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put my soul only upon thy only Son, whom I take to be my facrifice, bim I offer op unto thee as my propiciacion, I have finned, but thy Son hach dyed for my sins : I have provoked thee; but chy Son hath pacified thee, I have wronged thee, but thy Son hath satisfied thee; he did not die for bis own fins, but for my sins, he was not made a curse for himself, but for me, I lay » hold on bis blood to be my peace, and satisfaction and salvati. I on. As if a man were like to be carried to prison for debt, and hunting up and down for a friend to stand for him, at length he findes one only man and bim he brings to the creditor, and raich here's a man will pay you and ransome me;so faith for a troubled and obliged fjoner to God, ic findes our Christ, and faith, Lo Lord here is thy Son, who is my surety, he will discharge, he is my ransome.
SECT. IV. Tor Christ as a Saviour and King and Prophet and Lord what I is the exercise of faith chere? I tell you what I think of
It is a work of a believing heart, whereby it doch accept of Christ, to be the sole teacher and ruler of heart and life, and refigie op himself wholly to him, to be fashioned as it were and guided by him. A man never comes to the truth of beleeving, but he thall finde this, ebar fairb will charge bis Master : For faich changerh the heart, and the heart being once changed. will quickly change its Lord : So chat to believe on Christ as a", King, as a Lord, as a Propbet, it is to admit him to give bim up the whole man into bis hands to biš holy and spiritual Government; as if the heart should say thus much, thou art a Holy Ebrift and thou art he who are to reigne, now I take thee to be my Holy Lord, and I religne up my selfe, I passeover my selfe unto chee, I will bave no Lord bur chee, and I do with all my heart accept of thee to make me Holy, as thou art Holy, and co fubdue this vile heart of mine, and to rule in me, by chy bleffed and mighty Spirici
THus bricity of the immediate obječt of faith, on which faith
immediately looks (ric) the person of Jesus Chrift: to take and receive Chrift, as Lord and Saviour. This is true faith; yet by the way nore a few things...
First, that this taking is with all the heart, it is not a pretended taking, a diffembled work; there is a taking of Christ with the congue, and a caking of him with the heart :: 0 no, when true faith takes Christ, ic brings in the very strength of the soul : O Lord Jesus, I do embrace thee, accept of thee with all my soul, with all my might, and with all my affe&ions.'
Secondly, this taking of Christ is of all Chrift, of Lord as well as 7efni: when the heart is made sensible of sin and Satan, and world, and Christ, and now falls off from them, I will have no more to do with you, I will serve you no longer, Christ only shall be my Saviour, and he only shall be my Lord, I will put wy Icul under bis Scepter and Government. : Thirdly, chiseaking of Christ is onely of Chrift. For it is a con. jugall eaking, which consists of unity : one ( they say in the Metaphysicks ) is divided in it self, and divided from all belides it felf; so is it in faiths taking of Christ, One Faith, One Lord, said the Apostle Fph. 4. It takes Christ so as none with Christ, of beGides Christ : The Patriarchs had most of them a wife, and a con. cubine, it is not so here, Fairh doch march wich an absoluce exa clusion of all other matches. It is not the soul, and Christ, and fin: nor the soul, and Christ, and the world; nor the foul, and Christ, and the Devil: it is not the soul and Christ in chief, and finne in fervice as a depury,or a corrivall, a secondary ching, &c.
Fourtbly, this taking is freed from mistaking. Faith knowes: what it doth, it sees its way it understands, 1. Who that is whom it takes. 2. Upon what termes he will be taken. 3 les grounds of taking.
First who it is, (viz.) the Son of God, God and man, a most hou ly person, a mighty Redeemer, and Saviour..
Secondly, upon what termes, (viz.) He will not come in by the by, he will not be taken as a vassaile,as a captive,as a drudge: be will not be taken for base and changeable reasons, meerly to
befallo. as one persed in heaven;
stop a gap in the conscience, or only in faire weather, bor he will be taken as Lordand King; to command all the heart, co dir. pose all the waves, to role our very thoughts, he will be taken for his own fake, out of a judicious love and estimation of hisperson, he will be caken with all che estates and conditions that befall on the croße crucified, as well as in che way to Hierufalem magnified; as one persecuted and distressed on earth, as well as
one raised and glorified in heaven; and thus true faith takes · Christ. .
Thirdly, upon what grounds, viz. upon Gods offer of Cbrift and promile, that wbosoever believes on bim, c. and on his commando mens, that we should believe on the Name of bis Son;, whereupon faith brings in the soul to Christ, it believeth that God faith-orie, that he doth nor call upon men, he doth not command men he doch not promise men, and allibis to dclude men; so that if you Should ask faith what warrant had you to bring in such a soul to Chris? Why faith faith, God revealed, and offered his Sonne, and commanded me to believe, and promised not to cast off any that come, &c. nö f. .. ::.
