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But works with faith could never vie,
And only faith can justify 0:
Yet still my juftifying faith
No justifying value hath p.
Lo, justifying grace from heav'n
Is foreign ware, and freely giv'ng:
And saving faith is well content
To be a mere recipient r.

o Rom. iv. 16. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by
grace ; to the end the promife might be fare to all the feed.
Titus iii. 4:—7. But after that the kindness and love of God
our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteous-
ness, which we have done, but according to his mercy he fav.
ed us by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Ho-
ly Ghost : which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus
Christ our Saviour ; that being justified by his grace, we should
be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
43. To him gave all the prophets witnefs, that through his
name, whosoever believeth in him, shall receive remiffion of fins.

p Gal. iii. 21, 22. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. Bat the scripture hath concluded all under fin, that the promise by faith of Jefas Christ might be given to them that believe. Lúke xxii. 31, 32. And the Lord faid, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath defired to have you, that he may lift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. 2 Cor. iii. s. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves: but our fufficiency is of God. Chap. xii.

S. Of fuch an one will I glory; yet of myself I' will not glory, but in mine infirmities.

9 Rom. v. 16, 17.-The free gift is of many offences unto justification. They which receive abundance of grace, and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign in life by one, Jelus Christ. Chap. iii. 24. Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Chrift. r Rom. 5. II. And not only fo, but we also joy in God,

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Faith's ačtive in my fandtity 1 :
But here its act it will deny s,
And frankly own it never went
Beyond a passive inftrument t.
I labour much like holy Paul;

And yet not I, but grace does all u; through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. 0. 17. See letter q.

s Gal. v. 6. For in Jesus Christ, neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love. Acts xv. 9. God put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Chap. xxvi. 18. To opea iheir eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of fics, and inheritance among them which are fanctified by faith that is in me.

s Rom. iv. 16. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace.. Chap. xi. 6. And if by grace, then is it no more of works ; otherwise grace is no more grace.

* Eph. ii. 8, 9. For by grace are ye saved, through faith ; and that not of yourselves : it is the gift of God: Dot of works, left any man should boast. 1 Cor. iv. 7. For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what halt thou that thou didft not receive ? now if thou didnt receive it, why dost thou glory as if thou hadft not received it? Heb. xi. ii. Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive feed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. v. 17. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had receive ed the promises, offered up his only begotten son: v. 19. Ac. counting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead: from whence also he received him in a figure. Women received their dead raised to life again : and others were tortured, not accepting deliverence; that they might obtain a better resurrection.

u i Cor. xv. 10. But by the grace of God I am what I am : and his grace which was bestowed upon me, was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all ; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

o Pfal. lxxi, 16. I will go on in the strength of the Lord

V. 35.

I try to spread my little fails,
And wait for pow'rful moving gales v.
When pow'r's convey'd, I work; but see,
'Tis still his pow'r that works in me.
I am an agent at his call,
Yet nothing am, for grace is all w.

II. Of rewards of Grace and Debt.
N all my works I still regard

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God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. Song iv. 16. Awake, O north wind, and come, thou fouth, blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow

w Phil. ii. 12, 13. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have al. ways obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence : work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Gal. ii. 20. I am crucified with Christ: Nevertheless I live ; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now life in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave

himself 2 Cor. xii. 9. And the Lord said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee ; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Molt gladly therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

x Heb. xi 24, 25, 26. By faith Moses, when he was comme to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter": chooling rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of fin for a season: elteeming the reproach of Chrilt greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. gi Tim. i.

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God hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpofe and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus, be

for me.

God's my reward exceeding great,
No lefser heav'n than this I wait %:
But where's the earning work so broad,
To set me up an heir of God a?
Rewards of debt, rewards of grace,
Are opposites in ev'ry case b;
Yet sure I am they'll both agree
Moft jointly in rewarding me t.
Though hell's my juft reward for fin d,

Heav'n as my juit reward I'll win e. fore the world began. Tit. . 5. Not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us by the walhing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.

z Gen. xv. 1. After these things the word of the Lord come unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram : I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. Pfal. Ixxiii. 25, 26. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire belides thee. My ftesh and

ту heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

a Ezek. xxxvi. 32. Not for your sakes do I this, faith the Lord God, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. Rom. viii. 16, 17. The Spirit itself beareth witpess with our {pirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ.

þ Rom. iv. 4. Now to him that worketh, is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

c Pfal, lviii. 1. Verily there is a reward for the righteous : perny he is a God that judgeth in the earth. Ifa. Ixii. II. Benold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy falvation cometh; behold, his reward is with bim, and his work before him. And xl. 10. Behold the Lord God will come with Irong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold his reward is with him, and his work before him.

d Rom. vi. 21. What fruit bad ye then in those things, whereof ye are now alhamed? for the end of those things is death. V. 23. The wages of fin is death. Eph. v. 6. Lec

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Both these may just rewards I know,
Yet truly neither of them fo *
Hell can't in justice be my lot,
Since justice satisfaction got f;
Nor heav'n in justice be my share,

Since mercy only brings me there g.
no man deceive you with vain words : for because of these
things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobe.
dience. Gal. iii. 10. For as many as are of the works of the
law, are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one
that continueth not in all things which are written in the book
of the law to do them.

e Gal. iii. 13, 14. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse. of the law, being made a curse for us : for it is written, Cursed is every one thiat hangeth on a tree : that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Chrift; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Eph. i. 13, 14. In Christ also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased poffeffion, unto the praise of his glory. Rom. v. 21. Grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our our Lord. And vi. 23; The gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lordi

* Through these opposite voices of law and gospel.
f Rom. iii

. 25, 26.. Whom God hath fet forth to be a pro. pitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteous. ness for the remiffion of fins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness; that he might be just, and the justifier of him which beliereth in Jesus.

& Rom. ix, 1f. 16. God faith to Moses, I will have mer. cy on whom. I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth ; but of God that seweth mercy. Titus iii. 45–7. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy be saved us by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of

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