Brown - BS2685 B86 1695

C H A P. I T. Objettions from Scripture anfivered. 135 He faith: 2. There is not the leafs intimation given , that the Apo(lle should have an fuel" 5 or back meaning, as this. Ant: Nor was there any neceÌìty, for y any expre{s mention hereof; not only becaufe the party , the Apoflle had here u,ainely to deal with,. underftood nothing elfe by the law , but our obe- dience performed thereunto ; knowing the meaning of the law to be this, he that Both, theft. things shall live by there ; but alfo becaufe the whole fcope and manner of argueingofthe tlpoftle, & his whole procedure in this debate, manifeft this to be the meaning : for having convinced both jewes and Gen- tiles to be under the law , as guilty before God he inferreth , that therefore by the deeds of thelaw , there shall no flesh be jufbfied , kom. 3: zo. That is , by their own deeds or aaions : for the law to them can do nothing , but con. vince of fin , & binde guilt more upon them. But it did not fo to Chrift, who yeelded perfea obedience. We might alfo dernonftrate this from the ApoU: les £ollowingdifcourfe, if it were neceiffary; but we laid enough of this , in aufwere to the foregoing objection. He fàith 3. The works of'ilre law are never the leis the works of the law, becaufe perfirrued by Chrtft. Anf. Yet when performed by Chrift, they are not the works of the law done by es , who did lye under the obligation ; and by the Imputation or fuch an obedience, as was performed by Chrit} , we have no ground of boafting or of glorying , either before God , or Man : and it is again(' fuch an obedience to the law , as the ground of juflification , as loth not exclude glorying or boaffing,and' fuch as confiitet h in works of R ignteouf- nefs, which we have done, & is exclufive offree grace ,. that the Apatite dif puteth. He faith 4. This righteou fne fs it Paid to receive teflimony from the lam, that is , from that part ofScripture , which is often called the law ; and from the Prophe's. Now , neither ofthefe give any teflirnonytofucha Righteoufnefs, but to a RighteouF nefs procured or derived upon a man by faith , Gen, t 5: 6. Bab. 2: 4. Anf. It is true, this Righteoufnefs receiveth teitimony from the law , and from the writtings ofthe Prophets; & we plead for no other Righteoufnefs , but fuch, as is fo tetlified of,. & the concurrent confent both of the O. and of the N. Te'lament. Both law & Prophets , that fpoke of the feed of the Woman, & of the Menial" , & of His being the Lord our Rgghteou fnefr , or fpoke of the peo- ples duy in reference to Him, as fuch, did bear wituefs to this Truth. (z) What is that Righteóufnefs. which is here laid ro be pocurcd, orderi- ved upon a Man by faith ? Is it the Righteoufnefs of Chrift ? Then the caufe is yeelded. Is it the Righteoufnefs of men them1elves ? Then juftification by works is eftabiished , & the wholeGofpel is overthrown. And how, I pray, can this befaid to be procured or derived upon a man by faith ? The places ci- ted fpeak of no fuch thing, but have a far contrary Import , as may hereafter appear. He faith S,. ThisR,sghteoufnefsof God it fad to be unio n, & upon all S1ú 9rissal; by or throughfaith , by way ofoppofitìon to the works oftbe law : Now be- tween Faith & the works ofthe 1 w, there is a coniant oppofttian; but between the law and the works ofrighteoufer of Chrifi, there is no oppojition. Anf. (I.) If this Righteoufnefs be unto and upon all, byor through faith , it mull of neceflity Q. 3 be