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oak Ver.4. again theforgivenef offin. to him as the feth to the bone ; to that they whohave not the Law written, cannot but thew forth the work of the Law, Rom. 2. 14, 15. and that becaufe the Law it fell is inbred to them ; and all the faculties of the foul are at peace with it, in fub- ;eEtion to it. It is the bond and ligament of their union harmony and correfpondency among thernfelves, in all their moral adings. It gives life, order, motion to them all. Now the GofJel, that comes to controll this fcntence ofthe Law,and to relieve the firmer from it, is f,rraign to his nature , a ttrange thing to him, a thing he hath no acquaintance or familiarity with ; it hath not been bred up with him ; nor is there any thing in him, tofide with it , to make a party for it, or to plead in its behalf. Now (hall not a man rather believe a Domeftlick, a Friend, indeed himfelf ; than a forraigner, a t#ran- ger, that comes with uncouth Principles, and Inch as fuit not its Reafon at all, z Cor. i. 18. 2. The Law fpeaks nothing to a (inner, but what his Con- fèience affures him to be true. There is a conttant con- currence in the Tefimony of the Law and confcience. When the Law (ayes , this or that it a fin , worthy of death , confcience (ayes it is even fo, Rom. i. 42. And where the Law of it fell, as being a general Rule, refis, Con- fcience helps it on, and Cayes, This and that fin, fo worthy of death, is the foul guilty of; then die faith the Law as thou haft deserved. Now this muff needs have a mighty efficacy to pre- vail with the foul to givecredit to the report andTefiimony ofthe Law; it fpeaks not one word but what he hath a wit - nefi within himfelf to the truth of it. There witneffes at, wayes agree; and fo it feems to be cflablithed for a truth, that there is no forgiveness. 3. The Law, though it (peak againfi the fouls intereft, yet it fpeaks nothing but what is fo jufí, righteous and equal, that it even forceth the fouls confent. So Pail tells us, thatmen know this voyce ofthe Law to be the judgement ofGod; Rom.r.32. They know it, and cannot but confent untó it, that it is the Judgement ofGod ; that is, good, righteous, equal, not to be controlled. Andindeed whatcan bemore righteous than its (ounce ? It commands Obedience to the God of life and M z death