and though many storms and floods arise and beat against them, yet they shallnever be able to take them off that foundation and rock which by faith they arefastened upon: notwithstanding, through unbelief and the temptations of Satan, thesensible sight of the light and love of God may for a time be clouded, and obscuredfrom them,
If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments;
If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments;
Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not becondemned with the world.
yet it is still the same, and they shall be sure to be kept by the power of God untosalvation, where they shall enjoy their purchased possession, they being engravenupon the palm of His hands, and their names having been written in the book of Lifefrom all eternity.
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
2.This perseverance of the saints, depends not upon their own free will butupon the immutability of the decree of election,
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, themhe also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him thatcalleth;)
It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.