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how can it be otherwise? Can a man be ingrafted in the true vine, and not partake of the fap and juice of the stock, that is, the Spirit and grace of Chrift? No, fure: If any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his, Rom. viii. 9. Or, can the Spirit and grace of Christ be in any, and yet no change made on their nature, but it still remain unrenewed? No, indeed: If Christ be in you, the body is dead, because of Ar; but the spirit is life, because of righteousnefs, verfe jo. Consider this, ye who pretend to rely on the righteousness of Christ, bùt are very easy in this point, whether ye are born again or not; whether there is a holy nature derived from Christ to you or not. Believe it, Sirs, if it be not so, ye have no saving intereft, part, nor lot in Christ's righteousness, Ye may on as good grounds pretend, that howbeit the guilt of Adam's fin was imputed to you, yet there was no corrupt nature derived from him to you: as pretend, that Christ's righteousness is imputed to you, while yet ye are not born again, your nature is not changed, by the communication of fanctifying grace from Chrift, unto you. Deceive not yourselves; ye must be regenerate, else'ye will perish; for except a man be born again, he cannot fee the kingdom of God, John iii. 3.
Char. 2. They are all righteous and holy in their lives: Ifa. lx, 12. Thy people also shall be all righteous. Chap. Ixij. 12. And they shall call them the holy people, How did ungodliness, vnrighteousness, and profanity, enter into the world, the which are now over-flowing all its banks? Was it not by one man, by Adam's fin, which is imputed to all mankind ! Rom, v. 12. Then be fure, if the second Adam's righteousness be imputed to you, holiness of life will come along with it: i Cor, vi. 11. But ye are wafhed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified. Does fanctification then go before justification? No: but it hath a necessary dependance on justification, and evidenceth
it to the world, and to one's own conscience. Unjuftified, unfanctified; and unsanctified, unjustified. Did our blessed Saviour come into the world, and in our nature lead a holy righteous life, that men might live es they lift? Nay, quite the contrary; even that we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life, Luke i. 74, 75. If then Christ lived for you, assure edly ye shall live for him. Consider this, ye who are far from righteousness of life, living in the neglect of the duties either of the first or second table, or both. Your ungodly and unrighteous life declares you to be in your sins, under the curse, and far from righteousness imputed. There is indeed a righteousness of Chrift; but alas ! it is not upon you : ye are naked for all it, and stand exposed to revenging wrath.
Char. 3. The old man is crucified in them all : Gal. v. 24. They that are Christ's, have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lufts. Therefore I say to you in the words of the apostle, Rom. viii. 13.
If ye live after the flesh, ye fall die; but if ye thro' the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. When our Saviour hung on the crofs, he hung there as a representative of all that are his, with all their fins on him by imputation, that the body of fin might be destroyed in his sufferings for it, Rom. vi. 6. He hung there as the efficient meritorious cause of their mortification, that by his death he might destroy the power of death in them: which appears not in any thing more, than in living lufts preying on their souls; Hos. xiii, 14, I will redeem them from death: 0 death, I will be thy plagues. See Tit. ii. 14. Rom. vi. 6, 7. Eph, v. 25, 26. And he hung there as the examplary cause of their mortification; so that all who are his, and have finned after the fimilitude of Adam's tranfgreffion, are like
wise crucified and die to sin, after the fimilitude of his crucifixion and death ; being crucified with him, Gal. ii, 20.; planted together (with him) in the likeness of his death, Rom. vi. 5. ; the fellowship of his sufferings making them conformable unto his death, Philip. iii. 16. Will ye then live after the flesh, not wrestling against, but fulfilling the lufts thereof; living in lin and to fin, instead of being mortified to it; and yet pretend that the satisfaction of Christ is imputed to you for righteousness? Truly you may on as good grounds say, that the blood of Christ thed for you hath proven ineffectual; and that he hath so far missed of his aim and design in suffering for you: or that he died for you, that you might live in your fin without danger. These would make a blasphemous profession. Accordingly, your prefumptuous sinful life and practice, is a course of practical blasa phemy against the Son of God, making him the minister of lin; and evidenceth your pretensions to the imputation of his fatisfaction to be altogether vain. Nay, of a truth, if ye have any saving intereft in the death of Chrift, your old man is crucified with him, Rom, vi. 6.; and ye are dead with him, ver. 8.; dead with him to fin, to the world, and to the law.
