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Since then the Law is not made SERM void through Faith, it is incumbent upon
VII. us not to act, as if it was. Let the Gospel establish the Law never so much, yet unless we do fo too by our good Lives, it will be to no Purpose to us; for a wicked Life will make void both Law and Gospel too. And as there is
who will accuse the Jews, even Mofes in whom they trust, so there is one, who will accuse us Chriftians, if we think to make our Faith attone for our wicked Lives, even Christ in whom we thus vainly trust. If the Gospel is so great a Refinement upon the Law, as we find it to be, let our Lives declare that it is so ; that we may not be reproached both by Jew and Gentile, who will be ready enough to say, that the Dirpensation we are so fond of, is nothing else but a 'Dispensation for a wicked Life.
'Tis true, Sin mall no longer have Dominion over us; for we are not under the Law, but under Grace : But what then? mall we Sin, because we are not under the Law, but under Grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield your
Ser M. selves Servants to obey, bis Servants' ge VII.
are to whom ye obey, whether of Sin unto Death, or of Obedience unto Righteoufnefs? We were indeed made free from Sin, but, it was to this End, that we should become Servants to Righteousness
. We ought to consider the Law and the Gospel thoroughly; and if we do lo we shall find no reason to think, that the keeping of the one will dispense with a Neglect of the other ; nor that the Gospel is opposed to the Law as a Rule of Life; for the Rules are not opposed to one another, tho' the Covenants are. If we consider Faith as a distinct thing from Morality, we don't consider it, as it is; for Faith is not the same thing to a Christian, as it is to a Heathen: To him it is only an Aflent of the Mind, but to the other, it is a great deal more; for it is always accompanied with Good Works. Had the fews understood this, they could not have supposed, that St. Paul had set himself up in opposition to Mofes ; or that there was any Occasion for him to purify himself, to thew that he walked orderly, and kept the Law.
'Tis easier to believe indeed than it is to Serm. 2: practise ; and many people think, that VII. . Fen if they have Faith all is well: And so infir deed it is, if they have it ; but unless it be
attended with Good Works, the Misfortune ne of it is, that at the same time they value and themselves fo much upon their Faith, like 14 an Argument that proves too much, it t th serves only to demonstrate, that they have its. believed themselves even into a State of 0 Infidelity, for it is not Faith, but ConfiLife dence. It is not Faith, as it is described on by our Saviour ; and therefore it is no
Faith at all, in the Gospel-sense of the Tom Word.
Tis certainly a Matter of great Concern 102 to understand the true Design of the Law mi and of the Gospel, that we may know the
Nature of that Slavery from which we are set free, and of that Liberty to which we are advanced. And since the Law and the Gospel agree so well together, we ought not to contribute any thing to make them disagree. Let us sanctify the Lord God in our Hearts; that if
any, envying us the Liberty and Happiness of the
SERM. Gospel, should speak Evil of us, as of evil VII.
Doers, they may be ashamed, that falsely accufe our good Conversation in Chrift. This is to behave like the Disciples of Christ; to act agreeable to the Excellency of the Gospel, and the Dignity of the Law ) and to mark out a strait and easy Path to that State of Happiness, where we may hope to sit down with Males and the Prophets, and Christ, and his Apostles, in the Kingdom of God for ever.
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they themselves are the Servants
T has been the way of those, who SERM. have apostatiz'd from Chriftiani- VIII.
ty, to do it upon this Principle, w in hopes of finding more Liberty on the other side of the Question; and it has been the constant Practice of thofe, whose Business it has been to make Profelytes that way,
like the false Teachers in the Text, to promise it them; as if the Chriftian Religion was calculated to introduce Slavery, and the Professors of it were in a Conspiracy against the Liberty of Mankind; whereas this is so far from being