Flavel, Fountain of Life, File 14.
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Sermon 14. A Vindication of the Satisfaction of Christ, as the first 
Effect or Fruit of his Priesthood. 
Gal. 3: 13. 
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse 
for us. 
    You have seen the general nature, necessity and parts of 
Christ's priesthood, viz. oblation and intercession. Before you part 
from this office, it is necessary you should farther take into 
consideration the principal fruits and effects of his priesthood; 
which are, complete satisfaction and the acquisition or purchase of 
an eternal inheritance. The former viz. The satisfaction, made by 
his blood, is manifestly contained in this excellent scripture 
before us, wherein the apostle (having shown before, at ver. 10. 
that whosoever "continues not in all things written in the law, to 
do them, are cursed)" declares how, notwithstanding the threats of 
the law, a believer comes to be freed from the curse of it, namely, 
by Christ's bearing that curse for him, and so satisfying God's 
justice, and discharging the believer from all obligations to 
    More particularly, in these words you have the believer's 
discharge from the curse of the law, and the way and manner thereof 
    1. The believers discharge; Christ has redeemed us from the 
curse of the law. The law of God has three parts, commands promises, 
and threatening or curses. The curse of the law is its condemning 
sentence, whereby a sinner is bound over to death, even the death of 
soul and body. The chain, by which it binds him, is the guilt of 
sin; and from which none can loose the soul but Christ. This curse 
of the law is the most dreadful thing imaginable; it strikes at the 
life of a sinner, yea, his best life, the eternal life of the soul: 
and when it has condemned, it is inexorable, no cries nor tears, no 
reformation nor repentance can loose the guilty sinner; for it 
requires for its reparation that which no mere creature can give, 
even an infinite satisfaction. Now from this curse Christ frees the 
believer; that is, he dissolves the obligation to punishment, 
cancels the hand-writing, looses all the bonds and chains of guilt, 
so that the curse of the law has nothing to do with him for ever. 
    2. We have here the way and manner in and by which this is 
done; and that is by a full price paid down, and that price paid in 
the room of the sinner, both making up a complete and full 
satisfaction. He pays a full price, every way adequate and 
proportionable to the wrong. So much this word, "hemas exegorasen", 
which we translate redeemed, imports; he has bought us out, or fully 
bought us, that is, by a full price. This price with which he so 
fully bought or purchased our freedom from the curse, is not only 
called "lutron", Mat. 20: 28. or ransom, but more emphatically 
"antilutron", in 1 Tim. 2: 5, 6 which might be translated an 
adequate or fully answerable ransom. And so his freeing us by this 
price, is not only expressed by "egorasas toi Theoi hemas", "Thou 
hast bought us to God by thy blood," Rev. 5: 9. but "exegorasen 
hemas", he has fully, perfectly, bought us out. 
    And as the price or ransom paid was full, perfect, and 
sufficient in itself; so it was paid in our room, and upon our 
account: so saith the text, "By his being made a curse for us," the 
meaning is not, that Christ was made the very curse itself, changed 
into a curse; no more than when the word is said to be made flesh, 
the divine nature was converted into flesh, hut it assumed or took 
flesh; and so Christ took the curse upon himself; therefore it is 
said, 2 Cor. 5: 21. "He was made sin for us who knew no sin;" that 
is, our sin was imputed to our surety, and laid upon him for 
satisfaction. And so this word "huper" [for] implies a substitution 
of one, in the place and stead of another. Now the price being full, 
and paid in lieu of our sins, and thereupon we fully redeemed or 
delivered from the curse, it follows, as a fair and just deduction, 
    Doct. The death of Christ; has made a full satisfaction to God 
    for all the sins of his elect. 
    "He (to wit our surety, Christ) was oppressed, and he was 
afflicted," saith the prophet, Isa. 52: 7. it may be fitly rendered, 
(and the words will bear it without the least force) it was exacted, 
and answered. But how, being either way translated, it establisheth 
the satisfaction of Christ, may be seen in our learned Annotations 
on that place. So Col. 1: 14. "In whom we have 'apolutrosin dia tou 
haimatos', redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of 
sin." Here we have the benefit, viz. redemption interpreted by way 
of opposition, "even the remission of sins;" and the matchless price 
that was laid down to purchase it, the blood of Christ. So again, 
Heb. 9: 12. "By his own blood he entered once into the holy place, 
having obtained 'aionian lutrosin', eternal redemption for us." Here 
is eternal redemption, the mercy purchased: his own blood, the price 
that procured it. 
    Now forasmuch as this doctrine of Christ's satisfaction is so 
necessary, weighty and comfortable in itself, and yet so much 
opposed and intricated by several enemies to it; the method I shall 
take for the clearing, establishing, and preparing it for use, shall 
    First, To open the nature of Christ's satisfaction, and shew 
what it is. 
    Secondly, To establish the truth of it, and prove that he made 
full satisfaction to God for all the sins of the elect. 
    Thirdly, To answer the most considerable objections made 
against it. 
    And lastly, To apply it. 
    First, What is the satisfaction of Christ, and what does it 
imply? I answer, satisfaction is the act of Christ, God-man, 
presenting himself as our surety in obedience to God and love to us; 
to do and to suffer all that the law required of us: thereby freeing 
us from the wrath and curse due to us for sins. 
    1. It is the act of God-man; no other was capable of giving 
satisfaction for an infinite wrong done to God. But by reason of the 
union of the two natures in his wonderful person, he could do it, 
and has done it for us. The human nature did what was necessary in 
its kind; it gave the matter of the sacrifice: the divine nature 
stamps the dignity and value upon it, which made it an adequate 
compensation: so that it was opus "Theandrikon", the act of God-man; 
yet so, that each nature retained its own properties, 
notwithstanding their joint influence into the effect. If the angels 
in heaven had laid down their lives, or if the blood of all the men 
in the world had been poured out by justice, this could never have 
satisfied, because that "axiosis", worth and value which this 
sacrifice has, would have still been wanting. "It was God that 
redeemed the church with his own blood," Acts 20: 18. If God redeem 
with his own blood, he redeems as God-man, without any dispute. 
    2. If he satisfy God for us, he must present himself before 
God, as our surety, in our stead, as well as for our good; else his 
obedience had signified nothing to us; to this end he was "made 
under the law," Gal. 4: 4. comes under the same obligation with us, 
and that as a surety, for so he is called, Heb. 7: 22. Indeed his 
obedience and sufferings could be exacted from him upon no other 
account. It was not for any thing he had done that he became a 
curse. It was prophesied of him, Dan. 9: 26. "The Messiah shall be 
cut off, but not for himself;" and being dead, the scriptures 
plainly assert it was for our sins, and upon our account: so 1 Cor. 
15: 3. "Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures." 
    And it is well observed by our divines, who assert the 
vicegerency and substitution of Christ in his sufferings, that all 
those Greek particles which we translate [for] when applied to the 
sufferings of Christ do note the meritorious, deserving, procuring 
cause of those sufferings. So you find, Heb. 10: 12. "He offered one 
sacrifice 'huper hamartion', for sins." 1 Pet. 3: 18. "Christ once 
suffered, 'peri' for sins." Rom. 4: 25. "He was delivered, 'dia', 
for our offences." Mat. 20: 28. "He gave his life a ransom, 'anti', 
for many." And there are that confidently affirm this last particle 
is never used in any other sense in the whole book of God; as "an 
eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," i.e. one in lieu of another. 
Just as those whom the Greeks called "antipsuchoi", men that 
exchanged their lives, or gave life for life, staking down their own 
to deliver another's, as Philumene did for Aristides. And so the 
poet Virgil speaks: Si fratrem Pollux alterna morte redemit. 
    And indeed, this very consideration is that which supports the 
doctrine of imputation, the imputation of our sins to Christ, and 
the imputation of Christ's righteousness unto us, Rom. 5: 19. For 
how could our sins be laid on him, but as he stood in our stead? or 
his righteousness be imputed to us, but as he was our surety, 
performing it in our place; so that to deny Christ's sufferings in 
our stead, is to lose the corner-stone of our justification, and 
overthrow the very pillar which supports our faith, comfort and 
salvation. Indeed if this had not been, he would have been the 
righteous Lord, but not the Lord our righteousness, as he is stiled, 
Jer. 33: 16. So that it was but a vain distinction, to say it was 
for our good, but not in our stead: for had he not been in our 
stead, we could not have had the good of it. 
