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Not only from his mother's womb; but also from the time that he, who tafted death for every man, forbad all his wounds to pour forth one single drop of blood for them: Nay, they were from all eternity intentionally made to be necessarily vessels of wrath to all eternity. But in the name of wisdom I ask, What has Zelotes's conclufion to do with St. Paul's premises ? Has the one any more agreement with the other, than kindness with cruelty, Christ with Moloch, and sense with non-sense? Again :
In Eph. 1, the apostle makes known to the Ephesians the mystery of God's will, who purposed in himself, predeflinated, or resolved before the foundation of the world, that, in the dispensation of the fulness of times, he would, gather together in one all things in Chrift, and call the Gentiles, as well as the Jerus, to partake of fiarchable riches of Cbrift by faith: But Zelotes, inItead of gladdening the heart of his countrymen by, the gospel-news of this extenfive grace, and general ele&tion of the Gentiles, takes occasion from it to confine redemption, to preach narrow grace, and to infis nuate the personal, calvinistic election of some of his neighbours : Suppose Peter Penitent, Martha Forward, and Matthew Fulsome : an election this, which is infeparable from the personal, absolute, eternal reproba. tion of his other neighbours, suppose John Endeavour, Thomas Doubter, Geo. Honest, and James Worker, to say nothing of Miss Wanton, Mr. Cheat, Sarah Cannibal, and Samuel Hottentot. For it is evident, that, if none of Zelotes's next neighbours are in the book of life but the three first-mentioned; if those three can never be put out of the book, fin they ever fo grievously; and nor one of the others can possibly be put in, live they ever so righteously-it is evident, I say, upon this footing, that the salvation of some of Zelotes's neighbours, and the damnation of all the rest, are absolutely necessary; or, to speak his own language, absolutely finished. Thus the gracious election of the Gentiles, which filled St. Paul's foul with transports of grateful joy, and would be a perpetual spring of consolation to
us, European Gentiles, if it were preached in a scriptu. ral manner :- This gracious election, I say, becomes, by Zelotes's mistake, the source of all the presumptuous comforts which flow from Calvin's lufcious, antinomian election, and of all the tormenting fears, which arise from his severe, pharifaic reprobation.
Having just mentioned the book of life, so triumph. antly produced by Zelotes, it may not be amiss to hear what he, and his antagonist Honestus think about it. Throw we then their partial sentiments into the scripture-scales, and by balancing them according to the method of the sanctuary, let us see the meaning of that mysterious expreffion.
1. Help, &c. my fellow- 2. Another book was Iabourers, whose NAME is opened which is the BOOK written in the BOOK OF LIFE: and the dead LIFĘ, Phil. iv, 3. All where JUDGED out of those that dwell on the earth, things which were write whore NAMES
TeNin the books, ACCORD. written in the BOOK OF TO THEIR WORKS. Life of the Lamb, sall | Rev. x4. 12.-If thou wilt worship him ( the Beall ] | not forgive, blot me I pray Rev. xiii, 8. Whose thee owT OF NAMES were not written which thou hast written in the
BOOK OF LIFE [.from the foundation of the
THE FOUNDATION | world.] And the Lord said OF THE WORLD. Rev, xvii, to Moses, 8.- Whosoever worketh HATH
against abomination, &c. shall in me, Him will I BLOT OUT no wise enter into it (the of my book, [a fure proof city of God) but they which this, that_be was before in
in the the book] Ex. xxxii, 32, 33. Lamb's BOOK
OF LIFE. - Let them (persecutors] Rev. xxi.
And be BLOTTED Out of the whosoever was not found BOOK OF LIFE. Pf. lxix. WRITTEN
* I take the liberty to lay the book of LIFE, and not the book of THE LIVING, becaufe our translators themselves, Gen. ii, 7. have rendered the very fame word the breath OF LIFE, and not ibe breath OF THE LIVING.
