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guilt of sin, the condemning wrath of God, the curse of the moral law a:% and in their being delivered from this present evil world, bondage - to Satan, and dominion of fin b, from the evil of afflictions, the sting of death, the victory of the grave, and everlasting damnation c; as also,in their free access to God d, and their yielding obedience unto him, not out of flavilh fear, but a child-like love, and willing mind <?. All which were common also to believers under the law f; but under the New Testament, the liberty of Christians is further enlarged in ! their freedom from the yoke of the ceremonial law, ten ■ which the Jewish church was subjected £, and in greater boldness of access to the throne of grace h, and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of i. VL. God alone is Lord of the conscience k, and hath

Jer. xxxi. 33. But this shall be the covenant that- I will make with the house of Israel, Asrer those days, faith the L ord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and will be their God, and they (hall be my people.

L a Tit. ii. 14. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, iealous of good works; 1 Thess. i. 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus which delivered us from the wrath to come. Gal. iii. 13. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse os the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.

b Gal. i. 4. Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us -^rom this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father. Col. i. 13. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. Acts xxvi.- 18. To epen their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Rom. vi. 14. For sin mall not hare dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

c Rom. viii. 28. We know that


all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Psal. cxix. 71. It is good for me that I have been afflicted: that I might learn thy statutes. iCor. xv. 54. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal mall have put on immortality, then {hall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory, v. $5. O death where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? .v. j6. The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. v. J7. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. viii. 1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ |esus, who walk not after the flc(h, but after the Spirit.

(/Rom.v. 1. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. T. 2. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

> e Rom. viii. 14. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. v. 15. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father, i John iv. 18. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because


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fear hath torment: he that feareth, of God, let us hold fast cur piofesnot made perfect in love. sion. v. 16. Let us therefore come

/Gal. iii. 9. So then they which be boldly unto the throne of grace, that 9s faith, are blessed with faithful A- we may obtain mercy, and find grace braham. v. 14. That the blessing of to help in time of need. Heb. x. 19. Abraham might come on the Gen- Having therefore, brethren, boldtiles through Jesus Christ; that we ness to enter into the holiest by the might receive the promise of the blood of Jesus, v. 20. By a new and Spirit through faith. living way which he hath consecra.

^Gal.iv. 1. Now I say, that the ted for us, through the vail, that heir, as long as he is a child, differ- is to fay, his flesh; v. 21. And eth nothing from a servant, though having an high priest over the house he be lord of all; v. 2. But is under of God: v. 22. Let us draw near tutors and governors, until the time with a true heart, in full assurance appointed of the father, v. 3. Even of faith, having our hearts sprinkled so we, when we were children, were from an evil conscience, and our in bondage under the elements os the bodies washed with pure water, world, v. 6. And because ye are i John vii. 38. He that believetb. sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit on me, as the scripture hath said, os his Son into your hearts, crying, out of his belly shall flow rivers of Abba, Father. \. 7. Wherefore thou living wafer, v. 39. But this spake art no more a servant, but a son; he of the Spirit, which they that beand if a son, then an heir os God lieve on him, should receive : for throughChrist. Gal. v. 1. Standfast the Holy Ghost was not yet given, therefore in the liberty wherewith because that Jesus was not yet gloChrist hath made us free,and be not rified. 2 Cor. iii. 13. And not as entangled again with the yoke of Moses, which put avail over his face, bondage. Acts xv. 10. Now there- that the children of Israel could not fore why tempt ye God, to put a stedfastly look to the end of that yoke upon the neck of the disciples, whicli is abolished, v. 17.Now the which neither our fathers nor we Lord is that Spirit: and, where the were able to bear? v. 11. But we Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, believe that through the grace of v. T8. But we all with open face, the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be beholding as in a glass the glory ot" saved even as they. the Lord, are changed into the fame

ilieb. iv. 14. Seeing then that we image, from glory to glory, even as have a great high priest, that is pas- by the Spirit of the Lord, std into the heavens, Jesus the Soa II. A James iv. 12. There is one

lawleft it free from the doctrines and commandments of men,

which are in any thing side it, in matters of faith

contrary to his word, or beor worship /. So that to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commandments out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of. conscience m; and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also n.

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v. 23. Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will-wor/hip and humility, and neglecting of the body, not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. Gal. i. 10. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I mould not be the servant of Christ. Gal. ii. 4. And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty, which, we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage, v. j. To whom we gave place by subjection, no not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. Gal. v. 1. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

n Rom. x. 17. So then, faith Cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom. xiv. 23. And he that doubteth, is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is nor, of faith, is sin. If. viii. 20. To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Acts xvii. 11, These were more noble than those in 'I heflaloniin that they received the word

lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? Rom. xiv. 4. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth orfalleth: yea, he shall beholden up: for God is able to make him stand.

