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judgments to.deal truly; he-isjuff, he shaft* surely live, saith the Lord God: Mat. For the Son of man shall come-in the
l6- *7- glory of his Father, with his angels, and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Acts 10. Then Peter opened his mouth and faid^ 34,3S- Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation, he that feareth him, and- worketh righteousness, is accepted with him: Rom. s. The righteous judgment of.Gbd?; who 5,6. will'render to every man according to 'his deeds: to them, who, by patient continuance in well-doing, seek for glory and ho-. nour, and immortality, eternal life: but glory, honour, and peaceito every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile, a Cor. For we must all appear before the judgs't0' ment-seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things.done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be 'good or bad. i Thes. Which-is a manifest token of the rightx- 5- eous judgment of God^ that ye may be counted worthy,of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer.;
jame* But whoso looketh into the perfect'law. I• *5- of liberty, and continuetfr therein, he being
riot a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Cast not away therefore your confidence, Heb which hath great recompence of reward. 10.35.
And if ye call on the Father, who with- x p«er out respect of persons, judgeth according I-I7to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.
. And behold. I come quickly, and myR"-». reward is-with me, to give every man ac- "'I4' cording as his work shall be. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. .,,'..,
C^ // Jhould seem that tbe purpose of God, •"' in sending his Son the Lord "Jesus Christ, was notjimply to save man by an imputative right- ... , eousne/s, altogether without them; but also by the wajhing os regeneration, or an inward righteousness: what faith the Jeripture further es this?
tf. And thou shalt call his name Jesus, Mat. for he^hall save his people from their sins. 1 "•
Looking for that blessed hope,, and the Tit. *. gjprious appearing of the great God, and **'**' our $avioiw /esiis Christ, who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people,- zealous of good works.
r a CHAP.
Concerning Perfection, or Freedom from
Quest. I perceive then by all these scriptures aforementioned, that Christ, as well as he bath purchased pardon for our sins, hath also obtained power by which we may even here be cleansed from the filth of them: May we expecl then in this life to be freed from the dominion of fin? Rom. A. For sin shall not have dominion over *>• *4- you.
Q^ For what reason? Rom. A. For ye are not under the law, buc6- I4' under grace.;
(^ How cometh the apostle then to cry out and complain of Jin, saying, Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Doth he speak that as a condition always, permanent to him and other saints, or only that tuhich he had passed through? What faith he afterwards? Rom. 8. A. There is therefore now no condem1> *• nation to them which are in Christ Jesus, 'who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit: for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the Rom. 8. law of sin and death. Who shall separate 351039.US from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or sa
raine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword ?•
Q. What faith that apostle then unto such, who taking oecafion from his words, Jhould jf/e^d' for continuance in fit for term of life., and think to be saved by the imputatiiie rights .eoufnefs of Christ, as being under grace■ $ - - - .:»
A. What shall we fay then.? Shall we Rom.6. continuer in si% that grace may abound ?I,aGod forbid.
Whati! then? Shall we fin, because we Rom. are not under the law,. but under grace ?& I5God forbid. -
Q^ Is neP. the. apostle- then so far from supr fofing that condition,. of being always under Jin, wJfe his■ own constant condition, or that of all the faints, that he even supposes many of the- then-. church of Rome., to whom he wrote, to be- free from it? How hefpeaketh he thmy as: in relation to tlm. matter ?.
Rom.6. A. How shall we that are dead to sir/, *t0 7- live any longer therein ? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ, were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was railed up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is Rom. 6. dead, is freed from sin. Likewise reckon 11 to13. ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto fin; but alive unto God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the hists thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin; but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead; and your members as instruments Rom. 6. of righteousness unto God. Know ye not, i*to»3-that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey, whether of fin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thank'ed, that ye were the servants of sin;