    3. The internal moving cause of Christ's satisfaction for us, 
was his obedience to God, and love to us. That it was an act of 
obedience, is plain from Phil. 2: 8. "He became obedient unto death, 
even the death of the cross." Now obedience respects a command, and 
each a command Christ received to die for us, as himself tells us, 
John 10: 18. "I lay down my life of myself; I have power to lay it 
down, and power to take it again: this commandment have I received 
of my Father." So that it was an act of obedience with respect to 
God, and yet a most free and spontaneous act with respect to 
himself. And that he was moved to it out of pity and love to us, 
himself assures us: Gal. 5: 2. "Christ loved us, and gave himself 
for us an offering and a sacrifice to God." Upon this Paul sweetly 
reflected, Gal. 2: 20. "Who loved me and gave himself for me." As 
the external moving cause was our misery, so the internal was his 
own love and pity for us. 
    4. The matter of Christ's satisfaction, was his active and 
passive obedience to all the law of God required. I know there are 
some that doubt whether Christ's active obedience have any place 
here, and so whether it he imputed as any part of our righteousness. 
It is confessed, that scripture most frequently mentions his passive 
obedience, as that which made the atonement, and procures our 
redemption, Matth. 20: 28. and 26: 28. Rom. 3: 24, 25 and elsewhere: 
but his passive obedience is never mentioned exclusively, as the 
sole cause, or matter of satisfaction. But in those places where it 
is mentioned by itself, it is put for his whole obedience, both 
active and passive, by an usual trope; and in other scriptures it is 
ascribed to both, as Gal. 4: 4. he is said, "to be under the law, to 
redeem them that were under the law." Now his being "made under the 
law" to this end, cannot be restrained to his subjection to the 
curse of the law only, but to the commands of it also. So Rom. 5: 
19. "As by one man's disobedience, many were made sinners; so by the 
obedience of one, shall many be made righteous." It were a manifest 
injury to this text also, to restrain it to the passive obedience of 
Christ only. To be short, this twofold obedience of Christ, stands 
opposed to a twofold obligation that fallen man is under; the one to 
do what God requires, the other to suffer what he has threatened for 
disobedience. We owe him active obedience as his creatures, and 
passive obedience as his prisoners. Suitably to his double 
obligation, Christ comes under the commandment of the law, to fulfil 
it actively, Matth. 3: 15. and under the malediction of the law, to 
satisfy it passively. And whereas it is objected by some, if he 
fulfilled the whole law for us by his active, what need then of his 
passive obedience? We reply, great need; because both these make up 
that one, entire, and complete obedience, by which God is satisfied, 
and we justified. It is a good rule of Alsted, obedientia Christi 
est una copulativa; the whole obedience of Christ, both active and 
passive, make up one entire perfect obedience; and therefore there 
is no reason why one particle, either of the one, or of the other, 
should be excluded. 
    5. The effect and fruit of this his satisfaction, is our 
freedom, ransom, or deliverance from the wrath and curse due to us 
for our sins. Such was the dignity, value, and completeness of 
Christ's satisfactions, that in strict justice it merited our 
redemption and full deliverance; not only a possibility that we 
might be redeemed and pardoned, but a right whereby to be so, as the 
learned Dr. Twiss judiciously argues. If he be made a curse for us, 
we must then be redeemed from the curse, according to justice; so 
the apostle argues, Rom. 3: 25, 56. "Whom God has set forth to be a 
propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his 
righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the 
forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time, his 
righteousness, that God might be just, and the justifier of him that 
believeth in Jesus." Mark the design and end of God in exacting 
satisfaction from Christ, it was to declare his righteousness in the 
remission of sin to believers; and lest we should lose the 
emphatical word, he doubles it, to declare, I say, his 
righteousness. Every one can see how his mercy is declared in 
remission: but he would have us take notice, that his justification 
of believers is an act of justice; and that God, as he is a just 
God, cannot condemn the believer, since Christ has satisfied his 
debts. This attribute seems to be the main bar against remission; 
but now it is become the very ground and reason why God remits. O 
how comfortable a text is this! Doth Satan or conscience set forth 
thy sin in all its discouraging circumstances and aggravations? God 
has set forth Christ to be a propitiation. Must justice be 
manifested, satisfied and glorified? So it is in the death of 
Christ, ten thousand times more than ever it could in thy damnation. 
