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bar 1 ing his own Son in the likeness of
fulfilled in us, who walk not after .., II, Chap. XIX. The Confession of Fill. 21 come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred
against sino; together with a clearer sterkt of the need int they have of Christ, and the perfection of his obedience ? and it is likewise of use to the regenerate, to restrain their
corruptions, in that it forbids sino; and the threatenings her of it serve to shew what even their sins deserve, and what her afilictions in this life they may expect for them, although freed from the curse thereof threatened in the law'. The
promises O James i. 23. For if any be a
Do not kill. Now, if thou comhearer of the word, and not a doer, mit no adultery, yet if thou kill, Chi he is like unto a man beholding thou art become a transgressor of his naturai face in a glass; Ver. 24.
the law. Psal. cxix. 101. I have eril For he beholdeth himself, and go
refrained my feet from every evil the beth his way, and straightway for
way, that I might keep thy word. getteth what manner of man he was. Ver. 104. Through thy precepts Ver. 25. But whoso looketh into
I get understanding; therefore i the perfect law of liberty, and con hate every false way.
Ver. 128. 19. 3tinueth therein, he being not a for- Therefore I esteem all thy precepts E alert getful hearer, but a doer of the concerning all things to be right;
work, this man shall be blessed in his and I hate every false way.
rEzra ix. 13. And after all that
and for our great trespass, seeing
Ver. 14. For that thou our God hast punished
us less than our iniquities deserve, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
and hast given us such deliverance Ver. 24. O wretched man that I
as this ; Ver. 14. Should we again am! who shall deliver me from the
break thy commandments, and join body of this death?
in affinity with the people of these P Gal. iii. 24. Wherefore the law abominations ? wouldest not thou was our schoolmaster to bring us
be angry with us, till thou hadst unto Christ, that we might be jus
consunied us, so that there should tified by faith. 'Rom. vii. 24. [See
be no remnant nor escaping ? Psal. before in letter 0
Verse 25. in lit Ixxxix. 30. If his children forsake ter m.] Rom. vii. 3. For what the
my law, and walk not in my law could not do, in that it was
judgments; Ver. 31. If they break weak through the flesh, God send
my statutes, and keep not my
commandments ; Ver. sinful Alesh, and for sin, condemned
will I visit their transgression sin in the flesh: Ver. 4. That the
with the rod, and their iniquity righteousness of the law might be with stripes.
Ver. 33. Neverthethe flesh, but after the Spirit.
less my loving-kindness will I not
utterly take from him, nor suffer
, said also: My covenant will I not break, nor
promises of it, in like manner, shew them God's approbation of obedience, and what blessings they may expect upon the performance thereof, 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"
VII. Neither are the forementioned uses of the law contrary to the grace of the gospel, but do sweetly comply
alter the thing that is gone out of vants; we have done that which
was our duty to do. (Lev. xxvi. to the 14th Verse..
] u Rom. vi. 12. Let not sin therefore With 2 Cor. vi. 16. And what reign in your mortal body, that ye agreement hath the temple of God should obey it in the lusts thereof. with idols ? for ye are the temple of Ver. 14. For sin shall not have domi. the living God; as God hath said, nion over you: for ye are not under I will dwell in them, and walk in the law, but under gracę. 1 Pet. vi. 8. thein; and I will be their God, and Finally, be ye all of one mind, having. they shall be my people. Eph. vi. 2. compassion one of another, love as breHondur thy father and mother, thren, be pitiful, be courteous: Ver... (which is the first commandment Not rendering evil for evil, or rail with promise ;) Ver. 3. That it may ing for railing ; but contrariwisa,. be well with thee, and thou mayest blessing : knowing that ye are therelive long on the earth. Psal. xxxvii. 11. unto called, that ye should inherit a But the meek shall inherit the earth; blessing. Ver. 10. For he that will and shall delight themselves in the love life, and see good days, let him abundance of peace. With Matth. refrain his tongue from evil, and his v. 5. Blessed are the meek: for they lips that they speak no guile: Ver.ll.. shall inherit the earth. Psal. xix. 11. Let him eschew evil, and do goods. Moreover, by them is, thy servant let him seek peace, and epsue it
, warned: and in keeping of them Ver. 12. For the eyes of the Lord. there is great reward...
are over the righteous, and his.. Gal. ii. 16. Knowing that a man
ears are open unto their prayers :: is not justified by the works of the but the face of the Lord is against law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, them that do evil.
