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million of fin, and true righteousness, is to be had only by Faith in Jelus; because God requireth no other conditions but faith; and testifies from Heaven, that he is well pleased to Justify Sinners upon this condition. 3. He must understand, that upon righteousness received by faith, judgment shall follow on the one hand, to the destroying of the works of the devil in the Believer, and to the perfecting of the work of Sanctification in him, with power : And that, upon refusing to take righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ, judgment shall fol. low, on the other hand, to the condemnation of the misbeliever and destroying of him with Satan and his fervants for ever.
For this end, let these passage of Scripture, among many others, serve to make the greatness of the Sin of not believing in Christ appear; or, to make the greatness of the Sin of re. fusing of the covenant of grace offered to us, in the offering of Christ unto us, let the fair Offer of
be looked upon as it is made, Ifa. lv. 2, Incline your ear, and come unto me, faith the Lord) hear, and your soul shall live ; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you,even the fure mercies of David, That is, if ye will believe me, and be reconciled to me, I will by covenant, give unto you Christ, and all faving graces in him repeated, Acts xiii. 34:
Again, Consider, that this general offer in substance is equie yalent to a special Offer made to every one in particular, aš appeareth by the Apostles making use of it, Aets xvi. 31. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy House. The reason of which offer is given, John iii. 16, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten fon, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have ever, lasting Life. Seeing then this great falvation is offered in the Lord Jesus, whosoever believeth not in him, but looks for hapa piness some other way, What doth he else but observe lying vanities, and forfake his own mercy, which he might have had in Christ ? Jonah ii. 8. 9. What doth he else but blafphạmo God in his heart? as it is said, i John v. 10. He that believe ęth not God, hath made him a liar, because he believeth not the Record that God hath given of his son: and this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this is life in his Son. And that no Sin against the law is Like unto this Sin, Christ testifies, John xv. 22. If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had fin ; but now they have no slake for their fin. This
may convince a man of the greatness of this sin of not-believing in Christ.
For convincing a man of Righteousness to be had
only by faith in Jesus Christ, consider how
Rom. x, 3, 4.
T is said, that the Jews, being ignorant of God's righteousness,
and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God (and fo they perished) for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. And Acts xiii. 39. By Christ Jesus all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Mofes. And. 1. John 7. The blood, of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth us from all fin.
For convincing a man of judgment, if a man embrace this righteousness: Consider, 1. John iii. 8. For this purpose the Son of God was manifefted, that he might destroy the works of the devil. And, Heb. 9. 14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit, offered himself without Spot to God,purge your conscience from dead works, to serve the living God
But, if a ran embrace not this righteousness, his doom is pronounced, John iii. 18. He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
Hence let the penitent, desiring to believe, reason thus ;
“ What doth suffice to convince all the elect in the world of ► the greatness of the sin of not-believing in Christ, or refusing ? to flee to him for relief from fins done against the law, and " from wrath due thereto; and what fufficeth to convince " them, that righteousness and eternal life is to be had “ by faith in Jesus Christ, or by consenting to the covenant ” of Grace in him, and what sufficeth to conyince them of
judgment to be exercised by Christ, for destroying the « works of the devil in a man, and sanctifying and saving of all that believe in him, may suffice to convince me also.
# But what the spirit hath faid, in these or other like scrip
tures, fufficeth to convince the elect world of the foresaid fins • and righteousness, and judgment.
• Therefore what the spirit hath faid, in these and other like fcriptures, serveth to convince me therefore also.'
Whereupon let the penitent, defiring 'to believe, take with him words, and say heartily to the Lord, seeing thou sayest, Seek ye my face, My foul anfwereth unto thee, Thy face Lord will I seek: I have hearkened unto the offer of an everlasting covenant of all faving mercies to be had in Christ, and I do heartily embrace thy offer. Lord, let it be a bargain, Lord I believe, help my unbelief: Behold I give myself
to thee, to serve thee in all things for ever; and I hope, thy right-hand shall save me ; the Lord will perfect that which concerneth me; thy mercy, Lord endureth for eyer; forsake not the works of thine own bands.
Thus may aman be made an unfeigned believer in Chrift.
