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P.

XIII.

Of

the

power of

Free

-voiÜ,

inpreparing us

for

our

converfion

unto God.

TH

E

judgment

of

the Arminian

concerning

the

power

of

free-will about

fpi-

ritual things; in

a man

unregenerate, merely

in

the

¡tate

of

corrupted

na-

rure,

before and

without the help

of

grace, may be laid open

by thefe fol-

lowing

pofitions.

1.

That

every man

in

the

world, reprobates and others, have

in

thenskIves power

andability

of

believing in

Chrift,

of

repenting,

and yielding

dueobedience

to the

new

covenant, and

that

becaufe

they loftnot this power

by

the

fá11

of

Adam.

(a)

Adam af-

ter

his

fall,

faith

Grevinchovius, reìained

a

power

of

believing, and

fa didall

reprobates in.

him.

(b)

He did

not

l

f

,

as

they

(peak

at the

fynod,

the

power

of

performing

that

obedience,

which

is required in the

new

covenant confidered

formally,

as

it

is

required

by

the

new

covenant;

he

loft not

a

power

of

believing, nor

a

power

of forfaking fin

by

repentance

e

and thofe graces

that

he

loll

not

are

Rill

in our power,

whence

they

affirm

that,

(c) faith

is called

thework

f

God,

only

beraufe

he

requirerh so

to do

ir.

Now having appropriated

this

power

unto

themfelves, to

be

fam that the

grace

of

God be

quite excluded,

which before

they had

made

needlefs.

They

teach,

z.

That

for

the

reducing

of

this

power,

into aft,

that

men may become

aftual be-

lievers,

there

is

no infufed habit

of

grace,

no

fpiritual, vital principle

neceffary

for

them, or

bellowed

upon

them,but

every

one

by

the

ufe

of

his native endowments,

do make themfelves differ from others

i

(d)

Thofe things which

are

fpoken concerning

the

'nf>

jon

of

habits,

before we can

exertfe.

the

aEt

of

faith,

we rejeE1,

faith the Epi fle

to the

Walachian. (e) That

the internal principle

offaith

required

in

the Gofpel, ii

a habit divinely

iuf

fed,

by

theftrength and

efficacy where

f

the

will

f

hould

be

determined,

I

deny,

faith ano-

ther

of

them. Well then,

if

we

mull grant,

that

the internal, vital

¢

principle,

of

a

fupernatural, fpiritual grace,

is

a

mere natural faculty not elevated

by

any divine

habit,

if

it

be

not

God

that

begins

the

good

work in

us,

but our own free

wills,

let

us

fee

what

more

goodly fluff

will follow

:

one

mats

by his

own

mere indeavours, without

the

aid

of

any

received

gift,

makes

himfelf

differ from

anothér

:

(f).

What matter

is

it

in

that,

that

aman

fhould make him

elf

d

f

r

from

others ?

There

isnothing

truer,

he who

yioldeth

faith

to God commanding

him, maketh himfelf

d

feer from

hint,

who

will

net have

faith

when

he

com-

mandésh,

they are the

words

of

their

apology

:

which without

queffion,

as

in

irrefragable

truth,

if

faith

be not a gift received from above

;

for

on

that

ground only

the

Apeflle

propofeth thefe

queffions,

Who

made thee d

for

from

another ?

Or

what haft

thou

that

thou

haft not

received?

And'

if

thou

haft received,

why boafteth thou as

if

thou

haft

not

reeived?

The

fole

taufe why

Ise

denies any one by

his own power

to

make

himfelf

differ from

another,

is

betaufe

that

wherein the difference confiíteth,

is

received

being freely be-

llowed upon him

;

deny

this,

and

I

confefs

the other

will

1h11

of

itfelti But

until

their

authority

be

equal

with the apaltles, they

would do well

to

forbear

the

naked

obtru-

(a)

Adams

port lapfum potentiam credendi

retinuit,

&

reliqui reprobi etiamin

illo,

Grev)neb.

ad

Amer. fol. 183.

(b

Adams

nonamillt vires

earn

obedientiam r

ltandi,

f

p

qua in

novaender¢

utedeut,

prat,

pure

ea con

r

formalirer, hoc

ea,

proue

feeler¢

eft,

porentam

nos

death arnilit,

nee

milk

potentiam, per

oentiam en

ipfe

orefurgendiio Rem.

eeber

t.

few.

Syn.

p.

lop

(e)

Fides cocas=r opusDei, quia Deus

id

a nobis

fieri

poftular, Rem.

ear

rap

g.

112

(d) Ea

quade

habituum infulìone

diwnmq

anteomnem

fieei

adult),

requihta

ra

nobly,

Epnt.

rani.

fol.

67.

(e)

si

ocium internum fidri

a

aphis in

Evangelic

reguißlum,-

ere

habit=

quondam divinitus infufum, cujus vi ac

eïfimcitate

caftans deunninenui

hoe

negavi, oreuinebov.

ad

Araef. peg. 324.

(f)

Quid

in

ea

pofiaum

ere,

quad

horn

diferiminare

respfum

didtur?

Nihil verius, qui

fidern

Deo precipiendi habet,

is

difcriminat

fe

ab

eo

qui Deo

pm.

eipitnti fdem heberenon vnit,

Rem. Apol.

cap.

i4.

pag.

144.

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