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A82307 Christ held forth by the Word, the onely way to the Father. Or A treatise discovering to all, the difference betweene lawes, bondage, and the Gospels liberty. / By Ionas Dell. Dell, Jonas, d. 1665. 1646 (1646) Wing D911; Thomason E1170_2; ESTC R208813 20,080 52

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baptisme that makes the difference the world knew not God untill they do know him and believe in him they are not of the Church of God in the time of the Apostles a knowing believing and a practicall people were baptized and so called the Church of God and the Temple of God 1 Cor. 1.2 unto the Church of God which is at Corinth to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus called to be saints with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord both theirs and ours 2 Cor. 6.16 And when they did believe and separated themselves from the old corrupt wayes that they had lived in to the Gospel of Christ they were made members of the Church Rom. 1.1 And then making themselves knowne what alteration is in themselves to forsake the world and then desiring to be in the fellowship of the Saints which is the Church of God the Church perceiving this upon good grounds received them into fellowship Act. 9.26.27 Heb. 4 5. One Faith one Lord one baptisme Act. 8.37 If thou believest with all thy heart thou may'st so you see that here is faith to believe received before Baptisme Acts 22.15.16 and Acts And I know of no power that was left to us to alter the Ordinances of God as to turne baptising of believers to the sprinkling of unbelievers this is contrary to the Example of the Apostles 1 Cor. 11.2 where the Ordinances were to be kept according as they were delivered unto them Now concerning the Liberty which the Apostle speakes of it is not such a Liberty as to change the Ordinances of God or it is not a Liberty to sin for the grace of God which appeareth unto all men teacheth us to deny ungodlinesse and worldly lusts and to live soberly and righteously in this present world Againe it is not such a Liberty as to be free from persecution John 15.20 For if they have persecuted me they will also persecute you John 16.32 Our Saviour tells them that they shall be scattered John 16.2 Christ tells them that they shall be put out of their Sinagogs yea the time cometh that whosoever killeth you will think that he doth God good service If then Christ foretells that these things shall come to passe it is impossible it should be meant of such a Liberty Againe the Prophets were also thus in persecution for it is said of David that the drunkards made their songs of him and Eliah being left alone they persecuted him to take away his life also And in Heb. sheweth the great hatred and persecution against them they were stoned they were sawed a sunder were tempted they were slaine with the sword they wandered about in Sheepe-skins and Goatskins being destitute afflicted and tormented whom the world was not worthy of much more might be said of these things but in proving these things I shall but light a candle to the Sun Furthermore as we are freeborne in the Nation to stand for that our Liberty and freedom this is not the Liberty Neither as the Apostle here doth command us to stand fast in though lawfull Having now made way we come now to the words stand fast having already shewed what the Liberty is that we should not stand fast in I will now come and shew what the Liberty is that we should stand fast in First before I shall shew what the Liberty is wherein we should stand fast I shall desire to speake a word or two of the bondage that we are inthrald in Briefly the bondage that we all are in under the Law is a miserable thing we are all by nature borne slaves under the bondage of sin and Sathan But from this bondage hath Christ Jesus delivered us Rom. 10.4 From whence will arise this observation that is that Christ is so our Liberty that all which do believe he hath fulfilled the Law for them and hath taken away the curse from them Rom. 8.1 2 3. there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walke after the flesh but after the Spirit for the Law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made us free from the Law of sin and death for what the Law could not do in that it was weake through the flesh God sending his own son in the likenesse of sinfull flesh and for sin condemned sin in the flesh that the righteousnesse of the Law might be fulfilled in us This is the Liberty of the Sons of God that when they come to believe they are no longer in bondage under the Law Gal. 3.23 before faith came we were kept under the Law shut up under the faith which should afterwards be revealed wherefore the Law was our Schoolmaster to bring us to Christ that we might be justified by faith But after that faith is come we are no longer under a Schoolmaster for ye are all the Children of God by faith in Christ Jesus Rom. 10.4 for Christ is the end of the Law for righteousnesse to every one that believeth Every one that doth not believe is in Bondage Gal. 4.1 2 3 4. Now I say that the heire as