Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.2

6 Mutual Edification," the Duty of Chriflians, SERM. Jefus Chrift has gathered together the Chidren I. of God that were flattered abroad, and of kiw yews and Gentiles, made one beautiful church, united in- himfelf, and by their adherence to him, according the divine plan laid in the eternal counfels of his father. God, intending in the antient yewifh eeconomy to fet forth a fhadow of better things to come, commanded Mofes to make a tabernacle in the wildernefs, where he would place the tokens of his pre- fence, and (hewed him a pattern on the Mount. But, the things which were old, and indeed made to be taken away, are now áétually vanifheda giving place to a higher conftitution worthy in all refpeas of its great founder, a fpiritual building, which is the inure fociety of fincere chriftians, an habita- tion of God through the Jpirit. This is ex- cellentlydefcribed by the apo file * ; And (ye Chriftians) are built upon the foundation of the ap jiles and prophets, Yefus Chrifi t_imfe being the chief corner (lone. In whom all the building fitly framed together, groweth unto an holy tem- ple in the Lord, The foundation being the apoftles and prophets, that is their dottrine, and. Jefus Çhrift, or the gofpel fcheme of which he is Eph. ii. io, 21. the