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for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men) are vastly more extensive than what took place under the old covenant. His words are thus:---- For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptised into Christ, have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female ; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's then are ye Abraham's feed, and heirs according to the promise." Whereas those who deny baptism to infants, because they cannot believe, or profess faith in Christ, do in effect say, that such are NOT of the kingdom of heaven.
It may be added here, that it ill becomes us to lia mit the time, or fay, how foon or late a child is ca. pable of understanding the word of salvation, inaf. much as we find it wricten Psalm viii. 2..66 out of the mouth of babes and fucklings thou hast ordained strength, because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger," When the chil.dren cried in the temple, Hosanna to the Son of Day , vid, it is said, Matthew xxi. 15, 16. that " the chief priests and scribes were fore displeased, And they said unto him, heareft thou what these fay? And Jesus faith unto them, yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sickling's thou hast perfected. praise? Thus bę çonfounded the wisdom of the wife, and brought to nothing the understanding of the prudent; evincing, that years and great knowledge are of no avail to falvation, and doth not place any person in a jot more advantageous situation towards obtaining a part in the kingdom of heaven, than thofe are in who have the fimplicity of babes. But not to dwell on this part of the subject, however in. capable infants are of understanding the word of salvation ; yet as they are reckoned in the scriptures to be heirs of the promise, and of the kingdom of God, this is sufficient warrant for their being baptised. As to . :?:47. : C%;
in also you are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God." Here the apostle Thews the completeness of christians in Chrift, even in the ana
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pression to the Galatians, “ I am crucified with Christ," where he cannot be supposed to mean that he was literally crucified, as Christ was; but that he understood so much of the glory of a crucified Christ, as that he imitated him in a contempt of the world in . all its views; or in his own words, what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jefus my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung that I may win Chrift--that I may know--the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.”
Thus the effect of the gospel on the first believers was manifested. For so soon as they understood the glory and dignity of the person of Christ, they acted as those that saw something superior to all the glory of the world, and acted towards it as those that were crucified to a hope in it, or those that were dead to it. And so they were baptised into liis death, Buried with him by baptism into death which was manifested when, instead of the hope in this life that was natural to them, and which had additional hold of them by, the religion they had been educated.in, promising a temporal reward to obedience, earthly happiness in the land of Canaan ; they let go this hope for the hope laid up in heaven, and sold their poffeffions and goods, and took joyfully the spoiling of their goods, knowing in themselves that they had in hea. ven a better and more enduring substance. - Thus shewing theinfelves to be risen with Christ through the faith of the operation of God, setting their affections on things above where Christ is, at the right hand of God. And thus being crucified with Christ, dead with Christ, and buried with him in baptism, rifen with Christ, &c. it was no more a hard saying, “lay not up for yourselyes treasure on earth.--Sell that ye have