Brown - BS2685 B86 1695

3t 120 Objebtions from Scripture anfwered. C Li A r. t T. Reader , that it mutt needs argue a d.efperat defigne , together with unpa- rallet'd boldnefs , thus , with confidence & peremprorinefs , 'to aliert the Contrary. He faith z. If the Apoflles charge bad been, in delivering of this doíirine,ei- ther to have made , or tohavegsven allowance for any fuck dißtniten , certainly be hound have been unfaithful in his truß , in giving the honour , due to the works t, f Chrsit unto a thing of a far iitfersour nature , viz. to faith, ar be doth Gal. 2: 15. Where he faith not , but by the works of Jefus Chrift, but by faith Anf. Tills anfwereis ,ina great rneafure, rick of the famechitemper of pre - furtìpttcrn, with the former.' We mutt not think , that the Apofleisftillto be Manned fot unfa.ithfUlnefs, when he fpeaketh nor as we would have hiria Speak : Chriftian fobriety should teach us , tofearch for Gods mind , in the expreflions He hash thought good to ufe, fur fignifying of His mind, Thefe, 111Ijainit whom the Apoftle Mere wrote , & whole errour , in the matterof ju- fttfcation , he was confuting , never had a thought offuch a general ground - lefs fenfe , as we have bere obtruded upon us ; nor can it come into the thought of any rational man; & when then should we fuppofe, that the Apottle sbouldihave fpoken to filch a thing ? (z) Pats! giveth not the hon.ur, due to the works of Chrifts , unto any thing ofan Inferiour Nature, nonot to raith, whacever'this Author, mifuiderftandingthe Apoftle's mind, & perverting his words , would make his Reader beleeve, as we shall have occasion to chew hereafter. This Author fetteth Chrift and Faith at va- riance , whileas the Apoftle every where sheweth their agreement & in- cliffolubleunion. (3) Takingfaith, in this Anchors fenfe , we fee , That by his own Confeflion , the afcribing of that unto faith , which he Both afcribe to it, in the matter ofJuttification, isa giving ofthat "honouruntó it, which, we fay , is due to Chrifts obedience. So that +he queltion betwixt hirtt and us , is . whether Chrift and His obedience, or Faith of a tar inferiour Na- ture mutt have that honour? 'We fee no ground to imagine, that Paul would give the honour, that Univerfal obedience might call for , unto one 261 of obedience, or think that he would cry up one a6t t.f obedience, that is, faith, á' cry down all othQraétsof obedience: far lefs that be would cry up faith , in prejudice of the full & perfect obedience of Jefus Chrift, the Re- deemer and Surety. He fai h 3. If Paul's intent bad been, to have rejervrd aplace in juflifica- tion, for the work( of the law, as performed by Chrift!, 'her indefinite e..'pre[jion would Ï,ave been , as a f nare upon wen , to caufe them pale f over the great things of th^tr Juftification Anf. Paul's indefinite expre(lion neither was, nor could have been a fnare unto any ; nor came filch an imagination ever in the head of any man, but filch an one a-can ttumble in the molt even path, being blinded with prejudice at the truth , & drunk with love to his own Inven- tions, which he cannot other wife maintaine , but by new and unheard -of fictions. hat great things of ;uftification could , I pray , Paul'sexpref- fnns caufe any pad cover ? \Zhv are not fome of thefe great things men- tioned ? He faith 4. If this kad been Paul's meaning, it cannot be once imagined, but Abele