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'* And when he weu brought forth , he was wrapp'd ia Swadlingrdothes, and laid in a Manner.
'* Afterwards he was subject unto his Parents, Mary and Joseph: He increased in W1sdom and stature: He was tempted of the Devil: He was hungry, and weary, an4 had not where to lay his Head: He wept, and was grieved; and he was touched with the feeling of our Infirmities. c Himself took our Infirmities, and bare our Sicknesses, and was, in all Points, tempted like as we are; and, in all things, he was made like unto his Brethren, yet without Sin. For that it behoved him to be made, that he might be a merciful, and saithful High-Priest, in things pertaining to God, to make Reconciliation for the Sins of the People: For in that he himself hath suffered, being tempted, he is able ta succour them that are tempted.
The Character of CHRIST; who is both COD and MAN.
d Unto us a Child is born; and his Name sltall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the M1ghty God., the Everlasting Father, the Prince of P«ace.
e This is he that should come; Kc of whoni' Moses, in the Law, and the Prophets, did write «'The Christ of God; Christ the Lord; the
He gave us a New Cotenant.
»The Law, and the Prophets were until John: Since th1t time the Kingdom of God is preached iy Jesus Christ; who came to call Sinners to Repentance; to preach the Gospel of Peace; arid to- bring glad tidings of good things.
b The Law was given by Moses, but Grace and Truih came by Jesus Christ; which was a Prophet, mighty in Deed and Word, beforeGod, and all the People: concerning whom Moses truly said unto the Fathers; a Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of your Brethren, like unto me, him shall ye hear, in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you: and it shall come to pass, that every Soul, which will not hear that Prophet, shall be destroyed from among the People.
c Jesus Christ was a Minister of the Circumcifion, for the Truth of God, to confirm the Promises made unto the Fathers; and that the Gentries might glorify God for his Mercy.
d All the Promises.of God, in him, are Yea, and in him, Amen.
e The Law was our School-Master to bring u* te Christ; who hath changed the Customs which Moses delivered , and took that Yoke from the Neck of h1s Disc1ples; which neither their Fathers, nor they, were able to bear.
a The Priests that offered Gifts according to the Law, served unto the Example, and Shadow of heavenly things: But now hath Christ obtained a more excellent Ministry; by how much also he is the Mediator of a better Covenant, which was established upon better Promises. For if that first Covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second; and, by g1ving ut a New Covenant, the Lord hath made the first Old.
b The first Covenant had also Ordinances of Divine Service, and a Worldly Sanctuary; in which were offered both Gifts, and Sacrifices, that could not make him that d1d the Service perfect, as pertaining to the Conscience; which stood only in Meats and Drinks, and divers Washings, and carnal Ordinances, imposed on them, antil the time of Reformation: But Christ, being come, an High-Priest of good things te come, is the Mediator of the New Testament; that, by the Redemption of the Transgressions that were under the first Testament, they which are called might receive the Promise of Eternal Inheritance.
c Christ hath blotted out the Hand-writing of Ordinances, that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way ; so that we are no longer subject to Ordinances, which all are to per1lh with the using; nor are we tied' us, tu the Jews were, in Meat, or in Drink, or in respect of a-Holy-Day, or of the New-Moon, or of the Sabbath-Days; which were a Shadow of things to come; but the Body is of Christ.
a There is, verily, a disannulling of the Commandment, going before, for the weakness and. unprofitableness thereof. For, the Law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better Hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God: For we are faved by Hope.
b In Christ Jesus, we who sometimes were far off, being Aliens from the Common-wealth of Israel, and Strangers from the Covenants of Promise, are made nigh. For he is our Peace, who hath made boxhjews and Gentiles one, and hath broken down the middle Wall of Partition between us; having abolished in his Flesh, the Enmity, even the Law of Commandments, contained in Ordinances. So that now there is neither Greek, nor Jew, Circumcifion, nor Uncircumcifion, Barbarian, Scythian, Bond, nor Free; for we are all one in Christ Jesus.
fc This is the Meflias,. who, when he came, was to tell us all things. And accordingly, he to whom were known the ways of Life, hath taught tts what we shall do that we may work the Works of God.
d Moses, because of the Hardness of their Hearts, suffered the Jev/s to do somethings, which^. from the beginning were not so done: And many things were faid by them of old time to btlawful, which were not allowed in the Law of Mofes: And, the Word of God , delivered by him, was, in divers cafes, made of none Effect,
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» Heb. 7. 1g, 19. Rom. 8. 24. * Eph. 2. 13, 12,
j3, 14. 1J. Col. j. 11. Gal, j. 28.- « John 4. 2j.
Acts I- 2». John 6. 28. * Mat. 1s, 8. Mat. j. X1,,
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through the Tradition of the Elders. But Christ, and his Apostles, expounded the Way of God more perfectly.
3 He hath called us to Glory, and Virtue, and given unto us exceeding great and precious Promises; that by these, we might be Partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the Corruption, that is in the World thro' Lust.
b This is the Gospel of the Grace of God, who will have Mercy, and not Sacrifice; which is the Power of God uito Salvation, to every one that believeth. Therein, also, is revealed the Wrath of God from Heaven, against all Ungodliness, and Unrighteousness of Men.
c The Word of the Lord endureth for ever: and this is the Word, which by the Gospel is preached unto us. It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away, than one tittle of the Lavr of Christ to fail.
i Other Foundation can no Man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Chr1st. And, if any Man build upon this Foundation, Gold, Silver, precious Stones, Wood, Hay, Stubble; every Man's Work shall be manifest; and the Fire shall trjr every Man's Work, of what fort it is.
He died for our S1ns.
« Those things, which God before had mewed, by the Mouth of all his Prophets, that Christ sl1ould suffer, he hath so fulfilled. For% the Chief Priests, and the Scribes, and Elders of the People of the Jews, condemned him to Death,
Mar. 4. 34 Acts 28. 2). Acts 1s. 2tf. * 2 set 1.3,4, . ■, Acts 20. 24. Mat. 9. 13. Rom. 1. 16, 17. 1t. « 1 Pet. 1. 2j. Luke 1<j. 17. * 1C01. 3. 1\, 11, u.
«Acts 3. 18. Mat. 20. 18.