« FöregåendeFortsätt »
Ans. The Fall brought Mankind into an Estate of Sin and Misery.
EXPLICATION. The natural State of Mankind now, under the Covenant of Works, is a State of Sin and Misery : And we were brought into it by the Fall : Rom. v. I 2. • By one man Tin entered into the world, and • 'death by fin; and so death passed upon all men, • for that all have sinned. We were all born or conceived in that State: Pfal. li. 5. Behold, I was sinapen in iniquity : and in sin did my mother • conceive me. Eph. ii. 3.We were by nature • the children of wrath, even as others. There is no true Holiness attainable in that our natural State; for it is a State of Sin. There is no Salvation from Wrath attainable in it; for it is a State of Misery. The State we must be brought into, out of our natural State under the Covenant of Works, if we would be saved, is the State of Grace in the Covenant of Grace : Rom. vi. 14. ' For sin fhall • not have dominion over you: for ye are not uş. • der the law, but under grace. Those that are brought out of their natural State, from under the Covenant of Works, into the State of Grace, are all that are in Christ, converted Persons : Rom. viii, 1. There is no condemnation to them which « are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh,
but after the Spirit.' Those that are still in their natural State, under the Covenant of Works, are all that are out of Christ, unconvert. ed: Eph. ii. 12. ' At that time ye were without 6 Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of * Ifrael, and strangers from the covenants of pro.
'mise, mise, having 'no hope, and without God in the
world' The Power that the Covenant of Works hath over fuch Persons, is a commanding, cursing, and condemning Power. It commands them per. fect Obedience under Pain of the Curle: It curseth and condemneth them for every the least Failure : Gal. iii. 10: 'For as many as are of the
works of the law, are under the corfe : for it is ' written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.' Rom. ii. 19. forecited.