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t % * &F *>* tk > h the cofiimafidment if the everlasting Godt to tie published among all nations for the obedience of ftfiik . From the foregoing observations *
we learn that the efficacy of the blood of Christ , and all the benefits arising from it to mankind , is to be attributed to it , not as the blood of atonement * which it is never said to be in the
New Testament , but to its being that blood by which the new covenant is confirmed . Let us now take a view of the covenant itself , in which we are so deeply
interested , < and upon which our hope of pardon and salvation rests . The writer to the Hebrews , comparing Christ with Moses , the Mediator of the first covenant , says , * But now hath he obtained a more excellent
ministry , b y how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant , which was established upon better promises . For if that covenant had been faultless , then should no place have been sought for the second . For finding fault with them , he saith , Behold , thq days come , saith the Lord , when I will make a new covenant with the
house of Israel and with the house of Judah : not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of
-E'lfypt 9 because they continued not in my covenant , and I regarded them not , saith the Lord . For this is the covenant that I mil make with the house of Israel after those days , saith the Lord ; I will put my lawa into their mind , and write them in
their hearts : and I will be to them a God , and they shall be to me a people : and they shall ijiot teach every man his neighbour , and every man his brother , saying , Know the Lord : for all shall know me , from the least to
the greatest . For I will be merciful to their unri g hteousness , and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more . " How great , and precious are the promises of this covenant ! How full of grace and mercjr ! It contains no annunciations of wrath , no senjtepce of condemnation for every offence , but the absolute promise of forgiveness . Well might this writer i i ^ inn | - — r ' ~ _ . - - . - i — -i ^_ i . ¦__ *__!__ - - i Heb . viiL 6—12 .
first , and established upon better pro . mises . Let us erab ^ ce it .- with our whole heart , and , having , such pronoises , let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the fiesli and . spirit , perfecting holiness in the fear of God ; tor if * " he that despised Moses ' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses : of how much sorer
? Chap , x . 28 , 29 /
punishment , suppose ye , shall he be thought worthy , who hath trodden under foot the Son of God , and hath counted the blood of the covenant \ wherewith he was sanctified , an unholy thing , and hath done despite unto the spirit of grace !" JOHN MARSOM . *
Wi Mr . Oogar tiriek *^^ *
Sir , NOTE in pp . 36 , 37 , of Mr . A Kentish ' s excellent Sermon delivered at Bristol , has drawn forth from their concealment a few remarks on a passage in Dr . Paley ' s Natural Theology which I wrote some time
ago , and had almost forgot tea * Towards the conclusion of the chapter on the Unity of the Deity we read as follows : " Certain , however , it is , that the whole argument for the
Divine unity gpes no farther than to an unity of couasel . " This observation was evidently intended to guard against a conclusion which might otherwise have been drawn from the chapter in which it is found . What that
conclusion is , admits of but little doubt . But could the Archdeacon ' s work fall into the hands of a man who had never heard of three persons in one God , the aboye remark woijid perplex him to some purpose . In reading the work up to this very observation , he would find that the
author ' s object was to prove the existence of a mind by which the universe was contrived and executed ; and nothing would be farther from his thoughts than the suspicion that more minds than one were concerned in the design . When , moreover , he
should recollect the chapter on the personality of the Deity , and the re-r markable words , witty > yhM ? h \ it con ^ eludes ; "Design must have had a designer ; tba * designer nmt - bwe been nperson ; that person ia God >
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1823, page 694, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1791/page/14/