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trouble: and “ he that comes to God, must believe " that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that « seek him." God, by faith, leads the finner from death in the Law, to life in Chrift: es None can “ come to me, except my Father draw them.”. Faith deals with Christ's blood for pardon, righteousness, and peace; and makes application of it. Faith mixes it's power with the word, and brings the promifes home. Faith is a looking to Jefus for every needful help, and a going out of self to the Saviour's fulness to fetch it in. It is by the hand of Faith that all our spiricual provisions are brought in. And it is by the assurance of Faith that the . strong christian finds himself confirmed and sealed : « After that ye believed, ye were sealed with the “ holy Spirit of promise:” onder which impression a comfortable degrée of assurance (touching one's personal interest in Christ) is enjoyed. Which leads me to the next weighty requirement of the Law, which is
Love. The sovereign and everlasting love of God is the grand spring-head, or fountain, from which every stream of mercy flows; and Christ crucified is the only medium or channel through which every Areain flows. There is no love to God for his holiness, purity, or beauty, as some talk. No appearance, or view of God, will ever draw love to him from a carnal heart, that is enmity against him. It is God's love to us, shed abroad in the
"heart by the Holy Ghoft, that draws the heart to love God. .« Not that we loved God, but that he « first loved us....We love him, because he first “ loved us.” This love, in the enjoyment of it, always follows pardon of fin.. “ I love the Lord, s because he hath forgiven the iniquity of my sin.« Mary's fins are many, and they are forgiven, and « she loveth much. And where little is forgiven, “ the same loveth little.” This love will teach us to love all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and in truth, and one's neighbour as one's self; for anger can never rest in a heart blessed with the enjoyment of everlasting love; and he that walks in love, as Christ hath loved us, walks by faith, and in all the commandments of the Lord, blameless. We have seen what the Saviour means by the least commandments, and what he means by the weightier matters of the Law; and he that doeth and · Teacheth them, soall be called great in the kingdom of beaven. He that doeth them; he who is a righteous, or justified person ; whose judgment is passed ; who hath judgment of the goodness of his own state; who has a good judgment of God's ways, of God's word, and of men's hearts; and who is capable of judging between truth and error, right and wrong, and between man and man; and preaches to. ,
He chat hath obtained covenant mercy of the Lord, and preaches the sure mercies of David; being merciful to the bodies and souls of men, as God is merciful. E 3
He that has faith in his heart, and preaches the faith as it was once delivered to the faints; who holds the mystery of faith in a pure conscience, and deals it out from thence.
He that has the love of God shed abroad in his own heart, and preaches it in all it's branches; the manifestation of it in the death of Christ; the revelation of it by the Spirit; the effects of it, pardon and peace. * He that is not angry with his brother without a cause; he that is saved and kept from uncleanness; he that resists not evil with evil; and he that gives his cloak to them that sue him at law for his coatthis is the man, and no other, that doth the commandmenis, and teaches them.' And he:
Shall be called great in the kingdom of beaven. He is a true, real, genuine, and loyal subject, of the kingdom of Heaven; he is not in bondage to the Law, to Sin, nor to Satan; he is redeemed, justified, and saved; the mysteries of the kingdom are with him; the kingdom of Grace is in him; and he is an heir of the kingdom of Glory before him, and shall be .. ."
Called great in the kingdom of Heaven. He acknowledges himself a great sinner; and tells others -what great things God has done for him. Great grace is upon him, and “he is a good steward of the
manifold grace of God.” He is saved with a great salvation, and it is an unconditional salvation
that he preaches. He is a man of God, a inouth for God, and an ambassador sent from God. He is an evangelist, and does the work of one. He is a good steward, and is found faithful. He is a minister of the Spirit, and makes full proof of his ministry, by stopping the mouths of gainsayers, by cutting up elect finners, and by steering a course that God owns and honours. In short, he is an able minister of the New Testament, and shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven by all those who know wherein true greatness consists. Which leads me to the last verse of my text
For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of ibe Scribes and Pharifees, ye Mall in no case enter into the kingdom of beaven. There have been fix or seyen Discourses lately delivered from this text by different Ministers; and they all agree in this, that the righteousness of Christ is neither intended, nor included in the text; which is a point that I intend to examine. By entering into the Kingdom of Heaven, these things are meant,
Firf, Taking the veil of ignorance from the understanding, and enlightening the mind into the mysteries of the kingdom; which is leading the foul out of darkness into marvellous light.
Secondly, It is leading a soul out of bondage into liberty; out of a condemned into a justified state; put of a state pf enmity into a stare of reconciliaE4
tion; out of a state of fin into a state of grace; out of a state of alienation into a state of friendship; out of a state of legal labour into a state of reft: which is called translating the finner out of the kingdom of Satan into the kingdom of God's dear Son.".
Thirdly, The Saviour's introducing hiš Elect, body and soul, into the glories of Heaven, is called « an abundant entrance into the everlasting kingte dom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”. 2 Pet. i. 10, 11.
But then, what righteousness is this that can procure such an entrance? Paul's mind was enlightened into the mysteries of the kingdom, as soon as the Lord joined upon him, and into his heart: and he entered into a state of grace, or into the kingdom of heaven, as soon as he arose; and received the Holy Gboft. But what righteousness had he got, to procure, or pave the way for, such an entrance ? Paul was a Pharisee, we know: but it could not be his pharisaical righteousness that procured his entrance; for the text says, it must exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees. And, I think, it could not be the malice and murder of his heart, nor his bloody commiflion, nor the death-warrants that he had in his pocket. The righteousness in the text is obedience to the Law, which the Pharisees boasted of, and in which the child of God must exceed the Pharisee. It must be either the finner's obedience, or the obedience of the Surety, that procures an