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law, which was the sentence due to us all for sin, was executed on Christ, he being made a curse for us, Gal. iii. 13. Thus, justice being satisfied and judgment fully executed, both justice and judgment dwell in the body and soul of Christ, as in an habitation; and they are both agreed in him, that mercy and truth should go hand in hand to us, “ Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne [of grace]: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.” “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound,” Psalm lxxxix. 15.
The law that told us to do and live, transgress and die, is now disarmed of its commanding and condemning power, as a covenant of works, and is in the heart of Christ. “Thy law is within my heart,” shut up in that ark; while his righteousness is answerable to the command of the law, and his death answerable to the sentence of it. So by faith in him, as our justification and redemption, we are delivered from the commanding and condemning power of the law, as a covenant of works; and the voice is now changed from · Do and live,' to · Believe and live:' from Transgress and die,' to “ He that believeth shall never die.” Thus, Christian, justice, judgment, and the disarmed law, are in Christ Jesus: all judgment is committed to him; all power given him; every promise is yea and amen in him; all the treasures of
grace, wisdom, and knowledge; all the fulness of the Spirit, and all the fulness of the Godhead, dwell in him bodily. And all this that God may honour his dear Son, and magnify the riches of his grace in glory by him. The devil himself is wounded by his sword, bound by his chain, and trampled under his feet; as you read, “ The Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan, the crooked serpent, even leviathan, that piercing serpent, and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea,” Isa. xxvii. 1. He bound him with his chain, Rev. xx. 1; he trod upon the lion and adder, and the young lion he trampled under feet, Psalm xci. 13. Therefore cleave thou to Christ, and let his whole revealed mind and will be thy rule. Moses and his legal works, Elijah and his fiery zeal, willingly withdrew, as good servants ought, from the mount while the disciples were with Jesus, Matt. xvii. 8. And, when you hear men pointing the hardened and impenitent sinner to the blood of Christ, and sending happy souls to Moses' law for a rule and a yoke, regard not every · Lo here, and Lo there;' but
go to Christ for both your rule and your yoke. If thou art a believer, go not to Sinai, but cleave to another mount, as Isaiah tells you in his vision; “And it shall come to pass in the last days (mark that], that the mountain of the Lord's house (that is Christ, compare with Dan. ii. 35;] shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go,
Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will
teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem,” Isa. ii. 2, 3. There is your rule, Christian, the law and the word; see that thou go not to Moses for a yoke; but “stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not again entangled with the yoke of bondage,” Gal. v. 1. And take your yoke and rule from your only master and ruler, as he commands us : “Come unto me, all ye
that labour (under the legal yoke), and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest; take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls; for my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
When you hear men telling you that they know of no other rule than the decalogue, nor of any other assured hope of salvation than that those who endure to the end shall be saved, tell them to take their Bibles and look again. A heart-felt union kept up by faith, prayer, and watchfulness, is the only way to be fruitful. If thou sufferest thyself to be beguiled out of this, and art led to Moses, thou wilt soon get the yoke of bondage on thy neck; and when that is fixed by legal preaching thy heart will get hard; thy spirit will get narrow and contracted, 2 Cor. vi. 19; thou wilt be racked with cruel jealousy; inwardly galled at the happiness, prosperity, or success of another; and wilt then be prating about the merit of good works, while thy own soul is secretis led captive
by the devil at his will, and thy conscience accusing thee for it; but, being hardened, thou wilt not regard conscience. Thou wilt then hold the closest communion with those who are bound in the spirit of bondage with thee; and all thy conversation will be railing at those who are more happy in the Lord than thyself. Yea, thou wilt at times obscure plain truth; or even dare to pervert the word of God, in order to entangle others in thy own bondage; because their heavenly frames will gall your bitter spirits. Thus a company of Moses's advocates pull one another into the bush together. I have been through all these blind straits, and know them as well as any one that shoots in secret at me. And I know that this is the foolishness of him that “perverteth his way,
and his heart fretteth against the Lord," Prov. xix. 3.
The Lord favour us with access to himself, and with the fructifying showers of special grace, that we may enjoy, and not abuse, our liberty, and be made fruitful in Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Bring thou all thy internal and external trials to the will of God in the promises, as the only rule to lay them to, and the only rule to explain them by; and keep thyself in the enjoyment of God's love in Christ Jesus. It is love that fulfils the commandments, and that will influence thy life and walk: all fruits without this root will surely wither; “ Let thine heart keep my commandments." And it is the love of God in the
heart that will keep the soul from falling; “The law of his God is in his heart, none of his steps shall slide.”
Thus, reader, if thou art one of the legal stamp, who seeketh rest and findeth none, I have gone as far as I can, with truth on my side, after thee; and shall have many a secret arrow shot at me for going so far. Howbeit I have not dethroned the Saviour, nor exalted the servant in the Master's place; nor have I made void the law; but have set it on a level with the rest of God's word as a rule : nor have I offered any encouragement to hardened sinners; but have established the law in all its force against them. God help you to preach up good works by your life, as the Saviour did : every miracle that he wrought proclaimed who he was; and, to shew that he sought not the glory of men, he said, “See thou tell no man of it.” But good works will always preach themselves; for the more he charged them the more they spread it abroad. Let free-grace dwell on your hearts and tongues, and let your lives proclaim the fruits of the Spirit; and do not act like the workmongers; for Christ declares “they say and do not,” Matt. xxiii. 3. And this appears plain enough in our present Arminian leader, who in public print has called every sound gospel minister a child of the devil; as the Pharisees, in the Lord's days, “called the master of the house Beelzebub,” Matt. x. 25. So, agreeably to Christ's prediction, our present pope has con