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2 Sam. 12.

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SE R m. treading in their Steps, we shall certainly

follow them. It was from this Source that the pious King drew his Comfort upon the Death of his beloved Son. But now he is dead, wherefore should I faft? can I bring bim back again? I shall go to him, but be Mall not return to me. To Sorrow is humane and becoming, it is one of the tender and lovely Passions of our Natures, which is wanting in none but obdurate Hearts ; but to sorrow us those that have no Hope, is to forrow like Heathens, and to forget that we are Christians, for if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even fo them also wbich sleep in Jefils, will God bring with him.

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HEBR. 9. 27. and Part of the 28th

Verse.
And as it is appointed unto Men

once to die, but after this the

Fudgment,
So Christ was once offered to bear

the Sins of many.

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HE Author of this Epistle, en- SERM.
deavours to convince the Jewish XIII.
Converts, that the Sacrifice of
Christ once

offered

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the Cross, had put a final Period to all the Sacrifices of the Law. To this End he suggests two Arguments; the First is taken

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Ser m. from the transcendent Value and Efficacy

of Christ's Sacrifice, which by one single Oblation performed

performed that great Work, which their repeated Sacrifices could not effeet any otherwise than as Types and Representations of his Death. This you will find clearly and copiously Thewn before and after my Text.

The second Argument is taken from the general Law which God hath

put

all Mankind under, and that is to die once, and but once; from whence it follows, that the humane nature of Christ having once suffered Death on the Cross, that Sacrifice could not be repeated a second Time. This is a Position which St. Paul expresly lays down in his Epistle to the Romans, ch. 6. v. 9, 10. Knowing that Christ being raised from the Dead, dieth no more; Death bath no more Dominion over him ; for in that he died, be died unto Sin once. Since therefore Christ could die but once, it follows, that the one Sacrifice which he offered upon the Cross, must be sufficient to answer fully the End and Intention of it, without any Repetition. And this is the Substance of the Apostles Argument as introduced in the Words of my Text, And as it is appointed

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unto Men once, that is, but once, to die, and Serm.
after Death, the Judgment, fo Christ was
once offered to bear the Sins of many.

I cannot proceed to what I mainly de-
signed in my Choice of this Text, without
making one Observation as I pass, which
must naturally offer it self to every Man who
hears it read : And this is, that the Po-
pish Doctrine of the real Presence, and real
Sacrifice of Christ in the Holy Sacrament,
is utterly overthrown by this Argument of
St. Paul. For if it be true as the Church
of Rome affirms, and requires all Christians
to believe, that the Body and Blood of
Christ are truly and properly present under
the Appearance of the Bread and Wine,
and that Christ is actually sacrificed every
Time that the Mass is celebrated, then the
whole reasoning of St. Paul in this place is
false and groundless. St. Paul reasons at
the 25th Verse, that it was not necessary
that Christ should offer himself often, as the
High Priest entreth into the holy Place every
Year with the Blood of others, for then be
must often have suffered since the Foundation
of the World. He affirms, that by the ge-
neral Law of Mortality, Men are to die
once and no more, and that pursuant there-

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XIII.

Serm. to, Christ was once offered to bear the Sins of

many; and in the 12th Verse of the next Chapter, That by ONE Offering be bath perfected for ever them that are sanctified; and in the Place above-mentioned to the Romans, That Christ being raised from the Dead, dietb no more. Now it Transubftantiation and the Sacrifice of Christ in the Mass be true, St. Paul must be quite mistaken, and we must wipe all these Texts out of our Bible ; for the Romish Priests bave found out the Art of sacrificing Christ ten thousand Times in every Year.

Having thus shewn you how the Words of my Text are introduced and connected, I Thall not consider them as they stand a Part of St. Paul's Argument in this place; but as a separate Proposition. For it is appointed unto Men once to die, and after Death the Judgment.

Two Things are here plainly affirmed, the firit is the Certainty of Dearh to all Men.

The 2d is the Consequence or Sequel of Death, and that is the Judgment of every Man at God's Tribunal.

As to the Former of these, viz, theCertainty of Death, it is needless for me to go about

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