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We should receive one another, as he hath received us ; 181 Sciptures might have the Scriptures, that is, by the strenuous Exercise Sect. 32. Hope.
of that Patience, which the Consolations admi-
of all our Tribulation. 5 Now the God of Pa Now
the GOD of Patience and Consolation, tience and Consolation grant from whom all this gracious and seasonable Pro: towards another, according visions proceed, give you more of this blessed to Jesus Chrift.
Temper; that ye may have the same mutual Af
fection, according to the Example of Jesus
hath sent his beloved Son into the World, to unite
them to those devout Praises which we address 7 Wherefore receive ye to his blessed Self thro' him.
anity Jews or Gentiles, considering it now as an
ready to prevail among Christians of different
(6) The same mutual Affection, according to the Example of Jesus Chrif.] Raphelius has evidently shewn, that avlo opoveiv, signifies to agree in an harmonicus and affectionate Manner, and that the Preposition rele, may be rendered according to the Example of. Compare Gah iv. 28. 1 Pet. 1. 15. Eph
. iv. 24. See Raphel. Annot. ex Herod. in Loc.
182 And Jews and Gentiles should glorify GOD together. Sect. 32: confined his personal Ministry, according to what Circumcifion, for the Truth he himself declared concerning the Limitation of of God, to confirm the
Promises made unto the FaRom..XV.8. his Embassy (Mat. xv. 24.) to the loft Sheep of thers :
the House of Israel. And this was for the Il-
And I would remind Jewish Believers, 9 And that the Gentiles
“ Gentiles, and fing Praises unto thy_Name (c).” 10 And again be, that is, Moses faith, (Deut. xxxii. 10 And again he faith,
Rejoice ye Gentiles with his people;" Rejoice, ye Gen-iles, with which
intimrte their being called to particiII pate the Blessings once peculiar to Israel. And
II And again, Praise the again, David faith, (Psal. cxvii. 1.) Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, and “ Lord, all ye distant Nations, and repeat his Praise, laud him, áll ye People. “ all ye People.” Now surely this glorious Priviledge of an Admitsion into the Church, may jusly engage the Gentile Nations to praise God, in fublimer Strains, than any other Occasion, .to which we can suppose either Moses or David.to
(c) I will confess to thee, &c.] Diodati, and many others, suppose this to be only an Aliusion to the Words of David in the Place referred to Mr. Pierce has taken great Pains to prove, that the whole xviiith Psalm is a direct Prophecy of Christ, who is, according to his Interpretation, to be considered as speaking throughout the whole of it. In which View he would render the Title, “ The Song which David fang when God delivered him “ from the Hand of Sheol, (instead of Saul,) that is, the Grave." But I cannot think his Reasoning conclusive, and the 23d Verse of that Pfalm seems an invincible Objection against this Solution. I have taken a middle Way, which I hope the attentive Reader will see Reason to approve. Compare Chap. ii. 24. where the fame Method of quoting seems evidently to be taken.
The Apostle prays, that the Romans' might abound in Hope.
12. And again Esaias refer. And again Isaiah Jays, expressly in Sect. 23. faith, There Thall be
a this View, (Isai. xi. 10.) “ Ibere fali be a Rot Root of Yee, and he that shall rise to reign over the
“ from the
Stock of Jelle," and one arising to rule Rom. XV. Gentiles ; in him shall the “ cver the Gentiles, [and] in bim shall the Gentiles
hope and trust; not dreading Destruction, but
chearfully expecting Protection and Salvation " from thence. It is evident therefore, how unreasonable it would be to despise thein, and how fit it is affectionately to receive, esteem, and
embrace them. 13 Now theGov of Hope
I am willing therefore, to persuade myself, 13 fill you with all Joy and Peace in believing, that ye
that this mutually candid Temper will prevail may abound in Hope thro' among you, and in the Confidence of it, I comthe Power of the Holy mend you all, without any Distinction, to the Ghost.
Divine Grace and Blessing. And accordingly,
planted and rooted in your Souls by his Agency.
