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beggarly elements, whereunto ye dejire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, left I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. However, at last, he exhorts

Gal. v.i. them to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ bad made them free, and nos to be entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Adding, / Paul fay unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall frost you nothing. For in Christ JesUs, neither circumciston availeth anything, nor uncircumcifion, but a new creature.

He tells the Ephestans, that tho' they

Eph. ii. were once without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, yet now they were made nigh, by the blood os Christ; who had broken down the middle wall of partition between them; having abolished, in his flesh, the enmity, even the law of commandments, contained in ordinances.

He asserts the fame thing to the Co

Col.ii- lojjians. You being dead in your fins, and the uncircumcifion of your flesh, hath Christ quickened together with himt having for*

13. 15.

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given you all trespasses; blotting out the band-writing of ordinances that was against us, and took it out of the way. Let no man therefore judge you, in meat or in drink, or in respect of an holy-day, or of the newmoon, or of the sabbath-days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is Christ.

He asks the Hebrews, If perfection were Heb. vii. by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it11' l8, the people received the law) what further need was there that another Priest should rise (as David foretold there should) after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? A little after, he says, 'There is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before (the Levitical Law) for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof For the law made nothing perfect; but the bringing in of a better hope did. 4

Again, to evince the Truth of what he affirms, he produces the Prophecy oflb- viiJ- $• Jeremiah; Behold the days come, faith the jer.xxxi. Lord, when I will make a new covenant 3I» &c* with the house of Israel, and with the house, os Judah: not according to the covenant


that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. For this is the covenant that I will make, &c. Then adds the Apostle; In that he faiths a new covenant, He hath made the first old. Nono that which decayeth and waxeth oldt is ready to vanish away.

Again, after enumerating the Implements of the Tabernacle, and the Custom of the High-Priest going once a Year, into the Holy of Holies, he infers that it . jx was all wholly typical; The Holy Ghost &c this signifying, That the way into the Holiest of all, was not yet made manifestt while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: which was a figure, for the time then present 3 in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him, that did the service, perfect, as pertaining to the conscience-, whichstood only in meats and drinks, and diverse washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come, &c. x g And,to conclude, he introduces Christ, in the Person of the Tfalmist, saying to God the Father j In burnt-offerings and sacri

fees for fitly Thou hadst no pleasure: Then Pklm xl said I, Lo I come, {in the * Volume of the' Book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God. Therefore, consequently, argues the Apostle, He taketh away the first (Covenant) that he may establish the second.


The New Covenant.

Seeing now that the Ceremonial Law is actually abolisti'd by the coming of Christ, let us proceed yet a little further to inquire, what it was that he instituted, or set up in the stead thereof. And that, .as I observ'd before, was Universal Charity. For, to omit the several Instances wherein this was foretold of Isa. ii. 4. him by the Prophets, he declares in his J?" t' Sermon upon the Mount, Whatsoever &c to the ye would that men should do unto you, ^jat vi{< do ye even so to them-, For this is the I2law and the prophets. He fays to his Disciples, Anew commandment I give unto you, j0h. xj;j. That ye love one another. By this Jhall all 34men know that ye are my disciples, if ye

* The Book of the Law, Dcut, xviii. 15.

Joh. xv. foave love one t0 another. And again j 'This '" is my commandment, That ye love one another\ as I have loved you.

The Apofiles, accordingly, give us to understand, that This was the * Sum total of what they had in Charge to teach Mankind. St. 'Paul writing to the RoRcm. mans, fays, Owe no mart any thing, 6ut to 8* love one another j for he, that loveth another, hath fulfilled the law. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour-, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. He assures the GalaGal.v.6. tians, that In Christ Jesus, neither *4' circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcifion, but faith which worketh by love. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in This, Thou Jhalt love thy neighbour as thy self.

When he is directing Timothy to charge the Clergy who were left under his Inspection, that they should teach no other iTimX^an true doElrine, he says; Now the 5- end of the commandment is charity, out of

* N. B. This universal Love can never be rightly prac tis'd, as the Institution of Jesus .christ, hut a mart, at the fame time, must, believe, all the Articles of the Christian Faith.

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