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SECT. XII. And yet the apostles of Jesus easily allowed of those things.

THERE was certainly very good reason why the Hebrews should return their hearty thanks to Jesus and his ambassadors, in that he freed them from that heavy burden of rites, and secured their liberty to them, by miracles and gifts no way inferior to those of Moses.616616   R. Levi Ben Gerson said, that the miracles of the Messiah ought to be greater than those of Moses, which is most evident is the dead restored to life. But yet they who first delivered this doctrine, did not require this of them, that they should acknowledge such their happiness; but if they would perform the precepts of Jesus, which were full of all virtue, they easily allowed them, in indifferent things, to follow what course of life they would,617617   Acts xvi. 3. xxi. 24. Rom. xiv. 1 Cor. ix. 20. Gal. v. 6. Coloss. iii. 11. provided they did not impose the observation of it, as necessary, upon strangers, to whom the ritual law was never given;618618   Acts xv. Gal. i. 6. ii. 3, 14, iv. 10. vi.12. which one thing sufficiently shews, that the Jews very unjustly reject the doctrine of Jesus, under pretence of the ritual law. Having answered this objection, which is almost the only one commonly opposed to the miracles of Jesus, we come now to other arguments suited to convince the Jews.


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