Brown - BS2685 B86 1695

C R A P. 1 . Mr. Goodwin's Arg. again?! Imput. anf Bred. i7$ tation it only to fupply the defeti` of perfonal performance, e therefore cannot ex- ceed it. Anf. Though obedience to the Law cannot availe us , now we are liinnets, even though it were perfeLtt ( Which is in efhe6I a fuppofition of what is irnpoffible yea & felfcontradi4ary, & therefore can lay the foun- dation of no truth , in an Argument ) yet it could have availed Adam, whi- le Banding, & us in him. (a.) The Righteoufnefs , which is now imputed, is not the Righteoufnefs of a firmer ; & fo cannot be called the fame with that Righretufrefs, which is fuppofed to be done by us, who are (inners: for the Righteoufnefs in the fuppofition had been no righteoufnefs at all, not being compleec & perfeó. Now, who feeth not , that the Imputation of a perfea righteoufnefs bath other f}rength & vertue, then that bath which is perfonal & ImperfeEt? (3.) The Imputation of an Obedience, perfect & compleet , can availe fuch , as are reconciled by the death of Chrifi , when perfonal obedience, fuppofe it never fo full ( if the fuppofi- tion could be made ) cannot availe fuch , as are under God's curie becaufe of fin already committed. He confirmeth the Minor thus, Man being once fallen &madeobnoziourto condemnation , can never be recovered againe by ten thoufand obfervationr of this Law. Anf. Though theobfervation of the Law, could it now be done by fallen man, which isimpoflîble, cannot availe unto juflitcation; yet, as is Paid , it could have availed man , while Banding : & man remaining Rill under the obligation , it is his debt : & feing it is now impofiìble for him to pay this debt , his Surety mutt pay it for him , & the Surety's payment muff be reckoned on his fcore. Obj. 22. That mhieb men are not bound by a ny Law , or command of God, to do , to their own perfonr , for their jufiification, cannot be imputed from another to any fuch Ind. But men are not bound, by any fuch Law, to objerve the Law, for their juflification. Ergo &c. Anf. The Major I dittinguifh thus, That which men neither now are , nor lever were bound to do , to their own per - foras for their juftification , by any Law or command of God , cannot be imputed from another , to any fuch end ; this is granted : but the a(fhmption fpeaketh only of what men now are obliged unto; & fo the Argument is intsoncludent. That which men, though once obliged unto, in their own perlons, in order to juftification , yet now are not obliged unto by the Law of God , cannot be imputed from another , to any fuck end : this is falfe. Let us hear his proof. Becaufe ( faith he) Imputation is found out d?' ordained by God to fupply perfonal defetir : But where there it no Law , there can be no per- fonal defect. Anf. Imputation is not found out & ordained by God, to fup.- ply the want of that , which men are now obliged unto by the Law of God; but to fupply what once they were obliged unro, & is not yet done : and the reafon is, becaufe the Law , being not abrogar by the breach thereof, continueth in force to oblige to perfed & Exact Obedience; & every vio- lation thereof is a fin before God: & becaufe it mutt be.fatisfied , even as to this, ere any can think to enjoy the reward promifed to perfet obedien- ce; & no man can fatisfie the demands of the Law by hirlfelf : therefore every one , who would have the Reward , & partake of Life, mutt have X 2 a per-