Chapter 1 - Of the Holy Scripture.
Chapter 2 - Of God, and of the Holy Trinity.
Chapter 3 - Of God’s Eternal Decree.
Chapter 4 - Of Creation.
Chapter 5 - Of Providence.
Chapter 6 - Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.
Chapter 7 - Of God’s Covenant with Man.
Chapter 8 - Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 9 - Of Free Will.
Chapter 10 - Of Effectual Calling.
Chapter 11 - Of Justification.
Chapter 12 - Of Adoption.
Chapter 13 - Of Sanctification.
Chapter 14 - Of Saving Faith.
Chapter 15 - Of Repentance Unto Life.
Chapter 16 - Of Good Works.
Chapter 17 - Of The Perseverance of the Saints.

Chapter 18 - Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation.

Section 1.) Although hypocrites and other unregenerate men may vainly deceive themselves with false hopes and carnal presumptions of being in the favour of God, and estate of salvation;(1) which hope of theirs shall perish;(2) yet such as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love Him in sincerity, endeavouring to walk in all good conscience before Him, may, in this life, be certainly assured that they are in the state of grace,(3) and may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God; which hope shall never make them ashamed.(4)
(1) Job 8:13,14; Mic 3:11; Dt 29:19; Jn 8:41. (2) Mt 7:22,23. (3) 1Jn 2:3; 1Jn 3:14,18,19,21,24; 1Jn 5:13. (4) Ro 5:2,5.
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Section 2.) This certainty is not a bare conjectural and probable persuasion, grounded upon a fallible hope;(1) but an infallible assurance of faith, founded upon the divine truth of the promises of salvation,(2) the inward evidence of those graces unto which these promises are made,(3) the testimony of the Spirit of adoption witnessing with our spirits that we are the children of God:(4) which Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance, whereby we are sealed to the day of redemption.(5)
(1) Heb 6:11,19; (2) Heb 6:17,18. (3) 2Pe 1:4,5,10,11; 1Jn 2:3; 1Jn 3:14; 2Co 1:12. (4) Ro 8:15,16. (5) Eph 1:13,14; Eph 4:30; 2Co 1:21,22.
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Section 3.) This infallible assurance doth not so belong to the essence of faith, but that a true believer may wait long, and conflict with many difficulties, before he be partaker of it:(1) yet, being enabled by the Spirit to know the things which are freely given him of God, he may, without extraordinary revelation, in the right use of ordinary means, attain thereunto.(2) And therefore it is the duty of everyone to give all diligence to make his calling and election sure;(3) that thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience,(4) the proper fruits of this assurance: so far is it from inclining men to looseness.(5)
(1) 1Jn 5:13; Isa 1:10; Mk 9:24; Ps 88; Ps 77:1-12. (2) 1Co 2:12; 1Jn 4:13; Heb 7:11,12; Eph 3:17,18,19. (3) 2Pe 1:10. (4) Ro 5:1,2,5; Ro 14:17; Ro 15:13; Eph 1:3,4; Ps 4:6,7; Ps 119:32. (5) 1Jn 2:1,2; Ro 6:1; Tit 2:11,12,14; 2Co 7:1; Ro 8:1,12; 1Jn 3:2,3; Ps 130:4; 1Jn 1:6,7.
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Section 4.) True believers may have the assurance of their salvation divers ways shaken, diminished, and intermitted; as, by negligence in preserving of it; by falling into some special sin, which woundeth the conscience and grieveth the Spirit; by some sudden or vehement temptation; by God's withdrawing the light of His countenance, and suffering even such as fear Him to walk in darkness, and to have no light:(1) yet are they never utterly destitute of that seed of God, and life of faith, that love of Christ and the brethren, that sincerity of heart and conscience of duty, out of which, by the operation of the Spirit, this assurance may, in due time, be revived;(2) and by the which, in the mean time, they are supported from utter despair.(3)
(1) SS 5:2,3,6; Ps 51:8,12,14; Eph 4:30,31; Ps 77:1-10; Mt 26:69-72; Ps 31:22; Ps 88; Isa 1:10. (2) 1Jn 3:9; Lk 22:32; Job 13:15; Ps 73:15; Ps 51:8,12; Isa 1:10. (3) Mic 7:7,8,9; Jer 32:40; Isa 54:7-10; Ps 22:1; Ps 88.
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Chapter 19 - Of the Law of God.
Chapter 20 - Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience.
Chapter 21 - Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-day.
Chapter 22 - Of Lawful Oaths and Vows.
Chapter 23 - Of the Civil Magistrate.
Chapter 24 - Of Marriage and Divorce.
Chapter 25 - Of the Church.
Chapter 26 - Of the Communion of the Saints.
Chapter 27 - Of the Sacraments.
Chapter 28 - Of Baptism.
Chapter 29 - Of the Lord’s Supper.
Chapter 30 - Of Church Censures.
Chapter 31 - Of Synods And Councils.
Chapter 32 - Of the State of Man After Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead.
Chapter 33 - Of the Last Judgment.

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  • "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled." ~ (Rev 6:9-11)