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think thus of ourselves, having sense thereor, then are on thoughts good ones, because according to the word of God
Ignor. I will never believe that my heart is thus badal . Chr. Therefore thou never hadit one good thought.com cerning thyself in thy life. But let me go on : Asd word paffech a judgment opon our ways"; and when d thoughts of our hearts and ways agree with the judgmer which the word givethi of both, then are both good, becaul agreeing thereto. . . :
!!.. Ignor. Make out your meaning.. ." Chr. Why, the word of God faith, that man's ways
crooked ways; not good, but perverle: Pfa. 125. 4 faich they are naturally out of the good Prou. 2. 15. way, that they have not known it. No Rom' 3." when a man'thus thinketh cf his way; .
fay, when he doth sensibly, and with hear kumiliation thus think, then 'hath he good thoughes of h own ways, because his thoughts now agree with the judges ment of the word of God,
Ignor. What are good thoughts concerning God?"
Chr. Even (as I have faid concerning ourselves) whe our thoughts of God do'agree with what the word fail of him ; and that is, when we think of his being and a tributes as the word hath taught; of which I cannot noy discourse åt large. But to speak of him with reference üs ; then we have right throughes of God, when we thin he knows us better than we ourselves, and can see fini us, when and where we can see none in ourselves : Whe we think he knows our inmoft thoughts, and that ou heart, with all its depths, is always open unto his eyes Alsó 'when we think that all our righteoufnefs stinks in hi noftrils, and that therefore he cannot abide to see us (and before him in any confidence,'' even of all our best per formances.
Ignor. Do you imagine. I am such a fool'ael to think God can see no farther than 1? or that I would come to God in the best of my performances ?'. Titlu !.
Chr. Why, how dost thou think in this matter? : .
Ignor. Why, to be short, I think I'müft believe in Chrif for justification,
eil : 8 :51. Chr. How! think thou must believe in Chrift when thou feeft nor thy need of him ! thou neither leeft shy original
or actual infirmities, but haft fach an opinion of thyself, nd of what thou dost, as plainly renderse thee to be one hat never did fee neceffity of Chrilt's personal righteousness @justity thee before God. How then dof thou say, I beieve in Chrift? be faith of
Ignor. I believe well enough for all that,
Chr. How dost thou believe?. gaorance.
Ignor. I believe that Christ died for fins ers; aod that I hall be judified before God from the urse, thro' his gracious acceptance of my obedience to is law; or thus, Christ makes my duties that are religious cceptable to his Father, by virtue of his meries ; and for hall I be justified. Chr. Let are give an answer to this confeflion of thy aith.
1. Thou believest with a fantàsical faith; for this faith no where dcfcribed in the word. 1. Thou believe it with a false faith; because it takein uftification from the personal righteousness of Christ, and pplies it to thy own.
3. This faith maketh nor Christ a justifier of thy person, it of thy actions, and of thy person for thy action's fake, Which is false.
4. There'ore this faith' is deceitful, even fuch as will eave thee under wrath in the day of God Almighty. For rue justifying faith puts the foul, as fenfible of its lost con. dition by the law, upon flying for refuge onto Christ's ighteoufness ; (whick righteousnefs of his is not an act of grace; by which he maketh for juftification thy obedience accepted with God, but his personal' obedience to the law, in doing and suffering for us what that required at our hands.) This righteousness, I say, true faith acceptesh, under the skirt of which the soul being throuded, and by it presented as fpotters before God, it is accepted and ac--quitted from condemnation,
Igror. What! would you have us truft to what Christ in his own person hath done without us? This conceit: would loosen the reins of lufts, and tolerate us to live as : we liit: For what matter how we live, if we may be justified by Christ's perfonal righteousnefs from all when we believe it. Chr. Ignorance is thy name, and as thy name is fo art
thou ; even this aby answer demonstrateth what I fay; igo Diorant thou art of what juftifying righteousness is, and as ignorant how to secureathy fool, thro' the faith of it, from the heavy wrath of God. Yea, thou also art igcoraneo the true effects of saving faith in this righteouiness o Chrift, which is to bow and win over the heart to God in Christ, to love his name, bis word, his ways, and people and not as thou ignorantly imagineft.
Hopt. Ask him, if ever be had Chrift revealed to him from heaven
Ignor. What! you are a man for revelation : I do be here that what both you and all the rest of you shat matter, is but the fruit of diftracted brains.
