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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.

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SERMON XVII.

Of the Spiritual Nature of the
Gospel.

[Preached on Whitfunday.]

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2 COR. iii. 17, 18.

Now the Lord is That Spirit; and where
the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Li-
berty; But we all with open face, be-
holding as in a glass the Glory of the
Lord, are changed into the fame Image,
from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit
of the Lord.

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

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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
heard fo much as whether there was any
Holy Ghoft, Acts xix. 2. that is, whether
there had yet been any such plentiful Ef-
fufion of it, as the Prophets had foretold:
For This reafon, St Paul in the 8th verfe
of this chapter, whereof my Text is the
Conclufion, elegantly ftiles the Gospel, by
way of Eminence, the Miniftration of the
Spirit. And from That confideration,
through the whole chapter, he magnifies
the Doctrine of Christ, as being more clear
and plain, more powerful and efficacious,
more illuftrious and glorious, than the
Law of Mofes. Ver. 3. re are, faith he,
the epistle of Chrift, miniftred by Us, writ-
ten not with ink, but with the Spirit of
the living God; not in tables of ftone, but
in the flefly tables of the heart: His
meaning is, The Power and Efficacy of
the Gospel, is as much greater than that
of the Law, as can be expreffed by com-
paring that which is written in a Book,
with that which is imprinted inwardly in
the
very Heart and Soul itself. The fame
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Argument he pursues, ver. 6. God hath SER M•
made us able minifters of the New Testa- XVII.
ment, not of the letter, but of the Spirit;
for the letter killeth, but the Spirit gi-
veth life; That is, The Gofpel gives us
thofe Spiritual precepts, whereof the le-
gal Ordinances were but types and sha-
dows; (that is the meaning of their be-
ing called the letter or dead letter;) and
teaches us the way to eternal life, where-
as the rigour of the Law could end only
in mens condemnation. And from hence
he proceeds to magnify the glorious ma-
nifeftation of the Gospel, by comparing it
with the Glory that shined in Mofes's
countenance; which, though fo bright
that the children of Ifrael could not sted-
faftly behold it, yet was but temporary
and tranfient, and only a type or figure of
that permanent glory of the Gofpel, which
was to continue for ever; ver. 7. If the
miniftration of Death, written and engra-
ven in ftones, was glorious, fo that the
children of Ifrael could not stedfaftly be-
bold the face of Mofes for the glory of his
countenance, which glory was to be done
away; How shall not the miniftration of
the Spirit be rather glorious? For if the
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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

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