Thus it is not in consequence of their own merits or strength, but of Gods
free mercy, that they neither totally fall from faith and grace nor continue
and perish finally in their backslidings; which, with respect to themselves is
not only possible, but would undoubtedly happen; but with respect to God, it is
utterly impossible, since His counsel cannot be changed nor His promise fail;
neither can the call according to His purpose be revoked, nor the merit, inter-
cession, and preservation of Christ be rendered ineffectual, nor the sealing of
the Holy Spirit be frustrated or obliterated.