For strengthening the man's faith,who hath agreed
unto the covenant of Grace,
if they ever be sure of the Soundness of their own Faith and effectual calling, or made certain of their justification and salvation, when they see that many who profess Faith, are found to deceive themselves; let us see how every believer may be made strong in the faith, and fure of his own election and salvation upon folid grounds, by fure warrands, and true evidances of faith. To this end, among many other scriptures, take these following:
1. For laying solid grounds of faith, consider 2 Pet. 1. 10.
Wherefore the rather, Brethren, give diligence to make sure your calling and ellection : For if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.
In which words, the apolle teacheth us these four things, for help and direction, how to be made strong in the Faith ;
1: That such as believe in Christ Jesus, and are fled to him for relief from fin and wrath, albeit they be weak in Faith, yet they are indeed Children of the fame Father with
the apostles ; for fo he accounteth of them while he calleth them Brethren.
TOULOUH) 2. That albeit we be not sure, for the time, of our effectual calling and election, yet we may be made sure of both, "if we ufe diligence; for this he presupposeth, saying, Give diligence to make your calling and election fure.
3: That we must not be discouraged, when we fee many feeming believers provę rotten branches, and make defection; but we must the rather take the better heed to ourfelves; Wherefore the råther, Brethren (faith' hé) give'all diligence. 4
That the way to be sure both of our efectual calling and election, is to make sure work of our faith, by laying the grounds of it folidly, and bringing forth the fruits of our faith in new obedience constantly: For if we do these things, faith he, ye shall never fall, understanding, by these things what he had fáid of found faith, Verses 1, 2, 3, 4. and what he had said of the bringing out of the fruits of faith, Verses 5, 6, 7,
To this fame purpose, consider Rom. viii. 1. There is I therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Chrift • Jesus, who walk not after the fesh, but after the spirit. Verfe
2. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made
me free from the law of fin and death. Verse 3. For what the • law.could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God * sending his own son in the likeness of sinful
Aesh, and for sin condemned fin in the flesh, Verse. 4. That the righteousness • of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the • flesh, but after the spirit.'
Wherein the apostle teacheth us thefe four things, for laying of the ground of faith solidly;
1. That every one is a true believer, who in the sense of his fin, and fear of God's wrath, doth fee for full relief from both unto Jesus Christ alone, as the only mediator, and allfufficient Redeemer of Men; and being fled to Christ, doth ftrive against his own flesh, or corrupt inclination of nature, and studieth to follow the rule of God's spirit, fet down in his word: For the man whom the apostle doth here bless as a true believer, is a man in Christ Jesus, who doth not walk after the fleh, but after the Spirit. 2. That all such persons as are fled to Christ, and do strive
against Sin, howsoever they may be possibly exercised under the fense of wrath and fear of condemnation yet they are in no dánger ; for, their is no condemnation, (faith he) to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
3. That albeit, the Apostle himself (brought in here for Example’s cause)and all other trpe Believers in Chrif, be by Nature under the law of fin and death, or under the covenant of works (called the law, of fin and death, because it bindetħ fin and death unto us till Christ fet us free) yet the law of the Spirit of-life in Christ Jefus, or the covenant of grace, fơ (called, because it doth enable and quicken a man to a spiritual life thro' Christ) doth set the apofile, and all true believers, free from the covenant of works, or the law of fin and death; fo that every Man may say with him, The law of the Spirit of life, or the Covenant of Grace, hath made me free from the law of Sin and Death, or covenant of works.
4. That the fountain and firff ground; from whence our freedom from the curse of the law doth flow, is the covenant of redemption, paft betwixt God, and God the Son as incarnate, wherein Chriit takes the curse of the law upon him for fin, that the believer, who could not otherwise be deliver ed from the covenant of works, may, be delivered from it. And this doctrine the apostle holdeth forth in these four branches : (1.) That it was utterly impossible for the law, or the covenant of works, to bring righteousness and life to a finner, because it was weak. (2.) That this weakness and inabiti: ty of the law, or covenant of works, is not the fault of the law, but the fault of sinful flesh, which is neither able to paỹ the penalty of fin, nor to give perfect obedience to the law (presuppose bygone fins were forgiven ;) The law róas weak (faith he) through the Flesh. (3.) That the righteousness and falvation of finners, which was impossible to be brought about by the law, is brought to pass by sending God's owń Son,JESUS CHRIST, in the flesh,in whose flesh finis condemned and punished, for making satisfaction in the behalf of the elect, that they might be set free. (4.) That, by his Means, the law loseth nothing, because the Righteousness of the law is best fulfilled this way; first, by CHRIST'S giving perfect active obedience in our Name into it in all