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us, by his acceptance of him, his acceptance of us, by his eternal life, and glory, our eternal life and glory and all this, without once considering the work of our own hands, or the desires, yearnings, or meditations of our hearts. But passing from ourselves unto Jesus, we are wholly found in him, not having our own righteousness, &c. Unto all who know themselves, this is certainly a life-giving word, the word that bringeth salvation; nor can any thing but that self-righteous principle, which is abhorred and detested of God, withstand it; and that letteth, and will let, until it be taken away, which the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and the brightness of his coming. But, unto all the Gentiles, the outcast, the destitute, the sinners amongst mankind; with all who know themselves, and groan beneath the miserics of man; here are tidings of great joy there is a Saviour born unto you, a Saviour who is Christ the Lord; and what is more, though you are worthless, he is worthy; though you are lost, he is found: though you are unrighteous, unholy, unwise, yet he is righteous, holy, wise: and withal, so nearly related, so closely united unto you, that you may reckon yourselves to be what he is, and viewing him as yourselves through all he did and suffered, have your conscience purged from dead works; stand washed, and acquitted in his bloody death, and have the answer of a good conscience towards God, by his resurrection.
Moreover, in the grace of union the foundations are raised, and a glorious truth presented unto our view; which as it is perfect, and permanent, before our believing, so is it, if at any time we should be overtaken with unbelief and doubtfulness. This is that which at first authorizes, excites and encourages us to credit the gospel report. This is that, which strengthens in us what is often ready to die. This is that which raises us when fallen, which brings us back when we have wandered, and affords strong consolation, unto all who have fled unto Jesus for refuge; hence if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, &c. Whilst he wears the character of righteous, we shall be accepted of God, and glorious in his sight; and that is everlastingly, for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for-ever. The gospel is here a relation of facts, and of who Jesus is, what he hath done, and that he hath loved us, hath saved us; hath washed, forgiven, and accepted us; the divine beauty and reasonableness of which, appears in the grace of union. This grace doth not require us, sophistically and unnaturally, to make that a truth by believing, which was not a truth before; but first proposes Jesus, as the truth, the grand original truth, before all things, and by whom all things consist. The ocean whence the rivers of grace and providence first had their rise, and whither, (after having run through the intricasies of time) they tend again, discharging and emptying themselves of all their floods, into the bosom of that mighty deep whence they first received them that his might be the kingdom, power, and glory. That he is the truth of all the types,
predictions, and prophecies of the Jews, the truth of wisdom, righteousness, holiness, redemption, and salvation unto the Gentiles, is what the gospel declares; affirming, illus. trating, arguing, persuading, until the arm of the Lord is revealed, and the report believed. Thus faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Hence, I would cry unto the ends of the earth, your warfare is accomplished, your iniquity is pardoned. You, who are lovers of pleasure, pursuing the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, as the highest, chiefest good. Wherefore will you spend your money for that which is nought, and your labour for that which satisfieth not? Wherefore will you thirst after vanity, and attempt filling your belly with the east wind? The Lord, your God, hath given you a land flowing with milk and honey, beauty, honours, riches, length of days. wisdom, strength, perfection of righteousness, holiness and liberty unlimited, all divine, all eternal, all heavenly glorious, are yours in Jesus, whose riches are unsearchable. Hence, he calls all the ends of the earth to look unto him, let those glorious prospects of grace and salvation, the bounty, and benevolence of ⚫ God to men, render the fashion of this world, old and unseemly in your eyes, until it pass away, and you be found looking at the King in his glory, and the land which once was very far off; but is now brought nigh by the blood of Jesus. This when seen, shall sicken your ear to every sound, your eye to every object, and your heart to every enjoy. ment, wherein the voice of Jesus's blood, the beauties of his person, the riches, and greatness of his salvation, are not made manifest; and shall learn you to separate between the precious and the vile.
