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SERMON VIIL

How the Law is said to be the
Strength os Sin.

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i Cor. xv. 56 and 57. The Jiing of Death is Jin, and the Jirength of Jin is the kriv; but thanks be to God n&hich giveth us the victory\ through our Lord Jejus Christ*

HE Apostle having in theSERM*. former part of this Chapter, VIII. proved at large the truth of ^^VV the resurrection of Christ:, and the certainty of the future resurrection of Christians; and having from, tuence taken occasion to give a

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S E R M. full and particular account of the order v^IIf and manner of the resurrection of the body j he concludes his whole discourse with this triumphal exclamation j So then when this corruptible Jhall have put on incorruption, and this mortal Jhall have put on immortality, then Jhall be brought to fiajs the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory, i. e. utterly and for ever; O death where is thy fling f 0 grave, where is thy victory f The sing os death is fin, and the strength of fin is the law; but thanks be to God which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Chris. I shall endeavour is, To explain the words briefly, and shew in what Sense Sin is said to be the sing of death, and the Jaw the strength of fin. zdly, I shall indeavour to show how and by what means Christ gives us the victory, over the law which is the strength of Jin, over Sin which is the sting of death, and finally over Death it self; And lastly, I shall draw some practical Inferences from the whole. First, I shall indeavour to shew in what Sense Sin is said to be the sting of death,

and and the law the jlrength of Jin. That by S E R M. Sin's being the jling of death, is meant VIII. that Sin is the cause of Death, and thatts-^*SJ 'tis Sin only that makes Death terrible, is evident, The first mention we find of death's being in the World, is upon Adam's committing the first transgression; In the day thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die, Gen. ii. 17. And the cause of the continuance of its dominion ever since in the World, is the conformity of the rest of mankind to that of their Forefather; As by one man Jin first entred into the world, and death by Jin; and so death has since pasted upon all men, for that all have finned; Rom. v. 12. The Apostle lays it down as a maxim, that the cause of the dominion of death, is sin; and because it might be objected that since Sin is not imputed where there is no law, therefore those who lived between Adam and Moses, without any express revealed Law, should seem not to be concluded under the sentence of death; he adds, that even in that time, men had some discovery of die Will of God; So that before the de

S E R M. livery of Moses's law Sin was in the vIII. World; and therefore death did reign from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression; that is, who had not indeed like Adam sinned against a positive and immediate Revelation of the Will of God, with an express threatning of death annexed; but yet had sinned against such a law, as they had sufficient reason to be aflured was a discovery of the Will of God. The Scripture is very exceeding full in this point; inculcating every where, that as the knowledge of God and Obedience to his commands is life, so the immediate and necessary consequence of Sin is death. When lujl has conceived, it bringeth forth Sin; and Sin when it is finijhed, bringeth forth death, St fames i. 15. What fruit had ye then in those things, whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death, Rom. vi. 21. and ver. 23, the wages of fin is death. Moreover, as Sin is the cause of death, so also is it That only which makes Death it self terrible. Tis not

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