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1; he will not pronounce Men Righteorit hen they are not, nor accept of their with ta Righteousnefs, either in themselves, or in ir Surety. Thou and I therefore must have . Compleat Righteousness wherein' to appear bed

e GOD, or we fall stand Speechless the Great Day, Mat. 22. 11, 12. And

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. to (2) There is thus much implied, That we have 1: Righteousness of our own wherein to appear

fore GOD. Hence the Apostle, when he vuld prove the general Depravity of all the Fuildren of Men, both Jews and Gentiles; He stores a Paflage out of the Fourteenth, and fry third Pfalms wherein, after the LORD

Id taken a particular View of, and Inspection it to the State of fallen Man, 'He concludes e at they were universally, and without Excep2 00, corrupted : There is noneRighteous, says -, ,

9 no, not one, Rom. 3. 10. What was there 1 st one of all the fallen' Ráce, that had efcas led the Contagion ? No, not one.

(1) We have no natural - Righteousness, of our wn. Adam indeed had a natural Righteousnes, eing created in the Image of GOD, which partI consists in Righteousness; GOD made Mar pright, with a Divine Rectitude in all the Powisand Faculties of his Soul; fo that it was 1s natural to him to be Righteous, as now it is to

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LE sed and defiled our Natures, and now or Natures defile us: So that cven chose, wf thro' Grace are justified, and fan&ified, we pone of them righteous by Nature : Righteod ness is not born with us, or inherent in Do, even the Man after GOD's own Head

1 owned himself shapen in Iniquity, and in Sin cor ceived, Pfal. 51.5. And the Apostle tells us the weare all by nature, Children of Wrath, Eph. 2

2d. We have no Legal Righteousness whic can justifie us before GOD. By a 14

LC Righteousnesi, I mean an exact Conformiere: Heart and Life, to the Moral Law, whic was at first written in Man's Nature, a is fummarily contain'd in the Decalogue, Ten Commandments, Rom. 10. 5. For Me describeth the Righteousness which is of Law, that the Man which doth these thing: fhail live by them. This Righteousness indee Adam had before he finned, his Heart, and up Law answered, as Face answereth Face in it Glass : And this Righteoufness our LORE Jesus CHRIST had : For he answered the Lay in all it's requirements. And if we had never finned, our Obedience to the Law would happen been Our Righteousness, do this and live : Bu having sinned, and being corrupted, nothing that we can do can attone for our former guilt and procure divine Favour : Because we are pot able, in a ítrict and legal Senfe, to keep the whole Law, which requires perfoual, perfecta and perpetual Obedience,

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14. Legal Righteousness must be personally erformed; the Man that doth thele things all live by them. The Law shath made no rovision of a Surety to supply our Defeats, and

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2d. Legal Righteousness must be perfect : oth in regard of the Object, and in regard of de Subject ; the whole Law must be kepe with he whole Heart : The least defect eicher of arts, or Degrees in the Obedience fpoils all : 2 jal

. 3. 10. Curjed is every one that continuerh nät all things which are written in the Book of the aw, to do them. Tho' we be not guilty of Aurder, Fornication, or Adultery; of Thefë, erjury, or Covetouiness, yet, if we do not yorship the true GOD as we ought to do; we take his Name in vain, or break bis Sabr jaths, we are gone for ever, living and dyng under that Covenant ; nay, tho' we live lever so circumspealy, yet if we do but comnic ane Sin, or, omit one Dury in all our Life, LI

we are gone by that Covenant ; a failure in the east Action, or the minutest Circum tances of an Adion, fpoils our Legal Righteousness, and jenders us uncapable of being juftified by the

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3d. Obedience to the Law, if it be our Righteousness, must be perpetunt, Gal. 3. 10. Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the Book of the Law, to do them. The Law being once broken in one wry, and Wandring Thought, sho' but once in all thy

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Life, it condemos thee for it, and there is ind Place of Repentance in that Covenant, tho afterwards thy Life - were never fo exact and boly. Now none of us have personally, perfect ly, and perpetually, or, continually obeyed the Law of GOD, and fo none of us are legal Righteous, ng not ont. Neither the most pre cile Pharisee amorg the Jews, who looked fol Juftification by his Obedience to the More Law; nor the proudest Self jufticiary unde the Gospel, with all his Train of Duties and Performances; nor the holieft Saint that evet lived upon the Face of the Earth, can stand be fore the Bar of GOD in this Senfe, Job. 15:14 What is Man that he fhould be clean? And he whid is born of a Woman, that he Mould be Righteous Eccle..7. 20. There is not ajust. Man åpen Earth thalle doth good and fizeth not. Plal. 143 2 Enter not in 30 Judgment with thy Servant : For in thy Sight bail no Man living be justified. - Job. 9. 30,31

I wash myself with Snow-Water, and make my Hands never fo: iclean, get malt thou plunge me int the Ditch, and mine own Cloaths shall abhora med Gal. 2. 21. If Rightevuefriefs come by the Lazy then CHRIS T is dead in vain. If there had been a Law given which could have given Life, verily Righteousness should have been by the Law. Galo 3 21.

(3) We have no Evangelical Righteou fness of our own wherein to appear before GOD with Acceptance. Some may-perhaps think this strange Asiertion, after we have been told by fome Writers that there iş-an Evangelical pero

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Ional Worthiness and Righteousness. which is the Condition upon which GOD bestows the Righteoufness of CHRIST upon us, viz. Faich, Repentance, and sincere Obedience. Bur how industrious foever fome are to take the Crown from off the Head of CHRIST, and set it upon their own, yet for my Part, I can see no Ground in Scripture to conclude, that we have any Evangelical Righteousness of our own, fit to be the Matter of our fuftification. There is nothing in Us, or done by Us, that can properly' be called an Evangelical Righteousness ; when the Apostle Paul fpeaks of his owo Righteousness, he calls it rather a Legal thar an Evangelical one, and would not be found in it, but in another, even the Righteousness of CHRIST, Phil. 3. 9. And be found in him, not having mine own Righteousness which is of the Law ; but that which is througb the Faith of CHRIST, the Righteousness which is of GOD by Faith. : 3e

Indeed we read of the Righteousness of Faith, which is not so much to be understood of the A&t as the Object that Faith apprehends aod applies, even the Righteousress of angther : For when we are said to be justified by Faith, it is to be undertood Instrumentally, being the great Instrument to lay hold on the Obedience of CHRIST for Justification. And tbo' che Church is said to be arrayed or cloathed in fine Linnen > Clean and White, which is thie Righteoufness of the Saints, yet it is not itbaent in her, but granted to her, Rev. 19. C

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