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never truly come to Christ, and therefore can not be saved: much less can men, not possessing the Christian religion, be saved in any other way whatsoever, be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature, and the law of that religion they do profess; and to assert and maintain that they may is very pernicious, and to be detested.t

r John vi. 64, 65, 66. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.-And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. John viii. 34. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: For if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

s Acts iv. 12. Neither is there salvation in any other: For there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. John xiv. 6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me. John xvii. 3.And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the on ly true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.

t2 John x. 11. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. For he that biddeth him God speed, is partaker of his evil deeds. Gal. i. 6, 7, 8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.


Of Justification.

I. THOSE Whom God effectually calleth, he also freely justifieth; not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous: not for any thing wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ's sake alone: not by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them, they receiving and resting on

I. a Rom. viii. 30.-Whom he called them he also justified. Rom. iii. 24. Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

b Rom. iv. 5, 6, 7, 8. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness-Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, saying, Blesssed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 2 Cor. v. 19, 21. To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them: and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Rom. iii. 22, 24, 25, 27, 28. Tit. iii. 5, 7.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.-That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs, according to the hope of eternal life. Eph. i. 7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Jer. xxiii. 6. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely;

bim and his righteousness by faith; which faith they have not of themselves, it is the gift of God.

II. Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and his righteousness, is the alone instrument of justification; yet is not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith; but worketh by love.e

III. Christ, by his obedience and death, did ful ly discharge the debt of all those that are thus justified, and did make a proper, real, and full satisfaction to his Father's justice in their behalf.

and this is the name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. See also 1 Cor. i. 30, 31, and Rom. v. 17, 18, 19.

c 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. Acts xiii. 38, 39. Eph. ii. 7. and ver. 8. For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

II. d John i. 12, But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Rom. iii. 28. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Rom. v. 1. Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

e Jam. ii. 17, 22, 26. Even so faith, if it hath not works is dead being alone;-Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect! For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. Gal. v. 6. For in Jesus Christ, neither cir cumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

III. f Rom. v. 8, 9, 10, 19, But God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if

death of his Son; much more, being reconciled, we shall

Yet, in as much as he was given by the Father for them, and his obedience and satisfaction accepted in their stead, and both freely, not for any thing in them, their justification is only of free grace; that both the exact justice, and rich grace of God, might be glorified in the justification of sinners.k

IV. God did, from all eternity, decree to justify all the elect; and Christ did, in the fulness of

be saved by his life. For as by one man's disobedience, many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 1 Tim. ii. 6. Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Heb. x. 10, 14. By the which will we are sanctified, through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all: For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. See also Dan. ix. 24, 26. and Isa. liii. 4, 5, 6, 40, 11, 12.

g Rom. viii. 32. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him him up for us all, how, shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

h 2 Cor. v. 21. For he hath made him to be sin for 5, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Mat. iii. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Eph. v. 2. And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God, for a sweet-smelling savour.

i Rom. iii. 24. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. Eph. i. 7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the for giveness of sins according to the riches of his grace.

k Rom. iii. 26. To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness, that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Eph. ii. 7. That, in the ages to come, he might show the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness towards us through Christ Jesus.

IV. 1 Gal. iii. 8. And the scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations

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