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SE C T. II.
The Difference betwixto the Law and tbe Gofpel.
HE law supposing I have all,
Does ever for perfection call.
The gospel suits my total want,
And all the law can seek does grant.
The law could promise life to me,
If my obedience perfect be:
But grace does promise life upon
My Lord's obedience alone.
The law says, Do, and life you'll win;
But grace says, Live, for all is done :
The former cannot ease my grief;
The latter yields me full relief.
By law convinc'd of finful breach;
By gospel.grace I comfort reach:
The one my condemnation bears;
The other justifies and clears.
The law shews my arrears are great;
The gospel freely pays my debt:
The first does me the bankrupt curse;
The last does bless and fill my purse.
The law will not abate a mite;
The gospel all the sum will quite :
There God in threat'nings is array'd,
But here in promises display'd.
The law and gospel disagree,
Like Hagar, Sarah, bond and free:
The former's Hagar's fervitude ;
The latter Sarah's happy brood.
To Sinai black, and Zion fair,
The word does law and grace compare.
Their cursing and their blessing vye
With Ebal and Gerizzim high.
The law excludes not boasting vain,
But rather feeds it to my bane :
But gospel-grace allows no boasts,
Save in the King, the Lord of hosts.
The law ftill irritates my sin,
And hardens my proud heart therein;
By grace's melting pow'r renews,
And my corruption strong subdues.
The law with thunder, Sinai-like,
Does always dread and terror speak :
The gospel makes a joyful noise,
And charnis me with a still, calm voice.
The legal trumpet war proclaims,
In wrathful threats, and fire, and flames :
The gospel-pipe, a peaceful sound,
Which spreads a kindly breath around.
The law is weak through sinful Aesh;
The gospel brings recruits afresh:
The first a killing letter wears;
The last a quick’ning spirit bears.
The law that seeks perfection's height,
Yet gives no strength, nor offers might;
But precious gospel-tidings glad
Declare where all is to be had.
From me alone the law does crave,
What grace affirms in Christ I have :
When therefore law-pursuits inthral,
I send the law to grace for all.
The law brings terror to molest,
The g spel gives the weary rest.
The one does flags of death display,
The other shews the living way.
The law by Moses was exprest;
The glorious gospel came by Christ :
The first dim nature's light may trace ;
The last is only known by grace.
The law may rouse me from my soth,
To faith and to repentance both :
And though the law commandeth each,
Yet neither of them can it teach.
Nor will accept for current coin
The duties which it does injoin :
It feeks all, but accepts no less
Than constant, perfe&t righteousness.
The gospel, on the other hand,
Although it issue no command,
But strictly view'd, does whole confift
In promises and offers bleft;
Yet does it many duties teach,
Which legal light could never reach:
Thus faith, repentance, and the like,
Are fire that gospel-engines ftrike.
They have acceptance here through grace,
The law affords them no such place :
Yet still they come through both their hands,
Through gospel-teachings, law-commands.
The law's a house of bondage fore;
The gospel opes the prison-door :
The firft me hamper'd in its net;
The last at freedom kindly set.
The precept craves, the gospel gives;
While that me presses, this relieves;
And or aff rds the strength I lack,
Or takes the burden off my back.
The law requires on pain of death ;
The gospel courts with loving breath :
While that conveys a deadly wound;
This makes me perfect, whole, and found.
There viewing how diseas'd I am,
I here perceive the healing balm :
Amicted there with sense of need,
But here refresh'd with meet remede.
The law's a charge for what I owe;
The gospel my discharge to show:
The one a scene of fears doth ope;
; The other is the door of hope.
An angry God the law reveal'd;
The gospel shews him reconcil'd :
By that I know he was displeas'd;
By this I see his wrath appeas’d.
The law thus shews the divine ire,
And nothing but consuming fire.
The gospel brings the olive-branch,
And blood the burning fire to quench.
The law still shews a fiery face ;
The gospel shews a throne of grace;
There Justice rides alone in ftate ;
But here she takes the mercy-feat.
Lo! in the law Jehovan dwells,
But Jesus is conceal'd;
Whereas the gospel's nothing else
But Jefus Christ reveal'd.
The HARMONY betwixt the Law and the Gospel.
HE law's a tutor much in vogue,
To gospel-grace a pedagogue;
The gospel to the law no less
Than its full end for righteousness.
When once the fiery law of God
Has chas’d me to the gospel-road;
Then back unto the holy law
Most kindly gospel-grace will draw.
When by the law to grace I'm school'd ,
Grace by the law will have me rul'd:
Hence, if I don't the law obey,
I cannot keep the gospel-way.
When I the gospel-news believe,
Obedience to the law I give :
And that both in its fed'ral dress,
And as a rule of holiness.
Lo! in my Head I render all
For which the fiery law can call :
His blood unto its fire was fuel,
His Spirit shapes me to its rulę.
When law and gospel kindly meet,
To ferve each other both unitę :
Sweet promises, and stern commands,
Do work to one another's hands.
The divine law demands no less
Then human perfect righteousness:
The gospel gives it this and more,
Ev'n divine righteousness in store.
Whate'er the righteous law require,
The gospel grants its whule defire.
Are law commands exceeding broad?
So is the righteousness of God.
How great foe'er the legal charge,
The gospel-payment's equal large :
No less by man the law can bray,
When grace provides a God to pay.
The law makes gospel-banquets sweet;
The gospel makes the law complete ;
Law-suits to grace's forehouse draw;
Grace decks and magnifies the law,
Both law and gospel closs combine,
To make each other's lustre shine :
The gospel all law-breakers shames;
The law all gospel. Nlighters damns.
The law is holy, just, and good;
All this the gofpel seals with blood,
And clears the royal law's just dues
With dearly purchas'd revenues.
The law commands me to believe ;
The gospel saving faith does giye:
The law injoins me to repent;
The gospel gives my tears a vent.
What in the gospel-mint is coin’d,
The same is in the law injoin'd;
Whatever gospel-tidings teach,
The law's authority doth reach,