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V. Although this covenant hath been differently and variously ad. ministered in respect of ordinances and institutions in the time of the law, and since the coming of Christ in the flesh; yet for the substance and efficacy of it, to all its spiritual and saving ends, it is ope and the same; upon the account of which various dispensations, it is called the Old and New Testament.
Of Christ the Mediator.
IT pleased God in his eternal purpose, to chuse and ordain the Lord Jesus his only begotten Son, according to a covenant made between them both to be the mediator between God and man; the Propliet, Priest, and King, the head and Saviour of his church, the heir of all things, and judge of the world : Unto whom he did from all eternity give a people to be his seed, and to be by him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified and glorified.
II. The Son of God the second person in the 'Trinity, being very and eternal God, of one substance, and equal with the Father, did, when the fulness of time was come, take upon him man's nature, with all the essential properties and commou infirmities thereof, yet without sin, being conceived by the power of the holy Ghost in the womb of the virgin Mary, of her substance : so that two whole perfect and distinct natures, the God-head and the man-lood, were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion; which person is very God and very man, yet one Christ, the only mediator between God and man.
HII. The Lord Jesus in his hunian nature, thus united to the divine in the person of the Son, was sanctified and annointed with the holy spirit above measure, having in him all the treasures of wisdom and knouiedge, in whom it pleased the Father that all fulness should dwell, to the end that being boly, harmless, undefiled, and full of grace and truth, lie might be throughly furnished to execute the office of a mediator and surely; which office he took not unto himself, but was thereunto cleri by his father, who also put all power and judgment into his hand, and gave him commandment to execute the same.
IV. This office the Lord Jesus Christ did most willingly undertaka, ·
which that he might discharge, he was made under the law, and vil perfectly fulfil it, and underwent the punishment due to us, which we should have borne and suffered, being made sin and a curse for us, 'enduring most grevious torments immediately from God in his soul, and most painful sufferings in his body, was crucified, and died, was buried and remained under the power of ath, yet saw no corruption, on the third day he arose from the dead with the same body in which he suffered, with which also he asceuded into heaven, and there sitteth at the right hand of his Father, making intercession, and shall return to judge men and angels at the end of the world.
V. The Lord Jesus by his perfect obedience and sacrifice of himself, which he through the eternal spirit once offered up unto God, hath fully satisfied the justice of God, and purchased not only reconciliation, bat an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, for all those whom the Father hath given unto him.
VI. Although the work of redemption was not actually wrought by Christ till after his incarnation, yet the virtue, efficacy and benefitsthereof were communicated to the elect in all ages successively from the beginning of the world, in and by those promises, types and sacrifices, wherein he was revealed and signified to be the seed of the woman, which should bruise the serpents head, and the lamb slain from the beginning of the world, being yesterday and to-day the same, and forever.
VII. Christ in the work of mediation acteth according to both natures, by each nature doing that which is proper to itself; yet by reason of the urity of the person, that which is proper to one nature, is sometimes in scripture attributed to the person denominated by the other nature.
VIII. To all those for whom Christ has purchased redemption, he doth certainly anıl efectually apply and communicate the same, making intercession for them, and revealing unto them in and by the word, the mysteries of salvation, effectually persuading them by his spirit to believe and obey, and governing their hearts by his word and spirit, overcoming all their enemies by his almighty power and wisdom, in such manner and ways as are most consonant to his wonderful and unsearchable dispensation.
GOD hath endued the will of man with that natural liberty and powe. er of acting upon choice, that it is neither forced, nor by any absolute necessity of nature determined to do good or evil.
II. Man in his state of innocency had freedom and power to will and to do that which was good and well pleasing to God; but yet mutably, so that he might fall from it.
III. Man by his fall into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability to will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation, so as a natural man Weing altogether averse from that good, and dead in sin, is not able by his own strength to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto.
IV. When God converts a sinner, and translates him into a state of giace, he freeth him from his natural bondage under sin, and by his grace alone enables liim freely to will and to do that which is spritually good; yet so, as that by reason of his remaining corruption, he doth not perfectly nor only will that which is good, but doth also will that which is evil.
V. The will of man is made perfectly and immutably free to good alone in the state of glory only.
Of Efectual Calling.
ALL those whom God hath predestinated unto life, and those only, he is pleased in his appointed and accepted time, effectually to call by his word and spirit, out of that state of sin and death in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ, enlightening their aninds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God, taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them an heart of flesh, renewing their wills, and by his almighty power determining them to that which is good, and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ: Yet 50, as they come most freely, being made willing by his grace.
11. This effectual call is of God's free and special grace alone, not from any thing at all foreseen in man, who is altogether passive therein,
until being quickened and renewed by the holy spirit, he is thereby enabled to answer this call, and to embrace the grace offered and convey. ed in it. • III. Elect infants dying in infancy, are regenerated and saved by Christ, who worketh when and where, and how he pleaseth: so also are all other elect persons, who are uncapable of being outwardly calleil by the ministry of the word.
IV. Others not elected, although they may be called by the ministry of the word, and may have some common operations of the spirit, set not being effectually drawn by the father, they neither do nor can come unto Christ, and therefore cannot be saved; much less can men not professing the Christian religion, be saved in any other way whatsoever, be they never so diligent to frame their lives, according to the light of nature, and the law of that religion they do profess: and to assert and laaintain that they may, is very pernicious, and to be detested.
THOSE whom God effectually calleth, he also freely justific th, noi' by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous, not for any thing wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ's sake alone; nor by imputing Faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obc.
ence to them, as their righteousness, but by imputing Christ's active obedience unto the whole law, and passive obedience in his sufferings and death, for their whole and sole righteousness, they receiving and l'esting on him and his righteousness by Faith ; which faith they have not of themselves, it is the gift of God.
II. Faith thus receiving and resting on Christ, and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification; yet it is not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead Faith, but worketh by love...
III. Christ by his obedience and death did fully discharge the debt of all those that are justified, and did by the sacrifice of himself, in the blood of his cross, undergoing in their stead the penalty due unto them, make a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God's justice in their be:
half: yet inasmuch as he was given by the Father for them, and his obedience and satisfaction accepted in their stead, and both freely, not for any thing in them, their justification is only of free grace, that both the exact justice and rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners.
IV. God did from all eternity decree to justify all the elect, and Christ did in the fulness of time die for their sins, and rise again for their justification: nevertheless, they are not justified personally, until the Holy Spirit doth in due time actually apply Christ unto them.
V. God doth continue to forgive the sins of those that are justified ; and although they can never fall from the state of justification, yet they may by their sins fall under God's fatherly displeasure : and in that condition they have not usually the light of his countenance restored unto them, until they humble themselves, confess their sins, beg pardon, and renew their Faith and repentance.
VI. The justification of believers under the old Testament, was in all these respects one and the same with the justification of believers under the New Testament.
CHA P. XII.
ALL those that are justified, God vouchaseth in and for his only Son Jesus Christ to make partakers of the grace of adoption, by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God, have his pame put upon them, receive the spirit of adoption, have access to the throne of grace with boldness, are enabled to ery Abba Father, are pitied, protected, provided for, and chastened by him as by a Father, yet never cast off, but sealed to the day of redempe tion, and inherit the promises as heirs of everlasting salvation.
THEY that are effectually called and regenerated, being united to Christ, having a new heart anů a new spirit created in them, through the virtue of Christ's death and resurrection, are also further sanctified