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Serm. forsaking those Sins which are the cause ". of his displeasure; Now then, faith St
*>'*^' Paul, we are ambajsadors for Christ; as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God, 2 Cor. v. 20. Secondly, Having so great an Intercessor for us, as the Prince of Peace Himself, the Son of the living God; that therefore we come boldly unto
Heb. iv. the Throne of Grace, having access with
Eph. iii. confidence through the Faith of him; Heb.
'**. x. 19. Having therefore, brethren, bold
ness to enter into the Holiejt by the blood of yesus, by a new and living way which he
hath consecrated for us; and having an
High-Priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true Heart, in full assurance of Faith. Thirdly, That yet we be careful to consider, that this peace and reconciliation purchased for us by Christ, is only upon condition of our future obedience: For so the Apostle adds in the words next immediately following those
now cited; let us draw near in full
assurance of faith, having our Heart Jprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies wajhed with pure Water; that is, having our minds cleansed with that purification rification from wickedness, the Sign and Sum. Emblem of which is the Baptism of Wa- **. ter: And Col. i. 23. God hath now reconciled you to himself, faith St Paul, if ye continue in the faith, grounded and setled, and be not moved away from the hope of the Gospel. Fourthly, That having so great a Mediator as the Prince of Peace appointed us of God, we suffer no others to be joined with him by human invention. For as worshipping any other God, besides the Father Almighty, is Idolatry against Godt or setting up Idols in the place of God: So worshipping any other Mediator, besides his only Son our Lord, is Idolatry against Christ, or setting up Idol-Mediators. They who worship Saints and Angels, beguile themselves of their reward, faith the Apostle, not holding the Head, which is Christy Col. ii. 18. Lastly, Upon this particular great occasion of commemorating thankfully the Birth of the Prince of Peace, let us keep the Feast worthily and as becometh Christians; not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, or a rioting and debauchery, but ,with the unleavened bread of Sincerity, Soberness and Truth.
Gal. iv. 4, 5.
But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under the law; To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the) adoption of Sons.
HE principal design of St PaulS E R M. in this Epistle, is to vindicate li, the truth and justice of God, in abolishing the Jeneijh religion so far as concerned the Gentile Converts, and establishing the Chri
S E R u.Jtian alone in its room: against those who contended that even the Gentile Disciples were obliged to observe the law of Moses, and that the religion of Christ was to be added to That of Moses, and not That of Moses to be taken away by Christ. Amongst many Arguments which the Apostle makes use of to confute these false Teachers, he begins this \vth chapter with the Similitude of a young Heir's being under Tutors and Govcrnours, ver. I and 2. Now I fay, that the Heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a Servant, though he be lord of all; But is under Tutors and Governours, until the time appointed of the Father. Which Similitude he applies in the 3d verse, and in the words of the Text; Even So We, fays he, when we were children, We of the Jewijh dispensation, were in bondage under the elements of the world; But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his San made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of Sons. The Meaning is: Before the World was prepared for the reception of the Gospel, 1 God