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IV. From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indifpofed, disabled and made oppofite to all good", and wholly inclined to all evil, do proceed all actual transgreflionsk.

V. This corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated': and although it be through Christ pardoned' and



me. Gen. 5. 3. And Adam no not one :-'There is Jived an hundred and thirty 'none that understandeth, there years, and begat a fon in his is none that seeketh after God. own likeness, after his image; They are all gone out of the and called his name Seth. Job way, they are together become 14. 4. Who can bring a unprofitable, there is none chat clean thing out of an unclean ? douth good, no notone. not one. Job 15. 14. What is k Jam, 1. 14, 15, But es man that he should be clean? very man is tenipted when he and be which is born of a wo- is drawn away of his own luft, man, thar he should be righte- and enticed. Then, when luft

hath conceived, it bringeth IV. h Rom. 5. 6. For when forth fin; and fin, when it is we were yet without strength, finished, bringeth forth death. in due tinie Christ died for Mat. 15. 19. For out of the the ungodly. Rom. 8. 7. Be- heart proceed evil thoughts, cause the carnal mind is en- murders, adulteries, fornicamity against God; for it is tions, thefts, false witnefs, blafnot subject to the law of God phemies neither indeed can be. John 3. V. I Rom, 7. 14, 17, 18, 23. 6. That which is born of the For we know that the law is flesh is fielh ; and that which fpiritual; but Iam carnal, fold is born of the Spirit is spirit. under fin. Now then, it is Rom. 7. 18. For I know that no more I that do it, but fin in me, that is in my flesh, that dwelleth in me. Fort dwelleth no good thing; for know that in me, that is, in to will is present with me, but my fleth, dwelleth no good how to perform thać which is thing: for to will is present good, I find not.

with me, but bow to perform i Gen. 8. 21. And the Lord that which is good, I find not. said, The imagination of man's But I see another law in my heart is evil from his youth, members, warring against the Rom. 3. 10, 11, 12 As it is law of my mind, and bringing written, There is none rightc- me into captivity to the law of

mortified, yet both itself, and all the motions hereof, are truly and properly fin".

VI. Every fin, both original and actual, being a transgression of the righteous law of God, and contrary thereunto", doth in its own nature, bring guilt upon the finner , whereby he is bound over to the wrath of God", and curse of the law?,

fin which is in my members. the mind I myself serve the law Jam. 3. 2. For in many things of God; but with the flesh, the we offend all.

Prov. 20. 9. law of sin. Who can say, I have made Vl. n i John 3. 4. Whosomy heart clean, I am pure ever commiteeth fin tranfgreffron my fin ? Eccl. 7. 20. Forseth also the law, for fin is the there is not a just man upon tranfgression of the law. earth that doeth good and fin- o Rotn. 3. 19. Now we neth not.

know, that what things soever m Rom. 7, 5, 7, 8, 25. the law faith, it faith to them For when we were in the flesh, who are under the law; that the motions of fin which were


mouth may be stopped, by the law did work in our and all the world may be members to bring forth fruit come guilty before God. unto death.

What shall we p Eph. 2. 3. -and were say then? Is the law fiu ? God by nature the children of wrath, forbid. Nay, I had not known even as others. fin, but by the law : For I q Gal. 3. Iu For as many as had not known luft, except the are of the works of the law, law had said, Thou shalt not are under the curse : for it is covet, But fin taking occae written, Cursed is every one fion by the commandment that continueth not in all things wrought in me all manner of which are written in the book concupifence. For without the 'of the law to do them, law lin was dead. So then with

and so made subject to death', with all miseries spiritual', temporal

' and eternal'.


Of God's Covenant with Man.

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HE distance between God and the creature

is so great, that although reasonable creatures do owe obedience unto him as their Creator, yet they could never have any fruition of him, as their blefledness and reward, but by some voluntary condescension on God's part, which he hath been pleased to express by way of covenanta.

II. The first covenant made with man was a

r Rom. 6. 23. For the wages cursed into everlasting fire, preof fin is death.

pared for the devil and his an1 Eph. 4. 18. Having the gels ; 2 Theff. 1.9. Who Mall underitanding darkened, being be punished with everlasting dealienated from the life of God struction from the presence of through the ignorance that is in the Lord, and from the glory them, because of the blindness of his power. of their heart.

