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is ours, before he reckon' it fo: Ron. ii. 2. We

are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth.

The Righteousness of Christ becomes ours, through Faith: Phil. iii. 9. Rom. iii. 22. forecited. It is ours through Faith, by Right of free Gift, and Right of Communion with Christ himself. The Believer poffefseth it as his by Right of free Gaft, inasmuch as Christ's Righteousness being made over in the Gospel, as Heaven's free Gift to Sinners, he hath received it by Faith : Rom. i. 17.

For therein [the gospel of Chrift) is the righteousness of Get revealed from faith to faith :

as it is written, The just shall live by faith' Chap: v. 17. ' They which receive abundance of grace, ! and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign in

life by one, Jesus Christ.' He posleMeth-it as his by Right of Communion with Christ himself, inafmuch as, being united to Christ, he hath a common Interest or Communion with him in his Righteousness : Eph. iii. 17. 'That Christ may dwell in

your hearts by faith.' 1 Cor. i. 9. God is faith.

ful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship 6 of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.' Phil. iii. 9. * And be found in him, not having mine own

righteousness, which is of the law; but that which e is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness

which is of God by faith.' Christ's Righteousness, then, is not therefore ours, because it is imputed to us; but therefore it is imputed to us, because it is ours, Rom. ii. 2. forecited. Chap. iv. 23. 24. Now, it was not written for his sake' a• Ione, that it was 'imputed to him; but for us

allo, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe

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The Righteousness of Christ imputed to a Lawcondemned Sinner, is a good Ground for his Jufti. fication, Pardon, and Acceptance, as a Perfon truly righteous, 'inasmuch as thereby the commanding and condemning Law is judicially found, at the Throne of Grace, to be fully satisfied in all its Demands for Righteousness that it had upon him: Rom. iii. 31. ? Do we then make void the law

through faith? God forbid : yea, we establish the ' law. Chap. viii. 3. 4. forecited. Chap. X. 4. * Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to

every one that believeth.?. C. vii. 4. Where'fore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to ! the law by the body of Chrift; that ye should

be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit

unto God.' Compared with Chap. viii. 1.? There ' is therefore now no' condemnation to them ' which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.'

As to what we are justified by, we are justified by Faith alone : 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 Christ; 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 fall no Aesh be justi

fied.' To be justified by Faith alone, is to be justified by Faith, and not by Works, in whole, nor in part: Rom. iii. 28. Therefore we conclude, that a man is justified by faith without the deeds

of the law. Paul's Doctrine, That we are justified by Faith alone ; and the Doctrine of fames,

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That we are justified by Works, and not by Faith enly, Jam. ii. 24. do not disagree, (2 Pet. i. 21. ' For the prophecy came not in old time by the 6 will of man : but holy men of God spake as they

were moved by the Holy Ghost.'); and that, inasmuch as they speak of very different Subjects. What Paul speaks of, is God's justifying us by ano Act of his, declaring us to be righteous : Rom. iv. 6.7.8. “Even as David also describeth the blessed

ness of the man' unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose

fins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom • the Lord will not impute. fin. What james speaks of, is but our justifying ourselves, by a Course of Life Thewing us to be righteous : Fam. ii. 18. • Yea, a man may fay, Thou hast faith, and I have

works : fhew me thy faith without thy works, & and I will shew thee my faith by my works. vers. 21.

« Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon « the altar? Now, a man justifies or shews himself righteous by Faith in the Sight of God, by good Works : Jam. ii. 21. forecited. verf. 25.

Likewise also, was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers,

and had sent them out another way ?' John xv. 14. 'Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I * command you.' Rom. vi. 14. Sin shall not have o dominion over you : for ye are not under the

law, but under grace. For though we are justified of God by Faith alone, yet Faith is not alone, without good Works, in the Justified : Jam, ii. 17. ( Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead be

ing alone. vers. 26. 'For as the body without

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the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead sallo. Rom. viii. 1. " There is therefore now na

condemnation to them which are in Christ Je“sus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.' Nevertheless, Faith is alone, without good Works, in Justification : Rom. iv. 5. 'To

him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.' That appears, inasmuch as no Man can do a good Work, till once he is justified by Faith 1 Tim. i. 5. Now the end of the commandment is charity, out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.' Luke vii. 47. 'Wherefore I say unto thee, Her • Sins which are many, are forgiven ; for she loved ' much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same

loveth little.' Rom. vii. 4. forecited. No Man can do a good Work, till once he is justified by Faith, because till then he is under the Curse of the Law: Rom. vii. 5. 6. 'For when we

were in the flesh, the motions of sins which

were by the law, did work in our members to 'bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held ; that we should serve in newness

of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.' The Act of Believing, whereby we are justified, cannot be reckoned a good Work done by us, before we are justified, forasmuch as it is the Effect of a quickening or creating Act of God in us, by which we pass from under the Curse, into a a State of Justification: Eph. i. 19. 20. 'That ye may know what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power; which he wrought

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• in Chrift, when he raised him from the dead," &c. John v.24. Verily verily I say unto you, He

that heareth my word, and believeth on him

that fent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not "come into condemnation; but is passed from • death unto life.'

We are not justified by Faith, as the Righteousness itself for which we are justified : Rom. v. 18. "By the righteousness of one, the free gift came "upon all men unto justification of life. verf. 19.

By the obedience of one, shall many be made

righteous. But Faith is, according to the Style of the Scripture, said to be counted to us for Righteousness, (Gen. xv. 6. Rom. iv. 3.); not that God judgeth it to be our Righteoufness, but because he treats it as if it were fo: Job' xix. 15.

They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger : I am an alien in their fight. Chap. xiii. 24. Wherefore holdest thou

for thine enemy?! Chap. xxxiii. 20. 'Behold, he eounteth me for his enemyCompared with Chap. X: 7. Thou knoweft that I am not

wicked: God treats Faith as if it were our Righteousness in his Sight, in that immediately upon our Act of Believing he justifies us. But we áre justified by Faith, as the alone Instrument or Mean of our Juftification: John i. 12. ' As many as received him, to them gave

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to be. ecome the fons of God, even to them that be", lieve on his name. Rom. in. 28. Therefore we

conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Chap. v. 1. “ There<fore being justified by Faith, we have peace with • God, through our Lord Jesus Chrift, Faith juftifies us inftrumentally, as it receives the Gift of

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