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containd in Holy Scripture, we must modestly depend upon God for the Establishment of it in Truth and Holiness; remembring, that in this our State of Trial and Imperfection we can know only in part ; that which is perfect will shortly appear, and then that which is in part will be done away : Through Faith alone we must pass unto Vision; and however to see may hereafter be our Happiness, to believe is at present our Duty.
HEBREW s iv. 13. Latter Part. - All things are naked and open unto
the Eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
HE Apostle does here en
deavour to excite the HeT brews to a striet Adherence
and entire Submission to
Christian Faith and Duty, as from other Motives, so particularly from the fuperior Dignity and Excellence of the Gospel above the Jewish Dispenfation ; for if several of the Israelites did not enter into the Land of Promise VOL. I.
upon account of their Unbelief or Difobedience; we Christians ought to take more especial Heed, left after the same Example of Unbelief or Disobedience, we also fall short of the Promise of a more glorious Rest, even of the heavenly Canaan ; and to give this Motive its full Force, he does by a beautiful and expressive Allusion recommend to us the Attainment of Christian Purity, the Necessity of presenting ourselves an holy Sacrifice without Spot or Blemish to that God, who is of purer Eyes than to behold Iniquity. The Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged Sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of Soul and Spirit, and of the Joints and Marrow, and is a Discerner of the Thoughts and Intents of the Heart: Neither is there any Creature, that is not manifest in his Sight; but all things are naked and open unto the Eyes of him with whom we have to do. The Terms which we translate naked and opened, are Metaphors taken froin the Custom of the Priests in flaying and opening the Bodies of Beasts designed for Sacrifices, in order
to view with Exactness every Part of their Inside, and to examine narrowly whether they came up to the Standard of legal Soundness; taking therefore along with us the Consideration of this Metaphor, the Passage of Holy Scripture now before us will evidently make up this Argument, Vain is the Presumption of sinning secretly against a God who knoweth our most hidden Thoughts and Intentions ; for the Word of God, by which we are to be judged, is far more quick in penetrating and discerning, far more exact in discriminating the inmost Recesses of the Heart, than the sharpest Inftruments which the Priests make use of for dissecting the Bodies, for separating and exploring the Entrails of their devoted Sacrifices. There is not any Man whose whole Conduct is not manifest in his all-searching sight; but all things, tho' of never so close and recondite a Nature, are like the Inside of the Sacrifices before the Priests, made bare and laid open in the Eyes of him with whom we have to do. Which Words, as they