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" There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after tlie Spirit.*'

Rom. viii. 1.

" There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after tlie Spirit.*'

Rom. viii. 1.

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DELIVERACES.BY T. LEWIS" There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are inChrist Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after tlie Spirit.*'Rom. viii. 1.Moses, to whom the welfare of Israel was dearerthan his OAvn life, closes his benediction of thatpeople with this exclamation, " Happy art thou, OIsrael ! who is like unto thee, O people, saved bythe Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is thesword of thy excellency! and thy enemies shall befound liars unto thee ; and thou shalt tread upontheir high places." But this people, with all thewonderful interpositions of heaven in their favour ;with their happy locality, " a land flowing withmilk and honey;" and with their superior consti-tution, both civil and religious, were intended espe-cially to typify and prefigure a better and morespiritual dispensation, by which they were to besucceeded. The main points of their history andB2 CHRISTIAi^ PRIVILEGES.economy were a shadow of things to come. Christand his Church were the substance. The honoursand distinctions, in which that people gloried,pointed to the higher honours, the better distinc-tions, of the people of God under the Christiandispensation. The shadows were temporal andevanescent blessings ; they are long since spent and
gone. The substance consists in spiritual, incor-ruptible, never-fading privileges. The former stateof things is described as " The Law given byMoses," — the latter, as " Grace and TruthBROUGHT I BY Jesus Christ." The distinctionsand privileges of the Israelites, under the Mosaicdispensation, were national^ and necessarily limited;the Christian privileges belong to every nationunder heaven, knowing no limit throughout thefamily of man. Magnificent and splendid, then,as was the Jewish economy, when we come tocontemplate the blessings of the Gospel, and theprivileges of believers in Christ, we may with allpropriety conclude, that " even that which wasmade glorious had no glory in this respect, byreason of the glory that excelleth. For if thatwhich is done away was glorious, much more thatwhich remaineth is glorious." In the economywhich has answered its end, and passed away, therewas also a character both of serviHty and sternness.The yoke which it imposed was grievous and bur-densome, and not intended to be permanent. Fromthat bondage, Christ, the founder of a better dispen-DELIVERACES. 6sation, has set his people free. Hence the con-gratulations of the Apostle, as he contemplates thecheering contrast. " Ye are not come," he says,"to the mount that might be touched, and thatburned with fire ; nor unto blackness, and darkness,and tempest ; but ye are come unto Mount Sion,and unto the city of the living God, the heavenlyJerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels; to the general assembly and church of thefirstborn, which are written in heaven ; and toGod, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just menmade perfect ; and to Jesus, the Mediator of the
new covenant; and to the blood of sprinkling, thatspeaketh better things than that of Abel." In thisbeautiful and sublime passage, the Apostle seems asthough, in the ecstacy of his feelings, he woulddescribe the very blessedness and glory of theheavenly state ; and yet it is but the enunciation of privileges to which Christians are already come.And how is this? Truly, because the Church aboveand the Church below are one.On much stronger grounds, therefore, than thosewhich Moses had, may we exclaim, " Happy are ye,O Christians! who are like unto you, O people,saved by the Lord; whom the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ hath blessed with all spiritualblessings in heavenly places in Christ, according ashe hath chosen you in him, before the foundation of the world, that ye should be holy, and withoutblame before him in love!" Yes, the covenant4 , CHRISTIA PRIVILEGES.which the Lord graciously promised to make withhis people, after the days of the old dispensation,the Apostle directly claims for believers in Christunder the 7iew. " This is the covenant that I willmake with the house of Israel, after these days,saith the Lord. I will put my law into their minds,and write them in their hearts; and I will be tothem a God, and they shall be to me a people. ForI will be merciful to their unrighteousness; theirsins and iniquities will I remember no more."In proposing to treat of Christian Privileges, thedifficulty is not in finding a sufficiency of them toengage our attention, for they are numerous ; buthow to cuU and arrange them best for profitablemeditation. It is but a limited portion of them we

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