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V. The moral law doth for ever bind all, as well justified persons as others, to the obedience thereof b; and that not only in regard of the matter contained in it, but also in rea spect of the authority of God the Creator who gave it is Neither doth Christ in the gospel any way dissolve, but much strengthen this obligacion k.
VI. Altho' true believers be not under the law as a covenant of works, to be thereby justified or condemned l; yet is it of
Kroy the law or the prophets : I am ment is the word which ye have not come to destroy, but to fulfill heard from the begidning. v. 8. With v. 38. Ye have heard, that it Again, a new commandment I write hath been said, An eye for an eye, unto you, which thing is true in him and a tooth for a tooth : v. 39. But and in you: because the darkness is I say unto you, that ye resist not part, and the true light now shineth, evil: but whosoever fhall smite thee i James ii. 10, 11. (See in letterb.) on the right cheek, turn to him the k Mat, vi 17. (see in letter g.) v. other also. 1 Cor. ix. 3. Say 'I these 18. For verily, I say unto you, Till things as a man? or fairb not the heaven and earth pass, one jot or one law the same also ? v. 9. For it is title shall in po wise pass from the written in the law of Moses, Thou law, till all be fulfilled. v, 19. WhoMalt not muzzle the mouth of the foever therefore shall break one of ox that treadeth our the corn: Doch these least commandments, and shall God take care for oxen ? v. 10. Or teach inen so, he shall be called the faith he it altogether for our fakes ? lealt in the kingdom of heaven : but for our fakes no doubt, this is writ. whosoever Mall do, and teach them, ten, that he that ploweth fhalt plow the fame Ihall be called great in the in hope ; and that he that thresheth kingdom of heaven. James ii. 8. in hope, should be partaker of his See in letter b before.) Rom. ii. 31. hope.
Do we then make void the law thro' V. h Rom. xiii. 8, 9. (See above faith ? God forbid : we establisi in letter b.) v. 10. Love worketh no the law. ill to his neighbour : therefore love V1.7 Rom. vi. 14. For fin fhall not is the fulfilling of the law. Eph. vi. have dominion over you : for ye are 2. Honour thy father and mother, not under the law, but under grace. which is the first commandment Gal. ii. 16. Knowing that a man is with promise. John ii. 3. And not justified by the works of the law, hereby do we know that we know but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even hin, if we keep his commandments. we have believed in Jesus Chrift; V. 4. He that faith, I know him, that we might be justified by the and keepeth not bis commandments, faith of Christ, and not, by the is a liar, and the truth is not in bim. works of the law: for by the works v. 7. Brethren, I write no new com- of the law shall no flelh be justified. mandment unto you, but an old Gal. iii. 13. Christ hath redeemed commandment, which ye had from us from the corse of the law, being the beginning: the old command- miade a curfe for us : for it is writo
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 and binds them to walk accordingly m; discovering also the line ful pollutions of their nature, hearts and lives n; so as, examining themselves thereby, they may come to further conviction of humiliation for, and hatred against sino; together with a clear. er fight of the need they have of Christ, and the perfection of biş obedience p. It is likewise of use to the regenerate, to re
teo, Cursed is every one that hang. then? Is the law fin! God forbid. eth on a tree. Gal. iv. 4. But when Nay, I had not known fin, but by the fulness of the time was come, the law : for I had not known lyst, God fent forth his Son made of a except the law had said, Thou shalt woman, made under the law, v. s. not covet, Rom. ii. 20. Therefore To redeem them that were under by the deeds of the law, there shall the law, that we might receive the no flesh be justified in his fight: for adoption of fons. Acts xiii, 39. And by the law is the knowledge of fin. by him all that believe are justified © James i. 23. For if any be a from all things, from the which ye hearer of the word, and not a doer, could not be justified by the law of he is like unto a man beholding his Moses, Rom. viii. 3. There is there- natural face in a glass : v. 24. For fore now no condemnation to them he beholdeth himself, and goeth his who are in Christ Jesus, who walk way, and straightway forgetteth pot after the filesh, bụt after the what manner of man he was. v. 25. Spirit.
