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• inheritance among them which are sanctified by « faith that is in me.' And till we are in our own Persons made Sharers of it, we are still in a State of Bondage under Sin, Death, the Devil, and the World, though it may be purchased for us : Eph.

At that time ye were without Christ, be• ing aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and ' ftrangers from the covenants of promise, having

no hope, and without God in the world.?. We are made Sharers of it in our own Persons, by the effe&tual Application of it to us in particular : And the Application of it to us that is effectual, is the applying it to us, unto the actual delivering of us, as Prisoners out of the Pit, Zech. ix. 11.

The effectual Application of Christ's Purchase to Sinners, in their own Persons, belongs to the Promise of the Covenant of Grace, made to Christ for the Elect: If. liii. 10. 11. When thou shalt • make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his • feed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure

of the Lord fhall prosper in his hand. He shall ' fee of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied :

by his knowledge shall my righteous fervant jufti• fy many : for he shall bear their iniquities.' And the effectual Application of Christ's Purchase to Sinners is begun here, and perfected hereafter : Eph. i. 7. ' In whom we have redemption through

his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to s the riches of his grace.' yerf. 14. ' The Holy • Spirit of promise is the earnest of our inheritance, • until the redemption of the purchased possession, • upto the praise of his glory.' Chap. iv, 30. • Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye

are sealed unto the day of redemption.' As the purchasing of Redemption was the work of Chrift, H4

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so the effectual Application of it to us, is the Work of his Holy Spirit : Tit. iji. 5. 6. Not by works • of righteousness which we have done, but ac

cording to his mercy he saved us, by the washing

of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghoft; & which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus

Christ our Saviour.' And the closest Application of it made to any, in the Gospel-offer, witliout the applying Work of the Spirit, will be an ineffectual Application of it; that is to fay, the Prisoners will fill remain in the Pit, undelivered: Fohin i. 11. 12. 'He came unto his own, and his

own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the fons of God, even to them that believe on his name.'

Now, the Spirit applies the Redemption to all those for whom Christ hath purchased it : Eph. i. 13. 14. ' In whom ye also trufted, after that ye * heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation : in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the carnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased poffeffion, unto the

praise of his glory. John vi. 37. 'All that the * Father giveth me, mall come to me. vers. "And this is the Father's will which hath fent

me, that of all which he hath given me, I thould lofe nothing, but should raise it up again at the

last day.' And the Purchase and Application of Redemption are of the very fame Extent: John x. 25. I lay down my life for the sheep.' verf. 27. 28. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them,

and they follow me: And I give unto them e ternal life, and they shall never perish, neither Ihall any pluck them out of my hand

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Quest. 30. How doth the

Spirit apply to us the Redemption purchased by Chrift?

Ans. The Spirit afplieth to us the Redemption purchased by Christ, by working Faith in us, and thereby uniting us to Christ, in our effectual Calling.

EXPLICATION.. The applying of Christ's Purchase to us, is not the work of the Spirit without us, but the Work of the Spirit within us : Ezek. xxxvi. 27.

And I will put my spirit within you, and 'cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall

keep my judgments, and do them. Rom. viii. 9. ? Ye are not in the filesh, but in the Spirit, if so • be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. We are made Partakers of the Spirit himself, by the Communication of him to us by Jesus Chrift: John XX. 22. ' Jesus breathed on the disciples, and faith

unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.' Ačts ii. 23. "Therefore being by the right hand of God . exalted, and having received of the Father the

promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath fhed forth

this, which ye now see and hear." We come to be made Partakers of so great a Benefit as the Spirit himself, for applying Christ's Purchase to us, because the Spirit is a Part, and the leading Part, of Christ's Purchase, as well as the Applier of it: Luke xxiv. 49. "And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you : but tarry ye in the city

of Jerusalem, until ye be endowed with power < from on high. Acts ii. 33. forecited.

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The Spirit entering within us, applies Christ's Purchase to us, by uniting us to Christ : 1 Cor. xii. 13. ' By one Spirit are we all baptized into

one body,--and have been all made to drink in.

to one Spirit.' Compared with Eph. V. 23. « Christ is the head of the church : and he is the

Saviour of the body. The Union we have with Jesus Christ by his Spirit in us, is that whereby, being joined to Chrift as our Head, we are made one with him fpiritually : 1 Cor. vi. 17. 'He that

is joined unto the Lord, is one fpirit.' Eph. v. 23. above cited. vers. 30. “We are members of Christ's body, of his flesh, and of his bones.' That Union is not a metaphorical, nor mere relative Union, but a most real and proper Union, Eph. v. 30. above cited. verf. 32. ' This is a great

mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the • church. Compared with Col. i. 27. 'To whom • [the saints] God would make known what is the

riches of the glory of this mystery among the « Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of

glory.' Jolin vi. 56. ' He that eateth my felh,

and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I « in him.' Chap. xv, 21. That they all may

be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee;

that they also be one in us. That Union being once made, it can never be dissolved : Jer. xxxii. 40, 'I will make an everlasting covenant ' with them, that I will not turn away from them, ** to do them good; but I will put my fear in • their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.' 1 Thel. iv. 14. If we believe that Jesus died, ' and rose again, even so them also which feep

in Jesus, will God bring with him. It extends so far, in respect of the Parties united to Chrift,

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that the whole Man, Body as well as Soul, is united to whole Christ in his divine and human Na. ture: 1 Cor. vi. 15. Know ye not, that your « bodies are the members of Christ ?' Col. i. 27. Eph. V. 30. both forecited. Christ's Purchase comes by that means to be applied to us, because, in Union' with Christ, we have communion with him in his Purchase : Phil iii. 9.' And be found ' in him, not having mine own righteousness,

which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. Col. ii. 9. 10. ' In Christ dwell. eth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And

ye are compleat in him. And there is no ef. fectual Application of his Purchase to us, without Union with himself: 2 Cor. xiii. 5. Know ye not

your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates ? Now, our Union with Christ is by the Spirit, inasmuch as it is made by the Communication of the Spirit to us when dead in Sin, and by the Agency of the Spirit in us when quickened by that Communication.

The Communication of the Spirit to us when dead in Sin, is the Spirit from Christ the Head entering into us dead Sinners, as a Spirit of Life : i Cor. XV. 45. 'The last Adam was made

a quiekening Spirit.' Rom. viŇ. 2. 'The law of ' the Spirit of life in Christ Jefus, hath made me ¢ free from the law of fin and death.' We are united to Christ by that Communication of the Spirit from him, inasmuch as Christ thereby ap. prehends us, and knits with us : Phil. iii. 12. 'Not

as though I had already attained, either were al6

ready perfect : but I follow after, if that I may ' apprehend that for which also I am apprehcnded

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