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Quest. 20. Did God leave all Mankind to perish in the Estate of Sin and Mifery
Ans. God having out of his mere good Pleasure, from all Eternity, elected fome to everlasting Life, did enter into a Covenant of Grace, to deliver them out of the Estate of Sin and Misery, and to bring them into an Estate of Salvation by a Redeemer.
The Electare some certain Persons of Mankind, whom God 'hath, chosen to everlasting Life, pasir, by others : Acts xii. 48.' And as many as were
ordained to eternal life, believed.' Jude verf. 4. 'For there are certain men crept a unawares,
who were before of old ordaineü to this condem ? nation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our 'God into lasciviousness, and denying the only 'Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. This Election or Choice was made from Eternity : Epha i. 4. ' According as he hath chosen us in him, be
fore the foundation of the world, that we should "be holy, and without blame before him in love.' And it infallibly secures their eternal Salvation, with all the Means leading thereto : Rom. viii. 30. forecited. Nothing foreseen in the Creature,' neither Faith nor good Works, was the Cause of Election; but only God's mere good Pleasure was the Cause of it : Eph i. 6. "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved!
Now, the way that God provided the Relief, was, that he entered into a second Covenant, the Covenant of Grace. The Design of the Covenant of Grace, was, to deliver the Elecz out of the E.:. State of Sin and Misery, and to bring them into an Estate of Salvation by a Redeemer.
The Covenant of Grace, then, was made with Jesus Christ, as the Second Adam, Party.contractor: Psal. lxxxix, 3. 'I have made a covenant with my chosen. Compared with i Com 1145.
The laft Adam was made a quickening spirit? Gal. iii. 16. Now to Abraham and his fred were the promises made. He faith not, And to feeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy feed,