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Spirit of our God.' The poor Sinner comes unto the Throne of Grace, on that Occasion, a guilty, self-condemned, and Law.condemned Creatüre: Ezrá ix. 15

O Lord God of Israel, be• hold, we are before thee in our trespasses : for

we cannot stand before thee, because of this." Rom. iii. 19. forecited. verf. 23. 24. 'All have sin

ned, and come short of the glory of God: Being justified freely by his Grace, through the redemp. tion that is in Jesus Christ. A Law-condemned Sinner can be juftified by a holy God there, by an Act of free Grace.

Our Justification is an Act of God's free Grace : And by God's free Grace is meant, his free Favour and Good-will. Howbeit, it is an Act of free Grace, not in respect of Christ, but in refpect of us, Rom. iii. 23. 14. above cited. It is pure. ly an Act of free Grace to us, insomuch that we are justified before we have done any good Work at all : Rom. iv. 5. "Te him that worketh

not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.'

The Parts of the Act of our Justification, paffed by God the righteous Judge, are two; namely, his pardoning all our Sins, and his accepting us as righteous in his Sight.

Pardon of Sin is the freeing of the Sinner from the Guilt of his Sin : Matth vi. 12. 'And forgive

us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. The Guilt of Sin that lies upon us, till such Time aş we are justified, is the Guilt of revenging Wrath, John iii. 18. forecited. verf. 36. He that believeth not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of

God abideth on him.' The Pardon, then, given to a Sinner in Justification, is the freeing him from


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the Guilt of the revenging Wrath of God, formerly lying on him: Job xxxiii. 22. 'Yea, his soul • draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.' vers, 24.

Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.' John y. 24. ' Verily verily I say unto you, He that 'heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent

me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation ; but is passed from death unto

life. And the Sinner once justified, can never fall under the Guilt of revenging Wrath again Rom. viii.'1. 33. 34. John v. 24. If. liv. 9. forecited. Now, in our Justification God pardons us all our Sins, past and present: Mic. vii. 19. ' Thou I wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.' Col. ii. 13. ' And you being dead in your sins, and " the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quick

ened together with him, having forgiven you all • trespasfes. Rom. iv. 7. 'Blessed are they whose

iniquities are forgiven, and whole fins are coverred. And the State we are put into, with re

spect to'after Sins, is, that God will not impute • them, as to the

Guilt of revenging Wrath : Rom. iv. 6. ' Even as David also describeth the blessediness of the man unto whom God imputeth rightecousness without works.' vers. 8. Blesed is the

man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.' The procuring Cause of the direct Pardon of the one, and of the not-imputing of the other, is the Righteoufness of Christ upon us : Rom. iii. 22. The

righteousness of God is by faith of Jesus Christ, anto all, and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference.' Compared with Gal. iii.

. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.' The Guilt



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which the Justified do incur by their after Sins, is the Guilt of fatherly Anger : Pfal. lxxxix. 30. 31. 32. 33. ' If his children forsake my law, and

walk not in my judgments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments : then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with tripes. Nevertheless,

my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from • him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.'

Acceptance with God in Juftification, is not the Acceptance of our Works, but of our Persons : Eph. i. 6. He hath made us accepted in the beloved.'. Compared with Rom. iii. 28. There. • fore we conclude, that a man is justified by faith, 6 without the deeds of the law. No Work of ours can ever be accepted of God, in point of Justification : Gal. il, 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 Chrift, and not by the works of the law : for " by the works of the law shall no fiesh be jufti• fied.' Nor can any Work of ours be accepted in any Cafe, till once we are justified: Heb. xi. 6. • Without faith it is impossible to please God: for " he that cometh to God, must believe that he is,

and that he is a rewarder of them that diligent

ly seek him.' Gen. iv. 4. 5. ' And the Lord had • respect unto Abel, and to his offering : but un'to Cain, and to his offering, he had not respect.' Compared with Heb. xi. 4. By faith Abel Offered unto God a more excellent facrifice than

Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts.' God's Acceptance of our Persons in Juftification, is his


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accepting us unto eternal Life, adjudging it to us : Rom. v. 17. They which receive abundance of grace, and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign

in life by one, Jesus Christ.' vers. 18. By the ' rigteousness of one, the free gift came upon all

men unto justification of life. Tit. ii. 7. * That

being justified by his grace, we should be made " heirs according to the hope of eternal life.' Hab. ii. 4. The just shall live by his faith.' He ac cepteth us unto eternal Lite, as Persons righteous in his Sight, Rom. vi 17. 18. above cited. verf. 19. By the obedience of one, fhall many be made

righteous.'vers. 21. Grace reigns through righte"ousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our • Lord.' Gal. iii. 11. But that no man is justified « by the law in the sight of God, it is evident : for, (The just shall live by faith. Compared with verf. 12. 'And the law is not of faith ; but, The ' man that doth them, shall live in them. By the Righteous in God's Sight, is meant Persons truly righteous in Law, in the View of his piercing Eye: Gen. vii. 1. 'And the Lord said unto Noah --Thee • have I feen righteous before me in this genera$tion.' 2 Cor. V. 21. 'God hath made Christ to 6 be fin for us, who knew no fin ; that we might

be made the righteousness of God in him.' And they are Persons truly righteous in Law, who have a Righteousness fully answering the Demands of the Law for Righteousness: Phil

. iii. 9. And « be found in bim, not having mine own righte

oufness, which is of the law; but that which is

through the faith of Christ, the righteousness « which is of God by faith.' Rom. viii. 3.4. ' For

what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the fielh, God sending his own Son, in


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the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin condemned " fin in the flesh: that the righteousnefs of the law "might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the Ales, but after the Spirit.'

As to what we are justified for ; we are justified only for the Righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by Faith alone. One coming unto the Throne of Grace, a Law-condemned Sinner, is capable of being justified there, pardoned and accepted, as truly righteous, inasmuch as uniting us with Christ there, Christ's Righteousness is his, and upon him that Moment : Phil. iii. 9. forecited. Rom. iii. 22. The righteousness of God is by faith * in Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all them that believe ; for there is no difference.'

That for which God justifies us, is not any thing wrought in us, or done by us: Tit. iii. 5. . Not by works of righteousness, which we have • done, but according to his mercy he saved us,

by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.' Ep. i. 7. ' In whom we have

redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of s fins, according to the riches of his grace. But it is the Righteousness of Christ imputed to us : Phil. lii. 9. And to make all men fee what is the fel"lowship of the mystery, which from the begin

ning of the world hath been hid in God, who s created all things by Jesus Christ.'Compared with Rom. iv. 6. Even as David also defcribeth the s blesfedness of the man unto whom the Lord im.

puteth righteousness without works. And it is his Righteousness only, without any Mixture of Righteousness inherent in us : 'Rom: v. 18. I forecited. The Righteousness of Christ for which we are justified, is not bis essential Righteousness, which


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