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that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe
on the name of the Son of God.' f. 1. 10. • Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that
obeyeth the voice of his fervant, that walketh ' in darkness, and hath no light ? let him trust in " the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God?
Howbeit, there is some Assurance in justifying Faith itself: I Thell. i. 5. Our gofpel came not • unto you in word only, but also in pawer, and ' in the Holy Ghoft, and in much assurance.' Heb. x. 22. Let us draw near with a true heart, . in full affurance of faith, having our hearts
fprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Jer. iii. 19. ' But I
faid, How shall I put thee among the children, ' and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage • of the hosts of nations ? And I said, Thou shalt
call me, My father, and shalt not turn away • from me.' Hof. ii. 23. ' And I will say to them • which were not my people, Thou art my peo. * ple; and they shall say, Thou art my God.? Rom. iv. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Abraham staggered 6. not at the promise of God through unbelief ; ' but was strong in faith, giving glory to God:
and being fully perfuaded, that what he had pro
mised, he was able also to perform. And there"fore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Now it was not written for his fake alone, that ' it was imputed to him ; but for us also, to whom • it Mall be imputed, if we believe on him that
raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. The Assurance which is in justifying Faith itself, isi that whereby, in believing on Christ for Salva. tion, the Party is persuaded, in greater or lesser Measure, of God's Love of Good
will to him, and 20..14
that Christ will save him from Sin and Wrath ; i John iv. 14.
. And we have seen, and do teftify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Savi.
our of the world. verf. 16.' And we have • known and believed the love that God hath to ' us.' Chap. v. 10. 11. ' He that believeth on
the Son of God, hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God, hath made him a lyar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life : and this life is in his Son. John iii. 16. 17. 'God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be faved.' Compared with 1 Thel. i. 5. Our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghoft, and in much as. 'surance. Als xv.11.'We believe, that, through
the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be ' saved even as they.' James i. 6. 7, • But lett him ak in faith, nothing wavering : for he that
wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with 'the wind, and tossed. For let not that man 1
think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.' The Ground from whence this Asurance is raised, is, the Word of the Gospel allenarly, demona Strated by the Spirit in the Work of saving Illumination : 1 Cor. ii. 4. 5. ' And my speech, and
my preaching was not with enticing words of 'man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spi' rit, and of power : that your faith should not 'stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power
• of God.' There may be doubting of God's Good-will and of Salvation, where this Assurance of them hath place : Matth. xiv. 31. And im• mediately Jesus said unto Peter, O thou of little ' faith, wherefdre didst thou doubt?' And that may be, inasmuch as they are Contraries capable of various Degrees, the one weakened as the other gathers Strength : Mark ix. 24. ' And straight
way the father of the child cried out, and said ' with tears, Lord, I believe ; help thou mine un« belief.'
i Thel. i. 5. Matth. xiv. 31. above cited. But where Doubts are reigning, to the barring of any Assurance of these Things at all, true Faith is barred too, James i. 6. 7. If
. 1.10. I John v. 10. 11. forecited.
True Peace of Conscience is the Calm that ensues in the Conscience purged from Guilt by the Blood of Christ : If. xxxiii. ult. ' And the inha. • bitant shall not say, I am fick: the people that • dwell therein, shall be forgiven their iniquity.' Heb. x. 2. ' The worshippers once purged, should
have had no more conscience of sins.' Chap. ix. 14. • How much more shall the blood of Christ,
who, through the eternal Spirit, offered him • self without spot to God, purge your conscience ' from dead works to serve the living God?' The Ground of true Peace of Conscience, is Peace with God: Rom. v. 1. ' Therefore being justified by
faith, we have peace with God, through our • Lord Jesus Chris.. Compared with Col. iii. 15. • Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.' It is discerned from false Peace, in that it is strengthened by the Light of the Word, and not main, tained without warring against Sin: John iii. 20. 21. Every one that doth evil, hateth the light,
. 193 neither cometh to the light, left his deeds should be reproved. But he that doth truth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifeft,
that they are wrought in God.' Psal. cxix. 165. ! Great peace have they which love thy law : and ' nothing shall offend them.' Compared with Gal. V. 17. • The flesh lufteth against the Spirit, and 'the Spirit againft the Aesh: and these are con
trary the one to the other ; so that ye cannot ? do the things that ye would.'
By Joy in the Holy Ghost is meant, spiritual Joy, whereof the Holy Ghost is the Author : Rom. xiv. 17. "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink,
but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the ' Holy Ghost.'. Compared with Gal. v. 22. ' The • fruit of the Spirit is joy.' Psal. xiv. 7. 'God,
thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of glad ness above thy fellows. Compared with John iii. 34. 'God giveth not the Spirit by measure un
to him.' The Spring of Joy in the Holy Ghost is, Sense of Grace received, and Hope of Glory : IS. Ixi. 1o. 'I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath 'clothed me with the garments of salvation, he
hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with orna'ments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her ' jewels.' Rom. v. 2. 'We rejoice in hope of the
glory of God.' It is discerned from the delusive Joy of Hypocrites, in that Victory over Sin, felt and hoped for, is a chief Spring of it, Spirituality and Vigour in Duties of Obedience are the Effects of it: 1 Pet. i. 8. 9. 'Whom having not seen, ye
love ; in whom though now ye fee him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable, N
6 and full of glory : receiving the end of your • faith, even the salvation of your souls.'
I Cor. xv. 55. 56. 57. ' death, where is thy fting? O
grave, where is thy vi&tory? The fting of death . is fin; and the strength of fin is the law.
thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory,
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Compared with Rev. v. 9. 10. 'And they sung a new song,
saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof : for thou wast Nain, and halt redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and
nation; and haft made us unto our God kings ' and priests : and we shall reign' on the earth. Philip. iii. 3. “We are the circumcision, which • worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ
Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Neh. viii. 10. " The joy of the Lord is your strength.' Compared with Psal. cxix. 32. I will run the
way of thy. commandments, when thou shalt • enlarge my heart.'
None can have true Peace of Conscience, nor Joy in the Holy Ghoft, but true Believers : Jl. Ivii. ult. “ There is no peace, faith my God, to
the wicked.' And when they have attained them, they may lose them again : Psal. li. 8. - Make me ' to hear joy and gladness : that the bones which
thou haft broken, may rejoice. But the Seed of them, from whence they may be revived, cannot be loft, but abides with Believers in all Cases : Psal. xcvii. 11. 'Light is sown for the righteous,
and gladness for the upright in heart. Compared with : John iii. 9: Whosoever is born of
God, doth not commit sin; for his feed remaineth in him; and he cannot sin, because he is