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are conquered, and Sin hath its imperial | lence, nor undermined by Skill, beThrone feated there : Other Conquerors cause it is within the Spirit of the Mind : invade Men againft their will, and fo Until at length some other Spirit stronger they rule against their Will'; they con- than our Spirit come; till the Spirit of tain Men in Subjectioa by Fear, and not Life which is in Christ, conie and bind by Love; and so when ever any Occasion the frong Man, and so make the poor offers, they are glad to cut off the Yoke of Soul free. You heard that we were ununwilling Obedience. But, Sin hath first der a Law of Death, and under the Power conquered Mens Judgment, by blinding of Sin ; now there is another Law, anit, putting out the Eye of the Understand- swering this Law, and a Power to over. ing, and then invaded the Affections of come this Power. You may indeed ask.. Men, drawn them over to its Side, and by what Law or Authority can a Sinby these, it keeps all in a moft willing ner that is bound over by God's Justice, Obedience. Now, what Hopes are there unto Death and Condemnation be released? then of Delivery, when the Piiloner Is there any Law above God's Law, and accounts his Bondage Liberty, and his the Sentence of his Justice? The Apostle Prison a Palace ; what Expectation of answers, that there is a Law above it, a Freedom, when all that is within us con- Law. after it, the Law of the Spirit of spires to the upholding that tyrranous Do. Life. Jesus Christ opposes Law unto minion of Sin, against all that would caft Law, the Law of Life unto the Law of it of its Usurpation, as if they were mor. Death; the Gospel unto the Law; the fetal Enemies ?
cond Covenant onto the first. Thus it is Yet there is a Delivery possible, but then, Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of such as would not have entered in the God, full of Grace and Truth, did Heart of Man to imagine, and it is here come in Man's stead, when the Law expressed, The Law of the Spirit of and Sentence of Death was past upon all Life, &c. This declares how, and by what Mankind, and there was no Expectation Means we may be made free : Not in from the Terms of the first Covenant, deed by any Power within us, not by any that there should be any Dispensation ar created Power without us. Sin is strong. Mitigation of the Rigour of it ;: he ob er than all these, because its imperial Seattains this, that so many as God had cholen is within, far without the reach of all creunto Life, their Sins and their Punishment ated Power; there may be some Means might be laid on him, and so he took Part used by Men, to beat it out of the Out of our Flesh, for this End, that he might works of the outward Man, to chose it out be made a Curse for us, and so redeem us of the external Members ; some Means to from the Curse: Thus having satisfied
rom such grofs Out-breakings, Justice, and fulfilled the Sentence of Death, but there is none can lay Siege to the Soul by suffering Death, Him hath God'exalted within, or storm the Understanding and to be a Prince and Saviour, and the Will, where it hath its principal Residence, Head of all Things. In Compensation Pris inaccessible, and impregnable by any of this great and weighty Work given him human Power : No Intreaties or Perswa- by his Father, All Judgment is comfions, no Terrors or Threatnings can mitted to him, and lo he fends out and prevail, it can neither be stormed by Vio- i proclaims another Law in Zion ; another
Sentence, even of Life and Absolution un overcome this Power, a Spirit of Life in to all, and upon all them that shall believe Christ to quicken dead Sinners, and raise in his Name. Thus you see the Law of them up, and draw them to him. And Death abrogated by a new Law of Life, fo, the second Adam hath this Prerogabecause our Lord and Saviour was made tive beyond the first, that he is not only under the Law of Death, and suffered un- a living Soul in himself
, but a quick ning der it, and satisfied it, that all his Seed might Spirit to all that are given him of the Fabe freed from it, and might come under a ther, ! Cor. xv. 45. So then, as Chrift Life-giving Law; so that it appears to be Jesus hath Law and Right on his Side, to true, that was said at first, i bere is no free us from Death, lo he hath Vertue and Condemnation to them that are in Cbrist, Power in him to accomplish our Delivery there is no Law, no Justice against them. from Sin: As he hath fair Law to loose the
Bus then another Difficulty as great as Chains of Condemnation, and to repeal the former, is in the way, though such a the Sentence past against us, without PreLaw and Sentence of Life and Absolution judice to God's Justice, he having fully be pronounced in the Gospel, in Christ's satisfied the fame in our Name; fo he Name, yet we are dead in Sins and hath sufficient Power given him, to loose Trespasses, we neither know nor feel our the Fetters of Sin from offus. When he Misery, nor can we come to a Redeemer: hath pay'd the Price, and satisfied the FaAs there was a Law of Death above our ther, so that Justice can crave nothing : Head, so there is a Law of Sin within our Yet, he hath one Adversary to deal with, Hearts, which rules and commands us ;
Satan hath Sinners bound with the Cords and there is neither Will nor Ability to
