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SER M. main no more Sacrifice for our Sin: For VIII.

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if the word spoken by Angels was sted-
faft, and every tranfgreffion and difobe-
dience received a just recompence of re- €
ward; how shall we escape if we neglect
fo great Salvation, which at the first be-
gan to be Spoken by the Lord, and was
confirmed unto us by them that heard
bim? For if we fin wilfully after we have
received the Knowledge of the Truth; that
is, if Chriftians live as those who know
not God, in the Practise of any vice or de-
bauchery whatsoever; there remains no
more Sacrifice for Sin, no new Difpenfa-
tions; but a certain fearful looking for of
judgment, and fiery indignation, which shall
devour the adversaries.

SERMON

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SERMON IX.

HOW CHRIST has enabled us to

conquer Sin.

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I COR. XV. 56 and 57. The fting of Death is fin, and the Strength of fin is the law; But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jefus Chrift.

HEN he who was the defire S ER M. and expectation of Nations IX. appeared firft in the World, it highly concerned all those who looked for redemption in Ifrael, rightly to understand the end

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SER M. and defign of his coming: And if we who live at this diftance of time after his appearing in the flesh, expect yet to be partakers of the common Salvation which he has purchased for us; it highly concerns Us alfo to understand wherein that Salvation confifts, and how and on what conditions he has purchased it for us. The Jews who lived about the time of his coming, misled by a partial application and wrong interpretation of the prophecies that went before concerning him, expected a temporal prince to appear in the power and fplendor of this world, who should deliver their nation from that flavery into which the Romans had fubdued them, and restore again the kingdom to Ifrael; They expected that Jerufalem fhould have become once again the Head of the nations, and the glory of the whole Earth; They expected that Meffiab the prince should have come to fit upon the throne of David for ever, and to have eftablished a kingdom among them which Jhould have had no end. And fo indeed he did; though in a sense far different from

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from what they expected. Nay, his Dif- SER M. ciples themselves were for a great while fo blinded with the fplendor of this opinion, that they underftood none of those prophecies that related to his Humiliation, Sufferings, and Death; As appears from St Peter's undertaking to rebuke him when he began to foretel how many things he should fuffer of the Jews; and from his Disciples asking him even after his refurrection if he would at this time restore again the kingdom to Ifrael. But as he himself a little before his death witnessed before Pontius Pilate that good confeffion, that his kingdom was not of this world; fo his Disciples, after his refurrection and afcenfion, began to have their eyes opened, and to understand that the defign of his coming into the World was wholly Spiritual. And as at the defcending of the Holy Ghost they were more perfectly inftructed in the nature and end of That his Spiritual kingdom, fo did they afterward in their inspired wri-. tings deliver to us, what they then received from that unerring instructor:

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SER M. Namely, that the true end and defign of IX. Chrift's coming into the World, was to

deliver men, not from their Temporal Enemies, but to fave them from their Sins. Now This he does, by delivering us ft, from the power and dominion of Sin; and 2dly, from the guilt and punishment thereof. ft, He delivers men from that Bondage and Slavery into which the practice of Sin has reduced them; and then those who are fo freed, he delivers from that punishment which must have been the neceffary confequence of their being enflaved to Sin. These are the two great defigns which exhaust the whole history of our Saviour; there being nothing that he either faid or did, which was not directed to one of these great ends. t then, We are to show, how Chrift delivers us from the dominion or practice of Sin. That the service of Sin is an intolerable thraldom, All who are fo unhappy as to be engaged in any habit of Vice, do fadly experience; and it may also easily be observed by others. This deplorable ftate, it fitly described by Solomon

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