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Yet they are blind, who never faw
The gospel justify the law 9.
Thus, gospel-grace, and law-commands,
Both bind and loose each other's hands :
They can't agree on any terms r,
Yet hug each other in their arms fi
Those that divide them cannot be
The friends of truth and verity's;

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q Rom..iii. 36. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid : yea, we establish the law.

a Gal. iv. 21,---26. Tell me, ye that delire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For it is written, that Abra. ham had two fons; the one by a bond-maid, the other by a free woman. But he who was of the bond-woman was bora after the Hesh; 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 Sicai, 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 which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Psal. Ixxxv. 10. Mercy and truth are met together : righteousness and peace have kiffed each other,

s Mat. xiii. 23. Wo unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hy. pocrites ; for ye pay tithe of mint, and anise, and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Rom. ii. 23. Thou that makest thy boalt of the law, through breaking the law dishonourelt thou God? V. 25, 26. For circumcision verily profileth; if thou keep the law; but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcifion is made uncircumcision. Therefore, if the uncircumciGon keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcifion be counted for circumcision? Matth. xix. 6. What God hath joined together, let no man put alunder. Chap. iii. 15. 'And Jesus answering, said unto him (John), Suffer it to be so now: for, thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. Chap v. 17. Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets : I am not come to destroy,

Yet those that dare confound the two,
Destroy them both and gender wo t.

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

but to fulfil. o. 19, 20: Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven : but whosoever fall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousoess of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shallin no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

John v. 0. This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood : and it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth,

+ Gal. i. 6, 7, 8. 1 marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel: which is not ano!lier; but there be some that trouble you, and which pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Zeph. i. 4.-will cut off-vosthem that worship, and that swear by the Lord, and that swear hy Malcham. Ads xv. 7. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago, God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel and believe. *v. 10, 11. Now therefore why tempt ye God to put à yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our"fathers oor 'we were able to bear? But we believe, that through the grace

of the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be saved even as they. Gal. p. 1. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Chrift hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 0. 4. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoeger of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen


from grace.


The difference betwixt the Law and the Gospel.

THE law, supposing I have all

Does ever for perfection call :
The gospel fuits my total want,
And all the law can feek does grant.
The law could promise life to me,

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 i
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 curfe.
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 blefling vie
With Ebal and Gerizzim ligh.
The law excludes not boasting vain,
But rather feeds it to my bane :
But gofpel-grace allows no boasts,
Save in the King, the Lord of hosts.
The law ftill irritates my fin,
And hardens my proud heart thereix ;
But grace's melting pow'r reneres,
And my corruption ftrong subdues.
The law with thunder, Sinai-like,
Does always dread and terror fpeak :
The gospel makes a joyful noise,
And charms 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 finful fleth,
The gospel brings recruits afresh:
The first a killing letter wears,
The last a quick'ning fpirit bears.
The law that seeks perfection's height,
Yet gives no ftrength, 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 Chrift I have :
When therefore law-pursuits-inthral,
I send the law to grace for all.
The law brings terror to molest,
The gospel gives the weary rest :
The one does flags of death display.
The other fhews the living way.


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The law by Moses was exprest,
The glorious gospel came by Jesus Chrift:
The first dim nature's light may trace,
The last is only known by grace.
The law may rouse me from my floth,
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 seeks all, but accepts no less
Than constant, perfect 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 strike.
They have acceptance here through grace,
The law affords them no such place :
Yet still they come through both their hands,
Through gospel-teaching, law-commands.
The law's

a house of bondage fore,
The gospel opes the prison-door :
The first me bamper'd in its net,
The last at freedom kindly set.
The precept craves, the gospel gives ;
While that me preffes, this relieves ;
And or affords the strength I lack,
Or takes the burden off my back.
The law requires on pain of death;
The gospel courts with loving breath :

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