1. a Job 9. 32, 33

For he is t Lam. 3. 39. Wherefore not a man, as 1 that I doth a living man complain, a fhould answer him, and we man for the punishment of his should come together in judgfins ?

ment. Neither is there any v Mat. 25. 41. Then shall days-man betwixt us, tbat he say also unto them on the night lay his hand upon us left hand, Depart from me, ye both. Pfal. 113. 5, 6. Who is


covenant of Works", wherein life was promised to Adam, and in him to his posterity', upon condition of perfect and personal obedience'.

III. Man by his fall having made himself incapable of life by that covenant, the Lord was pleased to make a second, commonly called the covenant of Grace: wherein he freely offereth unto finners life and salvation by Jesus Chrift, requiring of them faith in him, that they may be saved', and promising to give unto

For as

like unto the Lord our God, eatest thereof, thou shalt surewho dwelleth on high? Who ly die. Gal. 3. 10. humbleth himself to behold the many as are of the works of things that are in heaven, and the law, are under the curse ; in the earth. Acts 17. 24, 25 For it is written, Cursed is God that made the world and every one that continueth not all things therein, seeing that in ail things which are written he is Lord of heaven and earth, in the book of the law to do dwelleth not in temples made them. with hands:-Neither is wor- 111. é Gal. 3. 21..For if Tipped with, men's, hands as there had been a law given, though he needed any thing, which could have given life, seeing he giveth to all life and verily righteousness should have breath, and all things. See been by the law. Rom. 8. 3. allo Job 35. 7, 8. and Luke For what the law could not do,

in that it was weak through II. b Gal. 3. 12. And the the flesh, God fending his law is not faith: but, The man own Son in the likeness of sinthat doeth theni fhall live in ful filesh, and for fin, cundemnthem. Hosea 6. 7. Gen. 2. ed fin in the flesh. Ifai. 42. 6.

I the Lord have called thee in c Rom. jo. 5. For Moses righteousness, and will hold describeth the righteousness thine hand, and will keep thee, which is of the law, that the and give thee for a covenant man which doeth those things of the people, for a light of the shall live by then,

Gentiles. Gen. 3. 15. d Gen. 2. 17. But of the f Mark 16. 15, 16. And he tree of the knowledge of good füid unto them, Go'ye into all and evil, thou Malt not eat of the world, and preth the gofit; for in the day that thou pel to every creature.

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all those that are ordained unto life his Holy Spirit, to make them willing and able to believe.

IV. This covenant of grace is frequently set forth in scripture by the name of a testament, in reference to the death of Jesus Christ, the tertator, and to the everlasting inheritance, with all things belonging to it therein bequeathed".

V, This covenant was differently administered in the time of the law, and in the time of the gospel': under the law it was administered by

that believeth and is baptized And for this cause he is the Thall be saved ; but he that be- mediator of the new testa. lieveth not shall be damned. ment, that by means of death John 3. 16. For God so loved for the redemption of the tranfihe world, that he gave his gressions that were under the only begotten Son, that who. first testament, they which are soever believeth in him, should called might receive the pronot perish, but have everlasting mise of eternal inheritance. For life.

where a testamen: is, there must g Ezek. 36. 26, 27. A new also of necellity be the death of heart also will I give you, and the testator. For a testament is a new spirit will I put within of force after men are dead; 0you, and I will take away the therwise it is of no strength at Itony heart out of your flesh, all while the testator liveth. Heb. and I will give you an heart of 7. 22. By so much was Jesus flesh. And I will put my Spi- made a surery of a better testarit within you, and cause you ment. Luke 22. 20. Likewise to walk in my statutes, and ye also the cup after supper saying,. thall keep my judgments, and This cup is the new testament do them." John 6. 37, 44. All in niy blood, which is shed for that the Father giveth me you. See aldo i Cor. 11. 25. faall come to me; and him V. i 2 Cor. 3. 6, 7, 8, 9. that cometh to me, I will in Who also hath made us able no wise cast out.-No man ministers of the new testa. can come to me, except the ment; not of the letter, but of Father which hath sent me the spirit; for the letter killdraw him ; and I will raise eth, but the fpirit giveth life. him up at the lait day.

But if the ministration of IV h Hcb. 9. 15, 16, 17. death written and engraven in


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