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“ worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to " the Gentile : for there is no respect of per« fons with God TM.” For as he presently argues in words, applicable not only, as Calvin contemptuoufly contends", to the Jews, but generally, as the context indisputably proves, to “ every foul of man" that desires to be juftified, 6 Not the hearers of the law shall be
just before God, but the doers of the law full be justified.” Words, which afford no weak foundation for the opinion, cited with approbation by Bishop Bull, in “ that palmary “ work," as the late Bishop Horne denominated it, in a difcourse from this place ?, “That Paul “ desired so earnestly to recommend good “ works, as necessary to justification and eter“ nal life, in order to put the reader on his
guard; left, by misunderstanding his fuble" quent doctrine, wherein he teaches justifica“ tion by faith without works, he should find " a stumbling-block, or fall into error 9." Nay,
in Rom. ii. 3-11.
* Qui hoc loco abutuntur ad erigendam operum justificationem, etiam puerorum cachinnis funt dignissimi. Proinde ineptum eft et extra locum, huc longas de justificatione quæftiones ingerere, ad folvendum tam futile cavillum. Tantum enim urget apud Judæos Apostolus illud, de quo meminerat, legis judicium, &c. Calv. in loc.
. Rom. ii 13. F Horne's Sixteen Sermons, p. 66. 9 Prius autem quam illuftrem hunc locuin millum far
our blessed Saviour himself, who, when he
pronounced the forgiveness of sins, declared to the finner, “Thy faith hath saved theer;" also cautioned the object of his mercy to “ sin no “ more, left a worse thing come upon him!:" and generally he pronounced to all men that works, and not faith alone, are the conditions of everlasting happiness, when he dçlared, “ If " thou wilt enter into life, keep the command“ ments;" “ If ye know these things, 'happy are ye if ye do them;"
“ In the day of judga “ ment by thy words thou shalt be justified, “and by thy words thou shalt be condemn« ed":” “ Behold, I come quickly, and my,
reward is with me, to give every man ac
cording as his work shall be. I am Alpha s and Omega, the beginning and the end, the s first and the lạft. Blessed are they that de
his commandments, that they may have right
ciam, vifum eft, qua ad eum fcribit doctiflimus Ftius, comme morare : "Sane," inquit, " videri poteft, Paulum idcirco tam « diligenter commendare voluifle bona opera, ut ad juftitiam « ac vitam æternam neceffaria, quo Lectorem præmuniret, ne
sequentem ipfius doctrinam, qua justificationem tradit « ex fide fine operibus, male intelligendo offendiculum
pateretur, aut in errorem incurreret." Certe eatenus faltem ei lubens assentior, ut credam, non fine magna Dei providentia id factum fuisse. Harm. Apoft. Diff. ii. cap. iv. sect. 8. Luke vii. 59.
John y. 14.
• Matt. xii. 37.
s to the tree of life.”
Come, ye blefled of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for
you from the foundation of the world; for “ I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat; I “ was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a “ ftranger, and ye took me in ; naked, and
ye “ clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; “ I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Ve.
rily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have 6 done it unto one of the least of these my “ brethren, ye have done it unto me. Depart s from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, pre
pared for the devil and his angels: for ve
rily I fay unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it “ not to one of the least of these, ye did it not “ unto me y." “ The hour is coming, in the “ which all that are in the graves shall hear " the voice of the Son of man, and shall come “ forth; THEY THAT HAVE
UNTO THE RESURRECTION OF LIFE, AND “ THEY THAT HAVE DONE EVIL UNTO THE “ RESURRECTION OF DAMNATION ?."
How different from these scriptural exposition of the terms of everlasting happiness, are the remonstrances and exhortations, addressed by the Solifidian to his hearers ! “
Why dost " thou lean to works,” is the expoftulation of
* Rev. xxii 12, 13, 14. * John v. 48, 49.
y Matt. XXV. 34.
a late minister of our Church, 66 fince falvation “ is by faith? Why dost thon difquiet thyself ^ about attaining the righteousness of the law, « and thereby suffer the law to disturb the
peace of thy conscience, fince thou hast a far “ better righteousness, which ought to reign * there, even the righteoufness, which is of
God by faith?” “ Remember thou art not “ required to obey in order to be saved for 46 thine obedience; but thou art already favo 4 ed b." “ The single qualification for falva^ tion which Christ expects," says a living teacher of our Ifrael, “ is to believe the Gof" pel; for he that believeth shall be faved. - What! if they do such and such duties?
Not a word of the kind. What ! if they per“ form such obligations ? Not a fyllable like it. “ It is an absolute promise of the Lord Jesus, “ founded on his own abfolute power. Here are neither ifs, nor buts ; no conditions nor
terms, “ No previous preparation ;" it is thus that the Arminian Founder of Methodįsm preached to his focieties; “no fitness is " required at the time of communicating, but
a sense of our state, of our utter sinfulness “ and helplessness: every one, who knows that 56 he is just fit for hell, is just fit to come to
· Romaine's Life of Faith. Works, vol. i. p. 49.
66 Christ in this and all other ways of his ap« pointment'!" “ If
you are the chief of fins ners," exclaims his Calvinistic competitor; so if you are murderers of fathers and mur“ derers of mothers ; if you are emphatically “ the dung and offscouring of all things; yet • if you believe on Jesus Christ, and cry unto « him with the same faith, as the expiring
thief, Lord, remember me now thou art in thy kingdom, I will pawn my eternal salva“tion upon it, if he does not shortly translate
you to his heavenly paradise * ;" “ Whofo“ ever believes in his heart, may be affured “ that his pardon is fealed in heaven, notwith* standing he has lived in an open breach of « God's commandments all his life time bea forel" “ If a man is once justified, he re“ mains fo to all eternity 6:" “ It is forry di“ vinity to talk of men's doing so and so, to
keep themselves in a justified state h."
That effects, of a very different character from those "good works," which the Apostle teaches us the Scriptures were given to promote, should result from representations of the conditions of happiness so much at variance with the Scriptures, is a consequence
• Wesley's Fourth Journal, p. 47. • Whitefield's Works, vol. v.
387. s Ibid, vol. iv. p. 28.
& Ibid. vol. i. p. 2146 Ibid. p. 209.
See 2 Tim. iü. 17.