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Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips' (Hosea, xiv. 1, 2). “I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus ; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke : turn thou me, and I shall be turned ; for thou art the Lord my God' (Jer. xxxi. 18.) 'Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life : no man cometh unto the Father, but by me' (John xiv. 6). And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely' (Rev. xxii. 17).

“When I was grappling with sin, Satan, and the world, and my own wicked and deceitful heart, the grand enemies of my salvation, His Word was as props and pillars to me: so that though I got my wounds, and was oft sorely beat, yet at the last I came off victorious, by the help of Him who is God all-sufficient to all who, through grace, lay hold on Him for help. It is by Him that I have fought the good fight, that I have finished my course; and that I have kept the faith ; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day. It is by Him, shining in His Word, that I know all my manifold sins and transgressions are freely pardoned, and that I have a just right and title to what is expressed (1 Cor. i. 30). So that now the guilt and condemning power of sin, being fully pardoned by a judicial act of God's free and sovereign grace, through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ, effectually applied and witnessed unto by the Holy Spirit, upon and to my spirit, there is no room left me to doubt any more of my being freely justified by Him, of my being in union with Him, and in a state of grace, or the power, dominion, and filth of sin, original and actual, being subdued, taken off, and washed away by the virtue of the Spirit of sanctification, being created anew in Christ Jesus unto good works; and being sanctified throughout in soul, body, and spirit, and made meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light, by Him who loved me, and gave Himself to the death for me, and redeemed me by power and by price.

“Now being in such a case of communion with Him, I am pained till I be freed of the remains of a body of sin and death, till I be freed of the world and all things therein, and also of this natural life, and be possessed of Himself and with Himself, in His eternal inheritance, which is incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away; a place which He hath provided for all whom He hath chosen, for all

“Let none reflect upon me for citing so much, for the Scripture hath been to me from my youth the living oracles of His divine and sacred lips. When I was crying, “What shall I do to be saved ?' and when I was saying, 'How shall I know the way of the Lord that I may walk therein ?' then His Word was a light to my feet and a lamp to my path,' exhorting me, as it is in Isaiah lv. 1-8—'Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come, ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread ? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live ; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold I have given Him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for He hath glorified thee. Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.' * And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life : he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst' (John vi. 35). “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock : if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me' (Rev. iii. 20). 'Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the Lord. Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion. Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the Lord our God. Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains : truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel' (Jer. iii. 13, 14, 22, 23). 'O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words, and turn to the

Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips' (Hosea, xiv. 1, 2). 'I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus ; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke : turn thou me, and I shall be turned ; for thou art the Lord my God' (Jer. xxxi. 18.) 'Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life : no man cometh unto the Father, but by me' (John xiv. 6). And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely' (Rev. xxii. 17).

“When I was grappling with sin, Satan, and the world, and my own wicked and deceitful heart, the grand enemies of my salvation, His Word was as props and pillars to me: so that though I got my wounds, and was oft sorely beat, yet at the last I came off victorious, by the help of Him who is God all-sufficient to all who, through grace, lay hold on Him for help. It is by Him that I have fought the good fight, that I have finished my course ; and that I have kept the faith ; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day. It is by Him, shining in His Word, that I know all my manifold sins and transgressions are freely pardoned, and that I have a just right and title to what is expressed (1 Cor. i. 30). So that now the guilt and condemning power of sin, being fully pardoned by a judicial act of God's free and sovereign grace, through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ, effectually applied and witnessed unto by the Holy Spirit, upon and to my spirit, there is no room left me to doubt any more of my being freely justified by Him, of my being in union with Him, and in a state of grace, or the power, dominion, and filth of sin, original and actual, being subdued, taken off, and washed away by the virtue of the Spirit of sanctification, being created anew in Christ Jesus unto good works; and being sanctified throughout in soul, body, and spirit, and made meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light, by Him who loved me,

Himself to the death for me, and redeemed me by power and by price.

