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and oppos'd by the jewish Nation, as if it had never been revealed at all in their Scriptures;

26. But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the Prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.)

26. But is now, by us the Apostles of Christ, fully declared and demonstrated to have been the gracious Design of God, according to the innumerable Expresfions of the antient Prophets in the Old Hoffament, all unanimously foretelling that the Gentiles were to come into the Church of Chrift ;

as we now preach to them in every Country, by the express Authority of GOD.)

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27. To God only wise, be glory, thro' Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. q Written to the Romans from Corinthus, and sent by Phebe, servant of the churchat Cenchrea.

* The Mystery. So the Calling of the Gentiles is styled, Ephes. i. 9. iii. 3, 5, 9. Colos. i. 26. Philip, i. 27. ii. 2. iv. 3.

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C O R IN T H I A N S.

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HE following Observations about the
City and People of Corinth, before and
after their Conversion, will give the
Reader a tolerable Taste of the Spirit and Design

of both these Epistles.
Corinth was an antient, rich, and populous Mer-
chant-Town, the chief City of Achaia or Greece.
Its Situation and Trade made it a Receptacle of
great Variety of People; and the quick and in-
quisitive Genius of its Inhabitants, ‘. turn’d it
into a kind of University, and stock'd it with
Orators and Philosophers. That there were great
Numbers of jews there, is clear from Ağs xviii. 4.
But that their Obstinacy against the Gospel-Doc-
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trine, caused the greater Part of the Churth planted there, to confist of Gentile Believers, is as evident from A:is xviii. and 1 Cor. xii. 2. The peculiar Vice and Miscarriage of these Orators and Philosophers, was Pride and Conceit in their human Learning and Accomplishments. That of the jewish Dočiors, was a violent Zeal for Circumcision and their Ceremonial Law. And the epidemical Vice of the Corinthian People, was that of Lust and Uncleanness. The Christian Converts, gained over from each of these People, retained still too much of the Prejudices and Practices they had formerly been inured to. By two Years indefatigable Pains, St. Paul had planted a confiderable Church in this Place. But, by his Absence from them for the Space of about two or three Years, they were over-run with great Disorders, to the Disparagement of the Christian Religion in general, and of his apostolical Authority and Person in particular. Several Converts of the Gentile Part set themselves up for Teachers, and by mixing their philosophical Speculations with the Christian Dočtrine, and setting that Medley off with Flourishes of their Oratory, gained upon the People, drew them into Parties, and into a Contempt of St. Paul their first spiritual Teacher, who had instructed them only in the plain and fundamental Dočtrines of Christ as a crucify’d Saviour. On the other hand, several Converts of the jewish Part despised and undervalued him, for making the Gentile Believers equally a Part of the Christian Church with themselves. Thus, while the Philosophical Teachers stiled themselves the Followers of Apollos, out of Respect to his Oratory : These ranked themselves under Cepha;, i. e. St. Peter, as the

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the Wisdom, Power, and Excellency of the oo:: as far exceeding the Philosophy of the Gentiles, or the worldly and temporal Expediations of the Jews.

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4. And

e an apostle of Jesus Christ, through the will of God, and Sosthenes, our brother. 2. Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanétified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus

Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.

3. Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

* See Ağsix. Galat. i. 11, 12.

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