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liness and sanctification : And this duty he from the curse of God, and the sentence preiseth fronı several arguments; as, 1. We of the law, is so far from loosing believers are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the from a close and hcly walking, and openfield; we are bound by virtue of a strong ing a door to licentiousness and impiety; Tre and obligation, not to be servants to that, on the contrary, it is the most kiodtre body of death, fieih and corruption, ly ground on which diligence and increase but to ihe Spirit, for this is clearly to be in holiness groweth, and a sweet kindly urderilood. And, 2. if gre live after the principle from which it flowerh: for from feb, ye bali die: this is an argument taken the former doctrine, touching their intefrom ine disadvantage, or loss which they reit in Chrift, and freedom from condemfhall be ai, if they follow such a course to nation, he now infereth by a formal, rathe end; there is a connection betwixt such tional consequence, Therefore we are deba course and death, as betwixt the means tors, &c. and the cod; so that if they follow the I II. The greater room ministers have in motions and desires of corruption, they the affections of people, their exhortations will hare a comfortless, lad dwining life to duty will be the more heartily welcoinhere; and if they hold on, will utterly | ed: Therefore, says he, brethren, we are perilh erernally. 3. But if je through the debtors, &c. Spirit do moriify the deed's of the body, je NII. However there be great difference Wall live: upon the oiher hand, if ihey, among the children of God, both in ret; virtue of the Spirit of God, be labour- spect of gifts, i Cor. xii. 4. &c. and of ing daily to put the life out of corruption, graces, i John ii. 12. 13.; yet all have and that body of death, they shall have a che fame fpiritual and real interest in God comfortable and refreshful life here, and as their Father, Matih, vi. 9. Gal. i. 4. is erd shall live the life of glory for ever. Eph. i. 2. Col. i. 2. i Thel. i. 11. 2 Thes.
4. For as many as are led by the Spirit of ii. 16. and in Christ as their brother, Heb. | God, they are the fons of God; that is, If i. 11. and therefore should so look upon,
se will mortify the deeds of the body, by and carry themselves towards one another, folowing the instruction and guidance of in all their deportment, and contribute the Spirit of God, ye shall thereby evidence, their affistance, for the mutual furthering both to your own consciences, and to o of one another in the ways of God, and thers, that ye are the fons of God. And thac in a most loving and brotherly manhereby alio he confirmeth the former ar- ner; as Paul doth here, though an apostle,
udent, and theweth, why they shall live and so one who might have used authoriit they wortify the deeds of the body; ty, and thereby have commanded, he exuscante, if they do so, they are children, horts them as brethren ; I berefore, bread all his children hall live. And all this thren, . &c. i conárned by a sweet compellation, Bre: 1V. Tho' there be some duties which turen, lays he; whereby he would shew, peculiarly are laid upon strong and emi
ibs was under the fame obligation with nent Christians, Rom. siv. 1. 2. 3. &c. and ciem, ani that he lid no more bonds on xv. 1. &c. and some prefied upon such as men than on himself.
are weak, Rom. xiv. 3. 22.; yer the duiy
of growth in grace, and advancement of From verfe 12. OBSERVE,
Christianity, is that which all, be they as # I. Afsurance of an interest in Christ, and eminent as Paul the apostle, or be they of a sight to the excellent privileges which far short of him, are obliged unro: Thereare the inheritance of believers here-away, fore says he, we are debtors, &c. puting in particular, an assurance of freedom | himself under the yoke with the rest.
children: 1 tbren, Scho there
proven of God, in the depth of his wifo | 14. and easily besering us, Heb. xii. 1. com, for bringing such to life who are for we hear of the deeds of the body. appointed thereto in God's unchangeable IX. Tho'chis body will never be goiten
utterly rooted out of the believer while V. Albeit the threatenings of eternal | he is here, so as it thould no more have death in the word, which we find knit to any residence or abode, Phil. iii. 12.; yet such and such conditions, fay not that be- it may be gotten fo weakened in its babi. lievers shall, or may, finally and fully fall | tual actings, as it shall not trouble the into that course, nor yet that they shall or poor believer as formerly; it shall not have may utterly perish; yet they hold forth a fuch life, vigour, strength, activity; and firm connection between the evil, threaten. readiness in perplexing and crosling him ed as the end, and the condition for which, in du:ies, and drawing him to fin; for as the mean; so that it is an everlasting this body and its deeds may be goiten mor. truth, that whosoever followeth such or tified, and believers are presled to this dufuch a course, and particularly liveth af ty, to mortify the deeds of the boity; hence ter the fieth, they shall die; for if ye live it is said to be crucified, Rom. vi. 6. and after the flelh, ye Jhall die. See Rom. vi. 25. | so its blood and spirits, as it were, are let
VI. Yet as believers may, in many out : See Gal. v. 24. 2 Cor. iv. 16. things, be swayed with corruption, and X. Albeit this body of death will never follow the swing thereof; so thall they be to:ally killed, and its lite fully put out, hereby procure to themselves a dead, so long as our life is in; yet it is the duty heartless, and comfortless condition in a l of believers to be defiring its utter de. world, and to lose the comfort of their struction, to be aiming at, and endeavourspiritual condition; and thus, If they walking so to kill it, as it may never stir more; after the field, they fall die; taking the to have an irreconcileable hatred thereat; threatening in this lense.
and therefore to be daily fighting and conVII. There is no perfection in holiness | tending against it, and looking upon it as on this side of time, but God hath thought | his deadly enemy, and afting towards it fit, that though at once Christ has fatisfi. accordingly, he should be mortifying it, ed for the guilt of sin, and it be so far re- giving it fresh blows and wounds every moved, as that believers shall never there- day: If you mortify the deeds of the body. fore be brought into condemnation, yet See Heb iii. 5. i Cor. iv. 27. 2 Cor. iv. 1 6. their advancement in holiness shall proceed and vii. 1. And all this notwithstanding that by degrees, Phil. iii. 12. 2 Cor. iv. 16. it was utterly crucified and flain upon the 2 Pet. iii. 18. and therefore there is still an cross with Christ, by way of merit and exold man of fin within them, and a body, | ample, Rom. vi. 6. and initially in our rethat fill abides so long as they are in the generation, when we get a new disposition, body, Rom. vii. 24.; for here there is even and a principle of life. in believers, a body, whose deeds must be XI. It is not a duty within the reach of mortified. See Gal. v. 17. I Johni. 8. I believers, which they will get accomplish
VIII. This body and indwelling lin, ed of themselves; it will not be their duwhich fill abides in believers, is not idle į ties, vows, purposes, and resolutions, that and dead, but is living and working, la will put out the life of corruption, or weakbouring to bring forth deeds of the fleth en iis force; but the only efficient cause of daily, rebelling against the law of the this work is the Spirit of God, who sends mind, Rom vii. 23. and lusting to envy, down new influences of grace, Eph. iii. 16. James iv. 5. and against the Spirit, Gal. v. 17. 8. and makes the habit of grace to 17. tempting and conceiving lin, James i. i grow and flourilh, who weakens corrup