« FöregåendeFortsätt »
glory was to be done away ; how shall not the • ministration of the spirit be rather glorious ?' The Gospel is the Word of the glad Tidings of Salvation to Sinners, through Jesus Christ : Aets xiii. 26. "To you is the word of this salvation ' sent.' Luke ii. 10. 11. ' And the angel said unto the • shepherds, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. * For unto you is born this day, in the city of Da vid, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
The Work of the Spirit, in effectual Calling, acting as a Spirit of Life within us, is a quickening Work, giving Life to the dead Soul: Eph. ii. 5.
God, even when we were dead in sins, hath quick• ened us together with Chrift.' Compared with John vi. 63. forecited. In his saving Operation, then, on the Mind and Will, bringing Sinners to Christ, he acts irresistibly, yet without the least Violence done to their Will: Jer. xxxi. 18. I have surely heard * Ephraim bemoning him felf thus, Thou hast chaf<tised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unac
customed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be I turned; for thou art the Lord my God.? Cant. i. 4. Draw me, we will run after thee. Now, that quickening Work is the same with Regeneration taken strictly for the Beginning of the new Creature : John i. 12. 13. ' As many as received him, s to them gave he power to become the fons of « God, even to them that believe on his name: • which were born, not of blood, nor of the will
of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.' Compared with Chap. iij. 6. ' That which is born
of the Spirit, is fpirit.'
The quickening or regenerating Work of the Spirit on our Minds, is saving Illumination or
Enlightening: John i. 4. ' In him was life, and
the life was the light of men. Chap. viii. 12. " Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world he that followeth me, shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.' ph. v. 1 4. Wherefore " he faith, Awake thou that fleepest, and arise 6 from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.' Saving Illumination is a quickening Work of the Spirit, inasmuch as it is a renewing of our Minds, by Nature under the Darkness of Death, in point of saving Knowledge: Rom. xii. 2. “And be ye
not conformed to this world: but be ye tranf. ' formed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect will of God.' John. V. 20. ? And we • know that the Son of God is come, and hath given ' us an understanding, that we may know him that ' is true.' Matth. iv. 16. The people which sar in
darkness, faw great light : and to them which sat ' in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung
up. Eph. iv. 18. ' Having the understanding darkvseened, being alienated from the life of God,
through the ignorance that is in them, because of
the blindness of their heart.' 1 Cor. ii. 14. 'The • natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither
he know them, because they are spiritually • discerned. The Effect of saving Illumination on us, is the Knowledge of Christ, by way of spiritual Sight : Eph. i. 17. 18. That the God of our Lord
Jefus Christ, the Father of glory, may give un
to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, in " the knowledge of him : the eyes of your under. standing being enlightened.' John vi. 40.' And
this is the will of him that sent me, that
every one which feeth the Son, and believeth on him,
may have everlasting life. The Sight we get of Christ by saving Illumination, is a Sight of him in the transcendent Glory of his Person and Offices, offered to us in particular : 2 Cor. iv. 6. For • God, who commanded the light to shine out of • darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the
light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in • the face of Jesus Christ.' John i. 14.,' And the • Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and
we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.' i Thel. i. 5. ' For our gospel came not unto you • in word only, but also in power, and in the Ho
ly Ghost, and in much assurance. It is in the Word of the Gospel that Christ is so leen spiritually: 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we all, with open face,
beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,' &c. Compared with Rom. X. 6.7.8. But the righteous.
ness which is of faith, speaketh on this wise, Say * not in thine heart, Who Thall ascend into heaven? • (that is, to bring Christ down from above); or, · Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to • bring up Christ again from the dead) But what
faith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy * mouth, and in thy heart that is the word of
faith which we preach.' We come to see Christ in the Gospel, in the work of saving Illumination, because in it the Spirit clears and dentonstrates the Gospel to us, for a Ground of our Believing in particular : 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 Spirit, and ! of power : that your faith should not stand in
137 6 the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.' The Spirit clears and demonstrates unto us, the Gospel to be the infallible Word of God, and his Word to us in particular : 1 Thell. ii. 13. 'For
this caufe also thank we God without cealing, . because when ye received the word of God · which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the
word of men, but (as it is in truth) the word of • God, which effectually worketh also in you that ' believe. Chap. i. 5. forecited. And that is an internal Attestation of the Word of the Gospel unto us, distinct from the clearest external or mi. nisterial Attestation of it: John xv. 26. 27. When
the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall teftify of me. And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.'
The quickening or regenerating Work of the Spirit on our Wills, is the renewing of them : Ezek. xxxvi. 26. ' A new heart also will I give you, and
a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony beart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of fleth. The Effect of the Spirit's renewing our Wills, is, their being made pliable to the Gospel-call, Ezek. xxxvi. 26. above cited. Psal. cx. 3. - Thy people shall be
willing in the day of thy power.' The renewing of our Wills is a quickening Work of the Spirit, inasmuch as our Will is, by Nature, under the Bands of Death, so as it hath no Power to comply with the Call of the Gospel : John v. 25. Ve.
rily verily I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear, shall live.'
Chap. vi. 44. 'No man can come to me, except • the Father which hath sent me, draw him.' Eph. ii. 1. 'And you hath he quickened who were dead o in trespasses and sins. vers. 5. ' Even when we
were dead in sins, hath he quickened us together (with Christ.'
The Part that faving Illumination, and the renewing of our Wills, have in the persuading and enabling us to embrace Jesus Christ, is, that thereby the Persuasion is perfected, and we are enabled to embrace him accordingly : John vi. 45. It is ' written in the prophets, And they shall be all
taught of God. Every man therefore that hath • heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh ' unto me.' Chap. i. 12. 13. ' As many as re
ceived him, to them gave he power to become
the fons of God, even to them that believe on • his name : which were born, not of blood, nor · . r of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man,
but of God.' And the Persuasion being perfected, and we enabled to embrace Chrift, the Spirit infallibly produceth in us actual coming to Christ, and embracing him by Faith, John vi. 45. forecited. Compared with Phil. ii. 13. It is God • which worketh in you, both to will and to do
of his good pleasure.'
And that our coming to Christ by Faith infallibly issues in Converfion : 1 Pet. iii. 18. • Christ hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, • that he might bring us to God.? Conversion is a Sinner's turning again unto God, from whom he turned away in Adam : Acts xxvi. 20. 'That
they should repent, and turn to God, and do works • meet for repentance. It is brought about, through our coming to Chrift by Faith, in that