Benevolence to each other, being filled, through
Part of an amiable and valuable Character.
in ledge to which God hath called Gentile. Believ-
184 Reflections on Christian Forbearance, and Self-denial." Sect. 32. ful and pious Remembrance of them, because of in Mind, because of the
Grace that is given to me that great Grace and Favour which is given to
of God, Rom. XV.
me of GOD; Even that I should be the mi 16 That I should be the nistring Servant of Jesus Chrif unto the Gentiles, Minister of Jesus Christ to administring to them in his Name, and by bís the Gentiles, miniftring the Authority, the infinitely valuable Gospel of GOD: Offering up of the Gentiles That the Offering the Gentiles to him, as a holy might be acceptable, being Sacrifice, by my Hands, may be acceptable to sanctified by the Holy Gholt. GOD, being fanétified and set apart by the Holy
Spirit, so plentifully communicated to them in a :17 rich Variety of Gifts and of Graces (d). I have 17 I have therefore therefore, in this Respect, considerable Matter of Jefus Christ, in those Things
glory boasting in Christ Jesus, with Respect to the Things which
pertain to God. of GOD (e), and the Office which I bear in his Church; which I esteem far more honourable than any Services of the Jewish State or Priesthood.
AY the abundant Communication of the Spirit, that is in Jesus
Chrift, form us more to the amiable Temper here recommended! That we may prove the distinguished Strength of our Minds, by the superior Fòrtitude with which we bear the Infirmities of our weaker Brea thren, and seek the noble Pleasure of pleasing our Neighbours for their Good, and to their Edification. Let the generous Self-denial of our great Lord be in this View ever before our Eyes; and let us endeavour to feel the Reproaches which are cast upon GOD, much more sensibly, than those which immediately fall upon ourselves.
Happy are we in the Scriptures, which thro’ Divine Providence and Grace have been written for our Instruction. May they inspire us with Patience and Consolation, and establish our Souls in humble Hope ! May
(d) Sanctified by the Holy Spirit, &c.] To explain this of the miraculous Descent of the Holy Spirit, supposed to have happened at Antioch in Pisidia, on Converts, who might be called the Firsi-fruits of the idolatrous Gentiles, Aets xiii. 52. which is the Interpretation advanced by the Author of Miscell
. Sacra (Vol. i. pag. 112.) and his Followers, is not only a needless Limitation of the more noble and natural Sense here given, but in my Judgment, for Reasons in Part given in my Notes on the Aets, an Explication which goes upon various Principles, precarious, or rather utterly incredible.
(e) With Respect to the Things of GOD, &C. 1e epos lov tor] Rapheliųs very justly observes, that this Phrase has a peculiar Propriety, when applied to sacerdotal Affairs, and elpecially Victims presented to GOD; of which the Apostle is here speaking. Other Texts are illustrated by this Remark, and particularly, Heb. ii. 17. See Raphel. Not. ex Xen. in Loca.
The Apostle would not boast of what Christbad
not wrought by bim; our Hearts be cemented in the Bond of mutual Love, that with one Mind Sect. 32. and one Mouth we may glorify GOD, and receive each other, with an En-m dearment like that, with which, if we are true Believers, notwithstand- Ver.5,6,7. ing our smaller Differences, we are received by him.
Mercy is communicated by Christ to Jews and Gentiles, who there- Ver. 8,-12. fore are justly required to unite their Praises to the Root of Jesse. Let us all trust under the Shadow of this pleasant Plant, and may we be filled with all Joy and Peace in believing. What can furnish out fo calm a Peace, Ver. 13. so sublime a Joy, as the Christian Hope? May we all abound in it by the Power of the Holy Ghoft. And surely, if we are filled with such Joy and Hope, we must be filled with all Goodness too, with a truly benevo- Ver. 14. lent Temper towards others, which a Sense of our own Happiness tends most powerfully to promote. We Gentiles have been presented to GOD Ver. 16. as a holy Offering : May we be sanctified more and more by his Spirit ; and established in a firm Confidence in Christ, that he will transact all our Concerns with God, under the Character of the great Mediator : Esteeming that the most happy and glorious Circumstance in the Station, Ver. 17. which Providence may have assigned to us, which gives us the greatest Opportunity of spreading the Honour of fo dear a Name, and of presenting Praises and Services to God through him.
The Apostle takes Occasion from what he had been saying, to
mention the Extent of his own Labours, and bis Purposes of further Journies, in which he hoped to visit the Romans; in the mean Time, earnestly recommending himself to their Prayers. Rom. XV. 18, to the End.
ROMANS XV. 18
ROMANS XV. 18. OR I will not dare to
HAVE hinted above at the Cause I have to Sect. 33. speak of any of those Things, which Christ hath rejoice and boast in Christ, as to what relates
Rom. XV. the Gentiles obedient by For I will not dare to boast falsely, nor even speak not wrought by me, to make to God, and the Office of my Christian Ministry.
18. Word and Deed,
any Thing, of what Christ bath not indeed wrought
Bounds of Truth, in making the Report, or ar-