Thus you have a brief account of the satisfaction made by Jesus 
    Secondly, We shall gather up all that has been said to 
establish the truth of Christ's satisfaction; proving the reality of 
it, that it is not an improper, catachrestical, fictitious 
satisfaction, by divine acceptilation, as some have very 
diminutively called it; but real, proper, and full, and as such 
accepted by God. For his blood is the stood of a Surety, Heb. 7: 22. 
who came under the same obligations of the law with us, Gal. 4: 4. 
and though he had no sin of his own, yet standing before God as our 
Surety, the iniquities of us all were laid upon him, Isa. 53: 6. and 
from him did the Lord, with great severity, exact satisfaction for 
our sins, Rom. 8: 32. punish them upon his soul, Matth. 27: 46. and 
upon his body, Acts 2: 23. and with this obedience of his Son, is 
fully pleased and satisfied, Eph. 5: 2. and has in token thereof 
raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand, 1 Tim. 
3: 16. and for his righteousness-sake acquitted and discharged 
believers, who shall never more come into condemnation, Rom. 8: 1, 
34. All this is plain in scripture; and our faith in the 
satisfaction of Christ, is not built on the wisdom of man, but the 
everlasting sealed truth of God: yet such is the perverse nature of 
man, and the pride of his heart, that whilst he should be humbly 
adoring the grace of God, in providing such a Surety for us, he is 
found accusing the justice, and diminishing the mercy of God, and 
raising all the objections which Satan and his own heart can invent, 
to overturn that blessed foundation upon which God has built up his 
own honour, and his people's salvation. 
    Thirdly, In the next place, therefore, we shall reject those 
doctrines, and remove the principal of those objections that are 
found militating against the satisfaction of Christ. 
    And, in the first place, we reject with deep abhorrence that 
doctrine, which ascribes to man any power, in whole, or in part, to 
satisfy God for his own, or other men's sins. This, no mere creature 
can do by active obedience, were it so complete that he could never 
sin in thought, word, or deed, any more, but live the most holy life 
that ever any lived: for all this would be no more than his duty as 
a creature, Luke 17: 10. and so can be no satisfaction for what he 
is by nature, or has done against God as a sinner. Nor yet by 
suffering; for we have offended an infinite God, and can never 
satisfy him by our finite sufferings. 
    We also, with like detestation, reject that doctrine which 
makes the satisfaction of Christ either impossible, or fictitious, 
and inconsistent with grace, in the free pardon of sin. Many are the 
cavils raised against Christ's satisfaction; the principal are such 
as these that follow: 
    Object. The doctrine of Christ's satisfaction is absurd, for 
Christ (say we) is God; if so then, God satisfied himself, than 
which what can be more absurd to imagine? 
    Sol. I answer, God cannot properly be said to satisfy himself 
for that would be the same thing as to pardon, simply, without any 
satisfaction. But there is a twofold consideration of Christ; one in 
respect of his Essence and Divine Nature, in which sense he is the 
object both of the offence, and of the satisfaction made for it. 
Another in respect of his person and economy, or office; in which 
sense he properly satisfies God, being in respect of his manhood 
another, and inferior to God, John 14: 28. The blood of the man 
Christ Jesus is the matter of the satisfaction, the Divine Nature 
dignifies it, and makes it of infinite value. A certain family had 
committed treason against the king, and are all under the 
condemnation of the law for it' the king's son moved with pity and 
love, resolves to satisfy the law, and yet save the family; in order 
whereunto he marries a daughter of the family, whereby her blood 
becomes royal blood, and worth the blood of the whole family whence 
she sprang; this princess is by her husband executed in the room of 
the rest. In this case the king satisfies not himself for the wrong, 
but is satisfied by the death of another, equivalent in worth to the 
blood of them all. This similitude answers not to all the 
particulars, as indeed nothing in nature does, or can; but it only 
shows what it was that satisfied God, and how it became so 
    Object. If Christ satisfied by paying our debt, then he should 
have endured eternal torments; for so we should, and the damned 
    Sol. We must distinguish betwixt what is essential, and what is 
accidental in punishment. The primary intent of the law is 
reparation and satisfaction; he that can make it at one entire 
payment (as Christ could and did) ought to be discharged. He that 
cannot (as no mere creature can) ought to lie for ever, as the 
damned do, under sufferings. 
