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The law can never save us now,
To damn is all that it can do..
Heav'n calts all righteousness of ours,
The law of works is out of doors.
No merit, money, more or less,
Can buy the gift of righteousness.
O may I take what Heav'n does give :
JEHOVAĦ, help me to believe;
And in that righteousness to trust,
Which only makes a finner just.
And then, the truth of faith to prove,
Lord, make my faith to work by love.

CH A P. II. The BELIEV E R's PRINCIPLES concerning

the Law and the Gospel :

PARTICULARLY, 1. The Mystery 2. The Difference

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

SECT. I.
The Mystery of Law and Gospel.
THOUGH law.commands

and gospel-grace
Agree in mutual joint embrace; I
Yet law and gospel in a fh ck
Can never draw an equal yoke. 2

1 Rom. iii 31. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid : yea, we eitablish the law. Gal. ii. 21. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forb d: for it there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteouiness should have been by the law.

2. Pfalm xxx. 3, 4. If ibu, Lord, shouldet mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall land? But there is foryiveness with thee, that thou mayit be feared. Verse 7, 8. Let Israel hope in the Lord; for, with the Lord there is mercy : and with him is plenteous redemption: and he shall redeem Ifrael from all his iniquities And cxlii. 2. O Lord, enter not into judgment with thy fervant; for in thy fight shall no man living be juttitied. Verse 8. Caufe me to hear thy loving-kindness in the morning, for in thee do I trult: cause me to know the way wherein I thould walk, for I lift up ng soul unto thec.

The law of works, the law of grace,
Can't stand together in one place ;
The brighter scene dellroys the dark,
As Dagon fell before the ark. I
They harmonize like marry'd pairs, 2
Yet are at odds, and keep not squares; 3
As mercy ltands from merit far,
The letter and the Spirit jar. 4
The law does gospel-comforts harm,
The gospel breaks the legal arm; 5
Yet both exalt each other's horn,
And garlands bring their head l'adora. 6
I through the law am dead to it,
To legal works and fell-conceit; 7

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1 Rom. vi. 14, 15. Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? fhall we fin, becaule we are not under tie law, but under grace? God forbid Chap. vii. 4,-6. Where.. fore, my brethren, ye also are becoine dead to the law by the body of Chrift; that ye 1hould be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto Gud. For when we were in the flesh, the morions of sins which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth truit unto death. But now are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were beld ; that we thould serve in newness of spirit, and pot in the oldness of the letier. 2 Cor. iii. 7.-10. But if the ministration of death, written and ingraveu in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Ifrael could not stedfastly behold the fice of Moses, for the glory of his countenance, which glory was to be done away: how ha!l not the ministration of the Spirit be rather glorious ? For, if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doil the ministration of righteousnels exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious, had no glory in this refpe&, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

2 Gal iii. 24. Wherefore the la:. was our school-master, to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by fauh.

3 Rom. xi. 6. And if (election 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.

4 2 Cor. iii. 6. -The letter killeth ; but the Spirit giveth life.

5 Heb. ii. 15. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their life. cime subject to bondage. Phil. iii. 7.-9. But what things were gain to me, those I counted lots for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jelus my Lord; for whom I have suffered 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 righteoufness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righte. oulness which is of God by faith.

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

7 Rom. vii. 9. 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 ia the oldness of the letter. Verse 9. For I was alive without the law once ; but when the commandment came, fin revived, and I died.

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Yet, lo! through gospel-grace I live,
And to the law due honour give. I
The law great 'room for boasting makes,
But grace my pride and boating breaks; 2
Yet ail iny boalls the law does kill, 3
And grace makes room to bualt my fill. 4
The gospel makes me keep the law; 5
Yet from its painful service draw: 0
It does all law-demands fulfil, 7
Yet makes them wholly void and null. 8
The gospel gives me no command, 9
Yet by obeying it I land. 10
To strict obedience though it call, 11
Does bind to none, but promise all. 12

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

2 Rom. iii. 27. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law ? of works? Nay, but by the law of faith.

3 Rom. ii. 19. Now we know that what things soever the law faith, it faith to ihem who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

4 1 Cor. i. 29,-31. That no fleth should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wildom, and righteousness, and fan&tification, and redemption; thai, according as it is written, He thing glorieth, let hiin glory in the Lord.

5 Tic. ii. 11, 12. For the grace of God, that bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men; teaching us, chat, denying ungodline's and worldly lusts, we ihould live soberiy, righteoully, and zodiy in this prefent world.

6 Gal. v. 1. Siand tait, therefore, in the liberiy wherewith Christ lauth made us free, and be not intangled i gain with the yoke ot bondage.

7 Rom. viii. 3, 4. For what the law coulj not do, in that it was weak through the fleth, God fending his own Son in the likeness of linful field, and for din condenned lin in the tein; that the righteouinels of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the Hetla, but aller the Spirit.

8 Rom. vi, 14. Sin thail not have doninion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Gil. iv. 4, 5. But when the folness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son inade of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law.

