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Christ alone exalted in the perfection and encouragements of the saints, notwithstanding sins and trials. Volume III. / Being laid open in severall sermons by the late spirituall and faithfull preacher of the Gospel, Tobias Crispe, D.D.
Crisp, Tobias, 1600-1643.; Cokayn, George, 1619-1691.; Pinnell, Henry.
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occasion of so manifest slanders and false aspersions that are raised I know not what should be the cause of them But beloved how is it that I should deny Christ In that say they I deny repentance unto life Now whether ever I did so I appeal to you that heard me This I say concerning faith and repentance unto life in brief that neither faith nor repentance hath any efficacy of their own to produce life but those that attain to life in time the Lord giveth them to beleeve and repent indeed But a third charge is â more strange then all the rest this I must touch also I will name no persons nor hint them but my scope is to deliver plainly unto you the truth of my own thoughts and so lie under censure or be acquitted The charge is this that I should affirm that an elect person should live and die a whoremonger and an adulterer and in all kinde of propitanenesse and though living and dying in this kinde of prophanenesse he shall be saved Which how contrary it is unto the whole course of my ministery ye are witnesse I dare be bold to say you all know it to be a grosse notorious and groundlesse slander You know concerning this thing an elect perso being an elect person it is impossible that such an one should mis-carry and not be saved He that is elected unto salvation either Gods election must be frustrated which is impossible or this person must attain unto salvation I think no man of those that have cast this impuntion upon me will deny it but withall this I said before and so I say still There is no elect person suppose him to be capable and come to yeers shall die before he be called that is before the Lord give faith to this person to beleeve and in some meaâure frame this elect person to walk by the Spirit according to the ruse of the Spâit In a word this person is changed in conversation The principle is this He that beleeveth shall be saved and he that beleeveth not shall be damned and Noâunclera thing shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven every soul therefore being elected as it shall be saved at last so is it or shall in time be called and inabled to beleeve and walk as a child of light If this be not true doctrine then I desire my mouth may be stopped Having thus endeavoured to take off those aspersions though not in respect of my self yet in respect of some of you who peradventure may receive such things for truth especially coming out of the mouths of such persons as those from whom the charge comes Now to the Text that I have taken to my self to handle namely Thou art all fair my Love there is no spot in thee I shall say but little concerning this latter branch of the Text it having been all my work heretofore to set forth this immunity we have by the blood of Christ the cleansing from all sin I shall keep my self to the former branch Then art all fair my Love Let us therefore take into consideration these particulars that will give some hint of the grace revealed here The first is who this Love is of whom Christ speaks Secondly why this person that is so fair is here called my Love Thirdly what this fairnesse is that is appropriated to the love of Christ Fourthly what it is for the love of Christ to be all fair Fifthly when this time is that this love of Christ is all fair Thou art all fair my Love I will begin here with the first namely who this is here that is called the Love of Christ The next words will unriddle the question Come with me from Lebanon my Spouse The love of Christ then here is the Spouse of Christ And beloved if you knew all you would soon see what glorious unspeakable and unsearchable excellencies are contained in this Grace that the Church should be admitted into the bosome of Christ to be the very Spouse of Christ There are two things very considerable by which you may perceive at the least some of the glory and excellency of this priviledge to be the Spouse of Christ First if you consider the inequality of the persons that are matched Secondly if you will consider the great priviledge that will issue from such a match as this is The word Spouse you know is nothing else but a title of relation in reference to a Husband Now I say first consider the inequality of the persons matched and therein you shall see an admirable condeseending and grace I remember in the first book of Samuel when the servants of Saul came to David to make mention of Sauls mind concerning Davids marrying Sauls daughter David was in a kind of astonishment and amazement And when they spake to him of the matter David replied Seemeth it a light matter unto you to be the kings son in law seeing I am a poor man and my father of a small house in Israel This was strange news to poor ' David What presently to marry the Kings daughter and to be the son in law to a King being a poor man as I am is this a small matter in your eyes Much more may we be astonished that we poor miserable wretches should marry the son and heir of the world nay the Son and Heir of Glory Shall this seem a light matter to you to be the Spouse of a King to be the sons and daughters of the King of kings It was an admirable witty expression of Abigail in the 25. Chapter of the first book of Samuel vers 41. when David sent messengers unto her to commune with her to take her to be his wife Abigail in humility replied to the messengers thus Let thy hand-maid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my Lord a high strained complement if it had been a meer complement But it was reall so it doth expresse the great distance she conceived there was between her self and David and therefore doth not spare to shew her thoughts of her great unworthinesse to be matched with Daviâk Let thy hand maid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my Lord. This is an office good enough for me to wash the servants feet and not to lie in the bosome of David Why what a great matter was this she was as rich as Davil was and you may manifestly see she was very beautifull and her stock and parentage was of as good a stock as Davids There was but this difference a kingdom was promised to David and he was anointed king but yet for the present a persecuted anointed but yet notwithstanding she admires the great condescending of David that he should take her to be his wife Oh then beloved what must be the condescending of the Son of God the Heir of the world and the expresse Image of the Father and the brightnesse of his glory as you have it in the 3. verse of