The Preface to the Reader †by Melchior Leydecker
The introduction to the work, and the text Galatians 3:11 opened up.
Naturally we are inclined to cry up self in Justification.
The Doctrine of Justification should be kept pure with all diligence; and what dangerous expressions should be shunned.
Justification is so contrived in the Gospel, as man may be abased, and have no ground of boasting.
In Justification there is a state of Life.
What mysteries are in Justification.
Justification through the imputed righteousness of Christ, cleared out of the Old Testament, and the passages vindicated from the exceptions of John Goodwin.
Some passages out of the New Testament confirming the imputation of Christís righteousness, vindicated from the exceptions of John Goodwin.
Other passages of the New Testament briefly mentioned, which plead for the imputation of Christís Righteousness.
Some arguments for the imputation of Christís righteousness, vindicated from the exceptions of Mr. John Goodwin.
Objections taken out of Scripture by Mr. Goodwin against the imputation of the righteousness of Christ unto Justification, answered.
Some other objections, proposed by John Goodwin, examined.
Mr. Baxterís opinion, concerning imputation, examined.
How Christ is our surety, and what Mr. Baxter saith unto this, examined.
Mr. Baxterís answers to some of our arguments for imputation, examined.
Mr. Baxterís further opposition to the imputation of Christís righteousness examined.
Reasons enforcing the practice of the truth vindicated.
Some of the duties of such, as live the life of Justification, proposed.
Of the life of Justification, as to its continuance.
The state of Justification remaineth, notwithstanding after-sins, and punishments.
Justification is by faith, what this faith is? and how it is wrought?
Our act of faith is not imputed to us as a righteousness.
Some arguments against the imputation of faith vindicated from the exceptions of John Goodwin.
The imputation of faith itself is not proved from Romans 4: 5.
Faith is not our Gospel righteousness.
Christ did not procure, by his death, the New Covenant, or the terms thereof.
How faith is, and may be called a condition of the New Covenant and of Justification, how not?
How faith is, and may be called an instrument?
What interest repentance hath in our justification: and that it is no condition of the same.
Whether love, purpose of new obedience, or perseverance be conditions of justification.
Gospel-obedience is not the condition of justification.
Of the object of justifying faith.
The righteousness of Christ is the special object of faith in justification.
Faith in justification respects not in a special manner Christ as a King, but as a Priest.
Faith is the only condition, on our part, of the continuance of justification.
Of the interest of repentance in the pardon of after-sins.
The Contents of the Appendix
Imputation both of Christís active and passive obedience necessary.
Christ underwent the curse of the Law.
We must not lean to any righteousness within us, whereby to be justified.
The Law, by the works whereof Paul denies that we are justified, is not the Jewish Law.
Works excluded in Justification, are not only works done before faith, nor perfect works required in the Law of Innocence, nor outward works only.
By works, which Paul excludeth, is not meant the merit of works.
James 2: 14 &c. cleared and vindicated
No countenance given to justification by works, from James 2:14 &c.
John Forbes his arguments, against the imputation of Christís active obedience, examined; with a view of Wendelinís reasonings against it.
The Fathers give countenance to the doctrine of imputation; and some Papists approve it.