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SUBJECts and Occasions,
By the most Reverend
Lord Archbishop of Canterbury.
VOLUME the SEVEN TH.
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SER MON CXI.
The danger of all known sin, both from
the light of nature and revelation.
ROM. i. 18, 19
all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold
N the beginning of this chapter, the apostle de- SER M, clares that he was particularly designed and ap- i
pointed by God to preach the gospel to the The first world, and that he was not ashamed of his ministry, this text. notwithstanding all the reproach and persecution it was attended withal, and notwithstanding the night and undervaluing opinion which the world had of the doctrine which he preached, it being “ to the Jews a
ftumbling-block, and to the Greeks foolishness;" for tho' this might reflect some disparagement upon it in the efteem of sensual and carnal men, yet to those who weighed things impartially, and consider'd the excellent end and design of the christian doctrine, and the force and efficacy of it to that end, it will appear to be an instrument admirably fitted by the wisdom of God, for the reformation and salvation of mankind. Az
SERM. And therefore he tells us, verse 16. that how CXI.
, much soever it was despised by that ignorant and inconsiderate age, “ he was not ashamed of the gos. “ pel of Christ; because it is the power of God “ unto salvation, to every one that believeth, to the “ Jew first, and also to the Greek ;” that is, the doctrine of the gospel sincerely believed and embraced, is a most proper and powerful means, designed by God for the salvation of mankind; not only of the Jews, but also of the Gentiles.
The revelations which God had formerly made, were chiefly restrained to the jewish nation; but this great and last revelation of the gospel, was equally calculated for the benefit and advantage of all mankind. The gospel indeed was first preached to the Jews, and from thence publish'd to the whole world ; and as this doctrine was design’d for the general benefit of mankind, so it was very likely to be effectual to that end, being an instrument equally fitted for the salvation of the whole world, Gentilés as well as Jews; “ it the power of God to salvation to every “ one that believes, to the Jew first, and also to the “ Greek.”
And to shew the efficacy of it, he instanceth in two things, which render it so powerful and effectual a means for the salvation of mankind.
First, because therein the grace and mercy of God in the justification of a sinner, and declaring him righteous is so clearly revealed, ver. 17. “ For therein " is the righteousness of God revealed, from faith to “ faith, as it is written, the just shall live by faith.” This is very obscurely exprest, but the meaning of this text will be very much cleared, by comparing it with another in the iiid chapter of this epistle, ver: