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made all things for himself.” Rom. xi. ult. “For of him, and through him, and to him are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen." And they being made perfectly blessed, or completely happy, in full enjoying of God to all eternity, will answer that end, in glorifying God, by loving, praising, and serving him, perfectly, to all eternity: Psalm lxxxvi, 12, 13, “I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell." Rev. vii. 9, 10, “After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." Ver. 15, “ Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.” Chap. xxiii. 3, “And there shall be no more curse : but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him."

THE

MARROW

OF

MODERN DIVINITY.

THE FIRST PART.

TOUCHING BOTH THE COVENANT OF

WORKS AND THE COVENANT OF GRACE: WITH THEIR

USE AND END, BOTH IN THE TIME OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, AND IN THE

TIME OF THE NEW. CLEARLY DESCRIBING THE WAY TO

ETERNAL LIFE BY JESUS CHRIST,

IN

A DIALOGUE

BF.TWIXT

EVANGELISTA, A MINISTER OF } ANTINOMISTA, AN ANTINOMIAN.

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MR, CARYL'S RECOMMENDATION AND IMPRIMATUR.

I HAVE perused this ensuing Dialogue, and find it tending to peace and holiness; the author endeavouring to reconcile and heal those unhappy differences, which have lately broken out afresh amongst us, about the points therein handled and cleared : for which cause I allow it to be printed, and recommend it to the reader, as a discourse stored with many necessary and seasonable truths, confirmed by Scripture, and avowed by many approved writers; all composed in a familiar, plain, moderate style, without bitterness against, or uncomely reflections upon, others : which flies have lately corrupted many boxes of (otherwise precious) ointment.

Jos. CARYL. May 1, 1645.

The marrow of the second bone is like that of the first, sweet and good. The commandments of God are marrow to the saints, as well as the promises; and they shall never taste the marrow of the promise who distaste the commandments. This little treatise breaketh the bone, the hard part of commandments by a plain esposition, that so all, even babes in Christ, yea, such as are yet out of Christ, may suck out and feed upon the marrow by profitable meditation.

Jos. CARYL. Sept. 6, 1648.

PREFACE.

WHOSOEVER thou art into whose hands this book shall come, I presume to put thee in mind of the divine command, binding on thy conscience, Deut. i. 17, “ Ye shall not respect persons in judgment, but you shall hear the small as well as the great." Reject not the book with contempt, nor with indignation neither, when thou findest it entitled, “ The Marrow of Modern Divinity,” lest thou do it to thine own hurt. Remember that our blessed Lord himself was accounted “a friend of publicans and sinners," Matth. xi. 19, “Many said of him, he hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?" John X. 20, the apostle Paul was slanderously reported to be an Antinomian; one who, by his doctrine, encouraged men to do evil, and, “made void the law,” Rom. iii. 8, 31. And the first martyr in the days of the gospel, was stoned for pretended “blasphemous words against Moses, and against the law,” Acts vi. 11, 13.

The gospel method of sanctification, as well as of justification, lies so far out of the ken of natural reason, that if all the rationalists in the world, philosophers and divines, had consulted together to lay down a plan, for repairing the lost image of God in man, they had never hit upon that which the divine wisdom had pitched upon, viz., That sinners should be sanctified in Christ Jesus, 1 Cor. i. 2, by faith in him, Acts xxvi. 18. Nay, being laid before them, they would have rejected it with disdain as foolishness, 1 Cor. i. 23.

In all views which fallen man has, towards the means of his own recovery, the natural bent is to the way of the covenant of works. This is evident in the case of the vast multitudes throughout the world embracing Judaism, Paganism, Mahometanism, and Popery. All these agree in this one principle, " That it is by doing men must live," though they hugely differ as to the things to be done for life.

The Jews, in the time of Julian the Apostate, attempted to re

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