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it is so contrary to the end of his coming, which is first to fanctify, and then to save believers ; Think not (faith he) that I am come to destroy the law and the prophets.

5. He teacheth, that the end of the gospel and covenant of grace is to procure mens obedience unto the moral law; I am come, (faith he) to fulfill the law.and the prophets.

6. That the obligation of the moral law, in all points, unto all holy duties, is perpetual, and shall stand to the world's end, that is, till heaven and earth pass away:

7. That as God hath had a care of the scriptures from the beginning, so shall he have a care of them still to the worlds end, that there shall not one jot or one title of the substance thereof be taken away; so faith the text, Verse 18. · 8. That as the breaking of the moral law, and defending the transgressions thereof to be no fin, doth exclude men, both from heaven, and justly also from the fellowship of the true Kirk; so the obedience of the law, and teaching others to do the same, by example, counsel and doctrine, according to every man's calling, proveth a man to be a true believ. er, and in great estimation with God,and worthy to be much esteemed of by the true Church, Verse 19.

9. That the righteousness of every true Christian must be more than the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees; for the Scribes and Pharisees, albeit they took great pains to difcharge sundry duties of the law, yet they cutted hort the exposition thereof, that it might the less condemn their practice; they studied the outward part of the duty, but neglected the inward and spiritual part; they discharged some meaner duties carefully, but neglected judgment, mercy, and the love of God: in a word, they went about to establish their own righteousness, and rejected the righteousness of God by faith in Jesus. But a true Christian must have more than all this; he must acknowledge the full extent of the spiritual meaning of the law, and have a respect to all the commandments, and labour to cleanse himself from all filthiness of flesh, and fpirit, and not to lay weight upon what service he hath done, or shall do,but clothe himself with the imputed righteousness of Christ, which only can hide his nakedness, or else he cannot be saved; fo faith the text, Except your Righteousness,&c.

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The second thing requisite to evidence true faith

is, that the believer endeavour to put the rules of Godliness and righteousness in practice, and to grow in the daily Exercise thereof; holden forth, 2 Pet. i. 5.

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ND besides this,giving all diligence,add to your faith

virtue ; and to virtue, knowledge ; Verfe 6. And to " Knowledge, Temperance; and to temperance, patience ; Mand to patience, Godliness, Verse 7. And to Godliness,

brotherly-kindness, and to brotherly-kindness, charity, verse. 8. For if these things be in you, and abound, they

you, that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in “ the Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Wherein, 1. The apostle teacheth believers, for evidencing of the precious faith in themselves, to endeavour to add to their faith seven other sister-graces; The first is virtue, ; or the active excercise and practice of all moral duties, that so faith may not be idle, but put' forth itself in work. The second is Knowledge, which serves to furnish faith with Information of the truth to be believed, and to furnish virtue with direction what duties are to be done, and how to go an. 'bout them prudently. The third iş Temperance, which fers veth to moderate the use of all pleasant things, thať a man be not clogged therewith, nor made unfit for any duty whereto he is called. The fourth is Patience, which ferveth to moderáte a man's affections, when he meeteth with any difficulty or unpleasant thing; that he neither weary for pains required in well-doing; nor faint when the Lord chastiseth him, not murmur when he crofseth him. The fifth is Godliness, which may keep him up in all the exercises of religion, inward and outward; whereby he may be furnished from God, for all other duties which he hath io do. The fixth is Brotherlykindness, which keepeth estimation of, and affection to, all the houshould of Faith and to the image of God in every one wherefoever it is seen. The seventh is Love, which keepeth the heart in readiness to do good to all men, whatsoever they be, upon all occafions which God hall offer.

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2. Albeit it be true, that there is much corruption and infirmity in the Godly; yet the Apostle will have men uprightly endeavouring, and doing their best, as they are able, to join áll these graces one to another, and to grow in the measure of exercising them; “Giving all diligence (faith he) add to

your faith, &c.

3. He assureth all professed believers, that as they shall profit in the obedience of this direction, so they shall profitably prove the foundness of their own faith ; and if they want these graces that they fhall be found blind deceivers of themselves. Verse: 9.

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The third thing requisite to evidence true faith

is, that obedience to the law run in the right
Chanel, that is, through faith in Chrift &cg
holden forth, I' Tim, i. V.

