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The Epistle of St. PAUL




OR the chief Observations that are to let the Reader into the main Arguinent of this Epistle, I refer him to the Preface of the Epistle to the Romans. Of those Questions which he there finds to be the Subject of them

both, this one is more particularly handled in This Letter against the Jewish Chriftians, viz. Whether Circumcision and the full Observation of the Ceremonial Law of Moses were necessary to the Salvation of a Christian Convert? All I now further observe is, The same Factious and Calumniating Spirit of these Jewiß Zealots of Galatia, with those of Rome and Corinth, the better to infinuate themselves with some People, they fuggefted St. Paul to B


be, at the Bottom, a Favourer of the Jewish Law; but to others that knew him better, they represented the Apostle as one not immediately Commissioned by Christ, as Peter, James, and John, &c. were ; but to be an Apostle at secondBand: Thus derogating from the Authority of his Commision, and the Certainty of his Doctrine. This will give the Reader the true Spirit of the several Expressions which tend to vindicate both his Apostleship, and the Sincerity and Consistency of St. Paul's Behaviour in the Controversy handled in this Epistle ; as of Cap. i. 1, 8, 9, 10, &c. to the End ; the whole second, and the twelve first Verses of the fifth Chapters, with the 13th and 17th Ver. of the sixth Chapter : In the two latter of which Chapters are some Practical Exhortations, designed chiefly against the Animosities and great Partialities that this Dispute had bred and ripened among them.

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of our Lord 58.

This E. The Title * the Apostle gives himself, levelled against the pistle was written in

Suggestions of their False Teachers of the Judaizing or about Faction. He wondereth at their Relapse from the true the Year

Christian Doctrine of Men’s being Justified and Saved by the Christian Religion alone, into the Jewish Principle of the Necessity of the Ceremonial Law : To cure them of which Prejudice is the main purpose of this

Epistle. His Answer to the Infinuations against the + See the Authority of his Commission t, and the Sincerity of his Preface.

Preaching A.D. 58. P Anot of men, nei AUL an Apostle, I Paul who am a Christian A

Favour or ther by man, but by Authority of Men, nor receiving * Jesus Christ, and God the + Father, my Commission by the choice of who raised him from the other Apofles', as Matthias the dead, did; but having it from the ex


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traordinary * and express Revelation of Jesus Christ A. D. 58, himfelf, and God the + Father, who raised him from

* Acts ix. the Dead.

xxii, & 2 And all the bre

2, 3. Send this Epistle to the xxvi. Chap. thren which are with Churches of Galatia, wishing you 14, 15.

+ Acts xxii. me, unto the churches all Favours and Blessings from God of Galatia :

the Father, and our Lord Jesus 3. Grace be to you Christ; as do also the Christian and peace, from God the Father, and from Brethren that are with me here at our Lord Jesus Christ. Rome. 4 Who gave

him- 4. Wishing you, I say, the Blesfelf' for our sins, that sings of Christ Jesus, who, accorhe might deliver us ding to the merciful and gracious from this present evil Purpose of God, and the Predictithe will of God and ons of his Prophets, gave himself our Father :

a Sacrifice for our Sins, to redeem

us from the Punishment and Condemnation that is justly to fall upon the vitious and obftinate Unbelievers || of the present Age.

5 To whom be glo- 5. For which Mercy be he ry for ever and ever. praised and glorified for ever and Amen.

ever! Amen. 6 I marvel, that ye 6. He therefore being the only are so soon removed Saviour by whom we obtain Parfrom him that called don and Redemption, I am amayou into the grace of Christ, unto another

zed to hear you should, so soon gospel.

after your Conversion, be thus

changed in your Belief of this grand Article, and be brought to embrace the Necessity of observing the Jewish Ceremonies, as a Chriftian Doctrine; whereas there is no such Matter. The Chriftian Religion is the only sufficient Foundation of your Justification and Happiness.

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|| Ver. 4. From this present evil World, or rather aan, the present Age. The Sence being the same with that of Aets ii. 47. this untoward Generation.

1. D. 58. 7 Which is not ano- 7. There can be no other : Nor mther; but there be could you have been perswaded there

fome that trouble you, was, unless by the fly Infinuations and would pervert the and false Suggestions of designing gospel of Chrift.

Men; whose Art and Business is to pervert the Gospel Doctrine, and model your Principles to their own private Interests and ambitious Purposes.


8 But though we, 8. The better to gain their Ends or an angel from hea- upon you, those Judaizing Teachers ven, preach any other would have you believe, that not that which we have only, Peter and the other Apostles, preached unto you, let but I my self also do sometimes preach him be * accursed.

up the Jewish Law, as absolutely

necessary along with the Christian Faith. So far from it, that I now solemnly pronounce, Were any one Apostle, nay, or (were it possible) should an Angel from Heaven be supposed to preach a thing so contra

ry to the Doctrine I at first delivered to you, he ought to Ver. 8, 9. be rejected and called * accursed. Rom. ix. 3. 1 Cor.xvi. 9 As we said be.

9. And, to show you I speak it fore, so say I now a- not hastily, but with all deliberation gain, If any man and sincerity, I repeat it again, Should preach any other gos. an Apoftle, or even an Angel

, preach pel unto you, I than that ye have received,

any thing so derogatory to, and wide let him be * accursed of, the true Gospel Doctrine, let him be

accursed. 10 For do I now

10. As to my self, should I do it, perswade men, or I know it would gain me the faGod? or do I seek to

vour of a Sett of Men, the Jewish please men ? for if I

Zealots ; but I hope you have no yet pleased men, I Thould not be the ser- reason to think the design of my yant of Christ.

Ministry is to curry favour with Men,

but to discharge my Duty to God, as his faithful Apostle ; which I could never do by that Method ; and were that my Principle, I need never to have


1 Ver. 9. Any other Gospel than that ye have received, wap'ö penbeets, any thing beside or more than ye have received from the Apoftles: viz any thing as necesary to Salvation.

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