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56

DiSPLAY

Of

be.damved,

Matth.

xvi.

16. bVarereby

faith

is

e$ablifhed, the condition óf

falvation,

and unbelief;

threatued

with

hell

:

if. God Mould

by iris

holy fpirit, ingenerate faith

in

the

hearts

of

any,

cauftog

them

fo

to

fulfil

the

condition, it were

a

meet

mockery,

to

be

exploded

from

a

theater

as an

unlikely

fì£tion

:

which,

what

an

afperfton it

coils

upon

the

whole Golpel

of

Chrift, yea,

on

all

God's dealing with

the

children

of

men,

ever

fii.ce, by

reafinn

of

the

fall,

they

became unable

of

themfelves

to

fulfil his com-

mands,

1

leave

to

all

mens filent judgments. Well th_n,

feeing

they

mutt

be

accounted

dawrava,

things inconfifteat,

that

God should

he fo

righteous,

as

to ,hew as our

duty,

and

yet

fo

good and merciful,

as

to bellow

his

graces

onus:

let

us

hear more of this

fluff.

(a)

Fait)'

and

converfiea cannot

be

our

cio

dime, if

they

are

'Wrought

io as

by

God,

fey

they

at the Hague: and

Epifcrph,s,

(b). that it

is

a

rnoff

abfurd thing

to

affirm,

,hat

God

either

cited,

by

his power,

or

procure,

Is

by

his

wifdom,

that

the

cleft

fhould, do

th

f

rhi,gs,

char

le

reepireth

of

them. So

that

whereas the fcripture

calls faith_

the

gift,

and work

or

God,

they

fay

it

is an

improper

locution, in

as

much

as

he commands ir, properly

it

is an

aft

or

work

of

our

moo.

And (c) for

that

reaonared frying

or StAnn/tine, that

God

erowneth his

own

gifts

in

us,

that it

is

not to

be

received

wit;

roue

a grain

of

fall,

that

is, fume

f

ch glofs

as

wherewith they corrupt the fcripture

:

the

fern

at

which

they

aim

is, that

to

affirm,

that

God beftowerh

any grace upon us,

of

eifc£tually

worketh

them

in

us,

coutradi£teth hisword, regnirirg them

as

our duty, and obedience

:

by which

means

they

have ere£ted

their

idol into

the

throne

of

Goals free grace andmercy,

and

attri-

bute unto it

all

the

praite due to thole

marry

heavenly qualifications,

the

fervauts

of

God are endowed withal,

for

they

never have more good

in

them,

no, nor

fo

much

as

is

required,

all

that

they

have,

or do,

is but

their

duty

i

which

how

derogatory

it

is

to the

merit

of

Chrift,

themfelves

feem to acknowledge,

when they affirm,

that

he

is

no otherwife

faid

to

bea

Saviour,

alum

are

all

they,

who confirm

the

way

to

falvation

by

preaching, miracles, martyrdom, aud,example.

So

that

having

quite overthrown

the merits

of

Chrift,

they

grant

us

to

be

our ownSaviour

in a

very large

fenfe

Rem.

Apol.

fol. y6. All which

aflertions,

how

contrary they are to

the

exprefs word

of

God, I

(hall now

demoafirate.

There

is

not

one

of

all

thofe

plain texts

of

fcripture, not

one

of

thole innumerable

and invinciblearguments, whereby the

eift

/ual

working

of

God's grace inthe conver-

fion

of

a

firer,

his powerful tranflating

us

from

death

co

life, from

the

flute

of

fin

and

bondage,

to the liberty

of

the

tons

of

God, which doth

not overthrow this prodigious

error.

I

will

content my

felf

with

infaincing

in

force few

of

them which are

directly

oppofite unto

it,

even

in

terms.

[r.]

Deuter.

X.

16.

The

Lord commander: the

Ifn-aelites,

to circvmcife the foreskin

of

theirhearts, and

to

be

so mote

fl

f

necked

:

fo

that the

circumeifing

of

their

hearts

was

a

part

of

their

obedience,

it

was

their

duty

fo

to

do in

obedience

to God's

commands

:

and

yet

in

the

chap.

30.

ver.

6.

he affirmeth,

that

lee

will circumc

fe

their hearts, that

they

might

lave the

Lord their

God, with all

their

hearer.

So

that

it

Teems,

the

fame thing,

in

divers

refpe&s may be

God's

a£t

in

us, and

our

duty

towards

ham

:

and hors

the

Lord

willhere efcape

the

Arminian

cenfure,

the

Whit words

be

true

in the latterplace, his

command

in

the

former

is

vain, and foolifh,

ip`e

videri

, let him plead his caufe, and

avenge

himfelf

on

thofe

that

rife up

agaiuft

him.

[a.]

Ezek. xviii.

3

,.

Make

you

no

new

heart, and a

new

fpirit,

for

why

will you

die, O

houfe

of

If

ael

?

The

making

of

a new

heart,

and

a

new

fpirit,

is

here required

under a

promifè

of

n

reward

of

life,

and

a

great threatning

of

eternal

death;

fo

that,

to

to

nfo,

mutt

needs be

a

part

of

their

duty and obedience: and yet

chap.

36.

err.

36.

He

affirmeththat he

will

do this very

thing, that here he requireth

of them;

A

new

heart

affo will

I

give you, and

anew

fpirit

will

I

put

within

you, and

1 willtake away

the flony heart

out

of

your

fief:,

and give you

are

heart

of

flcfh: and

I

willcaufe

you

to

walk in

my

frames,

&c. In

how

ma:nplaces

alto are

we commanded

to fear

the.

Lord,

which when

we

do,

1

hope none

will

deny

to

be a performance

of

our

duty and

yet

ferevr.

xxxii. 40.

God promifech

that

he

willput his

fear

in

our

hearts,

that

we

pall

not

depart from him.

(al

Fides

&

convento non poffnnt

effe

obedientia,

I

tantum

ab

angina,

in

aliq

eficiantur,

Rem.

Colloq.

1f..;.

0.

196.

(b) Ablìudum eft ftatucre Doom,

aut

efficere

per potentiam,

aim

pro-

curare

per

f

piemiom,

ut eletti

ea facianr,

qux ab

ipfis,

ut ipfi

ea

faciant,

ezigit

&

poll

/itt,

fspi

lop.

Arib

pr'. Y

1,ßf

,

())

Apo].

cap.

9. ubi. fop.

Drum

dona Da in

nobis

curgnar

e

ditta

m

het

Au

'

°i

falls

accipiaray

aeuoiquam eft

admittendnm,

idem..

Aid

fol.

175.

(d)

At

ni

lic

f1

n,

ses

,

-

1?

i

alter

omnes,

coital

refill)

quo Chriftus, faltnmec parte qui

pm-

corno, miraculis, mac:;

l ;a i

less

siam

con

/anent

etto, quid

tun

?

Idem.

cap.

8.

[3.]

Thofe