9 Gal. iii. 8. And the scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel ulito Abraham, saying, In thee thail all onioos be blufid.

10 Mark xvi. 16. ile that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved.

II 2 Thel. i. 7,8. The Lord Jcius Thall be revealed from heaven, with his mighty angels, in tiaming tire, tising vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Chritt.

12 john 11. 17. God fent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be faved. And xii. 47. And if any maa kear my words, and believe not, I judge him not ; for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. Heb. viii. 10,--12. For this is the

The law does strict commandment give,
That I the gospel-news believe ; I
But

yet it teaches no such thing,
Nor e'er could gospel-tidings bring. 2
When I the gospel-truth believe,
Obedience to the law I give ; 3
And when I don't the law 4 observe,
I from the gospel-method swerve. 5
Yet if I do the law 6 obey,
I am not in the gospel-way, 7
Which does to sweet abedience draw: 8
Yet is the gospel no new law. 9
All precepts to the law belong,
Yet in the gospel-field are throng. 10
Curs'd ev'ry gospel-fighter is, 11
Yet all its office is to bless. 12

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covenant that I will make with the house of Israel afier those days, faith the
Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts ;
and I will be to them a God, and they ihall be to me a people.
shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, faying,
Know the Lord: for all shall know me from the least to the greatest. For I
will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their fins and their iniquities
will I remember no more.

1 John iii. 18. He that believeth on him, is not condemned: but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

2 Rom. X. 5. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doth thole things foall live by them. And iii. 19. Now we know that what things foever the law faith, it faith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

3 John iii. 18. He that believeth on him, is not condcmncd.
4 Viz. as it is a rule.
5 Tit. ii. 11, 12. See figure 5 forecited.
6 Viz, as it is a covenant.

7 Gal v. 3, 4. For I teltify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law, Christ is become of no effect unto you ; whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace.

8 Rom. xvi. 25, 26.--The mystery that was kept secret face the world began --

---now is made manifeft, ard by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlalling God, made known 10 all nations for the obedience of faith.

9 Gal. iii. 21. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given wluch could have given life, verily righteous. nel. Thould have been by the law.

10 Matth. v. 17, 18. Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pals, one jot or one tittle ihall in no wise pals from the law, till all be fulfilled, &c. Plalm cxix. 96. I have seen an end of all perfection ; but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

11 Heb. X. 26,-29. For if we fin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for fins, but a certain

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It from the law has pow'r to kill, i
Yet saving does it pow'r fulfil; 2
N favour but of life it bath, 3
Yet most the favour is of death. 4
Weakness perfection deth exclude,
The law is perfect, just, and good : 5
Yet can it nothing perfect make,
But all the comers to it break. 6
Strength to the gospel does belong,
Mighly through God it is, and strong : 7
It to the law dues strength emit,

Yet 'tis the law gives firength to it. fearful looking for of judgment and ficry indignation, which shall devour tho adverfaries. He that deipited Moses' law, died without mercy, under two or three witnelles ; of how much forer pun fhment, suppose ye, mail he be thought worthy of, who haih trodden under of the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, where with he was fanctified, an unnoly thing, and hath done deljite unto the Spirit of grace? Chap. xii. 25. See that ye refu.e not him that speakech: for if tney escaped not who refuled him that fpake on earth, much more shall not we escape, it we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven.

12 Rom. xv. 29. And I am sure that when I come into you, I shall coine in the fulaess of the bleiling of the golpel of Christ. Ads iii. 26. Unto you first, God having raised up his Son Jelas, lent him to bless you, in turning away, every one of you from bis iniquities

i john üri. 18-He that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Mark xvi. 16. - He that believeth not, thall be damned. Heb. i. 3. How thall we escape, if we negleet so great lalvation ?

2 Eph. i. 13. In Christ ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of trutli, the gospel of your falvation. I Tim. i. 15. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jelus came into the world to save finners ; of whom I am chief.

3. Phil. ii. 16. Holding forth the word of life, &c. 2 Tim. i. 1. Paul aa apoitle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life, which is in Christ jubus. Ver. 10.--Our Saviour jefus Chriíthath abolished deatis, and hath brought life and immortality io light, thro.gh the gospel.

4 2 Cor. ii. 16. To the one we are the lavour of death unto death, &c.

5 Pfalm cxix. y6. I have leen an end of all perfection : but thy commanda ment is exceeding broad. Rom. viii. :2. Wherefore the law is holy; and the comman, ment holy, and juit, and good. Heb. vii. 19. For the law made nothing perted, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh onto God.

6 lieb. vii. 19. See figure 6, above. Chip. X. 1. For the law having a Madow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with ihofe sacrifices which they offered year by year continually, mak: the comers thereunto perfect,

7 Rom. i. 16. For i am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto lalvation, to every one that believeth, to the Jew tirit, and allo to the Greek. 2 Cor. 4.4, 5. For the weapons of our warfare are not, carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of trong holds ; carting down imaginations, and every high thing that exaltetn itself againit the know. led e of God, and bringing inte captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,

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