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LECT, because in such there can be no faith pro
perly so called ; in as much as it will either have falle objects, or none at all.
In the religion of the Gentiles, there was a sort of faith, but it was chiefly directed to objects fabulous and false. The Mythology (by which I mean the religious mysteries) of the Greeks, gave them a traditionary account of the world's original : of its destruction by the flood; of a future paradise (called Elysium) for the virtuous; and a place of torment (called Tartarus) for the punishment of departed fouls, after a formal trial and condemnation by the judges of the infernal regions: and they preserved the institution of sacrifice; thereby confessing their dependence on invisible powers for the expiation of fin. They also maintained the doctrine of man's natural blindness and impotence without the aflistance and inspiration of their deities, for which they never failed to invoke them in their compositions and great undertakings. Modern times have been refining upon the reformation, till by degrees they
have conceived and brought forth a fort LECT.
LECT. of Rhadamanthus, and to do facrifice to fu-
piter, than to be of this persuasion; because
From the two general reafons I have now given you, it appears, that the law and the gospel are the same religion under different forms : for they have the fame name, and are distinguished by the same character ; that is, by the great principle of faith, which is essential to both. To these two general reasons, I shall now subjoin as many particular ones as are necessary, from the Epistle under our consideration ; in all of which it is required of me to Thew, that as the principle of faith is common to both Testaments, so the articles of faith were in general the fame.
1. We have seen already, that the Son of God had been revealed to the Hebrews as the Creator of the world, and fitting at
the right hand of God, in certain paffages, LECT.
2. The necessity of mediation with God on the behalf of man, was signified by the priesthood of the law; to teach the people, that prayer could not be heard, nor sin pardoned, without a priest to intercede, and blood to expiate. But then, that this was only a figurative priesthood, a figurative intercession, à figurative atonement, serving for a time, to describe what should * Chap. ii. 14. of Deut. ch. xviii. 15. 18.
Acs iii. 22, and vii. 37.
LECT. come after, and supersede the descriptive
services of the law ; the apostle here proves from the Old Testament itself, where a prophet pronounces them infufficient; in burnt offerings and sacrifices for fin that haft had no pleasure-Then said be, lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second; * that is, he taketh away the services of the law, that he may bring in Christ to do the will of God. In the volume of the book it had been written of him ; for the book of the law spoke this language in every part of it, that Christ should come to do the will of God for our fanctification.
3. The law shewed moreover, how this should be effected : for it was dedicated with blood, and its precepts and promises were called a Testament, that is, a Will, such as is made and witnessed amongst men for the conveying and settling an inheritance in a lawful way. Hence it followed, that no service could be accepted without the offering of blood; and that the death of * Chap. x. 6.9.