    Object. If God will be satisfied for our sins before he pardon 
them, how then is pardon an act of grace. 
    Sol. Pardon could not be an act of pure grace, if God received 
satisfaction from us; but if he pardon us upon the satisfaction 
received from Christ, though it be of debt to him, it is of grace to 
us: for it was grace to admit a Surety to satisfy, more grace to 
provide him, and most of all to apply his satisfaction to us, by 
uniting us to Christ, as he has done. 
    Object. But God loved us before Christ died for us; for it was 
the love of God to the world that moved him to give his 
only-begotten Son. Could God love us, and yet not be reconciled and 
    Sol. God's complacent love is indeed inconsistent with an 
unreconciled state: He is reconciled to every one he so loves. But 
his benevolent love, consisting in his purpose of good, may be 
before actual reconciliation and satisfaction. 
    Object. Temporal death, as well as eternal, is a part of the 
curse, if Christ have fully satisfied by bearing the curse for us, 
how is it, that those for whom he bare it, die as well as others? 
    Sol. As temporal death is a penal evil, and part of the curse, 
so God inflicts it not upon believers; but they must die for other 
ends, viz. to be made perfectly happy in a more full and immediate 
enjoyment of God, than they can have in the body: and so, death is 
theirs by way of privilege, 1 Cor. 3: 22. They are not death's by 
way of punishment. The same may be said of all the afflictions with 
which God, for gracious ends, now exercises his reconciled ones. 
Thus much may suffice to establish this great truth. 
    Inference 1. If the death of Christ was that which satisfied 
God for all the sins of the elect, then certainly there is an 
infinite evil in sin, since it cannot be expiated but by an infinite 
satisfaction. Fools make a mock at sin, and there are but few souls 
in the world that are duly sensible of, and affected with its evil; 
but certainly, if God should damn thee to all eternity, thy eternal 
sufferings could not satisfy for the evil that is in one vain 
thought. It may be you may think this is harsh and severe, that God 
should hold his creatures under everlasting sufferings for sin, and 
never be satisfied with them any more. But when you have well 
considered, that the object against whom you sin, is the infinite 
blessed God, which derives an infinite evil to the sin committed 
against him; and when you consider how God dealt with the angels 
that fell, for one sin, and that but of the mind; (for having no 
bodily organs, they could commit nothing externally against God:) 
you will alter your minds about it. O the depth of the evil of sin! 
If ever you will see how great and horrid an evil sin is, measure it 
in your thoughts, either by the infinite holiness and excellency of 
God, who is wronged by it; or by the infinite sufferings of Christ, 
who died to satisfy for it; and then you will have deeper 
apprehensions of the evil of sin. 
    Inf. 2. If the death of Christ satisfied God, and thereby 
redeemed the elect from the curse: then the redemption of souls is 
costly; souls are dear things, and of great value with God. "Ye 
know, (says the apostle,) that ye were not redeemed with corruptible 
things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation, received by 
tradition; but with the precious blood of the Son of God, as of a 
lamb without spot," 1 Pet. 1: 18, 19. Only the blood of God is found 
an equivalent price for the redemption of souls. Gold and silver may 
redeem from Turkish, but not from hellish bondage. The whole 
creation sold to the utmost worth of it, is not a value for the 
redemption of one soul. Souls are very dear; he that paid for them 
found them so: yet how cheaply do sinners sell their souls, as if 
they were but low priced commodities! but you that sell your souls 
cheap, will buy repentance dear. 
    Inf. 3. If Christ's death satisfied God for our sins, how 
unparalleled is the love of Christ to poor sinners! It is much to 
pay a pecuniary debt to free another, but who will pay his own blood 
for another? We have a noted instance of Zaleucus, that famous 
Locrensian lawgiver, who decreed, that whoever was convicted of 
adultery, should have both his eyes put out. It so fell out that his 
own son was brought before him for that crime: hereupon the people 
interposing, made suit for his pardon. At length the father, partly 
overcome by their importunities, and not unwilling to show what 
lawful favour he might to his son, he first put out one of his own 
eyes, and then one of his son's; and so shewed himself both a 
merciful father, and a just lawgiver; so tempering mercy with 
justice, that both the law was satisfied, and his son spared. This 
is written by the historian as an instance of singular love in his 
father, to pay one half of the penalty for his son. But Christ did 
not divide, and share in the penalty with us, but bare it all. 
