Brown - BS2685 B86 1695

THE PREFACE. which was to be abolished , z Cor. 3. 13. Of this Jaa daical errour we have a clear example in the Apoftle Paul, . before his converfion a Phari-fee, & by his great 1VMafters well inftruFted in the letter of the Law.. For he looking upon himfeif , and not underfianding the nature of the Law in its Spiritual meaning , was in his eiwn eyes no (in- ner, but a juft man, living , and havingaright to pretend a fentenceof J uftification before God upon the account of- his works according to the Law. But when it pleated God to reveal his Son to his foul, he could còunt all things but lefs for the excellency of the knowledge of Chrifl, and delire only to be found in him, not having his own Righte- oufnefs which is of the Law , but that which is through the Faith of thrift; the Righteoufnefs which is of God by Faith. Phil. 3.8, 9. And fo became a. great example of all true Converts & Believers , & his COnv.erffiön.a De- rronftration of this Euangelical Do&rine, That no Man is Juitified by his works, but by the Righteoufnefs of Chrift imputed & by Faith received & applyed. No doubt, Chriftian Reader, but this do&rine is the whole fcope of the fame Apollle in his.Epiffles to the Romans & Galatians.. For having proved both Jews and Gentiles to be all under fin, & fuppofìng confequently that by the works of the Law no flesh shall be juftified in the fight of God , he sheweth, that all ele&ed inners coming short of the glories of God, muff be jullified freely by his grace through the Redemption which is in. Jefus Chrifl whom God bath fet forth to be our Propitiation through faith in his blood, fo that all boafling may be excluded;. which cannot be, if a man could be juflified by his works. Yea the'Apoftle Chap. 4. gives a Demonftration of this doFtrine out of the examples of (Abraham & David, to whom after converfion , Righteoufnefs is imputed & fin pardoned.