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thereby, they may come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred against fin"; together with a clearer fight of the need they have of Christ, and the persection of his obedience'. It is likewise of vse to the regenerate, to restrain their corruptions; in that it forbids fino; and the threatenings of it serve to thew what even their fins deserve, and what afflictions in this life they may expect for them, although freed from the curfe thereof threatened in the law'. The promises of it, in like manner, thew them God's approbation of obedience, and what blessings they may expect upon the performance

forbid, Nay, I had not known for fin, condemned fin in the fin but by the law, for I had flesh. That the righteousness not known luft, except the of the law might be fulfilled in law had said, Thou shalt not us, who walk not after the covet. Rom. 3. 20.-For by the flesh, but after the Spirit. Rom. law is the knowledge of fin. 7. 24, 25 o Rom. 7.9, 14, 24.

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9 Jam. 2. 11. For he that was alive without the law once, faid, Do not commit adultery, but when the commandment said alfo, Do not kill. Now if came, sin revived, and I died. thou commit no adultery, yet For we know that the law is if thou kill, thou art become fpiritual : but I am carnal, sold a transgressor of the law. Plal. under sin. O wretched man 119, 128. Therefore I efteem that I am! who shall deliver all thy precepts concerning all me from the body of this things to be right ; and hate death?

every false way. p Gal. 3. 24. Wherefore r Ezra 9. 13, 14.

And the law was our schoolmaster, after all that is come upon us to bring us unto Christ, that we for our evil deeds, and for our might be justified by faith. great trespass, seeing that thou Rom. 8. 3, 4.

For what the our God, haft pupilhed us less baw could not do, in that it than our iniquities deserve, and was weak through the flesh, haft given us such deliveranee God sending his own Son in as this. Should we again the likeness of finful flell, and break thy commandments, and

thereoff; although not as due to them by the law as a covenant of works': 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 aforementioned uses of the law contrary to the grace of the gospel, but do sweetly comply with it"; the Spirit of Christ fubduing and enabling the will of man to do that freely and cheerfully, which the will of

join in affinity with the people v Rom. 6. 12, 14. Let not of these abominations ? Would- fin therefore reign in your eft not thou be angry with us mortal body, that you should till thou hadît consunied us, so obey it in the lufts thereof, that there foould be no remnant For sin fhall not have dominion nor escaping ? Pfal. 89, 30, 31, over you; for ye are not un32, 33, 34.

der the law, but under grace. f Psal. 37. 11. But the Heb. 12. 28, 29. Wherefore, meek fall inherit the earth; we receiving a kingdom which and shall delight themselves in cannot be moved, let us have the abundance of peace. Pfal. grace, whereby we may serve 19. 11. Moreover by them is God acceptably, with rever. thy servant warned ; and in ence and godly fear. For keeping of them there is great our God is a consuming fire. reward. Lev. 26. to the 14th Pet. 3. 8, 9, 10, 11, 19, verse, and Eph. 6. 2. Mat. 5. Pfal. 34. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. 5.

VII. w Gal. 3 21. Is the t Gal. 2. 16. Knowing that law then against the promises a man is not justified by the of God? God forbid: for if works of she law, but by the there had been a law given faith of Jesus Christ, even we which could have given life, have believed in Jesus Christ, verily righteousness should have that we might be justified by been by the law. Tit. 2, 11, the faith of Christ, and not by 12, 13, 14. the worlis of the law ; for by the works of the law shall no felh be justified

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ty of Conscience. THE THE liberty which Christ hath purchased

for believers under the gospel consists in their freedom from the guilt of sin, the condemning wrath of God, the curse of the moral law; and in their being delivered from this prefent evil world, bondage to Satan, and dominion of fin', from the evil of afflictions, the sting of death, the victory of the grave, and everlasting

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Christ mients and do them. Heb. 8. hath redeemed us from the 10. For this is the covenant curse of the law: being made that I will make with the house a curfe for us : for it is written, of Israel, after those days faith Curled, &c. the Lord, I will put my laws

