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all their strairs and difficulties; and a fight XIII. As all the biesings we get from of this by faith, will lift up the head of a God come down in and thro' Christ; fo believer linking under discouragement, and must all our services and duties be performbe matter of coosolation, even when cap. ed in Christ, in whón alone they will be tivated with corruption : all which is clear accepted, who is cur eternal prieit: Therefrom this which followeih, Thanks be to fore says he, Thanks. be to God, throug.' God, &c.
Christ; Col. iii. 17. And whatever je do IX. As in and thro' Christ, we got the in word or deed, do all in the name of the pardon of our fin; fo it is in and thro' him, Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the who died, that he might fanctify and cleanje Father by him. his church, and present her glorious, with XIV. All believers having alike interest out spot or wrinkle, holy, and without ble in Christ as their King and Lord, whatever misb, Eph. v. 26. 27. Col. i. 22. that be- ground of liope any have in Chrift, of get + , lievers are kept up in the battle against ing any blessing from God, may be useful corruption, so that they are not quite over uinto cthers, and may be a ground of comihrown thereby, and that grace is always fort unto them when in ihe like strait : growing, and corruption decaying, and Therefore doth he add, our Lord, to fhew that at length they shall be fully delivered that others in the fame exercise with him, from any trouble and molestation it can may make use of the same grounds of. create unto them: Therefore says he, comfort which he made use of, having the through Christ Jefus ; faith, as it were, fame. interest in Christ with himself. thus answering sense's question, W ho sball deliver me?
VERSE 25. --- So then, with the mind. I X. Believers, even when captivated by myself serve the law of God; but with corruption, geting a look of their Redeemer the flesh the law of fin. thro' faith, having a fure ground of a pro-mise, and Christ's purchase to go upon,
His is a conclufion of the whole matmay be assured of a fipal and full victory ter, being a recapitulation, and a in the end, so as to rejoice in it before short sum of the battle, which he sets down, hand, and praise God upon the very hopes being now come to himself, after the great founded on faith, and cry out with the commotion that his stiring affections made, apostle, Thanks be to God.
as grief upon the one hand, and joy upon. XI. Whatever mercy we get from God, the other hand, is ended: and in this fun or have sure grounds of hope to get in due he shortly points out in himself even regetime, we should be so affected therewith, nerate, (for he says, I myself, and fo gives and have our hearts fo raised thereby, con- clear proof that he is not speaking of nor lidering the greatness of the mercy in it personating any other, and that in the pre-felf, our unworthiness, and the ablolare sent time, to fhew that he speaks of himneceffity we have thereof, that we should felf as regenerated) how all believers come acknowledge the same with great thank- Port of that holiness which they strive to fulness of heart, and cry out with the a be at, and how this cometh to pass: and postle here, Thanks be to God.
so pointeth out, 1. Two parties contrary XII. As the whole work of our re each to other, viz his mind, (which is not demption is a plot of the whole Trinity, to be taken for his intellect, but his reand all of it lo contrived, as we cannot newed part, which theweth itself chiefly. ice which of them we are most obliged in the mind) and his flesh, that is the unun:0; fo should our rent of praise be paid renewed part, which is chiefly exercised to all alike: I banks be to God, says he. and exccuted by the carpal body. 2. He
pointeth out two contrary masters, whose within them, driving on contrary designs interests these parties labcur to advance and and fo justling with and counteracting each proňote; or iwo diftinct and contrary ends, other; so it'is very necessary that believwhich they level at, viz. the law of God, ers be well acquainted with this, that they and tВe law of fin; that is, the righteous may know how to father things aright, law of God upon the one hand, command- and so may neither conclude, that there is ing what God would have done, and for- no corruption in them, when they confibiding what he would not have done; and der the propenfity they find in them to natural corruption, powerfully swaying what is good, nor that they are altogether and compelling to what God forbideth, | unregenerated, when they find some inand restraining from what he command-clination to what is sinful: Therefore doth eth. And 3. He pointeth out two con- he over again mind them, that, with the trary actions, or the contrary actings of the mind believers jerve the law of God, and two contrary parties, the one serving and with the flesh the law of sin. promoting the interest of God in obeying IV. Let men who trust to carpal reahis law, the other serving and obeying the foning, and love not to be guided by the inclipations of corruption, and so promot-Spirit iruth; say never lo much to the ing the interest of fin.
contra y; yet it is a truth beyond all questi
on, that every believer is twosome, leveling OBSERVATIONS.
at two distinct ends : for Paul would ding 1. To the right uptaking of one's con- the bottom oyt of the controversy (foredition, there is necessary a sedate, quiet seeing probably what opposition would be mind, free from perturbations, and the made thereánto by men of corrupt minds) contrary tides of affections tumbling each by not only repeating the truths, but upon another; seeing these affections, now adfit, I myself; as if he had said, I, even in our state of fin, cannot be kept within 1 00:? now regenerated, find this in the due banks and limits : for Paul, after myself. he is win out from this throng, sets down
V. The renewed part being a part of his condition clearly, saying, So then, the image of God, labours after a conwith my mind, I myself jerve the law of formity unto God's will
, and to look more God.
