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Wisd. xi. 24.
Merciful God, who haft made all Men, and hateft nothing that thou hast made; nor wouldest the Death
of a Sinner, but rather, that he Mould be converted and live: Have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels and Hereticks; and take from them all Ignorance, Hardness of Heart, and Contempt of thy Word; and so fetch them home, blefled Lord, to thy Flock, that they may be saved among the Remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one Fold under one Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, World without end. Amen,
The E PISIL E.
Heb. X. I.
HE Law, having a shadow of good things to come, and not tbe very imag: of the tbings, can never with ibose sacrifices wbich they offered year by year 22. Let us draw near with a true beart in full assurance of faith, baving our bearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
consinually, maké tbe comers bereunto perfeet : 2. For then would they not bave ceased to be offered ? because ibat ibe werklippers once purged, shculd bave had no more conscience of Jins.
3. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of fins every year, 4. For it is not posible, that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away fins.
5. Wherefore when be cometh into the world, be juicb, Sacrifice and offering stas svouldest nat, but a body bast thou prepared me.
6. In burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin ebou bast bad no pleasure.
7. Then said I, Lo, I come, (in i be volume of the book it is written of me) to de ihy will, o God.
8. Above when he said, Sacrifice, and offering, and burnt-offerings, and offering for futbou wouldest not, neither badst pleasure therein, wbich are offered by the Lass :
9. Then said be, Lo, I come to do iby will, O God: He taketb away:be firft, ibat be
may establish the second.
10. By tbe which will we are fanétified, througb the offering of tbe body of clus Cbrist, once for all.
11. Ard every Priest standetb daily minifiring, and offering oftentimes obe same ja. crifices, which can never take away sins.
12. But skis man, after be bad offered one sacrifice for fins, for ever fat dewe en i right band of God.
13. From benceforth expecting, till bis enemies be made bis footftool.
15. Wbereof the Holy Ghost aljo is a witness to us: for, aféer tbar be bad jaid before,
16. This is the covenant ibat I will make with them after those days, faith tbe Lord: I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write tbem:
17. And their fins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18. Ncau where remision of tbefe is, there is no more offering for fin. 19. Having therefore, brerbren, boldness to enter into tbe Holiest, by ebe blod of %elas,
20. By a new and living way, which be barb confecrated for us, ibrough obe veil, tbat is to say, his flesh;
21. And baving an high priest over the bouse of God:
23. Let us hold fast the profesion of our faith without wavering (for be is farbful that promised.)
24. And let us consider one anotber, to provoke unto love, and to good rks:
25. Not forsaking the assembling of our selves togetber, as the manner of some is; but exborring one anorber, and so much obe more, as ye fee ebe day approacbing.
COM M E N T.
HE Epistle for this Day, being a Continuation
of an Argument carried on in the Chapter foregoing, hath already fallen in great measure, within the Compass of Two former Discourses
Epift. for v Sun. upon that Subject. For this Reason it is, that I conceive a Paraphrase of the Epiß. for Wednes.
before Easter. Words not very necessary, and that all, I design to say at present, shall be somewhat very briefly, on these Two Points.
I. First, That the Death of Christ was a true and proper Sacrifice for Sin ; And,
II. Secondly, That this Sacrifice was offered by him upon the Cross.
I. First, I say, The Death of Christ was a true and proper Sacrifice for Sin. The best Light we can have concerning Matters of this Nature, is derived from the Ordinances and Cuftoms, of the Jews, and their Law. Now thence it is certain, that such Ceremonies were used, as plainly intimated a Translation of Punishment and Guilt, from the Person offering, to the thing offered ; and an Acceptance of one Life taken away, as substituted in the place of another, which, by the Law, was looked upon, as forfeited.
To this Purpose the owner of the Beast, devoted to the Altar, by bringing, and laying his Hands upon the Head of it, did thus declare his Property first, and then the free transferring of that Property to God, by delivering it to Death, for the Ends and Uses, speci
Tit. ii. 14.
Levit. xvi. 21.
