Brown - BS2685 B86 1695

:66 Mr. Goodwin's Arg. ain f $ Impur. an(ivered. C x A P. i r; mock , than to worship. .Anf. This expreffion to conceite ourfelver as righteous sr Chrift war , is none of ours ; & though it may admit of a good fenfe as being true, quoad veritatem , though not quoad modum : yet becaufe it is fo ßmbiguous, & liable to mifconftruction , I chofe ratherr to forbear it, feeing no necef ity toufe it. And to conceite our felves legally & juridically right. teous with the Imputed Surety righteoufnefs of Chrift , is very confiftent with praying for pardon : for Chrill's Surety-righteoufnefs is not , nor yet, laid to be , imputed for this end immediatly, that all our after actions should be finlefs ; but to this end rather , that we may have actual pardon of by part fnnes , & of future fins too , after the methode of the Gofpel ; and that none of our fins should actually procure our Condemnation, or pre- judge us of eternal Felicity ; but that notwith ftanding thereof, we should not come into condemnation , but enter into life. He faw , that what he here objeteth againft the Imputation of Chrift's Righteoufnefs , will militat as much againft the Imputation of Faith, which tnuft derive a righteoufnefs upon theperfon, asperfect and compleat, as the Righteoufnefs of the Law; & fo can leave as little place for Remifliion, as what we plead for ; and therefore to obviat this, he tels us. That when faith is imputed , another thing it imputed . then the righteoufnefs of the Law it felf , to wit , faith , byname , in head of it : Now any other righteoufnefs, or any other thing imputed for righteoufnefr, befider the righteoufnefs of the Law , will bear a confiflency of fin with it, d?of remifJion. Anf. If by the righteoufnefs of the Law here , he only meaneth that, which we petforme in our own perfons, it is true , that is inconfiftent with fin or pardon : but it is falfe if he under- hand thereby , the righteoufnefs áf the Law , performed by another, Chrift our Surety. And lure, if his faith be accounted a Righteoufnefs , it muff be a Righteoufnefs, or God's eftimation is not juft : & if it be a Righteouf- nefs; it muff be accompanied with all the privileges of a Righteoufnefs (as himfelf faith) and confequently exclude all Sin & Remiffion, ifthefe be Poch concomitat*of an Imputed righteoufnefs. He addeth , when a perfeff Sant ification is imputed to a man for his juflifica- tien . that man can be no more reputed to have fin in him , than to be obnoxious to death, which is oppofrteto jufiification. Anf. And no wonder; for perfea Sanctification being a perfect inherent holinefs, cannot, without a contra - dic'rion , but exclude fin. But who fpeak of fuch an Imputation of Sanctifi- cation? We know no fuch thing; for Sanctification is wrought & inherent in us, & not imputed to us. If he meane by this perfect Sanctification, the perfect Obedience and Righteoufnefs of Chrift imputedto us , we fay, though that perfect Sanctification or Righteoufnefs could be confiftent with no fin in Chrift; yet, when imputed to us, it can confiffwith fin inherent in us , & with pardon of fin allo; as we have already cleared. Further faith he. But when that, which either is no Santlification, or at moll, but an imperfeet Sanctification, is imputed for Righteoufnefs , in a mans jujhfication , place is left for inherencie of fin, iT confequently for the forgivenefs of it. Anf, That which is noSan&ification, or at molt, but an imperfect Sanctification, muff either be no Righteoufnefs, or at molt, an imperfect right.