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things: Next, by his paying in our name the penalty due) to our sins) in his death: And lastly, by his working of fara {tification in us, who are true believers, who strive to give new obedience unto the law and. walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.

Warrants to BE LIE V E.

OR building our confidence upon this folid ground, there

four warrants and fpecial motives to believe in Christ

may ferve.

The first whereof is God's hearty invitation, hol

den forth, 1sa. Iv. 1, 2, 3, 4, 50, HE

every one that thirfteth, come ye to the waters; and

he that hath no money, come and buy without money, • and without price. verse 2. Wherefore do ye spend your

money for that which is not bread? and your labour for thať * which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye • that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in • fatness. verse 3. Incline your ear, and come unto me, hear ; and your soul shall live, and I will make an everlasting covea nant with you, even the sure mercies of David. verse 4 Be* hold, I have give him for a witness to the people, a leader, and commander to the people, &c.

Here (after setting down the precious ransom of our redemption by the sufferings of Christ, and the rich blessings purchased to us thereby, in the two former chapters) the Lord, in this chapter,

1. Maketh open offer of Christ, and his grace, by proclamation of a free and gracious market of righteousness and

salvation, to be had through Christ to every soul without exception, that truly desires to be saved from sin and wrath ; Ho, every one that thirseth, faith he.

2. He inviteth all finners that for any reason stand at distance with God, to come and take from him riches of grace,running in Christ as a river, to wash away sin, and to Hocken wrath; Come ye to the waters, faith he,

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3. Lertany nould fan& aback, in the sence of his own finfulness or unworthiness, and inability to do any good the Lord calleth

' upon such Persons in special, faying, He that hath no-Money, come.

4. He craveth no more of his merchant, bưr that he be pleased with the wares offered, which are grace and more grace; and that he heartily, consent unto, and embrace this offer of grace, that'so he may ciofè a Bargain, and a formal covenant with God; Come, buy without money (faith he) come eat, that is,Consent to have, and take unto you, all saving graces ; make the wares your own, possess them, and make use of all Blessings in Christ; whatsoever maketh for your Spiritual life and comfort,use and enjoy it freely, without paying any Thing for it: Come buy wine and milk without money and with out price faith he,

5. Because the Lord knoweth how much we are inclined to seek righteousness and life by our own performances and fatil-, faction, to ħave righteousriefs and Life as it were by the way of works; and how loath we are to embrace Christ Jesus, and to take life by way of free grace through Jesus Christ, upon the terms whereupon it is offered to us: therefore the Lord lovingly calls us off this our crooked and unhappy way, with a gentle and timeous admonition,giving us to understand, that we shall but lose our labour in this our way; Wherefore do ye spend your money (faith hey for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which fatisfieth not?

6. The Lord promifèth to us folid satisfaction, in the way of betaking ourselves unto the grace of Christ, even true coritentment, and fulness of Spiritual pleasure saying, Hearken diligently unto me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in Fatness.

7. Because faith cometh by hearing, he calleth for audience unto the explication of the offer, and calleth for believing of and liftning unto the truth, which is able to beget the application of saving faith, and to draw the soul to trust in God; Incline your ear, and come unto me, faith be. To which end, the Lord promises, that this offer, being received, shall quicken the dead finner; and that, upon the welcoming of this offer, he will clofe the covenant of grace with the man that shall confent unto it, even an indissolvable : Covenant of perpetual 'reconciliations and peace; Hearken

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änd your foul shall live, and I will make an everlasting Cover nant with you. Which covenant, he declareth, shall be in fubstance, the assignation, and the making over, of all the faving graces which David (who is Jesus Christ, Acts xiii. 34.) hath bought for us in the covenant of redemption; I will make a covenant with you (faith he) even the suré mercies of David. By fure Mercies, he means saving graces, such as are righteousness, Peace, and joy in the holy Ghost, adoption fanctification and glorification, and whatsoever belongs to Godliness and life eternal.

8. To confirm and assure us of the real Grant of these faving mercies, and to perswade us of the reality of the covenant betwixt God and the believer of this word, the Father hath made a fourfold gift of his eternal and only begotten fon;

First, To be incarnate and born for our fake, of the seed of David his type; for which cause, he is called here, and

Acts xiii. 34. DAVID, the true and everlasting King of Ifrael. This is the great gift of God to Man, John iv. 10. And here, I have given him to be David, or born of David to the people.