Hope. Why, man! Christ is so hid in God from the az tural apprehensions of the flesh, that he cannot by any mat be favingly known, unless God the Father raveals him to chem.
Ignor. That is your faith, but not mine ; yet mire! dnube not is as good as yours, tho I have not in my bea -v many whimfies as you.
Cbr. Give me leave to put in a word; you ought not [peak fo. Nightly of this matter: For this I will boldly affirm, even as my good companion hath done, that no man cao know Jesus Chrif but by the revelation of the Father; yea, and faith too, by which the foul layech hold on Chrilly (if it be right) must be wrought by the exceeding great ness of his mighty power ; the working of which faith perceive, poer Ignorance, thou art ignorant of. Be awak. eged then, see thise own wretchednels, and Ay to the Lord Jefus, and by his righteousness, which is the righteoulselt of God (for he bimself is God) thou. Dall be delivered from condemnation.
Ignor, You go so faft I cannot keep pace with you go on before, I muß day a while behind.
Then they faids
But if thou yet shall night it, thou wilt be,
The lofer, Igoorabce, I'll warrant thee. Then Christian addressed himself thus to his fellow: Cbr. Well, come, my good Hopeful, I perceive that thou and I must-walk by ourselves again.
So I saw in my dream, that they went on a pace before, ind Ignorance he came hobbling after. Then fait Chrifti, w to his companion, I am much grieved for this poor man, will certainly go hard with him at the last. Hope, Alas! there are abundance in our town in this ondition, whole families, yea, whole streets, and that of ilgrims 100 ; and if there be so many in our parto, how nany, think you, must there be in the place where he was jorn ?
Cbr, Indeed the word faith, He hath blinded their eyes, eft they thould fee, &..
we are by ourselves, What do you thiok of och men ; Have they at no time, think you, convictions
fin, and la consequently fears that their state is dangerar Hope. Nay, do you answer that queftion yourself, for ou are the elder man,
Cbr. Then I say sometimes (as I think) they may; burbey, being aaturally ignorant, understand not that fuck i onvictions tend to their good ; and therefore they do defe sperately seek to ftife them, and presumptuously continac o flatter themselves in the way of their own hearts.
Hope. I do believe as you say, that fear tends much to men's good, and to make The good Use of tåem right at their beginning to go on pil. fear. grimage.
Cbr. Without all doubt it doth, if it be right; for la says the word, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Hope. How will you describe right fear? Cbr. True or right foar is discovered by three things. 1. By its rise, it is caused by saving convictions for fin,
2. It driverb the soul to lay fast hold of Christ for sale Vation.
3. It begetteth and continueth in the foul a great reve. tence of God, his word and ways, keeping it tender, and
making it afraid to turn from them to the right hand or to the left, to any thing that may dihonour God, break its peace, grieve che fpirit, or cause the enemy to speak re. proachfully,
Hope. Well said ; I believe you said the truth. Are we now almost got pat the inchanted ground?
Chr. Why, art thou weary of this difcourse :
Ctr. We have not now above two miles Wby igr.orant
farther to go thereon. But let us retura Perfors do Hifie. to our matter. Now the ignorant know sonvillions. not that such convi&tions as tend to put
thein in sear, are for their good, and there fore they seek to ftifle them.
Hope. Ilow do they seek to ftifle them?
Cbr. 1. They think that those fears are wrought by the devil, (cho' indeed they are wrought of God) and think
ing so they refit them, as things that di2. In particular, rectly tend to their overthrow.
2. They also ihink that the fe fears tend to the fpoil. ing of their faith (when, alas! for them, poor men that they are, they have none at and therefore they harden their hearts against them. 3. They presume they ought not to fear, and therefore in despite of them wax presumpruously confident. - 4. They see that those fears tend to take away from them their pitiful old self-holiness, and there. fore they refilt them with all their might.
Hope. I know something of this myself, before I knew myself it was so with me.
Cbr. Well, we will leave at this time our neighbour Jonorance by himself, and fall upon another profitable queftion.
Hope. With all my heart, but you mall fill begin.
Cbr. Well ther, did you know about ten years ago one Temporary in your parts, who was a forward man in religion then?
Hope. Know him! Yes, he dwelt in Graceless, a town ahoui two miles off of Honesty, and he dwelt next door to one Turnback.
Chr. Righ:, he dwelt in under the same roof with him. Well, thas man was much awakened once; I believe that