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By what Means JESUS CHRIST hath wrought
SALVATion for us. He performed the whole Law. : Christ came not to destroy the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfil them. For he was made under the Law to redeem them that were under the Law; and he hath, as it became him, fulfilled all Righteousness.
He pleased not himself, neither fought he his own Will, but the Will of the Father which sent him ; for he did always those Things that pleased the Father.
i He was meek and lowly in Heart; he did no Violence, neither was any Deceit in his Mouth. When he was reviled, he reviled not again ; when he suffered he threatened not, but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: And though he were a Son, yet learned he Obedience by the Things which he suffered.
k The Law of Truth was in his Mouth ; he walked in Peace and Equity, and did turn many away from Iniquity.
He went about doing Good; and he did all Things well; leaving us an Example, that we should follow his Steps; who did no Sin, neither was Guile found in his Mouth.
m Such an High-Priest became us, who knew no Sin, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from Sinners.
& Mat. 5. 17. Gal. 4. 4. 5. John 5 20. John. 8. 29.
Heb. 5. 8. k Mal. 2. 6. 1 Acts 10. 38. 1 Pet. 2, 21, 22.
m Heb. 7. 26. 5.21. Heb. 7. 26,
h Rom. 15. 3 Mat. 3. 15 i Mat. 11. 29,
i Pet. 2. 23• Mark 7. 37:
He gave us a New COVENANT. * The Law and the Prophet's were until John: Since that Time the Kingdom of God is preached by Jesus Christ; who came to call Sinners to Re. pentance ; to preach the Gospel of Peace ; and to bring glad Tidings of good Things.
• The Law was given by Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ; which was a Prophet, mighty in Deed and Word before God. and all the People ; concerning whom Moses truly said unto the Fathers, A Prophet Thall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your Brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear, in all Things whatsoever he shall say unto you: And it thall come to pass, that every Soul which will not hear that Prophet, fhall be destroyed from among the People.
Jesus Christ was a Minister of the Circumcision for the Truth of God, to confirm the Promises made unto the Fathers; and that the Gentiles Inight glorify God for his Mercy.
9 All the Promises of God in him are Yea, and in him, Amen.
· The Law was our School-malter to bring us to Christ; who hath changed the Customs which Moses delivered, and took that Yoke from the Neck of his Disciples, which neither their Fathers nor they were able to bear.
A Luke 16, 16. Luke 4. 43. Mat. 9. 13. • John 1. 17. Luke 24. 19.
Acts 3. 22, 23: 9 2 Cor. 1. 20. Acts 15. 10.
Rom. 10, 15
s Gal. 3. 24•
s The Priests that offered Gifts according to the Law, served unto the Example and Shadow of heavenly Things : But now hath Christ obtained a more excellent Ministry ; by how much also he is the Mediator of a better Covenant, which was established upon better Promises. For if that first Covenant had been faultless, then should no Place have been fought for the fecond; and by giving us a New Covenant, the Lord hath made the first Old.
# The first Covenant had also Ordinances of Divine Service, and a worldly Sanctuary ; in which were offered both Gifts and Sacrifices, that could not make him that did the Service perfect, as pertaining to the Conscience, which stood only in Meats and Drinks, and divers Washings, and carnal Ordinances, imposed on them until the Time of Reformation : But Christ_being come an High-Priest of good Things to come, is the Mediator of the New Testament ; that by the Redemption of the Transgressions that were under the first Testament, they which are called might receive the Promise of eternal Inheritance,
u Christ hath blotted out the Hand-writing of Ordinances, that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the Way; so that we are no longer subject to Ordinances, which all are to perish with the using ; nor are we tied up, as the Jews were, in Meat or in Drink, or ia respect of a Holy Day, or of the New Moon, or of the Sabbath Days, which are a Shadow of Things to come ; but the Body is of Christ.
; Heb. 8. 4, 5, 6, 7, 13. u Col. 2. 14, 20, 22, 36, 37.
Heb. g. 1, 9, 10, 11, 15.
w There is, verily, a disannulling of the Commandment going before, for the Weakness and Unprofitableness thereof. For the Law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better Hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God: For we are saved by Hope.
* In Christ Jesus, we who sometimes were far off, being Aliens from the Commonwealth of Ifrael, and Strangers from the Covenants of Promise, are made nigh. For he is our Peace, who hath made both Jew and Gentiles one, and hath broken down the middle Wall of the Partition between us; having abolished in his Flesh the Enmity, even the Law of Commandments, contained in Ordinances. So that now there is neither Greek nor Jew, Circumcision nor Uncircumci. fion, Barbarian, Scythian, Bond or Free; for we are all one in Christ Jesus..
y. This is the Messias, who when he came, was: to tell us all Things. And accordingly, he to whom were known the Ways of Life, hath taught us what we shall do that we may work the Works of God:
2 Moses; because of the Hardness of theirHearts, fuffered the Jews to do fome Things, which from the Beginning, were not so done ;. and many Things were said by them of old Time to be law ful, which were not allowed in the Law of Moses;a; and the Word of God delivered by him was in divers
W. Heb. 7, 18, 19, Rom. 8. 24. * Eph. 2. 13, 12, 13,3 14, 15. Col. 3. 11.
Gal. 3. 28. y John 4. 15. Acts 2. 28.
2 Mato 19. 8. Mat: 5. 21, 27, 33• Mat. 7. 13:59
John 6. 28.
Cafes made of none Effect, through the Tradition of the Elders. But Christ and his Apostles expounded the Way of God more perfectly.
: He hath called us to Glory and Virtue, and given unto us exceeding great and precious Promises; that by these we might be Partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the Corruption that is in the World through Luft.
• This is the Gospel of the Grace of God, who will have Mercy, and not Sacrifice; which is the Power of God unto Salvation, to every one that believeth: Therein alfo is revealed the Wrath of God from Heaven against all Ungodliness and Unrighteousness of Men.
c The Word of the Lord endureth for ever; and this is the Word which by the Gofpel is preached unto us. It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away, than one Tittle of the Law of Chrift to fail.
· Other Foundation can no Man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. And if any Man build upon this Foundation, Gold, Silver, pre. cious Stones, Wood, Hay, Stubble, every Man's Work shall be manifeft; and the Fire shall. try every Man's Work, of what Sort it is.
He died for our Sins. Those Things which God before had shewed by the Mouth of all his Prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath fo fulfilled. For the Chief Priests, and the Scribes, and Elders of the People
a 2 Pet. 1. 3, 4. Mark 4. 34. Acts 28. 23.' Acts 18. 26.
C i Pet. Acts 20. 24. Mat. 9. 13. Rom. i. 16, 17, 18. I. 25
c Acts 3. Luke 16. 17.
di Cor. 3. SI, 12, 13• 18. Mat. 20. 18.