Secondly, He hath made a gift of Christ to be a witness to the people,both of the fure and saving Mercies granted to the Redeemed in the covenant of redemption : and also of the Fathers willingness and purpose to apply them, and to make them fast in the covenant of reconciliation, made with such as imbrace the offer; I have given him (faith the Lord here) to be a witness to the people. And truly he is a fufficient witness in this matter, in many respects ; ist, Because he is one of the blessed trinity, and party-contracter for us, in the covenant of redemption, before the world was. 2dly, He is by office as - mediator, the messenger of the covenant, and hath gotten commission to reveal it. zdly, He began actually to reveal it in paradise, where he promised the feed of the woman should bruise 'the head of the serpent. 4thly He set forth his own death and sufferings, and the great benefits that should come thereby to us in the types and figures of Sacrifices and Geremonies before his coming: 5thly, He gave more and more Light about this covenant; speaking by his Spirit, from age to age, in the holy prophets. 6ihly, He came himself in the fulness of time, and did bear witness of all things belonging to this covenant, and of God's

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willing mind to take believers into it; partly by uniting our nature in one person with the divine nature; partly by preaching the good tidings of the covenant with his own mouth ; partly by paying the price of redemption on the cross; and partly by dealing still with the people, from the beginning to this day, to draw in, and to hold in the redeemed in this covenant.

Thirdly, God hath made a gift of Christ, as a Leader to the people, to bring us through all difficulties, all afflictions and tentations, unto life, by this covenant: And he it is, and no other, who doth indeed lead his own unto the covenant;, and, in the covenant, all the way on unto salvation, 1. By the direction of his word and spirit. 2. By the example of his own life, in faith and obedience, even to the death of the cross. 3. By his powerful working, bearing his redeemed ones in his arms, and causing them to lean on him, while they go up through the wilderness.

Fourthly, God hath made a gift of Christ unto his people, as a Commander'; which office he faithfully exerciseth, by giving to his kirk and people, laws and ordinances, pastors and governors, and all necessary officers; by keeping courts and allemblies among them, to see that his laws be obeyed; subduing, by his word, spirit and discipline, his peoples corruptions; and, by his wisdom and power, guarding them against all their enemies whatsoever.

Hence he, who hath closed bargain with God, may Itrengthen his faith, by reasoning after this manner;

“ Whofoever doth heartily receive the offer of free grace, made here to finners, thirsțing for righteousness and falva

tion; unto him, by an everlasting covenant, belongeth “ Christ, the true David, with all his sure and saving mercies.

“ But I, (may the weak believer say) do heartily receive “ the offer of free grave made here to finners, thirsting for “ righteousness and salvation.

Therefore unto me, by an everlasting covenant, bec " longeth Christ Jefus, with all his sure and Taving mercies,”

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The second warrant and special motive to

embrace Christ, and believe in him, is the earnest Request that God maketh tous to be reconciled to him in Christ, holden forth, 2 Cor. v. Verses 14, 19, 20, 21.

OD was in Ghrift reconciling the world unto himself,

Inot imputing their trespaises unto them, and hath com"mitted unto us the word ofreconciliation. verfe; 20; Now

then we are ambassadors for Christ, as tho' God did be• feech you by us, we pray you in Chrift's stead, be ye re

conciled to God, verse: 21. For he hath made him to be fin " for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righ$ teousness of God in him.

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Wherein the apostle teacheth us these nine doctrines;

First, That the elect world, or world of redeemed souls, äre by nature in the estate of enmity against God: this is presupposed in the word Reconciliation ; for reconciliation, or renewing of friendship : cannot be, except betwixt those that have been at enmity.

Second, That in all time by past, since the fall of Adam, Christ Jesus, the eternal Son of God, as Mediator, and the

Father in him, hath been about the making friendship by his word and fpirit) betwixt himself and the elect world's God, (faith he) was in Christ reconciling the world to himself.

Third, That the way of reconciliation was in all ages one and the same in substance: viz. by forgiving the sins of them,who do acknowledge their fins and their enmity again? God, and do feck reconciliation and remiffion of Sins in Chrift; For God faith he) was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, by way of not imputing their trespasses unto them.

Fourth, that the end and scope of the gospel, and whole word of God; is threefold; 1. It ferveth to make people sensible of their fins, and of their enmity against God; and of their danger, if they fhould ftand out and not fear God's Displeasure. 2. The word of God ferveth to make meni aćquainted with the course, which God hath prepared, for Dd 2

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