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had fallen upon the Sinner, there is not and that is the Ransom which Christ so much Worth in the Creatures extream- gave, bis Life for many, Mat. XX. 28. eft Sufferings, as to compensate the in You see then, how this Conclusion folfinite Wrongs done to the Holiness and lows, tbat the Righteousness of the Law Righteousness of God; therefore what might be fulfilled in us, be having fulfil. was wanting in the intrinsick Value of the ed it, and satisfied it fo fully, both by Creatures Suffering, behoved to be made Obedience to the Commandment, and up in the infinite Extent of it, and eternal Submission to the Curse ; it is all one in Continuance of it upon the Creature. God's Account, as if we had done it, beThus there could never be a determined cause Christ was Surety in our Stead, and Time alligned, in which the Curse were a common Person representing us, and fulfilled, and in which, Justice could say, therefore his paying of the Debt, acquits bold, I bave enough. It is, as if a Man us at the Hand of Justice, and whatsoever were owing an infinite Debt, and he could he did to fulfil all Righteousness, that isget nothing to defray it, but poor petry accounted ours, because we were repre: Sums, which being all conjoined, cannot sented in him, and judicially one with amount to any Proportion of it: There him: And therefore, we were condemned fore, since he cannot get one Sum in Va. when he was condemned, we were dead lue equal to it, he must be eternally pay when he died, and so the Righteousness of ing it in Smalls, according to his Capacity ; the Law, in exacting a due Punishment for and fo, because the utmost Farthing can. Sin, 'was fulfilled for us in him; and it is not be won ar, he can never be released all one as if it had been personally us. out of Prison. But our Lord Jesus hath And this is laid down as the Foundation satisfied it to the full; he was a more fub- of that blessed Embassy or Message of Restantial Debtor, and because of the infi- conciliation to Sinners, as that upon which nite Dignity of his Perfon, there was an
San God is in Chrilt reconciling and beseechintrinsick Value upon his Sufferings, proting us to be reconciled, 2 Cor. v. 19, 20, portioned unto the Infiniteness of Mans 21. Him who knew no Sin, bath be made Sin; so that he could pay all the Debt in Sin for us, that we might be made the a short Time, which a Sinner could but Righteousness of God in bim. You see have done to all Eternity. Now, you the blessed Exchange that he hath made know, any Man would rather choose such with us, he hath laid our Sins on finless à Cautioner, that can folidly satisfy bim Cbrift, and laid Christ's Righteousness on in Gross, and pay all the Sum at once, sinful us. Chrift took our Sins on him, than such a Principal, that because of his that he might give us his Righteousness, Inability, cannot amount to any conside and by Vertue of this Transaction and rable Satisfaction in many Years. And Communication, as it was righteous with even so it is with the Law and Justice of God to condemn Sin in Christ's Flesh, beGod; they hold themselves better content cause our Sin was upon him, so it is as ed in Christ, than in us, in his being made jut with him to impute Righteousness to a Curse, than the falling of the Curse on us,, because we were in him : And as the us, Gal. iii. 13. And therefore God testi Law made him a Curse, and exacted the fies it to poor Sinners, Deliver them, 1 Punishment of him, it is as righteous with have found a Ransom, Job xxi. 2. the Lord, co give us Life and Salvation,
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and to forgive Sin, as Jobn speaks, 1 E-, which you give to sausty Justice, it is pistle i. 19. If we confess our Sins, be that wherewith you pretend to fulfil the is faithful and just to forgive our Sins. Law. But if it couli be. so, wherefore
Now consider this, my Beloved, for it (hould God have sent his Son to condemn is propounded unto you, as the greatest Sin, and purchase Righteousness by him? Perlwalive to move you to come to Jesus I beseech you, once know and consider Chrift, there is such a clear and plain Way your Estate, that you may open your in him to Salvation. If this do not move Hearts to this Redeemer, that you may your Hearts, I know not what will : 1 be willing to be stript naked of all your do not expect that your Troubles in this imaginary Righteousness, to put on this World, the frequent Lashes of Judgment, which will satisfy the Law fully. Will the impoverishing and exhausting of you, you die in your Sins, because you will the plucking away of these Things you not come to bim to bave Life? Will you loved, the disquieting your Peace so often, rather be condemned with Sin, than faved that any of those Things that have the with Christ's Righteousness? And truly, Image of Wrath upon them,can drive you there is no other Altar that will preserve to him, and make you forsake your Way, you but this. Now, if any apprehending when such a Motive as this doth not prevail their own Misery, be hardly pursued in with you. O! what Heart could stand atheir Consciences, by the Law of God, I gaint the Power of this Perswalion, if it beseech you come hither, and behold it sawere but rightly, apprehended? Who tisfied and fulfilled. I beseecb you in. would not willingly Ay in to this City of Cbrift's stead, to be reconciled unto Refuge, if they did but know aright the God, to lay down all hostile Affections, Avenger of Blood that pursues them, and and come to him, because God is in what Safety is within 2 You are always Cbrift reconciling the World, and not imagining vain Satisfactions to the Law of imputing their Sins, because he hath imGod; how great Weight doch your Fan-puted them already to Christ, bim wbo cy impose upon your Tears, your Confef- knew no Sin, &c, and he is in Christ, fions, your Reformations? If you can at imputing his Righteousness to Sinners. tain any Thing of this kind, that is it
That the Righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, &c.
