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to be a Lamb without spot, who by Sacrifice of himSelf once made, fhould take away the fins of the world, and fin (as St. John faith) was not in him. But all we the rest (altho' baptized and born again in Chrift) yet offend in many things; and if we fay we have no fin, we deceive our felves, and the truth is not in us.

This Article contains Four Propofitions.

1. Chrift in the Truth of our Nature was made like unto us in all things (Sin only excepted) from which he was clearly void, both in his Flesh and in his Spirit.

2. He came to be a Lamb without a Spot, who by Sacrifice of himself once made, fhould take away the Sins of the World.

3. Sin (as St. John faith) was not in Christ.
4. All we the reft (altho' baptized and born
again in Chrift) yet offend in many things,
and if we fay we have no Sin, we deceive
our felves, and the Truth is not in us.

The First Propofition. See Bishop Pearfon on the . Third Article, from the Beginning down to Born of the Virgin Mary.

The Second Propofition. That Chrift was a Lamb without Spot, and confequently that he came to be fuch, St. Peter exprefly affures us, 1 Pet. 1. 19. That he came to be a Lamb without Spot, who fhould take away the fins of the world, is evident from 1 John 3. 5. where we are told, that Chrift was manifefted to take away our fins. That he took away the Sins of the World by the Sacrifice of himself, is evident from the Author to the Hebrews, who faies, Chapter 13. V. 12. that our Savior fuffered without the Gate, that he might fanctify the people with his own bloud. And that Chrift's Sacrifice of himself was but

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but once made, will appear in the Second and Third Propofitions of the Thirty firft Article.

The Third Propofition. St. John faies, 1. Epift. Chap. 3. Ver. 5. in him is no fin.

The Fourth Propofition. The former Branch of it is evident from the latter, which is the express Affertion of St. John, 1 Epift. Chap. 1. Ver. 8.

The SIXTEENTH ARTICLE.

Of Sin after Baptism.

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Wherefore the grant of repentance is not to be denied to fuch as fall into fin after Baptifm. After we have receiv'd the Holy Ghoft, we may depart from grace given, and fall into fin, and by the Grace of God, we may arise again, and amend our lives. And therefore they are to be condemned which fay, they can no more fin as long as they live here, or deny the place of forgiveness to fuch as truly repent.

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This Article contains Four Propofitions.
1. Not every deadly Sin willingly committed
after Baptifm, is Sin against the Holy Ghost,
and unpardonable.

2. The Grant of Repentance is not to be denied to fuch as fall into Sin after Baptism.

3. After we have receiv'd the Holy Ghoft, we . may depart from Grace given, and fall into Sin, and by the Grace of God we may arise again, and amend our Lives.

4. They are to be condemn'd which fay, they can no more fin as long as they live here, or

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deny the place of Forgiveness to fuch as truly repent.

Concerning this Article in general, fee Mr. Plaifere's Appello Evangelium, Part 3. Chap. 16. p. 291, &c.

The First Propofition. Touching the diftinction of mortal and venial Sins, fee Limborch's Syftem, Book the Fourth, the Fourth Chapter, Sect. 19, 20, 21,22,23. That every deadly Sin willingly committed after Baptism is not unpardonable, fee the Fifth Book of Limborch's Syftem, Chapter the Eighty fifth. And confequently every fuch deadly Sin can't be the Sin against the Holy Ghoft; because the Sin against the Holy Ghoft is unpardonable, Matth. 12. 31, 32. Tho' by the way, it must be obferved, that our Church does not determin, what the Sin against the Holy Ghoft is, nor need any Perfon be able to determin it in order to his Satisfaction touching this Propofition; fince the Argument already offer'd plainly proves, that every deadly Sin willingly committed after Baptifm is not the Sin against the Holy Ghost.

The Second Propofition is the neceffary Confequence of the Firft. For who fhall dare to deny Repentance, that is, to deny the Poffibility of Repentance, in those Cases, wherein God, who alone has Power fo to do, has not made it impoffible?

The Third Propofition. That we may depart from Grace given, and fall into Sin, after we have received the Holy Ghoft, fee the Fifth Book of Limborch's Syftem, from the Eightieth Chapter to the Eighty fourth inclufively: and that by the Grace of God we may arise again, and amend our Lives, appears from the First Propofition.

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The Fourth Propofition neceffarily follows from the Third.

The SEVENTEENTH ARTICLE.

Of Predeftination and Election.

REDESTINATION to life, is the everlasting purpofe of God, whereby (before the foundations of the world were laid) he bath constantly decreed by his counsel, fecret to us, to deliver from curfe and damnation those whom be bath chofen in Chrift out of mankind, and to bring them by Chrift to everlasting falvation, as veffels made to bonor. Wherefore they which be endued with fo excellent a benefit of God, be called according to God's purpofe by his Spirit working in due feafon : they thro' grace obey the calling: they be justified freely: they be made fons of God by adoption: they be made like the image of his only begotten fon Jefus Chrift: they walk religiously in good works, and at length by God's mercy they attain to everlasting felicity.

As the godly confideration of Predeftination and our EleEtion in Chrift, is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to godly perfons, and fuch as feel in themfelves the working of the Spirit of Chrift, mortifying the works of the flesh, and their earthly members, and drawing up their mind to high and heavenly things; as well because it doth greatly establish and confirm their faith of eternal falvation, to be enjoyed through Chrift, as because it doth fervently kindle their love towards God: fo for curious and carnal perfons, lacking the Spirit of Chrift, to have continually before their eyes the Jentence of God's Predeftination, is a most dangerous downfal,whereby the devil doth thrust them either into defperation, or into wretchlefness of most unclean living, no less perilous than defperation.

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Furthermore, we must receive God's promifes in fuch wife, as they be generally fet forth to us in Holy Scripture: and in our doings, that will of God is to be followed, which ave have exprefly declared unto us in the word of God.

For the right understanding of this Article, I intreat the Reader seriously to confider the Twenty first Chapter of the Third Part of Mr. Plaifere's Appello Evangelium, p. 334, &c. which when he has done, he may perufe what follows.

The Doctrin of Predeftination has fill'd many Volumes of Controverfy, and the English Patrons of the feveral Schemes or Hypothefes have endevor'd to fhew, that the Church of England does in this Article, either plainly maintain, or at least not contradict their respective Opinions.

Now that the Doctrin of our Church is in fome Places utterly irreconcilable with the abfolute and irrefpective Predeftination of both the Supralapfarians and Sublapfarians, is to me indifputably clear. For, First, The Church prays to God, juft before a Child is baptiz'd, that it may receive the fulness of his Grace, and ever remain in the Number of his faithful and elect Children; and after 'tis baptiz'd, fhe thanks God, that 'tis regenerated with his Holy Spirit. And yet furely all Children that are baptiz'd, are not fav'd. Wherefore, in our Church's Judgment, fome Perfons that had receiv'd the fulness of God's Grace, and were Elect, and regenerated with the Spirit, do afterwards fall away. Secondly, In the Burial Office, we pray God, that he would not fuffer us in our last Hour for any Pains of Death to fall from him. This Petition is to be faid by the Elect, if there be any fuch amongst us. 'Tis poffible therefore, in the Judgment of our Church, for thofe that are Elect, not

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