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come fortb out of the waters of Judeh, and Pl. 68. 26, from the fountain of Israel; and then the meaning will be : besides that birth, whereby we are born men, there is still another requisite, whereby we are born the son's of God: which appears both Simple and agreeable to scripture language. There is another, who understands by water, Christ's obedience, we doubt not but that is the meritorious cause of our regeneration; but we question, whether, it is ever. called water in fcripture. For, no fuch thing appears from the fcriptures, they bring to prove it, such as Heb to. 22; 1 John, 5.6, 8; Ezek. 36. 25. By water, in these placeś, we are more properly to understand the Holy Spirit with his operations. And it is evident, our Lord himself explains the paffage in Ezekiel in this manner. The common explication therefore is to be prefered, that one and the fame thing is meant by water and the Spirit, as it is, by the spirit and fire, Mat. 3: II. For, nothing is more common in the sacred writings, than to represent the Holy Spirit undee the emblem of water. See among other passages Isa. 44. 39. I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground; I will pour my SPIRIT upon thy seed: where the former figurative expreffion is explained by the subfequent one, that is
plain. The word XXV. The seed of regeneration is the word of of God, God. For thus, i Peter 1, 23, born again not of
corruptible feed, but of incorruptible, dà réje Carlos Osê, siet mirovloges Toyásôvс, which may be translated by the word of God, who liveth and abideth for ever ; or, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. But this seed does not operate always in the same manner for adult persons are born again by the word of God, laying before them the deformity, horror and misery of their natural life, or rather of their living death ; and at the same time, the excellence of that spiritual life, of which Christ is the author,
fountain and pattern; pressing them also by the most powerful exhortations, that, denying all carnal lufts and appetites, they may give themselves up to be new-moulded and formed by the spirit of God. And in this manner, the word is to them a moral instrument of regeneration, by teaching and perfuafion. But the case is otherwise with elect infants, being incapable of teaching and persuasion. If they also be thought to be regenerated of the feed of the word, it is to be understood, nor of the word externally propounded, which they understand not ; but of the truths contained in the word, the efficacy of which is imprinted by the Holy Spirit upon their minds, which they will come to the actual knowledge of, when they grow up, but the word operates effectually in none, unless when impregnated by the efficacy of the Spirit. To the external word must be added the internal, which is no less effectual than that word of God, whereby he commanded light to shine out of darkness 1 XXVI. It is therefore incumbent on every person, which is who would not profanely dispise his falvation, to be carediligently to read, hear and meditate on the word of fully read
and heard. God, and constantly attend on the publick wor/hip and affemblies of his people. For tho', before his regeneration, he cannot savingly hear, read or meditate on the word of God; yet how does he know, which may be the happy hour of his gracious visitation; what part of holy scripture, what fermon and by whom, the Lord is to render effectual for his regeneration, by the supernatural efficacy of his fpirit? Experience teaches this, that men are born again there where the word of God is preached; a thing which is not the case in those parts of the world, which God favours not with the preaching of the gospel. And tho’ we dare not assure any one, that it he continues in hearing the word, he shall certainly be born again: yet we justly insist upon this, that there is a brighter hope of the wished-for:
conversion for those, who, in the beft manner they
came and they lived, Ez. 37. 7, 10.
above fufficiently proved, that none can contribute for rege. any thing to his own regeneration : yet God comDeration. mands, every one, to make himself a new beart, and
a new Spirit, Ezek. 18. 31: to awake from fleep and
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grace of God
of new life, and which are folicitously to be che
E now proceed to explain the nature of Saving
true Faith in God by Christ, which is faith very the principal act of that spiritual life, implanted in compre, VOL. II. F
and in fin
life ; as
and is well adapted to unite them with Christ;
'the cleft by regeneration, and the source of all 63.03gr: subsequent vital operations. But it is not any one
*** particular act, or habit, nor must it be reftricted to for any one particular faculty of the foul, for it is a ad yn 2i: certain complex thing, consisting of various acts,
isa sa which, without confusion, pervade, and, by a
9-. Luol sweet and happy, conjunction; mutually promote priser for and affirt one another, it imports a change of the whole man, is the spring of the whole spiritual life,
fine, the holy energy and activity of the
1 towards God, in Chrift. And therefore its full extent can
scarcely be distinêtly comprehended under any one Gingle idea. you Juft like II. And we need not wonder, that under the being the
name of one Christian virtue, fo many others are fource of at once compréhended. For as, when any derfor spiritual speaks of life, he signifies by that term fomething. life.
that, diffusing itself thro the whole fout, and all its
Dauroh1400 Not to be III. There are many things botti in natarals and reftrained mórals, which are almost by general consent allowed to any one faculty,
to the whole foul, any more to any one faculty. In naturals, free-will, which as than free will is referred to the understanding, as free, rather to will and the milló fo that as Bernard somewhere righteour
man be his own freeman on acccunt of his will, bis ness.
own.. judge, on account of his reason. In morals, the image of God, and original righteousness; whicli are to be placed neither in the understanding alone, nor in the will alone, but may juftly belong to both these faculties.