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The righteous law affoileth none
Of Adam's guilty race, save one w;
Who being guilty, for this cause
By God's just law condemned was w.
Yet free of guilt it did him fee:
Hence fully clear'd, and fet him free x.
Yet, had not guilt his soul involv'd,
By law he could not been absolv'd y.

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Rom. v. 19. For as by one man's disobedience many were made finners: To by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. John xvii. 4. I have glorified thee on earth: I have finished the work which thou gaveft me to do.

w lfa. liii. 6.---The Lord bath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Gal. iii. 13. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a turse for us : for it is written, Cursed is

every one that hangeth on a tree.

* Heb. vii. 26. For such an high prieit became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from fingers, and made higher than the heavens. Dan. ix. 24. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to finish the tranfgreffion, and to make an end of fin, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteous. ness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy. 1 Tim. iii.-16. And without controversy, great is the myftery of godliness: God was magifett in the Aesh, juftified in the Spirit, ' seen of angels, preached unto the Gemiles, believed op in the world, received up into glory. Rom. ii. 13. For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shalt be justified. Ifa. l. 8. He is near that justifieth me, who will contend with me? let us fland together : who is mine adversary? let him come

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y 2 Cor. v. 21. God hath made Christ to be sin for us, who knew no fin ; that we might be made the righteoufness of God in him., i Pes. ii. 18. Chrift hath once suffered for fins, the just for the unjust, (that he might bring as to God) being put to death in the fiesh, but quickened by the Spirit.

But he withal condemn’d and spoil'd
The law of works, which him affoil'd z:
And now the law is (in these views)
The marrow of the gospel news a.
The law can justify no man
That is a finner b, yet it can
Thus favour sinful men, and free
The chief of finners, guilty me ci

z Col. ii. 14, 15. Blotting out the hand-writing of ordi. nances that was against us. which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his crofs and having Spoiled principalities and powers, he made a fhew of them openly, triomphing over them in it. Rom. viii. 3. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, fending his own Son in the likeness of Sinful flesh, and for fin condemned fio io the flesh.

a Rom. x. 4. For Christ is the end of the law for righte: ousness, to every one that believeth. Ifa. xlv. 24. Surely, Mall one say, In the Lord have I righteousness and strength, Jer. xxiii. 6. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Ifrael Thall dwc!l safety; and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

b. Rom. ii. 19, 20. Now we know that what things foever the law faith, it faith to them who are under the law; that e. very month may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there Shall no fich be justified in his fight; for by the law is the knowledge of fin.

c The law of works as fulfilled by Chrift, can and does To, Rom. viii. 3. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God fending his own Son, in the likeness of finful flesh, and for fin condemned Gin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the desh, but after the Spirit.

0. 33, 34. Who shall lay any thing to the charge of Cod's elect? it is God that justifieth ; who is be that condemneth? It is Christ tbat died; yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh interceflioa for us.

The gospel too acquiteth none

That have not put perfection on d. And


it cleareth none (I grant)
But those who all perfection want e.
Those that with gospel-clearance meet,
Must by the law be found complete fi
Yet never could (again I grant)
The gospel justify a faint g.
All perfect persons it controls b,
And justifies ungodly fouls i;

d Rom. iii. 21, 22. But now the righteoufness of God without the law is manifelted, being witneffed by the law and the prophets ; even the righteoufness of God which is by faith of. Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all them that believe, for there is no difference,

e Rom iv. s. To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

fr Cor. i. 30. But of him are ye in Christ Jefas, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and rigbteoafness, and fanctification, and redemption. Col. ii. 10. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.

g Matth. ix. 13.- I am not come to call the righteous, but finners to repentance. Rom. ïï. 10. There is none righteous, no not one. Chap. ix. 30, 31, 32. What shall we fay then? That the Gentiles which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith : but Israel, which followed after the law of righteoufness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Where. fore? Because they sought it aot by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. Chap. X. 3. Ifrael being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteoufness, have not fubinitted themselves onto the righte. ousness of God. 1 Tim. i. 1s. This is a faithful faying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save finners'; of whom I am chief.

6 Matth. xxi. 31. Jesus saith unto them (the Pharisees], Verily 1 say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. Luke xviii. 9.-14.

Yet ftill no man its grace partakes,

But whom it truly godly makes k. And Jesus spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others : Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Prari. fee, and the other a Publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as o. ther men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I falt twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I poffefs. And the Publican standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smore upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a fioner I tell you this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for e. very one that exalteth himself, Thall be abased : and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted. v. 21','22. And he [the ruler) said, All these have I kept from my youth up Now when Jesus heard these things, he faid unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing : 'fell all that thou hast, and distribute onto the poor, and thou shalt have treafure in heaven, and come, fol.

i Rom. iv. 5, 6. To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man unto whom God imputeth righteoufness without works.

k Titus ii, 11, -14. The grace of God that bringeth falvation, hath appeared to all men ; teaching us, that denying angodliness, and worldly lufts, we fhould live soberly, righteoully, and godly in this present world: looking for that blef. sed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jefus Christ ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Chap. iii. 41 5. Afo ter that the kindnefs and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeoeration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. v. 8. This is

faithful saying, and thefe things I wilt that thou affirm constantly, that they which have betiered in God, might be careful to maintain good works : these things are good and profitable unto men.

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The law withstands the gospel path I,
Which yet its approbation hath m;
The gospel thwarts the legal way n,
Yet will approve the law for ay o.
Hence though the gospel's comely frame
Doth openly the law condemnp:

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I Cor. xv. 56. The strength of fia is the law. Rom. vi. 14. Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not vader the law, but under grace. Chap. x. 3. Israel being ig: norant of God's righteousnefs, and going about to establish their own righteou Iness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteon Iness of God.

m Ifa. xlii. 21. The Lord is well pleased for his righte. onsness, fake, he will magnify the law and make it honourable. Matth. iii. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

» Rom. ix. 31, 32, 33. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to ile law of righteousness. Wherefore ? Because they fought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law: for they stumbled at that stumbling Stone ; as it is written, Behold I lay in Zion 2 Aumbling stone, and rock of offence; and whosoever believeth. on him shall not be ashamed.

a Rom vije 7. What shall we fay then? Is the law fin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin but by the law : for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou halt not

V. 10. And the commandment which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. v. 12. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment boly, and just, and good.

p Rom. v. 59--9. For Mofes describeth the righteousness which is of the law, Chat the man which doth those things, thali live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith, Speaketh on this wife, Say not in thioe heart, Who shall a. scend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above): or, Wbo sha!! descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead). But what faith it? The word is aigh, thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart ; that is the ward of faith which we preach, That if thou shalt confess with thy hmouth the Lord Jesus, and Analt believe in thine heart, that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be faved.


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