But whoso looketh into the perfect m Rom. vii. 12. Wherefore the law law of liberty, and continueth thereis boly; and the commandment ho. in, he being not a forgetful bearer, ly, and just and good, v. 22. For! but a doer of the word, this man delight in the law of God, after the thall be blessed in his deed. Rom. vii. jaward map. v. 25. I thank God 9. For I was alive without the law through Jesus Christ our Lord. So once : but when the commandment then, with the mind, I myself ferve came, fin revived, and I died. v. 14. she law of God; but with the flesh, For we know that the law is spirithe law of fun. Psal. cxix. 4. Thou cual : but I am carnal, sold under fin. halt commanded us to keep thy pre- 5. 24. O wretched man that I am, cepis diligently. v. 5. O that my who shall deliver me from the body ways were directed to keep thy Ita- of this death? tutes ! v. 6, Then Thall I not be a• p Gal. iii. 24. Wherefore the law thamed, when I have respect unto was our school-malter, to bring us all thy commandments. i Cor. vii. unto Christ, that we might be jullie 19. Circumcision is nothing, and fied by faith. Rom, vii, 24. (See beancircumcision is nothing, but the fore in the letter o. v. 25. in letter mi) keepidg of the commandments of Rom. viii. 3. For what the law could God, 'Gal, v. 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, pot do, in that it was weak through 21, 22, 23. See in the Bible. the flesh, God sending his own Son Romvii. 7. What shall we say in the likengla of Gnful felh, and for
strain their corruption; in that it forbids fing; and the threaten ings of it serve to fhew what even their fins deserve, and what afflictions in this life they may expect for them, although freed from the curse thereof threatned in the lawr. The promises of it, in like manner, shew them God's approbation of obedience, and what blessings they may expect upon the performance thereofj, altho' not as due to them by the law as a covenant of works t. So as a man's doing good, and refraining from evil, because the law encourageth to the one, and deterreth from
fin condemned sin in the flesh : v.4. with the rod, and their iniquity That the righteousness of the law with stripes. v. 33. Nevertheless, might be fulfilled in us, who walk my loving kindness will I not atter. pot after the flesh, but after the ly take from him, nor suffer my Spirit.
faithfulness to fail. v. 34. My cove9 James ii. 11. For he that said, nant will I not break, nor alter the Do not commit adultery, said also, thing that is gone out of my lips. Do not kill. Now if thou commit no (Lev. xxvi. to the 14. verse.) adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art With 2 Cor. vi. 16. And what agreebecome a transgressor of the law. ment hath the temple of God with Pfal. cxix. 101. I have refrained my idols ? for ye are the temple of the feet from every evil way: that I may living God; as God hath said, I will keep thy word,
v. 104. Through dwell in them, and walk in them; thy precepts I get understanding: and I will be their God, and they therefore I hate every false way. v. shall be my people. Eph. vii 2. Ho128. Therefore I esteem all thy pre- nour thy father and thy mother cepts concerning all things to be (which is the first commandment right; and I hate every false way. with promise.) v. 3. That it may
Ezra ix. 13. And after all that be well with thee, and thou mayelt is come upon us for our evil deeds live long on the earth. Pfal. xxxvii. and for our great trespass, seeing 11. But the meek shall inherit the that thou our God halt punished us earth; and Tall delight themselves
less than our iniquities deserve, and in the abundance of peace. With • halt given us such deliverance as Mat, v. 5. Blessed are the meek, for
this; v, 14. Should we again break they shall inherit the earth. Pfal. thy commandments, and join in xix. 11. Moreover, by them is thy affinity with the people of these abó. servant warned; and in keeping of minations ? would not thou be an. then there is a great reward. gry with us, till thou hadit confum- 1 Gal. ii. 16. Knowing that a man ed us, fo that there should be no is not justified by the works of the remnant for escaping? Psal. Ixxxix. law, hur by the faith of Jesus Christ, 30. If bis children forsake my law, even we have believed in Jesus Christ and walk not in my judginents; v. that we might be justified by the faith 31. If they break my statutes, and of Christ, and not by the works of keep not my commandments: v: 32. the law; for by the works of the law Then will í visit their tranfgredion shall no fieih be justified, Luke xvii.
the other, is no evidence of his being under the law, and not under grace v.
VII. Neither are the fore-mentioned uses of the law contrary to the grace of the gofpel, but do sweetly comply with it w; the Spirit of Christ subduing and enabling the will of man to do that. freely and cheerfully, which the will of God revealed in the law requireth to be done x.
Chap. XX. Of Chriftian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience.
