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and refting on him and his righteousness by faith; which faith they have not of themselves, it is the gift of God.

II. Faith, thus receiving and refting on Chrift and his righteousness, is the alone inftrument of justification; yet is not alone in the person juftified, but is ever accompanied with all other faving graces, and is no dead faith; but worketh by love.

III. Chrift, by his obedience and death, did fully discharge the debt of all those that are thus juftified, and did make a proper, real, and full fatisfaction to his Father's juftice in their be

the forgiveness of fins, according to the riches of his grace. Jer. 23. 6. In his days Judah fhall be faved, and Ifrael fhall dwell fafely; and this is the name whereby we fhall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. See alfo 1 Cor. 1. 30, 31, and Rom. 5. 17, 18, 19.

c Phil. 3. 9. And be found in him, not having mine own righteoufnefs, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteoufnefs which is of God by faith. Acts 13. 38, 39 Eph. 2. 7. and ver. 8. For by grace are ye faved, through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

II. d John 1. 12. But as many as received him, to them, gave he power to become the

fons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Rom. 3. 28. Therefore we conclude that a man is juftified by faith without the deeds of the law. Rom. 5. 1. Therefore being juftified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jefus Christ.

e Jam. 2. 17, 22, 26. Even fo faith, if it hath not works is dead being alone ;---Seeft thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?--For as the body without the fpirit is dead, fo faith without works is dead alfo. Gal. 5. 6. For in Jefus Chrift, neither circumcifion availeth any thing, nor uncircumcifion; but faith which worketh by love.

half. Yet, in as much as he was given by the Father for them, and his obedience and fatisfaction accepted in their stead", and both freely, not for any thing in them, their juftification is only of free grace'; that both the exact juftice, and rich grace of God, might be glorified in the juftifica tion of finnersk,

IV. God did, from all eternity, decree to

III. f Rom. 5. 8, 9, 10, 19. But God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet finners, Chrift died for us. Much more then being now juftified by his blood, we fhall be faved from wrath through him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son; much more, being reconciled, we shall be faved by his life. For as by one man's difobedience, many were made finners, fo by the obedience of one fhall many be made righteous. Tim. 2. 6. Who gave himself a ranfom for all, to be teftified in due time. Heb. 10. 10, 14. By the which will we are fanctified, through the offering of the body of Jefus Chrift once for all: For by one offering he hath perfected for ever then that are fanctified. See alfo Dan. 9. 24. 26. and Ifa. 53. 4, 5, 6, 10, II,


g Rom. 8. 32. He that fpared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how,

fhall he not with him alfo freely give us all things?

h 2 Cor. 5. 21. For he hath made him to be fin for us, who knew no fin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Mat. 3. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, faying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleafed. Eph. 5. 2. And walk in love, as Chrift also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a facrifice to God, for a sweet-smelling fa


i Ron. 3. 24. Being juftified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Jelus Chrift. Eph. 1. 7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgivenefs of fins, according to the riches of his grace.

k Rom. 3. 26. To declare, Ifay, at this time his righte oufnefs, that he might be juft, and the juftifier of him which believeth in Jefus. Eph. 2. 7. That, in the ages to come, he might fhew the exceeding

justify all the elect'; and Chrift did, in the fulnefs of time, die for their fins, and rife again for their juftification: nevertheless they are not justified, until the Holy Spirit doth, in due time, actually apply Christ unto them"

V. God doth continue to forgive the fins of those that are justified": and although they can never fall from the fate of juftification", yet

riches of his grace, in bis kindnefs towards us through Chrift Jefus.

IV.I Gal. 3. 8. And the fcriptare forefeeing that God would juftify the heathen through faith, preached before the gofpel auto Abrahim, fay ing, in thee fhall all nations be bleffed. 1 Pet. I. 2, 19, 20. Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through fandlification of the Spirit, unto obedience, and fprinkling of the blood of Jefus Christ.--- But with the precious blood of Chrift, as of a lamb without blemish, and without fpot Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifeft in these last times for you. See Rom. 8. 30.

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m Gal. 4. 4. But when the fulness of the time was conie, God fent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. 1 Tim. 2. 6. Who gave himfelf a ranfom for all, to be teftified in due time. Rom. 4. 25. Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our juftification.

n Col. I. 21, 22. And you, that were fome time alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled, in the body of his flesh, through death, to prefent you holy and unblameable, and unreprovable in his fight. See alfo Gal. 2. 16. and Tit. 3. 4, 5, 6, 7.

V. o Mat. 6. 12. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 1 John 1.9. If we confefs our fins, he is faithful and juft to forgive us our fins and to cleanfe us from ali unrighteoufnefs. 1 John 2. 1.--If any man fin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jefus Chrift the righteous.


p Luke 22. 32. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, ftrengthen thy brethren. John 10. 28. And I give unto them eternal life, and they fhall never perish, neither hall any pluck them out of my hand. Heb. 10. 14. For by one offering he hath

they may by their fins fall under God's fatherly displeasure, and not have the light of his countenance restored unto them, until they humble themselves, confefs their fins, beg pardon, and renew their faith and repentancea1.

VI. The juftification of believers under the Old Teftament was, in all these respects, one and the fame with the juftification of believers under the New Teftament'.

perfected for ever them that are fanctified.

VI. r Gal. 3. 9, 13, 14. So then they which be of faith are bleffed with faithful Abraham :

q Pfal. 89. 31, 32. If they break my flatutes, and keep-Chrift hath redeemed us not my commandments;then will I vifit their tranfgreffion with the rod, and their iniquity with ftripes :- -Ver. 33. Nevertheless, my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor fuffer my faith fulness to fail.

Pfal. 32. 5. I acknowledged my fin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid: I faid, I will confefs my tranfgref fions unto the Lord; and thou forgaveft the iniquity of my fin. Mat. 26. 75. And Peter remembered the words of Jefus,---and he went out and wept bitterly. See alfo Pfal. 51. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. and I Cor. 11. 30, 32.

from the curfe of the law, being made a curfe for us: for it is written, Curfed is every one that hangeth on a tree :---That the bleffing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jefus Chrift; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.Rom. 4. 22, 23, 24. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteoufnefs. Now it was not written for his fake alone, that it was imputed to him.

But for us alfo, to whom it fhall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jefus our Lord from the dead.



Of Adoption.

LL those that are justified, God vouchfafeth, in and for his only Son Jefus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God"; have his name put upon them, receive the fpirit of adoption"; have accefs to the throne of grace with boldnefs"; are

I. a Eph. 1. 5. Having predeftinated us unto the adoption of children by Jefus Chrift, to himfelf, according to the good pleasure of his will. Gal. 4. 4, 5. God fent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law; that we might receive the adoption of fons.

b Rom. 8. 17. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Chrift.---John I. 12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the fons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

c Jer. 14. 9. Yet thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name;

leave us not.
Rev. 3. 12.
Him that overcometh, will I
make a pillar in the temple of
my God, & he fhall go no more
out; and I will write upon
him the name of my God, and
the name of the city of my
God, which is new Jerufalem,
which cometh down out of
heaven from my God, and
I will write upon him my new
d Rom. 8. 15.
For ye
have not received the fpirit
of bondage again to fear; but
ye have received the spirit of
adoption, whereby we cry Ab-
ba, Father.

e Eph. 3. 13. In whom we have boldnefs and accefs with confidence by the faith of him. Rom. 5. 2.

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