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desh; though there is neither circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free; in consequence of God's regard for Israel, it was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to them, Acts xiii. 46. Hence we read, that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, “to the Jew first;" and therefore the commandment was issued that the Apostles should begin at Jerusalem.

Thus we see, that the commandment given to begin at Jerusalem answered various important ends. It afforded a demonstration of the truth of the Gospel ; it showed God's patience and long-suffering towards his ancient people, and was a pledge of their restoration. It exhibited the infinite perfection of the sacrifice offered upon Calvary, which removes sin of the deepest dye; it was also a fulfilment of prophecy, and of the types and figures which went before.

But, in connexion with this, let us not overlook the severity of God. For eighteen hundred years, the nation of Israel has been subjected to the most awful judgments. Their wickedness in crucifying Jesus was very great ; but still, peace and pardon were proclaimed to them through His blood. Instead, however, of the goodness of God leading them to repentance, they set themselves by every means in their power to prevent the progress of the Gospel. They persecuted the Apostles,—forbidding them to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved,--and thus filled up the measure of their iniquities; so that wrath came upon them to the uttermost. To this hour, they are fugitives and wanderers upon the face of the earth, and so shall they continúe till they shall say, “Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord,”-thus acknowledging that the Stone which the builders set at nought, is indeed the Head of the corner,



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