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know from what Slavery, what more SERM. than Egyptian Bondage, of Sin, we are VII. fet free; which we could not possibly know any other Way: For as it is true, that we had not known Sin but by the Law, so is it likewise true, that we had not known the Goodness and Love of God in delivering us from it, but by the Gospel.

There are also greater Sanctions of Rewards and Punishments under the Gospel, than there were under the Law; and it more clearly fets forth to us the Duty and the Nature of Repentance. It teaches us also the Insufficiency of our best Performances, 'and tells us, that when we have done all we can, we are unprofitable Servants. To do a good Action, and not to put it down

to the Score of Merit, would have been I thought a hard thing under the Law ; for

they knew no other Condition of obtain-
ing Happiness: But the Gospel teaches us
better things; for there we are taught
that as by one Man Sin entered into the
World, and Death by Sin, fo Death passed
upón all Men, for that all have pinned;
and therefore our Good-Works, imperfect

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the only way to make them useful and ad-
vantageous to us, by supplying them with
the Merits of Jesus Christ. Not that those,
under the Law, were deftitute of the Pro-
mise; for they had the same Promise, in
Substance as we; but then they had it
not, barely as under the Law, for it was
made to Adam, and delivered to Abraham,
tho' he was not yet circumcised; fo that
still it signifies nothing to them, who were
the Children of Abraham, according to
the Flesh, and so only Fews by Birth, but
only as they were the Seed of Abraham,
according to the Promise. Therefore it
is of Faith, that it might be of Grace; to
the End the Promise might be sure to all
tbe. Seed, not to tbat only which is of the
Law, but to that also, which is of the
Faith of Abraham, who is the Father of us
all. Having proved that the Gospel does
not make void the Law, but that it con-
firms and establishes it, I shall draw a
few Inferences from the whole, and so
conclude.

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Since then the Law is not made SERM void through Faith, it is incumbent upon

VII. us not to act, as if it was. Let the Gospel establish the Law never so much, yet unless we do fo too by our good Lives, it will be to no Purpose to us; for a wicked Life will make void both Law and Gospel too. And as there is

one,

who will accuse the Jews, even Mofes in whom they trust, fo there is one, who will accuse us Christians, if we think to make our Faith attone for our wicked Lives, even Christ in whom we thus vainly trust. If the Gospel is so great a Refinement upon the Law, as we find it to be, let our Lives declare that it is so ; that we may not be reproached both by Jew and Gentile, who will be ready enough to say, that the Dirpensation we are so fond of, is nothing else but a' Dispensation for a wicked Life.

'Tis true, Sin Thall no longer have Dominion over us; for we are not under the Law, but under Grace : But what then? Mall we Sin, because we are not under the Law, but under Grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom he yield your U

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are to whom je obey, whether of Sin unto Death, or of Obedience unto Righteousnefs? We were indeed made free from Sin, but it was to this End, that we should become Servants to Righteousness.

We ought to consider the Law and the Gospel thoroughly; and if we do fo we shall find no reason to think, that the keeping of the one will dispense with a Neglect of the other ; nor that the Gospel is opposed to the Law as a Rule of Life; for the Rules are not opposed to one another, tho' the Covenants are. If we consider Faith as a distinct thing from Morality, we don't consider it, as it is; for Faith is not the same thing to a Christian, as it is to a Heathen: To him it is only an Affent of the Mind, but to the other, it is a great deal more; for it is always accompanied with Good Works. Had the Jews understood this, they could not have supposed, that St. Paul had set himself up in opposition to Moses; or that there was any Occasion for him to purify himself, to thew that he walked orderly, and kept the Law.

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VII. practise ; and many people think, that if they have Faith all is well: And so inđeed it is, if they have it ; but unless it be attended with Good Works, the Misfortune of it is, that at the same time they value themselves so much upon their Faith, like an Argument that proves too much, it serves only to demonstrate, that they have believed themselves even into a State of Infidelity, for it is not Faith, but Confidence. It is not Faith, as it is described by our Saviour ; and therefore it is no Faith at all, in the Gospel-sense of the Word.

Tis certainly a Matter of great Concern to understand the true Design of the Law and of the Gospel, that we may know the Nature of that Slavery from which we are set free, and of that Liberty to which we are advanced. And since the Law and the Gospel agree so well together, w: ought not to contribute any thing to make them disagree. Let us sanctify the Lord God in our Hearts; that if

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