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4.6

A

DISPLAY

of

thor

but God

;

by

which

means he

is

entitled not

only

to

the

firft

fin, as

the

efficient

cäuç

but

to

all

the

furs

in

the world

arifing from thence. Plainly andwithout

any

Grasped confecjuences,

he

is

made

the

author

of

fm

b

for even

thofe

pofrtive properties,

which

can

have no

other

fountain but

the

author

of

nature,

being fer on evil are

direfl-

ly

finful. And

here

the

idol

of

free

=will

may

triumph

in

this viftory

oier

the

God

of

heaven

:

heretofore

all

the blameof

fin

lay

upon

his

fhoulders,

but

now

he

begins

to

complain,

drK

a

of dev,ie erta,

dead

't'ar's

sal

a

o,ra,

st

is

God

and

the fate.of

our creation,;

that

hath

placed

us in

this condition

of

naturally

aff

efiing'

that

which

is

evil;

back,

with

all v

rssr

charges againft

the

ill

government

of

this

new

deity, within

his imagina-

-:

ry

dominion

:

what

hurt

Both he

do, but

incline men

unto

evil,

and

God himfelf did

ao

lei's,

at

the

firft

?.But letthem that

will,

rejoyce in thefe blafphemies,

it

fufficeth

us

to

know,

that

God created man

upright,

though

be

bath fought

out

many

inventions: fo

that

in

this following dìffonancy, we cleave

to the better part.

S.

S.

So

God

creat,

á man in

his own

image, in the

likersefs

of

God

created

he

him, male and

fe-

male created

he

them,

Gen.

i.

27.

Put

'on

the

new

man,

which

is

renewed in

knowledge

after

the image

of

him

that

made

him,

Colof:

ri1.

so.

which

after

God

is

created in

ríghteouf-

nefs

and

true. holinefs,

Ephef.

iv. 24.

Lo

this

only

have

I

found,

that

God

bath

made manupright,

but

he

bath

fought out many

inventions,

&clef.

vii. 29.

_

By

one

man fm entered

into the

world,. and

death

by

fin, Rom. v.

s

a.

Let

no

man

fay

when

he is.

tempted,

I

am

tempted

of

God,.

for

God

tempttth

no

man,. but

every

one is

tempted when

he is

drawn away

of

his

own

l

f,

Jam. i.

13.

-14.

Lib.

Arbit.

There

was' in man before

the

fall an

inclination

to

finning;

ithough not

fo

vehe-

ment and inordinate

asnow

it

is, Armin.

God put upon man

a

repugnancy

to

his

law,

Geferanus

in the

Synod.

Man by

reafon

of

his creation had

an

affeftion

to theft

things

that

are forbidden

by

the

law, Corvine.

The

will

of

manhad never

any

fpiritusl

endowments,

Rem. Apol.

It

was

not

fit

that

man fhould have

a law

given

him,

unlefs he

had a natural

incli-

nation

to

what

was

forbidden by

the

law,

Corvinue.

CHAP.

IX.

Of

the death ofChrift, and

of

the

efficacy

of

his

merits.

TH

E

fum

of

thofe

Controverfies, wherewith

the

Arminian', and

their

abet-

tors have troubled the church,

about

the death

of

Chrift,

may be reduced

to

two heads.

Firf,

Concerning

the

objeft

of

his

merit, or

whom

he died

fhr.

Secondly,

Concerning

the

efficacy

and end

of

his death, or what he

defevved,

procured, merited, and obtained, for them

for whom

he

died.

In

refolution

of

the

fir",

they

affirm,

that

he

died

for all, and every

one;

of

the

fecond,

that

he died

for

no

one man

at

all;

in

that

fenfe, Chriftians have

hitherto believedthat

he laid

down his

life, and fubmitted

himfelf

to

bear

the

burthen

of

his

Father's wrath,

for

their

fakes.

It

feems

to

me

a Grange

extenuation

of

the merit

of

Chrifi, to teach,

that

no good

at

all

by his

death doth

redound

to

divers of them for whom

he died:

what participation

in the

benefit

of

his fuffering had

Pharaoh

or

yaw

?

Dothey

not,

at this hour,

and

(hall

they not to eternity,feel

the

weight and burden

of

their

own

fins

?.

Hadthey either

grace

in this world, or glory

in

the

other, that

they Gould be

Paid

to

have an

intereft

in

the

death

of

our Saviour

?

Chriftiaivs

have

hitherto

believed,

that

fhtrwhom Chriít

died,

for their

fins

he madefatisfaftion

;

that they

themfelves Gould

utfmally

fuller

for

them

:

is

God unjuft

to

punifh twice for

the

fame

fault? His

own

T

Tin

once,

and

again

the

poor

Gnners

for whom

he fuffered?

I

cannotconceive an intention in God,

that

(hriß

Gould

fatisfy

his

juflice for

the

fin

of themthat

werein hell fome thoufands

of

years before, and

yet

be

Gill

refolved

to

continue

Cher

punifhment 6n

them

to all

eternity?