You, who with Esau, have been seeking repentance with tears, and that for a long season, but have not yet found it unto you I also call, and ask you why will you die? Consider the apostle and high-priest of your profession, Jesus Christ; let his strong crying and tears, his tears of blood, yea, rivulets wept from every wound, and perspiring pore, let his agonies, pains, and unknown sorrows, and all for the transgressions of the people, be well considered: for he is exalted a prince, and a Saviour, and gives you this repentance; why will you yet cry, bless me, even me also, O my Father; he hath blessed you in Christ, with all spiritual blessings; whilst all those grievances which you labour under, by looking unto yourselves, and judging according to appearances, are redressed in him: why then will you die for lack of righteousness, whilst he is your righteousness and strength? why will you faint under the sense of your unholy dispositions, whilst he is your holiness? why will you groan in the bondage of nature, while he is your liberty! O! why will you perish, for want of what you have? of what is eternally yours, by the gift of God by the grace of union, by the love, and integrity of your head, high-priest, and Mediator, Jesus; who is faithful in things pertaining unto God, and man? He is found of such who seek him not, and reveals himself unto them who have not asked after him; whilst you
who have been mourners all your days, fre- all the complaints and objections of the broquenting his ordinances, and seeking him in all ken and despairing spirit, and bring back to appointed means, are yet strangers unto, and the Saviour, that which was driven away? neglecters of the great salvation: wherefore? surely it does; thus, from the grace of union, because you seek it as it were by the works which renders Jesus such an high priest as of the law, you seek to establish what God becometh us, we obtain favour, and find grace hath rejected; and are always rejecting what to help us in every time of need. Salvation, God hath chosen: therefore saith the apostle, and perfection in Jesus Christ our Lord, by "We pray you in Christ's stead, be ye recon-union with him, is that glorious truth; which ciled unto God;" be ye reconciled unto his first authorises, encourages, and influences grace, unto the riches, and salvation thereof, to believe: and that which preserves us spotunto the method and manner of its working, less and acceptable unto God, when we fail and appearance; "for he hath made him to to believe, and credit his testimony; and inbe sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might finitely above all other considerations, hath a be made the righteousness of God in him." tendency to raise us in our hope and confidence And this he hath already done for us, and to towards God; and to preserve us from desbe reconciled unto this, is to be happy. Thus peration. It is therefore unjust and unnatural, Jacob is grace, and Esau is works, the one to charge this doctrine with having a tendenobtaining what he had not expected, nor cy to indulge people in unbelief. Considersought after: whilst the other, who sought it ing the condition of man, and the testimony carefully with tears, obtained it not. Yea, of Jesus, I would challenge all the masters and where there hath been a drawing back, of Israel, to produce a system, more powera falling away from the truth as it is in Jesus, fully tending to reconcile man unto God: and until sunk in misery and darkness, until hav- to raise the doubtful soul unto confidence in ing nothing left them to look at but them- him: let all such, who (through the experiselves, they are affrighted, and at their wits ence of human weakness, or the power of end: unto them would I call, and exhort them temptation) are fallen from the faith of the son not to sorrow as men without hope; because of God and sunk to the hell of their senses, conJesus is alive, and liveth for evermore. Your sider this matter; and renew their strength God, and Father is not disappointed in you; as eagles. you have not deceived him: he never expected any thing from you, more or less, than what he hath found. The satisfaction which he had in you at first, was beholding you as the travail of his soul, and as such, he beho'ds you still. Your unbelief cannot make his grace of none effect, and though you have denied him, yet he cannot deny himself. That which was a truth before you believed, at the first, viz. Christ being your "wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption," i. a truth now, even when you have ceased to believe: insomuch, that in every time of weed, though you have sadly departed from him, you have the same foundation, authority and encouragement to believe and be assured as you had at the first. It is the scripture testimony of Jesus, what he is, and what he hath done and suffered, that is the ground of our confidence; and not the reflexion that we repent, believe, or obey; and it is most certain that this ground remaineth, that this foundation is unshaken, for "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day and for ever;" and that our unbelief, or any change passing over us, as in ourselves, cannot alter him who is unchangeable, and always righteous and accepted. In him we are always as he is, according to which similitude God always beholds us, and accepts us; therefore, our change of frame or disposition, cannot change his views of us; for, as he only beholds us in Jesus, he can always say that he "beholds no iniquity in Jacob, nor perverseness in Israel, the Lord his God is always with him, and the shout of a king is among them." O! glorious grace! O triumphant love! let him who is fallen from hence, say, rejoice not against me, O mine enemy, for though I fall, I shall yet arise. Doth not this testimony quicken unto faith and confidence in Jesus? Doth it not obviate, and silence