With Psal.. we have believed in Jesus
xxxiv. 12. What man is he that. Christ, that we might be justified desireth life, and loveth many days, by the faith of Christ, and not by
that he may see good ? Ver. 13.. the works of the law ; for by the
Keep thy tongue from evil, and works of the law shall no flesh be
thy lips from speaking guile. Ver. 14.. justified. Luke xvii. 10. So like
Depart from evil, and do goodus. wise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are command
seek peace, and pursue it. Ver. 15.
The eyes of the Lord are upan ed you, say, We are unprofitable ser. the righteous, and his ears
with it "; 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 *.
CHAP. XX. Of Christian Liberty,and Liberty of Conscience.
under the gospel, consists in their freedom from the
open unto their cry. Ver. 16. The write it in their hearts; and will
us, that he might redeem us from kingdon which cannot be moved, all iniquity, and purify unto himself let us have grace, whereby we may
a peculiar people, zealous of good serve God acceptably, with reve
works. 1 Thess. i. 10. And to wait rence and godly fear. Ver. 29. For for his Son from heaven, whom he our God is a consuming fire.
raised from the dead, even Jesus, VII. * Gal. iii. 21. Is the law
which delivered us from the wrath then against the promises of God?
Gal. iii. 13. Christ hath God forbid : for if there had been
redeenied us from the curse of the a law given which could have gi- law, being made a curse for us : for ven life
, verily righteousness should it is written, Cursed is every one have been by the law.
that hangeth on a tree. * Ezek. xxxvi. 27. And I will
b Gal. i. 4. Who gave himself for put my Spirit within you, and cause
our sins, that he might deliver us you to walk in my statutes, and
from this present evil world, accordne shall keep ny judginents
, and ing to the will of God and our Father.
Col. i. 13. Who hath delivered us
from the power of darkness, and
After hath translated us into the kingdom those days, saith the Lord, I will
of his dear Son. Acts xxyi. 18. To put my laws into their mind, and
open their eyes, and to turn them write them in their hearts ; and I
from darkness to light, and from the will be to them a God, and they
power of Satan unto God, that they
With may receive forgiveness of sinis, aud
inheritance among them which are
sanctified by faith that is in me. the house of Israel; After those
Rom. vi. 14. For sin shall not have days, saith the Lord, I will put
dominion over you : for ye are not m; law in their inward parts, and
under the law, but under grace.
shall be to me a people.
the evil of afflictions, the sting of death, the victory of the builder grave, and everlasting damnation'; as also in their free access to God, and their yielding obedience unto him, not out of slavish fear, but a child-like love, and willing mind. All which were common also to believers under the lawf; but the under the new testament, the liberty of Christians is further enlarged in their freedom from the yoke of the ceremonial law, to which the Jewish church was subjected s, and in
C Rom. viii. 28. We know that all received the Spirit of adoption, things work together for good to whereby we cry, Abba, Father. them that love God, to them who, 1 John iv. 18. There is no fear in are the called according to his pure love; but perfect love casteth out pose. Psal. cxix. 71. It is good
fear because fear hath torment; for me that I have been afflicted : he that feareth is not made perthat I might learn thy statutes.
