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THE PERFECTION OF CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.
HEB. V. 12, 13, 14.---vi. 1, 2, 3. For when for the time you ought to be teachers, ye have
need that one teach you again, which be the first principles of the oracles of God, and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness ; for he is a babe. But strong meat belong eth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of age have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.---Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let US GO ON UNTO PERFECTION, not lay, ing again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do if God permit. Have put two subjects together which are closely con
nected, and I intend to explain both in this discourse. The last part of the text is a consequence of the first. In the first, St. Paul reproves some christians for their little knowledge; in the last, he exhorts them to increase it: and the connection of both will appear, if you attend to the subject under his consideration. The epistle to the Hebrews, which may be considered as the apostle's principal work, treats of the most difficult points of divinity and morality. In particular, this is the idea that must be formed of Melchisedec's priesthood, as a prefiguration of Jesus Christ's. This myste