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SERMON XII

Christ born in the Fulness of Time.

GAL. iv. 4, ?.

When the Fulness of Time was ccme, 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.

«-rrr npi H E Design of the Apostle's DisSerm. 1 course in this Place is to convince - the Galatiamy that there was no Obli

gation upon Christians to observe the. l,avy of Moses, To which End he

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reasons thus. Under the Mosaic Dispen.

sation the Church was in her Minority; _,. * but. under the Gospel she is at full Age. '^

Wherefore when the Gospel came, the Levitical Law, which was calculated only for the Nonage of the Church, had no longer any Power over her. For as an Heir, while he is a Child, is under the Direction of Tutors and Governours, till the Time appointed by his Father's Will; but when that Time is come, enters upon the Estate, and is no longer subject to his former Governours: even, £0 the People of God, while they were Children, were in Bondage under the Elements of the World ; *". e. were subject to the Ordinances of the Levitical Law j but when God's appointed Time was expir'd, the Children of God were freed from their former Servitude by the coming of Christ, entred upon the Possession of those Blessings which he purchased for them, and enjoy'd the Privileges of adult Sons. When the Fulness. cf'fime was comet God sent forth his Son^ made of a Woman, made under the Law;

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.— to redeem them that were under the Laii\

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I N which Words there are these three Things considerable.

i. The Time of the Messiah's coming; when the Fulness of Time was come.

2. A Character and Description of the Messiah; He was the Son of God, made of a Woman, made under the Law.

3. The End and Design of His coming; to redeem them that were under the Law, that we might receive the Adoption, of Sons.

First, The Time of the Messiah's coming; when the Fulness of Time was come; /. e. when the Time appointed by God, and prefix'd by the Prophets, was expired.

Three remarkable Predictions there are in the Old Testament', pointing out the Time of the Messiah's coming. The first, of the Patriarch Jacob; the second, of the Prophet Daniels the third, of the Prophet Haggai.

The The Prediction of Jacob is recorded""

by Moses in the xLixth Chapter of Gene- „.,' Jis, in these Words. The Sceptre Jhall^^^L. not depart from Judahy nor a Lawgiver from between his Feet, until Shiloh come. That by Shiloh is signified the Messiah, is acknowledg'd by the most antient Jewish Writers; who all agree, that the Meaning of these Words of Jacob is this. The Descendants of Judah shall not be dispossess'd of the Sovereign Power, nor cease to be governed by their own Laws, till the Messiah shall appear. Now about twelve Years after the Birth of our Saviour, it must be confess'd that the Sceptre began to depart from Judah. For at that Time Judæa was made a Province of the Roman Empire; and the Power of Life and Death was taken from therms, and lodged in the Hands of the Roman Procurator. And within less than forty Years after our Lord's Crucifixion, the whole Jewish Polity was, together with their City, quite overthrown; and there hath been no Sceptre in Judah, nor any Lawgiver between his Feet ever

since;

- sincej but from that Time to this, the

rr* Jews nave Deen difpers'd over the Face

_ 'of the whole Earth, and subjected to the Laws of the several Countries in which they sojourn.

I N the latter Part of the ixth Chapter of the Book of the Prophet Daniel, the Angel Gabriel foretells the exact Time of our Blessed Saviour's Death, when Transgression was to be finished, and an End was to be made of Sins, and Reconciliation for Iniquity, and everlasting Righteousness was to be brought in, and the Vision and Prophecy to be seal'd up, and the most Holy to be anointed, and Messiah was to be cut off, tho* not for himself. All which was to happen within seventy Weeks of Years from the Time of the going forth of the Commandment to restore and to build "Jerusalem. Now if from the Time of the going forth of this Commandment in the Reign of Artaxerxes, we count downwards four hundred and ninety Years, they will expire in the nineteenth Year of Tiberius the Roman Emperor; in

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