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SER MON I.

Upon Huniane Nature.

Rom. xii. 4, s.

For as we have many Members in one Bo

dy, and all Members have not the same Office: So we being many are one Body in Christ, and every one Members one of another.

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Testament have all of them m
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a particular Reference to
the Condition and Usages
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the Time they were written. Therefore as they cannot be thoroughly understood, unless that Condition and those Usages are known and attcnded to : B

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they be discontinued or changed ; Exhortations, Precepts, and Illustrations of things, which refer to such Circumstances now ceased or altered, cannot at this Time be urged in that Manner, and with that Force which they were to the Primitive Christians. Thus the Text now before us, in its first Intent and Design, relates to the decent Management of those extraordinary Gifts which were then in the Church *, but which are now totally ceased. And even as to the Allusion that we are one Body in Christ, though what the Apostle here intends is equally true of Christians in all Circumstances, and the Consideration of it is plainly still an additional Motive over and above moral Considerations, to the Discharge of the several Duties and Offices of a Christian : Yet it is manifest this Allusion must have appeared with much greater Force to those, who by the many Difficulties they went through for the sake of their Religion, were led to keep always in View the Relation they stood in to their Saviour, who had undergone the same; to those, who from the Idola

tries * I Cor. xii,

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