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hand, and on my left, is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. -Matt. xx. 14-16. 21. 23. Mark x. 40. Jesus called Simon, and Andrew, and James, and John, to follow him; and they did so.-Mark i. 16—20.
Except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.Mark xiii. 20.
Thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John: he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, &c. He shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.-Luke i. 13. 15.
Many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, &c. when great famine was throughout all the land: but unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, &c. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet, and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.-Luke iv. 25-27.
Christ called Zaccheus to come down, &c. and he received him joyfully: and Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house: forsomuch as he also is the son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and save that which was lost.-Luke xix. 5, 6. 8-10.
All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out, &c. This is the Father's will, &c. that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, &c. There are some of you that believe not, &c. No man can come unto me, except it were given him of my Father.-John vi. 37. 39. 64, 65.
Jesus called the blind man, whom he had healed, and discovered himself to him.-John ix. 35-39.
Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold, &c. Ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, &c.
My sheep hear my voice.—John x. 16. 26, 27.
They believed not on him, that the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, &c. Lord who hath believed? &c. Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, &c.John xii. 37–41.
I speak not of you all, I know whom I have chosen.-John xiii. 18.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, &c. I have chosen you out of the world, &c.—John xv. 16. 19.
That he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him, &c. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me, &c. I pray not, &c. but for them which thou gavest me out of the world.-John xvii. 2. 6. 9.
The promise is made to you and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call, &c. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.-Acts ii. 39. 47.
Philip sent on purpose to meet the Eunuch, and commanded to go near his chariot, where he preached unto him, and converted him.—Acts viii. 26 -29. 36, 37.
Paul was persecuting the Church, &c. and was converted in the midst of his rage &c. And Christ said to Ananias, Go thy way, for he is a chosen vessel to bear my name before the Gentiles, &c. And I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name.-Acts ix. 1-6. 15, 16. xxii. 14.
God in a special manner calls Cornelius to the faith.-Acts x. 1, 2, &c.
Which extraordinary call, Peter afterwards declares at large to those of the circumcision.—Acts xi. 2, &c.
When the Gentiles heard, &c. as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.-Acts xiii. 48.
How God at first did visit the Gen
tiles, to take out of them a people for his name.-Acts xv. 14.
Paul and others were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, &c. They assayed to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit suffered them not, &c. When Paul preached at Philippi, &c. Lydia heard him, and the Lord opened her heart, that she attended unto the things which were spoken, &c. and was baptized. -Acts xvi. 6, 7. 14, 15.
Paul came to Corinth, &c. Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision; Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace, &c. for I have much people in this city.-Acts xviii. 1. 9, 10.
We know that all things shall work together for good to them that love God; to them who are the called according to his purpose: for whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, &c. Whom he did predestinate, them he also called: whom he called, them he justified, &c. them he also glorified. Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? Rom. viii. 28-30.33.
When Rebecca also had conceived by one, even Isaac, the children not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth, it was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger; as it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated, &c. Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy; and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then, it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, &c. Thou wilt say unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Who art thou that repliest (or answerest against, or disputest with) God? Shall the thing formed
say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? &c.-Rom. ix. 10-17. 19, &c.-Mal. i. 2, 3. Isa. xlv. 9, 10.
God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew, &c. I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also, there is a remnant according to the election of grace: if by grace, then it is no more of works, otherwise grace is no more grace, &c. The election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (or hardened) as it is written, &c. The gifts and calling of God are without repentance. As ye in the times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy, &c. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! for who hath known the mind of the Lord, or who hath been his counsellor, &c. For of him, and through him, and to him are all things.—Rom. xi. 2.4-8. 29, 30. 33, 34. 36. 1 Kings xix. 18.
God is faithful, by whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son, &c. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty &c. but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world, &c. that no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, &c. As it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.-I Cor. i.9.26-31. James ii. 5.
I am, &c. not meet to be called an Apostle, &c. but by the grace of God I am what I am.-1 Cor. xv. 9, 10.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost; in whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds, &c. lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, &c. should shine unto them. -2 Cor. iv. 3, 4.
He that hath wrought us for the self-same thing is God, &c. All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ.-2 Cor. v.5.18.
When it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach, &c.-Gal. i. 15, 16.
Blessed be God, &c. according as he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world, &c. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will; to the praise of the glory of his grace, &c. Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in himself, &c. Being predestinated according to the purpose of him, who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.-Eph. i. 3-7. 9. 11. ii.
Which in other ages was not made known, &c. That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ. -Eph. iii. 5, 6. 11.
Work out your own salvation, &c. for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Phil. ii. 12, 13.
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. Col. i. 12, 13.
Knowing, &c. your election of God: for our gospel came not unto you in word, but also in power, &c.-1 Thess. i. 4, 5. 1 Cor. i. 18. 24.
God hath not appointed us to wrath: but to obtain salvation by our Lord. -1 Thess. v. 9.
God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, &c. Whereunto he called you by our gospel.-2 Thess. ii. 13, 14.