Furthermore, from the grace of union, we are taught to consider Jesus as the hero of the Scriptures. All the members bring their tribute unto him, as the exalted head. If what I have already aimed at proving, is true; that primarily as the head of his body the church, all the promises were made unto him, all the threatenings fall upon him, &c. then by him we inherit, by him we have atoned: we claim no good out of him, nor will we acknowledge the evil, for as much as in him we have been purged. All the beauteous characters in the Scriptures are his, and are only typical in the persons unto whom they are given in the letter; which is abundantly evident, from the contrast appearing in every one of them; they being all guilty of vices, diametrically opposite to the virtues for which they are famous; righteous Noah and Lot, both charged with drunkenness, and one with horrid incest. Faithful Abraham with distrust, meanness of spirit, lying, or equivocating, as in the case of Sarah. Meek Moses with unwarrantable passion, unadvised speech, and such swellings at the waters of strife, as barred his entrance into the promised land. It charges holy David, the man after God's own heart, with such weaknesses and crimes, as are by no means consistent with holiness; but were a glaring proof of his heart being very unlike the heart of God. And Solomon so famous for wisdom, had his dark side; how great were his follies and whilst much might be said for his wisdom, how many instances might be given of the most stupid and God-provoking foolishness in him. Job also admired for his patience, gave the most pregnant proofs of impatience and peevishness. It will be natural to inquire from hence, why the Scriptures which give those men the most beautiful and amiable characters; as righteous, faithful,
meek, holy, wise, and patient, should at the whole be fulfilled. But having spoken of this same time present us with a contrast in each matter before, I refer you unto it: and shali of them drawn in such strong colours, that only observe here, the arrogance and improthe most palpable contradiction appears?priety, of assuming the character of righteous, The answer is easy, let God be true, and eve-meek, faithful, holy, &c. according to the ry man a liar. Those men, were all types works of our own hands or habits of the of Jesus, their characters figurative of his heart: This is flying in the face of God, and therefore divine wisdom thought proper, not giving the lie to the divine perfections as reonly to stain their glory, by suffering such vealed in the law; yea, it is in fact a denyblemishes in their spirit and conduct, as gaveing our only Lord God, and Jesus Christ: for the lie unto their virtues, but also to record the unto what purpose is he made wisdom, rightsame; that at best they might appear buteousness, sanctification, and redemption is mere shadows, reserving the substance for it not that whosoever glorieth, should glory in Jesus. Therefore who so reading the char- the Lord? But, when persons assume those acters of those men, are not taught to look characters from the consideration of what they beyond them, unto the blessed Jesus, have are in part, as in themselves; they glory in yet read the Scriptures to little purpose; hav- themselves, and not in the Lord. This is ing not yet known them, nor the power of that Antichrist of whom we were told that he God. Neither the prophets, nor apostles, should come, yea, who was so early in the wrote with the view that such who venerate world as the days of the apostles; and pretheir writings, should have their persons in vails so mightily in the Christian world at admiration; neither theirs, whose character present, that the generality of Christians unthey drew, as eminent, and famous, in the der his influence, are upon a level in faith Church of God. But, the spirit which moved and doctrine, with the Jews: or but very faintthem designed through the whole, the honour, ly distinguished from them: The Jew mainand glory of Jesus Christ: that passing on tains the necessity of inward and outward from every man we might attain to the admi-holiness in every man, and looks for the ration of the person, and excellencies of Je- Christ to come: The Christian, especially sus, as the only righteous, the only faithful, the reformed, with superior ardour, and, rethe only meek, wise, holy, and patient, until peated asseverations, declares for the same all with an unwavering tongue shall cry, way of holiness, and looks also for a Christ thou art altogether lovely, worthy is the lamb, to come; an inward Christ, consisting of graof the kingdom and glory. But, lest any who cious habits, pious breathings, sincere, and are used to please themselves with mankind, upright dispositions, and which in effect, is having men's persons in admiration, should to agree with the Jew, in declaring, that the think we deal