Levit. X. 17.
fied in the Law. And, with Allusion to this Rite it is,
that we read of Christ laying down his Life, 1 John iii. 16.
giving himself for us, offering his own Body Heb. X. 9, 10,
a Sacrifice for Sin; and many other Pasla
ges of like Importance. It is also certain, that, in Sin-Offerings, the Party concerned did confess his Crime over the Sacrifice:
Thus, as is expressed in the Law of the
the Head of the Beast : That such Beast was afterwards look'd on as unclean ; that it conveyed a Legal Impurity to those who touched it; as being, in the Eye of the Law, charged with Their Sins, in whose behalf it was offered. This was the Reason, why such Sacrifices were not to be eaten, as the rest
were, by the Offerers, but by the Priests
only. They were esteem’d, in this regard, Mediators between God and his People; and their Consumption of it testified God's Acceptance, and the Abolition of the Sin. This again is the Cause, why the Bodies of the Beasts, offered in the most folemn
Occasions of this kind, were carried out,
and burned without the Camp. All which are Ceremonies necessary to be attended to, for a right
understanding of those very significant Passages, which speak of God's laying on Christ the Iniquilies of us all, of his bearing our Sins in his own Body, of his being made Sin, and a Curse for us, of his suffering with.
out the Gate of the City, in Conformity to the Bodies burnt without the Camp, and of our having a Sin-offering, of which the Jews have no right to eat. Once more. It is assigned, as a Reason for prohi
biting the Use of Blood in common Food, Levit. xvii. 10,
that this was given upon the Altar to make an Atonement for their Souls; And hence it
Levit. xvi. 27.
Ifai. lii.i 6.
Colof. i. 20.
is, that we so often hear of Redemption
Thefe, and other Places of the same nature, every considering Man must acknowledge it reasonable to interpret, in agreement with those in the Old Testament, to which they so manifestly allude. And if so; it will follow, that Either the Jews themselves had no such thing, or else that the Death of Christ was a true, and proper Sacrifice. More truly such indeed, than any
of Theirs. As it actually conveyed the Benefits, which Those could not; As its Virtue was Inherent, Theirs only Relative; And as it is the Substance, of which Theirs were Shadows and Representations. For, that Those were no better, hath been largely proved before: That This was not only a true and proper, but a sufficient Sacrifice and Satisfaction, a very few Words will suffice to shew, after what I have had occasion to urge in this Point already.
How acceptable to God this Sacrifice was, it is the
1. Pet. i. 19.
John i. 299
1 Pet. ii. 22.
2 Cor. v. 21.
1 Pet. jii. 18.
Heb. vii. 27.
Rev. xiii. 8.
Colof. ii. 14.
The same Truth is yet more clearly and fully contained, in those many Scriptures, which ascribe to Him, a compleat Deliverance from all the Inconveniencies and Miferies, which Sin is any where charged with bringing upon Mankind. Is the Sinner in Debt to the Law, and, like Bankrupts of old, or Criminals under Condemnation, liable to be given up to the Tormentors?
Christ, we are told, bath cancelled the
the Curse of the Law; He hath bought us with a Price, So that in Him we have Redemption through bis Blood, even the Remission of Sins.
Have Sinners departed from God, alienated his Affection, and put themselves in a State, not only of Distance from, but even of Enmity against him? The Aliens and Strangers who were once afar off, are said to
be made nigh, by the Blood of Christ; And Eph. ii. 13, He hath reconciled us to his Father by tbe
Body of his Flesh through death. For which reason we find him emphatically itiled our Peace, because he hath sain this Enmity by his Cross.
Does Sin leave a Stain and Pollution upon the Souls of Mon, such as renders them odious and loathsome, in
the fight of a God af furer Eyes than to 1 John i. 7.
behold Iniquity? His Blood is said to wash
Consciences from dead Works; We are said to be (like the things purified from Legal Uncleanness heretofore) sprinkled and sanctified, by this Blood of the Covenant, and by that Will of God, which removed the many imperfect Levitical, that he might establish this one perfect Evangelical, Purification; Even the Offer
ing of the Body of Yesus Christ, as the Scri
Rev. i. 5.
Heb. ix. 34,
X. 9, 1o.