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LAW, preached to the JE W and GENTILE,
In an EXPLANATION of that grand Ritual, comprehended in these fix Branches;
The Prefervation of the perpetual Fire; the taking away the Afbes of the Altar; the Oblation of the Lambs, with their Meat and Drink-Offering; the High-Prief's daily Meat-Offering; the Lighting of the feven Lamps, and the Burning of the Incense: Which conftituted the Figures of the one Prieft-Hood of Jefus Chrift, from the Beginning to the End of all the Ages, foreordained for his mediatorial Kingdoms.
The Errors and Mif-conceptions of Writers on this Subject are pointed out, and the Defign of the whole Inftitution is fet in one uniform and confiftent View.
By the Rev. Mr. RICHARD CLARKE, CURATE of Cheshunt, HERTFORDSHIRE.
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the Sin of the World. John i. 29.
Except a Man be born of Water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. John iii. 6.
Except ye eat the Flesh of the Son, and drink his Blood, ye have no Life in you. John vi. 53:
Behold, He cometh with Clouds, and every Eye fhall fee bim. Rev. i. 7.
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REA DE R.
T fhall be my Endeavour in this Preface to remove the feveral Objections, which will in all Probability be made to the Work; and alfo in the fecond Place, to give a few Directions for the more eafy underStanding of my Writings, and all other Books in the fpiritual Way.-The greatest Enemies to this Kind of Interpretation, both in the inner and Spiritual Ground, and in the Extent and Fulness of the Redemption maintained in it, will arife from the Predefti narians of every Sect and Community from the rational Divines, as they are called; and from ignorant Zealots in every Church.
To the First, it ought to be only necessary to obferve, that as the Elect cannot fail of Salvation, nor be deceived by any falfe Prophets, or Interpreters of Scripture; or in whatever Senfe, they understand the word Prophet: They ought to be eafy and unconcerned above all other Believers, for no false Doctrine can make void the eternal Decrees of Almighty God.---And as for the Univerfality of the Redemption; if it be an unTruth, it can no Way be their Lofs. The Number of the Elect can neither be leffened or increafed, according to their own Principles and Opinions. Therefore, if they would act confiftently, they ought to be neutral, or rather unmoved at any Kind of Doctrines taught in the World. They have a Right to fit quiet and happy under their own Vine and Fig-tree, because they must be faved by the pre-determined Council of that God, whom no Power can refift or fruftrate his Will.---Secondly, in Respect to the rational Divines: They have no juft Title to this proud Diftinction. For they, who never underfood or explained the phyfical Ground of Redemption, cannot be called rational: This character belongs only to the mystical
Writers, or the Spiritualizers of the Law and Gospel. The first may inculcate the moral Precepts of the Scripture, and the (a) Word of Exhortation: They are useful against falfe Pretences to divine Illumination, and in their Line and Sphere may teach the relative Duties enjoined by the Gospel. they have by no Means the Gift of Prophefying, and of fulfilling the Part of (b) Prophets, Apoftles, Evangelifts, Paftors and Teachers, who are always neceflary for the feveral Claffes of Babes, young Men and Elders in' Chrift, to divide the Word of Truth according to their Growth in the Knowledge of Jefus, their Lord. And it has been too much their vain and bold Attempt to measure Revelation and divine Things by their own Reafon, as if it was equal to the Heighth and Depth of all Truth. Hence thefe Rdtionalis, like the Men of Babel, difperfe different Ways, and make ufe of different Tongues. Arminius, Epifcopius and Curcellæus take one Road; Socinus and the Fratres Poloni another; which Luther and
Calvin bad done before: While the Spiritual Writers
(a) Rom, xii. 8.
(b) Eph. iv. 11.