also be adopted into God's Family, and they Rom. Ili
which were before Strangers and Aliens, Eph.2.12,
should become equally his Sons and Heirs Gal. 4.5.
with them, who had before been his pecu-
liar People. And this is the great Mystery Rom. 1.
that St. Paul so often speaks of. Chrift, 33, &c.
when he put an End to the Covenant of
the Law, brought both Jews and Gentiles
into one and the same new Covenant ; and
gave to both the same Promises, and the Eph. 3.C.
same Means, and the same Hopes of Salva-
tion, so that the one had no Advantage
above the other. And upon this Account
it is that we find St. Paul mentioning the
Redemption of the Jews from the Law as
a Matter that did nearly concern, and much
redound to the Benefit of the Gentiles as
particular in the two Texts above cited;
Christ hath redeemed us from the Curse of Gal. 3. 1 3,
the Law, that the Blesing of Abraham might"+.
come to the Gentiles through Jesus Christ

And what this Blessing of Abrahan was, the
next Words fhew; That we, viz. both Jews
and Gentiles, might receive the Promise of
the Spirit through Faith. The Promise of
the Spirit was one of the great Privileges of
the Evangelical Covenant, which was made
with Abraham. And this Promise was not
made over to the Jews by their Law; but
when that Law was abrogated by Christ,
then that Promise was made good both to
them and to the Gentiles. And to the fame
Purpose speaks that other Pallage I quoted,



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Gal. 4.5. The Son of God was sent to redeem them that

were under the Law, that we might receive
the Adoption of Sons; viz. he was sent to
redeem the Jews from their Bondage, that
from thenceforward Jews and Gentiles
might be no longer discriminated, but all
might be made Heirs of Salvation through
Faith in Jesus Christ.

I have dwelt the longer upon this Head,
to give some Light to those Texts which
relate to the Redemption from the Law ;
because it is a Point which is generally little
understood, and confequently much misre-
presented. Nor indeed can there be any
good Sense in the Notion of this Redemp-
tion, unless we take along with us the Key
that I have given: But with the Help of
this we may clear up several Passages in
St. Paul's Epistles, which are commonly
thought very obscure and difficult.

And it appears, from what has been said, that this Redemption from the Law is so far from being an inconsiderable Thing, with respect to us of the Gentile World, that it is the Foundation of all the other three Redemptions that remain to be spoken to, viz. from the Guilt of Sin, from the Power of it, and from the Grave, or the Power of Death : All these follow upon it; or it is the General under which these Particulars are contained. For you see that the Notion of Redemption from the Law, as that Term is used in Scripture, doth not


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only imply the Abrogation of the first Covenant of the Law, but takes into it the establishing a new Covenant, both with Jews and Gentiles. Now the Promiles made over in this new Covenant are neither more nor fewer than these three: First, The Pardon of Sin, which is the very fame Thing with Redemption from the Guilt of Sin.

Secondly, The Aslistance and Graces of the Spirit, which are the same Thing with the second Redenption from

from the Power of Sin. And Thirdly, Eternal Salvation of Body and Soul in the other World, which is the last Redemption I mentioned, viz. from the Grave. So that our Redemption from the Law doth virtually contain in it all the others.

2. But however, for the clearing the Text, it is fit that something should be said to each Particular. In the second Place therefore, when the Scripture speaks of the Redemption that was wrought for us by Jesus Chrift, sometimes by that Term is meant a Deliverance from our Sins, viz. from the Guilt and Punishment of them. Thus is the Word used in Eph. 1. 7. and Coloff. 1. 14. In both which Texts we meet with this Paffage (where the Apostle is speaking of Jesus Christ) In whom, says he, we have Redemption through his Blood, even the Forgiveness of Sins. Christ by his Death procured for all Believers the Remiffion of all their Sins, bought off the Punishment


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that was due to them; fo that no true Di-
fciple of his shall ever be called to an Ac-
count for them in another World. And
this is that Notion of Redemption that doth
commonly obtain among us. When we
speak of Christ as our Redeemer, we mean
it with relation to his dying for our Sins,
or making such Satisfaction to God for
them, that we, upon the Account thereof,
are acquitted or justified, though this be
indeed only one "Branch of our Redemp-

3. For, in the third Place, Christ came
as much to redeem us from the Dominion
of our Sins, as from the Guilt of them. It
was never his Design that a wicked Man
should be justified before God, and continue
still wicked: but he was sent as well to
destroy Sin in our mortal Bodies (to subdue
it so by the Power of the Spirit, that it
should not reign in us) as he was sent to
deliver us from the dreadful Consequences
of it, viz. the Punishments of another Life,
which would otherwise have fallen upon

And this is ancther Notion of Redemption that we meet with in Scripture; Tit. 2 14. as for Instance, Christ gave himself for us,

that he might redeem is from all Iniquity,
and purify to himself a peculiar People, zea-
lous of good Works. In this place it is plain
that Christ's Redemption of us is the ena-
bling us to mortify all our Lufts and evil
Habits, and to becomc holy and vịrtuous


Livers ;

Livers ; that as before we were the Slaves of Sin and of the Devil, so we should from henceforward walk as the Freemen of Jesus Chrift.

4. But then, besides these three Notions of Redemption already mentioned, there is also a fourth in the New Testament, and which indeed is the Confummation of all the rest, without which they would not have been compleat : and that is the eternal Glorification both of our Souls and Bodies at the last Appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we were obnoxious to eternal Punishment for our Sins, which Christ by his Death redeemed us from; as likewise we were the Slaves and Vassals of Sin, which Slavery Christ, by sending his Holy Spirit, redeemed us from ; so after these Redemptions were wrought, there still remained a fourth, viz. the Redemption of our Bodies from the Grave, and the uniting them with our Souls in perfect Happiness. And this to be effected by that Spirit which raised up Jesus from the Dead at the Day of the general Resurrection. Now in this Sense, as well as in the other fore-named, we have the Word Redemption frequently used in the New Testament; as Heb. 9. 12. Christ by entering into the holy Place (that is, the highest Heavens) hath obtained eternal Redemption for us. That is to say, Our Saviour ascending up into Heaven with his Body, to sit at the right Hand of God for



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