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The State of Death unto Sin, for the kind of it, is such a State of Death as a crucified-Man-is in, who being nailed to the Cross, shall never come down, til he breathe out his last : Rom. vi. 6.

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Christ, that the body of fin might be destroyed,

that henceforth we should not ferve sin. Gal. vi. 14.' God forbid that I should glory, save in the

cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the

world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." And we are, by the Renewing in Sanctification, put into such a State of Death unto Sin, inasmuch as thereby the Dominion or reigning Power of the whole Body of Sins is destroyed, and the Pollution or Defilement of Sin is purged away from off the whole Man, though not perfectly in any Part: Rom. vi. 6. 14. forecited. Tit. iii. 5. Not by

works of righteousness, which we have done, * but according to his mercy he saved us, by the

washing of regeneration, and renewing of the • Holy Ghost.' Compared with John xiii. 10. Je• sus faith to him, He that is washed, needeth not, • fave to wash his feet, but is clean every whit:

and ye are clean, but not all. The Dominion or reigning Power of Sin is deftroyed in us, by means of the Renewing in Sanctification, in that a contrary reigning Principle of Grace is thereby set in us : Rom. vi. 14. forecited. 1. 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 born of God.' The Pollution or Defilement of Sin is purged away by the same Means, inasmuch as the restored Image of God in us, makes us really pure and clean in the Sight of God, as far as it goes : Tit. iii. 5. above cited.

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Compared with Col. ii. 10.' And have put on the

new man, which is renewed in knowledge, after

the image of him that created him.' And we are in that State of Death unto Sin, in respect of our unrenewed Part, Gal. vi. 14. Compared with Rom. vi. 6. above cited.

The State of Life unto Righteousness, for the Kind of it, is such as a Man is in, who, being not only quickened, but risen and come forth of the Grave, is in an immediate Disposition for the common Actions of Life: Rom. vi. 4.' Therefore we

are buried with him by baptism into death : that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Col. 1. I.

If ye then be rifen with Christ, seek those things which are a

bove, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of . God.' Compared with Matth. xxviii. 6. 'Jesus ' is not here ; for he is risen, as he said.? Fohn xi. 44.

. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-cloaths : and his face

was bound about with a napkin. Jesus faith un

to them, Loose him, and let him go.' And we are, by the Renewing in Sanctification, put into such a State of Life unto Righteousness, inasmuch as thereby we are endowed with infused Habits of Grace, the immediate Principles of gracious ACtions : Deut. xxx. 6. "And the Lord thy God will

circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart,

and with all thy foul, that thou may ft live.' Heb. viii. 10.. For this is the covenant that I will make

with the house of Ifracl after those days, faith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts.' 2 Pet. i. 4.

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precious promises ; that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped

the corruption that is in the world through luft." We are in that State of Life unto Righteousnefs, in respect of our renewed Part: Gal. i 20. I am

crucified with Christ : nevertheless I live ; yet

not I, but Christ liveth in me : and the life which " I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the

Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself • for me. Compared with Rom. vii. 17. Now

then, it is no more I that do it, but sin that « dwelleth in me.'

Actual Sanctification is the work of the Spirit, wherehy we are enabled more and more to die unto Sin, and live unto Righteousness. Actual Holiness, proceeding from that State of Death and Life, con-fifts, in more and more dying unto Sin, and living unto Righteousness: Galv. 24. 'And they that are • Christ's, have crucified the flesh, with the af

fections and lusts. Rom. vi. 4. Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death : that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk « in newness of life.' vers. 6. • Knowing this, that

our old man is crucified with Christ, that the body of fin might be destroyed, that henceforth

we should not ferve sin. Compared with Prov.., iv. 18. “ The path of the just is as the shining

light, that shineth more and more unto the per

« fect day.'

Dying unto Sin more and more, lies in our mortifying of Sin, until it die out : Rom. viii.

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'If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of of the body, ye shall live. Col. iii. 5. Mortify

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earth; fornication, doc. The Sins which true Mortification is aimed against, are, the whole Body of the Sins of the Flesh, Col. ii. 11. Gal y. 24. forecited. We mortify them, by refusing Compliance with them, and acting the contrary Graces: Gal. v. 16. 17. (This I lay then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lufteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would?'. Tit. ii, 11. 12. 'The grace of God that bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men;

teaching us, that, denying ungodliness, and world• ly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and

godly in this present world. They are mortified that Way, because in that Way they are starved, and Grace is strengthened : Rom. xiii. 14. Put

ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not proI vision for the fesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.' Heb. v. 14. ' Strong meat belongeth to them that

of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good ( and evil.

Living unto Righteousness more and more, lies in our practising of Acts of holy Obedience, or good Works, until we arrive at Perfection there in : 1 Pet. iy. 1. 2. He that hath suffered in the

flesh, hath ceased from fin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh, to

the lusts of men, but to the will of God.' Prov. iv. 18. forecited. Phil. iii. 12. 'Not as though I

had already attained, either were already per

fect: but I follow after, if that I may appre3 hend that for which also I am apprehended of

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Christ Jesus.' verf. 14. 'I press toward the 'mark, for the prize of the high calling of God

in Christ Jesus.' And that Practice of Obedi. ence extends to the whole known Will of God : AEls xii. 22. And God said, I have found David " the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, (which shall fulfil all my will.? Col. iv. 12. 'Epa

phras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, • faluteth you, always labouring fervently for you

in prayers, that ye may stand perfect, and compleat in all the will of God.' Chap. i. 10. That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.'

A good Work, or Açt of holy Obedience, is, any Thought, Word, or Deed, agreeable to the Will of God, and pleasing in his Sight : Phil. iv. 8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,

whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are'lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.' Heb. xiii. 21. Now the God of peace make you perfect in every good work, to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his fight, through Jesus Chrift.' And such Works are, those which are commanded in God's Word, done in Faith, and directed to his Glory : Matth. xv. 9. 'In

vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Rom. xiv. 23. * Whatsoever is not of faith, is fin. Compared with Heb. xi. 6. “Without faith it is impossible to plcase God : for he that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of

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