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nified the law as your Surety. The high praises of the Re. deemer will be much in your mouth; you will think and speak honourably of him, upon all occasions, like these who are clad with the white livery of his righteousness. In Mount Zion they cry, “ Worthy is the Lamb that was slain. Salva, tion to our God, and to the Lamb, for ever and ever." Oh, men are blessed in him with a perfect righteousness, and there, fore let all nations and generations call him blessed, Psal. Ixxii. at the close.

5thly, You will be on all occasions improving the righteousness of Christ by faith, for all the ends and uses of it which I mentioned, when discoursing of the excellency of this righteousness. You will improve it as a ransom unto justice, to deliver you from going down to the pit; you will improve it as a laver, to wash you from sin and from uncleanness; as a spiritual banquet, on which you will feed your hungry fouls, for it is meat indeed and drink indeed, as a robe to cover your nakedness, and the best robe whereby to appear in the presence of God; as a shade to defend you from the {corching heat of the fiery law, or an awakened conscience ; as a refuge to shelter you when pursued by avenging justice; as a ladder by which you will ascend unto communion with God, here and hereafter; and as the only title and foundation of your claim to eternal. life. Thus, I say, you will be constantly improving the righteousness of Christ by faith, for some of these ends and uses ; and in this sense we may under: stand that word of the apostle, Rom. i. “ The righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith.” It is that which faith faltens upon at first for justification, and it is that which faith is continually afterwards applying for some good use or other, in the soul's progress in the way to glory.

6thly, If the righteousness of the law be fulfilled in you, through the fighteousness brought in by the Messiah, you will have many an inward battle with sinful and legal self. The apostle Paul, who gloried in the righteousness of Christ, and preached the mystery of justification to others, more than ever any mere man did, yet we find he has many an intestine combat with self, Rom. vii. 23. “ But I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my mem. bers: O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me?" You, who say that ye submit and trust to the righteousness of Christ, as the only ground of your justification and acceptance, and yet have no struggle with this homebred enemy, and are not laid in the dust before the Lord because of its

prevalency, prevalency, I dread, whatever orthodox heads you may have, yet your hearts are not foundly settled upon the foundation of the law-magnifying righteousness of Christ; and my reason for it is, because in every believer there is, through the remains of indwelling corruption, such a strong bias towards the law as a covenant, and towards sin, as gives him continual matter of exercise, insomuch that his heart is just like a field of battle, where two armies neet, and contend for the victory one against another ? “ What will you see in the Shulamite? as it were the company of two armies? the flesh luft. ing against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh, and these are contrary, the one to the other. The motions of sin which a man finds in his members are continual matter of humiliation to him, and set him a-work to mortify the deeds of the body, to crucify the flesh, with the affections and lufts thereof; and the strong bias that he finds in his soul towards the law as a covenant fills him with fears and jealousies, lest he never yet in reality submitted to the righteousness of Christ, which sets him a-work to examine and prove himself, whether be has ever yet won Christ, and is found in bim, having that “ righteousness which is through the faith of Jesus Christ.” You that never knew any thing of this, and the like exercise of spirit in your souls, I dread that you are yet strangers to a real closing with the righteousness which is brought in by the great Messiah.

7tbly, When conscienee is bleeding through some wound that you have got from an arrow of law-terroí, or when the guilt of fin is staring you in the face, and an angry and frowning God, “whither do you fly, or run for ease and relief?” As for the desperate finner, he drowns the voice of conscience wich diversions and recreations. They will, like Saul, sometimes take up the timbrel and harp; or, like Cain, when God and conscience were crying for vengeance against him for the blood of his brother Abel, he goes into the land of Nod, and diverts himself with building cities and houses. As for the hypocrite, he wraps himself up in his profeflion, and feigned graces, and there he finds ease. As for the legalist, when he is wounded with the terrors of God, being married to the law, he runs to the duties and works of the law, and studies to please God, ard satisfy the cries of his conscience with these. But as for the believer, the whole creation cannot give him ease, till, by a renewed act of faith, he get in under the shadow of that everlasting righteousness, by which the law is magnified and made honourable, and will he ste God well pleased for this righteousness fake, and sensibly finiling on his soul again through this righteousness; this, and nothing but this, can yield comfort. And Oh! when he fees God smiling on him through this righteousness, this puts gladness in his heart more than when corn, wine, and oil, did abound. Try yourselves by this.

In a word, if the righteousness of the law be fulfilled in you through the rightcousness of the Mediah, the life you live in the world will be by faith in the Son of God, and ye will not reckon so much that ye live, but that Christ liveth in you. Many a flight will thy soul be taking to him upon the wings of faith and love, as the Lord thy righteousness. Whenever you look towards the majesty of God, and view his unspotted holiness and unbiased juitice; whenever thou looks upon the fiery law, or hears a thunder-clap from Mount Sinai; whenever thou looks into another world, or an awful tribunal; whenever thou looks to the depravation of thy nature, and the innumerable evils that compass thee about'; whenever thou looks to the melancholy aspect of providence, thy soul will ay be taking the other flight by faith unto Christ, as thy Surety and Redeemer; and the viewing the law magnified, and jusrice satisfied, and God reconciled in the person and undertaking of Christ; and whenever thou looks to him, thou wilt find thy Spirit lightened and eafed, and be ready to say with David, “Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for ihe Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.” So much thall serve for an use of Trial. I proceed now to,

III. The third use of this doctrine, which may be of terror ta all the ungodly world, that are living in the open or secret violation of the Holy law of God.

Ilath God magnified the law, and made it honourable, at the expence of the humiliation, incarnation, obedience, death, and sufferings of his eternal Son? Oh how dreadful and dismal is the condition of these, who, instead of yielding the obedience of faith unto this law, are daily in their pradlice tram. pling the authority of the law under their feet, breaking God's bands, and caiting the cords of his law from them, and yet will needs pretend to and profess the name of Christ, as if Christ had magnified the law and made it honourable, that they might have a liberty to break it, and to follow the

swing of their own carnal and corrupt hearts. The apostle .: Jude, ver. 3d of his epiltle, when speaking of such licen.

tious Christians, he calls them ungodly men, turning the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ into lasciviousness, of old ordained to this condemnation. O Sirs! do not mistake it, Christ has mogrified the law, and made it honourable, not to locfe but to

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establish the obligation of it as a “rule of obedience, he gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works," Tit. ii. 14. He hath delivered us from the hand of all our enemies, that we "might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life,” Luke i. 74. and that we may by his grace be taught to deny all “ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to walk foberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world," Tit. ii. 12. So that ye who draw encouragement from the doctrine of Christ's magnifying the law, and making it honourable, to violate and dishonour the law of God, ye are just counteracting the design of the obedience of Christ unto the death, and, like the filthy walp, fucking poison out of the gospel of falvation. And do you expect to be juftified by the righteousness of Christ, and eternally saved by his blood in such a way as this ? no, no; ye have “ seither part nor lot in this matter.” As sure as God lives, ye are under the law as a covenant, and therefore under the dominion of fin, and the curse of the broken law is upon you ; ye are " condemned already, and the wrath of God abideth on you.” And unto you, God faith, “What halt thou to do to make mention of my righteousness, or that thou should it take my covenant in thy mouth, seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest niy words behind thee.” And therefore consider your danger in time, before you come in before the awful bar of God, left, when you arrive there, he tear you in pieces, when there is none to deliver you out of his hand. But I turn me again from Mount Sinai to Mount Zion, and go on to,

IV. Fourth use of this doctrine, by way of encouragement io convinced and awakened sinners, and to doubting and trembling believers.

We have a commission to bind up the broken hearted, to comfort them that mourn in Zion, to strengthen the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees, to say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not; we bring to you gooi! tidings of great joy,” tidings that may make your hearts tria umph, and leap for joy within you, as the babe leapt in Elisabeth's womb, at the salutation of Mary. Here, I say, are the best news that ever were heard to law-condemned sinners, that Christ, as our blessed Surety, has brought in everlasting righteousness, by which he has magnified the law, and made it honourable.

There are these following topics, or grounds of Encouragement and Confolation, springing out at this doctrine.

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by the finner ? Hence it follows, that the great Lawgiver is fitisfied and well pleased, as it follows in the text, The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness fake ; that which displeased and provoked the majeity of God, was the breach of his law, but since the law is again magnified, surely he cannot but be a well pleased Deity.

Upon this ground it is, that such declarations are issued out, “ Fury is not in me,I was angry, but mine “ anger is turned away: As I live, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn ye, turn ye, why will ye die?" Oh Sirs ! that which scares you from coming back to God is the apprehension, that, because of the breach of the law, God is implacable, and will never be reconciled. But we tell you, for your encouragement, that a God in Christ is well pleafed for his righteousness fake, bia cause he hath magnified the law, and made it honourable. God was in Christ, not pursuing the world as an avenging enemy, but reconciling the world to himself. And therefore let not an evil heart of unbelief turn you away from the living God, as though he were not well pleafed for Christ's righteousness sake. It was not for nought that that proclamation was made three times with an audible voice from heaven, “ This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” O it is glorious encourage. ment to a loft sinner, hanging over the mouth of liell, that God is well pleased in his Christ.

2dly, Is the law magnified and made honourable ? then it fol. lows, that the great bar that lay in the way of our salvation is removed. Upon the first Adam's violation of the holy law, mountains of wrath were rolled in the way of salvation; the way was so filled with briars and thorns, woes and curses, that it became altogether impaffable for any of Adam's race. Hence came that horror and despair that was seated in the hearts of our fir!t parents immediately after they had sinned. The sight of the cherubim, and the flaming sword turning every way, to keep the way of the tree of life, had a dismal signification : Well, but Cliriit, the second Adam, he has magnifid the law, and inade it honourable, and therefore it mult ne di follow, that all these impediinents and bars in the way of our salvation are'now removed, and the way is clear to every soul that has a mind to enter in by iaith, John X. 2. “I am the door : by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and thall g in and out and find pasture." All legal impediments arifiirom law and justice, in the way of salvation are, now ta• ki ti of the way, and there is a free call to every man to enter in and be saved ; in which care nothing can hinder but

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