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mong the Jews and Gentiles, and so defigis the fulnefs of the Gentiles, whom God derermined to bring in, ver. 25. and especially that all Israel, ver. 26. that shall be saved, not by their own righteousness, but by che pure mercy and free grace of God. In short, by the all, whom he has mercy on, and in order to bring them to a sense of cheir need thereof, concludes in, and convinces of unbelief, are to be understood all believers, that is, who are eventually so, be they Jews or Gentiles, as Vorstius observes *; which is manifest from a parallel text; · The scripture bath concluded all under fin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Hence this paffage neither milicates against an absolute election, or special redemption of particular persons.

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NUMB. XXXVI. Rom. xiv. 15.

But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat,

now walkeft thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

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HESE words are frequently used in

favour of universal redemption, and to prove that. Christ died not only for the elect, for his sheep, and true believers, buc alfo for them that perish; and the argument from them is formed thus ; - If Christ died for them that perish, and for them that do not perish; he died for all : But Christ died for them that perish, and for them that do not perilh ; ergo, he died for all men. That he died for them that do not perish, is confessed by all ; and that he died for such as may, or shall perish, is intimated in this injunction ; destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. But whether so much is intimated hereby, will be seen when the following things are considered;

I. That the injunction, destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Chrift died, does

"Remonstr. in Coll. Hag. Art. ii. p. 1;2.

Act. Synod. p. 316, &c.

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not

not intend eternal destruction ; fince hat
can never be thought to be either in the wil
or power of those on whom this is enjoined.
Such a degree of malice and wickedneis
surely, can never arise in the heart of any,
10 wish for, desire and take any steps to
wards the eternal damnation of ochers;
What comes nearest to such an instance, is
the Jews prohibition of the apostles, to speak
to the Gentiles, that they might be saved";
which discovered implacable and inveterate
malice indeed ; but surely nothing of this
kind could ever be among brethren of the
same faith, and in the same church state ;
and were ,any so wicked as to defire the
eternal destruction of another, yet it is
not in his power to compass it; none can
eternally destroy but God ; fear not them
which kill the body, but are not able to kill
the soul ; but rather fear bim wbich is able
to defiroy both foul and body in hell. Besides,
is it realonable to suppose, or conclude, that
eternal damnation should follow upon eac-
ing and drinking things indifferent, as herbs,
meat and wine, or be caused by an offence
given and taken through these things? there,
fore, unless it can be proved, tha: ciera
destruction did, of mig's: esto!

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and stumbled hereby, as to perish eternally, there is no force in the argument.

II. It will appear from the context, that the destruction of the weak brother dehorted from, is not the eternal destruction of his person ; but the present destruction, interruption or hindrance of his peace and comfort. To destroy the brother with meat, is by eating it, to put a stumbling, or an oce casion to fall in bis way, ver. 13. noć to fall from the

and favour of God, but so as that the peace of his mind may be broken, his affections to the brethren wax cold, and he be staggered in the doctrines of the gospel : Hence, says the apostle, It is good nei. ther to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak, ver.2 1. to do which, is contrary to Christian charity ; if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkeft thou not charitably; yea, it is destroying the work of God, ver. 20. not the Christian convert, who is God's workmanship ; nor the good work of grace, which will be performed until the day of Chrift; nor the work of faith, which will never fail* ; but the work of peace in churches, and particular persons, which God is the author of, and which, the things that make for it, faints should follow after,

grace

Vid. wbitby, p. 436, 442.

ver,

vef.19. Now I ELS Ter Ür vor has died, men de sus revet, nitrerie wounded, t Text tov't, mit De eternally pere, and to can be su imtaaress of Christ's dricg for tich is may be, or me eternally loít. The apettle's delign in this dehortation, is magifeftly this; partly from the intereft Chrift has in, and the love he has thew'd to such brethren in dying for them ; and partly from the hurt that may be done to their weak minds and confciences, to deter stronger believers from giving them any offence by their free use of things indifferent, though he knew their eternal falvation could not be in any danger thereby.

NUMB. XXXVII.

i Cor. viii, 11.

And through thy knowledge, Mall the weak

brother perish, for whom Chrifl died?

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