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Of the first commandment

The duties required
The sins forbidden

Of the words, before me
Of the second commandment

The church's prayer against the Antichristian beast
The duties required in the second command

The sins forbidden
Of the third commandment

The duties required.
The siris forbidden i

Of the reason annexed to this command
Of the fourth commandment

The duties required
The sins forbidden
Of the reasons annexed to this command
Of the fifth commandment

The duties required
The mutual duties of husbands and wives

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ILLUSTRATION

OF THE

DOCTRINES

OF THE

CHRISTIAN RELIGION.

OF CHRIST'S PRIESTLY OFFICE.

Hebrews vii. 17.Thou art a Priest for ever after the

order of Melchisedec.

TT is evident from the context, that the apostle is speaking I of Christ as a Priest, applying to him this passage taken from Psal. cx. 4. Thou art a Priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedec. Where two things are proposed; 1. That he is indeed a Priest, whose business it is to offer sacrifices. 2. That he is so after the order of Melchisedec; noting thereby the similitude betwixt the two, the one being a notable type of the other. This likeness consists not in an unbloody sacrifice, that of bread and wine, which Melchidesec brought forth to Abraham when he returned from the slaughter of the kings who had taken Sodom and Gomorrah; but, (1.) In the name, Christ being the true · King of righteousness,' and 'King of peace,' in which respect Melchisedec was only a type of him, Heb. vii. 2. (2.) In their original; ver. 3. Melchisedec is represented as 'without father, without mother, without descent, having no beginning of days ;'. nothing being recorded of his birth and parentage, he is like an immortal. In this he was a notable type of Christ, who had no father as man, no mother as God, was God himself from eternity, and his goings forth were of old, from everlasting. (3.) In their continuance, because Melchisedec's death is no where recorded, ver. 8.; but is represented as one who liveth. So Christ our High Priest liveth for ever, to Vol. II.

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make intercession for us. (4.) In their office, Melchisedec was priest of the most high God, and King of Salem, or Jerusalem. So Christ is a Priests, who offered himself a sacrifice to God, and he is constituted King of Zion, of the church. (5.) In respect of unity. Melehisedec is set forth as having neither predecessor nor successor in his office. So Christ was set up to be a priest froin everlasting, and is represented as a lamb slain from the foundation of the world; and the sacrifice that he offered being perfect, there is no more occasion for any other priests; and he has no successor, having an unchangeable and perpetual priesthood. (6.). In respect of * dignity; Melchisedec being proposed as greater than Abraham. So Christ is greater than, bath: for he said, Before Abraham was, I am. Thus Christ is a Priest, and that for ever. In this office is contained the grand relief of poor da souls distressed and perplexed with the guilt and burden of in. their sins. When all other remedies have been tried in vain, i it is the blood of the sacrifice of Christ, sprinkled by faith upon the trembling conscience, that must cool and refresh, and sweetly. compose and settle it.

The doctrine arising from the text.is,

Doct. • Christ.executeth the office of a Priest, in his onca offering himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God, and in making continual intercession for us.

In discoursing from this doctrine, I shall,
I. Shew that Christ is truly and properly. a Priest.
II. Explain the nature of Christ's priestly, office.
III. Make some practical improvement.

I. I am to shew that. Christ is truly and properly, a Priest. This is evident, if we consider, 1. That the scripture holds him forth: as such, Psal. cx. 4. and Heb. v. and other places of that, epistle. 2. Because he exercises the acts of the priestly office, in offering sacrifice, and praying for his people. At 3. Because he was typified by such as were really priests, as all the Levitical priests, and Melchisedec.

Quest. Wherein did Christ's priestly office differ from the priestly office under the ceremonial law?

1. The priests under the law were priests after the order 3. of Aaron : but Christ is a priest after the order of Melchise- pere dec. Who this Melchisedec was, it is in vain to inquire, and twee cannot possibly be known ;, the Holy Ghost designedly con. Psal.

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