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• in Chrift,, when he raised him from the dead," &c. John v. 24. "Verily verily I say unto you, He • that beareth my word, and believeth on him
that fent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.'
We are not justified by Faith, as the Righteousnefs itself for which we are justified: Rom. v. 18.
By the righteousness of one, the free gift came
upon all men unto justification of life.' verf. 19. . By the obedience of one, fhall many be made ' righteous.' But Faith is, according to the Style of the Scriptore, said to be counted to us for Righteousness, (Gen. xv. 6. Rom. iv. 3.); not that God judgeth it to be our Righteousness, but be. cause he treats it as if it were lo : Job xix. 15. • They that dwell in mine house, and my maids,
count me for a stranger : I am an alien in their
sight Chap. xiii. 24. Wherefore holdest thou ' me for thine enemy? Chap. xxxii. 20. Be.
hold, he counteth me for his enemy.' Compared with Chap. X. 7. ' Thou knowest that I am not ! wicked. God treats Faith as if it were our Righteousness in his Sight, in that immediately upon our Act of Believing be justifies us. But we are justified by Faith, as the alone Instrument or Mean of our Justification : John i. 12. 'As many
as received him, to them gave he power to be.
come the fons of God, even to them that be. • lieve on his name. Rom. iii. 28. " Therefore we
conclude, that a man is justified by faith with
out the deeds of the law. Chap. v. 1. ' There'fore being justified by Faith, we have peace with
God, through our Lord Jefus Christ. Faith justifies us instrumentally, as it receives the Gift of
Righteousness, and unites us with Christ whose Righteousness it is : Rom. V. 17. They which re
ceive abundance of grace, and of the gift of
righteousness, shall reign in life by one, Jesus • Chrift. Phil. iii. 9. • And be found in him, not
having mine own righteousness, which is of the ' law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, • the righteousness which is of God by faith.'
It is in Justification that we obtain Reconciliation with God: 2 Cor. V. 19. God was in Christ, • reconciling the world unto himself, not impu
ting their trespasses unto them.' Jam. ii. 23. "A.braham believed God, and it was imputed unto
him for righteousness: and he was called the • friend of God. The State we are brought out of, in our Reconciliation, is the State of Wrath : Rom. v. 9. 10. "Much more then being now justi-,
fied by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his
Son ; much more being reconciled, we shall be • saved by his life.' The State we are brought into, is a State of Peace and Friendship with God through Chrift: Rom. v. 1. forecited. If. xxxii. 17. * And the work of righteousness fhall be peace,
and the effect of righteousness, quietness and alsurance for ever.' Jam. ii. 23. forecited.
Qucft. 34. What is Adoption ?
Anf. Adoption is an Ad of God's free Grace, whereby we are received into the Number, and have a Right to all the Privileges of the Sons of God.
EXPLICA TI O N. All who are effectually called, are adopted into the Family of God: 2 Cor. vi 17. 18. "Where• fore come out from among them, and be ye
fe. parate, faith the Lord, and touch not the un. . clean thing; and I will receive you, and will be
a' Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons
and daughters, faith the Lord almighty.' Ad. option, in the general, is a legal Act, whereby one doth, to all Intents and Purposes in Law, become wholly the Child of another, than him whose Child he was by Nature. Adoption, then, is not a Change of our Nature, but of our State. Neither is it a Work carried on by Degrees, but an Act per fected in an Instant: 1 Johnii. 2. 'Beloved, now
are we the sons of God,' &c. But the full Enjoyment of the Benefits thereby coming unto us, will not be till the last Day: Rom. viii. 23. * only they, but ourselves also, which have the ? first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves grone
within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to « wit, the redemption of our body.' We are adopted into the Family of God, in that Instant, wherein, believing in Christ, we are justified, and reconciled to God: John i. 12. ' As many as re• ceived him, to them gave he power to become ? the fons of God, even to them that believe on • his name. Gal. iv. 4. 5. ' But when the fulness • of the time was come, God sent forth his Son " made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem
them that were under the law, that we might *receive the adoption of fons. Eph. ii. 16. And
that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having flain the enmity there
. And not
s by' verf. 19. Now, therefore ye are no
more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the faints, and of the houshold of God.'
Our natural Father, out of whose Family we come, is the Devil : John viji. 44. "Ye are of ' your father the devil
, and the lufts of your father ye
will do.' Matth. xiii. 38. The tares are the children of the wicked one.' Chap. xxiii. 15. “Wo unto you, scribes and pharisees, hypo• crites ; for ye compass fea and land to make one
profelyte, and when he is made, ye make him
twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.' The Devil's Family is the World lying in Wickedness; i John v. 19. And we know that the • whole world lieth in wickedness.' Compared with 2 Cor. vi. 17. 18. forecited. Psal. xlvi 10. • Hearken, Odaughter, and consider, and incline
thine 'ear ; forget also thine own people, and thy • father's house. The father who adopts us into ' his family, is God himself.' 2 Cor. vi. 18. fore. cited. The Person of the glorious Trinity, whose Act in a peculiar Manner our Adoption is, is the first Person, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ : Eph. i. 3. 5. Blessed be the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with 'all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Chrift: • having predestinated us unto the adoption of
children by Jesus Christ to himself.' Chap. iii. 14. 15. For this cause I bow my knees unto the • Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the • whole family in heaven and earth is named.' ! John iii. 1. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.' His Act of adopt.
ing us into his Family, is an Act of free Grace : 1 John iii. 1. above cited. It is an Act of free Grace, in that there is nothing in us moving him thereto: Eph. i. 5. 6. Having predestinated us ' unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself
, according to the good pleasure of his < will, to the praise of the glory of his grace,
wherein he hath made us accepted in the belo
ved.' But it is consistent with the Honour of God, to adopt into his family us who are by Nature Children of the Devil, in that he adopts us in Chrift, as being in him : Eph. i. 5. 6. above cited. Gal. iii. 26. 27. For ye are all the children of
God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Chrift, have put on Chrift. Heb. ii. il. For both be that fanctifieth, and they who are fanctified, are all of
one, for which cause he is not ashamed to call • them brethren.' It
is consistent with his Justice, in that he adopts us for Christ, as redeemed by him, Gal. iv. 4. 5. forecited.
We are dignified by Adoption, in that we are thereby received into the Number of the Sons of God : Jer. iii. 19. But I said, How shall I put
thee among the children, and give thee a plea“fant land, a goodly heritage of the hoft of na!tions and I said, Thou shalt call me, My fa. " ther, and shalt not turn away from me.' John i. 12. forecited. The Dignity then which we are by it advanced to, is Sonship to God, Eph. i. 5. 2 Cor. vi. 18. forecited. Those that make up
that Number into which we are received by Adoption, are, our Lord Jesus Christ himself, the holy Angels, and the Saints in Heaven and Earth: Heb. il. ib. forecited. Chap. xii. 22. 23. But ye are