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Yet they are blind, who never faw
The gospel juftify the law q.

Thus gofpel-grace, and law-commands,
Both bind and loose each other's hands:
They can't agree on any terms r,
Yet hug each other in their arms f
Thofe that divide them cannot be
The friends of truth and verity's ;

9 Rom. iii. 31. Do we then make void the law through faith God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Gal. iv. 21,-26. Tell me, ye that defire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two fons; the one by a bond-maid, the other by a free woman. But he who was of the bond-woman was born after the flesh; but he of the free woman was by promife. Which things are an allegory, for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and anfwereth to Jerufalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerufalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Pfal. lxxxv. 10. Mercy and truth are met together: righteoufnefs and peace have kiffed each other.

Mat. xiii. 23. Wo unto you, Scribes and Pharifees, hy pocrites; for ye pay tithe of mint, and anife, and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Rom. ii. 23. Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonoureft thou God? V. 25, 26. For circumcifion verily profiteth, if thou keep the law; but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcifion is made uncircumcifion. Therefore, if the uncircumcifion keep the righteoufnefs of the law, fhall not his uncircumcifion be counted for circumcifion? Matth. xix. 6. What God hath joined together, let no man put afunder. Chap. iii. 15. And Jefus anfwering, faid unto him (John), Suffer it to be fo now: for, thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteoufnefs. Then he fuffered him. Chap v.. 17. Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy,

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Yet those that dare confound the two,
Destroy them both and gender wot.

This paradox none can decipher,

That plow not with the gofpel-heifer.

but to fulfil. . 19, 20. Whofoever therefore shall break one of these leaft commandments, and shall teach men fo, he fhall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever fhall do and teach them, the fame fhall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I fay unto you, That except your righteoufnefs' fhall exceed the righteoufoefs of the Scribes and Pharifees, ye shall in no cafe enter into the kingdom of heaven. 1 John v 6. This is he that came by water and blood, even Jefus Chrift; not by water only, but by water and blood : and it is the Spirit that beareth witnefs, because the Spirit is truth.

t Gal. i. 6, 7, 8. 1 marvel that ye are fo foon removed from him that called you into the grace of Chrift, unto another gofpel: which is not another; but there be fome that trouble you, and which pervert the gospel of Chrift. But though we, or an angel from heaven preach any other gofpel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be ac curfed. Zeph. i. 4.-I will cut off-v. 5.-them that worship, and that swear by the Lord, and that swear by Malcham. Acts xv. 7. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rofe up and faid unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago, God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth fhould hear the word of the gospel and believe. v. 10, 1. Now therefore why tempt ye God to put a yoke upon the neck of the difciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe, that through the grace of the Lord Jefus Chrift, we fhall be faved even as they. Gal. v. 1. Stand faft therefore in the liberty wherewith Chrift hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage, v. 4. Chrift is become of no effect unto you, whofoerer of you are juftified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

SECT. II.

The difference betwixt the Law and the Gospel.

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HE law, fuppofing I have all,
Does ever for perfection call:

The gofpel fuits my total want,
And all the law can feek does grant.
The law could promife life to me,
If my obedience perfect be :
But grace does promife life upon
My Lord's obedience alone.

The law fays, Do, and life you'll win :
But grace fays, Live for all is done;
The former cannot eafe my grief,
The latter yields me full relief.
By law convinc'd of finful breach,
By gofpel-grace I comfort reach
The one my condemnation bears,
The other juftifies and clears.
The law fhews my arrears are great,
The gofpel freely pays my debt:
The firft does me the bankrupt curfe
The laft does blefs and fill my purse.
The law will not abate a mite,
The gofpel all the fum will quite:
There God in threat'nings is array'd,
But here in promifes difplay'd.
The law and gospel disagree,
Like Hagar, Sarah, bond and frée :
The former's Hagar's fervitude,
The latter Sarah's happy brood.
To Sinai black, and Zion fair,

The word does law and grace compare.

Their curfing and their bleffing vie
With Ebal and Gerizzim high.
The law excludes not boating vain,
But rather feeds it to my bane :
But gofpel-grace allows no boasts,
Save in the King, the Lord of hofts.
The law ftill irritates my fin,

And hardens my proud heart therein;
But grace's melting pow'r renews,
And my corruption ftrong fubdues.
The law with thunder, Sinai-like,
Does always dread and terror speak:
The gospel makes a joyful noife,
And charms me with a still, calm voice.
The legal trumpet war proclaims,
In wrathful threats, and fire, and flames :
The gofpel-pipe, a peaceful found,
Which spreads a kindly breath around.
The law is weak through finful flesh,'
The gospel brings recruits afresh:
The first a killing letter wears,

The laft a quick'ning fpirit bears.
The law that feeks perfection's height,
Yet gives no ftrength, nor offers might :
But precious gofpel-tidings glad,
Declare where all is to be had.
From me alone the law does crave,
What grace affirms in Chrift I have:
When therefore law-purfuits inthral,
I fend the law to grace for all.
The law brings terror to moleft,
The gospel gives the weary reft:
The one does flags of death difplay,
The other fhews the living way.
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The law by Mofes was expreft,

The glorious gospel came by Jefus Chrift:
The firft dim nature's light may trace,
The laft is only known by grace.
The law may roufe me from my floth,
To faith and to repentance both :
And though the law commandeth each,
Yet neither of them can it teach;
Nor will accept for current coin
The duties which it does injoin ;
It feeks all, but accepts no less
Than conftant, perfect righteousness.
The gofpel, on the other hand,
Although it iffue no command,

But ftrictly view'd, does whole confift
In promifes and offers bleft;

Yet does it many duties teach,
Which legal light could never reach:
Thus faith, repentance, and the like,
Are fire that gofpel-engines ftrike.
They have acceptance here through grace,
The law affords them no fuch place:
Yet ftill they come through both their hands,
Through gofpel-teaching, law-commands.
The law's a houfe of bondage fore,
The gofpel opes the prison-door:
The firft me hamper'd in its net,
The last at freedom kindly fet.
The precept craves, the gofpel gives ;
While that me preffes, this relieves;
And or affords the ftrength I lack,
Or takes the burden off my back.
The law requires on pain of death ;-
The gospel courts with loving breath:

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