Fifchly, ebis making is resolved against ant aking: All takings are not of the same force and power; if I take a servant, I take him fo, char upon good reasons and occasions i can put him off againe; but if I take a-wife, there can be no untaking on my part, unless God cakes her, I must never forsake her Fairb cakes Chrift this way, co be a Saviour for ever, co be a Head, an Husband, a Lord for ever: Ioblerve that there are two kindes of taking Cbrift to be a Lord, one is computory and violent, as when an enemy is made to rule, a man in a sicknesse, in a terror of con. science, in a day of wrath, in an expectacion of death, he will cake Christ to be his Lord, he will say, Oh!finne is vile, I abhor it, I will become a new man, I will have none butiche Lord Christ, and he only ball be my Lord, and hereupon the man let's about the work of fhewing that Christ is his Lord, he will command his servants to pray, to heare, to read, to keep the Sabbach, &c. Yer this man as soon as Gods hard is off, as soon as ever he is freed from his bands, he will like a fewd apprencisc, break loose from his Lord and Master, he will ferve Christ no longer, he will co his finsagain,co the world again,co his bale society again &c. Why? because this accepting was only violent, and no adions
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are stedfast, or constant, whose causes are compelling and vioJene. · Another is ingenious of faith, and this taking of Christ, is grounded onely in Christ inics excellencies, beauties, perfedions, which are not like the light of a candle, chis houre very cleare, and the next, none at all, but like light in the Sunne, still abiding and remaining; and therefore, when a man doch by faith, tukee Cbrift, he takes him for ever: for faich can never change for the better, and it sees stedfast reason in Chrift, to cleave to Christ.
Now I come to the consequent obje&t of faith, and that is, remission of finnes and rijhicoufne sé, and whatsoever good comes from Christ. ,
For thus it is, faitle doch order its motions, or a&ions according to the word; Now the word reveales, and offers Chrift first, and then the benefics next. It is not, whosoever beleeves eternal life fhall have Cbrist the Sonne of God, but whofoever belecves on the Sonne of God, mall buve eternal life; Nor is it, whosoever beleeves the remiffion of Ganes, shall have Chrift, but whosoever beleeves in Chrift, Sall bave obca: Remission of finnes.
Yet when faich hath made the foule to take Chrift; it goes chen from the person to the portion, from Christ to the good in Christ, and by bim; for if Chrift be ours, all is ours, saith the A. postle, 1 Cor. 2.
SECT. VI. I Will therefore speak a word of faich, as conversant a. I bout, First, Remission of finnes. Secondly, Righteoulnelle.
For the first of these, viz. the pardon or remission of linnes, Consider,
That remiffion of fennes, is an Ation of God, acquirting the gilt and ibe punishment to shar be will never reckon with the soul a. ny more'in a judicial way for ebole finnes which are pardoned. As when the King ebroughly pardons a Malefactor, he dis
cbargah chargeth him, and takes off che gile, (we speak of it in respect of redundancy) that it Thall not now prejudice che person any longer ; so doth God, wben be pardons finne : Though he doch not in this anoihilace che finne, (chac is ) make that to be no sinne, which was finne , yet he doch prejudice sin that is be takes off che guile, chac it shall never redound to the damnation of the finner , no nor to his dammage.
Jesus Christ hath procured remillion or pardon of finne for us, bence, Ephef.1.7. In whom you have redemprion clorough his blood, even the forgivene se of your finnes. His blood was shed for many, for the remision of finnes, Mac. 26. (that is ) he did die , and by his death hath mericed, and procured our pardon and discharge : God offering Cbrift, offers with him the purchase of . Christ, viz., che pardon of finnes; If you will take my Sonae , I will pardon your sins, Now faich inclines the soul, which is ! sensible of its sinful guile, to put ic self on 7efus Cbrist for the discharge of them: As the wife looks for none, and goes to none but to her husband co discharge her debts; so faich goes to none for co procure remission of finnes, but only to Christ, and on him doth it rest. O Lord Christ, faith Faith, thou didst take these my linful debts upon thee, and chou didft undertake to facisfie for them, and to get them to be blotted out, yea, and I know that chou didit make a full fatisfaction. Now I renounce all hope of pardon from any thing in me, and do rest my soule on thy precious blood, trusting that it was shed for the remission of my fins; I have taken thee co be my Christ, and therefore I commic the answering of my sinful debc, co thy full facisfaction and sufferings. Put the case to a beleeving heart, you have many sinful debcs to answer for, finnes before conversion, and finnes after conversion; sins of ignorance, and singes of knowledge; these ::! Ginnes have that in them, which bindes you over to wrach and curse, now to whom doch it belong to pardon chese.finnes; your soul answers, to God, who can forgive finnes but God only? And I, even I am be that blotterb out by fans,&c.yca buc for whose fake will God pardon them? the soul anlwers, onely for Clorist Jefus rake, for he did shed his blood for their remiffion, and iberefore faith goes with the soul to Christ, and saith, O bler