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and mind and might; and ones Neighbour as ones self. And what can any Believers under the Gospel do more? How then can I fubscribe to the Assertion of a Modern Writer, That the Law of Moses tended to make men no more than Outwardly Righteous : And that the Obligation of it extended no further than to the Outer man? And who will think, fo bafely of God's Pure and Righteous Law, that a man might fulfil it, and yet be a Hypocrite? When the very Best Works that ever we can do, are all required by this Law. And yet_they are Excluded from the Honour of Effecting our Justification before God, Because still they are Impere fect: And therefore Short of what the Law requires. And if all our own Works are excluded: Sure it must be understood of our Good Works. For what pretence can be for the Bad? And who would expect to be Justified, for doing Wickedly? Yea, where St. Paul excludes Works from Justifying the Sinner, How can we suppose him to mean Works of the Mosaick Law, as such; When the Famous Example, which he produces, to strengthen his Doctrine, Abram,] was Dead above 300 years before that Law. was given? And when the Gentiles, whose Apostle he was, and to whom he writes of this matter, were never Under it, but without it. How much beside the purpose then had it been, to diffuade them

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Nay, in the matter of Justification, he Disclaims his own Works, done after his Conversion; as well as those done before it. i Cor. 4. 4. Gal. 2. 16. and Phil. 3. 9. And the Evangelical Obedience, Is it not ftill Our Righteousness; Because we are Bound to do it: And it is wrought In us; and By us: Though done in Faith, and not without the Influx of God's Grace; Yer it is Our Work; as far as any thing of the Creatures can be called their Own: For in God we Live and Move; And he works all our Works in us; Even those of Nature, as well as of Grace. And upon the very fame account, as some would make the Works of Believers Meritorious; Our Apostle fhuts them all out, Eph 2. 10. Even becaule we are God's Handywork, Created to 'em. And even the Just Jhall Live, not by their Works, but by their Faith. Gal. 3. II. Nor for any supposed Worthiness that is in them: But by their Believing in Him, who indeed is Worthy. Still he would have all that Renounced, which suggests matter of Boasting: As do the works of a Believer; and that more than of another ; because his works are Better. And though they be done by God's Gift and Help; yet if we were Juftified by 'em, we mighe Glory in'em. So did the Pharisee; Luke. 18. ir. Though he Magnified himself; and look'd

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And indeed such as plead for Works done by the Grace of God, to Justify them, may as well plead, That all manner of Works, without distinction, (counted good) should Justify them. Because they ule foto confound Nature and Grace; That, according to them, even a man's Rational Faculty, and his Natural Ability to work at all, is as much of Grace, as any peculiar Qualification wrought by the Holy Spirit. And so we must leave them, (if they will,) to quarrel the Apostle, for making any difference at all, between our Own Righteousness, and the Righteousness of God.

However, When 'tis the Mercy of God, and the Merit of Christ that Justifies the Undeserving : Methinks it is no fair Thanking the Lord, for Enabling them to do Good Works; to go and let those Works in the place of his Grace; and give them the Honour due to that. And I must confess, It would be as Disingenuous and Wicked to Arrogate this Glory of Justification to our Faith; which others conter upon their Works. For though Faith Dignifies us, in Receiving that Righteousness of our Saviour, by which we are Justified; and by which the Imperfection of our Works is Covered, and our

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own Righteousness made significant, to stand us in any stead: Yet all this while, It is not Faith, as our Work; No, but only as the Vellel, which God gives us, to Receive the Treasure. And in it self, what is it, but like an Eartben Pot, fillid with Gold and Jewels? And then if Faith it self, by which we are faid to be Justified; (As it apprehends the Righteousness of Christ which does it ;) Yet has so poor a Share in the matter: (though it be all that can be done on our Parts ;) what part or Honour will here be left for Works; which the Apostle utterly excludes: As having nothing to do in the Business of Juftification: But only come after, as the Fruits and Consequents of that Faith, which does the work?

All this I do here so much Inculcate: Because I know what pains the Self Justiciaries are at still, to bring in somewhat of their Own, to do the business: And how much they are aggrieved, to be stript of all their Own Plumes; that Christ may be All in All. If they cannot get it one way, they will have it another. If one fort of Self-Righteousness will not do, for their Justification, another fhall. Thus they go about to set up some Righteousness of their Own. And they will not be put off it:But Attempt it over and over. , Like one that would (sãoue) Set up a Dead Carcass, to Stand by itself: But that will not Fadge; It cannot be Accom

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plish'd. However still they are Trying at the Unfeasible thing : And this they would fain have to do their business; without any Righteousness of Christ, Imputed to 'em.

And so [They have not Submitted themselves to the Righteousness of God.] That which is of his Chuling and Ordaining, they do not Approve, and like well of it : They will not Yield and Subscribe to it; as the Best and Only way of Salvation. No, but they Dispute and Cavil, and are full of their Exceptions against it. They find great Fault with it: And they make but even a mere Mock of it. 'Tis Foolishness to them, To look for Life and Salvation, from another's Death and Paflion. To be fo Beholden to the Son of God, And take all as a Gratuity from Him; This will not down with the Stout Stomachs; So to receive the Kingdom of God, as Little Children ; (which our Saviour says all must do, that will enter there;) They will not be such Babies. No, They think themselves to be more Men; and to know Better things. They will not therefore Vouchsafe to Yield unto God's Way of Justifying and Saving Sioners; only through the Merits and Righteousness of his Son, apprehended and applied by their Faith.

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