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29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh:
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit to-
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and
lest any man should beguile you with
-5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with
have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk
§ 4. COLOšs. ii. 8-15.
who inculcate the Worship of Angels, and the Abstinence
Tur HAND-WRITING QF ORDINANCES-CHAP. XIV.
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over their Power in his glorious Resurrection from the VulgarÆra, 62.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ :
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power ;
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses ;
14 Blotting out the hand-writing of ordinances to that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross :
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
18 The apostle, in this expression, seems evidently to refer to the Jewish law, in allusion, perhaps, to Numb. v. 23. But as the Gentiles seem also to be included by him, the hand-writing of ordinances must either intend the law of conscience, the transgression of whose precepts subjected the Gentiles to death. The law of conscience may be regarded as comprised in or united to the law of Moses, by which these precepts were more generally promulgated, and rigorously enforced, subjecting alike all mankind to the curse of eternal death, which curse was abolished, or blotted out, by the death of Christ. We must otherwise suppose that the apostle, by changing the form of his words, you into us, in this instance, addressed the Jews, confining this expression to their Jewish ritual, which was now by the death of Christ blotted out, and entirely abolished; thereby intimating that neither Jew nor Gentile were bound any longer by its observance; that it was now entirely cancelled, as other bonds were, by being struck through with a nail; that as it no longer existed to separato Jews and Gentiles, they were all admitted to the same equal privileges, the same condition of salvation, through faith in Christ. Macknight, however, is of a different opinion, and supposes that the moral and not the ritual precepts of the law of Moses, to which the curse was annexed, were blotted out; but as Christ expressly declares he came not to destroy the law, but to fulll it ; its moral precepts, engraven in our consciences, must be binding under every dispensation--we are all called upon to fulfil the spirit of the Mosaic law.
from the 62,
Power of Sin and eternal Death by Christ alone— The
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink,
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the
your reward, in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind;
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
86. coloss. ii. 20, to the end.
the Punishment of the Law for Sin, and are thereby deli-
HOLINESS THE CHARACTERISTIC OF TRUE CHRISTIANS. Julian Pe. trines however have an appearance or display of Wisdom, Rome. riod, 4775.
being a Worship founded on the Will of Man, voluntarily
performed, and a supposed act of Humility, Mortifica-
20 Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ from the rudi-
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not ;
22 Which all are to perish with the using,) after the commandments and doctrines of men ?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will-
COLOSS. iii. 1-11.
with Christ in the Waters of Baptism, in token that in
19 This expression is variously translated. Commentators suppose it alludes to the first elements, or principles of science; to the first begionings of picty, or the first principles of religion aad philosophy. Locke refers it to “the law;" and Dr. Clarke observes, that the observances of Jewish rites and ceremonies were only rudiments, first elements, or the alphabet out of which the whole science of Christianity was composed. We have often seen that the world, and this world, signify the Jewish dispensation, or the rites, ceremonies, and services performed under it.
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Deeds ; to put on the new Man, which is re-made by God
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth :
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall
with him in glory.
6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on
7 In the which ye also walked sometime, when ye lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds ;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him :
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision
§ 8. Coloss. iii. 12–17.
to the high Privileges and Blessings of the Gospel, to