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BE AU TY
OR An EXHORTÀTION to CHRISTIANS to be
By John BUNYAN.
Holiness becomes thy House, O Lord,
· for ever.
LONDON, Printed by B. w. for Benj. Alsop, at the Angel and Bible in the Poultry, 1634.
To the following
Hen I write of Justification before God, from the dreada
ful curse of the Law; then I must speak of nothing but Grace,Christ, the Promise and Faith: but when I Speak of our Justification before Men, then I must jaynto thefe, good Works. For: Grace, Chrift, and Faith are things invisible, and so not to be seen by another, otherwise than
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through a life that becomes so bleffed a Gospel as has declared unto us the remission of our sins for the fake of Jesus Chrift. He then that would have Forgiveness of Sins, and fo be delivered from the Curse of God, muft believe in the Righteoufriefs and Blood of Chrift: but be that would shew to bis Neighbours that he hath truly received shis Mercy of God, must do it by good Works; for all things else to them, is but talk: As for example ; A Tree is known to be what it is, to wit, whether of this or that kind, ci by it's - Fruit. A Tree it is without Fruit, but so long as it fo' abideth, there is ministred accafion to doubt what manner of Tree it is.
A Professor is a Professor though Matth. 9. he hath no good Works; but that, Jam 2.18.
as fuch, he is truly godly; he is foolish that to concludesh. Not that Works make a Man good; for the Fruit maketh not a good Tree,
it is the Principle, to wit, Faith, Matt.7.16. that makes a Man good, and his Luk. 6.44. works that bew him to be so.
What thèn? why, all Professors that have not good Works flowing from their Faith, are naught i Heb. 6.8. are Bramble bubes; are nigh unto Cursing, whose end is to be burned. For Professors by their fruitlesness declare that they are not of the planting of God; nor the Wheat : but Tares and Matr. 13. Children of the Wicked one.
Not that Faith needeth good works as an help to Juftification before God. For in this matter Faith will
be ignorant of all good Works, exi cept those done by the Person of
Christ. Here then the good Man worketh but believeth:for he is Rom.4. 3, not now to carry to God, but to re- 47 S: ceive at his Hand the matter of his. Juftification by Faith ; nor is the matter of his fuftification before God: ought else but the good deeds of another Man,to wit,Chrift Jesus,