Saviour Jesus Chrift) that I am am come to destroy tbe Law; do not fancy come to destroy the Law, I am come to to yourselves a Liberty to live in Sin, fulfil it, Mat. v. 17. It was a needful Ca- and an Immunity from the Obligation of veat, and a very timeous Advertisement, a Commandment, because I have puchafbecause of the natural Mirapprehensions ed an Immunity and Freedom from the in Mens Minds of the Gospel. When free Curse ; no, I am come to fulfill it rather, Forgiveness of Sins, and Life everlast- not only in mine own Person, but in yours ing, is preached in Jesus Christ, without also. And to this purpose, Paul, Rom. our Works ; when the Mercy of God is ii. 31. Do we then make viod the Law proclaimed in its Freedom and Fulness, by Faith? It is so natural to our rebelthe Heart of Man is subject to a woful lious Hearts, co desire to be free from the Misconceit of Chrift, as if by these a Lati- Yoke of Obedience, and therefore we fantude were given, and a Liberty proclaim- .cy such a Notion of Faith, as may not give ed to Men to live in Sin. That which it self to working in Love, as is active in is propounded as the Encouragement of nothing but Imagination. The Apoftle poor Sinners, to come to God, and for abominates this, God forbid, he detefts it, fake their own wicked Way, it is miser- as impious and facrilegious ; yea, we eably wrested upon a -Miftake, to be an fablish it. So then, all returns to this, Encouragementto revolt more and more. one of the great Ends of Christ's coming Righteousness and Life, by Faith in a Sa in his Fles, and one main Intendiment of viour, without the Works of the Law, is the Gospel, published in this Name, is not holden out as the grand Perswafion of the meerly, to deliver us from Wrath, and Gospel, to study Obedience to the Law; reedem us from the Curfe, Gal. iii, 13. and yet such is the Perverseness of many 1 Theff. i. 10. but also, and that e. Hearts, that either in Opinion, or Practice, specially, to redeem us from all iniquity, they fo carry themselves, as if there were that we might be a People zealous of an Inconsistency between Christ and the good Works, Tit. ii. 14. and to take Law, between free Justification and Sanc. away Sin, and destroy the Works of the cification, as if Christ had come to redeem | Devil, 1 Joh. iii. 5;8. We spoke fomeus not from Sin, but to Sin. Now, to thing before Noon, how Chrift hath ful
filled, the Law, and established it, in his should never have been any Fear, any own Person, by Obedience and Suffering, Love, any Delight in God, any Reve heither of which Ways it could be so well rence and Subjection to him, if he had no contented by any other : But there is yet Forgiveness, a Treasure of Mercies with a third Way that he fulfills and establish him to bestow firft upon Sinners ; and ech it, and that is, in our Persons, That this makes Access to stand and serve in the Righteousness of the Law might be his Sight. The Cloud of our Tranfgreffulfilled in us, who walk not after the lions is so thick and dark, that there could Flesh, but after the Spirit. Ile hath never have been any Communion with obliged himself to fulfill it, not only God, if he had not found out the way to for Believers, but in Believers ; there. scatter and blot it out, for bis own fore the Promises run thus, I will write Name's sake. Religion then must begin miy Law in tbeir Hearts, and cause at this great and inestimable free Gift of them to walk in my Statutes, Ezek. imputed Righteousness, of accounting us, xxxvi. 27. Jer. xxxi. 33. Not only what we are not in our felves, because I delight do tby Hill, but I will make found fo in another, it begins at Remifthem delight to do it also: And truly in Gion of Sins ; but that is not all, this hath this respect, the Law is more fulfilled and a further End, and truly it is bur introestablithed by Christ, than ever it could ductive to a further End; that fo a Soul have been, if Man had been left to satisfy may be made Partaker of the Gift of Ho. it alone. If we had reckoned alone with liness withio, and bave tbat Image of the Law, we had been taken up eternally God renewed in Holiness and Rigbwith satisfying for the Breaches of it, so teousness. I would have you once perthat there could be no Access to Obedience suaded to begin at this, to receive the free of the Command, and no Acceptance ti- Gift of another's Righteousness, Rom. ther : A Sinner must firft satisfy the Curse, v. 17. and another's Obedience, to for the Fault done, before ever he can be find your own Nakedness and Loachin a Capacity to perforin new Obedience romeness without this Coyering, and how on the Terms of Acceptation of