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love nor falvation to a great part of mankind, and that the coming and fuffering of Chrift never was intended, nor could be useful to their juftification; 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 falvation? What faith the fcripture to fuch?
A. For God fent not his Son into the John world to condemn the world, but that the 3. 17. world through him might be faved.
I am come a light into the world, that John 12. whofoever believeth on me fhould not abide in darknefs. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not; for I came not to judge the world, but to fave
Q. From what fcripture then came thefe men to wreft an opinion fo contrary to truth ?
A. For the children being not yet born, Rom. 9. neither having done any good or evil, that 13. the purpose of God, according to election, might ftand, it was faid unto her, The elder fhall ferve the younger; as it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Efau have I hated.
Q. I perceive in that scripture it was only faid, before the children were born, the elder fhall ferve the younger; thefe other words (Jacob have I loved, Efau have I hated) are
mentioned out of the prophet Malachi, who wrote them many hundred years after both were dead: Doth not the jcripture mention any other caufe of God's hating Efau, than merely his decree? What faith the fame apofile elsewhere?
Heb 12. A. Left there be any fornicator, or pro16, 17. phane perfon, as Efau, who for one morfel of meat fold his birthright: for ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the bleffing, he was rejected.
Q. But feeing that fuch alledge, that it is because of Adam's fin, that many, even children, are damned; doth not the fcripture aver, that the death of Chrift 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 Therefore as by one man, Jefus Chrift. the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even fo by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto juftification of life.
Q. That proves abundantly, that Chrift's death is of fufficient extent to make up any hurt Adam's fin brought upon mankind. What is then the cause of condemnation?
A. He that believeth on him is not con3. 18. demned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed
believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And with all deceivableness of unrighte- 2 Thef. ousness in them that perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be faved. And for this cause God fhall fend them ftrong delufions, 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 teftimony, that God has purposed love and mercy to all, in the appearance of his Son Jefus Chrift: is the gospel, or glad-tidings of this falvation, brought nigh unto all, by which they are put into a capacity of receiving the grace, and being faved by it?
A. If ye continue in the faith grounded col. 1. and fettled, and be not moved away from 23. the hope of the gofpel, 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?
A. I am not ashamed of the gospel; for Rom. it is the power of God unto falvation, to 1.16. every one that believeth.
Q. Is this gofpel hid?
A. If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them 2 Cor. that are loft, in whom the god of this world 4 3, 4. hath blinded the minds of them which be
lieve not, left the light of the glorious gofpel of Chrift 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 hid from them?
A. And this is the condemnation, that 3.19. light is come into the world, and men love darknefs rather than light.
John 3. 19.
Q. Why do they fo?
A. Because their deeds are evil.
Q. Is every man enlightened by this light? A. He was not that light, but was fent to bear witness of that light. That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Q. Deth this light difcover all things? A. All things that are reproved, are 5.13. made manifeft by the light, for whatsoever doth make manifeft, is light.
John 3. 20.
Q. Do evil men preach up this light, or mind it?
A. Every one that doeth evil, hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, left his deeds fhould be reproved.
They are of those that rebel against the
24. 13. light.
Q. Do good men love it, and follow it?
A. He that doeth truth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifeft, that they are wrought in God.
Q. What benefit doth redound to fuch as love the light, and walk in it?
A. If we walk in the light, as he is in 1 John the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jefus Chrift his Son, cleanfeth us from all fin.
Q. Doth Chrift command to take heed to
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 apofiles commanded to turn people to the light?
A. Delivering thee from the people, and A. from the Gentiles, unto whom now I fend 26. 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 fave, or only during the day of his vifitation?
A. Yet a little while is the light with John you; walk while ye have the light, left 12. 35. darknefs come upon you.
Again, he limiteth a certain day, faying Heb. in David, To-day, after fo long a time; as4 it is faid, 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