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clouds; We may thus conceive of the Volume pardon of fin. God in the Gospel liath XII.

entered into a Covenant of Grace and Mercy with Sinners; one of the Benefits promised by God in the Covenant, is pardon of sín. The Conditions upon which we shall be made partakers of the Benefit, are comprehended in this one word, Faith, which signifies the whole of Christian Religion, viz. such an effectual assent to the Revelation of the Gospel, as doth produce Repentance, and sincere Obedience, and a trust and confidence in Christ alone for Salvation. The procuring or meritorious Cause of this Benefit, viz. the pardon of our fins, is the death of Christ, which is called his Blood or Sacrifice. The principal efficient Cause of our pardon is God, in the Sentence of the Law, or which is all one, in the tenor of this Covenant, declaring us pardon'd upon these terms and conditions. Now how can Faith, which is an act on our parts, and the condition to be performed by us, be faid to be an Instrument in the hand of God of our Pardon; unless men will think fit to call a


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VIII. I should now proceed to the third particular which À propos’d, but shall refer that to my next Discourse on this Argument.


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Of Justifying Faich

The Third Sermon on this Text.

JOHN XX. 31.
But these are written, that ye might

believe that Jesus is the Chrift, the
Son of God; and that believing ye
might have life through his name.


HE Observation I am discours

ing upon is this, That to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, is truly and properly Sanctifying,and Justifying, and Saving Faith. I have enter'd upon the latter part of the Observation, viz. to shew that

this is truly and properly Justifying Volume and Saving Faith,in speaking

to which, XII.

I propos’d to shew fix things.

1. That Justification in Scripture signifies no more, but the Pardon and Remislion of sins.

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2. That Faith can in no propriety of Language, be said to be the Instrument of our pardon. Thus far I have

gone, and now proceed to what remains, viz. to shew,

3. That the influence which Faith hath upon the Pardon of sin, is this, that it is the whole and entire condition, required in the Gospel, of our pardon, upon the performance of which God hath promised to pardon sin; which appears thus. All the conditions the Gospel requires on our part in order to Pardon, may be reduced to these four heads.

(1.) An Assent to the Truth of the Gospel.

(2.) A Trust and Confidence in Christ as our only Saviour.

(3.) Re

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