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the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely • die.' But neither Adam, nor any of his fallen Offspring, was able to perform that Condition of Life: Rom. v. 6. 'We were without strength.' Therefore, there is no Salvation by the Covenant of Works : Rom. iii. 20. '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.? Chap. viii. 3. 'For what the law could not

do, in that it was weak through the flesh,' &c. But Jesus Christ did accept of that Condition, as the Condition of the Covenant of Grace : Psal. xl. 7

" Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me. And it was made the Condition of the Covenant of Grace, that his spiritual Seed might be saved, and the Covenant of Works fully satisfied for them: Rom. viii. 3. 4. «God sent his own Son, in the likeness of sinful

Aesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh: that " the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in

us, who walk not after the fileth, but after the

Spirit.' And Jesus Christ did fully perform it, in that, as a public Person, he was born perfectly holy, lived perfectly holy, and made compleat Satisfaction by his Death: Luke. i. 35. And the

angel answered and said unto her, The Holy • Ghoft shall come upon thee, and the power of <the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also " that holy thing which shall be born of thee, shall

be called the Son of God.' i Cor. xv. 45.' The last Adam was made a quickening spirit.? Phil. ii. 8. . And being found in falhion as a man, he • humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the crofs.? The Promise of the Covenant of Grace, is a


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Promise of a glorious Reward to Christ himself, and eternal Life to his spiritual Seed: J. xlix. 4.-9.' Then I said, Surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God, ecc.' Tit. i. 2. ' In hope of eternal life, which God that

cannot lye, promised before the world began.' The eternal Life promised in the Covenant of Grace, included in it all Things necessary to make a Sinner happy, in Soul and Body, for Time and Eternity : Rom. x. 5. 'For Mofes defcribeth the "righteousness which is of the law, That the man (which doth those things, shall live by them.' Compared with Hab. ii. 4. The just shall live by

his faith. Even the Promise of eternal Life to Chrilt's spiritual Seed, was made to Christ himself immediately, and to them mediately in him : Tit. i. 2. forecited. Heb. viii. 10. For this is the co

venant that I will make with the house of Israel after 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 ' shall be to me a people. 2 Tim. i. 9. 'God hath < faved us, and called us with an holy calling, not

according to our works, but according to his ' own purpose and grace which was given us in

Christ Jesus, before the world began. Gal. iii. 16. "Now to Abraham and his feed were the

promises made. He faith not, And to feeds, • as of many; but as of one, And to thy feed, ( which is Christ.'

It is necessary to the Salvation of a Sinner, that he personally enter into the Covenant of Grace : Eph. ii. 12. At that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and Itrangers from the covenants of promise, D4


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having no hope, and without God in the world.' Accordingly, the Administration of the Covenant is committed unto Jesus Christ the Head of it : I. xlix. 8. • Thus faith the Lord, I will give thee

for a covenant of the people. And all the Benefits of the Covenant are lodged in his Hand: Col. i. 19. For it pleased the Father, that in him

should all fulness dwell.' And he is impowered to administer the Covenant to Sinners of Mankind indefinitely : John iii. 17. God sent not his Son ! into the world to condemn the world; but that

the world through him might be saved.' Prov. viii

. 4.' Unto you, O men, I call, and my voice is • to the fons of man. If. Iv. 1. 2. 3. ' Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and hé that hath no money; come ye, buy and eat, yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money

for that which is not bread ? and your labour for that which' satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is

good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness, ?? Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and

your soul shall live, and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies

of David. That Christ is impowered to administer the Covenant to Sinners of Mankind indefinitely, can very well be, though he represented the Elect only in it; for the Father is so well pleafed with the Performance of the Condition thereof, that Christ crucified is made the Ordinance of God for Salvation, to Sinners of Mankind indefinitely, according to the Promise of the Covenant to him, he being in himself sufficient thereto: John iii. 14. 15:16. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in

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• the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be

lifted up : that whosoever believeth in him, * should not perish, but have eternal life. For • God so loved the world, that he gave his only

begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, 'fhould not perish, but have everlasting life.' Matth. xxii. 4. Again he fent forth other servants,

faying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I • have prepared my dinner : my oxen and my

fatlings are killed, and all things are ready : come unto the marriage.' John iv. 14. ' And

we have seen and do testify, that the Father sent " the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Compared with Is. xlix. 6. 'I will give thee for a light

to the Gentiles, that thou mayst be my falvation unto the end of the earth. verf. 8. I will

give thee for a covenant of the people. Accordingly, Christ actually offers the Covenant of Grace to Sinners of Mankind indefinitely, and that in the Gospel : Mark xvi. 15. 16. ' And he said

unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach

the gospel to every creature. He that believeth • and is baptized, shall be faved; but he that be

lieveth not, shall be damned.' And á Sinner is personally and savingly instated in the Covenant of Grace, by Faith in Jesus Chrift: A xvi. 31.' And

they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and

thou shalt be saved. The Nature then perfonal Covenanting, in order to obtain Salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, lies in taking hold of God's Covenant of Grace, by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ : IJ. Ivi. 4. " Thus 6 faith the Lord unto the eunuchs that take

hold of my covenant, é.' Chap. lv. 3. forecited. John. X. 2. 'I am the door : by me if any




man enter in, he shall be saved.' Eph. iii. 17. | That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.' And believing in Christ enters us into the Covenant of Grace, to partake of all the Benefits thereof, as it upites us to Christ the Second Adam, the Head of the Covenant : Eph. iii. 17. forecited. Rom. xi. 17. . And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou being a wild olive-tree, wert graffed in amongst them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive-tree.'

One cannot, in respect of the State of his Soul before God, be under the Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace, at one and the same Time: Rom. vi, 14.

Ye are not under the law, but under grace.' Therefore, Believers, that Moment they enter into the Covenant of Grace, are fully fet free from the Covenant of Works: Rom. vi.

"Sin shall not have dominion over you.' Chap. vii. 4. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are be' come dead to the law by the body of Christ :


should be married to another, even to ! him who is raised from the dead, that we should

bring forth fruit unto God.' And they are lawfully set free from it, forasmuch as Faith gives it -full' Count and Reckoning, pleading and counting up to it, that @ighteousness which Christ fulfilled : Rom. iii. 31. 'Do we then make void the law

through faith? God forbid : yea, we establish the ? law. Chap. 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 fin"ful flesh, and for sin condemned fin in the fielh : " that the righteousness of the law might be fulfil

led in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after :• the Spirit.



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