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In an Attempt to explain, illustrate, and enforce the
BY THE REV. WILLIAM M'E WEN,
LATE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL IN DUNDEE.
THE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION FROM THE
NINTH BRITISH INITI SCAN
LIN'S HEAD, NO. 41, CHESNUT-STREET.
THE candid reader, who shall be pleased to perufe
1 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 inaxim, 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, un. der 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 divipe revelation ; but with what sincerity, it is not difficult to perceive. To suppose that the gospel is a new invention, and hatched in the age of the apostles, or that the religi.. on of Jews and Christians are entirely different, issignally injurious to them both : for as a living crea. ture, when cutin two, will seem at first to preserve Come faint remains of life in both its parts, but in a short time will totally expire ; so if the system of the true religion be cut asunder, and the faith of the Jews be wholly severed and detached from the faith of Christians, instead of having one religion of Jews, and another of Christians, we fhall in reality have no true religion at all surviving. But we do not propofe 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 Christ*,
* For the display and confirmation of this argument, that the gospel was emblematically preached, and Christ in a figure exhibited in ihese usages praciifed hy the ancient Jews, I do, with great plear fure, refer to that admirable and well-known book, intitled, Theron and Afpafio, Dialog. 3.