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The law can never save us now,
To damn is all that it can do.
Heav'n casts all righteousness of ours,
The law of works is out of doors.
No merit, money, more or less,
Can buy the gift of righteousness.
O may I take what Heav'n does give:
JEHOVAụ, help me to believe;
And in that righteousness to trust,
Which only makes a finner just.
And then, the truth of faith to prove,
Lord, make my faith to work by love.

CH A P. II. The BELIEV ER'S PRINCIPLES concerning

the Law and the Gospel :

PARTICULARLY, 1. The Mystery 2. The Diference

of Law and GOSPEL 3. The Harmony 4. The Place and Station

SECT. I.
The Mystery of Law and Gospel.
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"HOUGH law.commands and gospel-grace

Agree in mutual joint embrace; I
Yet law and gospel in a shock
Can never draw an equal yoke. 2

1 Rom. iii. 31. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbids yes, we establish the law. Gal. iii. 21. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbd: for it there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

2. Pfalm cxxx. 3, 4. If thou, Lord, shouldnt mark iniquities, O Lord, who Shall stand ? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou inayst be feared. Verse 7, 8. Let Israel hope in the Lord; for, with the Lord there is mercy ; and with him is plenteous redemption: and he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities And cxlii. 2. O Lord, enter not into judgment with thy fervant; for in thy sight Inall no man ag be justified. Verse 8. Caule me to hear thy loving-kindness in the morning, for in chee do I trult: cause me to know the way wherein 1 should walk, for I lift up my soul unto thee.

The law of works, the law of grace,
Can't stand together in one place ;
The brighter scene dellroys the dark,
As Dagon fell before tle ark. I
They harmonize like marry'd pairs, 2
Yet are at odds, and keep not squares; 3
As mercy Itands from merit far,
The letter and the Spirit jar. 4
The law does gospel-comforts harm,
The gospel breaks the legal arm; 5
Yet both exalt each other's horn,
And garlands bring their head l'adora. 6
I through the law am dead to it,
To legal works and felf-conceit; 7

1 Rom. vi. 14, 15. Sin shall not have dominion over you : for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? fhall we fin, becaule we are not under the law, but under grace! God forbid Chap. vii. 4,-6. Where.. fore, my brethren, ye also are becoine dead to the law by the body of Chrift; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held ; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and pot in the oldness of the letrer. 2 Cor. iii. 7.-10. But if the ministration of death, written and ingraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Ifrael could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses, for the glory of his counte. nance, which glory was to be done away; how. Thall not the miniftration of the Spirit be rather glorious ? For, if the minilisation of condemnation be glory, much inore doth the ministration of righteousnels exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious, had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

2 Gal iii. 24. Wherefore the la, was our school.master, to bring us unto Chrilt, that we might be justified by faih.

3 Rom. xi. 6. And if election be) by grace, then it is no more of works; otherwise grace is no more grace ; but if it be of works, then it is no more grace; otherwise work is no more work.

4 2 Cor. iii. 6. — The letter killeth; but the Spirit giveth life.

5 Heb. ii. 15. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their life. cime subject to bondage. Phil. ii. 7.-9. But what things were gain to me, those i counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung that I may win Clirist, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righte ousness which is of God by faith.

6 Gal ii 19. For I, through the law, am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

7 Rom. vii. 9. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held ; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not ja the oldness of the letter. Verse 9. For I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, la revived, and I died.

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Yet, lo! through gospel-grace I live,
And to the law due honour give. I
The law great 'room for boasting makes,
But grace my pride and boafiing breaks; 2
Yet ail iny boalls the law does kill, 3
And grace makes roon to boalt my fill. 4
The gospel makes me keep the law ; 5
Yet from its painful service draw: 0
It does all law-demands fulfil, 7
Yet makes them wholly void and null. 8
The gospel gives me no command, 9
Yet by obeying it I land. 10
To strict obedience though it call, 11
Dues bind to none, but promise all. 12

1 Rom. vii. 4. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Chrilt, that ye should me married to another, even to him who is railed from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. And x.4. Christ is the end of the law for rightcouiness to every one that believeth.

2 Rom. iii. 27. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law ? of works? Nay, but by the law of faith.

3 Rom. ill. 19. Now we know that what things foever the law saith, it faith to ihem who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

4 1 Cor. i. 29,—31. That no fleth should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wildom, and righteousness, and fanâification, and redemption; that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let hiin glory in the Lord.

5 Tic. ii. 11, 12. For the grace of God, that bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men; teaching us, chat, decaying ungodline's and worldly lusts, we ihould live soberiy, righteously, and zodiy in this present worlu.

6 Gal. v. I. Siand talt, thereture, in the liberiy wherewith Christ lezih made us free, and be not intangled again with the yoke of bondage.

7 Rom. viii. 3, 4. Fer wnat the law could not do, in that it was weak through the fleth, God fending his own Son in the likeness of 1inful fleth, and for din condenned fin in the fleih; that the righteoulness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after ihu Hell, but afier the Spirit.

