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the Guilt of the revenging Wrath of God, formerly lying on him: Job xxxiii. 22. Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers. verf. 24. Deliver him from go. ing down to the pit, I have found a ransom.' John V. 24. Verily verily I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto ''life.' And the Sinner once justified, can never fall under the Guilt of revenging Wrath again : Rom. viii. 1. 33. 34. John' v. 24. Il. liv. 9. fore. cited. Now, in our Justification God'pardons us all our Sins, past and present: Mic. vii. 19. Thou ' wilt cast all their fins into the depths of the sea." Col. ii. 13. ' And you being dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses. Rom. iv. 7. 'Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose fins are cover

And the State we are put into, with re'spect to after Sins, is, that God will not impute

them, as to the Guilt of revenging Wrath : Rom. iv. 6. ' Even as David also describeth the blessed. ness of the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.' verf. 8. Ble fred is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.' The procuring Cause of the direct Pardon of the one, and of the not-imputing of the other, is the Righteousness of Christ upon us : Rom. iii. 22. righteousness of God is by faith of Jesus Christ, unto all, and upon all them that believe ; for 'there is no difference.' Compared with Gal. iii. 13. ' Christ hash redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.' The Guilt




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which the Justified do incur by their after Sins, is the Guilt of fatherly Anger : Psal. lxxxix. 30. 31. 32. 33. If his children forsake my law, and

walk not in my judgments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments : then will I visit their transgression with, the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless,

my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from ' him, nor suffer my faithfulness. to fail.'

Acceptance with God in Justification, is not the Acceptance of our Works, but of our Persons": Eph. i. 6. • He hath made us accepted in the beloved!' Compared with Rom. iii. 28. There

fore we conclude, that a man is justified by faith,

without the deeds of the law. No Work of ours can ever be accepted of God, in point of Justifica. tion : Gal. ii. 16. Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith

of Jesus Christ : Even we have believed in Jesus * Chrift; that we might be justified by the faith

of Christ, and not by the works of the law : for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justi

fied. Nor can any Work of ours be accepted in any Case, till once we are justified: Heb. xi. 6. ( Without faith it is impossible to please God : for (he that cometh to God, must believe that he is,

and that he is a rewarder of them that diligent.

ly seek him. Gen. iv. 4. 5. And the Lord had • respect unto Abel, and to his offering : butun

to Cain, and to his offering, he had not respect.' Compared with Heb. xi. 4. . By faith Abel Offer

ed unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was

righteous, God testifying of his gifts.' God's Acceptance of our Persons in Justification, is his

accepting accepting us unto eternal Life, adjudging it to us : Rom. y. 17. They which receive abundance of

grace, and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign ' in life by one, Jesus Christ. vers. 18. By the

rigteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. Tit. iii. 7. . That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Hab. ii. 4. The just shall live by his faith.' He accepteth us unto eternal Life, as Persons righteous in his Sight, Rom. v. 17. 18. above cited. verf. 19. By the obedience of one, Thall many be made righteous. verf. 21. Grace reigns through righte ousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord.' Gal. iii. 11. ' But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident : for, The just shall-live by faith. Compared with verf. 12. "And the law is not of faith ; but, The 'man that doth them, shall live in them. By the Righteous in God's Sight, is meant Perfons truly righteous in Law, in the View of his piercing Eye: Gen. vii. 1. And the Lord said unto Noah,-Thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.' 2 Cor. v. 21. . God hath made Christ to be fin for us, who knew no fin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. And they are Persons truly righteous in Law, who have a Righteousness fully answering the Demands of the Law for Righteousness : Phil. iii. 9. And 'be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law; but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. Rom. viii. 3. 4. ! For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the fleth, God Lending his own Son, in

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« the the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin condemned < fin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law

might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the • flesh, but after the Spirit.'

As to what we are justified for ; we are justified only for the Righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by Faith alone. One coming unto the Throne of Grace, a Law-condemned Sinner, is capable of being justified there, pardoned and accepted, as truly righteous, inasmuch as uniting us with 'Christ there, Christ's Righteousness is his, and

upon him that Moment : Phil. ij. 9. forecited. Rom. iii. 22. ' The righteoufness of God is by faith « in Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all them that believe ; for there is no difference.'

That for which God justifies us, is not any thing wrought in us, or done by us : Tit. iii. 5. • Not by works of righteousness, which we have • done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing. of the Holy Ghost.' Eph. i. 7. In whom we have

redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of ' fins, according to the riches of his grace. But it is the Righteousness of Christ imputed to us : Phil.

"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the begin. " ning of the world hath been hid in God, who "created all things by Jesus Christ.' Compared with Rom. iv, 6. ' Even as David also describeth the « blessedness of the man unto whom the Lord im

puteth righteousness without works. And it is his Righteousness only, without any Mixture of Righteousness inherent in us : Rom. v. 1 8. 19. forecited. The Righteousness of Christ for which we are justified, is not his essential Righteoufness, which


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he had from Eternity ; but his mediatory Rightequsness which he fulfilled in his State of Humili: ation : Matth. iii. 15.' Thus it becometh us to ? fulfil all righteousness.' The Parts whereof that Righteousness of Christ confifts, are, the compleat Holiness of Nature, Righteousness of his Life, and Satisfaction of his Sufferings : Heb. vii. 26. 'For ' such an high priest became us, who is holy, harm. less, undefiled, separated from finners. Rom. V.19. By the obedience of one, shall many be made righteous. Phil. ii. 7. 8. Christ Jefus made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, 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 crofs.' And, in our Justification, the Righteousness of Christ is imputed to us, in all the Parts thereof, Rom. viii. 3. 4. Compared with Chap. iv. 6.

The Party imputing Christ's Righteousness to us is God, the Fudge, Rom. iv. 6. forecited. God's imputing it to us, is his reckoning it ours: Rom.

How was faith then reckoned to A. braham for righteousness? when he was in cir

cumcision, or in uncircumcision ? not in circum'cision, but in uncircumcision. And he received

the sign of circumcifion, a seal of the righteous. 'ness of the faith which he had yet being uncir. 'cumcised: that he might be the father of all

them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed to

them also.' Chap. v. 19. forecited. fer. xxiii. 6. “This is his name whereby he shall be called, 'THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.'God can reckon Christ's Righteousness ours, because it

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