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receive from him at last all the blessings
such away as naturally suggests that purity and holiness which is the principle and rule of our whole conduct. This advantage of drawing near to God by the blood of Jesus, the apostle, taking his images from the Jewish worship, hath described, Heb. x. 19–22, Having therefore, brethren, bold. ness to enter into the holiest [to the throne of God in heaven] by the blood of Jesus ; the new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us [having first opened, and gone in it himself, leading us therein to God and to eternal life] through the vail, that is to say, his [crucified] flesh. And having an high priest over the house of God: let us draw near to God [in his worship] with a true [sincere and upright] heart [of love and devotedness to him, J in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled [or cleansed] from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed [from all sensual pollution] with pure water, [the word of God..] Let us hold fast the projession of our faith [in principle and practice] without wavering (for he is faithful that promised.) And let us consider one another to provoke, [or excite] unto love and to good works. Not forsaking the as
sembling of ourselves together in our religious societies, but piously frequenting them, as those that hope by the blood of Jesus, the new and living way, to be shortly introduced into the glorious society above, where our high priest lives and reigns for eyer. * 200. Happy is the man who forms his principles and temper upon this perfect model, the blood of Christ ; who comes unto God in every act of worship by this way, and who keeps his eye in the whole course of his life upon this guide. Great is his peace and comfort : he walks steadily in the path of all truth and virtue, and is sure of glory, honour, and immortality.
* Agreeably to this whole description of drawing near to God by the blood of Christ, we are, I conceive, to understand, asking in his name : i.e. as his sincere disciples and followers, and in dependence upon the grace of God in him.