hardly with the saints of old, man of Galilee, who was crucified without (for it is often found more dangerous, even the gates of Jerusalem in the reign of Tibeamong Christians, to speak lightly of the rius, was not the true Christ: Or according pious men, than it is to speak so of Christ) to the highest idea of him, was but a figure when we say that they were not the men, of an inward, and spiritual Christ to come; which they are represented to be, their con- thus Antichristianly denying that the true duct and behaviour considered:-I would Christ is come in the flesh. Again there are here premise what will be equally obnoxious others, who would be distinguished from the unto them, that those persons were really Jew, by confessing that the true Messiah is what the Scriptures say they were, that is, come, and that according to his obedience, righteous, faithful, meek, holy, wise, patient, death and resurrection, he is the remote &c. without any exception: They were so cause of man's salvation. But, then it seems in Christ. I know the Jew however Chris-if he is not applied, he is no Christ at all. tianised, by profession, will either rave, or Hence it is, that many who call themselves sneer at this; but let him, he that sitteth in the preachers of the gospel of Jesus, make use heavens, will laugh him to scorn: and the of this expression: an unapplied Christ is no Christians indeed, will remain undisturbed. Christ all. What can a Christian think of I would calmly ask, what is the medium be- such a vile phrase as this? tween Christ and man ?-if it is not true of them in themselves, as I have it is not; nor true of them in Christ, as the Greek and Jew insinuates; where is it true of them? it must have its truth somewhere, I speak unto you who acknowledge the Scriptures. I am well aware of your answer, viz. the divine wisdom *Jesus Christ as the only good, the true Balm, characterises them according to what they was applied unto our wounds and diseases, when were in part, and not in the whole. I would he took part of the same flesh, and blood, with the children. And, as a plaister, or medicine, when ask another question, have we any other rule applied, must unite and become one, with the for the trial of right and wrong, good, and wound or disease, that by its superior virtue, it evil, than the divine law and doth not that might drain and swallow up, and eradicate the law demand perfection? doth it not when bro- opposite evil; so Jesus united unto our infirmities, ken in one point, declare the transgressor bare our sins, and sicknesses, and carried our guilty of the whole? doth it not curse whom-sorrows; purging them by himself, through the soever continueth not to do all things written things which he suffered, until his resurrection in the book thereof and Jesus saith, that no more, death hath no more dominion over him. fully proved the evil eradicated. Hence he dieth heaven and earth shall pass away; but one Thus, the grace and love of God, was applied fot, or tittle of the law shall not fail, until the to the misery of man, in the person of Emanuel;
This is in effect to make Christ a merc quality, a dispensation, which exists and takes place, upon a certain change wrought in the creature: A Christ created, and made by application. And yet, how we should
apply what doth not exist, or is not true be- Christ be in them, they look into themselves; fore, is, I confess, a subtility which I do not thus inquiring, have I Christ, do I love God, understand, and therefore, the phrase appears and hate iniquity? am I changed? am I humto me as ridiculously nonsensical as it is ble, heavenly-minded, thirsting to be more blasphemous: and the latter it is, if it has any holy, and lamenting my faults? do I increase meaning, because, it is certainly a denial of in light, knowledge and understanding? If I the person of Christ, and a setting up of ano-do, then I have Christ: this is Christ in me ther Jesus: such a one, as the apostle feared the hope of glory. This is the Christ whom would corrupt the Corinthians from the sim- many look unto, and respect as the truc plicity which was in Christ. Our Saviour Christ. This hath its great signs, and won foretold the arising of false Christs, (and every ders. This pretends to cast out devils, and Christ hath his prophets) and that they should to work such changes in mankind, as answers shew great signs, and wonders. Except a to the Ethiopian changing his skin, and the few vain, insignificant pretenders, amongst Leopard his spots; pretends to produce signs the blinded Jews, who were not able to shew of it, in such, or such persons; once greatly any great signs or wonders, but from pride, vicious, but now made either perfectly holy, and lunacy, dreamt they were somebody; Ior in a great measure so; even perfect in say, excepting those, I never heard of any parts, if that can be understood. Furtherone, who pretended to be the Christ. And, more, the considerations of this great change, if any poor lunatic, has at any time talked and the feeling of its holy tempers and diswildly of his being the Christ, he hath not de- positions; is a contemplation so ravishing, a ceived any body, neither could he shew great sensation, or frame of spirit so transporting, signs and wonders. Therefore, those could that it triumphs over the fears of death and not be the false Christs spoken of, and yet the hell, and