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PREFATORY REMARKS

ON

THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION

AS PROPOUNDED IN

THE EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS.

St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans is so universally distinguished as containing the most systematic account of man's redemption, that it may

be

proper to make a few prefatory remarks upon the general argument, before entering upon the particular exposition. Especially as the doctrine so clearly propounded and so strongly enforced in this epistle; the doctrine of JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH, is often assailed, often misrepresented, often misconceived.

Yet it is, in fact, the basis of the gospel revelation; and the question, whether we are justified by faith, or no, is in reality the question, whether we have, or not, an interest, a personal interest, in the covenant of the Gospel. For by faith alone can that interest be obtained.

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