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Confession 13.1. 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,(a) by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them:(b) the
dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed,(c) and the several lusts
thereof are more and more weakened and mortified;(d) and they more and more
quickened and strengthened in all saving graces,(e) to the practice of true
holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.(f)
(a) I Cor. 6:11; Acts 20:32; Phil. 3:10; Rom. 6:5, 6.
(b) John 17:17; Eph. 5:26; II Thess. 2:13.
(c) Rom. 6:6, 14.
(d) Gal. 5:24; Rom. 8:13.
(e) Col. 1:11; Eph. 3:16, 17, 18, 19.
(f) II Cor. 7:1; Heb. 12:14.
Confession 13.2. This sanctification is throughout, in
the whole man;(g) yet imperfect in this life, there abiding still some
remnants of corruption in every part:(h) whence ariseth a continual and
irreconcilable war; the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit
against the flesh.(i)
(g) I Thess. 5:23.
(h) I John 1:10; Rom. 7:18, 23; Phil. 3:12.
(i) Gal. 5:17; I Pet. 2:11.
Confession 13.3. In which war, although the remaining
corruption, for a time, may much prevail;(k) yet through the continual supply
of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth
overcome;(l) and so, the saints grow in grace,(m) perfecting holiness in the
fear of God.(n)
(k) Rom. 7:23.
(l) Rom. 6:14; I John 5:4; Eph. 4:15, 16.
(m) II Pet. 3:18; II Cor. 3:18.
(n) II Cor. 7:1.