Jude 11-4 Christians are called out of the world, from the evilspirit and temper of it; called above the world, to higher andbetter things, to heaven, things unseen and eternal; called fromsin to Christ, from vanity to seriousness, from uncleanness toholiness; and this according to the Divine purpose and grace. Ifsanctified and glorified, all the honour and glory must beascribed to God, and to him alone. As it is God who begins thework of grace in the souls of men, so it is he who carries iton, and perfects it. Let us not trust in ourselves, nor in ourstock of grace already received, but in him, and in him alone.The mercy of God is the spring and fountain of all the good wehave or hope for; mercy, not only to the miserable, but to theguilty. Next to mercy is peace, which we have from the sense ofhaving obtained mercy. From peace springs love; Christ's love tous, our love to him, and our brotherly love to one another. Theapostle prays, not that Christians may be content with a little;but that their souls and societies may be full of these things.None are shut out from gospel offers and invitations, but thosewho obstinately and wickedly shut themselves out. But theapplication is to all believers, and only to such. It is to theweak as well as to the strong. Those who have received thedoctrine of this common salvation, must contend for it,earnestly, not furiously. Lying for the truth is bad; scoldingfor it is not better. Those who have received the truth mustcontend for it, as the apostles did; by suffering with patienceand courage for it, not by making others suffer if they will notembrace every notion we call faith, or important. We ought tocontend earnestly for the faith, in opposition to those whowould corrupt or deprave it; who creep in unawares; who glide inlike serpents. And those are the worst of the ungodly, who takeencouragement to sin boldly, because the grace of God hasabounded, and still abounds so wonderfully, and who are hardenedby the extent and fulness of gospel grace, the design of whichis to deliver men from sin, and bring them unto God.
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