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not, Ifa. lv. 2. Our father Adam left his whole fa. mily with a conscience full of guilt, and a heart full of unsatisfied desires. Thus we naturally having a restless conscience, and a restless heart, the soul as naturally falls a labouring for rest to them. And it labours in the barren region of the fiery law, for å reft to the conscience; and in the empty creation, for a rest to the beart.' Bet after all, the conscience is still heavy laden with guilt, whether it has any lively feeling thereof, or not; and the heart is ftill under a load of unsatisfied desires. So neither the one, nor the other, can find rest indeed. This is the natural case of all men. And to fouls thus la. bouring and laden, Jesus Christ calls, that they may come to him, and he will give them reft: namely, a rest for their conscience, under the covert of his blood; and a rest to their hearts, in the enjoyment of God thro' him. To this interpretation we are led by the stile of the scripture, the phraseology of the holy Ghost, both in the Old and New Testament, the which may be viewed in the following texts compared, to wit, Ecclef. x. 15. Heb. ii. 13. "Ifa. lv. 2. and i, 3, 4, 2 Tim. iii. 6, 7..
Finally, as for the willingness which you are afraid you are defective in, surely, in all other cases, be that faith, Whosoever will, let him take such a thing, will according to the common sense and understanding of fuch words among mankind, be reckoned to offer that thing unto all, and to exclude none from it ; however it may be an intimation, that it is not to be forced on any. Why then should this manner of speech, Rev. xxii. 17. be thought to limit the gospel offer to a certain set of men ?
Wherefore we conclude that Christ lays no bar in the way of any of you : do not ye put bars in your own way, and then complain ye cannot get oe ver them. For, according to the holy scripture, it is infallible truth, that Christ is offered to you, and
every one of you, in particular: believe it, elfe
ye make God a lyar, 1 John v. 10.
III. Faith of our Right to Christ. Furthermore, you must believe, that Jesus Cbrift is the Saviour of the world, and your Saviour in particular by his Father's appointment, and his own offer ; and that, by the same appointment and offer, his righteousness, the condition of the covenant, and eternal life, the promise of the covenant, are yours; yours (I mean not, in possession, but) in right thereto ; so far as that you may lawfully and warrantably take possession of the same, and use them as your own, to all intents and purposes of falvation, John iv. 42. We know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. 2 Sam. xxii. 3. and Luke i. 47. my Saviour. Do not think this too much for you: it is no more than what is necessary to save ing faith in Christ. If you believe only, in ge neral, that Christ is the Saviour of the world, but believe not that he is your Saviour, in particular; what do
you believe more than devils do? They believe him to be Jesus a Saviour, Mark i. 24. If you would go beyond them, you must believe he is your Saviour; and consequently, that his righteousness and falvation are yours, in the sense before opened : for where Christ is given, with him are freely given all things. And pray consider, how can ye take him or receive him as your Saviour, if he is not yours indeed ? A man may fraudulently take possession of what he doth not believe to be his by right: but no man can fairly and honestly claim and take poffellion of what he doth not believe to be his own, Certainly, God must first give Christ to us, before we can receive him: for a man receiveth nothing, except it be given him from heaven, John iji. 27. Giving on God's part and receiving on ours, here are correlatés: and the former is the foundati.
on of the latter. Now, God's gift is sufficient to make a thing ours. Therefore believe firmly, that Christ is your Saviour in particular; that his righteousness is yours, and eternal life yours.
