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the four first commandments containing our duty towards God, and the other fix our duty to manc.
III. Beside this law, commonly called Moral, God was pleased to give to the people of Israel, as a church under age, ceremonial laws, containing several typical ordinances, partly of worship, prefiguring Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings and benefits d; and partly holding forth divers in
eth into the perfect law of liberty, mount, out of the midft of the fire, and continueth therein, he being in the day of the assembly: anúrne not a forgetful hearer, but a doer Lord gave them unto me. Exod. of the work, this man shall be bles- xxxiv. 1. And the Lord said unto fed in his deed. James ii, 8. If ye Moses, Hew thee two tables of Itone fulfil the royal law, according to like unto the first; and I will write the scripture, Thou shalt love thy upon these tables the words that neighbour as thyself, ye do well. v. were in the first tables which thou 10. For whosoever fall keep the brakest. whole law, and yet offend in one . Mat. xxii. 37. Jesus said unto point, he is guilty of all. v.11. For him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy he that said, Do not commit adul. God with all thy heart, and with tery; said also, Do not kill. Now if all thy soul, and with all thy mind. thou commitnoadultery, yetifthou v. 38. This is the first and great kill, thou art become a transgressor commandment. v. 39. And the fe, of the law. v. 12. So speak ye, and cond is like unto it, Thou shalt love to do, as they that shall be judged thy neighbour as thyself. v.40. On by the law of liberty. Rom. xii. 8. these two commandments hang all Owe no man any thing, but to love the law and the prophets. one another: for he that loveth an III. d (Heb. ix. Chapter.) Heb. other; hath fulfilled the law. v.9. X. 1. For the law having a shadow For this, Thou shalt not commit a. of good things to come, and not the dultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou very image of the things, can never Thalt not ftcal, Thou fhalt not bear with those facrifices, which they offalse witness, Thou shalt not covet, fered year by year continually, make and if there be any other command the comers thereunto perfect. Gal, ment, it is briefly comprehended in iv. 1. Now I say that the heir as this saying, namely, Thou shalt love long as he is a child, differeth nothy neighbour as thyself. Deut. v. thing from a fervant, though he be 32. Ye shall observe to do therefore lord of all: v. 2. But is under tuas the Lord your God hath com tors and governors, until the time manded you: you shall not turn a. appointed of the Father, v.3. Even side to the right hand or to the left. so we, when we were children, were Deut. . 4. And he wrote on the in bondage under the elements of tables, according to the first writ- the world. Col. ii. 17. Which are ing, the ten commandments which a shadow of things to come; but the the Lord spake unto you in the body is of Christ.
structions of moral duties.e. All which ceremonial laws are now abrogated under the New Testamentf.
IV. To them also, as a body politic, he gave sundry judi cial laws, which expired together with the state of that people, not obliging any other now, further than the general equity thereof may requireg. y. The moral law doth for ever bind ah, as well justified
persons. ci Cor.v.7. Purge out therefore one body by the cross, having fiain the old leaven, that ye may be a new the enmity thereby. lump, as ye are unleavened: for e IV.: (Exod. xxi. Chapter. Exod. ven Christ our passover is sacrificed xxii. 1, to the 29 verse: See both in for us, 2 Cor. vi. 17. Wherefore the Bible.) Gen. xlix. 10. The fcepcome out from among them, and tre shall not depart from Judah, nor be ye separate, faith the Lord, and a law-giver from between his feet, touch not the unclean thing; and I until Shiloh come; and unto him will receive you. Jude 23. And o- hall the gathering of the people be, thers fave with fear, pulling them with 1 Pet. ii. 13. Submit your out of the fire; hating even the gar- selves to every ordinance of man for ments spotted by the flesh. the Lord's fakę, whether it be to the
Col. ii. 14. Blotting out the king, as supreme; v. 14. or unto gahand-writing of ordinances, that vernors, as unto them that are leng was against us, which was contrary by him, for the punishment of evilto us, and took it out of the way, doers, and for the praise of them nailing it to his cross. v. 16. Let no that do well. Mat. v. 17. Think not man therefore judge you in meat that I am come to destroy the law or or in drink, or in respect of an holy the prophets: I am not come to deday, or of the new moon, or of the stroy, but to fulfil. With v. 38. Ye. fabbath days. v. 17. Which are a have heard, that it hath been said, shadow of things to come, but the An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a body is of Chrilt. Dan. ix. 27. And tooth: v, 39. But I say unto you, he thall confirm the covenant with that ye resist not evil: but whosoemany for one week: and in the midst ver shall smite thee on thy right of the week, he shall cause the sacri- cheek, turn to him the other also, fice and the oblation to cease; and 1 Cor. ix. 8. Say I these things as a for the overspreading of abominati- man? or faith not the law the fame ons, he shall make it defolate, even also? v.9. For it is written in the until the consummation, and that law of Mofes, Thoufhalt not muzzle determined shall be poured upon the mouth of the ox that treadeth the desolate. Eph. ii. 15. Having out the corn: Doth God take care abolished in his flesh the enmity, e for oxen? v. 10. Or faith he it altoven the law of commandments, con. gether for our fakes? for our fakes tained in ordinances, for to make in no doubt, this is written, that he himself of twain, one new man, so that ploweth shall plow in hope; making peace; v. 16. and that he and that he that thresheth in hope, might reconcile both unto God in should be partakes of his hope.