and more like him in holinefs, who is most 11. It is most dangerous, and a course holy, and the stronger this be in a man, tending to foster pride and security, for the liker is he upto God and his law: for believers to forget, or to live without the it is the work of the mind to be serving constant sense and apprehension of an ir- | the law of God. reconcileable adversary within them, op- VI. The unrenewed part being altogeposing what is good and commanded, and ther finful and corrupt, draws ay to its like, thorturing ihem in every turn they go a- and goes as willingly and chearfully about bout: Therefore doth the apostle give ano- any course that may promote the kingther hint at this truth, that he had flesh dom of Satan and fin, as if sin were its lawwithin him, that made him serve the luw ful superior, and its motions undoubtedly
right and laudable laws: therefore the flej III. As believers have contrary parties Serves the law of fin
OR the further clearing of this great might trouble the godly, who were daily
point of truth, which the apostle vexed with a body of death, and found
has been speaking to through the themselves continually almost faited by . whole of this epistle, and for the further corruption within them; for they might confirmation thereof, and that he may say,, Alas! what shall become of us, seeing the more allure folks to fall in love we are thus put to the worse by corruptherewith; he holdeth forth a notable tion? Doch not every sin bring on God's ground of confolation, viz. That such as curse and wrath, and make us liable unto embrace this way pointed out by him, and damnation? How shall: we then get this will embrace Christ by faith, are in such huned?. He answereth, That notwitha fate state, that, notwithstanding of any standing the remainders of corruption were remainder of corruption in them, which strong in them, daily molesting them, as may expose them to God's curse and wrath, they did him who was an eminent man; yet they shall never be condemned. And this they are free enough from condemnation, he cleareth and holdeth forth; 1. In ge the condemnatory sentence of the law shall neral, to verse 9.; and then, 2.. more par : not pass againft them who are in Christ, ticularly, applying it for the use of the joined to him by faith, are imped in him, Romans, to verse 12: Then. 3. presseth, and abide there;. There is no condemnation : as an use therefrom, the study of mortifi- to them which are in Christ: And this concution, by several arguments, to verfe 18.: folatory sentence he infereth by way of a Then 4. having hinted at a suffering life conclufion, natively flowing from what he in the end of verse 17. he insists upon that had said in the lacter-end of the last chapsubject, and prefTeth them to a christian, ter, viz: I hat Christ would deliver him .fober way of enduring afflictions in a world, from the body of death; he there got his and for that cause useth many itrong ar- eye on Chrift; as one at hand to help him, guments to the end.
and fully deliver him in due time, from the
body of death within him; and from thence VERSE 1. There is therefore now no con
he infererh, That seeing corruption should demnation to them which are in Christ nor: wholly overcome him, and all tbro' Jesus, who walk not after the flejlı, but. Christ; so neither should corruption bring after the Spirit.
God's curse and the sentence of death up
on him ; Christ'would free him from the Fter this fad conflict, which the apostle one, as well as from the other: And tho'
hath been shewing, he and all be. he might have infered this comfortable : lievers have, while they are here away, by conclusion, particularly for his own use; reason of the remainders of corruption, he yet he makes use of it more generaly, for fets down a most comfortable truth, and the more general comfort of all believers, thereby answereth a great scruple which and that upon good ground, seeing what
is effential to believers as such, agreeth to and find help in and thro' Jesus 'Christ, all believers. And, because many would to as they are not quite overtirown by be ready to grip to this consolation that the body of death, as the wicked are, but had no right to it, therefore he giveth a are enabled to stand out, they may rest affure mark of such as are in Christ, who sured that they are without the law's reach, walk not after the flesh, but after the Spi- and in a safe sta'e; seeing Clirist's helping rit; that is, who, tho' they have corrup- them against the po:er of sin, is a sufficition and flesh in them, and are oft led and ent proof that he hath freed them from drawn by it to fin; yet followeth not its the sentence of death, and the guilt of fin, guidance with a full bensail of will, but for to whom Christ doch one, he doth both: with a battle and reluctance; they do not therefore from what he said in the end of look on corruption as their lawful supe-| the last chapter, both anent the combat rior, but as a tyrant; the flesh reigns not, and the way of delivery from the flavery fo that they do not live and order all their of fin, verse 24. he now ipfereth, by way carriage, according to the inclination of fin of a conclusion, Therefore there is no con. and corruption, but follow the dictates of demnation, &c. So that a believer in his the Spirit.
midnight, a&ting faith on Christ, may have
a clear noon-tide. OBSERVATIONS.
