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Are open unto their cry. V, 16. The people,

reth from the other, is no Evidence of his being under the Law, and not under Grace VII. Neither are the forementioned Uses of the

contrary to the Grace of the Gospel, but do sweetly comply with it w; the Spirit of Christ subduing and enabling the Will of Man, to do that freely and chearfully, which the Will of God revealed in the Law requireth to be done *.

C H AP. * Rom. 6. 12. Let not fin there- face of the Lord is against them that fore reign in your mortal body, that do evil, to cut off the remembrance ye should obey it in the luft there- of them from the earth, Heb. 12. of . V. 14 For fin shall not have 28. Wherefore we receiving a kingdominion over you: for ye are not - dom which cannot be moved, let under the law, but under grace. us have grace,whereby we may serve Pet

. 3.8. Finally, be ye all of one God acceptably, with reverence and mind, having compassion one of godly fear. v. 29. For our God is another, love as brethren, be piti- à consuming fire.

v. 9. Not ren VII. w Gal. 3. 21. Is the law then dering evil for evil, or railing for against the promises of God? God mailing : but contrariwise, blefling: forbid: For if there had

been a law knowing that ye are thereunto cal- given which could have given life, led, that ye should inherit a blef- verily righteousness should have

v.10. For he that will love been by the law. life

, and see good days, let him * Ezek. 36. 27. And I will put tefrain his tongue from evil, and my Spirit within you, and caule bis lips that they speak no guile. you to walk in my statutes, and ye W11. Let him eschew evil, and do shall kecp my judgments, and do good; let him seek peace and en- them. Heb. 8. 10. For this is the live it. v, 12. For the eyes of the covenant that I will make with the Lord are over the righteous, and his house of Israel after those days, Cats are open unto their prayers: but faith the Lord; I will put my laws the face of the Lord is against them into their mind, and write them in that do evil: With Pfal

. 34. 12. their hearts : and I will be to them What man is he that delireth life, a God, and they shall be to me a and loveth many days, that he may people. With Jer. 31.33. But this fece good? v. 13. Keep thy tongue hall be the covenant that I will make from evil, and thy

lips from speak- with the house of Israel, after those ing guile. v. 14. Depart from evil, days, faith the Lord, I will put my and do good: seek peace

and pur- law in their inward parts, and fue it. v. 15. The eyes of the Lord write it in their hearts, and will are upon the righteous, and his ears be their God, and they shall be my

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CHA P. XX. . Of Christian Liberty,and

Liberty of Conscience. T:

HE Liberty which Christ hath purchased for

Believers under the Gospel, consists in their Freedom from the Guilt of Sin, the condemning Wrath of God, the Curse of the Moral Law; and in their being delivered from this present evil World, Bondage to Satan and Dominion of Sin , from the Evil of Affli&ions, the Sting of Death, the Victory

of the Grave, and everlasting Damnation ; as also in their free Access to God, and their yielding Obedience unto him, not out of slavilh Fear, but a

child1. • Tit. 2.14. Who gave himself nion over you: for ye are not undes for us, that he might redeem us the law, but under grace. from all iniquity, and purify unto Rom. 8. 28. We know that all himself a peculiar people, zealous things work together for good, to of good works. i Thelf, 1.10. And them that love God, to them who to wait for his Son from heaven, are the called according to his purwhom he raised from the dead, even pose. Psalm 119. 71. It is good for Jesus which delivered us from the me that I have been afflicted: that I wrath to come. Gal. 3. 13. Christ might learn thy statutes. I Cor. Is. hath redeemed us from the curse of $4. • So when this corruptible fhall the law, being made a curse for us : have put on incorruption, and this for it is written, Cursed is every mortal shall have put on immortalione that hangeth on a tree. ty, then shall be brought to pass the

