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HE GAVE US A NEW COVENANT.
The law and the prophets were until John; since that time the kingdom of God is preached by Jesus Christ; who came to call sinners to repentance; 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 shall 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 shall come to pass, that every soul which will not hear that prophet, shall 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 might glorify God for his mercy.
All the promises of God in him are yea, and in him, Amen.
The law was our schoolmaster 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.
6 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
3 Rom. xv.
1 Luke xvi. 16. Luke iv. 43. Matt. ix. 13. Rom. x. 15.
2 John i. 17. Luke xxiv. 19. Acts iji. 22, 23. 8, 9. 4 2 Cor. i. 20.
5 Gal. iii. 24. |Acts vi. 14. Acts 6 Heb. viii. 4, 5, 6, 7. 13.
of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second ; and by giving us a new covenant, the Lord bath made the first old.
1 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.
· 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 in 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.
* 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.
2 Col. ii. 14. 20. 22. 16, 17.
1 Heb. ix. 1. 9, 10, 11. 15.
· In Christ Jesus, we who sometimes were far off, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, are made nigh. For he is our peace, who hath made both Jero and Gentile one, and hath broken down the middle wall of 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 uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond or free; for we are all one in Christ Jesus.
? 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.
Moses, because of the hardness of their hearts, suffered the Jews to do some things, which from the beginning were not so done; and many things were said by them of old time to be lawful, which were not allowed in the law of Moses; and the word of God delivered by him was in divers cases 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 lust.
This is the Gospel of the grace of God, who will have mercy and not sacrifice; which is the power
1 Eph. ii. 13. 12, 13, 14, 15. Col. iii. 11. Gal. iii. 28. iv. 25. Acts ii. 28. John vi. 28. 3 Matt. xix. 8. Matt. v. 21. 27. 33. Mark vii. 13. 5. Mark iv. 34. Acts xxviii. 23. Acts xviii. 26. 4 2 Pet. 1, 3, 4.
5 Acts xx. 24. Mat. ix. 13. Rom, i. 16, 17, 18.
of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth : therein also is revealed the wrath of God from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of
i The word of the Lord endureth for ever; and this is the word which by the Gospel is preached unto us.
It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than one tittle of the law of Christ 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, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble, every man's work shall be manifest, 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 showed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. For the chief priests, and the scribes and elders of the people of the Jews, condemned him to death, and delivered him to the Gentiles, to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him; and he was crucified between two thieves, being obedient unto death, even the death of the
* Christ hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God, for a sweet smelling savour.
5 Christ our passover is sacrificed for us; who was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
11 Pet. i. 25. Luke xvi. 17.
3 Acts iii. 18. Matt. xx. 18, 19.
2 1 Cor. iii. 11, 12, 13. Luke xxiv, 20. Matt. xx. 18. Eph. v. 2.
5 1 Cor. v. 7.
. When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. While we were yet sinners, he died for us; and gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world.
2 Christ hath suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.
He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; who his ownself bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sin, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes we were healed.
He who knew no sin, was made to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. The Lord hath lain on him the iniquity of us all.
4 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; that he might reconcile us unto God by the cross.
* He loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
6 The Son of Man gave himself a ransom for all; and he is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him, which died for them.
'He hath redeemed us to God by his blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.
1 Rom. v. 6. 8. Gal. i. 4.
21 Pet. ii. 18. Isa. liii. 4, 5. 1 Pet. ii. 24. 3 2 Cor. v. 21. Isa, liji. 6.
4 Gal. iii. 13. Eph. ii. 16. 5 Rev. i. 5. Tit. ii. 14.
6 Matt. xx. 28. 1 Tim. ii. 6. 1 John ii. 2. 2 Cor. v. 15.
7 Rev. v. 9.