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beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage ? re 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.1.
them to stand fast in the liberty wherewith CHRIST bad made them free, and not to be entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Adding, I Paul say unto you, that
if ye be circumcised, CHRIST shall provi. 15. fit you nothing. For in CHRIST Jesus,
neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcifion, but a new creature.
He tells the Ephefans, that tho’ they Eph. ii.
were once without CHRIST, being aliens 13. 15. from the commonwealth of Israel, and stran
gers from the covenants of promise, yet now they were made nigh, by the blood of 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 ordi
He afferts the same thing to the CoCol. ii. loffians.
loffians. You being dead in your fins, and 16.14. the uncircumcision of your fles, bath CHRIST quickened together with him, having forgiven 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 it "I, 18. the people received the law) what further need was there that another Priest mould 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.
Again, to evince the Truth of what he affirms, he produces the Prophecy of ib. viii. 8. Jeremiah; Bebold the days come, faith the Jer. xxxi. LORD, when I will make a new covenant 31, &c. with the house of Israel, and with the houfe of 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 faith, a new covenant, He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old, is ready to vanish away.
Again, after enumerating the Implements of the Tabernacle, and the Custom of the High-Priest going once a Year, in
to the Holy of Holies, he infers that it Heb.ix.
was all wholly typical; The Holy Ghost 8, &c. this hgnifying, That the way into the Holi.
est of all, was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing : which was a figure, for the time then prefent ; in which were offered both gifts and facrifices, that could not make him, that did the service, perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; which stood only in meats and drinks, and diverse washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of
reformation. But CHRIST being come, &c. ib. x. 6, And, to conclude, he introduces Christ, in
the Person of the Psalmist, saying to God the Father ; In burnt-offerings and facri
li fices for fin, Thou badst no pleasure: Then Psalm 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 tbe firf (Covenant) ; that be may establish the second.
The New COVENANT. Seeing now that the Ceremonial Law is actually abolish'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 chereof. And that, as I obferv'd before, was Universal Charity. For, to omit the several Instances wherein this was foretold of Ifa. ii. 4. him by the Prophets, he declares in his Sermon
upon the Mount, Wbat foever &c. to the ye would that men should do unto you, Mat
. vii. do ye even go to them; For this is the 12. law and the prophets. He says to his Dilciples, A new commandment I give unto you, Joh. xlii. That ye love one another. By this sisall all 34. men know that ye are my disciples, if ye
ix. 6. xi. 1,
* The Book of the Law, Deut, xviii. 15.
Joh. xv. have love one to another. And again ; This
is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved
you. The Apostles, 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, says, Owe no man any thing, but to xüli, 8.
love one another; for be, 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 GalaCel.v.6. tians, that In Christ Jesus, 'neither
circumcifon availeth any thing, nor uncircumcifion, but faith which worketh by love. . For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in This, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thy self.
When he is directing Timothy to charge the Clergy who were left under his In
spection, that they should teach no other I Tim. i.
than the true doctrine, he says; Now the end of the commandment is charity, out of
*N. B. This universal Love can never be rightly practis’d, as the Institution of Jesus CHRIST, but a man, at the same time, must believe all the. Articles of the Christian Faith.