of their own Lusts, in a Prison of Darkescape from under it. It is true, Life and ness, and Unbelief; Jesus Chrift therefore Freedom is preached in Christ, to all that comes out to conquer this Enemy, and come to him for Life, to all that renounce to redeem his elect Ones, from that una Sin's Dominion is Remission of Sin juft Usurpation of Sin, to bring them out preached : But here is the greatest Diffi- of the Prison by the strong Hand; and culty, how can a dead Soul ftir, rise and therefore, he is one mighty, and able to walk? How can a Slaye to Sin, and a wild save to the uttermost, he hath Might to ling Captive renounce it, when he hath do it, as well as Right to it. neither to will ror to do ? Indeed if all Consider then, my Beloved, these two had been purchased for us, if eternal Life Things, which are the Breasts of our and Forgiveness of Sins had been brought Consolation, and the Foundation of our near us, and all the Business done to our Hope ; we are once loft and utterly unConsent, and that only wanting, if thefe done, both in regard of God's Justice, had been the Terms, I have purchased and our own utter Inability to help our Life, now rise and embrace it of your selves, which is strengthned by our Unselves ; cruly, it had been an unsuccessful willingness, and thus made a more defpeBusiness, Chrift had lost all that was given rate Business : Now God hath provded tim, if the No:nent and weight of our a fuitable Remedy, be batb laid Help on Salvation had been hung upon our Accep- one that is mighty indeed, who hath Alzation. Therefore, it is well provided for mighty Power, and by his Power he firft this also, that there thould be a Power to conflicted with the Punishment of our Sins,
and with his Father's Wrath, and hath that must be done by his Almighty Spirit, overcome, discharged and satisfied that, and cannot be otherways done. and so hath purchafed a Right unto us, to I know not whether of these is Macgive Salvation to whom he will ; he con ter of greatest Comfort, that there is in quered, and by his Power obtains this su- Christ, a Redemption from the Wrath of pream Authority of Life and Death. God, and from Hell, and that there is a
Now, having this Authority established Redemption too, from Sin, and Corrupin his Person, the next Work is to apply tion which dwells within us; but sure I this Purchase, a&ually to confer this Life ; am, both of them will be most sweet and and therefore, he hath Almighty Power Comfortable to a Believer, and without to raise up dead Sinners, to create us a- both, Christ were not a compleat Regain to good Works, to redeem us from deemer, nor we compleatly redeemed. the Tyranny of Sin and Satan, whose Neither would a believing Soul, in which Slaves we are. He hath a Spirit of Life, there is any measure of this new Law, and which he communicates to his Seed, he divine Life, be satisfied without both these. breathes it into these Souls that he died for, Many are miserably deluded in their Ape and difpofleffech that powerful Corruption prehensions of the Gospel, they take it up that dwells inus. Hence it comes to pass, thus,as if it were nothing but a Proclamatithat they walk after the Spirit, though on of Freedom from Misery, from Death they be in the Flesh; because the power and Damnation, and so the most Pare ful Spirit of Christ hath entred, and tak catch at nothing else in it, and from thence en Poffeffion of their Spirits, Ifa. lix, takes Liberty to walk after their former 20, 21.
Lusts and Courses; this is the woful pracLet us not be discouraged in our Ap-tical Use, that the generality of Hearers, prebensions of Chrift, when we look on make of the free Intimation of Pardon, our ruinous and desperate Estate, let us and Forgivenness of Sin, and Delivery not conclude, it is paft Hope, and past his from Wrath; they admit fome general Help too. We do proclaim in the Name of Notion of that, and stops there, and ex. Jesus Christ, that there is no Sinner, how- amines not what further is in the Gospel, soever juftly under a Sentence of Death and so you will see the Slaves of Sin, proand Damnation, but they may in him find felling a kind of Hope of Freedom from a Relaxation from that Sentence, and that Death, the Servants and Vassals of Corwithout the impairing of God's Justice, ruption, who walk after the Course of this and this is a marvelous Ground of Com- World, and fulfill the Lusts, and Delires. fort, that may establish' our Souls, foon of their Mind and Flesh, yet fancying a i. 9. even this, that Law and Justice is Freedom and Immunity from Condemnaupon Chrift's Side, and nothing to accuse, rion, Men living in Sin, yet thinking of or plead against a Sinner, that imploys escaping Wrath, which Dreams could not him for his Adyocate. But, know this be entertained in Men, if they did drink also, that you are not delivered from in all the Truth, and open both their Ears Death, ebat you may live under Sim; nay, to the Gospel, if our Spirits were not nar. you are redeemed from Death, that you row and limited, and so excluded the one may be freed from the Law of Sin, but half of the Gospel, that is, our Redempti
