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70

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D'ISPLAY

Of

There

things being thus cleared from

the

fcripture,

the

former

Arminian

poftions

will

of

themfelves

fall

to

the

ground, having

no

Foundation but their

own

Authority,

for

any pretence

of

proo

,

they

make nonefrom

the

word

of

God.

The

firft two

I

confide

-

red

in

the

laft

Chapter,

andnow add-only concerning the third,

that the

foie

taufe why

the

Gofpel

is

feet

unto

fore,

and

not unto others,

is

not any dignity, worth,

or

defect

of

it

in

them

to

whom

it

is

fent, more than

in

the

refs;

that

are fuffered

to

remain in

the

shadow

of

death, but

only

the

foie good pleafure

ofGod, that it

may be

a

_fub-

fervient

means

for

the

execution

of

his

decree

of

election.-

1 have

much

people

in this

City,

Atts

xx.

1 than thee,

Father, Lard of

heavenand

earth, that

thou haft

Hid

thefe things

from

the

rife

and prudent, and haft revealed them

unto babes, even

fa Father, for fa

it

feemed

good

in

thy

fight,

Mat.

xi. 25, 26.

So

that

the

Arminian oppofrtion

to the

truth of

the

Gofpel

in'

this particular,

is

clearly manifeft.

Of

our

felves

we

can do nothing,

John

xv.

5.

We

are not

able

of

our

[elves

to

think any

thing as

of

ourfelves, z

Got.

iii.

5.

We

are

by

nature children

of

wrath,

dead

in

trfpafs

andfins,

Ephef.

ii.

r.

Faith

is not

of

ourfelves,

it

is

the

gift

of

God,

Ephef: ii.

Who maketh thee'differ

from another?

or

what haft thou,

that

thou

haft

not

received

?

and

if

thou

haft received,

why boaftefc

thou,

at if

thou

hadft

not received

? r

Cor.

iv. 7.

If

the leopard

can change his

[pots,

and

the

Ethiopian his skin, then canye

dogood who

are

taught

to do

evil

Jer.

xiii.

13.

Believing

an

him

who

jvdff

tb

the ungodly,

Rom.

iv.

5. Being

j

f

led

freely

by

his

grace,

Roma iii.

24.

I

thank. thee, Father, Lord

of

heaven and

earth, that

thou haft

hid theft things from

the

wifeand prudent

and revealed them

to babes,

even

fo,

0

father, for fo it

feemedgood in thy

fight,

Mat. xi. 25, 26.

Arbit.

We

retain

OM

after

the

m11,

a power

of

believing, and

of

repentance,

becaufe Adam

loft

hot

this ability,

Rem.Declarar.

Sen.

in

Syn.

Faith

is

faid

to

be

the

work

of

God,

be-

caufe he commandeth as to perform

it,

Rem.

Apol.

There

is no

infdion

of

any habit

or

fpi-

ritual vital principle,

neceffary

to

enable a

man

to

believe,

Corvin.

There

is

nothing

truer than that

one

man

maketh himfelf

differ from another

:

he who believeth,when God commandeth,

maketh

himfelf

differ from him who

will

not,

Rem. Apol.

I

mayboall

amine'

own, when

I

obey

God's

grace, which

it

was in my

power

not

to

obey,

Grevinch.

True

converfion

and

the

performance

of

good works,

is a

condition required

on

our

part

before juftification, Filii

Armin.

God'fendeth

the

Gofpel to

fottaperfons

or

nations,

that

in comparifon

of

others,

may be faid

to

be

worthy

ofit,

Rem. Apol.

..6vr&urt,trr

CHAP.

XIV.

Of

our converfon

to

God.

HOW

little or

nothing

at

all

it

is

that the

Arminian

align to the

grace

of

God, in performing

the

great work

of

our converfion,

may plainly

appear

from what I have lhewed already,

that

they

afcribe

to

our own

free will

:

fo

that

I

(hall

briefly pats

that

over, which otherwife

is

fo copiosifly

delivered

in

holy

fcripture,

that

it would require

a

far larger

difcullion.

A prolix

confirmation

of the

truth

we profefs, will

not

fuit

fo well

with

my intention, which

is

merely

to

make

a

difcovery

of

their errors,

by not

knowing

the

depths whereof,

fo many

are

deceived

and

inveigled.

Two

things in

this great

conjuuttion

of

grace and,nature,

the

Arminian

afcribe

un-

to

free will

:

Eft,

A power

of

co-

operation and working with grace

to

make

it

at

all

effef

rual.

Secondly,

A power

of

refitting its operation, and making it altogether inef-

feáual:

God in

the

mean time bellowing

no grace,

but what

awaits an

aft

iffuing,from

one

ofthefetwo

abilities, and

hath

its effeteaccordingly.

If

a

Man will

cooperate,

then grace attains its

end;

if

he

will refalt,

it returns empty.

To

this

end

they

feign

all