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and the doctrine of an earternal graceless covenant, advanced by the
Rev. Mr. Moses.Mather, shown to be an unscriptural doctrine.
VII. Whether the Gospel calls fallen men to be reconciled to
– IX. The Christian creed, the Arminian creed, and Mr. M.'s
— X. Mr. M.'s scheme inconsistent with itself, - -
own scheme, and to keep himself in countenance, - -
Wherefore the law was our School-Master to bring us unto . . . . Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
} THE chief design of the present discourse is to give the true sense of this text; which will go far towards leading us into the nature of the Jewish religion, and of the Christian ; and help to remove several dangerous mistakes, which mankind have been apt to run into. Now, in order to undero stand any text of Scripture, we are to consider the various circumstances of the discourse; such as the character of the persons spoken to, the manner how the text is introduced, and for what purpose; that we, seeing the occasion of what is written, and the scope and design of the inspired writer, may the more readily and certainly discern the true sense of the passage. Here, therefore, let us inquire into the character of the persons St. Paul had to deal with ; the occasion and design of these words, and how they were introduced in the thread of his argument; and the grounds he saw in the nature of the Mosaic dispensation for this observation, that the law was a school-master to bring us to Christ. I. As to the character of the persons St. Paul had to * with. They, at least the ring-leaders of them, were by o birth Jews, by education Pharisees, and now lately convert** ed to Christianity; but yet zealous for some of their old pharisaical notions, fond of making proselytes to their own scheme, a scheme, in the apostle's opinion, subversive of Christianity. While of the sect of the Pharisees, before their conversion to Christianity, they expected justification wholly by the deeds of the law. (Rom. x. 3.) But "9", since their conversion to Christianity, they expected justification by the deeds of the law; and yet it seems not wholly; for they W 0 L 111, 2