tion from Sin. There is too much of half of the Benefit conferred by Christ's this, even among the Children of God, Death, as the greater Half of the Re. a strange Narrownels of Spirit, which ad. demption which the Redeemer by his mits not whole and intire Truth ; it falls Office is bound to accomplish: He will out often, that when we think of Delivery redeem Israel from all bis Iniquities; from Death and Wrath, we forget in the witb bim is plenteous Redemption, Pfal. mean Time the End and Purpose of chat, cxxx. 7, 8. - This is the Plenty, this is the wbich is, that we may be freed from Sin, Sufficiency of it, that he redeems not only and serve the living God without fear. from Misery, but from Iniquity, and that, And if at any Time we consider, and busy all Iniquities. I would not desire a Be. our Thoughts about Freedom from the liever's Soul to be in a better Pofture hereLaw of Sin, and Victory over Corrupti-away, than this, to be looking upon Sin on; fuch is the Scantinels of Room and in dwelling, as his Bondage, and RedempCapacity in our Spirits, that we lose the tion from it, as Freedom ; to account Remembrance of Delivery from Death, himself in so far free, as the free Spirit of and Condemnation, in Christ Jesus ; thus Christ enters and writes that free Law of we are tossed between two Extreams, the Love and Obedience in his Heart, and Quick-sands of Presumption and Wanton bolts out these base Characters of the Law ness, and the Rocks of Unbelief and Der of Sin. It were a good Temper to be pair, or Discouragement, both of which, Groaning for the Redemption of the Soul; do kill the Christian's Life, and make all to and why doth a Believer groan for the fade and wither. But this were the Way, Redemption of the Body, but because he and only Way, to preserve the Soul in shall then be freed wholly from the Law good Ease, even to keep these two con of Sin, and from the Presence of Sin? I tinually in our Sight, that we are redeem- know not a greater Argument, to a graed from Death and Misery in Christ, and cious Heart, to subdue his Corruption, that not to serve our selves, or to continue and strive for Freedom from the Law of in our Sins, but that we may be redeem- Sin, than the Freedom obtained from the ed from that Sin, that dwells in us, and Law of Death ; nor is there any clear. that both these are purchased by Jesus er Argument and Evidence of a Soul deChrist, and done by his Power ; the one livered from Death, than to strive for the in his own Person, the other by his Spirit Freedom of the Spirit from the Law of within us. I would have you correcting Sin, these jointly help one another ; _Freeyour Misapprehensions of the Gospel: Do dom from Death, will raise up a Christi. not so much look on Victory and Free an's Heart to aspire to a Freedom and Li. dom from Sin, as a Duty and Task, though berty from Sin; And again, Freedom from we be infinitely bound to it; but rather as Sin will witness and evidence that such a Privilege and Dignity conferred upon us a one is delivered from Death. When by Christ: Look not upon it, I say, only Freedom from Death is an Inducement as your Duty, as many do ; and by this to seek after Freedom from Sin, and FreeMeans are discouraged from the sight of dom from Sin a Declaration of Freedom their own Infirmity and Weakness, as be from Death, then all is wel; and indeed ing too weak for such a strong Party : But thus it will be in some Measure with a it as the one half, and greater ver y Soul that is quickned by this new
Law of the Spirit of Life, for 'tis the Entry | Heart: And now the Law is not a Rod of this that expells its contrary, the Law above his Head, as above a Slave, but it is of Sin. And indeed the Law must enter, turned in a Law of Love within his Heart the Command and the Promise must en. and hath something like a natural Instinct ter into the Soul, and the Affections of in it: All that Men cando, either to them die Soul be enlivened thereby, or rather selves, or others, will not purchase the the Soul changed into the Similitude of that least Measure of Freedom from predomiMold, or elle the baving of it in a Book, nant Corruptions, cannot deliver you from or in One's Memory and Understanding, your Sins, till this free Spirit that blowes will never make him the richer or freer. wbere be pleases, come. "Tis our Part to A Chriftian looks to the Pattern of the hoise up Sails, and wait for the Wind; Law, and the Word of the Gospel with to use Means, and wait on him in his Way . out; but he must be changed into the land Order : But all will be in vain, til mage of it, by beholding it ; and fo be be this stronger One come, and cas our the comes a living Law to himself. The Arong Man, till this arbitrary and free Spicit writes these Precepts and Practices 'Wind blow from Heaven, and all the
of Christ's, in which he commands Imi- Sails. tation, upon the fleshly. Tables of the
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For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through the Flesh, God fending his own Son in the Likeness of finful Flesh, and for Sin condemned Sin in the
He greatest Design that ever God special in this Expression, importing fomne
had in the World, is certainly peculiar Excellency in the Work it self, she fending of his own Son into the or some special Depth of Design about it. World ; and it must needs. be some But what think you of this Consultation, great Business, chat drew fo excel- let one of us be made Man, after Man's lent and glorious a Person out of Hea- Image and Likeness, that muft be a strange ven: The Plot and Contrivance of Piece of Wisdom and Grace : Grear is the World was a profound Piece of Wil the Mystery of Godliness, God mani. dom and Goodness; the making of Men felted in the Flest. No wonder though i after God's Image, was done by a high Paul cryed out, as one fwallowed up with and glorious Counsel, Let us make Man this Mystery; for indeed it must be fome after our Image ; there was fomething odd Matter, beyond all that is in the