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AR

MINIANISM.

73

confifi.

Which nature

and efficacy

of

grace, in oppofition to

an

indifferent influence

of

the holy Spirit, a metaphorical motion, a working

by

the

way

of

moral perfuafion,

only propofing

a

Bearable

objet,

eafy.

to

be refl

ed,

and

nor effeaoal

unlefs it be

helped

by an inbred

ability of our

own,

which

is

the

Arminian

grace, I will briefly

confirm, having

premifed thefe

few

things.

r. Although God Both not

ufo

the

wills

of

men

in

their

converfion,

as

malign fpi-

rits

ufe

the

members

of

men

in

enthufiafins,

by

a

violently wrefled motion, but tweedy

and agreeably

to their

own free nature

;

yet

in

the

firft

a&

of

our

converfion

the

will

is

meetly

paffive,

as a

capable

fabled

of

fach a work, not at

all

concurring co-opera-

tively to our turning. It

is

not,

I

fay,

the

caufe

of

the

work,

bat the

fubje&

where-

in ft

is

wrought,

having only

a

paffive

capability for

the

receiving

of

that

fupernatu-

ral being,which

is

introduced

by grace.

The

beginning

of

this

good

work

is

meerly from

God,

Phi.

i.

6.

Yea

faith

is

afcribed unto grace,

not

by

the

way

of

cotjmn &ion

with,

but

of

oppofition unto our wills

:

not

of

our

felve,,

it

is the

gift of

God,

EpheC

ii.

8.

Not that

roeare

f

fficient

of

our

feluca,

our

f

friency

is

of

God,

a

Cor.

hi.

s.

Turn

thou

me,

O

Lord, and

f

pall

be

turned!

2.

Though the

will

of

man

conferreth nothing

to

the

infufion

of

the

firft grace,

but

a fubjedive

receiving

of

it, yet

in

the

very firfl

ad,

that

is

wrought

in and

by

the

will,

it

molk

freely

co-

operateth

by

the

way

of

fubordination

with thegrace

of

God

:

and

the

more

effe&ually

it

is moved by

grace, the more freely it worketh with it. Man

being converted, converteth

himfelf.

3.

We

do

not

affirm grace

to

be

irrefiftible,

as

though

it

came upon

the

will

with

fuch an

over

-

flowing violence,

as

to

beat

it

down before

ir, and

fubdue

it

by compulfron

to what it is

no way

inclinable;

but

it

that term

be

utèd,

it

dennteth

in

our

fenfe, only

fach

an unconquerable efficacy

of

grace,

as always

and infallibly produceth its

effect.

For,

Who is

it

that

can roithfland

God?

Ads

xi.

17.

As alt.,

it

may be ufed

on

the

pare

ofthe

will

it

felt, which

will

not

refifk

it

:

All that

the

father

gave

unto

Chrill

will tame unto

bun,

John

vi-

37

-

The

operation

ofgrace

is

refifìed

by no

hard

heart,

beeaufe

it

Mol-

lifies

the heart

it

felt It

doth

not

to

muchtake

away

a

power

of

refitting,

as

give

a

will

of

obeying, whereby the powerful impotency

of

refìflance

is

removed...

4. Conceming

grace

it

fel

i

it

is

either

common

or

fpecial

:.

common,

or

general

grace

conlfteth

in

the

external revelation

ofthe

will

ofGod

by

his word,

with

force

illumination

of

the

mind

to

perceive

it,

and

corre&ion

of

the

áffedions not

too much

to

contemn

it

:

and this in force degree

or other, to

Tome

more, or

Vane

leefs,

is

com-

mon

to

all

that

are called; fpecial grace,

is

the

grace

of

regeneration comprehending

the

former, adding more fpiritual

ads,

but efpecially pre-

fuppnfing

the purpofe

ofGod,

on

which

its efficacy dotty

chiefly depend.

q.

This

faving

grace, whereby

the

Lord convertethor regeneratetha,.Gnner,

traufla-

tieg him from

death to life,

is

either external

or internal

;

external conffleth

in

the

preaching

of

the word, &c. whofe operation

is

by

the way-of moral perfuafion,.when

by

it

we

beech

our hearts in Chrifl's

Bead, that

they mould

be

reconciled unto Gad,

2

Cor.

Y.

20.

and

this

in

our

converfion

is the

inftrumental organ

thereof;

and may be Aid

to

be

a

fufficieut

taufe

of

our regeneration, in asmuch, as

no

other

in

the

fame

kind

is ne-

ceffary; it

may alfo

be

refilled

infenfe

divif

,.

abfira

king frcm that

conlideration, where-

in it

is looked on as

the inftrument

of

God for fach an

end.

6.

Internal grace

is

by

Divines diftinguilhrd into

the firft, or

preventing grace, and

the

fecund following

co-operating grace

;

the

firft is

that

fpiritual, vital principle

that

is

inflated

into

us

by

the

holy Spirit,

that

new creation, and bellowing

of

new

flrength,

whereby

we

are

made fit and able for

the

producing

of

fpiritual

ads,

to

believe and

yield evangelical obedience

:

For

we

are the

roor

/maefloip

af

God, created

inChrift

Yefus

unto

goad

works,

EpheC ii.

1o.

By

Chi(

God

gives

ne

anew heart, and a

new

fptrit

he

uts

roithitt

NI,

he

taieth

the

gay

hearts out

of

ear/efla,

and

gives

la

heart

of

flP,

he

puts

his

[Phil oithia

us; to

cafe

us to

walk in

hie

flatutes, Ezek. xxxvi. 26. 27.

Now this firft grace is not

properly

and formally

a

vital

ad,

but

caufaliter

only,

su

being

a

principle moving

to

fachvital ads

within us.

It

is

the habit

of

faith

beftowed

upon a

man,

that

he may

be

able

to

eliciate and perform

the ads

thereof;

giving new

light

to the

underflanding, new inclinations'.

to

the will,

and new

affe&ions

unto

the

heart.

For the

infallible

efficacy

of

which grace,

it

is

that

we

plead

againft

the.Armi-

ens,

and amongfk

thole

innumerable

places of holy

fcripture

confirming

this

truth, I

shall make

ufe only

of

a

very

few

relluced

thefei

hree

taeads.

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