(1.) If ye have a faving interest in Chrift's death, ye are dead with him to fin: Rom. vi. 10. In that he died, he died unto fin once. Ver. 11. Likewife reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto fin. While our Lord Jesus lived in the world, the fins of all the elect, as to the guilt of them, hung about him, and made him a man of forrows all along; when he was upon the cross they wrought upon him, most furiously, singing him to the very soul, till they killed him, and got him laid in the grave. Then they had done their utmoft against him, they could do no more. So dying for fin, he died unto it, he was delivered froin it: and in his resurrection he shook them all off, as Paul shook the viper off his hand into the fire,
end and felt no harm; rising out of the grave, even as he will appear the second time, without fin. Wherefore, if ye do indeed know the fellowship of his suffer. ings, if you really have fellowship with him in them, death will have made its way from Christ, the head unto you as his members; his death unto sin cannot miss to work your death unto it alfo. If you are dead indeed with Chrift, as.ingrafted into him, fin hath got
its death's wounds in you ; the bond that knit your hearts and your lusts together, is loosed; and ye shall be shaking off the viperous brood of them into the fire, in the daily practice of mortification. But if ye are not dead, but still living unto fin, it is an infallible evidence ye are none of the members of Christ: Rom. vi. 2. How fall we that are dead to fint, live any longer therein ? Ver. 3. Know ye not, that fo many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ, were baptized inte his death?
(2.) If ye have a saving interest in Chrift's death, ye are dead with him to the world : Col.iii. 1. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above. Ver. 3. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. The world hated him, and used him very unkindly while he was in it, and when he died, he parted with it for good and all. John xvii. 11. Now I am no more in the world.--I come to thee. The quieteft lodging that ever the world allowed him in it, was a grave and coming out from thence, he never sept another night in it. He tarried indeed forty days in it after that as many days as the Ifraelites years in the wilderness; the former an exemplar, the letter a type of the christian life, from converfion till the removal into the other world nevertheless he was dead to the world fill, he conversed rrow and then with his own, but no more with the world. Now, if ye are his, ye are dead with him unto the world too, in virtue of his death being crucified unto it, Gal. vi. 14. Union with
Christ by faith lays sinners down in death, in Christ's grave; and so separates between them and the world for ever and withal, it raiseth them up again with Christ unto a quiet new manner of life: no more that manner of life which they lived before their vnion with him, than that which Christ lived after his resurrection, was the manner of life he lived before his death : Rom. vi. 4. We are buried with him by baptism unto death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also foould walk in newness of life. If your title to heaven is indeed settled, by your receiving the atonement, now is your forty days before your ascension into it; now are ye no more of the world, although ye be in it; your treasure and heart are no more there. Ye are no more indwellers in it, as natives; but travelling through it, as strangers, coming up from the wilderness leaning on the beloved, Gant. viii. 5.
(3.) Lastly, If ye have a faving interest in Christ's death, ye are dead with him to the law also: Gal. ii. 16. I through the law am dead to the law. Ver, 20. I am crucified with Christ. Our Lord Jesus took on our narure to satisfy the law therein ; the whole course of his life was a course of obedience to it, for life and salvation to us; and he suffered to fatisfy it in what of that kind it had to demand, for that effect: in a word, he was born to the law, he lived to the law, and he 'died to the law: namely, for to clear accounts with it, 10 satisfy it fully, and ger life and salvation for us with its good leave. He was made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, Gal. iv. 4. 5. And when once it fell upon him, it never left exacting of him, till it had got the utmost farthing, and he was quite free with it, as dead to it, Rom. vii. 4. In token whereof he got up the bond, blotted it out, yea rent it in pieces, nailed it to his cross, Col. ii. 14. Now, Christ be