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| Chapter IX.—The Old Testament is good: the New Testament is better. |
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Chapter IX.—The Old Testament is
good: the New Testament is better.
The priests954 indeed are good, but the High Priest is better; to whom the holy
of holies has been committed, and who alone has been trusted with the
secrets of God. He is the door of the Father, by which enter in Abraham,
and Isaac, and Jacob, and the prophets, and the apostles, and the Church.
All these have for their object the attaining to the unity of God. But the Gospel possesses
something transcendent [above the former dispensation], viz., the
appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ, His passion and resurrection. For
the beloved prophets announced Him,955
but the Gospel is the perfection of immortality.956
| 955 Literally, “proclaimed as to him.”
All these things are good
together, if ye believe in love.
The priests957 indeed, and the ministers of the word, are good; but the High
Priest is better, to whom the holy of holies has been committed, and who
alone has been entrusted with the secrets of God. The ministering powers
of God are good. The
Comforter is holy, and the Word is holy, the Son of the Father, by whom
He made all things, and exercises a providence over them all. This is the Way958
which leads to the Father, the Rock,959
the Key, the
Literally, “the hedge.” |
the Sacrifice, the Door962
of knowledge, through which have entered Abraham, and Isaac, and
Jacob, Moses and all the company of the prophets, and these pillars of
the world, the apostles, and the spouse of Christ, on whose account He
poured out His own blood, as her marriage portion, that He might redeem
her. All these things tend towards the unity of the one and only true
God. But the Gospel
possesses something transcendent [above the former dispensation], viz.
the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, His passion, and the
resurrection itself. For those things
which the prophets announced, saying, “Until He come for whom it is
reserved, and He shall be the expectation of the Gentiles,”963
have been fulfilled in the Gospel, [our Lord
saying,] “Go ye and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”964
All then are good together, the law, the
prophets, the apostles, the whole company [of others] that have believed
through them: only if we love one another.
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