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The Righteousness Evangelical Described.

The Righteousness Evangelical Described.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. JEREMY TAYLOR, D. D.,


'Pot 1 8ay unto you^ that except your righteousnets
exceed the rikkteousneBS of the »cribe» and Phari-
sees^ ye shtul in no case enter into the kingdom
of heaven. —Matt. v. 20.
BY REV. JEREMY TAYLOR, D. D.,


'Pot 1 8ay unto you^ that except your righteousnets
exceed the rikkteousneBS of the »cribe» and Phari-
sees^ ye shtul in no case enter into the kingdom
of heaven. —Matt. v. 20.

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THE RIGHTEOUSESS EVAGELICAL DESCRIBED. BY REV. JEREMY TAYLOR, D. D., 'Pot 1 8ay unto you^ that except your righteousnets exceed the rikkteousneBS of the »cribe» and Phari- sees^ ye shtul in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. —Matt. v. 20. Rewards and punishments are the best sanction of laws ; and although the guar- dians of laws strike sometimes with the softest.part of the hand in their executions of sad sentences, yet in the sanction they make no abatements, but so proportion the duty to the reward, and the punishment to the crime, that by these we can best tell what value the lawgiver puts upon the obedience. Joshua put a great rate upon the taking of Kiriath-Sepher, when (he reward of the service was his daughter and a dower. But when the young men ven- tured to fetch David the waters of Beth- lehem, they had nothing but the praise of their boldness, because their service was no more than the satisfaction of a curiosity. But as lawgivers, by their rewards, declare the value of the obedience, so do subjects also, by the grandeur of what they expect, set a value on the law and the lawgiver, and do' their services accordingly. And, therefore, the law of Moses, whose endearment was nothing but temporal goods and transient evils, " could never make the comers thereunto perfect;" but the ittii9tk' yuyfj xpnttovoi ixrti^t ''the superinduction of a better hope/'* hath endeared a more perfect obedience. When Christ brought
 
• Heb. viii. 19. life and immortality to light through the gospel, and hath promised to us things greater than aU our explicit desires, bigger than the thoughts of our heart, then iyy^o- fitv 1*9 Bfo, saith the apostle, " then we draw near to God ;" and by these we are enabled to do all that God requires, and then he re- quires all that we can do ; more love and more obedience than he did of those who, — for want of these helps, and these revela- tions, and these promises, which we have, but they had not, — were but imperfect per- sons, and could da but little more than human services. Christ hath taught us more, and given us more, and promised us more, than ever was in the world known or believed before him; and by the strengths and confidence of these, thrusts us forward in a holy and wise economy ; and plainly declares, that we must serve him by the measures of a new love, do him honour by wise and material glorifications, be united to God by a new nature, and made alive by a new birth, and fulfil all righteousness; to be humble and meek as Christ, to be merci- ful as our heavenly Father is, to be pure as God is pure, to be partakers of the Divine nature, to be wholly renewed in the frame and temper of our mind, to become people of a new heart, a direct new creation, new principles, and a new being, to do better than all the world before us ever did, to love Grod more perfectly, to despise the world more generously, to contend for the faith more earnestly; for all this is hut a proper
 
and a just consequent of the great promises, which our blessed Lawgiver came to pub- lish and effect for all the world of believers and disciples. The matter which is here required, u 12 907 398 THE RIGHTEOUSESS SsiM. I. certainly very great; for it is to be more lighteous than the scribes and Pharisees; more holy than the doctors of the law, than the leaders of the synagogue, than the wise princes of the sanhedrim; more righteous than some that were prophets and high priests, than some that kept the ordinances of the law without blame ; men that lay in sackcloth, and fasted much, and prayed more, and made religion and the study of the law the work of their lives: this was very much ; but Christians must do more. unc te marinoreum pro tempore feciinus ; at tu 81 fcBiura gregem suppleverit, aureus esto. They did well, and we must do better; their houses were marble, but our roofs must

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