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In an Attempt to explain, illustrate, and enforce the
most remarkable Types, FIGURES, and ALLEGORIES
BY THE REV. WILLIAM M'EW EN,
LATE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL IN DUNDEE.
THE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION FROM THE
LIN'S HEAD, NO. 41, CHESNUT-STREET.
THE candid reader, who shall be pleased to perufe
the following eflay, is desired to take notice, that as the discourse itself is not of the argumentative kind, it is taken for granted as a preliminary maxim, That the grand doctrines of Chriftianity concerning the mediation of Christ, and the inestimable blessings of his purchase, were typically manifested to the church, by a variety of ceremonies, persons, and events, under the Old-Testament dispensation. It is true, there are some who affect to call this truth in question, and yet pretend to be the friends of a divine revelation ; but with what sincerity, it is not difficult to perceive. To fuppofe that the gospel is a new invention, and hatched in the age of the apostles, or that the relig!.. on of Jews and Christians are entirely different, is signally injurious to them both : for as a living creature, when cut in two, will seem at first to preserve fome faint remains of life in both its parts, but in a short time will totally expire ; so if the fystem of the true religion be cut asunder, and the faith of the Jews be wholly fevered and detached from the faith of Christians, instead of having one religion of Jews, and another of Christians, we shall in reality have no true religion at all surviving. But we do not propose so much as to enter on any dispute on this head, as the following treatise was not intended by the author, either for the conviction of Infidels, or for the confutation of false opinions, but for the edification of thein who have obtained precious faith. Such persons it will not be difficult to persuade, that the law ex. hibited the shadows of good things to come, but the body is of Chrift*.
* For the display and confirmation of this argument, that the gospel was emblematically preached, and Christ io a figure exhibited in these usages practifed hy the ancient Jews, I do, with great pleas fure, refer to that admirable and well-known book, intitled, Theron and Aspalo, Dialog. 3.