long as he is a Child differeth nothing from a servant though he be Lord of all but is under tutors and Governours untill the time appointed of the Father even so when we were Children we were in bondage under the Elements of the world but when the fulnesse of time was come God sent forth his son made of a woman made under the Law to redeem them that were under the Law that we might receive the adoption of sons as you may read further in the Chapter so you see the point is cleare Namely that Christ is so our Liberty that all which do believe he hath fulfilled the Law for them and they are no longer under it Christ hath freed us from the curse by being made a curse for us and therefore he calleth us no longer Servants but sons if sons then heirs Againe we may see it is the drift of the Apostle to take off the Galathians from circumcition and the Law this we may see was the simplicity of the Galathians though professors they did not know their Liberty they were not well grounded in the faith of the Gospell and so the Apostle Paul had a great deal of trouble with them as you may see Gal. but now after ye have knowne God or rather are knowne of God how turne ye againe to the weake and beggerly Elements whereunto ye desire againe to be in bondage and so he blames them for observing dayes and moneths and times and yeares and stands in doubt of them and saith I am affraid of you least I have bestowed upon you labor in vane also in Gal. 3.1.2 saith he O foolish Gallathians who hath bewitched you that you should not obey the truth before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth and crucified amongst you Galathians 5.1 Stand fast in the
up to sin untill Faith came So I say had not Christ been our way to the Father wee had been miserable we had still remained in bondage under wrath But Christ is the way from wrath Rom. 5.9 Much more being now justified by his blood we shall be saved from wrath through him There is no cendemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus Rom. 8.12 For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the Law of sinne and death But had not Christ been our way we had remained as I said before under wrath without any hope of recovery This caused the Attributes of God to be set on work to deliver us from this bondage For man having eaten of the forbidden fruit God had said In the day thou catest thereof thou shalt die Then the Justice of God stept in and said Justice must be satisfied But the Mercy of God not willing that man should perish Mercy stept in and said O let not man perish whom thou hast taken so great pains to make him for thine own glory all things for his use Then spake the Truth of God and said If man doth not die Truth will be at an end For Gods Truth hath said In the day that man doth eat thereof man shal die So that Truth silenced Mercy Then spake the Wisdom of God Is there no way to find out how Man may bee delivered and that Justice may bee satisfied Mercy may have his request and Truth may be satisfied So Wisdom said Man sinned in the flesh and if man suffered in the flesh then Iustice would bee satisfied Mercy would have his request and Truth would be performed And Wisdome then finds out a way how that Christ should take flesh upon him and so suffer in the flesh and then the satisfaction of Gods justice was fulfilled in Christ as though man had perished and so the Attributes of God were all satisfied And all this sets forth the great love of God unto us in stooping so low and taking off from us the bondage that we were inslaved with and having done this for us by the shedding of his blood therefore he biddeth us to Stand fast in the liberty wherewith he hath made us free and not to entangle our selves again with the yoak of bondage Having now shewed you what kinde of way Christ is I shall now come to shew you that he is the Onely Way For there is no name under heaven that wee can be saved by but onely by the Name of Jesus Heb. 10.4 For it is not possible that the blood of Bulls and of Goats should take away sins Wherefore when he cometh into the world he saith Sacrifices and offerings thou wouldest not but a body hast thou prepared mee hee is the Onely way there is none with him Esay 63.3 He hath troden the Wine-presse alone and of the people there was none with him So he hath born our sinnes alone there is none with him Matth. 1.21 And she shall bring forth a Son and thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins So againe The Son of man is come to seeke and to save that which was lost he doth seeke and in seeking he doth finde them it is he alone there is none with him he is that good Samaritan that had compassion on us and bound up our wounds powring in oyle and wine there is none that can cure that wound of sin but he alone there is none that can comfort nor refresh the hearts of his people but he alone Christ is the onely way none can take away sins but he the Priests nor their sacrifice could not save the people as you may see Heb. 10.1 and so forward They were to looke to Jesus Christ Now Christ is the high-priest he is able to save them from their sins to the uttermost