To Testify the Gospel of the Grace of God.

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To profess and preach it, to bear a constant a public testimony to it at death as in life, and faithfully to declare it, and assert it to the last; which he calls not only the ” Gospel ” or good news of salvation by Christ; but the Gospel of the grace of God: Which brings the account of the free grace, love, and mercy of God, displayed in the scheme of salvation of the grace of God the Father, in pitching his love upon any of the sons of men; not because they were better and more deserving of his favor, than others, but because of his sovereign will and pleasure, who will be gracious to whom he will be gracious; and in choosing them in Christ unto Salvation, before they had done good or evil and without any consideration or foresight of, or motive from good works hereafter done by them; in drawing the scheme, and model of their salvation in Christ, appointing him to be the author of it; and in making a covenant of grace with him, stored with all the blessings and promises of grace, and in sending him, in the fullness of time to suffer and die for them, not sparing him, but delivering him up for them all, and giving all things freely with him; and in accepting the sacrifice, satisfaction, and righteousness of his Son on their account, as if done by themselves.

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Likewise it gives an account of the grace of the Spirit in regeneration and sanctification; in working faith in the hearts of men; in being a comforter to them, a witnesses of their adoption the earnest of their inheritance, and the sealer of them unto the day of redemption.

God begets men by the world of truth, they are born again of incorruptible seed by it. The spirit of God as a spirit of sanctification, is received through it, and faith comes by hearing it, and both that and hope, and every other grace, are quickened, encouraged, and drawn fort, into exercise by it; all which is, when it is attended with the Spirit of God and power: And this being the nature and use of the Gospel made it so precious and valuable to the apostle and made him so intent upon testifying it, and fulfilling the ministry of it, and to prefer it to life and everything in this world, and it cannot but be highly valued and greatly desired by all those who have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

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Acts 20: 24 ” But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may ( with joy ) finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus to testify faithfully of the good news of God’s ( precious, undeserved grace which makes us free of the guilt of sin and grants us eternal life. ) “


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