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6. Moreover, under the influence of this promise, they all have a holy and conscientious refpect to the authority and law of God: “ Then thall I not “ be ashamed (says the psalmist) when I have a re“ spect unto all thy commandments,” Pfal.cxix. 6. They shall, from a principle of love to God, be tender of offending him, at any time, in any way, to any degree. They shall be as cautious of incurs ring fatherly displeasure, or subjecting themselves to the discipline of the new covenant, as, under the influence of legal fear, they were of falling under the divine wrath, and bearing the penalty of the covenant of works: they shall entertain a holy jealousy and fufpicion of themselves; and, convinced of the deceitfulness and desperate wickedness of their own hearts, study a habitual watchfulness against backsliding from the Lord, in heart or way : they shall thence be particularly concerned, that the Lord would “hold up their goings in his " paths, that their footsteps slip not,” Plal. xvii s. Thus, by Solomon, the holy Ghost represents the man as “happy, that feareth alway," Prov. xxviii. 14. and the man as wretched, who is a stranger to that fear; “For he that trusteth to his own heart, " is a fool,” Prov. xxvi. 26.

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The last blessing mentioned in this promise is, that they “ shall trust in the Lord.”-Upon gospel principles, the object of the finner's trust must be a God in Chrift; a God revealing himself to men, in the person of Christ, “who is the brightness of “ his glory, and the express image of his perfon," Heb. i. 3. in so much, that "he who hath feen " the Son, bath seen the Father.” John xiv. 9.

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H: must be a God revealing himself in the doctrine of Christ, which thews the divine perfections, and the harmony of them, in the salvation of sinners ;revealing himself in the obedience of Christ, as in which the divine law, however holy, however extensive, was magnified and made honourable ;and in the death of Christ, as what sufice required, and with which Justice was fatisfied. The object of their trust, is a God well p'cafcd with finDers through Jesus Chrift; pleated with their perfons, as reprelented by him; and pleased with their performances, as flowing from vital union with him, and influence derived from him; and a God, glorified in the salvation of fingers, through the mediation of Chrift; 2 God, providing, allowing, dispensing, commanding their falvation in that channel, and doing so, without the least dishonour to any of his perfections, Justice and Truth themfelves not excepted. David calls pardoned finnas to " give thanks at the remembrance of God's ho“ lineis ;” Pfal. xxx. 4.--and the apostle speaks of God's being “ just, and the justifier of him which “ believeth in Jelus,” Rom. iii 26. None doubts, that mercy and goodnels thine in the dispensation of

grace and glory to sinners; but, as the object of their trust, the, feemingly jaruing, attributes of the Divine Nature, are all reconciled and celebrated in the same dispensation.--The righteousness of Jesus Chrift, called in fcripture the righteousness of God, is particularly comprehended in this object of trust; our Lord's righteousnels, being the price of redemption, the conditien of falvation, is to be leaned unto, by all who need such blessings, and have no personal righteousness, by which to procure them: ** This is the same where wiih he shall be called, " The Lord our righteousness,". Jer. xxiii. 6. And (says the apostle, speakiug of Jesus Christ)

Who, of God, is made unto us, righteousness,"

Cor. i. 30.

In fine, the word of promife, emitted by the Father, yea and amen in Christ, recorded in the gofpel, and exhibited there, for the obedience of faith, is, in a peculiar manner, the object of this trust. Whatever God has promised, to his anointed, respecting sinners, whether as to blessings, common or peculiar, temporal, spiritual, or eternal; every such word of grace and promise is a bottom of trust, to be improved, looked to, leaned on, acquiefced in, by them. The pfalmift spoke with a diftinguishing relish, of "the word upon which God had caused him to hope," Psal. cxix. 49. and, by such improvement of the word, men trust in the Lord, whofe veracity and other perfections are engaged for the accomplishment of it.

The matter of this trust is manifold, -equal in breadth and length to the new covenant, and the promises of it; it comprehends every thing, wrapped up, conveyed, and secured there; every thing, respecting the being, well-being, and perfection of the life of grace in the foul ; every thing needed here, every thing to be enjoyed hereafter. Branching out into particulars, would oblige us to condefcend on converting, renewing, pardoning, comforting, establishing, and sealing grace ; on furniture for work and warfare; on spiritual wisdom, gracious ability, divine protection, perseverance in the ways of holiness

, together with the end of men's faith, the salvation of their fouls. In short, all the blessings, benefits, riches, righteousness and redemption, provided for in the covenant, purchased by the Saviour, fecured by the promise, exhibited by the gospel, and enjoyed by the faved ones, in foul and body, in time and eternity, belong to

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the matter of this trust, and are coinprehended in it.

The exercise of this trust is peculiar to the foul, as having its feat there : and carries in it their believing the truth of these discoveries, respecting Christ, and respecting the promise, which is called by our Lord, a " setting to the feal, that God is true John ili. 3. It carries in it their approbation of the things discovered, as excellent in themselves, fuitable to finners, and glorious in their effects; as these were all David's falvation, fo they are *• all their desire.” It carries in it, their acceptance of these blessings; their receiving, applying, and, in way of humble endeavour, through grace, making the whole their own, by believing, as Jehovah Redeemer does, by revelation and cxhibition : “ Be it, or it shall be, upto me, according to

thy word," Luke i. 38. is the language of that divine exercise. It carries in it, their dependence on the Lord, as the object of their trust, for his bestowing the exceeding great and precious blef- ; fings, which are the matter of it: their being so perfuaded of his truth, justice, power, and other attributes, that they cannot imagine, how the (mallest iotta can fail; and so persuaded of the Lord's security being legal, good and valid, that they look on the bleiligs promised as theirs; and actually enter on duties and trials, in the faith the promise fall be accomplished, and the blessing bestowed : at least, in proportion to the measure and degrees of fuch trust, this will be the case. But, as this exercise is feated in the foul, fo it influences the conduct; it leads to the performance of new and holy obedience, in all its parts ; as to heart and life, principle and practice, word and action,

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SECT. V.' The security that finners thall thus fee and fear and trust, lies in the Mesah having said so. . They fball tee, &c. (says he) in the pallage under view,

Though these exercises are incumbent upon sinners, in

way of duty; yet, as long as they are usconverted, they are incapable of them, and there fore {criptural calls to the performance of these de, eties, are, in such unhappy circumstances, killing letters, full of demands, the finner cannot agfwer, and big with consequences he cannot bear. But, to the ceaselels praise of matchless grace, the exercises represented in the foregoing sections, are, in numberlefs other fcriptures, considered rather as privileges than duties; and, therefore, our Lord's words may be considered as a promise of putting finners in poffeffion of them.- JehovahRedeemer, foreseeing the wretched circumstances of forlorn men, and being well plealed for his own righteousness fake, interposed, and interposes, in way of promite, that finners, at least the elect part of them, Mould comply with his will of grace, in the particulars condescended upon. He interposed, and interpotes, in such a manner, that regard to his own perfections, and zeal for his own glory, absolutely secures the accomplishment of the promise, in the experience of finners. There are other promises, wherein peace and pardon, life and falvation, are secured; but, in this, and such like words of grace, the very influence needed toward their discovery and improvement of these blessings, is treasured up, and pointed out; warranting them to expet, that the Lord will actually cause them fee and fear and trust.

Promises, in general, are made immediately by the Father, to his ancinted; and, thence, according

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