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AN

EXPOSITION

OF THE

EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS;

WITH THE

PRELIMINARY EXERCITATIONS.

BY JOHN OWEN, D. D.

REVISED AND ABRIDGED;

WITH

A FULL AND INTERESTING LIFE OF THE AUTHOR, A COPIOUS

INDEX, &c.

BY EDWARD WILLIAMS, D. D.

Search the Scriptures.......JOHN V, 5%.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

BOSTON:
PRINTED AND SOLD BY SAMUEL T. ARMSTRONG:

No. 50, CORNHILL,
WHITING & WATSON, NEWYORK; HowE & DEPOREST, NRWHAVEN,
AND W. W, WOODWARD, PHILADELPHIA,

1812.

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AN

EXPOSITION.

CHAPTER I.

VERSES 1, 2. God, who at sundry times and in divers manner: spake in time

past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all

things, by whom also he made the worlds. $1. The apostle's desigo. $2. The subject stated. $3. (1.) The law and gospel both agree ia having God for their author. $

4 6. (II.) The difference as to their revelation consists 1. In the times of their promulgation, $7 0. 2. The manner of it. $10, 11, 3. Persons employed. $12. (III.) Jewish prejudices against the gospel obviated, by attending to $13. i. The just statement of God's revealing his will by his Son. $14. 2. Several excellencies attending the reveladon itself. $15. 3. The concessions of the Jews. $16. 4. The dignity and glory of Christ the revealer, who is, $17--20. (1.) Heir of all. $21. (4) By appointment. And $22–94. (3.) Maker of the world. 525–36. (IV.) Doctrinal and practical observations.

$1. The apostle's grand design, throughout this epistle is, to engage the Hebrews to constancy and perseverance in their attachment to the gospel with its fundamental doctrines, and his main argument, for that purpose, is taken from the immediate author, the promised Messiah, the Son of God. Him, therefore, in this chapter, he describes at large, declaring what he is absolutely, in his person and offices, and comparatively, with respect to other ministerial revealers of the mind and will of God; principally insisting on his excellency and pre-eminence above angels.

$2. A comparison being intended in these verses between the Mosaical law and the gospel, and particularly in reference to their revelation and institution, the apostle shews;

I. Wherein the law and gospel in that view do both agree.

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