

death

;

he

is

cortei.t to

be

called our Goct, when we

are

eiremies,

with-

out the intervening

of

any

condition

on

our part required

:

though the fveetnefs, com-

fort, and

knowledge

of

thisreconciliation,

do not compafs

our

fouls before.ave

believe in

'him.

Again,

we

have

remilfon of

fans

by

his blood, and ¡unification

from t,em,

not

a

Pole

vindication

into fich

an

elate,

wherein,

if it

pleafe

God,

and our .felves,

oak

(a)

Poltquam impetratio

preftita

an

peraffa

rifts,

Deo at fuam

inteirnm

manGt,

pro arbitrio

Gro

,cam applicare,

velnon

applieare,

nec

a

pplicando

finis

irrpetrationis

propr,e

fuit,

fed jus

&

poteltas ape

pi

xndi,

quibus

&

qualibus seller,

peg. 9.

(i)

Fides

ft impetrnta

merito

pwifti,

&.

fft.

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fol.

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pro

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acquifrtio

pofübilitatis,

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nimirum

Deus

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fun

juftitia hominem peccatorem point recipere

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gratiam,

Rem.

c'o0.

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P. 17e.

(f)

Pro jada as Petro

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pro

Paulo

Petro,

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310.

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