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il

DISPLAY

of

and

expofe

him to

open

lame,

like the bird

furtivis nudata coloriler,

the

Armieians

ad-

vance

themfelves in his

quarrel,

and in

behalf of their

darling, quite exclude both

the merit

of

Chrift,

and fpirit

of

God, from

any

titleto

their produaion.

1.

For the merit

of

Chrift, whereaswe affirm

that

God bleffeth

us

with

all

fpiritual

bleffings

in

him, or

for his fake,

Eppel:

i.

3.

Amongft which, doubtlefs faith

poffeffeth not

the

loweft room,

that

he

is

made unto us righteoufnefs,

and fanftificati-

on, and redemption

;

he wasmade

fin

for

us,

that

we might

be

made

the riehteou[:efs

of

God

in

him

;

that

he

is

the Lord

our

righteouf

refs,

and glories to be

called

by

that

name

;

and whatfoever

-he

is

unto us, it

is

chiefly by

the

way

of

merit, that

to us it

is

given

,k,),

xesr

,

for

Clirift's

faké

to

believe

on

him,

Phil. i. z9.

where

:co'

xmif,

is

plainly referred

to

IféEvay

is

given,

as

if

the

apoftle

Should

have

Bid, Chrili

is

the

meritorious taufe

of

the

beftowmg

of theft

good

gifts,

faith,

and conflancy

unto mar-

tyrdom

upon you, when

l

fay

we profefs

all

thefe to be the proper

and immediate

pro-

ducts

of

the

pal-lion

and blood

of

Chrift, thefe turbulent

Venus's come in

with

a

prohi-

bities,

and

quite expel

it

from having

any

intereft therein.

-.

(a)

There is nothing more'va

%n,

nothing

more feeeliß*,

fay

they

in

their apology,

than

to

attribute

out

regeneration,

and

faith,

unto

the

death

of

Chrift ;

for

if

Chrift

may be

faid

to

have

merited

for

us

faith,

and regeneration, then

faith

cannot

be

a

condition, wh%performance God

fhould require

at

thehands

ofinners,

under the pain

of

eternal damnation.

And again,

if

faith

be

the

effeft

of

the merit

of

Chrift, it

cannot be our duty

no

?

Suppofe

then that

the

church

fhould pray,

that it

would pleafeGod for

Chrift's

fake,

to

call

home thofe fheep

that

belong

to

his fold, not

as

yet

couched

?

That

he would grant faith and repentance,,

for

the merit

of

his foul,

to them

that

are

as

yet

a

far off

?

Were this

an

altogether

vain and foolifh

prayer? Let

others think

as

they

pleafe,

it

is

fuch a

vanity,

as I

deftre

not

to

be weaned

from, nor

anyone elfe, I believe,

that

loves

theLord

Jefus in

ftucerity:

oh! that

chriftians fhould patiently endure, fuch

a

diminution

of

their

Saviour's

honour,

as

with one dafh

of

an Arminian

pen,

to

havethe

chief

effects

of

his

death

and paffion

quite obliterated

:

if

this

be

a

motive to the

love and

honour

ofthe

fon

of

God,

if

this

be

a

way

to

fet forth the

precioufttefs

of

his

blood,

by denying

the

efficacy

thereof,

in

enabling

its

by faith, to get

an

intereft

in

the

new covenant

t

molt chriftians

in

the world

are under

a

necelfity

of

being new catechifed by

thefe feraphicaldoftors.

Until

when,

they

muß

give us leave

to

believe

with the apoftle,

that

God bleffeth

us

with

allfpiritual hidings in Chrift,

Ephef.

i. 3.

And

we will

take

leave

to

account

faith

a

fpiritual

bleffing

:

and therefore bellowed

on us

for Chrift's fake

;

again,

Once

our regeneration

is

nothing but

a

purging

of

our

confciences from dead works,

that

we

may ferve

the

living God, which

being done

by

the

blood

of

Chrift,

as

the aptftle

witneffeth,

Hob.

ix.

14.

We

will afcribe

our

new

birth, or

forming anew, to

the

virtue

of

that grace,

which

is

purchafed

by

his blood

:

that

precious blood

it

is,

which redeem-

eh

us

from

our

vain

converfarion,

r

Peter i.

18,

19. By

whofe

efficacy

we are vindica-

ted

from

the

Bate

of

fin

and

corrupted naturewherein

we are born.

The

Arminian have but

one argumtent,

that

ever

I

could meet with, whereby

they

ftrive to

rob

Chrift of

his

glory,

of

meriting

and procuring

for

us

faith

and repentance

;

and

that

is,

besaufe

they

are fuchalts

of

ours,

as in

duty and

obedience

to the

precepts

of

the Gofpel,

we are

bound

to

perform

(b). and this

they every where profs at large,

ufq;

d'

ufq,

in plain

terms they

will

rot

fuller

their

idol

to

be accounted

defelive

inany

thing that

is

neceffary to bring

us

unto

heaven. Now concerning

this argument, that

nothing which God requireth

of

us, can be procured for

us by

Chriß,

I would have two

things noted. Firft,

that

the ftrength

of it

confifts

in this,

that

no gift

of

God

beftowed

upon us,

can be

a

thing

well

pleating

to

him

as

being in us

:

for

all

his precepts andcom-

mandsfignify

only, what

is

well pleafing

unto

him, that

we

fhould

be, or do

and

it

is

not

the

meriting'

of

any

thing

by

Chrift, but God's

beftowing

of

it,

as

the

effe&

thereof, which hinders

it

from being

á

thing

requireable

of

us,

as a

part

of

our

dutyi,

which

I

(hallconfider

hereafter

:

onlynow obferve,

that there

being nothing in us, by

the

way

of

habit or

ad,

from

the

beginning

of

our faith,

to the

confummation thereof,

from our new

birth,

until

we become

perfeft men

of

Chrift,

by

the

finifhing

of

our

courfe,

that

is

not required

of

us in

the Gofpel,

all, and every grace,

whereof

we are

(a) Nihil

ineptius, nihil ¡meals, quam regenerationem

& fidem,

merito Chrifti tribuere,

fi

calm

Chriltus dicatur

nobis

meritus

fidem &

regenerationem, turn

fides

conditio

elle non

poterat:

quam

a

peccatcribus, Deus

rub

comminazione mortis

borne

exigeret,

Rem. Apol.

sap.

8.

peg.

95

Si fides

fit effeílum merits

Chrifti,

non

poteft

effe

ails,

offin,,

nultri,

id

m.

(b) Rem.

Apol.

ubi

Cup.

Comas.

ad Malin. cap.

28.

fat.

9.

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