“Now being in such a case of communion with Him, I am pained till I be freed of the remains of a body of sin and death, till I be freed of the world and all things therein, and also of this natural life, and be possessed of Himself and with Himself, in His eternal inheritance, which is incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away; a place which He hath provided for all whom He hath chosen, for all

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whom He hath called, for all whom He hath justified, and all whom He hath sanctified. Oh! to be there, where I shall sin no more, where I shall be tempted no more, neither feel any more of His hidings, the withdrawings of His Spirit's presence and light of His glorious countenance; but shall be ever with Him, see Him as He is, and serve Him for ever and ever.

“Now, my dear friends in Christ, I have always, since the public Resolutioners were for bringing in the malignants and their interest, thought it my duty to join with the Lord's people in witnessing against these sinful courses ; and now we see clearly that it has ended in nothing less than making us captains that we may return to Egypt by the open doors that are made wide, to bring in Popery and set up idolatry in the Lord's covenanted land, to defile it, and thereby to provoke Him to pour down His fierce wrath upon it, and the inhabitants thereof.

“Wherefore it is the unquestionable and indispensable duty of all who have any love to God, to His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, to the thriving of His kingdom, to their own souls' salvation, and to the following generation, to act a close, constant, and needy dependence on the Lord Jehovah's all-sufficiency, for light, for counsel, for direction, for strength and stability, to make conscience in bearing testimony for Him, for His persecuted truth, work, and interest in these lands, which was sworn to with uplifted hands to God the searcher of all hearts. And O that herein all could act a faithful part for Him who hath done so much for poor wretched us, when we were lying dying and rotting in our blood-red sins, when passing by us with His love and life-giving visit, saying unto us, ‘Live, live.'

“And on the other hand, to witness faithfully, constantly, and conscientiously against all that the enemies have done, or are doing, to the overthrow of the glorious Work of Reformation, and banishing Christ out of these lands, by robbing Him of His crown rights (for He and He alone is head of His own Church), and by burning the Covenants, which are the marriage bonds betwixt Him and these lands; and by persecuting His gospel ministers and members, who are labouring to keep their garments clean, and their hands free of all the corruptions and compliances in these evil times. And however it be, that many, both ministers and professors, are turning their backs upon Christ and His cross, reproaching and casting dirt upon you and the testimony of the day, yet let not

this weaken your hands, stumble, nor discourage you from going on in the strength of the Lord your God, to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints, and witness a good confession for Him and His cause, resisting unto blood, striving against sin; and herein let your soul possess itself with patience; for I assure you, it will not be long to the fourth watch. And then He will come with garments dyed in blood, to raise up saviours upon the mount of Zion, to judge the mount of Esau; and then the house of Jacob and Joseph shall be a fire, and the malignants, Prelates, and Papists, shall be for stubble; the flame whereof shall be great.

“But my generation work being done with my time, I go to Him who loved me, and washed me from all my sins, to Him who has counted me worthy to suffer for His name. And O that I had many lives to lay down for Him, and much blood to seal His noble and honourable cause with, even that He, who graciously pitied, and hath now given me the full assurance of being a member of His Church triumphant, which is the new Jerusalem, and city of the living God !

“I die adhering to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as the undoubted Word of God, an unerring rule of faith and manners, and a firm foundation for principle and practice in the ways of godliness and true holiness. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness' (2 Tim. iii. 16).

“And [I die adhering to the Confession of Faith, Catechisms Larger and Shorter, as agreeable thereunto, and safely founded thereupon. “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me in faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus' (2 Tim. i. 13). * Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God' (Heb. vi. 1); [and] the Sum of Saving Knowledge, the Directory for Church Government in her doctrine, worship, and discipline.

“I own all the attained unto pieces of Reformation in the Church of Scotland, particularly betwixt the years 1638, and 1649, the Covenants, National and Solemn League, the Acknowledgment of Sins, and Engagement to Duties.

“I own the Protestation given by the Remonstrators against the Public Resolutioners, the Apologetical Declaration, and all Declara

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