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4. As for those wicked and 4. The divine grace of God ungodly men, whom God, as a floweth unto all men,--but those righteous judge, for former sins, who will not receive and apply doth blind and harden, from it, but follow the wicked inclithem he not only with-holdeth nations of their own corrupt nahis grace whereby they might ture, in the pursuit and practice have been enlightened in their of evil, and neglect to exercise understandings, and wrought their free-wilt in co-operating upon in their hearts ;—but with that Divine gift,—thereby sometimes also withdraweth harden their own hearts, and the gifts which they had, and blind their understandings, unexposeth them to such objects til at length they become totalas their corruption makes occa- ly unfitted for the reception of sion for sin ;-and withal gives heavenly light and life, and them over to their own lusts, consequently cannot be saved. the temptations of the world, and the power of Satan, whereby it comes to pass that they harden themselves, even under those means which God useth for the softening of others.

[Chap. v. sect. 6.]

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Of Original Sin and Heredita- of Original Sin and Heredita

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Evil. 1. Our first parents being the 1. Hereditary evils exist, and root of all mankind, the guilt of are inherited from parents suetheir sin was imputed, and the cessively, but they are not imsame death in sin, and corrupt- puted, except to those who make ed nature conveyed to all their them their own by actual composterity, descending from them mission ;-consequently all inby ordinary generation.

fants are saved. 2. This corruption of nature, 2. This corruption of our naduring this life, doth remain in ture, by a life of charity and those that are regenerated ; and faith, and consequent regeneraalthough it be through Christ tion, may in a great degree be DOCTRINES

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pardoned and mortified, yet, both extirpated, and the mere natuitself, and all the motions there. ral affections reduced to a deof, are truly and properly sin. gree of heavenly order.

[Chap. vi. sect.. 3 & 5.]

Of Christ the Mediator, and of Of Christ the Mediator, and of Redemption.

Redemption. 1. It pleased God, in his eter- 1. It pleased Jehovah God, in nal purpose, to choose and or. his eternal purpose, and in the dain the Lord Jesus his only be- fulness of time, to assume the gotten Son, to be the mediator human nature in the person of between God and mán.

Jesus Christ, for the purpose of The Son of God, the second redeeming mankind and gloriperson in the Trinity, being ve- fying that Humanity, which is ry and eternal God, of one sub- called the Son of God. stance and equal with the Father, did, when the fulness of time was come,

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2. The Lord Jesus, by his 2. The Lord Jesus Christ, as perfect obedience and sacrifice Divine Truth, by acts of Reof himself, which he, through demption, which were spiritual the eternal spirit, once offered combats with, and subjection of up unto God, hath fully satisfied the hells and infernal spirits, the justice of his Father ; and and the removal of evils from purchased not only reconcilia- man ;-as also by the glorification, but an everlasting inheri- tion of his Humanity, and the tance in the kingdom of Hea- uniting of it with the Father or ven, for all those whom the Fa. Divine Good (by which man ther hath given unto him. was enabled to approach nearer [Confession of Faith, to the Divinity, and the Divinichap. viii. sect. 1, 2, & 5.] ty to man) hath fully establish

ed the means of salvation to all those who live a life of charity. and keep his commandments.

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3. Christ maketh intercession, 3. “This humanity being the by his appearing in our nature medium by which man may come continually before the Father in to God the Father, and God the Heaven, in the merit of his obe. Father to man, and thereby be dience and sacrifice on earth, his teacher and guide unto saldeclaring his will to have it ap- vation,-therefore the Son of plied to all believers; answering God, by whom is meant the Huall accusations against them; manity of God the Father, is and procuring for them quiet of called the Saviour and the Meconscience notwithstanding dai- diator : Intercession, consely failings, access and boldness quently, is perpetual mediation; to the throne of grace,

for true love, whence mercy, ceptance of their persons and clemency and grace proceed, service.