WRITTEN in the Lamb's | 28.They that FLARED BOOK OF LIFE, was cast | the Lord fpake often one into the lake of fire. Rev. to another, and the Lord XX. 15.-At that tiine thy heard it, and A BOOK of people shall be delivered, I remembrance was WRIT, EVERY ONE that fhall be Ten before him, for THEM found written
IN THE THAT FEARED the Lord : Dan. xii, 1.
and They shall be MINE,
saith the Lord of Hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels. Mal. iii, 16.I will NOT BLOT out his name (the name of HIM THAT OVERCOMETH) out of the BOOK OF LIFE. Rev. iii, 5:- If any inan shall take away from the words of, &c. this prophecy, God shall TAKE AWAY HIS PART out of the BOOK OF LIFE. Rev. xxii, 19,
The balance of these scriptures evidently shows.: (1) That from the foundation of the world, God de. creed to reward the righteous with eternal life :-(2) That, to show us the certainty of this decree, the sacred writers by a striking, oriental metaphor represent it as written in a book, which they call the book of life. (3) That, to carry on the allegory, the names of the righteous are said to be written in that book, and the names of the wicked, not to be found in it; while the names of apoftates are said to be blotted out of it :(4) That the NAMEs written in this metaphorical book of life (if I may use the expression) are to be under. itood of natures, properties, and characters; in the sense in which Isaiah says of Christ, His NAME Mall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, and Prince of peace; or in the sense in which God proclaimed bis NAME to Moses ; calling himself Merciful, Gracious, and Long-suffering. Whence it follows, that the NAMES WRITTEN in the BOOK OF LIFE from the foundation of the world, are not Matthew Fulsome, Sarah Forward, or William Fanciful ; but True Penitent, Obedient Believer, Good Servant, or Faithful unto death.--And lastly, that it is as absurd to make the metaphor of the book of Life go upon all four, as to suppose that all David's hairs shall be glo
rified, and his tears literally bottled up in heaven, because it is said, The very 'HAIRS of your bead are NUMBERED.-All my members were WRITTEN in THY BOOK.Put thou my TEARS into thy bottle: are they not WRITTEN IN THY BOOK?
If Zelotes and Honestus condescend to weigh the preceding observations, their prejudices will, I hope, gradually subfide; and while the one sends back to Geneva the false, intoxicating election recommended by Calvin, the other will bring us over from Ephesus the true comfortable election maintained by St. Paul. That in the mean time we may all be thankful for our evangelical calling, improve our gospel-priv leges, make our scriptural ele&tion sure, and as the apostle writes to the Ephesians, walk worthy of the vocation wherequith we are called, is the ardent wish of my Soul, which I cannot express in words more proper than those, which I have just used in “ receiving a “ child into the congregation of Christ's flock-and “ incorporating him into God's holy church. “ Heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, that " thou hast vouchfafed to CALL us” (and of confe. quence to choose us firA] “ to the knowledge of thy
grace and faith in thee. Increase this knowledge, " and confirm this faith in us evermore :--that we
may receive the fulness of thy grace,- live the rest " of our life according to this beginning, -CUNTI
NUE Christ's faithful soldiers to our lives end, 66 and EVER REMAIN in the number of God's FAITH.
PUL and ELECT children, through Jesus Christ our « Lord.” Office of Baptifm.
This truly christian prayer shall conclude this Section, and the first part of the Scripture-scales. Zelotes and Honeitus have at this time, given one another as much truth as they can well stand under. In a few days their strength will be recovered; they will meet again to fight it out, each from his scale : and when they shall have spent all their amunition, they will, I hope, shake hands and be friends : But if they were obstinate, and will still justle, instead of embracing
each other ; we will charge the peace.
When we are for a scriptural peace, if they still prepare themselves for battle, we will bind them with all the cords we can borrow from reason, revelation, and experience, And if then, they will not be quiet and agree, by a new kind of metamorphose we will change them into Scales; we will tie them to the folid beam of truth, and expose them in booksellers shops, where they shall hang in logical chains, an eyefore to bigots-a terror to doctrinal clippers, who openly diminish the coin of the church-a comfort to those who are persecuted for truth and righteousness fakeman encouragement to those who, like their master, equally bate the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, and that of the Pharisees a new CHECK to those, who spoil all by overdoing-and a contrivance useful, I hope, to novices, and to unwary professors, who through an excefs of fimplicity, or for want of scales, frequently take of Masters in Israel a bare half-thekel for the full shekel of the fanctuary.
END OF THE SECTION XIII, AND OF THE FIRST
PART OF THE SCALES,