IV. Howbeit believers be not quite 1. It is not unusual even for believers, rid of the indwelling of corruption, yet to fear death and destruction, when they that hindereth not the match betwist consider the power of sin within them, and Christ and them, but notwithstanding there. how thereby they are oftentimes brought of there is a strait tye, and near conjuncto the ground : for Paul's saying, Now tion-betwixt Christ and them, so foon as therefore there is no condemnation, seemeth they lay hold er him by faith, even so close to imply, that they feared they should be à tye as they said to be in him, i Cor. condeinned.
iii. 1. 2 Cor. i. 26. v. 17. and xii. 2. and II. Howbeit that every fin in itself de he in them, Rom. viii. 10. Gal. ij.20. Eph. ferrerh God's curse and wrath, and be- iii. 17. they are in him as the branches lievers be oftentimes foiled with corrup- in the rooi, Joho. xv. 1. 2. and joined to tion, and put to the worse; yet, having him as the body to the head, Col. i. 18. now fied in to Christ by faith, and there. Eph. iv. 15. 16. and v. 23. 30. as the wife by being justified, they are freed from the to her husband, Eph. v. 31. 32. and hence curse of the law, and the condemnátory called one spirit, 1 Cor. vi. 17. sentence thereof, and put into a state of V. Tho' Christ be offered to all in the salvation and absolute freedom from the gospel, yet all are not made partakers of penalty of the covenant of works, which this great privilege of union with Christ; before they did ly under: for there is now there are many even within the bosom of 120 condemnation to them that are in Christ, the church who are stranigers to this, and they are now passed from death to life, and who are not, nor never shall be, freed from shall never fee death, John v. 24. and the just fentence of condemnation ; for
his appropriating freedom from condemnIII. Believers ought to be so far from ation unto such as are in Chrift, says, that concluding themselves to be in a damnable all are not in Chrift, and therefore not estate, because they feel corruption stiring partakers of this freedom from death. in them: that so much the rather, because VI. The only way of being made parthey feel a battle in themselves, and some takers of those rich and spiritual benefits thing friving against corruption, and see purchased by Christ, is to be first united
to him by faith; no communion but that and of their corrupt fleshy nature, they which followeth union, let ignorant, self- have the Spirit of God for their leader and deceiving hypocrites imagine the contrary commander, and him only they acknow. as they please; for being in Christ is the ledge for their lawful chieftain and supe. way of being made free from condemnation. rior: therefore it is said, who walk not af
VII. Believers being joined together as ter the flesh, but after the Spirit. members of the same body, Eph. v. 30. XI. Tho'graceless souls, being deludunto one head, and so partaking of the ed with a false heart, may persuade themfame influences necessary to salvation, hav felves, that they are acted by the Spirit, ing a right unto the same spiritual privi- even when they are obeying the dičtates leges, in and thro’ Christ their head, may of their own carnal heart, and following receive comfort from the self-fame grounds the swing of corruprion, and doing the from which the most eminent believers works of the flesh; yet these two chief may and do comfort themselves: for from commanders, are inconsistent and will not the forementioned grounds in Paul's own agree together, so that no man can serve experience, he draws this general comfort two masters, and whoever are sold to the for all believers, That therefore there is no service of the one, are utter strangers to condemnation to them that are in Christ. the guidance of the other: the adversative
VIII. It is too ordinary for such as are particle but sheweth their inconsistence, strangers to Christ, to be griping to those while he says, they walk not after the flesh, privileges unto which they have no right, but after the Spirit. and to be concluding themselves in a state xii. Albeit hypocrites, and many such of union with Christ, when they have no as are strangers to Christ, and have never jult ground therefore: hence it is that the yer fled in to him for refuge and safety, apostle addeth these words, who walk not may have a fair out side, and in their outafter the flesh, but after the Spirit, to cha- ward deportment, may seem most zealous racterize such as are in Chrifl, that others and strict; yet being but painted tombs, may be put off who were ready to pre full of corruption within, even in their sume.
best actions, they are guided no way by IX. Faith in Jesus Christ, or union with the Spirit of God, but by corrupt prinhim, is so far from loosing folks from the ciples and fin within them: for only such study of holiness; that, albeit a holy life as are in Christ, walk after the Spirit, and conversation have no share of the glory and not after the flesh. due to the meritorious cause of our talva- XIII. Seeing believers may step aside, tion, but that doth allenarly appertain to being drawn out of the way by corruption Jesus Christ, yet faith cannot be where and temptation, and many wicked ones holiness in some measure is not; and the may have some fits now and then, looking
study of holiness is a true .and undoubted like the temper of God's children ; it is • character of our union with Christ, ac- not fafe for the one or the other to con
cording to the apostle's doctrine, who for clude their estate according as they find a mark of these that are in Christ, giveth themselves in such fits, but by the constant this, that they walk not after the flesh, but track of their carriage, and their ordinary after the Spirit.
and daily walk : therefore says he, they X. Believers being pow united unto Je walk after the Spirit. sus Christ, who is a fappy and a lively
XIV. It is both safe and warrantable vine, are not fruitless, but bring forth fruit for believers to gather their estate from in due feason, Psal. i. 3. and having now re- external marks and evidences of boline's nounced the guidance of their carnal heart, ' in their christian course, and to try it there