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Confession of Faith Ratification Act 1690

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Chap. xi. Of Justification S


THOSE whom God effectually calleth he also freely justifieth not by infusing righteousness into them but by pardoning their sins and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous not for any thing wrought in them or done by them but for Christs sake alone nor by imputing faith it self the act of believing or any other evangelicall obedience to them as their righteousness but by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them they reciveing and resting on him and his righteousness by faith which faith they have not of themselves it is the gift of God


FAITH thus reciveing and resting on Christ and his righteousness is the alone instrument of justification yet it is not alone in the person justified but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces and is no dead faith but worketh by love


CHRIST by his obedience and death did fully discharge the debt of all those that are thus justified and did make a proper reall and full satisfaction to his Fathers justice in their behalf yet in as much as he was given by the Father for them and his obedience and satisfaction accepted in their stead and both freely not for any thing in them their justification is only of free grace that both the exact justice and rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners


GOD did from all eternity decree to justify all the elect and Christ did in the fullness of time die for their sins and rise again for their justification nevertheless they are not justified untill the holy spirit doth in due time actually apply Christ unto them


GOD doth continue to forgive the sins of those that are justified and although they can never fall from the state of justification yet they may by their sins fall under Gods fatherly displeasure and not have the light of his countenance restored unto them untill they humble themselves confess their sins beg pardon and renew their faith and repentance


THE justification of believers under the Old Testament was in all these respects one and the same with the justification of believers under the New Testament

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