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AFTER the apostle has thus con he hath whereof to glory, but not befort H firmed, and from solid undeniable God.
reason concluded, that we are justified by faich, without the deeds of the TUIS argument is this; If Abraham be Jaw, he now brings forth an example to not justified by works, then no man clear and illustrate the matter, (examples is justified by works. This they would being of great force to that effect) and al- not question, seeing they all accounted him so to confirm it, it being hereby made out, | the father of the fuithful, and looked on that it was no new doctrine that he was him as a moft eminent man in holiness: here teaching; and the example is of A. But Abraham was not justified by works. braham, an example which they could not This he firft sets down, verse 1, by way reject, having always him in their mouths, of queftion, What Mall we say that AbMarth. iii. 9. John viii. 39. and so glory. -raham our father, as pertaining to the fiel, ing much in hiin whom they all accounted bath found? That is, can ye, or I either,
to be the father of the faithful; and for say, that Abraham our father (so he calls : this cause he pircheth on this example; as him, left they should think that he had also because it would prove 'a most con made defe&tion from the faith of Father vincing argument : for if Abraham, a rare Abraham) was justified, or attained sighexample of virtue, was not justified by teoutness, as pertaining to the flesh, ihat works, then no man could expect to be is, by the works of the law, (for fomejustified by works; therefore he proveth times the commands of the law are stiled that Abraham was not justified by works, carnal, Heb. vii. - 6.) or works done in his to verse 9. then proposeth a question much own strength, after the way of the fesh : like that aniwered, chapter iii. 29. 30. if for to have confidence in the flesh, and in there be ope way of attaining righteous- our own righteousnefs which is of the nefs both to the Jew and Gentile? This | law, is all one, Phil. iii. 3. with 9. Now he answereth affirmatively, and cleareih would he fay, you cannot make it out up the way how, together with other diffi. that Abraham was so justified. And thu culties that arife by the way, to the end. he puts them to it, by proposing the que
rion to them, and in that it is left un VERSES 1. 2. What mall we say then, answered, it is equivalent to a flat denial · that Abraham our father, as pertaining Now, after this proposition is thus fe to the fieln, hath found?
down, he confirms it with one argumen For if Abraham were justified by works, - verse 2. saying, If Abraham were just