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they had been of us, they would no doubt have I continued with us: but they went out, that

they might be made manifeft, that they were not all of us.' Chap. iii. 9.' Whosoever is born • of God, doth not commit fin ; for his seed remaincth in bim : and he cannot fin, because he

is born of God. They may lose the Evidence, and much of the Measure and Exercise of their Grace: 1. I. 10. " Who is among you that feareth • the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant,

that walketh in darkness, and hath no light ? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay

upon his God.' Rev. ii. 4. 5. I have fomewhat

against thee, because thou haft left thy first love. * Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, • and repent, and do the first works. Cant. v. 2. 3. ' I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my • beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my

fister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for

my head is filled with dew, and my locks with • the drops of the night. I have put off my coat,

how shall I put it on ? I have washed my feet, " how shall I defile ihem?' But they can never fall away from Grace finally, so as never to re

cover it: 1 Pet. i. $. forecited. John vi. 39. . And this is the Father's will which hath sent "me, that of all which he hath given me, I should

lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the • last day;' Chap. viii. 35. The servant abideth

not in the house for ever ; but the Son abideth

ever' Nor can they fall away from it totally, so as to lose it altogether for shorter or longer time, 1 John iii. 9. above cited. Jer. xxxii. 40. And "I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them

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good; but I will put my fear in their hearts,

that they shall not depart from me. Those then who fall away totally and finally, from the Faith or Holiness of the Gospel they fometimes seemed to have, are such as never had true Grace, 1, John ii. 19. forecited. This Perseve. rance of the Saints doth not arise from the Na. ture of Grace itself implanted in them ; for of it. self it would wither away and die out, if it were not fed : 1. xxvii. 3. 'I the Lord do keep it, I

will water it every moment ; left any hurt it, I

will keep it night and day.' John xv. 5. 6. I am ? the vine, ye are the branches : He that abideth

in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth "much fruit : for without me ye can do nothing. "If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a < branch, and is withered. But it ariseth from their inseparable Union with Christ, the perpetual Indwelling of his Spirit in them, the continual Interceflion of Christ for them, and the Nature of the Covenant of Grace, and Decree of Election:i Cor. i. 8. 9. ? Who shall also confirm you, unto "the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Chrift

. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.? Compared with John xiv. 19.

Because I live, ye fhall live allo.' And verf. 16, " I will pray the Father, and he shall give you "another Comforter, that he may, abide with you

for ever.'. Compared with Chap. xvi. 15. All things that the Father hath, are mine : therefore ? said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.' Heb. vii. 25.' Wherefore, he is • able' also to save them to the uttermost, that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make

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interceffion for them.'. Compared with Luke xxii. 32. 'I have prayed for thee, that thy faith · fail mot. Jer. xxxii. 40. forecited. 2 Tim. ii. 19, " The foundation of God ftandeth sure, having this

scal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. The Ground in Law on which this Privilege of Perseve, rance is thus secured to them, is, that Christ the Second Adam hath perfectly fulfilled the Condition of the Covenant : Gal. iii. 12. ' And the law is not of

faich ; but, The' man that doth them, shall live ? in them. Compared with Heb. x. 38. 39. 'Now (the just shall live by faith : but if any man draw "back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But

we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe, to the saving of the faul, And Rom. X. 4. For Christ is the

end of the law for righteousness to every one that "believeth.'

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Quest. 37. What Benefits do Believers receive fron Christ.at Death?

Ans. The Souls of Believers are, at their Death, made perfect in Holineks, and do immediately pass into Glory; and their Bodies, being still united to Christ, do rest in their Graves till the Resurrection.

EXPLICATION.

Death came into the World by Sin : Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as by one man fin entered into

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• the world, and death by fin; and fo death passed

upon all men, for that all have sinned. They who, being out of Christ, die in their Sins, die in virtue of the Curse of the broken Law or Cove. nant of Works: Gen. ii. 17. 'Bur of the tree of ' the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not

eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest there

of, thou shalt surely die.' Compared with Rone. iii. 19. Now we know that what things foever

the law faith, it saith to them who are under • the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and • all the world may become guilty before God.' Chap. vi. 23. 'The wages of sin is death.' Compared with 1 Cor. xv. 56. The sting of death is

fin ; and the strength of fin is the law.” And the State their Souls are in, from Death until the Refurrection, is, that being cast into Hell, they remain there in Torments and utter Darkness : Luke xvi. 23. 24. 'And in hell he (the rich man] ' lift up his eyes being in torments, and seeth A. • braham afar off, and Lazarus'in his bolom. And

he cried, and said, Father Abraham, have mercy ' on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the

cip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; "<for I am tormented in this flame. Jude 6. 7. ' And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them, in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and

going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.' The State their bodies are in, in the Grave, is, that they are kept there as in their Prison, Jude 6. 7.- forecited.

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They that are effectually called into Union and Communion with Chrift, do not die in virtue of the Curse of the broken Law or Covenant of Works : Rom. vii. 4. Wherefore, my brethren,

alfo are become dead to the law by the body • of Chrift; that ye should be married to another,

even to him who is raised from the dead, that

we should bring forth fruit unto God.' Gal. iii. 13. 'Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the

law, being made a curfe for.us. Compared with Rev. xiv. 13.

. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead

which die in the Lord, from henceforth: Yea, ' faith the Spirit, that they may rest from their la

bours; and their works do follow them.' And John viii. 51. Verily verily I say unto you, If a

man keep my saying, he shall never see death. But they die in Conformity to Christ their Head, that as Death came in by Sin, Sin may go out by Death : Rom. viii. 29. For whom he did fore.

know, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the

firft-born among many brethren. Compared with Col. i. 18.' And he is the head of the body,

the church : who is the beginning, the first-born

from the dead ; that in all things he might have 'the pre-eminence. And I Cor. xv, 20. Now

is Cbrift rifen from the dead, and become the • first-fruits of them that fept. verf. 23. every man in his own order : Christ the first fruits, afterward they that are Christ's, 'at his * coming. Rom. viii. 10.' And if Christ be in you, ,

the body is dead, because of sin; but the Spirit is life, because of righteousness.'. Death then

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