anticipating the joys and powers word of the Lord is true; false Christs thereof the world to come, makes the deceived cry must be, and I think it behoves us to inquire out, partly in the words of the apostle, "who what they are. False Christs are things which shall lay any thing to the charge of God's bear the name of Christ, and have that hon-elect?" Who shall condemn? but then, our, power and glory attributed unto them, taking liberty to differ from Paul, instead of which belong only to Jesus of Nazareth: a founding it with him upon this fact, Christ prevailing deception, attested by great signs died and rose again. The disciples of the and wonders. If false Christs are those things false Christ rather cry, who shall condemn? which are called Christ, and are not, I think I am converted, I believe, I bear the fruits of it is not impossible to find them out, and to the spirit, I have the marks of grace in me! prove that they are now in the world, and who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's have deceived many. The false Christ is a elect? and I am certainly one, for he has discompound of pride, darkness, deceit, self-love, tinguished me from my neighbours! and enmity against the true Christ, &c. but then made me holy as the elect of God, thanks be it bears the names of humility, the light with- to God, I have by much assiduity in all the in, faithfulness, truth, love to God, and zeal ordinances, by constant application unto all for holiness; (in contradistinction to that dan- the means of grace, at last made my calling gerous proposition, of salvation by the blood and election sure: and now how happy, how of Jesus Christ alone, and of being complete blest am I! come life, come death, I am ready : in him, though sinners in ourselves, where Thus can the false Christ shew great signs mankind are ignorant of the scriptures, and and wonders. True it is, this is ascribed to of the power of God, and yet reading and different causes; one cries, why me, why me, hearing cf Christ being in them, and being what am I that I should be so blest! and talks also bid to examine themselves, whether of discriminating grace, as though God was a respecter of persons. Whilst another says, O blessed self-denial, and patience: Now I am blest with the fruit of my labours and sorrows, I shall never repent of my watchings, fastings, and prayers, nor of the grievous mortifications I have passed though, since I am possessed of that holiness wherein I can see God. Whilst a third exults, that he has not been misled by that outward and carnal Christ, who might probably suffer in the reign of Tiberius, without the gates of Jerusalem: But that he has been obedient to the true spir
and all our grievances redressed in him. He, being according to the condition of his person and office, the physician, medicine and patient. With his stripes, we are healed. Of this grace and truth, the holy ghost is our witness; who is said to receive of the things which are Christ's, that he might shew them to the people. Hence, it is called in the Scriptures a manifestation, a revelation, or declaration, but never an application, as I remember: This being rather an adopted phrase of antichrist, to give false ideas on such an occasion; even such, that are most derogatory to the person, death and resurrection of Jesus.itual Christ, who was always in him from his
Far be it from me, to aim at making any man an offender for a word: but where words are expressive of facts, and of singular import, designed to form ideas, it is right to inquire whether they are warrantable or not, and, upon inquiry it will be found, that the word application, is not, when used as expressive of believing the gospel, or receiving Christ; especially where it is asserted, that an unapplied Christ is no Christ at all. Is not this to make his office, yea, his very being, to depend upon such an application? a most shocking proposition! and abhorred of all who conceive of Christ according to the Scriptures.
mother's womb, sometimes as a spirit of burning, convincing of sin, at other times as a spirit of judgment or a light shining in a dark place; shewing him what was right, with the path wherein he should walk: that he hath the faithfulness to follow this Christ, and not as many of his fellow-mortals, resisted the light, is now the joy of his heart. Thus however things are ascribed to different causes, and different terms made use of, yet the same matter is intended; and all come to
*I would not be understood as speaking slightly of the spirit of truth, or of his operations in the heart of man, according to the scripture account thereof which is there undeniably made to con. sist in receiving of the things which are his, (viz. Christ's) and in shewing them unto us; that Jesus Christ alone might be glorified and this the spirit is constantly engaged in, until we answer fully in heart, and mind, unto the character of the true circumcision; who worship God in the spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. But in the spirit of error, reverses this character pretends to shew mankind other excellencies than what are found in Jesus, such as reformations, changes, pious motions and desires in themselves: and this it doth, until their worship of God dwindle into form, their rejoicing be in the work of their own hands; and all their confidence be in things of the flesh.
