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CHAP. XIX. Of the Law of God.

GQo gave to Adam a law, as a covenant of works, b which he bound him, and all his posterity, to Poo",

entire, exact, and perpetual

not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Job xiii. 15. Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him ; but I will maintain mine own ways before him. Psal. lxxiii. 15. If I say, I will speak thus: behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. Psal. li. 8, 12. [See letter P immediately before.] Isa. l. 10. [See letter P immediately foregoing.] r Micah vii. 7. Therefore I will look unto the Lord : I will wait for the God of my salvation : my God will hear me. Ver, 8. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy : when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. Ver. 9. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness. Jer. xxxii. 40. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shail not depart from me. Isa. liv. 7. For a small moment have 1 forsaken thee; but with great mercies

will I gather thee: Ver, 8. In a

obedience; promised life upon the fulfilling, and threatened death upon the breach of it;

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more go over the earth; 9 have I joha. i would not be wro with thee, nor rebuke thee. Ver, 10. For the mountains shall depart: and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of "y peace be removed, saith the lso that hath mercy on thee. Psal, xxii. 1. My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me? why "; thou so far from helping me...” from the words of my roa"8" [Psal. lxxxviii. throughout]

I. a Gen. i. 26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish." the sea, and over the fowl of the "...i and over the cattle, and ovo al

the earth, and over every creep-

ing thing that creepeth Po the

earth. Ver. 27. So God created.

man in his own image, in the image of God created he him : *& female created he them. With *

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II. This law, after his fall, continued to be a perfect

rule of righteousness; and,

as such, was delivered by

God upon mount Sinai in ten commandments, and written in two tables"; the four first commandments con

ledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely it. Rom, ii. 14, For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained

in the law, these having not the

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law, are a law unto themselves:

, Ver, 15. Which shew the work of

the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witnes, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another. Rom. x. 5. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin: and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned, Ver. 19. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners; so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Gal. iii. 10. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Wer, 12. And the law is not of faith; but the man that doeth them shall live in them. Eccl. vii. 29. Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inwentions. Job xxviii. 28. And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

ll b James i. 25. But whoso look

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eth into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James ii. 8. If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well. Ver. 10. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. Ver. I 1. For he that said, Do not commit adultery; said also, Do not kill. Now, if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. Ver. 12. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. Rom. xiii. 8. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another, hath fulfilled the law. Ver. 9. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Deut. v. 32. Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you : ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Deut. x. 4. And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the Lord spake unto you in the mount, out of the midst of the fire, in the day of the assembly": and the Lord gave them unto' me. Exod. xxxiv. 1. And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two as:

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taining our duty towards God, and the other six our duty

to man *. III. Besides this law,

commonly called Moral, God

was pleased to give to the people of Israel, as a o under age, ceremonial laws, containing several typica

ordinances; partly of worship, prefiguring

graces, actions, sufferings,

holding forth divers instructions of moral duties".

Christ, his and partly All

and benefits";

which ceremonial laws are now abrogated under the new

testament ‘.

IV. To them also, as a body politick, he gave sundry.

judicial laws, which expired together with the state of

of stone like unto the first : and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. * Matth. xxii. 37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Ver. 38. This is the first and great commandment. Ver. 39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. V. 40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. III. d [Heb. Chapter ix.] Heb. x, 1. For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices, which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect. Gal. iv. 1. Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be Lord of all; Ver. 2. But is under tutors and governors, until the time appointed of the father. Ver. 3. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world., Col. ii. 17. Which are a shadow of

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e 1. Cor. v. 7... Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened: for even Christ our passovo * sacrificed for us. 2 Cor. vi. " wherefore come out from among

them, and be ye separate; saith

the Lord, and touch...not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. Jude, ver, 23. And others, so wo fear, pulling them out of the o: hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. foil. ii. 14. Blotting out to hand-writing of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the Way, nailing it to his cross. Ver. 16. Let no man therefore judge you in “” or in drink, or in respect of an *: day, or of the new moon,9. of the sabbath-days: Ver. 17. Which : a shadow of things to com".; . the body is of Christ. Dan, ix. 27. And he’shali confirm the cove.” with many for one week; and the midst of the week ho sha cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease; and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the so. tion, and that o: o: poured upon the desolate, *His the law as a

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W. The moral law doth for ever bind all, as well justified Mersons as others, to the obedience thereof"; and that not Only in regard of the matter contained in it, but also in opert of the authority of God, the Creator, who gave * Neither doth Christ in the gospel any way dissolve, but much strengthen this obligation".

VI. Although

law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen Ver. 10. Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? for our sakes, no doubt, this is written t that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thrasheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

V. fi Rom. xiii. 8, 9.. [See above in letter b.] ver, 10, love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Eph. vi. 2. Honour thy father and mother, (which is the first commandment with promise.) 1 John ii. 3. And hereby do we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. Ver. 4. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. Ver, 7. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning : the old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. Ver, 8.

Again, a new commandment I write

unto you, which thing is true in

him and in you : because the dark

ness is past, and the true light now

shineth. i James ii.10, 11... [See in letter }} k Matth. v. 17. [See in letter *

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VI. Although true believers be not under

covenant of works, to be thereby justified or condemned';

yet is it of

eat use to them, as well as to others; in that,

as a rule of life, informing them of the will of God o: duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly ; discovering also the sinful pollutions of their moto hearts,

and lives";

Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Ver. 19. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. James ii. 8. [See in letter b before.] Rom. iii. 31. Do we then make void the law through faith ? God forbid : yea, we establish the law. VI. 1 Rom. vi. 14. For sin shall not have dominion over you : for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Gal. ii. 16. Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ; even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law : for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Gal. iii. 13. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a ourse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. Gal. iv. 4. But when the fulness 9f the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, ver, 5. To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Acts xiii. 39,

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