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sufficient extent, to make up any hurt Adam's sin brought upon mankind: what is then the cause of condemnation?
A. He that believeth on him is not condemned; but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3. 18.
And with all deceivableness of uprighteousness in them that perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thes. 2. 10, 11, 12.
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 and settled, and be not moved away from 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. Col. 1. 23.
Q. What is the gospel?
A. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth. Rom. 1. 16.
Q. Is the gospel hid?
A. If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost, in whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God should shine unto them. 2 Cor. 4. 3, 4.
Q. Is the 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 light is come into the world, and men love darkness rather than light. John 3. 19.
Q. Why do they so?
A. Because their deeds are evil. John 3. 19. Q. Is every man enlightened by this light? A. He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light: that was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. John 1. 8, 9.
Q. Doth this light discover all things?
A. All things that are reproved are made manifest by the light; for whatsoever doth make manifest, is light. Eph. 5. 13.
Q. Do evil men preach up this light, or mind it?
A. Every one that doth evil, hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. John 3. 20.
They are of those that rebel against the light. Job 24. 13.
Q. Do good men love it and follow it?
A. He that doeth truth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3. 21.
Q. What benefit doth redound to such as love the light, and walk in it?
A. If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1. 7. Q. Doth Christ command to take heed to the light? A. While ye have the light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of the light. John 12. 36.
Q. Were the apostles commanded to turn people to the light?
A. Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness unto light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified, through faith that is in me. Acts 26. 17, 18.
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 you; walk while
ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you. John 12. 35.
Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today after so long a time; as it is said, To-day, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Heb. 4. 7.
Q. How can it be proved, that there is a day, wherein people may know things concerning their peace, which afterwards may be hid from them?
A. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. Luke 19. 41, 42.
Q. Is there any other scripture proof of the Lord's willingness to gather a people who would not, and therefore were condemned?
A. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee: how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not? Mat. 23. 37.-Luke 13. 34.
Then his Lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? and his Lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. Mat. 18. 32, 33, 34.
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you; but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. Acts 13. 46.
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded: but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity, I will mock when your fear cometh. Prov. 1. 24, 25, 26.
And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation; and concerning a kingdom, to build, and to plant it: if it do evil in my sight that it obey not my voice, then will I
repent of the good wherewith I said I would benefit them Jer. 18. 9, 10.
Q. Doth God's Spirit strive then for a season, and afterwards forbear?
A. And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man. Gen. 6. 3.
Q. May it then be resisted?
A. Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost; as your fathers did, so do ye. Acts 7. 51.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Rom. 1. 18.
Q. Hath God manifested to man that which may be known of himself?
A. That which may be known of God, is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. Rom. 1. 19.
Q. Is then this light or seed sown in the hearts of evil men?
A. And he spake many things to them in parables; Behold, a sower went forth to sow, and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, &c. Some fell among stony places, &c. And some fell among thorns, &c. Mat. 13. 3, 4, 5, 7.
Q. Are these places, where the seed is said to have fallen, understood of the hearts of men?
A. Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart; this is he which received the seed by the way side, &c. Mat. 13. 18, 19.
Q. Is this seed small in its first appearance?
A. The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all seeds. Mat. 13. 31, 32.
Q. Forasmuch as many understand not this, under the notion and appellation of light or seed, it being quite another dialect than the common; though I must needs confess, it is the very language of the scriptures; is there a saving manifestation of the Spirit given unto all?
A. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 1 Cor. 12. 12, 7.
Q. Sure, if it be to profit withal, it must be in order to save; for if it were not useful, yea, sufficient to save, what profit could it be of? but in regard some speak of a grace that is common, and of a grace that is saving, is there such a grace common to all, as brings salvation?
A. The grace of God that brings salvation, hath appeared unto all men. Tit. 2. 11.
Q. That which brings salvation must needs be saving; what doth that grace teach us?
A. Teaching us, that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world. Tit. 2. 12.
Q. Certainly that which teacheth both righteousness and godliness must be sufficient; for therein consisteth the whole duty of man: What saith the apostle elsewhere of this instructor?
A. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanc tified. Acts 20, 32.
Q. What is the word of God?
A. The word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Heb. 4. 12, 13.
Q. Ought we to take heed to this word?
A. We have also a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the daystar arise in your heart. 2 Pet. 1. 19.
Q. I perceive the scriptures are very clear both concerning the universality and sufficiency of this light, seed, grace and word of God; but is this word nigh or afar off, inward or outward?
A. Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? that is, to bring Christ down from above. Or, who