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Chapter 19: Of the Law of God (V)

February 23, 2014 Leave a comment

V. The moral law does forever bind all, as well justified persons as other, to the obedience thereof;(a) and that, not only in regard of the matter contained in it, but also in respect of the authority of God the Creator, who gave it.(b) Neither does Christ, in the Gospel, any way dissolve, but much strengthen this obligation.(c)

(a) Romans 13:8-10; 1 John 2:3, 4, 7, 8
(b) James 2:10, 11
(c) Matthew 5:17-19; James 2:8; Romans 3:31


Chapter 19: Of the Law of God (IV)

February 23, 2014 Leave a comment

IV. To them also, as a body politic, He gave sundry judicial laws, which expired together with the State of that people; not obliging under any now, further than the general equity thereof may require.(a)

(a) Exodus 21-22; Genesis 49:10; 1 Peter 2:13, 14; Matthew 5:17, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 9:8-10

Chapter 19: Of the Law of God (III)

February 23, 2014 Leave a comment

III. Besides this law, commonly called moral, God was pleased to give to the people of Israel, as a church under age, ceremonial laws, containing several typical ordinances, partly of worship, prefiguring Christ, His graces, actions, sufferings, and benefits;(a) and partly, holding forth diverse instructions of moral duties.(b) All which ceremonial laws are now abrogated, under the New Testament.(c)

(a) Matthew 22:37-39
(b) Hebrews 9; Hebrews 10:1; Galatians 4:1, 3; Colossians 2:17
(c) Colossians 2:14, 16, 17; Daniel 9:27; Ephesians 2:15, 16

Chapter 19: Of the Law of God (II)

October 21, 2013 Leave a comment

II. This law, after his fall, continue to be a perfect rule of righteousness; and, as such, was deliverable by God upon Mount Sinai, in ten commandments, and written in two tables:(a) the first four commandments containing our duty towards God; and the other six, our duty to man.(b)

(a) James 1:25; James 2:8, 10-12; Romans 13:8, 9; Deuteronomy 5:32; Deuteronomy 10:4; Exodus 24:1
(b) Matthew 22:37-40

Chapter 19: Of the Law of God (I)

October 21, 2013 Leave a comment

I. God gave to Adam a law, as a covenant of works, by which He bound him and all his posterity, to personal, entire, exact, and perpetual obedience, promised life upon the fulfilling, and threatened death upon the breach of it, and endued him with power and ability to keep it.(a)

(a) Genesis 1:26, 27; Genesis 2:17; Romans 2:14, 15; Romans 10:5; Romans 5:12, 19; Galatians 3:10, 12; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Job 28:28


Chapter 18: Of Assurance of Grace and Salvation (IV)

October 20, 2013 Leave a comment

IV. True believers may have the assurance of their salvation diverse ways shaken, diminished, and intermitted; as, by negligence in preserving it, by falling into some special sin which wounds the conscience and grieves the Spirit; by some sudden or vehement temptation, by God’s withdrawing the light of his countenance, and suffering even such as fear Him to walk in darkness and have no light:(a) yet are they never so utterly destitute of that seed of God, and life of faith, that love of Christ and the brethren, that sincerity of heart, and conscience of duty, out of which, by the operation of the Spirit, this assurance may, in due time, be revived;(b) and by the which, in the mean time, they are supported from utter despair.(c)

(a) Song of Solomon 5:2, 3, 6; Psalm 51:8, 12, 14; Ephesians 4:30, 31; Psalm 77:1-10; Matthew 26:69-72; Psalm 31:22; Psalm 88; Isaiah 50:10
(b) 1 John 3:9; Luke 22:32; Job 13:15; Psalm 73:15; Psalm 51:8, 12; Isaiah 50:10
(c) Micah 7:7-9; Jeremiah 32:40; Isaiah 54:7-10; Psalm 22:1; Psalm 88

Chapter 18: Of Assurance of Grace and Salvation (III)

October 19, 2013 1 comment

III. This infallible assurance does not so belong to the essence of faith, but that a true believer may wait long, and conflict with many difficulties, before he be partaker of it:(a) yet, being freely enabled by the Spirit to know the things which are freely given him of God, he may, without extraordinary revelation in the right use of ordinary means, attain thereunto.(b) And therefore it is the duty of every one to give all diligence to make his calling and election sure,(c) that thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience,(d) the proper fruits of this assurance; so far is it from inclining men to looseness.(e)

(a) 1 John 5:13; Isaiah 1:10; Mark 9:24; see Psalm 88 and 77
(b) 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 John 4:13; Hebrews 6:11, 12; Ephesians 3:17-19
(c) 2 Peter 1:10
(d) Romans 5:1, 2, 5; Romans 14:17; Romans 15:13; Ephesians 1:3, 4; Psalm 4:6, 7; Psalm 119:32
(e) 1 John 2:1, 2; Romans 6:1, 2; Titus 2:11, 12, 14; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Romans 8:1, 12; 1 John 3:2, 3; Psalm 130:4; 1 John 1:6, 7

Chapter 18: Of Assurance of Grace and Salvation (II)

October 19, 2013 Leave a comment

II. This certainty is not a bare conjectural and probable persuasion grounded upon a fallible hope;(a) but an infallible assurance of faith grounded upon the divine truth of the promises of salvation,(b) the inward evidence of those graces unto which these promises are made,(c) the testimony of the Spirit of adoption witnessing with our spirits that we are the children of God,(d) which Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance, whereby we are sealed to the day of redemption.(e)

(a) Hebrews 6:11, 19
(b) Hebrews 6:17, 18
(c) 2 Peter 1:4, 5, 10, 11; 1 John 2:3; 1 John 3:14; 2 Corinthians 1:12
(d) Romans 8:15, 16
(e) Ephesians 1:13, 14; Ephesians 4:30; 2 Corinthians 1:21, 22

Chapter 18: Of Assurance of Grace and Salvation (I)

I. Although hypocrites and other unregenerate men may vainly deceive themselves with false hopes and carnal presumptions of being in the favor of God, and estate of salvation(a) (which hope of theirs shall perish):(b) yet such as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love him in sincerity, endeavoring to walk in all good conscience before Him, may, in this life, be certainly assured that they are in the state of grace,(c) and may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God, which hope shall never make them ashamed.(d)

(a) Job 8:13, 14; Micah 3:11; Deuteronomy 29:19; Job 8:41
(b) Matthew 7:22, 23
(c) 1 John 2:3; 1 John 3:14, 18, 19, 21, 24; 1 John 5:13
(d) Romans 5:2, 5


Chapter 17: Of the Perseverance of the Saints (III)

III. Nevertheless, they may, through the temptation of Satan and of the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their preservation, fall into grievous sins;(a) and, for a time, continue therein:(b) whereby they incur God’s displeasure,(c) and grieve His Holy Spirit,(d) come to be deprived of some measure of their graces and comforts,(e) have their hearts hardened,(f) and their consciences wounded;(g) hurt and scandalize others,(h) and bring temporal judgments upon themselves.(i)

(a) Matthew 26:70, 72, 74
(b) Psalm 51:Title, 14
(c) Isaiah 64:5, 7, 9; 2 Samuel 11:27
(d) Ephesians 4:30
(e) Psalm 51:8, 10, 12; Revelation 2:4; Song of Solomon 5:2-4, 6
(f) Isaiah 63:17; Mark 6:52; Mark 16:14
(g) Psalm 32:3, 4; Psalm 51:8
(h) 2 Samuel 12:14
(i) Psalm 89:31, 32; 1 Corinthians 11:32

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