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To strict obedience though it call t,
Does bind to none, but promise all u.
The law does strict commandment give
That I the gospel-news believe v;
But yet it teaches no such thing,
Nor e'er could gospel tidings bring .
When I the gospel truth believe,
Obedience to the law I give to
And when I don't the law * observe,
I from the gospel method swervey.

+ 2 Theff. i. 7, 8. The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven, with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking venge. ance on them that koow not God, and that obey not the gos. pel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

u John iii, 17. God fent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. And xii. 47. And if any man hear my words and be lieve not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. Heb. viii. 10, 11, 12. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Ifrael 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 fhall be to me a people. And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord : for all shall know me from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousøess, and their lips and their iniquities will I remem. ber no more.

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.

w Rom. x. s. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doth those things, shall live by them. And iii, 19. Now we know that what things soever the law faith, it faith to them who are under the law : that every mouth may be Itopped, and all the world

may come guilty before God. * John iii. 18. He that believeth on him, is not condemned.

* Viz. As it it a rule.


Yet if I do the law + obey,
I am not in the gospel-wayz,
Which does to new obedience draw a,
Yet is the gospel no new law b.
As precepts to the law belong,
Yet in the gospel field are throng c.
Curs'd ev'ry gofpel flighter is d,
Yet all its office is to blesse.

ence of faith.

Titus ii. 11, 12. See letter o farecited.

+ Viz. As it is a covenant. z Gal. v. 3, 4. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Chrift is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are juftified by the law; ye are fallen from

grace. a Rom. xvi. 25, 26.- The mystery which was kept fecret since the world began,-now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made kdown to all nations for the obedi.

6 Gal. iii. 21. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid : for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

c Matth. v. 179--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 say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one title fall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled, &c. Pfal. cxix. 96. I have seen an end of all pérfection; but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

d Heb. 8. 26,—29. For if we fin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for fins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law, died without mercy, under two or three witnesses : of how mach sorer pupishment, suppose ye, fhall he be thought worthy, who have troden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was fanctified, an anholy thing, and hath dore


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Yet saving does its pow'r fulfil g:
No favour but of life it hath h,
Yet most the favour is of death i.
Weakness perfection doth exclude,
The law is perfect, just, and good k :
Yet can it nothing perfect make,
But all the comers to it breakl.

despite unto the spirit of grace? Chap. xii. 25. See that ye re. fuse not him that speaketh : for if they escaped not who refufed him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh- from heaven.

e Rom. xv. 29. And I am sure that when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of thn, blessing of the gospel of Christ. A&s iii. 26. Unto you first, God having raised, up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

f John iii. 18..He that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only be gotten Son of God.

Mark xvi. 16. - He that believeth not, 'fhall be damned. Heb. ii. 3. How fall we escape, if we neglect so great falvation.

g Eph. i. 13. In Christ ye also trufied after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Tim. i. 15. This is afaithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save finners; of whom I am chief.

b Phil. ii. 16. Holding forth the word of life, &c. 2 Tim i. 1. Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God according to the promise of life, which is in Christ Jesus. v. 10.

Our Saviour Jesus Chrik-hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

i z Cor. Ü. 16. To the one we are the favour of death unto death, &c.

k Psal. cxix. y6. I have seen an end of all perfection ; but thy commandment is exceeding broad. Rom. vii

. 12. Where. fore the law is holy; and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Heb. vii. 19. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did ; by the which we dray nigh unto God,

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Sufficient strength to justify n;
Yet may I tay, in truth it is
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1 Heb viii. 19. See lester k. Chap 8. 1. For the law hav. ng a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those facrifices which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect.

m Rom. i. 16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of: Chrift: for it is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth, to the Jew firit, and also to the Greek. 2.Cor. x. 4, s. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds : casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivi. ty every thought to the obedience of Chrift.

n Rom. viii There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. o. 3; 4. For what the law could pot do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, send. ing his own Son, in the likeness of sinful Relh, and for foi condemned lin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the felh, but after the Spirit.

o Rom. iii. 3f. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Chap. x. 4. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

p Rom. iii. 19,-22. Now we know that what things fo. ever the law faith, it faith to them who are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may be

Again the law, which yet feems worse,
Gives gospel-news condemning force q;
Yet they are news that never can,
Nor never will condemn a mari r.
Dread threat'nings to the law pertain sy
Not to the gospel's golden chain t:
Yet all law-threats and Sinai's ire

To gospel grace are walls of fire u, come guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law, there fhall 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 witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all them that believe ; for there is nodifference. Chap. v, 19.-By the obedience of one, fall many be made righteous. 0.2---Grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jefus Christ our Lord.

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

Luke ii. 'O, 11. And the angel said unto them (the Thepherds], Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. John ix. 17. For God fent not bis Son into the world to condenin the world; but that the world through him might be faved. 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.

s Gal. iii. 10. For as many as are of the works of the law, are under the curse : for it is written, Cursed is

every one that contingeth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

* Acts xiii. 26. Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this falsation sent,

u Mark xvi. 16.--He that believeth not shall be damned, Heb. ii. 3. How thall we escape if we neglect so great falvation? Chap. X. 26,29. See letter d forecited.

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