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tion of the Jewish nation, and the falvation of the Gentile world ., shall all be sulfilled. My reward is with me, and all my work before me: nor will I low my bead in death, till all be finished. I am not come to destroy the prophets, but to fulfil.
For verily Ifay unto you, till heaven and earth pass, fine jot, or one tittle, shall in no wife past from the Lav till all be fulfilled. I plight my veracity, I speak in verity. Amen, so it shall be. Verily I fay unto you, till heaven and earth pass—
The elementary and starry heavens shall stand to the world's end. Then the elements shall melt with fervent heat, and the stars shall fall from their sockets, as the untimely fruit of the fig-tree; the fun shall be confounded, and the moon ashamed; the heavens and the earth shall flee away, and new heavens and a new earth shall appear, when I arise to shine before my ancients gloriously.
Till then, one jet or one tittle shall in no wife pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. The Law shall stand as it does in all it's sense, and in all it's meaning, without being evangelized, or without ceasing to exist as a covenant of works; without being bereft of it's irritating power, or shorn of it's penal fanction $ without mitigation, and without repeal. It shall stand as my children's schoolmaster, and first husband; as the master's commanding will, and the bond-servant's only rule; as the creditors handwritings and the debtor's dreadsul account-book i
as as a testimony for God in desence of his holiness, and against the wicked for every transgression. So shall it stand—
Till all be fulfilled. The Law is sulfilled in a fourfold sense.
17?, Persectly, in both precept and penalty, by the Saviour.
2<#y, In the Church, efficaciously, by the Spirit.
^dfyy Impersectly, in the exercise of grace, by the faint.
^thly, In the execution of the curse, which is the damnation of the wicked.
First, The Law is persectly sulfilled, both in precept and penalty, by the Saviour, who assumed man's nature, and took man's name, to act in man's stead. He was made of a woman, and made under the Law. He became surety for man's debts; and, by his kind undertaking and circumcision, became a debtor, in the debtor's place, to restore that [honour to the Law] which he took not away. "He was made ** sin for us, who knewno sin, that we might be made "the righteousness of God in him." Of him a perfect obedience to the precept was exacted, and he made restitution; the debt of suffering was demanded, and he was pressed to pay. When he had given a persect obedience to the precept, he fays, "I have ** finished [this part of] the work which thou gavest ** me to do." And, at closing his obedience unto death, he bowed his head, and faid, "It is finished."
Thus Thus he "magnified the Law, and made ic honour* "able-," so that one jot, or one tittle, did in nowise fass from the Law till all was fulfilled. It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than for God's righteous Servant to fail of performing the will of his God. "I delight to do thy will, O my God; yea, thy Law "is within my heart." So he undertook, and Ib it became bint to fulfil all righteousness, Matt. iii. 15. And so it behoved Christ to surfer; for he cams not to destroy the Law, but to fulfil.
Secondly, The Law is fulfilled efficaciously in the Church of God, by the Spirit: as it is written, That the righteousness of the Law might be Fulfilled In us, who walk, not after the fiesh, but after the Spirit, Rom. viii. 4. Now the righteousness of the Law is sulfilled in the Church.
1st, By the imputation of Christ's righteoufneis for our justification, Rom.v.ig.
idly, By the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, which is our fanctification. Rom. xv. 16.
$dly, By God's circumcising our hearts, to love him with all our heart, and with all our soul, that we may live, (Deut, xxx. 6.) Love to God being the first and great commandment of the Law.
irthly, By the indwelling of God's good word, and by the good treasure of his grace.
First, What is the Law? It is a just Law, and is the rule of righteousness. "This," fays Mofes, "shall
"be *c be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these "commandments, before the Lord our God, as he ** hath commanded us," Dent. vi. 25. Christ's obedience to the Law, imputed to us, answers this: By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. This is justification from all things; and makes the believer a just man, as the Law is just.
Secondly, The Law is holy: and the foul of the faint is the seat, and his body the temple, of the Holy Ghost, which dwelleth in us, and makes the believer holy, as the Law is holy.
Thirdly, The Law requires love to God above all things else; and the faint of God is blessed with the love of God, Father, Son, and Spirit, shed abroad in his heart; and. has fellowship with the Father, Son, and Spirit. He dwells in God, who is love; and God dwells in him. He is joined to the Lord, and is one spirit with him. This answers the requirement of the great command.
Fourthly, The Law is spiritual, and the Law is good. The faint of God is a spiritual man, and a good man. He is a partaker of God's good Spirit; the good treasure of grace is in him; the good word of God is in him; the good work of regeneration has passed on his foul; and the whole persecting work of grace is carried on, and will be compleated in him; which makes him a good man, as the Law js good,
LastlyThe Law promises life, but eternal lise it could never give. The believer, therefore, has got what the Law could not give: "He that believeth "hath everlasting lise, and shall never come into "condemnation." If this is Antinomianifm, it ts precious Antinomianifm! This is the man in whom the righteousness of the Law is sulfilled; who is redeemed from the Law, and brought to the Gospel; redeemed from the curse, and crowned with the blessing; no more under the Law, but under Grace; not under wrath, but under love; rlo more under the schoolmaster to Mofes, but under the Law of the Spirit, to Christ; no more a bond-servant, but a freeborn son; no more a stranger, but knows God, and is known of him; no more a child of the bondwoman, but of the free; no longer a foreigner, but a sellow-citizen with the faints, and of the houfhold of God. Verity I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wife pass from the Law till all be [thus"] fulfilled in the eject of God. They (hall all be justified, they shall all be fanctified, they shall all be made meet for the inheritance with the faints in light. These are the genuine offspring of Abraham, which Sarah bears unto Abraham. These do the works of Abraham, namely, the works of faith, labours of love, and patience of hope. These look to Abraham their father, and to Sarah that bare them; and keep their Father's commandment, and forsake not the law of their Mother. They