Quest. But how can I, a poor finner, "by na. ture under the curse, believe that Christ is my Savi. our, that his righteousness, and eternal life, are mine? Ans. You may firmly believe it, because you have the word and testimony of the eternal God upon it in his holy gospel. What is the gospel, which the apostles were sent in the name of God, to testify? The Apostle John declares it, 1 John iv. 14. We testify, that the Father fent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Is not Jesus Christ then, by office, whatever he is in the event, Saviour of the world ? and if he is so, and you are none of that world of mankind, is he not therefore your Saviour? Why then will you not believe it? God set the sun in the heavens, to be a light to the world: and do not you therefore judge, that you have a right to the light of that fun, as well as the rest of mankind; and accordingly use it freely, to work or read by it, as your own by God's free gift ? Jesus Christ also is the light of the world, John viii. 12.5 given for a light to the Gentiles, Isa. xlix. 6.: and faith appropriates him, saying, The Lord is my light, and my salvation, Pfal. xxvi. 1. Now, you are a member of these societies, to wit, the world, and the Gentiles : therefore he is your light, that is, given for a light to you. Will you take Christ's own word upon it? You have it, John vi. 32. My Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. If your neighbour give you bread, you will reckon his gift thereof sufficient to make it yours: and so eat of it freely as your own. If your prince shall give you a house or land, which he hath an unquestionable right to dispose of, you would reckon them truly yours by his gift; and would freely go and dwell in that
house, and possess that land, as your own. How is it then, that when the Father gives you his Christ, yet you will not believe that he is yours, nor take possession of him as your own ? Why, the truth of the matter lies here: you believe your neighbour, you believe your prince; but you believe not your God, in his holy gospel, but make him a lyar, not believing the record that God gave of his Son, 1 John v. 10. But whether you will believe it or not, it is a truth, that Christ is your Saviour : and if you will not believe it now, to your salvation, you will undoubtedly see your mistake hereafter ; when perishing, you will be convinced that you perish, not because you had not a Saviour, but because you neglected to make use of him.
In like manner, the righteousness of Christ is yours, namely, that which he fulfilled as the condition of the covenant. It is yours by heaven's gift, being given you with himself; and therefore it is called the gift of righteousness, Rom. v. 17: It is a testamentary gift, made over to you in Christ's testament, wherein sinners of mankind, without exception, are the legatees, as hath been already cleared. Eternal life is anosher such gift or legacy: so it is yours too. And you have the record, testimony or witness, of God himself upon it, that it is given you, i John v. 11. And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life ; and this life is in his Son. Is not God's own record a fufficient ground for believing ? will you venture to misbelieve it on any pretence. whatsoever ? Here you have that record, namely, that God hath given to us éternal life. It may be you will imagine, that it relates only to actual believers in Christ, or at most to the elect; and use that for a defence of your unbelief. But, I pray you, consider it is the ground and warrant for all to believe on Christ, and to lay hold on eternal life in him ; being the witness of God, which he hath
teftified of his Son, to be received by all to whom the gospel comes, verse 9. : but that God hath given efernal life to a certain select set of men, can never, in reason, be deemed to be a warrant for all men to believe. Moreover, the great sin of unbelief lies in not believing this record : but it doth not lie in not believing that God hath given eternal life to actual believers, or to the elect; for the moft desperate unbelievers believe that, infomuch that their belief of it adds to their torment: but it lies in their not believing that to mankind-finners, and to themselves in particular, God hath given eternal life. This is what flies in the face of the gospel of God, which is the proclaimed deed of the gift and grant of Christ and all his benefits, to finners of mankind, declaring the grant thereof to be made them, and calling them to take possession of the same as their own, Ifa. ix. 6. Unto us a child is born, (the word signifies presented born, as to his relations having a particular interest in him ; 'as Machir's children were presented to Jofeph, and laid on his knees, Gen. 1. 23. and Ruth's son to Naomi, Ruth iv. 17.), unto us a fon is given. John iii. 16. God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him, should not perish, but have everlafting life. 1 Cor. i. 30. Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us (namely, by legal destination) wisdom, righteousness, fanétification, and redemption.
And thus you see you have an infallible ground for this act of faith, namely, the testimony of God that cannot lie. Wherefore, as ever you would be united to Christ, and so instated in the covenant, believe firmly that Christ is yours, his righteousness yours, and eternal life in him yours.
This is a more close application of faith than the former, and ariseth from it ; for thus one believeth, the efficacy of the divine appointment, and of the gospel offer. If God appoints Christ a Saviour to you,