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and had them revealed to them only in Types Serm, and Figures; What manner of persons yr!^. ought l¥e to be, to whom Life and Immortality are now clearly and distinctly brought to Light by the Gospel! And if we live worthy of the Vocation wherewith we are called; how gladly may we say with St Paul, under Any Troubles of life whatsoever; that our light affliction which is but for a Moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal Weight of Glory: While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not Jeen; for the things which are seen, are temporal, but the things which are not seen, ere eternal.
Heb. viii. I. Now of the things which we have spokeny This is the Sum: We have such an High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the Hea~ vens,
N the foregoing chapter, the s E R M, Apostle sets forth at large the XV. Excellency, of our Saviour's l/VV perpetual and unchangeable Priesthood; by comparing it With Thar, mutable and successive one a
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SErM.mong the Jews. Ver. 23. They truly ^^ wre many Priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of Death: But this man, because he contihueth ever, hath an unchangeable Priesthood. Wheresore he is able also to save them to the uttermost, that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an High Priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from Sinners, and made higher than the Heavens. Who needeth not daily, as those High Priests, to offer up Sacrifice, first for his own Sins, and then for the peoples; but has, by One Offering of himself, for ever perfected them that are sanctified. The full explication of This Doctrine, and of the Consequences of it, is the Subject of this Whole Epistle* And a brief Summary of it, is given us in the words of the Text; Now of the things which we have spoken, This is the Sum: We have Such an High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the Heavens.
Our Lord, after his Resurrection, as S s R M. we find it recorded in the Gospels and in -^the History of the Afts, shewed himself^^^ alive to his Disciples by many infallible Proofs, being seen of them forty days, and Jpeaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God; conversing with them familiarly, opening their Understandings, expounding to them the Scriptures, explaining to them in all the Prophets the things concerning Himself, directing them in what manner they mould preach the Gospel to all Nations, and promising to be with them by the Assistance off his Spirit even unto the End of the World. By which means when they were fully inr structed for the execution of their Office, he departed from them, ascending visibly into Heaven, in such a manner as is described by St Paul under the prophetick words of the psalmist, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and
gave gifts unto men: Now He that
descended^ is the same also that ascended up
far above all heavens, that he might fill
all things. From thenceforth therefore,