HE liberty which Christ hath purchased for believers under the gospel, consists in their freedom from the guilt of
70. So likewise ye, when ye shall V. 13. Keep thy tongue from evil, have done all those things which and thy lips from speaking guile. v. are commanded you, say, We are 14. Depart from evil, and do good; enprofitable servants : we have done seek peace, and pursueit. v.15. The that which was our duty to do, eyes of the Lord are upon the righ
u Rom. vi. 12. Let not fin there. teous, and his ears are open unto fore reign in your mortal body, that their cry. v. 16. The face of the ye should obey it in the lusts there. Lord is against them that do evil, of. V. 14. For fin hall not have do- to cut off the remembrance of them minion over you: for ye are not un. from the earth. Heb, xii. 38. Where. der the law, but under grace. 1 Pet. fore we receiving a kingdom which in. 8. Finally, be yo all of one mind, cannot be moved, let us have grace, having compashon one of another, whereby we may ferve God acceptlove as brethren, be pitiful, be ably, with reverence and godly fear, courteous, v. 9. Not rendering evil v. 29. For our God is a consuming for evil, or railing for railing: but fire. contrariwise, blessing : knowing that VII. w Gal. iii, 21. Is the law then ye are thereunto called, that ye against the promises of God? God should inherit a bleling. v. 10 forbid; for if there had been a law Pos be that will love life, and see given which could have given life, good days, let him refrain his tongue verily righteousness should have from evil, and his lips that they been by the law. speak oo guile. . v.11. Let him er * Ezek, xxxvi, 27. And I will put chew evil, and do good ; let him my Spirit within you, and cause you seek peace and ensue it. v. 12. For to walk in my statutes, and ye shall the eyes of the Lord are over the keep my judgments, and do them, righteous, and his ears are open un. Heb. viii. 1o. For this is the covenane to their prayers; but the face of the tha: I will make with the house of Lord is against them that do evil, Israel after those days, saith the With Plal. xxxiv. 12. What man is Lord; I will put my laws into their he that delireth life, and loveth mind, and write them in their mány days, that he may fee good ? hearts; and I will be to them a God,
fin, the condemning wrath of God, the curfe of the moral lawa; and in their being delivered from this present evil world, bondage to Satan and dominion of fin b, from the evil of afflictions, the sting of death, the victory of the grave, and everlasting damnation c; as also in their free access to God d, and their yielding obedience unto him, not out of Navish fear, but a childlike love and willing mind e, all which were common also to be
and they shall be to me a people. all things work together for good, With Jer.xxxi. 33. But this shall be to them that love God, to them who the covenant that I will make with are the called according to his purthe house of Israel, after those days, pose. Psal, cxix. 71. It is good for faith the Lord, I will put my lawin me that I have been amicted: that I their inward parts, and write it in might learn thystatutes. I Cor.xv.54. their hearts, and will be their God, So when this corruptible shall have and they shall be my people. put on incori purion, and this mortal
I. a Tit.j. 14. Who gave himself shall have put on immortality, then for us, that he might redeem us fhall be brought to pass the saying from all iniquity, and purify unto that is written, Death is swallowed bimself a peculiar people, Zealous of up in victory. v.55. O death, where good works. I Theff. i. 10. And to is thy sting? O grave, where is thy wait for his Son from heaven, whom victory? v. 56. The sting of death he raifed from the dead, even jesus is fin; and the strength of fio is the who delivered us from the wrath to law. V. 57, But thanks be to God come, Gal, iii. 13, Christ Hath re. who giveth us the victory, through deemed us from the curse of the our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. viii. i. law, being made a curse for us: There is therefore now no condemfor it is written, Cursed is every one nation to them who are in Chrift that hangeth on a tree.
Jesus, who walk not after the fleshi, t Gal. i. 4. Who gave himself for but after the Spirit. our fins, that lie might deliver us d Rom. v. r. Therefore being ju. from this present evil world, ac- ftified by faith, we have peace with cording to the will of God and our God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Father. Col. i. 13. Who hath deli. . 2. Ry whom also we have access vered us from the power of dark by faith into this grace wherein we ness, and hath translated us into ftand, and rejoice in hope of the the kingdom of his dear Sun. Acts glory of God, xxvi. 18. To open their eyes, and eRom. viii. 14. For as many as are to turn them from darkness ro light, led by the Spirit of God, they are and' from the power of Satan unto the fons of God. v. 15. For ye have cod, thar they may receive forgive- not received the Spirit of bondage Kefs of fins, and inheritance among again to fear; but ye have received them who are fanctified by faith that the Spirit of adoption, whereby we is in met Rom. vi. 14: For sin fhall cry, Abba, Father: 1 John iv. 18. riot' have dominion over you: for There is sio fear in love ; but perfect ýt are not under the law, but un- love casteth out fear': because fear der grace.
kath tormenè: he that fearech is not Rom. viii. 28, We know that made perfect in love.