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They are of the World: therefore Speak they of the world, and the world beareth them.

p. 397, 4251







Of the Nature of FAITH

in general.

The first Sermon on this Text.

HEB. XI. 6.
But without Faith it is impossible to

please God.


EFORE I come to the Words
themselves, in order to our bet-

ter understanding of them, we will take into consideration the Design of this Epistle, that so we may, see more clearly the relation that these Words have to the foregoing Discourse. Who the Penman of this Epistle was

I shall not tell you, because I do not Volume know, nor is it much material to know XII. it; but whoever wrote it, he had this

very good Design in the writing of it, to perswade the Jews to hold fast thé Profession of the Gospel, “notwithstanding all the Sufferings and Persecutions it exposed them to. And to this purpose he shews at large, what Prerogatives the Gospel hath above the legal Administration. The Law was given by the disposition of Angels, in the hand of a Mediator, that is, Moses: but the Gospel is revealed to us by the Son of God; a Person, not only above Moses, who was a meer man; but above Angels. The Gospel is the substance and reality of the Types and Ceremonies, and the very good things themselves, that were obscurely represented by those Shadows. It is a Testament establisht upon better Promises, the clear Promises of eternal Life, which were but darkly revealed in the Old Testament, that being establish'd either solely or principally upon temporal Promises : and it is a perfect and compleat Dispensation, that hath in it all things requifite to attain its end, and therefore,


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