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Since then the Law is not made Serm Void through Faith, it is incumbent upon }\ us not to act, as if it was. Let the Gospel establish the Law never so much, yet unless we do so too by our good Lives, it will be to no Purpose to us; for a wicked Life will make void both Law and Gospel too. And as there is one, who will accuse the "Jews, even Moses in whom, they trust, so there is one, who will accuse us Christians, if we think to make our Faith attone for our wicked Lives, even Christ in whom we thus vainly trust. If the Gospel is so great a Refinement upon the Law, as we find it to be, let our Lives declare that it is so; that we may not be reproached both by Jew and Gentile, who will be ready enough to fay, that the Dispenfation we are so fond of, is nothing else but a'Dispensation for a wicked Life.

Tis true, Sin shall no longer have Dominion over us; for we are not under the Law, but under Grace: But what then? Jhall we Sin, because we are not under the haw, but under Grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield your U selves Serm.//w Servants to obey, bis Servants yt VII. are f0 whom ye obey, whether of Sin unto Death, or of Obedience unto Righteousness? We were indeed made free from Sin, but. it was to this End, that we should become Servants to Righteousness. We ought to consider the Law and the Gospel thoroughly; and if we do ib we shall find no reason to think, that the keeping of the one will dispense with a Neglect of the other j nor that the Gospel is opposed to the Law as a Rule of Life; for the Rules are not opposed to one another, tho' the Covenants are. If we consider Faith as a distinct thing from Morality, we don't consider it, as it is; for Faith is not the fame thing to a Christian, as it is to a Heathen: To him it is only an Assent of the Mind, but to the. Other, it is a great deal more; for it is always accompanied with Good Works. Had the Jews understood this, they could not have supposed, that St. Paul had set himself up in opposition to Moses; of that there was any Occasion for him to purify himself, to shew that he walked orderly, and kept the Ltfw. 'X&

Tis easier to believe indeed than it is Ioserm. practise; and many People think, that *"• • if they have Faith ail is well: And so indeed it is, if they have it; but unless it be attended with Good Works, the Misfortune of it is, that at the fame time they value themselves so much upon their Faith, like an Argument that proves too much, it serves only to demonstrate, that they have believed themselves even into a State of Infidelity, for it is not Faith, but Confidence. It is not Faith, as it is described by our Saviour ; and therefore it is no Faith at all, in the Gospel-fense of the Word.

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We ought to consider the Law and the Gospel thoroughly; and if we do lo we shall find no reason to think, that the keeping of the one will dispense with a Neglect of the other ; nor that the Gospel is opposed to the Law as a Rule of Life; for the Rules are not opposed to one another, tho' the Covenants are. If we consider Faith as a distinct thing from Morality, we don't consider it, as it is; for Faith is not the fame thing to a Christian, as it is to a Heathen: To him it is only an Affent of the Mind, but to the other, it is a great deal more; for it is always accompanied with Good Works. Had the Jews understood this, they could not have supposed, that St. Paul had set himself up in opposition to Moses; or that there was any Occasion for him to purify himself, to Thew that he walked orderly, and kept the Law. 'Tis

'Tis easier to believe indeed than it is to Serm. practise ; and many people think, that VII. : if they have Faith all is well: And fo indeed it is, if they have it ; but unless it be attended with Good Works, the Misfortune of it is, that at the same time they value themselves fo much upon their Faith, like an Argument that proves too much, it ferves only to demonstrate, that they have believed themselves even into a State of Infidelity, for it is not Faith, but Confidence. It is not Faith, as it is described | by our Saviour ; and therefore it is no

Faith at all, in the Gospel-sense of the
Word.

Tis certainly a Matter of great Concern
to understand the true Design of the Law
and of the Gospel, that we may know the
Nature of that Slavery from which we are
set free, and of that Liberty to which
we are advanced. And since the Law
and the Gospel agree so well together, we
ought not to contribute any thing to make
them disagree. Let us fan&tify the Lord
God in our Hearts; that if any, envying .
us the Liberty and Happiness of the
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