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condition by sin, before ic closes with Christ.
3. A firm perswasion that there is no other way of salvation, but by Christ alone.
4. A clear knowledge that Christ is able 10 save to the uttermost, all that come to God by him; and willing to save, and ready to receive such as do own hiin for the true Messias, and unfeig. nedly give up themselves unco him.
5. An earnest desire, a real chirsting after an interest in this Saviour.
6. An actual giving up the soul to Christ, de pending on him
wholly and alone for pardon und life; firmly crusting in him to be justified, sancti. fied, and everlastingly saved by him.
This is the soul truly and really united unco Christ. And being by Faith and Love thus joy n. ed to the Lord, (as the Apostle speaks, 1 Cor. 6.17.) is one Spirit, i. e. is governed by one and the self-fame Spirit. The Scripture secs forch this admirable spiritual union by these four earthly resemblances. By the union
1. of the Husband and wife, Eph.5.2 3. The husband is the head of the wife, even as Chrift is the head of the Church: and he is the SaviQur of the body.
2. Of the Head and Members. Eph.1.22,23. Hath put all things under his feet, and giver him to be bead over all things to the Church, which is his body.
3. of ihe ftones in the building, with the foundation whereon they rest and are built, Eph.2.22. In whom you also are builded together, for an habitation of God through the Spirit, 1 Cor.3.11.
4. Of the vine and the Branches, John 15.5. I am the Vine, ge are the Branches.
So chat when we do willingly betroth our selves to Christ, and consent to take him for our Lord and Husband, and to be his loyall spouse : when we are willing to be in subjection to him, and to be ruled by him, as the members of the body are by the head : when we de pend, and rest and rely on him alone for our salvation, as the stones reft on the foundation : Lastly, when we derive Grace and Holinesse from him, as the branches derive juice, vertue, and fap from the root and stock, and do bring forth fruits in him, and to him ; then is there å real, and spiritual union wrought becween Christ and our soules.
Thus much concerning the Nature of saving Faich: The Conclusions I shall lay down concerning ir, are these;
1. Though Christ bach paid down a sufficient price on the Crosse, for the ranforing and buying in of lost and undone finners, yet we are not justified and absolved from the guilc of our fins, till we do actually close with him by Faith. 2. True faving Faith, is not a strong perswasion, that all a mans fins are pardoned by Christ's Merics, and that he is in Gods Favou, and in a good state and condition: For 'tis evident many
of Gods dear servancs are exercised with doubts, and feares concerning themselves ; and many Gracelesse wretches, that never felt the barden of fin, nor ever made much Conscience of walking holily, are most confident of their own good condition : Therefore this confident, uxgrounded perswafion cannot be crue Faich; for then, hardnesse of heart, would make the best Faith; and he that could prefume most, and be most fecure, and free from doubts, would be the trueft believer, For a man to be confident of his good condition, while he lies under the power and reign of fin, is the grofleft unbelief in the world: 'Tis co believe the flat contrary to what God hath revealed in the Word, i Cor. 6.9. Know ye not (saith the Apostle) that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdome of GodBe not deceived, neither fornicatours, nor Idolaters, por adulterets, nor effeminate, nor abusers of them. felves with mankind, ner thieves, nor covetous not drunkards,nor revilers, norextortioners ,shall inheris the Kingdom of God. Therefore a confident refting on Chrift for salvacion, (if it be not a resting 16cording to the Word) will not serve the curn.
3. Fiducially, and savingly to believe on Christ, is not an act of mans power,but wrought in the soul by the Spirit of God; who doch
effe ctually enlighten, perswade and draw the heart, and affift, and enable the soul, to give up it felf unco Christ. Beg therefore che assistance of this blessed Spirit, whom God hath promised to give to shem that ask hino, Lake 1 i ġ. And in the aid of his Grace, give up thy self unfeignedly unto Christ, co be justified, sanctified, and everlastingly saved by him.
4. A true believer may fear, and be in doubt, chac he hach not given up himself to Christ wnfeignedly; and this fear may proceed from the abundance of his love to Christ, and earnest defore to be aslur'd of an interest in him, which makes him think he can never be certain enough of him ; Love is follicitous, and full of tears, left it should msse che person beloved.
5. They that truly close with Christ, do take him tor their Lord, as well as for their Saviour. None come to Christ by Faith, and savingly believe on him, but they cleave to him by love also, and live to him by obedience. True Faith on Christ, will beger love to Christ, and love will bring forth obedience.
6. The forest mark of true believing in Christ, is a new and holy life. 'Tis the property of Faith to purifie the heart, and so to work a change in the life and conversation. Dost chou make Conscience therefore of all Christ's commands? And art thou careful to refrain thy feet from every evil way? Who ever is in Christ, is a
new Creature, 2 Cor.5: 17. Hath the love of Cbrift shed abroad in his heart, and that love con ftraines bim to yeeld fencere obedience: Hath the Spirit of Christ, Rom 8.9. not only to comfort him, but to counsel and direct him, to lead him in the pachs of truth and holinesse, and to uphold him from caking any desperace and irrecoverable falls, either in matter of judgment or practise. These are the Conclusions.
I come now in the third place, to the Motives and Encouragements to believe in Cbrist.
1. Consider for chy encouragement, bow able Christ is to save thee. There is inore merit in the Son of God, to obtain our pardon, than there is guilt of sin in us, to merit condemnation. For the person suffering, being (as to his God-head) infinite, and che merit and value of bis sufferings depending on the dignity and worth of his perfon, the fatisfaction made, must needs be infinite, and so abundantly sufficient.
2. Consider his willingnes and readinesse to accept to mercy all poor humbled sinners, that come unto him: He never rejected any man that came unto him, and acknowledged him for the true Messias, and unfeignedly gave up himself to be saved by him.
His willingnesse co fave sinners, cannot but appear to thee, if thou considereft these three chings. 1. His gracious words before he came into the world. The Prophet in the person of