Brown - BS2685 B86 1695

C H A P. 8. 7uftif, through Input. of Ch,Right. cleared from the N,T. fg as to the Ceremonial part of their Law. 44: To imagine, that no Law is here to be undtrftood , but the Ceremonial Law , is to make the Apotlle efta- blishhere , what he deftroyeth elfe where , particularly in his Epiftlesto the Galatians & C loffians , & in his whole dodtrine : yea this would make the Apottle , to crois the whole intent and defigneof the Gofpel , which who dartonce have the lea(t thought of? The Law here doth plainely figni- fie that , which was the Rule of Righteoufnefs and of Obedience , & was publickly given unto the jewes for that end ; & by obedience to & obfer- vation of which Law , they were expedting juftiucation & life ; as by the young man is manifeft, who came CO Chrift to enquire what he should do to be Paved; & Paid , he had obferved all theft, &c. As to his reafons , they have no force: for. t.The jewes had a zeal for the whole Law , but not ac- cording to knowledg , & went about to eftablish their own Righteoufnefs, which was not in meer Ceremonials but in obedience & full conformity ( as they fuppofed ) untothe Righteoufnefs , which they fought after , yea followed and hunted after Rom. 9: 31. & to. 3. (z, ) The dodtrine of faith carriech the fame colour of oppofition to the Moral Law , that it doth to the Ceremonial, in the point of juftification. And it is not thedodtrine of faith that carried] any colour of oppofcion to the Ceremonial Law; though the dodtrine of the Gofpel-adminiftration Both ; elfe we mull lay , there was nothing of the dodtrine of faith, under the Law, or that old difpen fation.' 3. He faith. Though the moral Law were precifely here underflood ; yet there is no necef ty to fay , that r} it eflablished by the Imputation of Chriks Righteouf- nefs : for , Some affirme , that the Law is therefore Paid to be faith, becaufe faith compaffeth á? attaineth that righteouJitefr , which the Law fought after , e could not attaine. 2. The Moral Law may in this fenfe be fail to be eflablished becaufe faith purgeth the hearts of beleevers , ¿' fo promotes the ob- fervationof it. Anf. As for the fir Jî, I do not underifand, what the meaning of it is. What is that Righteoufnefs, which faith compafhet.h, and the Law fought after , and could not attaine ? It would feem to be nothing elfebut Holinefs and Sandtification : and if fo, the two make but one : and there- fore I anfwere to this allo , by faying to the Second. That albeit, Subordina- tes can well confiít together, & this fenfe needeth not thruft out our fenfe; yet I judge, this is not the maine Objedtion, that Paul obviateth here : he referveth a peculiar place for that hereafter , where he fpeaketh fully CO it Chap. 6. 8z 7. But he fpeaketh of the ellablishing of the Law, both in its commanding power and Sandtion; for having fpoken fo much of juftifica- tìon by faith in oppofition to juftification by the Law; and having laid in the foregoing very that the circumcsfion shall be juftifted by faith , and the uncircum- cifonthrough faith : and neither the one, nor the other by or through the. Law; fome might have thought, that by his thus crying up of faith, and fpeaking fo much of it, and only of it , as to iuflificatton, he was quite cafheering and rendering the Law. null & void : And thereforehe anfwer.- eth , . That he is fo far from making the Law-void throughfaith, that he rather doth eftablish the fame , as was shown above.. 13 4. He