8 Rom. vi. 14. Sin ihail not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Gil. iv. 4, 5. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son unade of a woman, made under the law, to re. deem them that were under the law.

9 Gal. ii. 8. And the scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In th:e thall all Darioos be bleil d.

10 Mark xvi. 16. ile that believeth, and is baprized, shall be saved.

11 2 Thef. 1. 7,8. The Lord Jeíus shall be revealed from heaven, with his mighty angels, in tiaming tire, thising vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Chritt.

12 john iii. 17. God fent got his Son into the world to condemn the world; buc thuc the world through him might be faved. And xii. 47. And if any maa hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not ; for i came not to judge the world, but to save the world. Heb. viii. 10,--12. For this is the

The law does strict commandment give,
That I the gospel-news believe ; I
But yet it teaches no such thing,
Nor e'er could gospel-tidings bring. 2
When I the gospel-truth believe,
Obedience to the law I give; 3
And when I don't the law 4 observe,
I from the gospel-method swerve. 5
Yet if I do the law 6 obey,
I am not in the gospel-way, 7
Which does to sweet obedience, draw: 8
Yet is the gospel no new law. 9
All precepts to the law belong,
Yet in the gospel-field are throng. 10
Curs'd ev'ry gospel-fighter is, 11
Yet all its office is to bless. 12

covenant 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 thall be to me a people. And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, faying, Know the Lord: for all thall know me from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their fins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

1 John ïïi. 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.

2 Rom. x. 5. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doth thole things foall live by them. And ii. 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 stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

3 John iii. 18. He that bclicveth on him, is not condemned.
4 Viz. as it is a rule.
5 Tit ii. 11, 12. See figure 5 forccited.
6 Viz, as it is a covenant.

7 Gal v. 3, 4. For I testify again to every man that is circumciled, that he is a debtor to do the whole law, Christ is become of no effect unto you; whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace.

8 Rom. xvi. 25, 26.- The myttery that was kept secret tince the world began --now is made manifeft, ard by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandinent of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.

9 Gal. iii. 21. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid; for if there had been a law given wluch could have given life, verily righteous. nerThould have been by the law.

10 Matth. v. 17, 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 I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pals, one jot or one little liall in no wise pals from the law, till all be fulfilled, &c. Plalm cxix. 96. I have seen an end of all perfe&tion; but thy commandment is exceeding bioad.

11 Heb. X. 26,-29. For if we fin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for fins, but a certain

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It from the law has pow'r to kill, i
Yet saving does it pow'r fulfil; 2
N favour but of life it hath, 3
Yet most the favour is of death. 4
Weakness perfection dth exclude,
Tie law is perfect, jult, and good : 5
Yet can it nothing perfect make,
But all the comers to it break. 6
Strength to the gospel does belong,
Mighty through God it is, and strong : 7
It to the law dues strength emit,

Yet 'tis the law gives firength to it. fearful looking for of judgment and ficry indignation, which shall devour tho adverfaries. He that deipited Moses' law, died without mercy, under two or three witnesses; of how much forer pun fhment, fuppose ye, mail he be thought worthy of, who hath irodden under on the Son of God, and hach counted the blood of the covenant, where with he was fanctified, an unnoly thing, and hath done deljite unto the Spirit of grace? Chap. xii. 25. See that ye retu e not him that speaketh: for if they escaped not who refuted him that fpake on earth, much more shall not we escape, it we turn away from him that speakerh from heaven.

12 Rom. xv. 29. And I am sure that when I come unto you, I shall come in the fuloess of the blessing of the golpel of Christ. Actiii. 26. Unto you first, God having raised up his Son Jelus, lent him to bless you, in turning away, every one of you from his iniquities

i John iii. 18-He that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Mark xvi. 16. -He chat believeth not, thall be damned. Heb. ii. 3. How thall we escape, if we neglect fo great falvation ?

2 Eph. i. 13. In Chrilt ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truthi, the golpel of your falvation. 1 Tim. i. 15. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all accepration, that Christ Jefus came into the world to save finners ; of whom I am chief.

3 Phil. ii. 16. Holding forth the word of life, &c. 2 Tim. i. 1. Paul aa apoitle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life, which is in Christ Jesus. Ver. 10.-Our Saviour jetus Christ-hath abolished, deatis, and hath brought lite and immortality io light, through the gospel.

4 2 Cor. ii. 16. To the one we are the lavour of death unto death, &c.

5 Psalm cxix. ,6. I have seen an end of all perfection : but ny commande ment is exceeding broad. Rom. viii. 12. Wheretoie the law is holy; and the comman, meni holy, and juit, and good. Heb. vii. 19. For the law made nothing perted, but the bringing in of a butter hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

6 Hieb. vii. 19. See figure 6, above. Chap. X. 1. For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, cair never with those facrifices which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect,

7 Rom. i. 16. For I am not alhamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth, to the Je v tirit, and also to the Greek. 2 Cor. *. 4, 5. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of trong holds ; caiting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself againit the know. ledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Chrift

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