it with bort all other Coverings of your own God. Now the first would have taken Works are. O that we could once persuade up Eternity, so that there can be no you to renounce your felves, to embrace Place of Entry to the second; therefore, this Righteoufels, then it were easy to if Christ had not found out a Way of free prevail with you to renounce Sin, to put Pardon of the Sins that are past, and on Holiness. I say, first, You must tea Assurance of Forgiveness for the Time to nounce your selves, as undone in all you come, the Commandments of God Tould do, as loathsome in all that ever you loved, be wholly friiftrated ; but there is For and come under the wide and broad Skirt giveness with tbee, that thou mayest be of Christ's Righteousness, which he did feared, Psal. cxxx. 4. The Word is weave upon the Earth, for to hide our also, worsbipped. Truly my Beloved, Nakedness. You must once have the this is the Fountain of all Religion, free Righteousness of the Law fulfilled perForgiveness : There hadbeen go Religion, fectly by another, before you can have no Worship of God, no Obedience to his Access to fulfil one Jot of it your selves, Commands throughout all Eternity; there or any Thing you do be accepted ; and
Póll this Foundation be laid, you do but ment hath ; nay, Punishment is only evil, beat the Air in Religion, you build on as it hath Relation to Sin: There is a the Sand.
Beauty of Justice and Righteousness in PuNow if once you were brought this nishment, but there is nothing in Sin, but Length, to renounce all Confidence in Deformity and Opposition to his Holiness, your felves, and to flee into Christ's 'tis purely evil, and most purely hated of Righteousness, then it were easy to lead God: And if there were no more to peryou a Step further, to renounce the Love suade you shat Sin is infinitely more evil of your most beloved Sins: And the than Pain, consider how our Pain and more lovely that Christ's Righteousness Punishment was really transfer red upon is in your Eyes, the more Beauty would the blessed Son of God, and that all ibis Holiness and Obedience have in them also did not make him a whit the worse ; but unto you; then you would labour to walk he was not capable of the real Infusion after the Guidarce of the Spirit.
of our Sin, that would have made Christ I would have the Impression of this as miserable, wretched, and impotent as Deep in your Hearts, that the Gospel is any of us ; that would have disabled him not a Doctrine of Licentiousness, but a lo far from helping us, that he would Doctrine of the purest Liberty, of the have had as much need of a Mediator, as complearest Redemption. Many think it we: All which were highly blasphemous Liberty to serve their Lusts, and it is in to imagine. Look then how much Dir. deed as Bonds and Cords to restrain them. tance and Difference there was between There is no Man but would be content to suffering, dying Christ, and wretchej be saved from the Wratb to come, and Men living in Sin : None can say but he is 'therefore many snatch at fuch Sentences infinitely better, even while in Pain, nor
of the Gospel, and take them lightly, the highest Prince in Pleasure, so much without Consideration of what further is Disproportion there is berween Sin and in it. But truly if this were all, it were Pain, so much is the one worse than the not compleat Redemption, if there were other. Do not think then, that Chrift not Redemption from Sin too, which is died to purchase an Indulgence for you to the moft absolute Tyrant in the World. live in Sin: Truly that were to take away I think a true Christian would account the the lesser Evil, that the greater may reService of Sin Bondage, though it were main ; that were to deliver from one left at his own Option; He thatcommits Misery, that we may be more involved in
Sin, is the Servant of Sin, therefore the that which is the greatest of all MiFreedom that Christ purchaseth, is Free series. Nay, certainly if Christ be a Redom from Sin, Job. viii. 38. I will say deemer, he must redeem us from our most more, we are delivered from Wrath, that potent and accursed Enemy, Sin; he fo we may be redeemed from Sin, we must take away the Root, the Fountain have the Righteousness of Christ imputed of all Misery, Sin; that which conceived to us, that so the Image of Christ in its Womb all Pains, Sorrows, Sickmay be renewed within us, this is nelles, Death and Hell. You have the the very End of that. I am sure any great End of Redemption expressed, Luke chat discerns aright, knows Sin to have i 75. That we being delivered from infinitely more Evil in it, than Punish all our Enemies, might serve bim with