perpetually intercedeth, that is [Larger Catechism, mediateth for those who do his question 55.] commandments, and are thereby

the objects of his love.” E. S. 4. The grace of God is mani- 4. The love and mercy of God fested in the second Covenant, is manifested, in his freely proin that he freely provideth and viding the means of salvation to offereth to sinners a mediator, all mankind, by his assuming the and life and salvation by him; human nature, and therein, by and requiring faith as the con- acts of redemption, removing dition to interest them in him, hell or evil from them ; thereby promiseth and giveth his holy giving them power to receive spirit to all his elect, to work in and apply the influences of his them that faith, with all other holy spirit, and to live a life of saving graces.

charity and faith, as the condi[16. Quest. 32, and Confes- tion of eternal life and salva

sion of Faith, chap. vii.] tion.

Of Free-Will.

Of Free-Will. 1. Man, by his fall into a state 1. Man, by increase of hereof sin, hath wholly lost all abili. ditary evil, is naturally averse ty of will to any spiritual good from spiritual things; but every accompanying salvation; so as one receives from the Lord the

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a natural man being altogether power of doing good, and reaverse from that good, and dead fraining from evil, and of prein sin, is not able by his own paring himself by such acts for strength to convert himself, or eternal life ;-of course, man to prepare himself thereunto. hath free-will in spiritual [Confession of Faith, things.

chap. ix. sect. 3.]

Of Effectual Calling and Re-. Of Effectual Calling and Regeneration.

generation. 1. All those whom God hath 1. All those who refrain from predestinated unto life, and those evils, and live a life of charity only, he is pleased in his ap- and faith, are, by the co-operapointed and accepted time, ef- tion of the holy spirit, gradualfectually to call by his word and ly removed from the state of sin spirit, out of that state of sin and corruption which they are and death, in which they are by in by nature, to a spiritual state nature, to grace and salvation of virtue and purity,_and by Jesus Christ.

finally to salvation. 2. This effectual call is of 2. This spiritual state of. God's free and special grace Heavenly purity, is effected solealone, not from any thing at ly by the exertions of man's freeall foreseen in man, who is al- will (in refraining from evils as together passive therein, until sins against God, and living a being quickened and renewed good life) co-operating with the by the holy spirit, he is thereby divine influence flowing unto enabled to answer this call, and all; thereby making himself a to embrace the grace offered fit subject for the reception of and conveyed in it.

further communications of the [Confession of Faith, Holy Spirit,—which co-operates chap. x. sect. 1 8. 2.] so far only in regeneration, as

man exerts his free-will.

Of Gentilism.

Of Gentilism. 1. They who having never 1. They who having never heard the Gospel, know not Je. heard of the Gospel, and know

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sus Christ, and believe not on not the Lord Jesus Christ,-if him, cannot be saved, be they they acknowledge the being of never so diligent to frame their a God, and live a conscientious lives according to the light of life of charity and virtue, acnature, or the laws of that recording to the best light they ligion which they possess ;- have; thereby become fit recepneither is there salvation in any tacles of the life and faith of other but in Christ alone, who Heaven, in their degree, and is the Saviour only of his body, are consequently saved. the Church. [Larger Catechism,

question 60.]

Of Justification and Good Of Justification and Good Works.

Works. 1. Those whom God effectu- 1. Those who live a life of ally calleth, he also freely justi. goodness according to the comfieth .. not for any thing mandments, and believe on the wrought in them, or done by Lord Jesus Christ, will be savthem, but for Christ's sake ed ; and such life and faith alone ; not by imputing faith it will be imputed to them. self, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them as their righteousness, but by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them, they receiving and resting on him and his righteousness by faith; which faith they have not of themselves, it is the gift of God.

2. Faith thus receiving and 2. Such life of goodness and resting on Christ and his right- charity, is the essential means eousness, is the alone instru- of salvation and justification, ment of justification ; yet it is 'yet it is never alone,ếalways not alone in the person justifi- producing and accompanying a

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