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procured by Christ's doing the will of the Father, and offering himself a sacrifice that he might fanctify the people with his own blood, is the Spirit of all tho literal purifications under the Old-Teftament difpenfai tion, and as it is the work and office of the Holy Spirit to glorify Chrilt, to take of his, and thew it to them, fo leading to him as the fountain opened to the house of David for sin, and for separation for uncleanness. That separation from God which is the fruit of uncleanness by reason of fin, is removed only by washing herein. Hence it is called the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. Titus iii. 5. As regeneration, being born of God, born of the spirit, is explained by John, ist epistle vili" whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God,”-fo this washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost is said to be shed forth abundantly or richly thro' Jesus Christ, as the Spirit teftifying of Christ agreeable to the word, shews à rich abundance of all things in him pertaining both to life and godlinefs, which is communicated through the knowledge of him who is made of God, Sanctification. The fanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth are fpoken of together, 2d Ther. ii. 13. For as soon as the knowledge of Christ or be: lief of the truth takes place, they are fanctified or fet apart through that truth to the obedience of it. Active sanctification takes place in their attendance to his revealed will, agreeable to ist Peter i. 22. “ seeing ye. have purified your, fouls in obeying the truth through the Spirit, unto unfeigned love of the brethren." Hence that which governs the disciples of Christ in their obedience, is his revealed will or law, which is put into their hearts with the knowledge of himself, of the dignity and allsufficiency of his one facrifice to take away sin, on account of which he will be merciful'to their unrighteousness, and remember their fins no more-and of his authority and dominion at the Father's right hand in the heavenly places, far above all prin
.. . . . . cipality,
cipality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named. I say, with the knowledge of the glory of Christ, comes the authority of his Law into the mind and heart; which may not in any instance be difpensed with, and in obedience to which, active sanctification is made manifest. The law or word of Christ, thus put into the heart, is the good treasure of the heart, by which the difciples bring forth good things. Mark iv: 203 16 And these are they which are sown on good ground; fuch as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit." Hence they are exkorted, “ let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in
all wisdom." Col. iii. 16. This is able to make the ..man of God perfect, thoroughly furnished to every
good work--by which also they are saved, if they keep in memory what the apostles preached unto them. - As for holiness, -That which will ever benefit a guilty conscience, is in Christ, who is called freequently, the Holy One, in many passages in the prophet Isaiah, as well as in the Psalms, and in the Acts of the apofties, and other parts of the facred writings. And therefore sliould a man look to his Maker, and his eye have respect to the Holy One of Ifrael; the holiness of Jesus Christ is perfect, is what he has pleaded with fuccess with the Father, and it is made manifest in keeping the Father's commandments, in doing always the things that please bim, in keeping his statutes, his testimonies, and his laws, and observing them with his whole heart. But the holiness that is commonly * pleaded for as necessary iv order to bene
*". The bolinels that is commonly pleaded for as necessary in order to benefit by Christ's righteousness" however the expresion may be disavowed,
yet it is what is some way or other maintained or pleaded for by the greatest * part of the most efteemed religious teachers and writers. This appears to be
the defign of the frequent abuse of Hebrews xii. 14. “ follow peace with all men, and holidess, without which no man hall fee the Lord” which is an evident direction to the believing Hebrews in their Christian course ; though as it is often partially quoted and misapplied, it is quite pervered from its oo" riginal design, as may be seen by its connexion with the foregoing and folo
for these things, they are externals-the great thing is to have the heart right with God"-as if it were pollible to manifest a heart right with God without an ex. ternal obedience to his will ! That I may be fully understood, I'will mention one instance. When a man is pressed in conscience with the rules laid down in Matt. xviii. 15, 16, 17. andıstCorinth. v. 11. how often will he acknowledge with a figh, that things are not right, and he is very forry! But will excuse himself by taking fanctuary in this refuge of lies, and hiding place of deceit ; “ It will be well for me to take care of my own lieart.-The great thing is to look within, that all is right there-ihat I have a holy disposition of heartwhich I hope I have ; for I am sure I mourn before . God that things are as they are. I desire heartily to
" What art is requisite to conquer the 7 ift of Corin. i. 25, 26, 27, “ prejudices of the human heart ; to per-i i 28. “Because the foolishness “ suade men to renounce their darling of God is wiser than man, and “ fins, and submit to the self-denying me the weakness of God is Aronger " thods of divine grace! What address i į than men. For ye. see your cal. “ is necessary to detach their affections ling, brethren, how that not “ from present and sensible enjoyments, i many wife men after the flesh, not “ and induce them to pursue a distant many mighty, not many noble are “ happiness in a future and invisible I called. But God hath chosen the “ world! We must sometimes speak with foolish things of the world to con. “ the eloquence of orators, &c.” found the wise, and God hath " Page 13.
chosen the weak things of the .." The arts of perswasion, which are world to confound the mighty : • fo finely displayed in the writings of And base things of the world, " the celebrated orators of Greece and and things which are despised, “ Rome, are worthy to be imitated by | bath Gadchojen; yea, and things
those who are employed in a nobler which are not, 10 bring to nought “ cause. The spoils of Pagan learning ! | the things that are." Chap. iii, “ may with great propriety be confe- 1 1:19. " for the wisdom of this “ crated to adorn the sanctuary of the world is foclishness with God : “ moft HIGH GOD."
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] [wife in their own craftiness." They rather appear calculated to form as striking a contrast as can well be imagined. · Ag that pamphlet is in view, it may not be amiss to take notice respecting the Charge therein, of the inexpreffible disproportion between the authority that would have appeared in reading a single text of scripture as the mind of Chrift fignified by his apoftles concerning the duty of the elders of the churches ; and that which did appear in the repetition of “ WE charge “ you-WE charge you-Moreover, WE charge you-again WĘ charge. "you---finally, WE charge you,” Page 19 to 23,