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ballance the world, even a blessing in it, * for whose fake it should not be destroyed...'
5., Wherever the gospel is preach'd there are some of these to be gather'd in by it: It is more than probable that where God sends a faithful ministry, and the gospel is preach'd in the purity of it, He has a design to extend his saving grace to some among that people, whom he will by such a ministry effectually call, and bring home co himself. So the apostle Paul was sent to preach the gospel in Gorinth, because God had much people in that city, Acts 18. 10.1:'
It follows then, that this is no such discouraging doctrine as some would represent it, Since 'cis a secret with God who are predestinated unto life, and who are not; since the number of the elect is such a great number, an innumerable multitude; lince a part of them are bro't forth in every age ; since the greatest finners may be of this number, and none are excluded on account of any outward circumstances; since the preaching of the gospel is the appointed means of gathering them in, and wherever the gospel is preach'd, we may suppose there are a number to be bro't by
it to that faith and holiness, which is the predestinated way to eternal life; since, I say, these things are so, there is enough to prevent discouragement, to raise our hope of, and quicken our endeavours after salvation.
Therefore our way is, to accept of the general grace offered in the gospel, to devote and resign our selves to God, to depend upon the merits of ourRedeemer, and put our felves under the teaching sandifying influences of his Spirit, in the use of the appointed means, humbly waiting for his renewing and reconciling grace: Thus we may come to know the purposed love of God to us, that be batb not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain falvation by our Lord Jesus Chrift, . Instead then of rising up against, and quarrelling with what we have now heard, let us turn it into a prayer; and chere can't be a better prayer after this sermon, than that which the Holy Ghost has put into our mouths, Pfal. 106. 4, s. Remember me, O Lord, with the favour obat thou bearelt unto thy people ! O visit me with thy salvation ! that I may see the good of thy chosen; that I may rejoice with the gladness of iby nation; that I may glory with thine inberitance !
SERMONII. UPESTRES *****************
ROMANS, VIII. 29, 30.
deftinate to be conformed to the image of
many brethren. Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them be
allo called ; and wbom be called, them be also juftifed ; and whom be justified, them be also glorified.
THERE is an excellent and
most wife order and connection in all that God brings to pass; and this order to sectied and join'd together, that it can never
be broken. The salvation of any of the children of fallen Adam, takes its rise in the eternal counsel, free purpose, and electing love of God. Whom
he did fore-know, and personally chule to salvation, them he did predestinate to all the means which lead to that salvation. That which first follows predeftinacion is effe&tual calling : Whom he did predeftinate, says the text, them be also called. In his appointed time, by his word and spirit, he powerfully draws these to a thankful acceptance of, and firm reliance on the Lord Jelus Christ as their saviour, and an obedient walking in him as the way to eternal life. Upon this ensues their justification : Whom he called, them he also juftified. Being united to Christ in their effe&tual calling, they are chro' him absolv'd from guilt, and accepted as righteous. Now, after their calling, they are in Chrift Fefus, † and walk not after the flesh but after The Spirit, and so no condemnation belongs to them. Upon these will finally follow their glorification in heaven, after they have glorified God on earth ; in which God's design of love to them, will have its full and eternal accomplishment : Whom he juftified, them be allo glorified. .
It was not my design, when I began upon these words the lastlords-day, to speak of all these privileges in the order in which
the cext presents them; but only of that which is the ground of them all, and from which the rest result, namely, Eletion, or Predestination unto life ; a plain and precious, but disrelish'd and oppos'd truth of the gospel. That I have taken this in hand, I'm lure is not from a love to controversy, or fondness to oppose the schemes of others, bur, I hope, from a sincere desire to fulfill she ministry of the Lord Jesus which I have receiv'd among you, by testifying the gospel of the grace of God in all the parts of it. We trust, my Brethren, that we aim to speak, not as pleasing men, but God; and therefore we dare not baulk any truth, in ics proper place and season, because 'tis unfashionable, oppos'd by the wisdom of the world, or run down by popular outcry. Nor am I determin'd to this opinion by the prejudice of education, but because after careful searches and researches, I am convinc'd of the truth of it, upon what - appears to me co be the strongest evidence;
and the more I enquire into it, the more I see it to agree with che holy scriptures, and che divine perfections.
It was che business of the former discourse to explain and Itate the truth under con-, fideration. That which we are next to proceed to is to prove and confirm it. The point then to be now establish'd is this,