...the main Scope of the Gospel itself [is] to exclude all Self-Confidence, and stain the Pride of Man, to bring in Self-Denial, and exalt the Glory of Christ, to extol his Righteousness, by which he has magnify'd the Law, and made it honourable, to exhibit such a Way of Salvation to Sinners, as shall most advance the Honour of all the divine Perfections, which shine most brightly in the Face and Person of Jesus Christ; and to bring Men to such a true and lively Faith of the Free-Grace and Mercy of God in Christ, as well be the only solid Root and Spring of true Peace, Heart-Holiness, and practical Godliness, according to these and the like Scriptures, Rom. v.i. Acts xv.9. Tit. ii.11, 12, and iii. 5, 6, 7, 8.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Scope of the Gospel
Ralph Erskine, Gospel Sonnets, Preface, p. x: