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OF THE L AW, preached to the J:E W and
GENTILE, In an EXPLANATION of that grand Ritual, compre
hended in these fix Branches; The Preservation of the perpetual Fire; the taking
away the Ashes of the Altar; the Oblation of the Lambs, with their Meat and Drink-Offering; the High-Priest's daily Meat-Offering; the Lighting of the seven Lamps, and
the Burning of the Incense: Which constituted the Figures of the one Priest-Hood of Jesus Christ, from the Beginning to the End of all the Ages, fore
ordained for his mediatorial Kingdoms. The Errors and Mif-conceptions of Writers on this
Subject are pointed out, and the Design of the whole Institution is set in one uniform and consistent View.
By the Rev.Mr.RICHARD CLARKE,
CURATE of Chesunt, HERTFORDSHIRE.
Bebold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the Sin of the World, Johni. 29.
Except a Man be born of Water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. John iii. 6.
Except ye cat the Flesh of the Son, and drink bis Blood, ye have no Life in you. Yobn vi. 53:
Bebold, He cometb with Clouds, and every Eye thall see bim. Riv. i. 7.
L O N D ON: Printed and Sold by J. TOWNSEND, in London-Street,
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T H E
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T Mall be my Endeavour in this Preface to remove the several Objections, which
will in all Probability be made to the Work; and also in the second Place, to give à few Directions for the more easy understanding of my Writings, and all other Books in the spiritual Way.-The greatest Enemies to this kind of Interpretation, both in the inner and spiritual Ground, and in the Extent and Fulness of the Redemption maintained in it, will arise from the Predestinarians of every Sect and Community, from the rational Divines, as they are called; and from ignorant Zealots in
To the First, it ought to be only necesary to obferve, that as the Elect cannot fail of Salvation, nor be deceived by any false Prophets, or Interpreters of Scripture; or in whatever Sense, they understand the word Prophet: They ought to be easy and unconcerned above all other Believers, for no false Dottrine can make void the eternal Decrees of Almighty God.--- And as for the Univerfality of the Redemption ; if it be an unTruth, it can no Way be their Lofs. The Number of the Elect can neither be leffened or increased, according to their own Principles and Opinions. Therefore, if they would act consistently, they ought to be neutral, or father unmoved at any Kind of Doctrines taught in the World. They have a Right to fit quiet and happy under their own Vine and Fig-tree, because they must be saved by the pre-determined Council of that God, whom no Power can refift or frustrate his Will.---Secondly, in Respect to the rational Divines: They have no juft Title to this proud Distinction. For they, who never understood or explained the physical Ground of Redemption, cannot be called rational: This character belongs only to the mystical
Writers, or the Spiritualizers of the Law and Gospel. The first may inculcate the moral Precepts of the Scripture, and the (a) Word of Exhortation : They are useful. against fallë Pretences to divine Illumination, and in their Line and Spberè may teach the relative Duties enjoined by the Gospel. But they have bay no Means the Gift of Prophefying, and of fulfilling the Part of (b) Prophets, Apostles, Evangelists, Pastors ønd Teachers, wbö are always necesary for the several Classes of Babes, young Men and Elders in Christ, to divide the Word of Truth according to their Growth in the Knowledge of Jesus, their Lord. And it has been too much their vain and bold Attempt to measure Revelation and divine Things by their own Reafon, as if it was equal to the Heighth and Depth of all Truth. Hence these Rationalists, like the Men of Babel, disperse different Ways, and make use of different Tongues. Arminius, Episcopius and Curcellæus take one. Road; Socinus and the Fratres Poloni another; which Luther and Calvin had done before: While the spiritual
(a) Rom, xij. 8.
(b) Eph. iv, II.