Baxter - BT763 B397 1658

C179) other Graces : this is the feeming ftrength of your Exception=c For Repentance is not excluded as gt,alifying, but as recipien., which is a filth Exception. As for your difcourfe,whether 'Paul difputes what is our Righ- teoufnefs ? or upon what terms it is made over to us, it doth not much matter; for indeed Paxt1 fpeaks to both thole only ir..clutivelyor collaterally,asyou fay : but that which he chiefly intends, is to (hew in what manner we are juíiifiei, whether by believing or working, and there he makes two immediateoppo- fites, not g -anLing any aartirsm. You fpeak of Faith taken re- latively for Chritts Rig bteoulnefs ; but how can you find out fuch a figure for faith inyour fence,unlefs you will acknowledge Loveor Obedience relatively for Chrifts Righteoufnefs ? indeed thofe that hold Fai h inI1rumentally,receiving the whole righte- oufnefs of Chrift, and no other Gra.ce,thcy often fpeakof faith taken relatively,but fo cannot you,who hold that not only feeing this brazen Serpent, but any other actions of fence will as well heal the wounded Chriftian. You fay you acknowledge the AffembliesdeFinition of ratingor receiving, you cannot take in that fence, as theydeclare it, as the Scripture words which are Metaphorical , do imply : for its the relting of a burdened foul upon Chrift only for Righfeoufnefs, and by this Chrnis Righteoufnefs is made over to us; and its a receiving of Chr:ft, as the handembraceth anyObje& : now you make the Righte- oufnefs q4' Chrift made over to us inany other exercife ofGrace as well is this. So that although you would willingly feèm not to recede from others, yet you plainly do:and although you think your Affertions are but more diftinet explications, yet they are indeed deftruc ive Affertions to what our Divines do deli- ver :neither may you, whileyou intend todífpute, exactly build upon tome homiletical or popular exprefsion in any mans book. You reply to a fecond -dart in my Letter : whether a godly man dying, may be affeted according to your pofition, and thereupon you iniüance in Hezekiah,Paeland that no mancan dye with comfort without the evidence of thefe works. But is this the Bate of the queftion with us ? Doyou think that I de- ny a godly life to be àcomfortable tef}imony, and aneceffary qualification of a manfor pardon ? You cannot think that you A a fpeak