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A. D. 57. Advantages of every one) according to the Gospelu-v- Doctrinc that I have preached.
skilful in the most excellent Points of Religion *, and perfect Judges between Things lawful and forbidden.
gion, as was done formerly by David, 2 Sam. xii. 14. and by your Forefathers in Ezek. xxxvi. 20, 23.
shall be accepted and proportionably rewarded for his Improve
ments in true Virtue, as much as if he had been a Member of the jewish Church.
29. But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter, whose praise is not of men, but of God.
C H A P.
The Jew or Jewish Christian objects, That if the Gentiles are equally capable of the Benefits of Christ as themselves, the Covenant of Abraham and of Moses was of no Advantage at all to the Jewish Nation. The Apostle answers this, by shewing the Advantage Ž a written and revealed Law to the Jews, above the mere Law of Nature to the Gentiles. But that now, by their notorious Transgressions of that revealed Law, the Jews had rendered t #. equally obnoxious to the Divine Wrath with the Gentiles; so that all were upon the Level, and had all one, and the same gracious Condition of CHRIST’s Redemption, without any further Regard to the ceremonial Law, which was utterly wnable to atome for such habitual Wiolations of the moral Laws of God.
2. Much every way: 2. I answer, it was a great chiefly, because that Privilege to have the written unto Law