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His first righteousness, He parts with His Godhead ; if He parts with His second righteousness, He parts with the purity of His manhood ; if He parts with this third, He parts with that perfection which capacitates Him for the office of niediation. He has therefore another righteousness, which standeth in performance or obedience to a revealed will; and that is it that He puts upon sinners, and that by which their sins are covered. Wherefore He saith, “ As by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.'
Chr. But are the other righteousnesses of no use to us ?
Great-heart. Yes; for though they are essential to His natures and offices, and cannot be communicated unto another, yet it is by virtue of them that the righteousness that justifies is for that purpose efficacious. The righteousness of His Godhead gives virtue to His obedience ; the righteousness of His manhood giveth capability to His obedience to justify; and the righteousness that standeth in the union of these two natures to His office, giveth authority to that righteousness to do the work for which it was ordained.
So, then, here is a righteousness that Christ, as God, has no need of; for He is God without it. Here is a righteousness that Christ, as man, has no need of to make Him so; for He is perfect man without it. Again, here is a righteousness that Christ, as Godman, has no need of; for He is perfectly so without it. Here, then, is a righteousness that Christ, as God, and as God-man, has no need of, with reference to
5 Rom. v. 19.
Himself, and therefore He can spare it; a justifying righteousness, that He, for Himself, wanteth not, and therefore giveth it away : hence 'tis called the gift of righteousness. This righteousness, since Christ Jesus the Lord has made Himself under the law, must be given away; for the law doth not only bind him that is under it to do justly, but to use charity : wherefore he must, or ought, by the law, if he hath two coats, to give one to him that hath none. Now, our Lord indeed hath two coats, one for Himself, and one to spare ; wherefore He freely bestows one upon those that have none. And thus, Christiana, and Mercy, and the rest of you that are here, doth your pardon come by deed, or by the work of another man. Your Lord Christ is He that worked, and hath given away what He wrought for, to the next poor beggar He meets.
But again, in order to pardon by deed, there must something be paid to God as a price, as well as something prepared to cover us withal. Sin has delivered us up to the just curse of a righteous law. Now, from this curse, we must be justified by way of redemption, a price being paid for the harms we have done ;? and this is by the blood of your Lord, who came and stood in your place and stead, and died your death for your transgressions. Thus has He ransomed you from your transgressions by blood, and covered your polluted and deformed souls with righteousness, for the sake of which God passeth by you, and will not hurt you, when He comes to judge the world.
6 Rom. v. 17.
7 Gal. iii. 13.
8 Rom. viii. 34.
HOW THE STRINGS
Chr. This is brave. Now I see that there was something to be learn- ED WITH THIS WAY ed by our being pardoned by word and deed. Good Mercy, let us labour to keep this in mind; and, my children, do you remember it also. But, Sir, was not this it that made my good Christian's burden fall from off his shoulder, and that made him give three leaps for joy?
Great-heart. Yes, it was the belief of this that cut those strings that could not be cut by other means; and it was CHRISTIAN'S BURto give him a proof of the virtue of DEN TO HIM this, that he was suffered to carry his burden to the Cross.
Chr. I thought so; for though my heart was lightful and joyous before, yet it is ten times more joyous and lightsome now. And I am persuaded, by what I have felt, though I have felt but little as yet, that if the most burdened man in the world was here, and did see and believe as I now do, it would make his heart the more merry and blithe.
Great-heart. There is not only comfort, and the ease of a burden, brought TO CHRIST IS BEto us by the sight and consideration of these, but an endeared affection begot in us by it for who can (if he doth but once think that pardon comes not only by promise, but thus) but be affected with the way and means of his redemption, and so with the Man that hath wrought it for him ?
Chr. True; methinks it makes my heart bleed to think that He should bleed for me. Oh! thou loving One! Oh! thou blessed One! Thou deservest to have
GOT IN THE SOUL.
CAUSE OF AD
me! Thou hast bought me! Thou deservest to have
me all! Thou hast paid for me ten MIRATION. thousand times more than I am worth! No marvel that this made the tears stand in my husband's eyes, and that it made him trudge so nimbly on! I am persuaded he wished me with him ; but, vile wretch that I was, I let him come all alone. O Mercy! that thy father and mother were here ! yea, and Mrs. Timorous also : nay, I wish now, with all my heart, that here was Madam Wanton too. Surely, surely, their hearts would be affected; nor could the fear of the one, nor the powerful lusts of the other, prevail with them to go home again, and refuse to become good Pilgrims.
Great-heart. You speak now in the warmth of your affections. Will it, think you, be always thus with you ? Besides, this is not communicated to every one; not to every one that did
Jesus bleed. There were that stood by, and that saw the blood run from His heart to the ground, and yet were so far off this, that, instead of lamenting, they laughed at Him, and, instead of becoming His disciples, did harden their
hearts against Him. So that all that WITH CHRIST AND you have, my daughters, you have by
peculiar impression, made by a divine contemplating upon what I have
spoken to you. Remember that 'twas told you, that the hen, by her common call, gives no meat to her chickens. This you have, therefore, by a special grace.
Now I saw, in my dream, that they went on until they were come to the place that Simple, and Sloth,
TO BE AFFECTED
WITH WHAT HE
and Presumption, lay and slept in, when Christian went by on pilgrimage; and behold
SIMPLE, SLOTH, they were hanged up in irons a little way off on the other side.
Then said Mercy to him that was their Guide and Conductor, What are these three men? and for what are they hanged there? Great-heart. These three men were men of very
bad qualities : they had no mind to be Pilgrims themselves, and whomsoever they could, they hindered. They were for sloth and folly themselves, and whomsoever they could persuade, they made so too; and withal taught them to presume that they should do well at last. They were asleep when Christian went by, and now you go by, they are hanged.
Mercy. But could they persuade any to be of their opinion?
Great-heart. Yes; they turned several out of the way. There was Slow-pace, that they persuaded to do as they. They also prevailed with one Short-wind, with one No-heart, with one Linger-after-lust, and with one Sleepy-head, and with a young woman, her name was Dull, to turn out of the way, and become as they. Besides, they brought up an ill report of your Lord, persuading others that He was a hard task-master. They also brought up an evil report of the Good Land, saying, it was not half so good as some pretended it was. They also began to vilify His servants, and to count the very best of them meddlesome, troublesome, busybodies. Further, they would call the bread of God husks; the comforts of his children, fancies; the travel and labour of Pilgrims, things to no purpose.