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I try to spread my little fails,
And wait for pow'rful moving gales v.
When pow'r's convey'd, I work; but see,
'Tis still his pow'r that works in me.
I am an agent at his call,
Yet nothing am, for grace is all w.

II. Of rewards of Grace and Debt.
N all my works I still regard

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Yet such my working is withal,
I look for no reward at all y.


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God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. Song iv. 16. Awake, O north wind, and come, thou fouth, blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow

w Phil. ii. 12, 13. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have al. ways obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence : work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Gal. ii. 20. I am crucified with Christ: Nevertheless I live ; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now life in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave

himself 2 Cor. xii. 9. And the Lord said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee ; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Molt gladly therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

x Heb. xi 24, 25, 26. By faith Moses, when he was comme to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter": chooling rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of fin for a season: elteeming the reproach of Chrilt greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. gi Tim. i.


God hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpofe and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus, be

for me.

God's my reward exceeding great,
No lefser heav'n than this I wait %:
But where's the earning work so broad,
To set me up an heir of God a?
Rewards of debt, rewards of grace,
Are opposites in ev'ry case b;
Yet sure I am they'll both agree
Moft jointly in rewarding me t.
Though hell's my juft reward for fin d,

Heav'n as my juit reward I'll win e. fore the world began. Tit. . 5. Not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us by the walhing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.

z Gen. xv. 1. After these things the word of the Lord come unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram : I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. Pfal. Ixxiii. 25, 26. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire belides thee. My ftesh and

ту heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

a Ezek. xxxvi. 32. Not for your sakes do I this, faith the Lord God, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. Rom. viii. 16, 17. The Spirit itself beareth witpess with our {pirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ.

þ Rom. iv. 4. Now to him that worketh, is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

c Pfal, lviii. 1. Verily there is a reward for the righteous : perny he is a God that judgeth in the earth. Ifa. Ixii. II. Benold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy falvation cometh; behold, his reward is with bim, and his work before him. And xl. 10. Behold the Lord God will come with Irong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold his reward is with him, and his work before him.

d Rom. vi. 21. What fruit bad ye then in those things, whereof ye are now alhamed? for the end of those things is death. V. 23. The wages of fin is death. Eph. v. 6. Lec

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Both these may just rewards I know,
Yet truly neither of them fo *
Hell can't in justice be my lot,
Since justice satisfaction got f;
Nor heav'n in justice be my share,

Since mercy only brings me there g. no man deceive you with vain words : for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobe. dience. Gal. iii. 10. For as many as are of the works of the law, are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

e Gal. iii. 13, 14. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse. of the law, being made a curse for us : for it is written, Cursed is every one thiat hangeth on a tree : that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Chrift; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Eph. i. 13, 14. In Christ also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased poffeffion, unto the praise of his glory. Rom. v. 21. Grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our our Lord. And vi. 23; The gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lordi

* Through these opposite voices of law and gospel.
f Rom. iii

. 25, 26.. Whom God hath fet forth to be a pro. pitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteous. ness for the remiffion of fins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness; that he might be just, and the justifier of him which beliereth in Jesus.

& Rom. ix, 1f. 16. God faith to Moses, I will have mer. cy on whom. I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth ; but of God that seweth mercy. Titus iii. 45–7. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy be saved us by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of

Yet heav'n is mine by folemn oath,
In justice and in mercy both b :
And God in Christ is all my trust,
Because he's merciful and juft i.


Heb. vi. 17,

ERE is the riddle, where's the man

Of judgment to expound?
For master's fam'd that cannot scan,

In Israel may be found a. the Holy Ghost : which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour ; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

b Pfal. Ixxxix. 35, 35. Once have I sworn by my holiDess, that I will not lie unto David. His feed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the fun before me. 18. Wherein God willing more abundantly to thew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it it by an oath : that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong conso. Jarion, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope fet before us.

Plal. Ixxxix. 14. Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne ; mercy and truth Mall go before thy face. v. 16. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day : and in thy righteousness that they be exalted. v. 24. But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him (David my fervant]: and in my name shall his horn be exalred.

v. 28. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.

i Heb. ii. 17. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren : that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest, in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. John i. 7, 8, 9. If we walk in the light, as God is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no Go, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. we confess our fins, he is faithful, and just to forgive us our fins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


We justly those in wisdom's lift

Eitablith'd saints may call,
Whose bitter-sweet experience blest

Can clearly grasp it all b.
Some babes in grace may mint* and mar, *elay.

Yet aiming right succeed c:
But strangers they in Isra'l are,

Who not at all can read d.

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a John iii. 10. Jesus answered and said unto Nicodemus, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things.

6 Matth. xi. 2;. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou haft hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. And xiii. 11. Jesus answered and said unto his disciples, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

c Cor. iii. i, 2. And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as onto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Chriit. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat : for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. Heb. v. 12, 13, 14. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God ; and are become such as have need of milk, and pot of strong meat. For ry one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteous. ness : for he is a babe, But strong meat belongeth to them. that are of full age, even those who, by reason of use, havę their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. 1. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection : not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God, &c. 1 John ii. 12, 13. I write unto you, little children, because your fins are forgiven you for his name's sake.--I write unto you little children, because ye have known the Father,

d 2 Cor. iv. 34. But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are loit: in whom the God of this world hath blind. ed the minds of them which believe not, left the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.


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