that come unto God by him seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them Heb. 10.25 so it is he that doth it and no other it is he that sets us at Liberty and therefore we ought to stand fast in that Liberty Christ is so our Liberty that he is our way from a state of sin and wrath to a state of grace and glory there is now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus which walke not after the flesh but after the spirit for the Law of the spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made us free from the Law of sin and death Rom. 8.2 that man that hath Christ for his way to the Father stands in the sight of God as having no fault at all in him the Kings Daughter is all glorious within her Cloathing is of gold Christ hath put a comlinesse upon her and so she is beutifull in the sight of God Canticles 4.7 thou art all faire my love there is no spot in thee Come from Lebanon with me my spouse with me from Lebanon thou hast ravished my heart my sister my spouse thou hast revished my heart with one of thine eyes with one chaine of thy neck thus God sets forth the Beauty and the comlinesse of those who have Christ for their Liberty and way to the Father saith he fair is thy love my spouse how much better is thy love then wine and so all along he shewes the beuty of the Church and lookes upon her without spot he likens her to a frultfull garden and a spring and a fountaine and fruitfull plants All these names set forth the gloriousnesse of the Saints of God thus set at Liberty by Christ And now it remaines further to prove that the people of God are without spot● I shall shew that all their sins are done away by Christ he hath borne upon his body the iniquities of us all and so we remaine without spot behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world that is the sins of those that are sanctified by him and so in Gods account are without spot Christ gave himselfe for his Church that he might sanctifie and cleanse it and that he might present it to himselfe a glorious Church not having spot or wrincle not any such thing but that it should be holy and without blame even as he is holy Ephes 5.27 so you may see that that man which is not in bondage under the Law and Ceremonies and humane Ordinances but hath Christ for his Liberty and way to the Father stands in the sight of God as I said before without spot and so is made free indeed Iohn 8 36. If the Son shall make you free then you shall be free indeed without any contradiction who shall lay any thing to the charge of Gods chosen it is he and he alone that justifies and who shall condemn them now this is true the Saints are made free Christ hath taken away all our sins and our sins shall not be laid to our charge we read of the scape-Goate in Leu. 16.21.22 that Aron
Liberty whereby Christ hath made you free c. Where the Apostle still goes on arguing the cause and reasons of the matter with them and saith he Gal. 3.2 this would I learn of you onely ye received the spirit by the works of the Law or by the hearing of faith are ye so foolish having begun in the spirit are ye now made perfect by the flesh have ye suffered so many things in vaine if it be but in vaine he therefore that ministreth unto you the spirit and worketh miracles among you doth he it by the works of the Law or by the hearing of faith Rom. 10.3 for the being ignorant of Gods righteousnesse and going about to establish their own righteousnesse have not submitted themselves to the righteousnesse of God Gal 2.16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but by the faith of Jesus Christ Even we have believed in Jesus Christ that we might be justified by the faith in Christ and not by the workes of the Law for by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified Read further in the said Chapter and ye shall see that the Saints are delivered from the Bondage of the Law into the glorious Liberty of the Sons of God Gal. 4.4.5 so I say they are at Liberty 2 Cor. 5.19 to wit that God is in Christ reconciling the World unto himselfe not imputing their crespasses unto them and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation so this is the glorious Liberty the Saints so reconciled unto God in Christ and this speakes comfort unto the Saints of God that they should so redound in glory for which cause saith he we faint not but though our outward man perish yet the inward man is renewed day by day this is that which carries on the Saints so cheerfully for saith he our light afflictions which is but for a moment worketh for us a farr more weight of glory therefore though the Saints of God suffer in this Life yet their Liberty is a glorious Liberty Rom. 8.21 and they shall be restored into the glorious Liberty of the Sons of God Phil. 3.21 so we see the Saints have Liberty in this Life and in the Life to come We are not onely brought out of Bondage but we are brought out of darknesse into light 1 Thes 5.4.5 but ye brethren are not in darknesse that that day should overtake you as a thiefe ye are all the Children of light and the Children of the day we are not of the night nor of darknesse Againe