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And satisfy'd himself for me,
When he did justice satisfy q.
He to the law, though Lord of it,
Did most obediently submit r.
What he ne'er broke, and yet must die,
I never kept, yet live must I f.
The law, which him its keeper kill'd,
In me its breaker is fulfillids;
Yea, magnify'd and honour'd more

Than fin defac'd it e'er before t. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. :9 Zech xii. 7. See letter Rom. ix.


Christ is over all, God blessed for ever. Phil. üï. 6, 7, 8. Christ Jesus being in the form of God, thought it no robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a fervant, and was made in the likeness of men': and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

s Ibid. Gal. iv. 4; 5. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of fons.

Si Pet. iii. 18. See letter l. 2 Cor. v. 2 1. See letter m. 1 John iv. 9. In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

s Rom. viii. 3, 4. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the filesh; God did, sending his own Son, in the likeness of linful Aesh, and for fin condemned lio in the fesh; that the righteousness of the law night be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit,

+ Ifa. xlii. 21. The Lord is well pleased for his righteoufness fake ; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. Rom v. 189–21. Therefore as by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation : even fo by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upoa all men unto jultification of life. For, as by one mans disobedience many were made fingers : so by the obedience of one shall many be

Hence though the law condemn at large,
It can lay nothing to my charge u;
Nor find such ground to challenge me,
As Heav'n hath found to justify v.
But though he freely me remit,
I never can myself acquit w.
My Judge condemns me not, I grant ;
Yet justify myself I can't x.
From hiin I have a pardon got,

But yet myself I pardon not y. made righteous. Moreover, the law entered, that the offence might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did much more abound : that as fin hath reigned unto death, even so might, grace reign through righteousnefs unto eternal life, by Jefus Christ cur Lord.

u Rom. viii. 1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jefus. . 3, 4. See letter s. 7.33 34. Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth : who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

v Job xxxiii. 24. Then he is gracious unto him, and faith, Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a rao: fom. Rom. iii. 25, 26. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righte ousness for the remission of fins that are past, through the for. bearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteous. ness; that he might be just and the justifier of him which be. lieveth in Jesus.

W 2 Sam. xii. 13. Aad David said unto Nathan, I have fio. ned against the Lord. And Nathan faid unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy lin, thou shalt not, die. Psalm li.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my fin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my fin is ever before me.

* Rom. viii. 1, 33. See letter u. Job ix. 20. If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me; if I say I am per. fect, it shall also prove me perverse.

y 2 Cor. vii. 11. For behold, this self-fame thing that ye

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His rich forgiveness still I have,
Yet never can myself forgive %.
The more he's toward me appeas'd,
The more I'ın with myself difpler'd a.
The more I am abfolv'd by him,
The more I do myself condemn b.
When he in heav'n dooms me to dwell,

Then I adjudge myself to hell c; forrowed after a godly fort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea,, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge?

z lfa. xxxviii. 15. What shall I say? he hath both spoken udto me, and himself hath done it : 1 shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of


soul. a Ezek. xvi. 63. That thou mayest remember and be con. founded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy Shame, when I am pacified toward thee, for all that thou hart done, faith the Lord God.

6 Luke xviii. 13, 14. And the publican standing afar off, would not lift

up so much as his eyes. unto heaven, but fmote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me

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you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other : for every one that exalteth himlelf, Thall be abased; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted. Ezek. xxxvi.

Chen shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loath yourselves in your own light, for your iniquities, and for your abominations. Not for your fakes do l this, saith the Lord God, be it known uoto you ; be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. Jer. xxxi. 19. Surely after that I was turned, I repented ; and after that I was instructed, I {mote upon my thigh: I was alhamed, yea, even contounded, becaule i did bear the reproach of my youth.

c Matth. xxv. 34.-39. Then shall the King say unto them op his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit tbe kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me mear: I was thirsty,

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Yet still I to his judgment 'gree,
And clear him for abfolving me d.
Thus he clears me, and I him clear,

I justify my Justifier e.
and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye


me in : naked, and ye cloathed me I was lick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righte. ous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When faw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when faw we thee fick, or in prison, and we came unto thee: 1 Cor xi. 31. If we would judge ourselves, we should Bot be judged. Luke xv. 20, 21. And he [the prodigal son] arose and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have linned against heaven, and in thy fight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. Gen. xxxii. 9, 10. And Jacob faid, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father lsaac, the Lord which faidit unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee : I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed onto thy servant; for with my staff

; I passed over this Jordan, and now I am become two bands.

d Pfalm li 4. Against thee, thee only have I finned, and doge this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou fpeakest, and be clear when thou judgelt. And xi 7. The righteous Lord loveth righteousness, his countenance doth behold the upright. And cxlv. 16, 17 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfieft the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. Rev. xv. 3. And they sing the song of Moses the fervant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God silmighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

é Rom. jji 26. To declare, I say, at this time his righteoufness that he might be jult and the justifier of him which believeth in Jelus. Ila xiv 11. There is no God else beside me, a just God and Saviour V. 24. Surely hall one say, In the lord have i nghteousness and strength. Chap Ixiii. 1. Who is this that cometh froin Edom, with dyed garments

Let him condemn or justify,
From all injustice I him free f.


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SECT. VIII. The mystery of sanctification imperfect in this life.; or the believer doing all, and doing nothing..

INE arms embrace my God a, yet I

Had never arms to reach fo high b; from Bozrah? This that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to fave. Zech ix. 9. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of

0 Zion; thout, O daughter of Jerusalem : behold, thy King cometh unto thee ; he is just, and having falvation, &c.

s Job xxv 4, 5, 6. How then can man be justified with God? or, how can he be clean that is born of a woman? Behold even to the moon, and it Ahineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his fight. How much less man that is a worm : and the fon of man which is a worm ? Pfal. lxxxix. 14. Jul. tice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne : mercy and truth fhall go before thy face. And xcvii. 2. Clouds and dark nefs are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. Rom. iii. 19, 20, Now we know that what things soever the law faith, it saith to them who are under the law : that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore, by the deeds of the law, there ihall no felh be justified in his light : for by the law is the knowledge of lin.

V. 23, 24, 25. For all have fioned, and come short of the glory of God; being jus. tified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Je sus Chrift: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righieousnels for the remifston of fins that are part, through the forbearance of God: Psal. xxii. 2, 3. O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearelt not ; and in the night-season, and am not fi: lent. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitelt the praises of Israel,

a Song iii. 4. It was but a little that I passed frors them, but I found him whom my soul loveth; I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's

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