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A39669 The method of grace, in bringing home the eternal redemption contrived by the Father, and accomplished by the Son through the effectual application of the spirit unto God's elect, being the second part of Gospel redemption : wherein the great mysterie of our union and communion with Christ is opened and applied, unbelievers invited, false pretenders convicted, every mans claim to Christ examined, and the misery of Christless persons discovered and bewailed / by John Flavell ... Flavel, John, 1630?-1691. 1681 (1681) Wing F1169; ESTC R20432 474,959 654

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the_o power_n of_o the_o word_n mat._n 11._o 25._o 1_o cor._n 1._o 27._o nay_o the_o most_o malicious_a and_o obstinate_a enemy_n of_o christ_n have_v be_v wound_v and_o convert_v by_o the_o word_n 1_o tim._n 1._o 13._o act._n 16._o 24._o those_o that_o have_v be_v under_o the_o prejudice_n of_o the_o worst_a and_o most_o idolatrous_a education_n have_v be_v the_o subject_n of_o its_o mighty_a power_n act._n 19_o 26._o to_o conclude_v man_n of_o the_o most_o profligate_v and_o debauch_v life_n have_v be_v wonderful_o change_v and_o alter_v by_o the_o power_n of_o the_o word_n 1_o cor._n 6._o 10_o 11._o second_o the_o mighty_a efficacy_n of_o the_o law_n of_o god_n appear_v in_o the_o manner_n of_o its_o operation_n which_o work_v sudden_o strike_v like_o a_o dart_n through_o the_o heart_n and_o conscience_n of_o man_n act._n 2._o 37._o a_o wonderful_a change_n be_v make_v in_o a_o short_a time_n and_o as_o it_o work_v quick_o and_o sudden_o so_o it_o work_v irresistible_o with_o a_o 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needs_o be_v satisfy_v that_o christ_n be_v able_a to_o save_v to_o the_o uttermost_a all_o that_o come_v unto_o god_n by_o he_o which_o be_v the_o six_o lesson_n believer_n be_v teach_v of_o god_n lesson_n 7._o every_o man_n that_o come_v to_o christ_n be_v teach_v of_o god_n that_o it_o can_v never_o reap_v any_o benefit_n by_o the_o blood_n of_o christ_n except_o he_o have_v union_n with_o the_o person_n of_o christ_n 1_o joh._n 5._o 12._o eph._n 4._o 16._o time_n be_v when_o man_n fond_o think_v nothing_o be_v necessary_a to_o their_o salvation_n but_o the_o death_n of_o christ_n but_o now_o the_o lord_n show_v they_o that_o their_o union_n with_o christ_n by_o faith_n be_v as_o necessary_a in_o the_o place_n of_o a_o apply_v