God who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus, before the world began.-2 Tim. i. 8-10. Rom. i. 6.
I endure all things for the elects' sake, &c. Who concerning the truth have erred, &c. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.-2 Tim. ii. 10. 18, 19.
If they shall enter into my rest, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.-Heb. iv. 3.
By one offering he hath for ever perfected them that are sanctified.— Heb. x. 14.
To the strangers, &c. elect, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father.-1 Pet. i. 1, 2. Titus i. 1.
Being disobedient, whereunto they were appointed, but ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a peculiar (or a purchased) people, that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness, &c.-1 Pet. ii. 8-10.
The god of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory, &c.1 Pet. v. 10.
They went out from us, &c. that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.-1 John ii. 19.
We love him, because he first loved us.-1 John iv. 19.
To them that are sanctified by God the Father.-Jude 1.
All that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb, &c.-Rev. xiii. 8. xvii. 18.
And they that dwell on the earth shall wonder (whose names are not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world), when they behold, &c.-Rev. xvii. 8.
Whosoever was not found written in the book of life, was cast into the lake of fire.-Rev. xx. 15.
There shall in no wise enter into the new Jerusalem, but they whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.-Rev. xxi. 27.
Surely his salvation is nigh, &c. mercy and truth are met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other.-Ps. lxxxv. 9, 10.
In thy sight shall no man living be justified.-Ps. cxliii. 2.
Jesus spake a parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous (the Pharisee and the Publican): the Publican standing afar off, &c. saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you (said Christ) this man went down to his house rather justified than the other. -Luke xviii. 9-14.
They were pricked in their heart, and said, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said, Repent, and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Christ, for the remission of sins.-Acts ii. 37, 38.
The keeper of the prison, said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? and they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts xvi. 27. 30-32.
They, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God; for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.-Rom. x. 1-4
If by grace, then is it no more of works, otherwise grace is no more
grace, &c. O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom, &c.-Rom. xi. 6. 33.
Christ is become of no effect unto whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace. -Gal. v. 4.
By grace ye are saved, &c. not of works, lest any man should boast.— Eph. ii. 5. 8, 9. i. 2, &c. 2 Thess. ii. 16.
We are the circumcision which worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ, and have no confidence in the flesh.-Phil. iii. 3.
Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And that they may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.-2 Tim. ii. 1. 10.
The grace of God that bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men. -Titus ii. 11.
After that the kindness and love of God our Saviour towards man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he hath saved us, &c.— Titus iii. 4, 5.
Ye are come to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.-Heb. xii. 22. 24.
Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines: for it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace, not with meats, which have not profited.-Heb. xiii. 8, 9.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again to a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead &c. of which salvation the prophets have inquired, &c. who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you. Searching, &c. what the Spirit of Christ which was in them, did signify, when it testified the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow.-1 Pet. i. 3. 10, 11.
Thou art worthy, &c. for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred,
and tongue, and people, and nation. -Rev. v. 9.
SECT. I. In Particular. Pardon of Sins.
THE Lord proclaimed himself, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, &c. forgiving iniquity, and transgression, and sin.Exod. xxxiv. 6, 7. Numb. xiv. 17-19. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered: blessed is the man, unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord, and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.-Ps. xxxii. 1, 2. 5. Rom. iv. 7, 8.
As for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.-Ps. lxv. 3. Thou wast a God that forgavest them thou tookest vengeance on their inventions.-Ps. xcix. 8.
But there is forgiveness with thee that thou mayest be feared.-Ps.
Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow: though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.-Isa. i. 18.
I am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake and will not remember thy sins.-Isa. xliii. 25.
I have blotted out as a thick cloud thy transgressions, and as a cloud thy sins. Sing, O heavens, for the Lord hath done it.-Isa. xliv. 22, 23.
He was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities, &c. The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all, &c. He shall bear their iniquities.-Isa. liii. 5, 6. 11. Let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and unto our God; for he will abundantly pardon (or multiply pardons); for my thoughts are not as your thoughts, &c. -Isa. lv. 7-9. Ezek. xxxiii. 14-16.
I will make a new covenant, &c. for I will forgive their iniquity, and will remember their sin no more.→ Jer. xxxi. 31. 34. Heb. x. 17, 18.
I will cleanse them from all their iniquity whereby they have sinned, against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.-Jer. xxxiii. 8.
In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found; for I will pardon them whom I reserve.-Jer. 1. 20. Isa. xxxiii. 24.
Seventy weeks are determined, &c. to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, &c. The Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself, &c.-Dan. ix. 24. 26.
Who is a God like unto thee? that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? &c. Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. -Micah vii. 18, 19.
In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.-Zech. xiii. 1.
Thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.-Matt. i. 21.
Jesus said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee, &c. Ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins.-Matt. ix. 2. 6.
All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven to men, but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.-Matt. xii. 31, 32.
This is my blood, &c. which is shed for many for the remission of sins.— Matt. xxvi. 28.
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people, by the remission of