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they had been, of us, they would no doubt have 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 re
maineth 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: I/. 1. 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 somewhat
against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. . Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and
repent, and do the first works. Cant. 1. 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-recover 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, i 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
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 Gràce, 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 : IJ. xxvii. 3. ' I the Lord do keep it, I
will water it every moment ; lest 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 Interceffion of Christ for them, and the Nature of the Covenant of Grace, and Decree of Election:1 Cor. i. 8. 9. Who shall also confirm you, unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 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 Thew 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
intercefsion for them.' Compared with Luke xxii. 32. I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not. Jer. xxxii. 40.
forecited. 2 Tim. ii. 19, The foundation of God standeth 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 thema, is, that Christ the Se. cond Adam hath perfectly fulfilled the Condition of the Covenant: Gal. iii. 12. ' And the law is not of
faith ; 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 foul 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 soul, And Rom. X. 4. · For Christ is the
end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.'
Quest. 37. What Benefits do Believers receive frone Christ.at Death?
Ans: The Souls of Believers are, at their Death, made perfect in Holiness, and do immediately pass into Glory; and their Bodies, being still united to Christ, do rest in their Graves till the Refurrection.
Death came into the World by Sin: Rom. v. 12, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into
the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon
all men, for that all have linned.' 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 dic. Compared with Rom. iii. 19. Now we know that what things foever
the law saith, it saith to thema 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.' Com. pared with : Cor. xv. 56. The sting of death is
sin; and the strength of sin is the law.' And the Stare their Souls are in, from Death until the Resurrection, 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
tip 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 firft 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 man
ner, giving themselves over to fornication, and go'ing 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.
They that are effectually called into Union and Communion with Christ, do not die in virtue of the Curse of the broken Law or Covenant of Works : Rom. vii. 4. Wherefore, my brethren,
also 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. 'Chrift hath redeemed us from the curse of the
law, being made a curse 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 laI bours; and their works do follow them.' And John viii. 51. Verily verily I lay 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. vii.
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 1 Cor. xv. 20. Now
is Christ rifen from the dead, and become the « first-fruits of them that flept.' verf. 23. But
every man in his own order : Christ the first fruits, afterward they that are Christ's, 'at bis 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 ihen