Zaleucus did it for his son, who was dear to him; Christ did it for 
enemies, that were fighting and rebelling against him: Rom. 5: 8. 
"While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." "O would to God 
(said a holy one) I could cause paper and ink to speak the worth and 
excellency, the high and loud praises of our brother ransomer! O the 
ransomer needs not my report; but O if he would take it, and make 
use of it! I should be happy if I had an errand to this world but 
for some few years, to spread proclamations, and out-cries, and 
love-letters of the highness [the highness evermore] of the 
ransomer, whose clothes were wet, and dyed in blood; howbeit, that 
after that, my soul and body should go back to their mother 
    Inf. 4. If Christ by dying, has made full satisfaction, then 
God is no loser in pardoning the greatest of sinners that believe in 
Jesus; and consequently his justice can be no bar to their 
justification and salvation. He is just to forgive us our sins, 1 
John 1: 9. What an argument is here for a poor believer to plead 
with God! Lord, if thou save me by Jesus Christ, thy justice will be 
fully satisfied at one full payment; but if thou damn me, and 
require satisfaction at my hands, thou canst never receive it: I 
shall make but a dribbling payment, though I lie in hell to 
eternity, and shall still be infinitely behind with thee. Is it not 
more for thy glory to receive it from Christ's hand, than to require 
it at mine? One drop of his blood is more worth than all my polluted 
blood. O how satisfying a thing is this to the conscience of a poor 
sinner that is objecting the multitude, aggravations, and amazing 
circumstances, of his sins, against the possibility of their being 
pardoned! Can such a sinner as I be forgiven? Yes, if thou believest 
in Jesus, thou mayest; for so God will lose nothing in pardoning the 
greatest transgressors: "Let Israel hope in the Lord; for with the 
Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption," Psal. 
130: 7. i.e. a large stock of merit lying by him in the blood of 
Christ, to pay him for all that you have done against him. 
    Inf 5. Lastly, If Christ has made such a full satisfaction as 
you have heard, How much is it the concernment of every soul to 
abandon all thoughts of satisfying God for his own sins and retake 
himself to the blood of Christ, the ransomer, by faith, that in that 
blood they may be pardoned? It would grieve one's heart to see how 
many poor creatures are drudging and tugging at a task of 
repentance, and revenge upon themselves, and reformation, and 
obedience, to satisfy God for what they have done against him: And 
alas! it cannot be, they do but lose their labour, could they 
swelter their very hearts out, weep till they can weep no more, cry 
till their throats be parched, alas, they can never recompence God 
for one vain thought; for such is the severity of the law, that when 
it is once offended, it will never be made amends again by all that 
we can do: it will not discharge the sinner, for all the sorrow in 
the world. Indeed, if a man be in Christ, sorrow for sin is 
something, and renewed obedience is something; God looks upon them 
favourably, and accepts them graciously in Christ: but out of him 
they signify no more than the intreaties and cries of a condemned 
malefactor, to reverse the legal sentence of the judge. You may toil 
all the days of your life, and at night go to bed without a candle. 
To that sense that scripture sounds, Isa. 1. 11. "Behold, all ye 
that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks; walk 
in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that you have kindled: 
This shall ye have of mine hand, ye shall lie down in sorrow." By 
fire, and the light of it, some understand the sparkling pleasures 
of this life, and the sensitive joys of the creatures: but generally 
it is taken for our own natural righteousness, and all acts of 
duties, in order to our justification by them before God. And so it 
stands opposed to that faith of recumbence spoken of in the verse 
before. By their compassing themselves about with these sparks, 
understand their dependence on these their duties, and glorying in 
them. But see the fatal issue, Ye shall lie down in sorrow, that 
shall be your recompence from the hand of the Lord that is all the 
thanks and reward you must expect from him, for slighting Christ's, 
and preferring your own righteousness before his. Reader, be 
convinced, that one act of faith in the Lord Jesus pleases God more 
than all the obedience, repentance, and strivings to obey the law, 
through thy whole life, can do. And thus you have the first special 
fruits of Christ's priesthood, in the full satisfaction of God, for 
all the sins of believers. 

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