John 1.9 Christ is the light of the world Psal 36.9 in thy light shall we see light this is a glorious state it is a glorious Liberty but those that are without Christ are in a sad condition they are in bondage under the Law as I said before and they walke in dorknesse knowing not whither they go Alas how soone is their candle out as you may see Job 18.5 how soone is the candle of the wicked put out John 12.35 and Mat. 6.23 To follow the words stand fast in that Liberty as this Liberty is such a Liberty that we who were the children of sathan are by Christ become the Children of God we who were dead in trespasses and sins hath he quickned we who in time past walked according to the course of this world Ephes 2.1 2 3 4 5. And so throughout the Chapter all along setting forth the love of God and the free grace of Christ unto his Saints who were in Bondage under the yoake of sin wounded and lay bleeding between Jerusalem and Jericho Christ was that good Samaritan that bound up our wounds powring in Oyle and wine for the suppling of our griefes so in Ezekiell 16.5 when no eye pittied thee to do any of these unto thee to have compassion upon thee but thou wast cast out in the open field to the loathing of thy person in the day that thou was borne and when that I passed by thee and saw thee polluted in thine own Blood I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood live in the seven and eight verses and so forward Now when I passed by thee and looked upon thee behold thy time was the time of love and I spread my skirt over thee and covered thy nakednesse yea I sware unto thee and entred into a Covenant with thee saith the Lord God and thou becamest mine then washed I thee with water yea I thoroughly washed away thy blood from thee and I annointed thee with Oyle thus the Prophet goes on felling out unto us the love and free grace of Christ Notwithstanding Jsrael had played the whore with the Assirians because thou walt unsatiable yea thou hast plaid the harlot with them and yet couldest not be satisfied at the 28. verse thus when we were in misery and in distresse when no eye pittied us then was the time of love so when we were going away from God and after other lovers then he allured us Hosea 2.14 so the love of Christ out-bid all other lovers Is it so that Christ is so our Liberty that all that do believe in him he hath fulfilled the Law for them and taken away the curse from them this may instruct us to take notice of this Bondage that every man is in by being under the Law it is a miserable thing we all by nature are borne slaves under the Bondage of sin and sathan but from this hath Christ delivered his people and in respect of this deliverance it is glorious and honourable as in all times when God delivered his people he doth it with honour so when God delivered his Children out of Egypt it was with honour in the face of all the world so Christ delivering us from sin and from sathan how glorious was it even when he being on the cross did on that cross by his death triumph over the divel and over his Kingdome by the powring out of his blood he did work a most glorious deliverance to the delivered of slaves men were made the servants of God of bond-men adopted to be his Children this Bondage which the Apostle speakes of here is a Bondage under the Law and under Ceremonies you may see Col. 2.8 Beware lest any man spoyle you through Philosophy and vaine deceit after the traditions of men after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ when they do bind them to humain Ordinances it is a leading of them captive from Christ are ye allured then let this be instructions to you Hath Christ delivered you from bondage and set you at Liberty and hath he fulfilled the Law for you and taken away the curse of the Law from you art thou allured and art thou brought to Christ hast thou taken Christ for thy way to the Father how comes it then to passe that thou art subject to humaine Ordinances this shews that you have no part in Christ so long as you are subject to humaine Ordinances for
Christs death hath abolished all Ordinances of the Law which were of Gods ordaining much more the Ordinances of men in the worship of God this is a bondage under Ceremonies but Christs death hath made it voide therefore let us say with david Psalmes 53.7.8 Oh that the Salvation of Israel were come out of Sion when God bringeth back the captivity of his people Jacob shall rejoyce and Israel shall be glad Vse 3. Is it so that Christ hath delivered you from the bondage of sinne and hath set thee at liberty this must still further instruct thee that thou art not to live to thy selfe or to thine own lusts For the grace of God that bringeth salvation unto all men hath appeared and teacheth us that we should deny ungodlinesse and worldly lusts and that wee should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world And in the 14. verse Who gave himselfe for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purge from us sinne to bee a peculiar people unto him zealous of good works Rom. 13.11 12 13 14 And that knowing the time that now is it is high time to awake