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and which may terminate in the late, but fure, Enjoyment of thofe confummate Glories, that are the future Portion of Great and Good Men, is the most hearty Prayer of,

My LORD,

Your Lordship's

Most obliged, and

humble Servant,

THO. PYLE.

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A

PARAPHRASE

ON

The Epistle of St. PAUL

TO THE

GALATI ANS.

The PREFACE.

OR the chief Observations that are to let the Reader into the main Arguinent of this Epistle, I refer him to the Preface of the Epistle to the Romans. Of those Questions which he there finds to be the Subject of them

both, this one is more particularly handled in This Letter against the Jewish Chriftians, viz. Whether Circumcision and the full Observation of the Ceremonial Law of Moses were necessary to the Salvation of a Christian Convert? All I now further observe is, The same Factious and Calumniating Spirit of these Jewiß Zealots of Galatia, with those of Rome and Corinth, the better to infinuate themselves with some People, they fuggefted St. Paul to B

be,

but to

be, at the Bottom, a Favourer of the Jewish Law;
others that knew him better, they represented the Apostle
as one not immediately Commiflioned by Christ, as Peter,
James, and John, &c. were ; but to be an Apostle at second-
band: Thus derogating from the Authority of his Com-
mision, and the Certainty of his Doctrine. This will
give the Reader the true Spirit of the several Expressions
which tend to vindicate both his Apostleship, and the
Sincerity and Consistency of St. Paul's Behaviour in the
Controversy handled in this Epistle ; as of Cap. i. 1, 8,
9, 10, &c. to the End; the whole second, and the twelve
first Verses of the fifth Chapters, with the 13th and 17th
Ver. of the sixth Chapter : In the two latter of which
Chapters are some Practical Exhortations, designed
chiefly against the Animosities and great Partialities that
this Dispute had bred and ripened among them.

CH A P. I.

The ARGUMENT.

written in or about the Year

of our Lord 58.

This E. The Title * the Apostle gives himself, levelled against the pistle was

Suggestions of their False Teachers of the Judaizing Faction. He wondereth at their Relapse from the true Christian Doctrine of Men’s being Justified and Saved by the Christian Religion alone, into the Jewish Principle of the Necessity of the Ceremonial Law : To cure them of which Prejudice is the main Purpose of this

Epiftle. His Answer to the Insinuations against the + See the Authority of his Commision t, and the Sincerity of his

Preaching

Preface.

A.D.58. P hot of mengoment I Paule, whor am an Christian 4

ther by man, but by Authority of Men, nor receiving
* Jesus Christ, and
God the + Father, my Commission by the choice of
who raised him from

the other Apofles, as Matthias the dead,

did ; but having it from the ex

traor

traordinary * and express Revelation of Jesus Christ A. D. 58, himfelf, and God the + Father, who raised him from

* Acts ix. the Dead.

xxii, & 2 And all the bre

2, 3. Send this Epistle to the xxvi. Chap. thren which are with Churches of Galatia, wishing you 14, 15.

+ Acts xxii. me, unto the churches all Favours and Blessings from God of Galatia :

the Father, and our Lord Jesus 3. Grace be to you Christ; as do also the Christian and peace, from God the Father, and from Brethren that are with me here at our Lord Jesus Christ. Rome. 4 Who gave

him 4. Wishing you, I say, the Blesfelf' for our sins, that sings of Christ Jesus, who, accorhe might deliver us ding to the merciful and gracious from this present evil Purpose of God, and the Predictithe will of God and ons of his Prophets, gave himself our Father :

a Sacrifice for our Sins, to redeem

us from the Punishment and Condemnation that is justly to fall upon the vitious and obftinate Unbelievers || of the present Age.

5 To whom be glo 5. For which Mercy be he ry for ever and ever. praised and glorified for ever and Amen.

ever! Amen. 6 I marvel, that ye 6. He therefore being the only are so soon removed Saviour by whom we obtain Parfrom him that called don and Redemption, I am amayou into the grace of Christ, unto another

zed to hear you should, so soon gospel.

after your Conversion, be thus

changed in your Belief of this grand Article, and be brought to embrace the Necessity of observing the Jewish Ceremonies, as a Chriftian Doctrine; whereas there is no such Matter. The Chriftian Religion is the only sufficient Foundation of your Justification and Happiness.

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|| Ver. 4. From this present evil World, or rather aan, the present Age. The Sence being the same with that of Aets ii. 47. this untoward Generation.

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