fect in love. 1 Cor. xv. 54. So when this cor f Gal. iii. 9. So then they which ruptible shall have put on incorrup- be of faith are blessed with faithful tion, and this mortal shall have Abraham. Ver. 14. That the blessput on immortality, then shall be ing of Abraham might come on brought to pass the saying that the Gentiles through Jesus Christ ; is written, Death is swallowed up that we might receive the promise in victory Ver. 55. O death, of the Spirit through faith. where is thy sting? O grave, where & Gal. iv. 1. Now I say, that the is thy victory ? Ver. 56. The sting heir, as long as he is a child, of death is sin; and the strength differeth nothing from a servant, of sin is the law; Ver. 57. But though he be lord of all; Ver. 2. thanks be to God, which giveth us But is under tutors and governors, the victory, through our Lord Jesus until the time appointed of the faCh Rom. viii. 1. There is ther. Ver. 3. Even so we, when therefore now no condemnation to
we were children, were in bondage them which are in Christ Jesus,
under the elements of the world. who walk not after the flesh, but Ver. 6. And because ye are sons, after the Spirit.
God hath sent forth the Spirit of d Rom. v. 1. Therefore being jus- his Son into your hearts, crying, tified by faith, we have peace with Abba, Father.
Ver. 7. Wherefore God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. thou art no more a servant, but a Ver. 2. By whom also we have ac.
son; and if a son, then an heir of cess by faith into this grace wherein
God through Christ. Gal. v. 1. we stand, and rejoice in hope of the Stand fast therefore in the liberty glory of God.
wherewith Christ hath made us e Rom. viii. 14. For as many as
free, and be not entangled again are led by the Spirit of God, they with the yoke of bondage. are the sons of God. Ver. 15. For ye have not received the spirit of. ye God, to put a yoke upon the
xv. 10. Now therefore why tenipt bondage again to fear; but ye have neck of the disciples, which neither
the greater boldness of access to the throne of grace", and in * fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than becit lievers under the law did ordinarily partake ofi.
II. God alone is Lord of the conscience k and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of
men which are in any thing contrary to his word, or beil side it, in matters of faith or worship! So that to believe
our fathers nor we were able to the end of that which is abolished, bear? Ver. 11. But we believe, that Ver. 17. Now the Lord is that Spithrough the grace of the Lord Jesus rit: and where the Spirit of the Christ, we shall be saved, even as Lord is, there is liberty. Ver. 18.
But we all, with open face behold1 Heb. iv. 14. Seeing then that ing as in a glass the glory of the we have a great high priest, that Lord, are changed into the same is passed into the heavens, Jesus the image, from glory to glory, even Son of God, let us hold fast our
as by the Spirit of the Lord. profession. Ver. 16. Let us there II. k Janies iv. 12. There is one fore come boldly unto the throne of lawgiver, who is able to save and grace, that we may obtain mercy,
to destroy; who art thou that judge and find grace to help in time of est another? Rom. xiv. 4. Who art need. Heb. X. 19. Having there thou that judgest another man's serfore, brethren, boldness to enter in
vant? to his own master he standto the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
eth or fallech : yea, he shall be Ver. 20. By a new and living way,
holden up : for God is able to make which he hath consecrated for us
him stand. through the vail, that is to say, his
1 Acts iv. 19. But Peter and John desh; Ver. 21. And having an high answered and said unto them, Whepriest over the house of God; Ver. 22.
ther it be right in the sight of God Let us draw near with a true heart,
to hearken unto you more than unin full assurance of faith, having our to God, judge ye. Acts V. 29. hearts sprinkled from an evil con
Then Peter and the other apostles science, and our bodies washed with answered and said, We ought to pure water.
obey God rather than men. 1 Cor. i John vii. 38. He that believeth
vii. 23. Ye are bought with a on me, as the scripture hath said, price, be not ye the servants of men. out of his belly shall flow rivers of
Matth. xxiii. 8. But be not ye Ver. 39. But this called Rabbi: for one is your Maspake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on hin should receive :
ster, even Christ, and all ye are bre
thren. Ver. 9. And call no man for the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not
your father upon the earth : for
one is your Father, which is in yet glorified. 2 Cor. iii. 13. And
heaven. Ver. 10. Neither be ye not as Moses, which put a vail
called masters : for one is your over his face, that the children of Master, even Christ. 2 Cor. i: 24. Israel could not stedfastly look to
Not for that we have dominion