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SER M. indeed can be, Rom. viii. 7. For This XVI. reason, the Apostle beseeches us, as being Strangers and Pilgrims here, to abstain from fleshly Lufts, which war against the Soul; that is, which unfit us for our heavenly Country, the habitation of everlafting Righteousness and Peace, 1 Pet. ii. 11: and exhorts us, not to be conformed to This World, Rom. xii. 2. but to be transformed by the renewing of our Mind; that is, to press forward towards the Mark of the Prize of our High Calling, forgetting thofe things which are behind: After the example of the Patriarchs, Heb. xi. 15. who truly if they had been mindful of That Country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned; But now they defire a better Country, that is, an Heavenly. Where, if We alfo have our converfation Now, we fhall together with them be glorified likewise bereafter.
Of the Spiritual Nature of the
[Preached on Whitfunday.]
2 COR. iii. 17, 18.
Now the Lord is That Spirit; and where
HE Holy Ghoft having been SER M. poured forth upon the Apo- XVII. ftles at Pentecoft in fo very fingular and plentiful a manner, as that, before that time, 'tis faid, comparatively, not to have been
SER M. given at all, Joh. vii. 39; and Those who XVII. were not yet acquainted with That day's
Miracle, are reprefented as not having
Argument he pursues, ver. 6. God hath SER M•
SER M. miniftration of condemnation be glory, XVII. much more doth the miniftration of righteoufnefs, (of juftification, it should be rendred,) exceed in glory ;-----For if That which is done away was glorious, much more That which remaineth. (That which is Perpetual) is glorious. And hereupon he takes occafion elegantly to defcribe the Blindness of the Jews after our Saviour's time, in not seeing through the types and figures and imperfect notices of the Old Teftament; he defcribes it elegantly, by comparing it to the Veil which Moses put upon his Face to conceal the Brightness of it: Ver. xiv. Their Minds (faith he) were blinded; For until This day remaineth the fame Veil untaken away, in the reading of the Old Teftament; which Veil is done away in Chrift: But even unto This day, when Mofes is read, the Veil is upon their Heart. Nevertheless, when it fball turn to the Lord, (that is, when they shall believe in Chrift,) the Veil fhall be taken away. And then he fums up and concludes his whole Difcourfe, in the words of the Text: Now the Lord (fays he) is That Spirit; and where the Spirit