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enlightned, and have tasted of the h heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the holy Ghost, s.' And have tasted of the good word of God, and the

the n + Joh. 4. 10. Jefus answered him, and he would have giver: thee and said unto her, If thou knewest living Water. the Gift of God, and who it is 5. i Gal. 3. 2. Received ye the that faith to thee, Give me to Spirit by the Works of the Law, drink, thou wouldst have asked of 5 or by the hearing of Faith?

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themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. That is, They, by their Apoftafie, despitefully use him, they judge and condemn him to be a Seducer, one who was defervedly put to death by the Jews and Romans. The Guilt, next to this, is that of those who live, and continue to live in a plain and wilful Contradiction to the Commandments of our pure and holy Religion.

Secondly, Such Words as cannot, could not, impossible, &c. though, strictly {peaking, they denote a natural and absolute imposibility, yet they are generally used in a Sense which imports that a Thing is difficult, not that it is strictly impossible. In common Conversation we are wont to say, that such or fach a thing cannot be, that it is imposible, and the like, when we mean no more, than that it is not probable, or likely, or that it will be attended with great Difficulties and inconveniencies, &c. For InItance, Gen. 19. 22. Haste thee, escape thither ; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Gen. 34. 14. Wle cannot do this thing, to give our Sister to one that is uncircumcised: for that were a reproach unto us.

Luk. 11.7. Trouble me not ; the Door is now shut, and my Children are with me in Bed; I cannot rise and give thee. Luk. 17. 1. It is impossible but that offences will come. Joh. 12. 39. Therefore they could not believe. Not that these things could not, or that it was, strictly speaking, impossible for them to be. : Could not God, if he in his infinite Wisdom law fit, prevent Otfences? Would our Lord have done so many Miracles to convince the Jews, had it been absolutely impossible for them to believe in him ?. In a Legal Sense, that is impossible which is contrary to Law, and inconfiftent with our Duty. So that there are degrees of Impossibility, and that Word isoftner used in a Sense that denotes the Difficulty of an Action, than in a proper

Sense; and so it is used here. Thirdly, The Apostle is not to be understood to say, that if a Man is fenfible of the:Heinousness of his Sin, that he cannot be renewed to Repentance under the Christian Dispensation, but his Meaning is, that the Christian Dispensation is the last Method which God will make use of for th: Recovery of fallen Man; and therefore he who wilfuily, obstinately, and finally Apoftatizes from it, cannot be saved in any other Way. No other Saviour will be appointed, no other Sacrifice will be offered up or accepted than that full, perfekt, and fufficient Sacrifice which Jefus Christ has offered up upon the Cross: There is no other Spirit or Grace to be received. Salvation therefore is impossible to those who seek it in any other Way. But Salvation is not impossible to him who returns from his Apoftacy, and owns and confefles Christ and his Religion, and lives according to his Laws. It is imposible to chose, and those only, who do not repent, but die in their Apolacy, or in the wilful Neglect, or wil. ful Contempt of the Laws of Jesus Chrift. See the Note on Heb. 10. 26.

the world to come; 6. If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance: seeing they crucifie to themlélves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open Thame.

7. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them * by [Or, for] whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God : 8. But that which beareth thorus and briers, is rejected, and is in nigh unto cursing; whole end is to be burned. 9. Blit beloved, we are perfwaded better things of you, and things that accompany Salvation, though we thus speak. 10. ^ For God is o not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have fhewed toivard his name, in that ye have P ministred to the saints, and do minister. U. And we desire, that 9 every one of you do thew the fame diligence, to the ! full assurance of hope unto the end;

12. That ye be not llothfui, but followers of them, who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 13. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could sware hy 110 greater, 3 he fware by himself, 14. Saying, Surely, blessing, I will bless thee, and multiplying, I will multiply thee. 15. And so after he had patiently endu. red, le obtained the promise. 10. For men verily swear by the greater:

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them an end of all strife. 17. Wherein God willing more abundantly to Shew unto the heirs of promise the bimmutability of his counsel, * confirmed it [Gr. interpo ed himself] by an oath: 18.That by twoimmutablethings,in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope fet before us: 19.Which hope we have as an anchor of the Toul both sure and sted faft,and which entreth into that within the vail, 23. ^ Whither the è forerunner is for us entred, even Jesus made an high priest for ever f after the order of Melchifedec.

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moft' high God, who met Abraham, returning from he slaughter of the kings, and blessed him : 2. To whom Iso Abraham gave a tenth part of all: first being by inerpretation king of Righteouliefs, and after that allo,king of šalem, which is king of peace ; 3. (1) Without father,

without o his Neighbours Goods: and the • Pfal. 33. 11. The Counsel of the Owner of it shall accept thereof, and Lord Standeth for ever, the Thoughts le fall' not make it good. Deut. of his Heart to all Generations. 1.13. Thou shalt fear the Lord thy

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(i) The Meaning is not that Melchifedec had neither Father nor Mo ther, but that there is no mention made of his parent age or Descent in the Old Testament. For anciently those were called Fatherless and Mother. less, whose Parentage was either obscure or lojt. The Reason why we have no account of the Genealogy of th s great Man, seems to be, that he might be a type and Figure of Chrift, who, as Man, had no earthly Father, and as God, had no Moiber. He was a Figure of Christ in his Naine,

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without mother, without * descent (Gr. pedigree], having neither beginning of days, nor end of 'lie; but made like unto the Son of God, abideth a priest continually. 4. Now consider how great this man was, 5 unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the fpoils

. 5. And verily they that are of the fous of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a 5 commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loyns of Abraham : 6. But he whose * descent (Gr. pedigree] is not counted from them, received tithes of Abraham, and blessed i him that had the promises. 7. And without all contradi&tion, the less is blessed of the better. 8. And here men that die receive tithes: but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 9. And as I may so fay, Levi also who receiveth tithes, paid tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loyns of his father when Melchisedeg

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fter the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the he order of Aaron? 12. For the priestood being changd, there is made of necessity'a change also of the law. 13. or he of whom these things are spoken, pertaineth to anoher tribe, of which 110 man gave attendance at the altar. 4. For it' is evident that 'our Lord 1prang out of Juda ; f which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. 5. And it is yet far more evident: for that after the fimitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 16. Who i made, m nat after the law of a carnal commandment, but fter the power of an endless life. 17. For he teftifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 8. For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment oing before, for the • weakness and unprofitableness theref. 19. For the P law made nothing perfect, * but the ringing in of a better hope did [Or, but it was the bringing in fa better hope], by the which we o draw nigh unto God. 20. Ind in as much as not without an oath he was made priest, 1. (For those priests were made * without an oath [Or, rithout swearing of an oath]; but this with an oath, by him hat said unto him, The Lord sware, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec) 2. By so much was Jesus made a • surety of a better teftanent. 23. And they truly were many priests, because they Tere not suffered to continue by reason of death : 24. But his

man, because he continueth "ever, hath an * unchangeble priesthood [Or, which passeth not from one to another]. 25. Wherefore he is able also to save them * to the uttermost Or, evermore], that come unto God by him, seeing he ever iveth to make intercession for them. 26. For such an

high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, eparate from sinners, and ? made higher than the heavens;

27. 14. It Mat. 1. 3. Judas begat + Heb. 4. 16. See on Rom. 5. Phares and' Zara of Thamar.+ Luk. 3. 33. - Which was the son Heb. 5.6. of Phares, which was the son of

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