out of sleep for now is our salvation neerer then when we believed The night is farre spent the day is at hand let us therefore cast off the works of darknesse and put on the Armour of light We that professe Religion we that have given our names to Jesus Christ and are brought to beleeve in Jesus let us walke as in the day not in riotting and drunkennesse not in chambring and wantonnesse not in strife and envying but put yee on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh to fulfill the lust thereof Hast thou Christ for thy Way to thy Father hast thou faith Then shew thy faith by thy works Art thou Christs free man and hast thou the Spirit of God If thou hast then thou hast the fruits of the Spirit and the fruits of the Spirit are Gal. 5.22 23 24. Love Joy Peace Long-suffering Gentlenesse Godlinesse Faith Meeknesse Temperance against such there is no Law And they that are Christs have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts If we live in the Spirit let us walke in the Spirit So hee that is in Christ is a new creature Old things are passed away and all things are become new Old Drunkennesse old Swearing old Uncleannesse 1 Pet. 4.1 ● 3 All these are not the fruits of the spirit but contrariwise these are the fruits of the flesh and tend to death which things are to be done away in those that are become new and are to live no longer to the lusts of the flesh but to the will of God who hath redeemed us from this bondage and set us from thraldome to liberty to serve him in newnesse of life Now in the next place I will shew you what kind of Liberty or Way he is for us and to us to the Father that Christ is so our liberty that he is the way from the Father to the Soule and from the soule to the Father though Christ hath satisfied the justice of God for us and so hath made a way for us to the Father yet we cannot goe to the Father till Christ comes to us The Reason is because there is no light in us by nature Christ must come and set up a light in the soule and then in that light we shall see light Psal 36.9 Christ must come to us before we can come to him he must come and knock at the doore of our souls as in Eph. 5.14 Awake thou that sleepest and stand up from the dead Christ shall give thee light Thus must Christ come and awaken us this is the way of Christ to to the soule this is the liberty we have by Christ to take away our darknesse and to give us light 2. By nature we are all dead and this is the way of Christ to quicken the soule so the soule being brought out from that sleep of death doth begin to look up after Christ and to take Christ for its way to the Father Thus the soule makes Christ a way whereby it doth suck comfort from the Father Thus Christ is the way for the soul to have acceptance with the Father if we obtain any thing of the Father it must be in and by and through Jesus Christ We must not in our own names or in the name of Saints or Angels but in the name of Christ Then whatsoever we shall ask in faith in the sons Name hee will give it us Joh. 16.23 So you see what kind of way Christ is to us to give us life and to give us light and so sets at liberty from the bondage of darknesse and death and therefore having done these things for us hee would have us stand fast in that liberty wherein he hath made us free 3. Therefore Christ is so our Liberty that there is no coming to the Father but by him This will appeare to be true if we consider the present estate and condition that every man is in by nature All men have sinned and come short of the glory of God that is we come short of heaven We are by nature the children of Wrath Ephes 2.3 This is true God made man in a good condition but man hath sinned and so hath lost his first estate hee was made perfect and was to have lived for ever but now hee must not eat of that tree of life God hath sent him forth from the Garden of Eden So hee drove out the man and placed at the East end of the Garden a Cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the Tree of life Gen. 3.24 Now here came in mans misery hee is cast out from God and without the mercy of God he must die unto all eternity Here is now no coming to the Father but by Christ no coming to have an onenesse with God without Christ man must perish without Christ man must die unto all eternity Rom. 5.12 Wherefore as by one man sin entred into the world and death by sin death passed upon all men for that all men have sinned The Divell hath deceived Eve he said unto the woman Yee shall not surely dye But we see man shall die and man doth die and man is cast out of the presence of God and there is no coming to the Father but by Christ he is the Way the Truth and the Life Joh. 14.6 Now concerning mans fall it is irrecoverable If man should have lived 10000. yeares and been thinking how to find out a way to the Father he could not find out a way as in Acts 4.12 There is now no other name under Heaven whereby we can be saved bue onely by Jesus Christ Had not Christ been our way we had perished and remained under the bondage of wrath Galat. 3.23 Before Faith came we were kept under the Law and so we were in bondage shut