W, the end of the commandment is love, out of a

pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faithe
unféigned.”
Wherein the Apostle teacheth thefe feven doctrines;

i. That the obedience of ihe law must flow from Love,
and love from a pure heart, and a pute heart from a good
Conscience,and a good conscience from Faith unfeigned: This
he makes the only right chanel of good works; "The end of
the Law is love, &c.

2. That the end of the law is; not that men may be justi-
fied by their obedience of it, as the Jewish doctors did falsly
teach, for it is impossible that sinners can be justified by the
law, who, for every transgression, are condemned by the
law, For the end of the law is (not such as the Jewish do«
tors taught), but, “ Love out of a pure heart,' &c,
3. That the true end of the law, preached unto the people

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is, that they,by the law, being made to see their deserved con-
demnation, should fee to Christ" unfeignedly, to be justified
by faith in him ; so faith the text, while it maketh love to flow
through Faith in Chrift.

4. That no man can fet himself in love to obey the law, except in as far as his conscience is quieted by faith, or is

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and in seeking to be quieted in Christ, for the End of the law is brightly love, out of a good conscience, and faith unfeigned.

Ś That feigned faith goeth to Christ without reckoning peasure

with the law, and so wants an errand; but unfeigned faith reckoneth with the law, andis forced to flee for refuge unto

Christ, as the end of the law for righteoufness, so often as it mall finds itself guilty for breaking of the law: "For the end of the profi o law is faith unfeigned.” they

6 That the fruits of love may come forth in At particularwers of ly, it is necessary that the heart be brought to the hatred of all

fin and uncleanness, and to a stedfast purpose to follow all

holinefs universally; " For the end of the law is love, out of faith “ a pure heart. right

7. That'unfeigned faith is able to make the conscience good,

and the heart pure, and the man lovingly obedient to the law; - & &G

for,when Christ's blood is seen by faith to quiet justice, then the conscience becometh quiet also, and will not fuffer the

heart to entertain the love of sin, but sets the man on work of a to fear God for his mercy, and to obey all his commandin

mérits, out of love to God for his free gift of justification, by grace bestowed on him: " For this is the end of the law « indeed,” whereby it obtaineth of a man more obedience

than any other way. pod The fourth thing requisite to evidence true faith

is, the keeping strait communion with Chrift; the fountain of all graces, and of all good

works; holden forth, John xv. 5. ly

am the true vine, ye are the branches : He that abideth

in me, and I in him the fame bringeth forth much fruit; * For without me ye can do nothing."

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1. That by nature we are wild barren briers, till we be changed by coming unto Christ; and that Christ is that noble Vine-tree, having all life and fap of grace in himself, and able to change the nature of every one that cometh to him, and to communicate spirit and life to as many as shall believe in him: “ I am the Vine (faith he) and ye are the branches."

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Practical Use of 2. Albeit it be true, that there is much corruption and infirmity in the Godly; yet the Apostle will have men uprightly endeavouring, and doing their best, as they are able to join áll these graces one to another, and to grow in the measure of exercising them; “Giving all diligence (faith he) add to

your faith, &c. '

3. He assureth all professed believers, that as they shall profit in the obedience of this direction, so they shall profitably prove the foundness of their own faith; and if they want these graces that they shall be found blind deceivers of themselves. Versei 9. The third thing requisite to evidence true faith

is, that obedience to the law run in the right Chanel, that is, through faith in Christ &cg

holden forth, I Tim. i. V. NOW

W, the end of the commandment is love, out of a

pure heart, and of a good conscience and of faithe unfeigned."

1. That the obedience of the law mult flow from Love, and love from a pure heart, and a pure heart from a good Conscience and a good conscience from Faith unfeigned: This he makes the only right chanel of good works; " The end of the Law is love, &c. 2.1

That the end of the law is ; not that men may bé justi: fied by theit obedience of it, as the Jewish doctors did fallý teach, for it is impossible that sinners can be justified by the law, who, for every tranfgreffion, are condemned by the law, For the end of the law is (not such as the Jewish do«

3: That the true end of the law, preached unto the people, is, that they,by the law, being made to see their deserved condemnation, should flee to Christ unfeignedly, to be justified by faith in him ; fo faith the text, while it maketh love to flow through Faith in Ghrift:

4. That no man can fet himself in love to obey the law, except in as far as his conscience is quieted by faith, or is

feek.

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