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The gospel gives the law, I see,
Sufficient strength to justify; I
Yet I may say in truth it is
The law that gives the gospel this. 2
For as the law no finner clears,
But who the gospel garment wears ;
So none are justify'd by grace,
Unless the law-demand have place. 3
Again the law, which yet seems worse,
Gives gospel-news condemning force; 4
Yet they are news that never can,
Nor never will condemn a man. 5
Dread threat’nings to the law.pertain, 6
Not to the gospel's golden chain: 7
Yet all law-threats and Sinai's ire
To gospel-grace are walls of fire. 8

I Rom. viii. 1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jefus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Ver. 3, 4. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God DID, fending his own Son in the likeness of linful flesh, and for din condemned fin in the flesh; that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.

2 Rom. iii. 31. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid : yea, we establih the law. Chap. x. 4. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

3 Rom. ii. 19,--22. Now we know that what things soever 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. Therefore by the deeds of the law, there shall no flesh be justified in his fight : for by the law is the knowledge of fin. But now the righteousness of God, without the law, is manifested, being witneTed by the law and the propheis ; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all, and upon ail them that believe : for there is no difference. Chap. v. 19.-- By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Ver. 21.--Grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal, life, by Jesus Christ our Lord.

4 Joha iii. 18. He that believeth on him, is not condemned: but he that believeth nor, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

5 Luke ii. 10, 11. And the angel said unto them (viz. the shepherds,) Fear nor; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people: For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Chrilt the Lord. Joha ili. 17. For God sent not his Son into the worid, to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Chap. xii. 47. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not : for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

6 Gal. m. 10. For as many as are of the works of the law, are under the curse: for it is written, Curied is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

7 A&s xiii. 26. Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this falvation fent.

8 Mark xvi. 16. He that believeth not, thall be damned. Heb. ii. 3. How fhall we escape, if we neglec so great salvation? Chap. X. 26,-22 See figure o forecited.

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The righteous law affoileth none Of Adam's guilty race, save one; I Who being guilty, for this cause By God's just law condemned was. 2 Yet free of guilt it did him fee; Hence fully clear'd, and set him free: 3 Yet, had not guilt his soul involv'd, By law he could not been absolv'd. 4 But he withal condemnd and spoil'd The law of works, which him affnild: 5 And now the law is (in these views) The marrow of the gospel-news. 6 The law can justify no man That is a finner 7; yet it can 1 Rom. v. 19. For, as by one man's disobedience many were made finners ; fo, by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. John xvii. 4. I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which thou gavest me

2 Ifa. liii. 6. The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Gal. i. 13. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us ; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.

3 Heb. vii. 26. For such an High-priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from finners, and made higher than the heavens. Dan. ix. 24. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconcili. ation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy. 2 Tim. ii. 16. And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifeit in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed or in the world, received up into glory. Rom. ii. 13. For not the hearers of the law are just before God, bat the doers of the law shall be justified. Isa. I. 3. He is near that justifieth me, who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary ? let him come near to me.

4 2 Cor. v. 21. God hath made Christ to be fin for us, who knew no sin ; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 1 Pet. iii. 18. Christ hath once suffered for fins, the just for the unjust (that he might bring us to God); being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.

5 Col. ii. 14, 15. Blotting out the hand writing of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing ir to his cross; and haring spoiled principalities and powers, he made a fhew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Rom. viii. 3. For what the law could not do, in that it was wcak through the Helh, God sending his owa Soni, in the likeness of linful fleth, and for fin condemned sin in the Reih.

6 Rom. x. 4. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Ifa. xlv. 24. Surely, mall one say, in the Lord have I righ. teousness and strength. Jer. xxiii. 6. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Ifrael Thall dwell fafely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

7 Rom. ili, 19, 20. Now we know, that what things foever the law faith, it faith to them who are under the law: thut every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God Therefore by the deeds of the law, there hall no fleih be justified in his fight: for by the law is the knowledge of fin.

Thus favour fintul men, and free
The chief of finners, guilty me. I
The gospel too acquitteth none
That have not put perfection on ; 2
And yet it cleareth none (I grant)
But those who all perfection want. 3
Those that with gospel-clearance meet,
Must by the law be found complete ; 4
Yet never could (again I grant)
The gospel justify a saint. 5
All perfect persons it controls, 6

And justifies ungodly fouls; 7 1 The law of works, as fulfilled by Christ, can and does fo, Rom. viii. 3, 4. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God fending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flein, and for fin condemned sin in the fleih; that the righteousness of the law might be fultilled in us, who walk not afrer the flesh, but after the Spirit. Ver. 33. 34. Who fhall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justitieth; who is he that con. demneth? It is Christ that died; yea rather, that is risen again, who is even ac the right-hand of God, who also maketh interceflion for us.

2 Rom. iii. 21, 22. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifeited, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteous pess of God, which is by the faith of Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all them that believe : for there is no ditlurence.

3 Rom. iv. 5. To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righieouiness.

4 1 Cor. i. 30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who, of God, is made uuto us wisdom, and righteousness, and fanctitication, and redemprion. Col, ü.

And ye are complete in him, which is the Head of all principality


and power.