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persons as others, to the obedience thereof h; and that not only in regard of the matter contained in it, but also in re, spect of the authority of God the Creator who gave iti. Neither doth Christ in the gospel any way diffolve, but much strengthen this obligation k.
VI. Altho' true believers be not under the law as a covenant of works, to be thereby justified or condemnedl; yet is it of great use to them, as well as to others; in that, as a rule of life, informing them of the will of God and their duty, it
directs V.. Rom. xiii. 8, 9, (See above James ii. 8. (See in letter b before.) in letter b.) v. 10. Love worketh no Rom. iii. 31. Do we then make void ill to his neighbour: therefore love the law through faith? God forbid: is the fulfilling of the law. Eph. vi. yea, we establish the law. 2. Honour thy father and mother, VI. i Rom. vi. 14. For sin shall which is the firstcommandment with not have dominion over you: for ye promise. 1 John ii. 3. And hereby are not under the law, but under do we know that we know him, if grace. Gal. ii. 16. Knowing that a we keep his commandments. v. 4. man is not justified by the works of He that faith, I know him, and keep- the law, but by the faith of Jefus eth not his commandments, is a liar, Christ, even we have believed in Jeand the truth is not in him. v.7. fus Christ; that we might be justiBrethren, I write no new command- fied by the faith of Christ, and not ment unto you, but an old com- by the works of the law: for by the mandment, which ye had from the works of the law shall no fleth be beginning: the old commandment justified. Gal. iii. 13. Christ hath is the word which ye have heard redeemed us from the curse of the from the beginning. v. 8. Again, law, being made a curse for us : for a new commandment I write unto it is written, Cursed is every one you, which thing is true in him and that hangeth on a tree. Gal. iv. 4. in you : because the darkness is past, But when the fulness of the time and the true light now shineth, was come, God sent forth his Son
i James ii. 10,11. (See in letter b.) made of a woman, made under the
& Mat. v. 17. (See in letter g.) v. law, v.5. to redeem them that were 18. For verily, I say unto you, Till under the law, that we might rebeaven and earth pass, one jot or ceive the adoption of fons. As xiii. one tittle shall in no wise pass from 39. And by him all that believe are the law, till all be fulfilled. v. 19. justified from all things, from the Whosoever therefore shall break one which ye could not be justified by of these least commandments, and the law of Mofes. Rom viii. 1. There Thall teach men fo, he shall be cal. is therefore now no condemnation led the least in the kingdom of hea- to them who are in Christ Jesus, who ven : but whosoever shall do, and walk not after the fell, but after teach them, the same shall be cal, the Spirit. ked great in the kingion of heaven.
directs and binds them to walk accordinglym; discoiering also the finful pollutions of their nature, hearts and lives n; fo as, examining themfelves thereby, they may come to further conviction of humiliation for, and hatred against fino; together with a clearer sight of the need they have of Christ, and the perfection of his obediencep. It is likewise of use to the regenerate, to restrain their corruption; in that it ferbids fing,
.and + Rom. vii. 12. Wherefore the in, he being not a forgetful hearer, law is holy; and the commandment but a doer of the work, this man holy, and just and good. v. 22. For thall be blessed in his deed. Rom. I delight in the law of God, after vii. 9. For I was alive without the the inward man. v.25. I thank God law once : but when the command. through Jesus Christ our Lord. So ment came, sin revived, and I died. then, with the mind, I myself serve v. 14. For we know that the law is the law of God; but with the flesh, fpiritual: but I am carnal, fold unthe law of fin. Pfal. cxix. 4. Thou der fin. v.24. O wretched man that hast commanded us to keep thy pre I am, who shall deliver nie from the cepts diligently. V. 5: O that my body of this death. ways were directed to keep thy fta P Gal.iii.
