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Christ the Righteousness of his People; or, ..
The Doctrine of Justification by Faith
REPRESENTED IN SEVERAL
PREACHED AT THE
By RICHARD RAWLIN.
Published at the Request of the Com-
mittee of the said Lecture.
Printed by John BRYCE, for PATRICK ED.
TO THE GENTLEMEN, MERCHANTS
Who encourage and support the
Lecture at Pinner’s-Hall.
D ROM the time that you called me
T to be a helper of your faith and joy, in the service of a lecture, that has been so extensively useful, I hope I have A 2.
had nothing more in my view, than to explain and recommend, in the best manner I can, the several great and important truths of the gospel, as they might offer themselves in the course of that ministry, which I am fulfilling among you. And as some of my first thoughts led me to consider and state the doctrine of. Juftification, I was the more encouraged to attempt this, as I knew of what dear importance this article of our faith was with you; and that a well-meant design to place it in such a light, as might secure the complete honour of our justification to the righteousness of Christ, and the free grace of God, in and through him, could not fail of meeting with a favourable reception among you, whatever imperfections might attend the execution of it ; 'nor have my expectations herein been disap- ,
1.Do not pretend to offer any thing new upon a subject, that has so often employed the pens of our best and ablest Divines since the Reformation. My chief design has been to give an easy, methodical, and connected view of this capital article of our faith, in the several bearings and dependancies of one part of the subject upon another; and I have with the more care and attention endeavoured this, as l-apprehend the want of 'taking such a view of it has heen, at least, one occafion of those unhappy mistakes, which some have fallen into about it, and of those many prejudices, which others have entertained against what seems to me to be the true scripture-doctrine in this point : Taking the whole together in that light, in which I have endeavoured to place it, I hope it will appear a scheme worthy of God, and consistent with itsell ; and that, A 3