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the law. The other is like unto this. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Upon these two commandments hang the whole law, and the prophets."

Mast. I will now, that thou tell me further, what law is that, which thou speakest of: that which we call the law of nature, or some other besides?

Scho. I remember, master, that I learned that of you long ago; that it was ingrafted by God in the nature of man, while nature was yet sound and uncorrupted. But after the entrance of sin, although the wise were somewhat, after a sort, not utterly ignorant of that light of nature: yet was it by that time so hid from the greatest part of men, that they scarce perceived any shadow thereof.

Mast. What is the cause, that God willed it to be written out in tables: and that it should be privately appointed to one people alone.

Scho. I will shew you. By original sin and evil custom, the image of God in man was so at the beginning darkened, and the judgment of nature so corrupted, that man himself doth not sufficiently understand, what difference is between honesty and dishonesty, right and wrong. The bountiful God, therefore, minding to renew that image in us, first wrought this by the law written. in tables, that we might know ourselves, and therein, as it were in a glass, behold the filth and spots of our soul, and stubborn hardness of a corrupted heart: that by this mean, yet ac

knowledging our sin, and perceiving the weakness of our flesh, and the wrath of God fiercely bent against us for sin; we might the more fervently long for our Saviour Christ Jesus: which by his death and precious sprinkling of his blood, hath cleansed and washed away our sins; pacified the wrath of the Almighty Father; by the holy breath of his spirit createth new hearts in us; and reneweth our minds after the image and likeness of their Creator, in true righteousness and holiness. Which thing neither the justice of the law nor any sacrifices of Moses were able to perform.

And that no man is made righteous by the law, it is evident; not only thereby, that the righteous liveth by faith but also hereby, that no mortal man is able to fulfil all that the law of both the tables commandeth. For we have hindrances that strive against the law; as the weakness of the flesh, froward appetite, and lust naturally engendered. As for sacrifices, cleansings, washings, and other ceremonies of the law; they were but shadows, likenesses, images, and figures of the true and everlasting sacrifice of Jesus Christ, done upon the cross. By the benefit whereof alone, all the sins of all believers, even from the beginning of the world, are pardoned by the only mercy of God, and by no desert of

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Mast. I hear not yet, why Almighty God's will was, to declare his secret pleasure to one

Scho. Forsooth, that I had almost forgotten. I suppose it was not done for this intent, as though the law of the ten commandments did not belong generally to all men for as much as the Lord our God is not only the God of the Jews, but also of the Gentiles. But rather, this was meant thereby, that the true Messiah, which is our Christ, might be known at his coming into the world who must needs have been born of that nation, and none other, for true performance of the promise. For the which cause, God's pleasure was to appoint out for himself one certain people, holy, sundered from the rest, and, as it were, peculiarly his own: that by this means his divine word might be continually kept holy, pure and uncorrupted.

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PARKER'S PREFACE TO THE NEW TESTAMENT.

The New Testament, so called, containing the writings of the Evangelists, with the Epistles of Christ's Apostles, and with other such divine books, declare plainly unto us the sum and effect of all the Scriptures expressed in the Old Testament. That which was in figure and in obscurity, involved by the patriarchs and prophets in their prophetical volumes, written by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, is in this book more plainly and evidently set out, uttered also in the self

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