salvation alone by his blood; ridicule his mys teries as whimsies; and with the old Pharisees, accuse him as the ringleader of the wicked, and the cause of the profaneness which is in the world. And so zealous are mankind become for this holiness, or Christ as it is promiscuously called, that such who are considered as gospel ministers, will not now grant any thing farther concerning Jesus of Nazareth, than what they think tends to promote this holiness, or inward Christ: Thus is this made the grand criterion whereby to judge of all truth: it being now common to inquire upon any proposition concerning Jesus Christ, doth it tend to promote inward holiness and true heart-work? if it does, receive it: if it does not, reject it; let it be what it will. From hence it is evident, that this holiness within them, hath infinitely the preference before the person of Christ, since he shall not be allowed to plead his own cause, where there is the least suspicion of his doctrine clashing with their conceptions of inward holiness, or Christ in them. Like the Martyr Stephen's antagonists, they will then put their fingers in their ears, and run down his testimony with noise and tumult. But, if the least sparkle of this inward holiness, or Christ be seen, or in short, if there be nothing of this nature seen, provided there is a good will towards it, a hearty zeal and stickling for it, let it be (as before hinted) under whatsoever name it may, whether morality, virtue, piety, holiness, the work of the spirit upon the heart, or Christ within; I say, nature can be seen, or if they are but contowards all such in whom any thing of this tentious for it; they have the most enlarged bowels and extensive charity. Towards all such, they are exceedingly prodigal of their favours; insomuch, that whether they desire it or not; yea, whether they will accept it or not, they will Christian them: Yea, if a Jew, a Mahometan, a Deist, or an Atheist, be according to the phrase, a good man, a
Antichrist, or the false spirit, seeks not the glory of Jesus; but speaks of himself, of its own operations of joys, sorrows, hatred to the evil, and languishment after goodness; by him wrought on the heart: and teaches his anointed ones to conclude thence, that they are favourites of heaven: to look on themselves as greatly distinguished amongst mankind, by what they call inherent holiness: Yea, and to be jealous of the doctrine of Christ, because it holds forth to man, the testimony of salvation; bound up, and sealed, where Jesus is Alpha and Omega. This spirit, insin-holy liver, he must be supposed to have an uates that the doctrine which treats of the person interest in Christ, notwithstanding he do not of Christ, of his life, sufferings, death, and resur- believe in him, but rather reviles him; and rection; of our being justified and sanctified in whoever questions it, will be deemed a very him; is a very dangerous, if not a diabolical doc- uncharitable and censorious bigot. On the trine and chiefly because if it does not imme- other hand, if a man hath a sinner characdiately oppose, it teaches to slight, and disregard the work of the spirit upon the heart; will not suf- ter, makes no pretensions to inward holiness, fer men to look unto that quarter for comfort: is not contentious, or noisy about it; though he will not admit of it as an evidence for heaven: may believe in Christ, venerate him, have all nor suffer them from thence to exalt themselves his hope and dependence for salvation upon above their fellows: but will always be proposing his death and blood: I say, a man of this Jesus as a salve for every sore, and a perfect re- character stands no chance: it would be dress of all grievances. Thus Antichrist accuses reckoned credulous, yea, the greatest abuse the spirit of truth, (because he glorifies Christ) of of charity, to Christian such a man, or to conheresy in denying the work of the spirit upon clude him interested in Christ. From this the heart and supported by tradition, and its doctrine, those inferences naturally arise: A cloud of witnesses, it storms so violently, prates and insinuates so successfully, that it hath almost Jew, a Pagan, a Turk, a Deist, or Atheist, if jostled Christianity out of the world: and, hath good and virtuous, according to the beforeintroduced instead thereof, gross enthusiasm, mentioned goodness, is preferable to the most self-righteousness, bigotry, and superstition zealous worshipper of Jesus, and believer in amongst the more zealously religious part of him, if imperfect and sinful. Again, goodmankind, and amongst such who are less concerned, Deism, with all the pride of moral vir- it is called, more infallibly demonstrates the ness and holiness in man, by whatever name tues. This is that spirit which I set my face against, and of which I speak, wherever I have accepted of God, the person with whom he is through my book ranked this phrase, the work pleased; than Jesus Christ, his death and reof the spirit upon the heart, amongst the cant surrection, or any confidence or trust in him: terms of Judaism blended with heathenism. consequently, this virtue, this holiness, this
this point at last; that the true Christ, is a compound of righteous qualities, and holy dispositions in men. Hence it is that human virtue is idolized, and complemented with the name of Christian; upon this principle even heathen philosophers are supposed to have had Christ in them: especially such amongst them who were famous for their piety, though heathen. Yea according to this, it is enough to have appearances to whine, and cant, talk much of the work of the spirit, upon the heart,* of human goodness, moral virtue, and exclaim against sin and sinners: I say, if men have but those appearances, they are according to the principle of the false Christ, to be deemed devout, and pious Christians; though they speak in the most irreverent terms of the person of Jesus, and scandalize the doctrine of