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THE PARTIES IN THAT COVENANT, THE MAKING OF IT,
ARE DISTINCTLY CONSIDERED,
THE TRIAL OF A SAVING PERSONAL INBEING
UNTO THEIR 'ETERNAL SALVATION
To which is subjoined,
- A MEMORIAL
PRESENTED TO SAINTS AND SINNERS.
BY THE REVEREND AND LEARNED
MR. THOMAS BOSTON,
LATE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL AT ÉTTRICK.
Printed by R. Ehapman,
This TREATISE, and the MEMORIAL adjoined, being polhumous Works of my Fatber's, I thought it nedessary to teslify to the world, that they are published as he left them, being printed from his own Manuscript, prepared for the Press, without any Addition or Alteration whatsoever.
COVENANT OF GRACE.
PSALM lxxxix. 3.
1 Cor. xv. 45.
S man's ruin was originally owing to the breaking
of the covenant of works, so his recovery, from the first to the last step thereof, is owing purely to the fulfilling of the covenant of grace : which covenant, being that wherein the whole mystery of our salvation lies, I am to eflay the opening of, as the Lord shall be pleafed to affa. And there is the more neer of humble depecdence on the Father of lights, through Jesus Chrift his Son, for the ma. nifeitation of bis Spirit in this manner, that whereas the first covenant is known, in part by the light of nature, the knowledge of this second is owing entirely to revelation.
It was from this covenant the Psalmist, in the verse im. mediately preceding the firft text, took a comfortal le view of a glorious building, infallibly going up in the midst of ruins ; even a buikling of mercy: For I have said, Mer. cy fall be built up for ever : the ground of which confident assertion is, in our text, pointed out to be God's covenant with his Chofen. From the type of the covenant of grace, namely the covenant of royalty made unto David, he law a building up of mercy for the royal family of Judali, when they were brought exceeding low. From the sube stance of it, he saw a building of mercy for finners of mankind, who were laid in ruins by the breach of the firft ceva vepart. This is that new building, free grace Tct on foot