5 Matth. ix. 13.--I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Rom. ill. 10. There i, none righteous, no not one. Chap. ix. 30, 31, 32. What thall we say they? That the Genules, which followed not atter righteousness, bave attained to rightcoulneis, even the righteousnels which is of faith : but Ifrael, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not aitained to the law of righteoufneis. Wherefore ? Becaule they fought it not by faith, but, as it were, by the works of the law. Chap. x. 3. Irael be. ing ignorant of God's righieouiness, and going about to establish their own richteousness, have not lubmitted themielves unto the righteousnets of God. I Tim. i. 15. This is a faithful laying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save finners; of whom I am chief.

6 Matth. xxi. 31. Jesus faith unto them (viz. the Pharifecs,) Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlot go into the kingdom of God before you. Luke xviii. 9.–14. And Jefus fpake this parable unto certaia who trusted in themlelves that they were righteous, and despited others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharilee, and the other a public

The Pharisee itood and prayed thus with bimself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjuít, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week ; I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican (tanding afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto beaven, but (more upon his breait, saying, God be merciful to me a linner.I tell you, this man went down to his hoole justitied rather than the other : for every one that exalteth himself, thall be abaled; and he that humblesh


Yet still no man its grace partakes,
But whom it truly godly makes. I
The law withstands the gospel-path, 2
Which yet its approbation hath : 3
The gospel thwarts the legal way, 4
Yet will approve the law for ay. 5
Hence though the gospel's comely frame
Duth openly the law condemn; 6


himself, fhall be exalted. Ver. 21, 22. And he (viz the ruler said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said onto him, Yet lackeit thou one thing; sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.

7 Rom iv. 5. 6. To him that worketh not, but believeth on him ihat justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counied for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the bleiledness of the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.

1 Tit. ii, 11,-14. The grace of God that bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men ; teaching us, that denying ungodliness, and worldly luits, we Thould live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Chrift: who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.--Coap. iii. 4, 5. Afier that the kindnels and love of God our Saviour toward Tian appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have don", but accord. ing to his mercy le laved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghoit. Ver. 8. This is a faithful laying, and there things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God, might be careful to maintain good works: these things are good and profitable unto men.

2 1 Cor. xv. 56.—The Itrength of fin is the law. kom. iv. 14. Sin shall not have dominion over you': for ye are not order the law, but under grace. Chap. x. 3. Irael being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to eitablish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteouiness of God.

3 Ila. xlii. 21. The Lord is well-pleased for his righteousness sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. Märh. ii. 17. And lo, a voice - from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleaied.

4 Rom. ix. 31, 32, 33. But Israul, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath nor attained to the law of righteousne's? Werefore? Because they fought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law: for they tumbled at that ftumbling-itone ; as it is written, Duhold, I lay in Sion a Itunabling-stone, and rock of offence; and whosoever benevech on hira, ihall not be athamed.

5 Rom. vii. 7. What shall we say then? Is the law fiz? God forbid. Nay, I had not known fin, but by the law; for I had not know' luit, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. Ver. 10. And the commandment which was ordained to lite, I found to be unto deali. Ver. 1 2. Wherefore the law is holy; and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

6 Rom. x. 5,-y. For Moles describeen the righteoulness which is of the law, That the man, which doth thele things, 12!1 live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wile, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above :) or, Who shall

defcend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But · what faith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: ibat is the word of faith which we preach, That if thou Halt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and thalı believe in thine heart, that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Yet they are blind, who never saw
The golpel Jultify the law. I
Thus gospel-grace, and law.cominands,
Both bind and loose each other's hands :
They can't agree on any terms, 2
Yet hug each other in their arms. 3
Those that divide them, canoot be
The friends of truth and verity ; 4
Yet those that dare confound the two,
Destroy them both, and gender woe. 5

This paradox none can decipher,
That plow not with the gospel. heifer.

i Rom. iii. 31. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid; yea, we establith the law.

2 Gal. iv. 21,-26. Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law ? For it is written, that Abraham had two fons; the one by

bond-maid, the other by a free woman. But he who was of the bond woman, was born after the fefn ; but he of the free-woman was by promise. Which things are an allegory; for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem, which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem wluch is above, is free, which is the mother of us all.

3 Psalm 1xxxv. 28. Mercy and truth are met together : righteousness and peace have killed each other.

4 Matth. xxiii. 23. Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; for ye pay tithes of mint, and annile, and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judginent, mercy, and faith : these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Rom. ii. 23. Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law, difhonourelt thou God? Verie 45, 46. For circumcision verily protiteti, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcition is made uncircumcision. There. fore, if the uncircumcilion keep the righteousness of the law, Mall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcilion! Matth. xix. 6. What God hath joined together, let no man put alunder. Chap. iji. 15. And Jelus antwering, faid upto bini (viz. Jolin), Sutter it to be so now; for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteouines. Then he futfered hin. Chap. v. 17. Think not that I am come to deftroy the law or the prophets : I am not come to dettroy, but to tulil. Ver. 19, 20. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandmenis, and all teach men to, he thall be called the lealt in the kingdom of heaven: but wholoever thall do, and teach them, the lame thall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness thall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharitees, ye fall in no cate ejter into the kingdom of heaven. 1 Jolin v. 6. This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Chrift; not by water only, bat by water and biood: and it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is rath.

5 Gal. l. 6, 7, 8. I marvel, that ye are so foon removed from himn that called you into the grace of Christ, unto anoiher gospel :' which is not another ; but there be fome that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Chritt. Bur though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you,

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