Brown - BS2685 B86 1695

C H A P. Io. Some Arg. for the Imput, of cb. Right. Vindicated. I i I ven perfect obedience to the end , according to the Covenant. So there is a 7viedium betwixt Freedom from the Penalty & the Right to the Reward, as was shown above. . Arg. 7. If do this 6- live, be an everlafling Rule of God , & which shall never be diílolved, then muff the AClive obedience of Chrift be imputed un- toMen, injuftification, that fo they may be faid to have done this, and fo live. But the former is true , Ergo , &c. That there words , do this and live, containe a determination & conflitution of the Lord,, as unalterable , as thefe words , That day thou eater; thou shalt die, cannot well be denied : and therefore, if becaufeofthis latter, no man can be faVed, unlefs their Su- rety die for them ; fo beeaufe of that former , no man can have right -to the reward , unlefs his Surety performe perfect obedience. And as the one is imputed to the Beleever, fo muff the other be Imputed alto , in order to his compleat Salvation. Agatnfl: this he excepteth, pag. 2.16. &c. thus, In this (enfe, I grant 'that do this and live , is an everlafling Rule, that is , it is , bath been , and shall be everlaflingly true , that whofo ever shall fulfill the law perfetlly, shall live. But not in this fenfe , that it is the only perpetual and flanding &tile, whereby and ac- cording to which, men muff be jufli fled , and fo Paved : for in this fenf , it neither às, nor ever was, nor ever shall be a rule of God for God hath altvayes had , and for ever will have another rule for the jufli ficatton ofinen. Anf. (1.) Was it not aRule oflife & juftification to Main , in the fiate of Innocency ? was he nor, according to that Covenant , wherein he flood , to purchafe the good pro - mifed by his doing ? It may be , the Excepter thinketh , with the Socinians that no more was promifed to 4dam,than what he had in poffeffion. (2.) We do not affert it, as a (landing rule , whereby we should now expect to be ju itiñed;. but we fay, that it being a contlitution of God's, as well as the other, vii. That day thou eate4 thou shalt die , It muff be fatisfied , as well as the other. And as the rule of faith taketh not away arias fuffering of death, according to what was threatened in the law ; fo nor Both the law of faith take away His obedience, according to the command of the law and as Chrifls paying down of the Penalty was neceffary for our freedom from death; fo His giving full obedience to the law is neceffary to our life; though, as was Paid , we need not nicelÿ thus diftinguish , fave to shew the rieceffìty of the Imputation of both. Arg. 8. That Righteoufnefs, which God accepteth on our behalfe, is the Righteoufnefs imputed to us in juftification.. But the Righteoufnefs of Chrift is that Righteoufnefs , which Goes accepteth on our behalf, Ergo, &c. He excepteth, pag. 217. I. Denying the Major,becaufe God may and doth accept that for us, or on our behalf , which jet He need not impute tour ; as He ac- ceptedofAbrahanis'prayer, in the behalf of;fmaël; is' of the prayer of Elishafir the Shumaniter Son,. and yet neither was imputed to theother. Anf. But all this, & a thoufand inflances of the like nature, can evince nothing; for the Argu- ment fpeaketh of what is accepted of God, in order to juftification, as the ground and meritorious. catife, thereof; which the Inftances adduced come not