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S E R M O N CVIII,
Of the nature of regeneration, and its necessity, in order to justification and salvation.
HE point which I am upon from these words is,..., - That according to the terms of the gospel, nothing. will avail to our justification, but the real renovation of our heart, and lives. . For the full explication of this, I propounded to. fhew, 1. What is implied in this expression of the new. crê6 ft, re. 2. That this is the great condition of our justifica. tion and acceptance with God. : 3. That it is highly reasonable that this should be the condition of our justification. In speaking to the first of these, I have shewed, 1...What this metaphor doth certainly import; and, 2. That it doth not import what some would extend. it to, whereon to found such dôétrines as these. (1) That as the creation was an irrefiftible act of the divine power, so is this new creation, or the conversion of a sinner. (2) As creatures were merely passive in their being made, and contributed nothing at all to it, no more do we in our conversion and regeneration. (3) That as the creation of the several kinds and
make God to do all in the conversion of finners, we do not by this means, charge upon him the ruin and destruction of impenitent finners, which I doubt we should do, if we make the reason of their impenitency and ruin, their utter impotency and disability to repent ; and we certainly make this the reason of their impenitency and ruin, if there be no other difference but this between penitent and impenitent sin