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74

A DISPLAY

of

(r.)

Our conversion

is

wrought by

a

divine

almighty

action, which

the

will

pf

man

will

not,

and

therefore

cannot

refill ;

the

impotency

thereof

ought not to

be oppofed

to this

omnipotent grace, which will certainly

effect

the

whole work, for which

it

is

ordained

-:

being

an

action not inferiour

to the groaners

of

his mighty power,

which

he

wrought

in

Christ robot

he

railed

him

from

the

dead,

Ephef.

i. 19, zo. and (hall

at that

power which could overcome hell, and

loofe

the

bonds

of death,

be effeftual

for

the

raiffng

of

a

firmer, from

the death of

fin,

when

by

God's intention

it

is

appointed unto

that

work

?

He

aecompl

fheth

the

work

of

faith

with

power, 2

Thel

i. i

1.

It

is

his

divine

power, that

gives

unto

as

dl

things

that

appertain to life

andgodlinefs,

2

Pet.

i. 3.

furely

a

.

moral

refifible

pert

afion

would not be thus often

termed

the

power

pf

God,

which

denoteth

anactual efficacy,

to which

no

creature

is

able

to

refs.

(z.)

That

which

eonfrfeth

in

a

real

efficiency, and is not at all,

but

when and where

it

actually

worketh, what it intendeth, cannot without

a

contradiction

be faid

to

be fo

refired that

it lhould notwork,

the

whole nature

thereofconfifing

in

fach

a

real opera-

tion. Nosy

that the

very

effence

of

divine

grace confifteth

in such

a

formal act, may be

preved

by all

thofe

places

of

fcripture,

that

affirm

God

by his

grace, or the

grace

of

God,

actually

to

accomplifh our

co

serlOo,

as

Deut.

xxx.

6.

And

the Loral thy God

mill

cireumc

fe

thy

heart, and

the

heart

a

thy

ed,

to

lave the

Lord

thyGod

with

all thy

heart,

and

all thy

foul that

thou mayeft live.

The

circumcifon

of

our hearts,

that

we may love

the

Lord with all our hearts, and with all our

fouls,

is

our

converson, which the Lord

affrmeth

here, that he himfelf

will

do:

not only

enable us

to

do

it,

bue

he himfelf

really

and effeftualiy

will accomplish

it. And again,

I

will put my

law

into

them,

and

write

it

in

their hearts,

Jerem. xxxi.

33 'will

put my

fear

in

their hearts, that

they

fhall

not depart

from me,

Chap. xxxii.

39.

he

will

not

offer his fear unto

them, but

actually

put it

into them, and moll clearly,

Ezek.

xxxvi.

26.

A

new

heart

alb

will

7

g:'ve

you,

a

new

fpirit

will

I

put

within

you,

and

caufe

you

to walk

in

my

ffatas

a.

Are there exprefions

of

a moral

perfuafioir

only? Doth God

affirm

here he

will

do, what he intends

only

to

perfuade

us

to,

and which

we

may

eefufe

to

do

if

we...1W

--Is

is

in

the power

of

á

stony

heart to

remove

it

Pelf?

What

an

altive

Gone

is

this

in

mounting upwards?

What doth

it

at

all differ

from

that heart of

flesh

that

Godpromifeth

?

Shall

a

foray

heart

be

raid

to

have

a

power

to

change

it

fell

into fach a heart

of

flesh,'

as shall cause us

to

walls in

God's

fatutes?

Surely,

unlefs men were wilfully

blind, they

mills needs

here

perceive

filch an action

of

God denoted,

as

effe$ually, folely,

and infallibly

worketh our

cower.

fide,

opening

our

hearts

that

we

may

attend

unto

the ward,

Acts xvii.

14. Granting

us

on

thé

behalfof

Christ to believe in him,

Phil. i. 29'i

now

there

and

the

like places prove, both

the

nature

of

God's

grace

to

confls in a real

efficiency, and

the

operation

thereof

to

be

certainly

effectual.

(3.)

Our

cöhberfion

is

a new

creation, a refurreElien;

a new

birth.

Now

he

that

e

e-

ateth

a

man,

dothnot

perfuade him

to

create himfel

,

neither

can he

if

he should,

nor

bath

he

any

power

to

refillhim

that

will

create him,

that

is, as we now

take

it, tranfare

him

from

fume

thing that

he

is,

to

what he

is

not.

What

arguments do

you

think

were

fufcieñt

to

perfuade a dead man

to

rife

?

Or what great

aid can he contribute to

his

own

refurrection? Neither doth

a man

beget himfelf,

a

new

real form

was

never yet

introduced into

any

matter byfubdearguments. Thefe are 'the

terms

the

fcripture

is

pleafed

to

use

concerning our conversion

If

any was,

be

ín

-Cln

f

he is

a

new

creature, z

Cor.

v.

tg.

The

new

man

after

God is created in rigbteoufnefs and holinefs,

Ephef

iv. 24.

it

is

our

new

birth,

Except

a

man

be

born

again,

he

cannot fee the kingdom

of

God,

John

iii. 3.

Of

his

two will

begat

be

us

with

the word

oftruth, Jam.

i.

18.

and fo

we become born again,

Not of

corruptible

feed,

but

of

incorruptible,

by

the

word

of

God which

hveth

and abideth

for

ever,

r

Pet. i.

z3_

it

is

our vivification and

refarrefion,

The

f

n

quickeneth'Thant

will,

John

v.

xi.

even

thofe

dead

who

hear

his voice

and live,

verse z5.

When

me

were dead in fin,

we

were

quickned together

with

Chr

f

by

grace, Ephef.

ii.

5. For being burred'

with him

by

Paptifm,

roe

are alfe rifen with him through

.the

faith of

the operation

of

God, Color..

ü.

r

2.

and

belled,

and

holy

is

he

that hath-part in

that firs

refùrreftiou, on

filch

the

fecund

death bath

no

power, but

theylhall

be

priers

of

God

and

ofChrifi,

and

fhall reign

with

himathou-

fandyears.

T

i

Oaf

ápiseinn

r4 Sf(a.

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