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4. into their mind, and write them himself for our fins, that he in their hearts; and I will be night deliver us from this preto them a God, and they Mall sent evil world, according to be to me a people. Jer. 31. the will of God, and our Fa33.

ther. Acts 26. 18. To open 1. a Tit. 2. 14. Who gave their eyes, and to turn them himself for us, that he might from darkness to light, and

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damnation'; as also in their free access to God', and their yielding obedience unto him, not out of flavish fear, but a child-like love, and a willing minde. All which were common also to be. lievers under the law'; but 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"; and in greater boldness of access to the throne of grace', and in fuller communications of

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from the power of Satan unto whereby we cry, Abba, Fa. God, that they may receive ther. i John 4. 18. There forgiveness of fins, and inheri- is no fear in love; but perfect tance among then which are love caltech vut fear: because fanctified, by faith that is in me. fear hath torment : He thac Rom. 6. 14. For sin fall not feareth is not made perfect in have dominion over you : for love. ye are not under the law, but

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they which be of faith, are c Pfal. 119. 71. It is good bleiled with faithful Abrahanı. for me, that I have been af. That the blefling of Abraham flicted: that I might learn thy might come on the Gentiles Itatutes. 1 Cor. 15. 54. 55. through Jesus Chrilt; that we -ver. 56. The king of death "might receive the promise of is sin; and the strength of fin the Spirit through faith. is the law, v. 57 But thanks g Gal. 5. I. Stand fast there. be to God, which giveth us the fore in the liberty wherewith victory through our Lord Jesus Christ hath masle us free, and Christ. Kon. 8. 1.

be not entangled again with d Roni 5. 2. By whom the yoke of bondage. Acts 15. also we have access by faith in- 10, 11. Now therefore, why to this grace wherein tempt ye God, to put a yoke stand

upon the neck of the disciples, e Rom. 8. 14, 15. For as

which neither our fathers nor many as are led by the Spirit we were able to bear? Gal. 4. 1, of God, they are the sons of 2, 3, 6. God. For ye have not re. h Heb. 4. 14, 16. Seeing ceived the spirit of bondage then that we have a great High again to fear; but ye have Priet, that is püfred into received the Spirit of adoption, the heavens, Jesus the Son of

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the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of.

II. God alone is Lord of the conscience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and command. ments of men which are in any thing contrary to his word, or beside it, in matters of faith or worship'. So that to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commandments out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience"; and the

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God, let us hold fast our pro- | Acts 4. 19. But Peter feflion. Let us therefore come and John answered and said boldly unto the throne of unto them, Whether it be grace, that we may obtain right in the fight of God, to mercy, and find grace to help hearken unto you more than in time of need. Heb. 10. 19, unto God, judge ye. Acts 5. 20. Having therefore, bre. 29. Then Peter and the otber thren, boldness to enter into apostles answered and said, the holicít by the blood of Je- We ought to obey God, rasus, by a new and living way ther than men. I Cor. 7. 23. which' he hath confecrated for Mat. 23. 8, 9, 10 2.Cor. 1.24. us, through the vail, that is to fay, his ficrh.

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23. i John 7. 38, 39. He that Wherefore, if ye be dead with believeth on me, as the scrip- Christ from the rudiments of túre hath said, out of his belly the world ; why, as though Thail flow rivers of living living in the world, are ye

But this fpake he of suleject to ordinances, Which the Spirit, which they that all are to perifh with the using, believe on him should receive; after the commandments, and for the Holy Ghost was not doctrines of men ?-Which yet given, because that Jesus was things have indeed a fhew of not yet glorified. 2 Cor. 3. 13, wisdom in will-worship, and

humiliry, and neglectirg of Il. k Rom. 14. 4.

Who art the body, not in any honor to thou that judgest another the satisfying of the fileh. Gal. man's servant ? to his own 1. 10. For do I now persuade matter he staudeth or falleth. men, or God ? or do I feek Yea, he shall be holden up; to please men? for if I yer for God is able to make him pleased men, I Mould not be 121.d.

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