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That the Blood of Christ cleanses us

from Sin.

Hebr. ix. 14.
How much more Jhall the blood of Christ, who

through the eternal spirit offered bimself - without spot to God, purge your conscience

from dead works to serve the living God.

T HE Apostle, in the foregoing part of Serm.

I this chapter, shewing how the great I. anniversary sacrifice of expiation was a type m of Christ, proceeds to compare the blood of those beasts which were offered up in it with the blood of Christ; in several instances all contained in this verse. For,

Whereas in the feast of expiation the Highpriest offered up the blood of bulls and goats, Christ offered up himself.

The High-priest was a finner, and offered up those facrifices for his own fins as well as for the sins of the people; but Christ offered up himself without spot, and in him was offered the blood of the lamb of God without Spot, and without blemish.

Again, the High-priest offered up the blood of beasts only, but here was offered up the VOL. I.

blood

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Ser m. blood of a man, the blood of Christ. Nor

I. was it a sacrifice meerly human neither, but it m was offered up dia wveúpalos diwvix, through

the eternal spirit, not through the holy spirit, as some few copies have it by a very obvious mistake : By which is signified, that it was the blood of a divine person, the blood of a man united to the divinity.

And lastly, which was the design and inference he makes from all the rest, he compares them as to their power and efficacy. The blood of those sacrifices could cleanse men only from legal impurities, such as were contracted by touching a dead body; eating meat that was forbidden by the law; drinking out of an unclean vessel; and such like. But the blood of Christ purges the conscience, and washes away the guilt and pollutions of the foul. For if the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of an þeifer sprinkling the unclean fanéti feth to the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge the conscience from dead works to ferve the living God.

The word here used of the blood of Christ is zobepí{w to purify (i. e.) by cleansing or washing, as appears from the sprinkling to which it is opposed in the foregoing verse ; and in other places where the very expression of washing is used with respect to the blood of Christ.. * And by dead works, is meant such fins as men have been guilty of in the former course

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