6 Gal. 1. 4. Who gave himself saying that is written, Death is swalfor our sins, that he might deliverus lowed up in victory. v.ss. O death, from this present evil world, accor- where is thy fting? O grave, where ding to the will of God and our Fa- is thy vi&ory? v. 56. The Ating of ther. Col. 1. 13. Who hath delivered death is fin; and the strength of fin us from the power of darkness, and is the law, •v. 57. But thanks be to hath translated us into the kingdom God, which giveth us the vi&ory, of his dear Son. AEts 26. 18. To through our Lord Jesus Chrift. Rom. open their eyes, and to turn them 8. 1. There is therefore now no confrom darkness to light, and from the demnation to them which are in power of Satan unto God, that they Christ Jesus, who walk not after the may receive forgiveness of fins, and Aesh, but after the Spirit. inheritance among them which are d Rom. s.1. Therefore being jufan&ified by faith that is in me. Rom. ftified by faith, we have peace with 6. 14. For fin shall not have domi

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child-like Love and willing Mind All which were common also to Believers under the Lawf: But under the New Testament, the Liberty of Chritians is further enlarged in their Freedom from the Toke of the Ceremonial Law, to which

the Jewish Church was subjected & ; and in greater Boldness of Access to the Throne of Grace h, and in fuller Communications of the free Spirit of God, than

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God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, art no more a servant, but a fon; %. 2. By whom also we have access and if a son, then an heir of God y faith into this grace wherein we through Chrift. .Gal. s. 1, Stand tand, and rejoice in hope of the fast therefore in the liberty wherelory of God.

with Christ hath made us free, and * Rom. 8. 14. For as many as are be not entangled again with the ed by the Spirit of God, they are yoke of bondage. A&S 15.10. Now he sons of God. v. 15. For ye have therefore why tempt ye God, to put 10t received the spirit of bondage a yoke upon the neck of the disci

gain to fear; but ye have received ples, which neither our fathers nor he Spirit of adoption, whereby we we were able to bear: v. 11. But we Ty, Abba, Father. 1 John 4. 18. believe, that through the grace of There is no fear in love; but perfect the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be ove cafteth out fear: because fear faved even as they. sath torment: he that feareth is not 1 Heb. 4. 14, Seeing then that we made perfect in love.

have a great high priest, that is pasGal. 3. 9. So then they which sed into the heavens, Jesus the Son se of faith, are blessed with faithful of God, let us hold fast our profesAbraham. v. 14. That the blessing fion. v. 16. Let us therefore come of Abraham might come on the boldly unto the throne of grace, that Geatiles through Jesus Christ; that we may obtain mercy,and find grace we might receive the promise of the to help in time of need. Heb. 10. Spirit through faith.

19. Having therefore, brethren, B Gal. 4. 1. Now I say, that the boldnessto enter into the holiest, by heir as long as he is a child, differeth the blood of Jesus, v. 20. By a nothing from a servant, though he new and living way which he hath be lord of all; v. 2 But is under cu- consecrated for us through the vail, tors and governors, until the time that is to say, his flesh; v. 21. And appointed of the father. v. 3. Even having an high priest over the house fowe, when we were children, were of God; vi 22. Let us draw near in bondage under the elements of with a true heart, in full assuthe world. v. 6. And because ye are rance of faith, having our hearts fons, God hath sent forth the Spirit sprinkled from an evil conscience, of his Son into your hearts, crying, and our bodies washed with pure Abba, Father. v.7. Wherefore thou water.

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II. God alone is Lord of the Conscience ", and hath left it free from the Doctrines and Commandments of Men, which are in any thing contrary to his Word, or beside it, in Matters of Faith or Worship! So that to believe such Do&rines, or to obey such Commandments out of Conscience, is to betray true Liberty of Conscience, and the requiring of an implicite Faith, and an absolute and blind Obe

dience, John 7. 38. He that believeth Peter and the other Apostles answers on me, as the scripture hath said, out ed and said, we ought to obey God of his belly ihall Aow rivers of living rather than men. I Cor. 7. 23. water. v.39. But this spake he of the are bought with a price, be not ye Spirit, which they that believe on the servants of men.

