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I'd thus the promis'd grace forsake,
Nor Jesus for my Saviour take;
Yea, thus would dreadfully presume,
And work mine own eternal doom.
Presumption cannot rise more high,
I'd make the truth of God a lie :
The God of truth a liar too ;
What more mischief could Satan do?
Why, I'd discredit God's record
Concerning Jesus Christ the Lord,
His glorious and eternal Son,
Whose blood has life eternal won.
In him, says God, this life I give,
In him shall therefore men belieye,
My gift embracing in their arms :
None shall be fay'd on other terms.
Vain man must stoop and freely take,
Or else embrace a burning lake :
Proud nature must submit to grace,
And to the divine righteousness.
In vain on works our hope is built,
Our actions nothing are but guilt ?
The best obedience of our own
Dare not appear before his throne.
What finite worm can bear the load,
The fury of an angry God?
What mortal vigour can withstand
The vengeance of his lifted hand ?
The law can never faye us now,
To damn is all that it can do.
Heay'n cafts all righteousness of ours;
The law of works is out of doors.
No merit, money, more or less,
Can buy the gift of righteousness

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O may I take what heav'n does give :
JEHOVAH help me to believe ;
And in that righteousness to trust,
Which only makes a sinner juft.
And then, the truth of faith to prove,
Lord, make my faith to work by love.

CHAP. II.

The BELIEVER'S PRINCIPLES concerning the

Law and Gospel ;

PARTICULARLY, 1. The Mystery 2. The Difference

of Law and GOSPEL 3. The Harmony 4. The Place and Station

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SECT. I.
The Mystery of Law and Gospel.
HOUGHlaw commands and gospel.grace

Agree in mutual joint embrace a,
Yet law and gospel in a shock
Can never draw an equal yoke b.

a Rom. iii. 31. Do we then make void the law througla faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Gal. iii. 21. Is the law then againit the promises of God? God forbid: for if there har! been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

6 Psal. cxxx. 3, 4. If thou, Lord, Thouldlt mark iniquities : O Lord, who shall stand ? But there is forgiveness with thee; that thou mayeft be feared. v. 7, 8. Let Israel hope in the

ord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is

The law of works, the law of grace,
Can't stand together in one place ;
The brighter scene destroys the dark,
As Dagon fell before the ark c."
They harmonize like marry'd pairs d,
Yet are at odd's, and keep not squares e:

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plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Ifrael from all his iniquities. And cxliii. 2, O Lord, enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy fight shall no man living be justified. v. 8. Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning, for in thee do I trust : cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my foal unto thee:

c Rom. vi. 14. 15. Sin Thall not have dominion over you : for

ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but'under grace? God forbid. Chap. vii. 4, 5, 6. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law, by the body of Chrift: that ye Chould be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of fin which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held ; that we should serve in newness of Spirit, and not in the oldnefs of the letter. 2 Cor. iii. 710. But if the ministration of death written and ingraven in tones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not Itedfastly behold the face of Mofes, for the glory of his coun tenance, which glory was to be done away; how shall not the ministration of the Spirit, be rather glorious ? For if the mini. stration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious, had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

d Gal. iii. 24. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Chrift, that we might be justified by faith,

e Rom. xi. 6. and if selection be] by grace, then it is no more of works : otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace': otherwise work is no more work.

As mercy stands from merit far,
The letter and the spirit jar f.
The law does gospel-comforts harm,
The gospel breaks the legal arm 83
Yet both exalt each other's horn,
And garland's bring their heads t adorn h.
I through the law am dead to it,
To legal works and felf-conceit i;
Yet, lo! through gospel-grace I live,
And to the law due honour give k.
The law great room for boafting makes,
But

grace my pride and boafting breaks /;

f 2 Cor. iii. 6. The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 8 Heb. fi.

15: And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Phil. in. 7, 8, 9. But what things were gain to me,

ose I'counted lofa for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord : for whom I have fuffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of Cod by faith.

h Gal. ii. 19. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

i Rom vii. 6. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newoess of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. For I was alive without the law once: but when the com. mandment came, fin revived, and I died.

k Rom. vii. 4. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. And x. 4. Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

(Rom. iii27. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay; but by the law of faith.

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Yet all my boasts the law does kill m.
And grace makes room to boast my fill n.
The gospel makes me keep the law o,
Yet from its painful service draw p:
It does all law demands fulfil

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Yet make them wholly void and rullr.
The gospel gives me no command y,
Yet by obeying it I stand so

mRom. iii. 19. Now we know that what things foever the law faith, it saith to them who are under the law: that e. very mouth may be stopped, and all the world may

become guilty before God.

n i Cor. i. 29, 30, 31. That no fleth should glory in his presence. But of him are ge in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and fanctification and redemption : that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Titus ii. 11, 12. For the grace of God that bringeth sale vation hath appeared to all men ; teaching, us, that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righte. oufly, and godly in this present world.

p.Gal. v. c. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

9 Rom. viii. 3, 4. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son, in the likness of linful flesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

r. Rom, vj. 14. Sin shall not have dominion over you : for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Gal. iv. 4, s. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law.

y Gal iï. 8. And the scripture foreseeing that God would juftify the Heathen throagh faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

s Mark xvi. 16. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be faved.

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