The WCOF: Of Adoption and of Sanctification

Chapter XII – Of Adoption.

  1. All those that are justified, God vouchsafeth, in and for His only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption:(1) by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God;(2) have His name put upon them,(3) receive the Spirit of adoption;(4) have access to the throne of grace with boldness;(5) are enabled to cry, Abba, Father;(6) are pitied,(7) protected,(8) provided for,(9) and chastened by Him as by a Father;(10) yet never cast off,(11) but sealed to the day of redemption,(12) and inherit the promises,(13) as heirs of everlasting salvation.(14) (1)       Eph 1:5; Gal 4:4,5.

(2)                Ro 8:17; Jn 1:12.

(3)                Jer 14:9; 2Co 6:18; Rev 3:12.

(4)                Ro 8:15.

(5)                Eph 3:12; Ro 5:2.

(6)                Gal 4:6.

(7)                Ps 103:13.

(8)                Pr 14:26.

(9)                Mt 6:30,32; 1Pe 5:7.

(10)             Heb 12:6.

(11)             La 3:31.

(12)             Eph 4:30.

(13)             Heb 6:12.

(14)             1Pe 1:3,4; Heb 1:14.

Chapter XIII – Of Sanctification.

  1. They, who are once effectually called and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified really and personally, through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection,(1) by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them;(2) the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed,(3) and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified,(4) and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces,(5) to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.(6)
  2. (1)              1Co 6:11; Ac 20:32; Php 3:10; Ro 6:5,6.

(2)                Jn 17:17; Eph 5:26; 1Th 2:13.

(3)                Ro 6:6,14.

(4)                Gal 5:24; Ro 8:13.

(5)                Col 1:11; Eph 3:16-19.

(6)                2Co 7:1; Heb 12:14.

This sanctification is throughout in the whole man,(1) yet imperfect in this life; there abideth still some remnants of corruption in every part:(2) whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilable war; the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.(3)

(1)                1Th 5:23.

(2)                1Jn 1:10; Ro 7:18,23; Php 3:12.

(3)                Gal 5:17; 1Pe 2:11.

iii.                 In which war, although the remaining corruption, for a time, may much prevail,(1) yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome;(2) and so, the saints grow in grace,(3) perfecting holiness in the fear of God.(4)

(1)                Ro 8:23.

(2)                Ro 6:14; 1Jn 5:4; Eph 4:15,16.

(3)                2Pe 3:18; 2Co 3:18.

(4)                2Co 7:1.

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