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THE REV. JOSEPH BELLAMY, D. D.
LATE OF BETHLEM, CONNECTICUT.
IN THREE VOLUMES.
PUBLISHED BY STEPHEN DODGE.
PRINTED BY J. SEYMOUR, NO. 49, JOHN-STREET.
CONTENTS OF VOLUME III.
and the doctrine of an external graceless covenant, advanced by the
Section I. The nature of Mr. M.'s external covenant, as stated by him-
VII. Whether the Gospel calls fallen men to be reconciled to
X. Mr. M.'s scheme inconsistent with itself,
XL. The extraordinary methods Vir. M. takes to support his
Early Piety recommended; a Discourse on Eccles. xii. 1.
Wherefore the law was our School-Master to bring us unto CHRIST, that we might be justified by faith.
THE chief design of the present discourse is to give the true sense of this text; which will go far towards leading us into the nature of the Jewish religion, and of the Christian; and help to remove several dangerous mistakes, which mankind have been apt to run into. Now, in order to understand any text of Scripture, we are to consider the various circumstances of the discourse; such as the character of the persons spoken to, the manner how the text is introduced, and for what purpose; that we, seeing the occasion of what is written, and the scope and design of the inspired writer, may the more readily and certainly discern the true sense of the passage. Here, therefore, let us inquire into the character of the persons St. Paul had to deal with; the occasion and design of these words, and how they were introduced in the thread of his argument; and the grounds he saw in the nature of the Mosaic dispensation for this observation, that the law was a school-master to bring us to Christ.
I. As to the character of the persons St. Paul had to deal with. They, at least the ring-leaders of them, were by birth Jews, by education Pharisees, and now lately converted to Christianity; but yet zealous for some of their old pharisaical notions, fond of making proselytes to their own scheme, a scheme, in the apostle's opinion, subversive of Christianity.
While of the sect of the Pharisees, before their conversion to Christianity, they expected justification wholly by the deeds of the law. (Rom. x. 3.) But now, since their conversion to Christianity, they expected justification by the deeds of the law; and yet it seems not wholly; for they