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everlasting misery : but considering that the Jews, who were of old the elect people of God, the objects of his love, fell from his favour through their infidelity, and that the final sentence of every Christian, who is now in the number of God's elect people, depends on his fidelity to God; I would rather most earnestly admonish you, to improve the grace that he fupplies you with, so that you may ultimately “ work out your salvation;" and to
give all diligence to make your calling « and election fure.” Such is the practical inference, which the Apostle drew from his own doctrine of election, for the benefit of the early converts to Christianity; and such is the inference, which he has left behind him, for the benefit of Christians of every age.
“Thou wilt “ fay then,” he argues with the converted Gentile, " the branches were broken off," the children of Israel were rejected from being the people of God, " that I might be graffed in. * Well; because of unbelief they were broken " off, and thou flandest by faith. BE NOT HIGU-MINDED, BUT FEAR.
For if God spared not the natural branches, tuke heed left " he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the
goodness and severity of God; on them which “ fell, feverity ; but toward thee goodness, if " thou continue in his goodness ; OTHERWISE
THOU ALSO SHALT BE CUT OFF."
Now unto - God the Father, who hath 66 made us and all the world;" unto “God the
Son, who hath redeemed us and all man" kind;” and unto “ God the Holy Ghost, “ who fanctifieth us and all the elect people of “ God;” be glory and dominion for ever and
John ii. 16, 17. God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begot
ten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. , For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn
the world, but that the world through him might
be saved. I CONCLUDED my last Discourse after remarking, that the doctrine of Calvinistic predestination appears to me irreconcileable with the notions, which the Holy Spirit gives us in the Scriptures, of God's attributes and of his moral government of the universe; with the general conditions of the Gospel covenant; and with the promises of God, as they are generally set forth to us in holy Scripture.
Amongst an innumerable multitude of paffages, which contribute to give a consistency and a harmony to the sacred volume, the declaration of our blessed Redeemer in the text, - concerning the motive, which caused bim to
be sent from God, and the purpose, for which he was fent, holds a conspicuous place. It was from the able application of this paffage by Epifcopius, that the ever-memorable Hales, who had been educated in the Calvinistic opinions, and went a Calvinist to the Synod at Dort, was there persuaded, as he was himself used to declare, to renounce the doctrines of Calvin a; nor does the fact deserve our aftonishment, when we consider, how incompatible those doctrines appear with the universal love of God to man, and with the universal tender of salvation and everlasting life, which this passage evidently proposes. It is not, however, fo much upon this, or upon any other individual paffage of Scripture, (unanswerable as many of them are, that I would reft our defence, as upon the general scope and tenor of the whole: and that, not only because I consider such an appeal, as the mode, whereby we may be best defended; but also because I consider it as the most equitable method of investigating, and the safest and
a "I am very glad to hear you liave gained those letters into your hands, written from the Synod of Dort. You may
please to take notice, that in his younger days he was a Cal. "viuift, and even then when he was employed at that
Synod; and at the well pressing St. Johu iii. 16. by « Episcopius-–There I bid John Calvin good night, as he “ has often told me." Farindou's Letter prefixed to Hales's Golden Remains.