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AR1VïINIANI-SNï.

57

[3.]

Thofe

two, againftwhich they lay particular exceptions, faith

and

.repentance,

are

alfo exprefly

attributed to

the

free donation

of

God

:

he granteth unto

the

Gentiles

.

repentance unto life,

Al

ls

xi. 18.

and

of

faith dire

&ly

r

It

is not

of

our

felves,

it

h

the

gift

of

God,

Ephel. ii.

8.

To

which affertion

of

the

holy fpirit,

I

Ihall

rather

faften

my

beliefthan to

the

Arminian, affirming

that it

is

no gift

of

God,

becaufe

it

is

of

our felves:

.

and

yet

this

hindereth not, but that

it

may be

filled,

our

m

Je

holy

faith, Jude xx.

Let

them

that

will

deny,

that

any

thing

can

properly

be

ours, which God beftowcth on

us,

the prophet

accounted

them.not

inconfrllent, when be

averred, that

God

weeketb

all

our

works in

us,

lío. xxvi.

12.

Theyare

our works, though

of

his.

working: the

apo-

file laboured, though it

was not

he, but

the

grace

of

God

that

was

in him,

r.

Cor. xv. so.

He

worketh

in us

5 el

diner,

sÿ

ei '',. yñ,,

of

his

good

,:

leafure,

Philip. ii.

13.

and

yet

the

performance of our

duty

may

confrft in

thofe alts

ofour

wills, and thofe good deeds

whereof

he

is

the

author

:

fo

that

according

to

St.

(a)

AnJtin's

counfel, we

will

fill

pray,

that

he wouldbeftow, what he commandeth

us

to

have.

[4.]

t

Cor.

iv.

Who made thee

deer

frontanother,

or what haft thou,

that

thou haft not

re-

ceived

?

Every thing

that

makes

us

differ from

others,

is

received from God,

where-

fore

the

foundation

of

all

difference

in

fpiritual thingsbetween

the fen,

of

Adam

bung

faith

and

repentance, they

muff alfo

of

neceffrty be received from

abor. c.

141x

:

ef, God's

cireumc

fag

our

hearts,

Colo'

ii.

T.

His

gaickning us when

we

are

dead,

Ephef. i.

1,

2,

Begetting usanew,

John

i.

13.

Making as

in

all

tin

_gs,

loch as he wouldhave

us

to be,

is

contained in

that

promife

ofthe

..ew

covenant,:

}erem.

xxxii.

40.

I

will make with them

an everlafling covenant,

that

I

will not

turn away from

them

to do

them good,

but

I

will

put my

fear

in theirhearts, that

they

pall

not depart

from

me

:

and

is

noway repugnant

to the

holy

fcripture,

declaringour duty to be

all

this,

that

the

Lordwould have

us.

And now

let

all men judge,

whether

againft fo many and

clear teftimonies

of

theholy ghoft, the Ar-

minian

reafons

borrowed from the old philofophers,

be

of

any value

:

the

fum

of

them

all

you

may find in

Cicero

his

third

book

de

natura

Dear=

:

(b)

Every

one,

faith

he,obtaineth

virtue

for

himfelf:

never

any w

f

man-

thanked

God

for that, for

our

virtue

we

are praifed,

in

virtue

we

glary,

which might not be, were

it agift

afGod

:

and

truly this

in fofter

terms,

is

the

fum

of

the

remonfirants

arguments in this

particular.

Laft[y,

(c) Oblèrve,

that

this

er-

ror

is

that

which

of

all

others, theorthodox fathers

did moil oppofe

in the

pelagian

he-

retieks:

yea and

to this day,

(el)

the.

more learned fchoolmen

Stoutly

maintain

the

truth

herein

againft

the

innovating Jefùits: with

fome few of

the

teffimonies

of

the

an-

cients I

will

Thut

up this

difcourfe

:

It

(e)

is

certain,

that

when

we

do any

thing,

we do

it,

faith

St. Auguffis,

but

it

is God

thai

caufeth

us

fo

to do

r

and in another

place;

(f)

Shall

we not account

that

to

be

the

g

ft

of

God, becaufe

it

is required

of

'us, under the promife

of

eternal

life

?

God

forbid

that

di.,

fbould

feint fo,

either

to

the

parrakers,

or

defenders

of

grace

e

where

he rejetteth both the error,

and

the

fophifm wherewith

it

is

upholden

:

(g)

So

alto

Crel

e'

s

bilhop

of

Rome,

in

hisepiftle to the

bilhops

of

France

: So

great, faith

he,

is the

goodn

f

of

God towards men,

that

he

will

have

chafe

good things

to be our

goad duties

he

calls

them

merits

according to

the phrafe

of

thofe days)

which

are bisomngifts

:

to

which

pur-

pofè

I

cited

beforetwo canons

out

of

the

Araufscan

council:

and

St.

Profper in

his

treatife

againft

Caf(sanus

the

Semipel

gian,

(h) affirmeth it,

to

be a

toolifh complaint

of

proud

men,

that

free-will

is

deflroyed,

if

the

beginning,

progrefs, and continuance in good,

be

Paid

to

be

the

gifts

of

God

:

and

fo

the

imputation

of

folly,

wherewith

the

Armisfans

in myfirft quotation

charge

their

oppofers, being

retorted

on

them,

by this learned fa-

ther,

I refer you

to their

following

exçerpta

for

a

dofe.

(a)

Quia

(hi

quifque virtutem

acquirit,

neminem de fapientibus unquam de

ea gratias Deo

egiffe,

propter

virtntem

enim laudamur,

&

in

virtue

gloriamur, quad

non fierce,

li

donum

effet

Dei,

non

a

nobis,

Cicero

De

Nat. Deer.

(b) Alvarez difput.

96. obi

Aug

Thom.

alios,

citat.

(o)

Cer-

tum

eíì

nos

facete cum famous,

fed ille

facet

ut faciamu,,

Ag.

de Grot.

ú

Lib.

Arbil.

tap. 06.

(I)

Neque

id donum Dei

c1í Emmet,

quoniam

wigs

audivimus anobis,

pramio vita

fi

hoc fe-

eerimus oblato, abet, ut hoc placeat particibus

& defenforibus

gratis,

Aug.

de

PradeJl. San.

nap.

zo.

(e) Tanta

eft

ergs

homines bonitas

Dei, ut noftra velit

elfe

inerita qua fun,

ipius dour, Weft.

Sp

/l.

ad

Ep. Gal.

nap.

an.

(ll'') Non enim conturbas

nos,

fuperbientium inepta

querimonia;

gull

Libemm Arbitrium caufantur auferri:

G

&

principia

&

profeltits, & perfeverantia in

bonis

vfque

ad

fr.

arm'Dei

done site &cantor,

Profp.

ad

Collat.

pas. 404.

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