Brown - BS2685 B86 1695

C H A P. 6. Mat myfferies in juftificativn: 41 Tranfgrefíion, to make an end of fin , & to make Reconciliation for iniqui- ty ; & another thing to bring -in Everlafling Righteoufnefs , Dan. 9: 24. Yea , the redemption troni the Law and from its curie is mentioned, as pre - ceeding the ocher ; as the finishing of tranfgreflion is alfo mentioned before the bringing-in ofRìghteoufnefs, in the paffages cited. And thus , as thefe Effeets are diflingitished, though infeparable , fo is the Caufe. By the Im- putation of Chrifts Satisfaction , we have pardon of fin , being redeemed from the curie of the Law , by His being made a curie for us , & by the Im- putation of His R.g eoufnefs, and. obedience, we are looked upon as Righ- teous , & fo have might to the promife and Inheritance: Though we need not thus,liflinctly confider both fave only to demonftrattthe neceßïty of the Imputation of both : for Chrift by His death did alto purchafe the Inheritance for us ; and by His obedience made Satisfaction for lin , it being a piece of His Humiliation. So that both , in the deep wifdom of God make up one caufe of that one Effect, which comprehendeth all Blef %dnefs; that is, both pardon of finnes and Right to the Inheritance , &c. By the Imputa- tion of both , or of this compleat Surety - righteoufnefs of Chrift including both , beleevers are pardoned and adjudged unto life. Hence our pardon and ;uflification are often afcribed unto Chrifts death , not as diftinftly con - fidered , or as excluding His Righteoufnefs & obedience ; but , among other reafons , becaufe that was the compleating At of His obedience; and to which all the tell preceeding had a refpecl, as to that, which should com pleat the whole Meritorious part of His Mediation. And hereby His obe- dience can no more be excluded , than His foregoing foul- fufferings. Nay His death did prefuppofe and include His obedience ; for it was the death of one , who had perfeftly obeyed the Law; which death & obedience , being His Mediatory work in the (late of His Humiliation , was a compleat Righteoufnefs , for the blef ednefs & advantage of all thofe , for whom He appeared , & whole debt He undertook to pay. (5.) That the obedience of Chrift muff alfo be imputed to finners , is manifeft from this , That other - wife they should have no Righteoufnefs at all imputed to them , that pro- perly can be called a Righteoufnefs : for if nothing but that , which is com- monly called Chrifts paflîve obedience, or His Sufferings, be imputed, there can no Righteoufnefs be faid to be imputed; for dying and fuflering the penalty, as fuch , are no righteoufnefs ; being no obedience to the com- mands of the Law, in conformity to whichconfifteth proper Righteoufnefs: as whenone dieth for his crime ofMurther, he cannot be faid to be thereby a righteous man, or to have obeyed the Law, forbidding Murther, nor can we be Paid properly to have obeyed the Law, when Chrift in our room did fuffer thepenalty of death, due to us for the breach of it. They who are in hell, fuffering the vengeance of eternal fire, cannot be faid to be obeying the Law. It is true, Chrift in dying did obey a command, Im- poled upon Him by the Father; but that was no command of the Moral Law, prefcribed unto man : & thereafter in dying & Suffering, He gave no obedience to that Law, under the obligation to which we were (land- ing; no more than He can be Paid CO have Suffered the penalty, while He was