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have any inward Witness, he must make God a Liar; because (faith St. John) He hath not believed the Record that God gave of his Son. And this is the Record that God hath given to us eternal Life, and this Life is in his Son. He that bath the Son hath Life, and be that hath not the Son of God hath not Life. In these Words also he sheweth most evidently, that every Believer hath Christ his Life dwelling in him; fo that a Believer can fay as St. Paul, I live, and yet not ), but Christ liveth in me, and the Life that I now live in the Fles, I live by the Faith of the Son of God, Gal. ii. 20. So writing to the Coloffians he faith, When Christ, who is our Life, mall appear, then mall you also appear with him in Glory, Col. lii. 4. And after the Apostle had said, that the Record which God giveth us is eternal Life, and that this Life is in the Son: he faith, Whoso hath the Son, hath Life; that is, he liveth unto GOD, Christ liveth in him ;. as Christ himself faith, John yi. 56. And to prove that all others are dead to GOD, and not quickened by Christ, that quickening Spirit, he faith, He that hath not the Son of God, hath not Life. Again, where the A postle was speaking of the Witness in Heaven, he also speaketh of a Witnels in Earth; that is, the secret Manifestation of Christ to his Sheep, as is not known unto the World, for as every Shepherd marketh his Sheep, To also doth the good Shepherd of Ifrael; he giveth them a new Name which no Man knoweth, saving be that receiveth it. This is that inward Witnefs, of which I have been hitherto speaking, even the Witness of the Spirit, the Water, and the Blood. The Spirit itself beareth Witness with our Spirit (laith Paul) that we are the Sons of God, Rom. viii. 16. that is, that we are begotten and born into a new Life, and made.GOD's Heirs by
Adoprion, Adoption, having the Spirit of his Son in our Hearts, whereby we can call GOD, as Jesus did, my Father. He beareth Witness also, that we are washed from all our Guilt and Sin, through the Power of his mighty working, in the Blood of the Lamb. Some, because they would fain look on themselves as Believers, want to find out a Way to prove the Spirit of Adoption in them, unknown to them. But to answer fuch, I would here recite a few more Scriptures, wherein is proved, the Knowledge of Christ in us the Hope of Glory, and the Affurance the Children of GOD have in him. The Holy Spirit is by our Saviour often called the Comforter : Now he cannot be said to be our Comforter, if we don't know whether he be in us or no; yea, if we don't know him ours, we are left in an uncomfortable and destitute Condition. Neither can it be said he is our Witness, when we know nothing of him, neither can so much as say, we have received him. Our Saviour speaks much to assure his Children of their having the Spirit, he faith, I will not leave gou comfortless, I will come to you, John xiv. 18. and of the Holy Ghost he faith, I will send him unto you, Chap. xvi. 7. In that Day Mall ge know that I am in the Father, and you in me, and I in you, Chap. xiv. 20. He Mall receive of mine, and Mall mere it unto you, John xvi. 14. Again, He that bath my Commandments and keepeth them, be it is that loveth me; and be that loveth me, pall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him, Chap. xiv. 21. St. John faith, Hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us, 1 John iii. 24. And again, Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because ke hath given us of his Spirit, 1 John iv. 13. And St. Paul faith the same, Nore we have received
not the Spirit of the World, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the Things that are freely given to us of God, 1 Cor. ii. 12• And he teaches the Churches to examine themselves whether they be in the true Faith, saying, Prove your own felves; know ye not your own felves how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be Reprobates 2 Cor. xiii. 5. And again, Know ye not that we are the Temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you, I Cor. iii. 16. And again, Know ye not that your Body is the Temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God, Chap. vi. 19. So also in another Place, he faith, Our Hope maketh us not ashamed, because the Love of God is Med abroad in our Hearts by the Holy Ghost, Rom. v. 5. In the Acts alfo is it written, Then had the Churches Rest, and were edified, and walked in the Fear of the Lord, and in the Comfort of the Holy Ghost, Acts ix. 31. Nor is this glorious Liberty denied to any who follow Jesus, as he saith, I am the Light of the World, he that followeth me shall not walk in Darkness, but mall have the Light of Life, John viij. 12. And again another Scripture faith, Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty, 2 Cor. 3. 17. The same Apostle to the Ephesians faith, After that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of Promise, which is the Earnest of our Inheritance, until the Redemption of the purchased Pofesion, unto the Praise of bis Glory, Eph. i. 13, 14. And again in the same Epiftle, Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ge are sealed unto the Day of Redemption, Chap. iv. 30. To, the Corinthians he faith, Now he which stablish: eth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; who hath also sealed us, and given the Earnest of the Spirit in our Hearts, 2 Cor. i. 21, 22. And again, Who hath also given unto us the Earnest of the Spirit, Chap. v. 5. St. John in
another Place speaking of the fame holy Anointing of the Spirit, faith, Even as it hath taught you, je fall abide in him, 1 John ii. 27. What shall I say more for the
Time would fạis me, to say all that I might say, to prove the Things that I have written true. Lo! all the Prophets and Apostles are Witnesses of these Things. May. those to whose Hand this shall then come, search daily as the Bereans did, Aets xvii, 11. if I have said the Truth; and if I have, O mạy that fame Spirit of which I have been long testifying, so inlighten your Understanding that you may believe unto Life, and be Witnesses to all the World of thefe Things, while ye shall call to them and say, Thus hath God done for my Soul. Know ye then that (as Elihu faith) The Inspiration of the Almighty giveth us Understanding, Job xxxii. 8. And in another Plaçe, Behold I will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make known my Words unto you, Prov. i. 23. To him Omay the Simple come, and learn Knowledge, even that which is able to make, you wise unto Salvation! I have done now. that which I purposed. I have proved from the Scripturis that ye must have the Spirit of Christ, or be none of his ; ard to their Comfort have I proved, that whosoever is endued with the same Spirit dwelling in them, Shall of the Jame Spirit reap Life everlasting, Gal. vi. 8. And, That there is now no Condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the Flesh, but after the Spirit. For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Chrift ejus, bath made them free from the Law of Sin and Death, Rom. viii. 1,2. I teftify the Things I do know, and what I have seen with the Father ; nor doubt I but those who are of GOD, will hear his Word, which I have here spoken ; and be. ing ripened, and filled with the Spirit of the Lord Jesus, Thall shortly by him be born into the glorious Church gone before, who once drank of the fame Spirit, and the fame Faith with us, and who are now reaping of the Spirit Life Everlasting! Among whose bleffed Armies in the Bosom of GOD, may the Lord hasten our Appearing! even so, Lord Jesus. Amen.