CHAP. XLI. Antinomians say, we are compleatly saved in this life as in heaven.
SO we thinke Antinomians faile wickedly with Libertines, who say, aWe are as actually saved, and as perfectly, asthe glorified in heaven; and notcin hope onely, or in reall beginning, in regard of Christs sitting in heaven, and there∣fore good workes can no more bee the way to heaven (saith Towne) then my walking in the Citie, in which I am already, can be my walking to the City. But so while we are ab∣sent from the Lord in thedbody, even in this life wee should be in heaven, whereas the dissolution of our earthly e tabernacle, the raysing of us up at the last f day, are betweene us and the full redemption of our bodies. And this is that which Liber∣tines and Familists say, that all the resurrection of the body, and life eternall, they know is our union with Christ in this life, the Grammar of Hymeneus and Philetus, who said, thefResurrection was already past. 3. We know but in part, our love is not perfected in this life, 1 Cor. 13.11, 12, 13. And we are not perfect men in Christ, till we meet all in the unity of Page 45 Faith, Ephes. 4.13. (3) The generall assembly of all the first borne, is not yet convened; we need a Temple, and Ordinan∣ces, and a Sunne, and a Moone; in the other life the Lambe shall be our Temple. 4. The other life is such, as in it wee can neither marry, nor dye, but are as the Angels, Luk. 22.36, 37. Phil. 3.20, 21. 1 Cor. 15.40.41. (5.) Antinomians say, this dreaming that we are as cleane of sinne as Christ, and so Christed and Goded with Christ, as the Libertine Pocqui∣us, said; Calvin. in Opus. pag. 463. and Nicholas the Libertine, cap. 34. (6.) Paul saith, Wee are saved by hope, and wee h hope not for what wee have already. Our life is hid withiChrist in God. 1. He that beleeveth hath life, not in the compleat and full fruition; yet really, in the certaintie of faith and hope. 2. In the right claime purchased by Christ. 3. In the beginning, first fruits, and the degrees of grace ten∣ding to glory.