/ Acts iv. 19. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God, to hearken unto you more than unto Gcd, judge ye. Acts v. 29. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. I Cor, vii. 23. Ye are bought with a price, be not ye the servants of men. Matth,xxiii.8. But be not ye called Rabbi: for ere is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren, v. 9. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven, v. 10. Neither be ye called Masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 2 Cor. i. 24. Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye Hand. Matth. xv. 9. But in vain tliey do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

m Col. ii. 20. Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world : why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 22. Which all are to perish with the using, after the commandments and doctrines of men?

with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. John iv. 22. Ye worlhip ye know not what:

III. They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, do practise any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty; which is, that, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life 0.

IV. And because the powers which God hath ordained, and the liberty which Christ hath purchased, are not intended by God to destroy, but mutually to uphold and preserve one another; they who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, (hall oppose any lawful power, or the lawful exercise of it, whether it be civil or ecclesiastical, resist the ordinance of God p. And for their publishing of


we know what we worship: for sal- os whom a man is overcome, of the vatron is of the Jews. Hof. v. 11. fame is he brought in bondage. Joha Ephraim is oppressed, and broken in viii. 34. Jesus answered them, Verijudgment; because he willingly walk- Jy, verily, I say unto you,Whosoever ed after the commandment. Rev. committeth sin, is the servant of sin. xiii. 12. And he exerciseth all the Luke i. 74. That he would grant power of the first beast before him, unto us, that we being delivered out and causcth the earth, and them of the hands of our enemies, might which dwell therein, to worship the serve him without fear. v. 75. Ia £rst beast, whose deadly wound was holiness and righteousness before him, healed, v. 16. And he causeth all, all the days of our life, both small and great, rich and poor, ■ IV. p Matth. xii. 25. And Jesus free and bond, to receive a mark knew their thoughts, and said unto in their right hand, or in their fore- them, Every kingdom divided against heads: v. 17. And that no man itself, is brought to desolation: and. might buy or fell, save he that had every city or house divided against the mark, or the name os the beast, itself, (hall not stand. J Pet. ii. 13. or the number os liis name. Jer. Submit yourselves to every Olivia, Q. The wife men are ashamed, nance os man for the Lord's lake: they are dismayed and taken ; Jo, whether it be to the king, as supreme: they have rejected the word of the v. 14. Or unto governors, as unto Lord, and what wisdom is in them? them that are sent by him for the III. a Gal. v. 13. For, brethren, punishment of evil doers, and for ye have been called unto liberty; the praise of them that do well, only use not.liberty for an occasion v. 16. As free, and not using your to the flesh, but by love serve one liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, anodier. 1 Pet. ii. 16. As free, and but as the servants of God. (Rom. notjpfing your liberty for a cloke of xiii. 1. to the 8th verse. Heb. xiii. maliciousness, but as the servants of 17. Obey them that have the rule Co4. 2 Pet. ii. 19. While they pro- over you, and submit yourselves: mift them liberty, they themselves for they watch for your souls, as are the servants of cerruptioa: for they that must £ive .account: that

P "' they such opinions, or maintaining of such practices, as are contrary to the light of nature, or to the known principles of Christianity, whether concerning faith, worstiip, or conversation; or to the power of godliness; or such erroneous opinions or practices, as either, in their own nature, "or in the manner of publifliing or maintaining them, are destructive to the external peace and order which Christ hath established in the church; they may lawfully be called to account, and proceeded against by the censures of the church q, and by the power of the civil magistrate r. 1 CHAP.

they may do it with joy, and not be ashamed. And i Tim. vi. 3. If with grief: for, that is unprofitable any man teach otherwise, and con

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17,Rom. i. 32. Who knowing the judgment os God, (that they which commit such things are worthy of death) not only do the fame, but have pleasure in them that do them. With 1 Cor. v 1. It is reported commonly that there is fornication a» mong you, and such fornication as is not so much as named amongst the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. v. 5. To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. v. 11. But now I have written unto you, not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such an one, no not to eat. v. 13. But them that are without, God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. 2 John 10. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed, v. 11. For he that biddeth him God speed, is partaker of his evil deeds. And2Thess. iii. 14. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may

sent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord fesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is "according to godliness: v. 4. He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmifings, v. 5. Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness : from such withdraw thyself. And Tit. i. 10. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcision: v. 11. Whose mouths must be stopped,who subvert whole houses^ teaching things which they ought.not,for filthy lucre's fake, v. 13. This witness is true: wherefore rebuke them sharply, that tht y may be sound in the faith. And Tit. iii. iCf- A man that is an heretic, after the first and'second admonition, reject. With Matth. xviii. 1 j.Moreover, is thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if be shall heat thee, thou hast gained thy brother, v. 16. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth, of two or three witnesses every word may be established, v. 17. And is-.he shall neglect to hear them, tell it

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