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he had from Eternity ; but his mediatory Righteousness which he fulfilled in his State of Humili. ation : Matth. iii. 15. Thus it becometh us to -fulfil all righteousness." The Parts whereof that Righteousness of Christ consists, are, the compleat Holiness of Nature, Righteousness of his Life, and Satisfaction of his Sufferings : Heb. vii. 26. For • such an high priest became us, who is holy, harm
less,, undefiled, separated from sinners. Rom. v. 19. By the obedience of one, fall many be made righteous. Phil. ii. 7. 8. ? Christ Jesus made himTelf of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men : and being found in fashion as a man, "he humbled himself, and became obedient unto « death, even the death of the cross. And, in our Justification, the Righteousness of Christ is im. puted to us, in all the Parts thereof, Rom. viii. 3. 4. Compared with Chap. iv. 6.
The Party imputing Christ's Righteousness to us is God the Judge, Rom. iv. 6. forecited. God's imputing it to us, is his reckoning it ours : Rom. iv. 19. 11.
• How was faith then reckoned to A'braham for righteousness? when he was in cir. cumcision, or in uncircumcision? not in circum• cision, but in uncircumcision. And he received
the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteouf
ness of the faith which he had yet being uncir6 cumeised : that he might be the father of all
them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed to
them alfo. Chap. v. 19. forecited. fer. xxiii. 6. “ This is his name whereby he shall be called,
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.'God cap reckon Chrift's Righteousness ours, because it
is ours, before he reckon it fo : Rom. ii. 2. "We • are fure that the judgment of God is according ( to truth.'
The Righteousness of Christ becomes ours, through Faith: Phil. iii. 9. Rom. iii. 22. forecited, It is ours through Faith, by Right of free Gifts and Right of Communion with Chrift himself. The Believer possesseth it as his by Right of frec Gift, inasmuch as Christ's Righteousness being made over in the Gospel, as Heaven's free Gift to Sinpers, he hath received it by Faith : Rom. i. 17.
For therein [the gospel of Christ] is the righte"ousness of God revealed from faith to faith;
as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Chap. v. 17. "They which receive abundance of grace, • and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign in
life by one, Jesus Chrift.' He poflefleth it as his by Right of Communion with Christ himself, inaf. much as, being united to Christ, he hath a common Interest or Communion with him in his Righteousness : Eph. iii. 17. 'That Christ may dwell in
your hearts by faith.? 1 Cor. i. 9. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship
of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.' Phil. jii. 9. • And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law; but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness
which is of God by faith.' Chrif's Righteous. hefs, then, is not therefore ours, because it is imputed to us; but therefore it is imputed to us, be: cause it is ours, Rom. il. 2, forecited. Chap. iv. 23. 24. Now, it was not written for his fake a. lone, that it was imputed to him; but for us allo, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the · dead.'
The Righteousness of Christ imputed to a Law. condemned Sinner, is a good Ground for his Justification, Pardon, and Acceptance, as a Person truly righteous, inasmuch as thereby the commanding and condemning Law is judicially found, at the Throne of Grace, to be fully satisfied in all its Demands for Righteousness that it had upon
him: Rom. iii. 31.
Do we then make void the law • through faith? God forbid : yea, we establish the • law.' Chap. viii. 3. 4. forecited. Chap. X. 4.
Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.' Chap. vii
. 4. Where. fore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to
the law by the body of Christ ; that ye should . be married to another, even to him who is raised
from the dead, that we mould bring forth fruit unto God. Compared with Chap. viii. 1. ?There
is therefore now no condemnation to them ' which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the
feth, but after the Spirit.'
As to what we are justified by, we are justified by Faith alone : Gal. ii. 16. Knowing that a man • is not justified by the works of the law, but by the ' faith of Jesus Christ : Even we have believed in • Jesus Christ; that we might be justified by the « faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law : for by the works of the lay shall no flesh be justi
fied. To be justified by Faith alone, is to be justified by Faith, and not by Works, in whole, nor in part: Rom. iii. 28.' Therefore we conclude,
that a man is justified by faith without the deeds i of the law,' Paul's Doctrine, That we are juftified by Faith alone, and the Doctrine of James,
That we are justified by Works, and not by Faith only, Jam. ii. 24. do not disagree, (2 Pet. i. 21. . For the prophecy came not in old time by the
will of man: but holy men of God spake as they
were moved by the Holy Ghost.'); and that, inasmuch as they speak of very different Subjects. What Paul speaks of, is God's justifying us by an Act of his, declaring us to be righteous : Rom. iv. 6. 7. 8. ' Even as David also describeth the blessed«ness of the man unto whom God imputeth
righteousness without works, saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose
fins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom, * the Lord will not impute fin. What James speaks of, is but our justifying ourselves, by a Course of Life shewing us to be righteous : Fam. ii. 18. " Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have (works : Thew me thy faith without thy works, i and I will shew thee my faith by my works.' verf. 21. 'Was not Abraham our father justified by < works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon
the altar?. Now, a man justifies or shews himself righteous by Faith in the Sight of God, by good Works : Jam. 'ii. 21. forecited. verf. 25.
Likewise also, was not Rahab the harlot justified * by works, when she had received the messengers, 6 and had sent them out another way ?' John xv. 14. 'Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I * command you. Rom. vi. 14.
Sin shall not have • dominion over you : for ye are not under the
law, but under grace. For though we are justified of God by Faith alone, yet Faith is not alone, without good Works, in the Justified : Jam. ii. 17.
Even fo faith, if it hath not works, is dead be• ing alone.' vers. 26. ' For as the body without
s the spirit is dead, fo faith without works is dead rallo. Rom. viii. 1.. There is therefore now no
condemnation to them which are in Christ Je. • sus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit.' Nevertheless, Faith is alone, without good Works, in Juftification ; Róm. iv. 5:
Το him that worketh not, but believeth on hini that • justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for
righteousness.' That appears, inasmuch as no Man can do a good Work, till once he is justified by Faith : 1 Tim. i. 5. Now the end of the como'mandment is charity, out of a pure heart, and * of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.' Luke vii
. 47. “Wherefore I say unto thee, Her ' fins which are many, are forgiven ; for she loved "much : but to whom little is forgiven, the same
loveth little.' Rom. vii. 4. forecited. No Man can do a good work, till once he is justified by Faith, because till then he is under the Curse of the Law: Rom. vii. 5. 6. 'For when we
were in the fiesh, the motions of fins which
were by the law, did work in our members to « bring forth fruit unto-death. But now we are
delivered from the law, that being dead svherein we were held; that we should serve in newness
of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.' The Act of Believing, whereby we are justified, cannot be reckoned a good work done by us, before we are justified, forasmuch as it is the Effect of a quickening or creating Act of God in us, by which we pass from under the Curse, into a a State of Justification: Eph. i. 19. 20. That
ye may know what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power; which he wrought