Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.1

NP.PI..W----. The Gofpel a Law of Liberty, 27 Son therefore 'hall make you free, ye (hall be frees E R M. indeed. Thus we are to underftand the pro- II, phetic declaration of Ifaiah, chap. lxi. which `""', our Lord applies to himfelf, Luke iv. 18. The fpirit of the Lord is upon me, becaufe he bath anointed me to preach the gofpel to the poor, he bath fent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of fight to the blind, to fit at liberty them that are bruited. Agreeably to which the apofile in my text gives the gofpel the excellent charac- ter of the law of liberty, as he alfo doth in the f ft chap. of this epiftle, and 25th ver. with the addition of this epithet, the perfeg law of liberty ; and as this is a very amiable repre- fentation and moft worthy our ferious atten- tion, I will endeavour in the following dif- courfe, firfl, to explain it : 2dly, I will con- fider the apofiles diretion to chriftians, that they fhould conflantly endeavour to form their whole conduft, by a refped to the future judgment, which will be difpenfed according to the gofpel, the law of liberty. So (peak ye, and fo do, as they that (hall be judged by the law of liberty. Firfi, To explain this charaéer of the chrif- tian religion, that it is a law of liberty. It is evident that it is a law, that is, a reve- velation of the will of God to men for the direction