Wherefore the law tutes ! v. 6. Then shall I not be a. was our school-master, to bring us Thamed, when I have respect unto unto Christ, that we raight be jusall thy commandments. i Cor. vii. tified by faith. Rom. vii. 24. (See 19. Circumcision is nothing, and before in the letter o. v. 25. in letter ancircumcision is nothing, but the m) Rom. viii. 3. For what the law keeping of the commandments of could not do, in that it was weak God, Gal. v. 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, through the flesh, God sending his 21, 22, 23. See in the Bible. own Son in the likeness of linful
» Rom. vii.7. What shall we say flesh, and for fin condemned fin in thep? Is the law fin? God forbid. the flesh: v. 4. that the righteousNay, I had not known sin, but by ness of the law right be fulfilled in the law: for I had not known luft, ús, who walk not after the flesh, but except the law had faid, Thou shalt after the Spirit. not covet. Rom. ïïi. 20. Therefore 8 James ii, 11. For he that said, by the deeds of the law, there shall Do not commit adultery, said alfo, no flesh be justified in his fight: for Do not kill. Now, if thou commit by the law is the knowledge of sin. no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou
• Jamesi, 23. For if any be a hear- art become a transgressor of the law, er of the word, and not a doer, he' Pfal.cxix. 101. I have refrained my is like unto a man beholding his na feet from every evil way: that I may tural face in a glass: v. 24. For he keep thy word. v. 104. Through beholdeth himself, and goeth his thy precepts I get understanding: way, and straightway forgetteth therefore I hate every false way. v. what manner of man he was. v.25. 128. Therefore I esteem all thy preBut whoso looketh into the perfect cepts concerning all things to be hew of liberty and continueth there- right; and I hate every falle way.
and the threatenings of it serve to shew what even their fins deserve, and what afflictions in this life they may expect for them, although freed from the curse thereof threatened in the lawr. The promises of it, in like manner, fhew them God's approbation of obedience, and what bleslings they may expect upon the performance thereofs, although not as due to them by the law as a covenant of workst. So as a man's doing good, and refraining from evil, because the law encourageth to the one, and deterreth from the other, is no evidence of his being under the law, and not under grace v.
Ezra ix. 13. And after all that and they shall be my people. Eph. is come upon us for our evil deeds vi. 2. Honour thy father and thy and for our great trespass, seeing mother, (which is the first comthat thou our God hast punished mandment with promise.) v. 3. us less than our iniquities deferve, That it may be well with thee, and hast given us such deliverance and thou mayest live long on the as this; v. 14. Should we again earth. Pfal. xxxvii. 11. But the break thy co nmandments, and join mcek shall inherit the earth: and in affinity wi h the people of these fhall delight themselves in the aabominations:? wouldīt not thou be bundance of peace. With Mat. v. angry with us, till thou hadît con 5. Blessed are the meek, for they sumed us, so that there should be shall inherit the earth. Pfal. xix, no remnant rt r escaping? Pfal. 'IF. Morcover, by them is thy serIxxxix. 30. If bois children forfake vant warned: and in keeping of my law, and milk not in my judg. them there is great reward. ments; v. 31. if they break my sta Gal. ii. 16. Knowing that a man tutes, and k eep not my commande is not justified by the works of the ments: v. 3 2. then will I visit their law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, transgressiot , with the rod, and their even we have believed in Jesus Christ iniquity wit) i stripes. V. 33. Never- that we might be justified by the theless, my loving kindness will I faith of Christ, and not by the works not utterly t ake from him, nor suf- of the law: for by the works of the fer my faith fulness to fail. v. 34. law shall no flesh be justified. Luke My covenanı : will I not break, nor xvii. 10. So likewise ye, when ye alter the thi ag that is gone out of shall have done all those things my lips.
which are commanded you, say, (Lev. x .vi. to the 14. verse:) We are unprofitable servants: we With 2 Cor. vi. 16. And what a have done that which was our dugreement hat h the temple of God ty to do. with idols? f or ye are the temple v Rom. vi: 12. Let not sin thereof the living God; as God hath fore reign in your mortal body, that said, I will då ell in them, and walk ye shonid obey it in the luits therein them; and I will be their God, of. v. 14. For fin shall not have do