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THE DIVINE THEORY; >

A SYSTEM OF DIVINITY, FOUNDED WHOLLY UPON CHRIST:

WHICH,
By one Principle, offers an Explanation

OF ALL THE

WORKS OF GOD.

BY JOSHUASPALDING, SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS,

Ministfr of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

VOL. II.
BEGINNING WITH CHAPTER V. OF PART II.

“ I applied mine Heart to know, and to search, and to seek out Wisdom, and the Reason of Things.”

THE PREACHER, 66 Eternity lies open to my view; “ Here the Beginning and the End of All “ I can discover; Christ the End of All, “ And Christ the great Beginning; he my Head, “ My God, my GLORY, and my all in all."

WATTS.

Elizabeth-Town, Nen-Jersey, PRINTED BY SHEPARD KOLLOCK, NEARLI OPPOSITE

THE ACADEMY.-1812.

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THE

DIVINE THEORY.

CHAPTER V.

OF THE STATE OF THE LORD'S PEOPLE, AS BEING SET A, PART IN A DISTINCT SOCIETY, AND TAKEN TO HIMSELF.

SECTION 1..... The Covenant with Abraham.

A s the Divine Ordinances, which were given to the world generally, were the principal means by which, in the early ages, men received the truth of Christ, and so enjoyed, through him, the grace and favor of God, it could not fail of becoming the first object of the policy of Satan to pervert these institutions, and utterly to suppress them as to their true meaning and design; and by his subtilty and power, operating continually upon the human mind, according to the grand scheme of founding society and empire among men, upon natural and worldly principles; which scheme was first disclosed in the building of Babel; he so far affected his object, that this ancient law of faith was either broken down and set aside, as to its instituted form, or evaded as to its true meaning and design; and the whole world was again, as it were, laid in commons before the enemy; insomuch, that it became necessary, for the preservation of the faith and the family of God in the world, to raise against him a new barrier. This was done by the Covenant with Abraham, in which God made

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