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finful; since tho’ they are strictly sinful in them: selves, yet their Imperfection is removed thro' Faith.
The FOURTEENTH ARTICLE,
Of Works of Supererogation.
OLUNTARY works besides, over and above God's Com
commandments, which they call works of Supererogation, cannot be taught without arrogancy and impiety, For by them men do declare, that they do not only render unto God as much as they are bound to do, but that they do more for bis fake than of bounden duty is required: whereas Christ saith plainly, when ye bave done all that are commanded to you, say, We are unprofitable servants,
This Article, properly speaking, contains but One Proposition, the latter Part being only a Confirmation or Proof of what is afferted in the former. See Limborch's System, Book the Fifth, Chapter the Seventy seventh, Sect. 17, 18. and the Fourth Question of Turretin's Locus Undecimus.
THRIST in the truth of our nature was made like
unto us in all things (in only excepted) from which be was clearly void, both in bis flesh and in his spirit. He
came to be a Lamb without spot, who by sacrifice of himself once made, should take away the fins of the world, and sin(as St. John faith) was not in him. But all we the rest (altboo baptized and born again in Christ) get offend in many things, and if we say we have no sing we deceive our selves, and the truth is not in us,
This Article contains Four Propositions. 1. Christ in the Truth of our Nature was made
like unto us in all things (Sin only excepted) from which he was clearly void, both in his
Flesh and in his Spirit. 2. He came to be a Lamb without Spot, who
by Sacrifice of himself once made, should take
away the Sins of the World. 3. Sin (as St. John saith) was not in Christ. 4. All we the rest (altho' baptized and born
again in Chrift) yet offend in many things, and if we say we have no Sin, we deceive our selves, and the Truth is not in us.
The First Proposition. See Bishop Pearson on the Third Article, from the Beginning down to Born of the Virgin Mary.
The Second Propofition. That Christ was a Lamb without Spot, and consequently that he came to be such, St. Peter exprefly assures us, 1 Pet. 1. 19. That he came to be a Lamb without Spot, who should take away the sins of the world, is evident from 1 John 3. 5. where we are told, that Chrift was manifested to take away our fins. That he took away the Sins of the Word by the Sacrifice of bimself, is evident from the Author to the Hebrews, who saies, Chapter 13. V. 12. that our Saviour fuffered without the Gate, that be might fantify the people with his own bloud. And that Christ's Sacrifice of himself was
but once made, will appear in the Second and Third Propositions of the Thirty first Article.
The Third Proposition. St. John faies, 1 Epift. Chap. 3. V. 5. in him is no sin.
The Fourth Proposition. The former Branch of it is evident from the latter, which is the express Affertion of St. John, 1 Epist. Chap. 1. v. 8.
The SIXTEENTH ARTICL E.
Of Sin after Baptism. N
OT every deadly sin willingly committed after donable. Wherefore the grant of repentance is not to be denied to such as fall into fin after Baptism. After we bave receiv'd the Holy Ghost, we may depart from grace given, and fall into sin, and by the grace of God we may arise again, and amend our lives. And therefore they are to be condemned which say, they can no more fin as long as they live here, ör deny the place of forgivenejs to such as truly repent.
This Article contains Four Propositions. 1. Not every deadly Sin willingly committed
after Baptism, is Sin against the Holy Ghost,
and unpardonable. 2. The Grant of Repentance is not to be denied
to such as fall into sin after Baptism. 3. After we have receiv'd the Holy Ghost, we
may depart from Grace given, and fall into Sin, and by the Grace of God we may arise
again, and amend our Lives. 4. They are to be condemnd which say, they un no more sin, as long as they live here, or
deny the place of Forgiveness to such as truly
repent. Concerning this Article in general, See Mr. Plaifere's Appello Evangelium, Part 3. Chap. 16, p.
The First Proposition. Touching the distinction of mortal and venial Sin, fee Limborch's System, Book the Fourth, the Fourth Chapter, Sect. 19, 20, 21, 22, 23. That every deadly Sin willingly committed after Baptism is not unpardonable, see the Fifth Book of Limborch's System, Chapter the Eighty fifth. And consequently every such deadly Sin can't be the Sin against the Holy Ghoft; because the Sin against the Holy Ghost is unpardonable, Matth. 12. 31,32. Tho' by the way, it must be observed, that our Church does not determin, what the Sin against the Holy Ghost is, nor need any Person be able to determin it in order to his Satisfaction touching this Proposition ; since the Argument already offer'd plainly proves, that every deadly Sin willingly committed after Baptism is not the Sin against the Holy Ghost.
The Second Proposition is the necessary Consequence of the First. For who shall dare to deny Repentance, that is, to deny the Possibility of Répentance, in those Cases, wherein God, who alone has Power so to do, has not made it impossible?
The Third Proposition. That we may depart from Grace given, and fall into Sin, after we have received the Holy Ghost, see the Fifth Book of Limborch's System, from the Eightieth Chapter to the Eighty fourth inclusively: and that by the Grace of God we may arise again, and amend our Lives, appears from the First Proposition.
The Fourth Proposition necessarily follows from the Third.
The SEVENTEENTH ARTICLE.
Of Predestination and Election. REDESTINATION to life, is the everlast
ing purpose of God, whereby (before the foundations of the world were laid) be bath constantly decreed by bis counsel, secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation those whom he bath chofen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them by Christ to everlasting salvation, as vessels made to honor. Wherefore they which be endued with so excellent a benefit of God, be called according to God's purpose by his spirit working in due season: Ibey thro' grace obey the calling: they be justified freely: they be made fons of God by adoption: they be made like the image of bis only begotten son Jesus Christ: they walk religiousy in good works, and at length by God's mercy they attain to everlasting felicity,
As the godly consideration of Pred:stination and our Election in Christ, is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to godly persons, and such as feel in themselves the working of the Spirit of Christ, mortifying the works of the fles, and their earthly members, and drawing up their mind to high and beavenly things; as well because it doth greatly establish and confirm their faith of eternal salvation, to be enjoyed through Christ, as because it doth fervently kindle their love towards God: sa for curi. ous and carnal persons, lacking the spirit of Christ, to bave continually before their eyes the sentence of God's Predestination, is a most dangerous downfal
, whereby the devil doth thrust them either into desperation, or into wretchlesnejs of most unclean living, no less perilous than desperation.