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pointeth out two contrary masters, whose within them, driving on contrary designs interests these parties lahour to advance and and fo justling with and counteracting each promote; or two diftinct and contrary ends, other; so it 'is very necefsary that belierwhich they level at, viz. the law of God, ers be well acquainted with this, that they and tbe law of fin; that is, the righteous may know how to father things arighi, 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 confia biding what he would not have done; and der the propensity they find in them to narural corruption, powerfully {waying what is good, nor that they are altogether and compelling to what God forbidech, 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 fin. promoting the interest of God in obeying IV. Let men who trust to carpal reahis law, the other serving and obeying the soning, and love not to be guided by the inclipations of corruption, and so promot- Spirit of truth; say never lo much to the ing che interest of sin.

contra y; yet it is a truth beyond all quelli

on, that every believer is twosome, leveling OBSERVATIONS.

at two distint ends : for Paul would ling I. To the right uptaking of one's con | the bottom out of the controversy (i res dition, there is necessary a sedate, quiet seeing probably what opposition wouk mind, free from perturbations, and the made thereunto by men of corrupt rr' ! contrary tides of affections tumbling each by not only repeating the truths, upon another; seeing these affections, now ad cine, I myself; as if he had fa in our state of fin, cannot be kept within 1

i l now regenerated, iti the due banks and limits : for Paul, after myself. he is win out from this throng, sets down V. The renewed part bei. his condition clearly, saying, So then, the image of God, labours with my mind, I myself ferve the law of formity unto God's will, and God.

and more like him in holiness, most II. It is most dangerous, and a course holy, and the stronger this be in a maj, 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 altogepofing what is good and commanded, and ther sinful and corrupt, draws ay to its like, thorturing them in every turn they go a- and goes as willingly and chearfully about bouc: Therefore doth the apostle give ano- any course that may promote the kingther hint at this truth, that he had flejh 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 field III. As believers have contrary parties Serves the law of fine

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TOR the further clearing of this great might trouble the godly, who were daily

point of truth, which the apostle vexed with a body of deach, and found

has been speaking to through the themselves. continually almost faired 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 forch a notable tion? Doch not every sin bring on God's ground of consolation, 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 Thuned?. He answereth, That notwitha late itate, that, notwithstanding of any standing the remainders of corruption were Temainder of corruption in them, which strong in them, daily molesting them, as pay expose them to God's curse and wrath, | they did him who was an eminent man; yet they. Thall 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 Deral, to verle 9.; and then, 2. more. par not pass againft them who are in Chrift,

calarly, applying it for the use of the joined to him by faith, are imped in him, Ronins, to verse 12 :: Then, 3. presseth, and abide there;. There is no condemnation 15 an use therefrom, the study of mortifit to them which are in Chris: And this conution, 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

the end of verse 17. he infifts upon that had said in the lacter-end of the last chape Lbject, and presleth them to a christian, ter, viz. I hat Christ would deliver him tober way of enduring afflictions in a world, from the body of death; he there got his and for that cause useth many strong ar. eye on Christ, as one at hand to help him, Huments 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 chrift noi: wholly overcome him, and all thro' Jejus, who walk not after the flesh, but. Christ; so neither should corruption bring after tbe Spiriti

God's curse, and the sentence of death up

on him; Christ would free him from the A Fter this fad conflict, which the apostle one, as well as from the other: And tho' A hath been shewing, he and all be- he might have infered this comfortable Levers have, while they are here away, by conclusion, particularly for his own use;. rulon of the remainders of corruprion, he yet he makes use of it more generaly, for fets do ro a most comfortable truth, and the more general comfort of all believers, pereby answereth a great scruple which and that upon good ground, seeing what

is essential to believers as fuch, agreeth to , and find help in and thro' Jesus Christ, all believers. And, because many would to as they are not quite overthrown 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 as. fure 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 Spia and in a safe stare; seeing Clirist's helping rit; that is, who, tho' they have corrup- them against the poser of fin, 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 ics 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 slavery fo that they do not live and order all their of fin, verse 24. he now infereth, 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, acting faith on Christ, may have

a clear noon-tide. OBSERVATIONS.

| IV. Howbeit believers be not quite I. It is not unusual even for believers, rid of the indwelling of corruption, yer to fear death and destruction, when they that hindereth not the match betwist confider the power of fin 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 faying, Now tion-betwixt Christ and them, so soon as therefore there is no condemnation, seemeth they lay hold ea him by faich, even so close to imply, that they feared they should be a tye as they to aid to be in him, i Cor. condeinned.

iii. 1. 2 Cor. 1, 21. v. 17. and xii. 2. and II. Howbeit that every lin in itself de he in them, Rom. viii. 10. Gal. ii. 20. Eph. ferreth God's curse and wrath, and be-'ii. 17. they are in him as the branches lievers be oftentimes foiled with corrup- | in the root, 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 fled 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 condemnatory called one spirit, i 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 strangers 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 y. 24. and the just Tentence of condemnation ; for viii. 51.

his appropriating freedom from condemnIII.' Believers ought to be so far fromation unto such as are in Chris, says, that concluding themselves to be in a damnable all are not in Christ, and therefore not estate, because they feel corruption stiring partakers of this freedoin 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 cakers 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 fouls, being deludunto one head, and so partaking of the ed with a falle heart, may persuade themfame influences necessary to salvarion, hav- felves, that they are acted by the Spirit, ing a right unto the same spiritual privi- even when they are obeying the dictates 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 uiter 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 theweth 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 fied 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 filesh, but after the Spirit, to cha- ward deportment, may seem most zealous racterize such as are in Chrisi, that others and strict; yer being but painted tombs, may be put off who were ready to pre- | full of corruption within, even in their fome.

best actions, they are guided no way by - IX. Faith in Jesus Christ, or union with the Spirit of God, but by corrupt prin

bin, is so far from loosing folks from the ciples and fin within them: for only such Hudy of holiness; that, albeit a holy life as are in Christ, walk after the Spirit, i sad conversation have no share of the glory and not after the flesh. due to the meritorious cause of our ialva- XIII. Seeing believers may step aside, tion, but that doch allenarly appertain to being drawn out of the way by corruption lefus Christ, yet faith cannot be where and temptation, and many wicked ones

viidess in some measure is not; and the may have some fits now and then, looking tudy of holiness is a true and undoubted like the temper of God's children; it is

aracter of our union with Christ, ac- not fafe for the one or the other to concording to the apostle's doctrine, who for clude their estate according as they find mark of these that are in Christ, giveth themselves in such fits, but by the constant

is, 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 now uniced unto Je- walk after the Spirit.. fuis Christ, who is a fappy and a lively XIV. It is both safe and warrantable ne, are not fruitless, but bring forth fruit for believers to gather their estate from

Joe feason, Psal. i. 3. and having now re- external marks and evidences of holiness yunced the guidance of their carnal heart, ' in their christian course, and to try it there

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