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love nor falvation to a great part of mankind, and that the coming and suffering of Christ never was intended, nor could be useful to their justification ; but will and must be effectual for their condemnation, even according to God's purpose; who from their very infancy to their grave, with-held from them all means of salvation? What saith the foripture to fuch?

A. For God sent not his Son into the John world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. I am come a light into the world, that John 12.

46, 47. whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darknefs. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him nor; for I came not to judge the world, but to fave the world.

Q. From what soripture then came these men to wrest an opinion so contrary to truth?

A. For the children being not yet born, Rom. %. neither having done any good or evil, that 13. the purpose of God, according to election, might stand, it was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger; as it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Efau have I hated.

Q. I perceive in that scripture it was only said, before the children were born, the elder fəall serve the younger ; these other words (Jacob have I loved, Efau have I hated) are



Heb 12. 16, 17.

mentioned out of the prophet Malachi, who wrote them many hundred years after both were dead: Doth not the jcripture mention any other cause of God's hating Esau, than merely his decree? What faith the same apostle elsewhere?

A. Left there be any fornicator, or prophane person, as Efau, who for one morsel of meat fold his birthright: for ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected.

Q. But seeing that such alledge, that it is because of Adam's sin, that many, even children, are damned; doth not the scripture aver, that the death of Christ was as large to beal, as Adam's fin could condemn ?

A. For if through the offence of one, 25, 18. many be dead, much more the grace of

God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one, judgment care upon all men to condemnation ; even so by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

Q. That proves abundantly, that Christ's death is of sufficient extent to make up any hurt Adam's

Rom. 5.

fin brought upon mankind. What is then the cause of condemnation? john A. He that believeth on him is not con

demned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not


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believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And with all deceivableness of unrighte- 2 Thes. oufness in them that perish, because they 11,12. received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusions, that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Q. Seeing it is of a truth, according to the Scripture's testimony, that God has purposed love and mercy to all, in the appearance of his Son Jesus Christ: is the gospel, or glad-tidings of this salvation, brought nigh unto all, by which they are put into a capacity of receiving the

grace, and being saved by it?

A. If ye continue in the faith grounded Col. I. and settled, and be not moved away from 23. the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven, whereof I Paul am made a minister.

Q. What is the gospel ?

À. I am not ashamed of the gospel ; for Rom. it is the power of God unto salvațion, to

1.16. every one that believeth.

Q. Is this gospel hid?

À. If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them 2 Cor. that are lost, in whom the god of this world 4. 3, 4. hath blinded the minds of them which be



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lieve not, left the light of the glorious gospel of Christ should shine unto them.

Q. Is this light then come into the world? And are not men condemned because they love.

it not, and not because it is bid from them? John A. And this is the condemnation, that

light is come into the world, and men love
darkness rather than light.

Q. Why do they fo?
John A. Because their deeds are evil.

Q. Is every man enlightened by this light? John A. He was not that light, but was fent 1. 8,

to bear witness of that light. That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

Q. Duth this light discover all things? Eph. 1. All things that are reproved, are 5.13. made manifest by the light, for whatsoever

doth make manifest, is light.

Q. Do evil men preach up this light, or

mind it? John A. Every one that doeth evil, hateth

the light, neither cometh to the light, lest

his deeds should be reproved. Job They are of those that rebel against the


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24.13. light.

John 3. 21.

Q. Do good men love it, and follow it?

À. He that doeth truth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Q. What benefit doth redound to such as love the light, and walk in it?

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A. If we walk in the light, as he is in 1 Jobs the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son, cleanseth us from all sin.

Q. Doth Christ command to take heed to the light?

A. While ye have the light, believe in John the light, that ye may be the children of 12. 36. the light

Q. Were the aposiles commanded to turn people to the light?

A. Delivering thee from the people, and Ade from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send 76. 17. thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light,' and from the power of fatan unto God : that they may receive forgiveness of fins, and inheritance among them which are fanctified, by faith that is in me.

Q. Doth this light abide with every man all his life-time, in order to save, or only during the day of his visitation ? A. Yet a little while is the light with

John you; walk while ye have the light, left 12. 35. darkness come upon you.

Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying Heb. in David, To-day, after so long a time ; as 4 ?. it is said, To-day, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Q. How can it be proved, that there is a day wherein people may know things concerning

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