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The doffrine of juif : f °bould be kept pure. CHAP. 3, of Grace, wrought by the Spirit. But who feeth not , how this is to feu up proud Man, whom Paul would have debafed & kept down ? And Both not Paul exp_-efly tell us, that neither Abraham , nor David were fo juftified Rpm, 4 ? And that if Our father Abraham were juflified by works, he fhould ha- ve had, whereof to glory , though not before God vers 2 ? And doth he not alto tell us , that this would make. the reward to be reckoned not of grace , but of debt verso? & would exclude faith & its operations , in reference to jufti_ fication, & take away that bleffed & refrefhful ftile of God , that He julli- fieth the ungodly vers S ? Should we not thus be faved by works ofrighteoufnefr, which we do, ds not according to His mercy , exprefly contrary to Tit. 3: 5, 2. in like manner ro fay, That we are not juflified by the works of the Ceremonial Law; but by obedience to the Moral Law, is peccant here al- fo : for the works of the moral Law are works of righteoufnefs , which we do, & fuch as obey this Law & are confidered as fuch , cannot be called ungodly. Neither doth the A poule thus diftinguifh , that proud man might have any Intereft. Nor doth he exclude only fuch works, when he faith, that Abraham was not juftified by works ; for his works were not works of the Ceremonial Law, but of the Moral, which will as well give ground of boafting, & make the reward of debt , & not of grace , as works of the Ceremonial Law, if not more. And it is manifeft, that Paul fpeaketh of that Law ( & of obedience to ir or of works commanded by it ) which convincerh of fin , & difcovereth it fom. 3: zo. & 7: 7. & maketh all the world guilty Rpm. 3: 19. & bringeth them under the curie Gal. 3: t o. is efta- blifhed by faith Rpm. 3: 31. & hath the promife of life annexed to it IZorn. lo: g. Gal.-3: tz. Nor doth he exclude only fuch works, when he fpeaketh of himfelf Phil. 3: 9. 3. Likewife to fay, That all works are not excluded, but only Outward works, which are done out of Principle of fear, & not out of love & faith, & are not inward works of grace ; is to adde Fewel to this fire of pride , & to pleafe proud Self, & proud Man : for who can think, that only fuch works, would lay the ground of boafiing, ,& of glorying before men ? or that only fuch would make the reward of debt ? or that any in theíe daies were pleading for juflification , upon the account only of fuch works ? or that fuch works were to be underftood by the Law, as if the Law did com- mand no other ? or that Inch were Abraham's works? or that Paul thought of none other , when he defired not to be found in his own righteoufnefs Phil. 3: 9 ? 4. They are guilty of the fame crime, who fay, That Paul only ex- cludeth the jewifh Law : for if thereby they meane only the Ceremonial Law , it is manifeft from what is Paid, that hereby Self & Man fhal be much exalted, when juaification is made to be by , & according to the works of the Moral Law. If they meane thereby the judicial Law , then juflification fhould be by obedience to the Moral Law; yea & by obedience to the Cere- monial Law , as well as by obedience to the Moral Law quire contrary to the whole difcourfe of the Apoftle. And if they meane all the Law, that was given to the iewes, then the Moral Law is included : & fo all works are