Mat. 23. 8. him, should receive ; for the holy But be not ye called Rabbi, for one Ghost was not yet given, because that is your Master, even Christ, and all Jesus was not yet glorified. 2 Cor. ye are brethren, v. 9. And call no 3. 13. And not as Moses which put man your father upon the earth: a vail over his face, that the children for one is your Father, which is in of Israel could not ftedfastly look to heaven. v. 10. Neither be ye calthe end of that which is abolished. led masters; for one is your Mafter, v, 17. Now the Lord is that Spirit ; even Christ. 2 Cor. 1. 24 Not for and where the Spirit of the Lord is, that we have dominion over your there is liberty. v. 18. But we all faith, but are helpers of your joy: with open face, beholding as in a for by faith ye stand, Mat. 15.9. glass, the glory of the Lord, are But in vain they do worship me, changed into the same image, from teaching for doEtrines the commandglory

to glory, even as by the Spirit ments of men, of the Lord,

in Col. 2. 20. Wherefore if yebe II. k James 4. 12. Thereis one law- dead withChrift from the rudiments giver who is able to save, and to de- of the world ; why, as though liHroy: who art thou that judgest a- ving in the world, are ye subject to nother: Rorn, 14. 4. Who art thou ordinances, v. 22. Which all are that judgest another mans servant? to perish with the using, after the to his own master heftandeth or fal- commandments and doctrines of leth: Yea, he shall be holden up: men? v.23. Which things have infor God is able to make him, ftand. deed a fhew of wisdom in will-wor

Ats 4. 19. But Peter and John fhip and humility, and negle&ing answered and said unto them, Whe- of the body, not in any honour to ther it be right in the sight of God to the satisfying of the flesh. Gal. 1. 10, hearken unto you, more than unto For do I now perswade men, or God? God, judge ye. Aits s.39. Then

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III. They who upon Pretence of Christian Libery, do practise any Sin, or cherish any Lust, do

hereby destroy the End of Christian Liberty; which is, That being delivered out of the Hands of our Enemies, we might serve the Lord without Fear, in Holiness and Righteousness before him all the Days of our Life

IV. And os do I seek to please men: for if I ken in judgment; because he wilyet pleased men, I should not be the lingly walked after the commandservant of Christ. Gal. 2. 4. And ment. Rev. 13. 13. And he exerthat because of false brethren una- ciseth all the power of the first beast wares brought in, who came in pri- before him, and causeth the earth, vily to spy out our liberty, which and them which dwell therein, to We have in Christ Jesus, that they worship the first beast, whose deadly might bring us into bondage: v. s. wound was healed. v. 16. And he

To whom we gave place by subje- causeth all, both small and great, Etion, no not for an hour: that the rich and poor, free and bond, to retruth of the gospel might continue ceive a mark in their right hand, or with you. Gal.5.1. Stand fast there-, in their foreheads; v. 17. And that tore in the liberty wherewith Christ no man might buy, or sell, fave he hath made us free, and be not in- that had the mark, or the name of tangled again with the yoke of the beast,or the number of his name. bondage,

Jer. 8.9. The wise men are ashamed, * Rom. ro. 19. So then, faith they are dismayed and taken; lo, cometh by hearing, and hearing by they have rejected the word of the the word of God. Rom. 14. 23. And Lord, and what wisdom is in them? he that doubteth, is damned if he III. • Gal. s. 13. For,brethren,ye eat, because he eateth not of faith: have been called unto diberty, only for whatsoever is not of faith, is fin. use not liberty forandccalion to the 1[4.8.20. To the law and to the te- felh, but by love, serve one another. ftimony: if they speak not accord- 1 Pet. 2. 16. As free, and not using ing to this word, it is because there your liberty for a cloak of malicioul is no light in them. Aits 17. 11. ness, but as the servants of God. These were more noble than those 2 Pet. 2. 19. While they promise in Thessalonica, in that they recei- them liberty, they chemselves are ved the word with all readiness of the servants of corruption; for of mind, and searched the scriptures whom a man is overcome, of the daily, whether those things were so. same is he brought in bondage. John John 4.22. Ye worship ye know not 8.34. Jesus answered them, Verily, what : we know what we worship: verily, I say unto you, whosoever for salvation is of the Jews. Hof. s. committeth sin, is the servant of fin. 11. Ephraim is oppressed, and bro

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