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EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS;
BY JOHN OWEN, D. D.
REVISED AND ABRIDGED;
A FULL AND INTERESTING LIFE OF THE AUTHOR, A COPIOUS
BY EDWARD WILLIAMS, D. D.
Search the Scriptures........JOHN v, 39.
IN FOUR VOLUMES,
No. 50, CORNHILL.
VERSE 1. For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the
very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
$1. A general distribution of the chapter. 52. The subject spoken of. $3, 4.
(1.) What is granted to the law, 55--8, What is denied it. $9. (II.) Observations.
$1. There are two parts of this chapter; the first concerneth the necessity and efficacy of the sacrifice of Christ, ver. 1—20; the other is an improvement of the doctrine for faith, obedience, and perseverance, ver. 20_39.
52. “For the law having a shadow of good things to come.” The subject spoken of is (o vomos, 179) the law, that is, the sacrifices of the law, especially those which were offered annually by a perpetual statute, as the words immediately following declare; but he refers what he speaks of to the law it self, as that whereby these sacrifices were instituted, and upon which depended all their virtue and efficacy: and the law here is the covenant which God made with the people at Sinai, with all the constitutions of worship belonging to it; the first testament, as it was the spring of all their religious privileges, chap. vii, ix. Concerning this law, or covenant, the apostle declares two things:-Positively, and by way of concession, “it had a shadow of good things to come.”- Negatively, that