for Jesus Christ himself has already suffer'd for our sins, the innocent for the guilty, to bring us to God: who, tho' he died with respect to his body, was rais'd to life by that spirit,
Since then Christ has with respect to his mortal nature died for us, arm yourselves with this reflection, that he, who is dead with respect to sensuality, has renounced sin;
for then must he have suffered several times since the beginning of the world, when in the consummation of the ages, he has appeared once for all to expiate sin by offering himself as a sacrifice.
so Christ being once offered up to take away the sins of many; he shall appear the second time, without making any further expiation to save those who expect him.
if we confess our sins, as he is faithful and just, he will forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all iniquity.
but as to his holy spirit miraculously declared to be the son of God, by his resurrection from the dead:
God having sent his own son invested with a body like that of sinful men, as a sacrifice for sin, thereby destroyed its power; which the law could not effect, human nature being in such a corrupted state.
for he hath made him who knew no sin to be a sin-offering for us, that we might be justified by God thro' him.
for tho' he was crucified with the appearance of weakness, yet he lives by the power of God; tho' we are afflicted upon his account, we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
for to this end was the gospel preach'd to those, who are now dead, that after having suffer'd the loss of this frail life from men, they might enjoy an immortal life with God.
Whilst he was sitting on the tribunal, his wife sent this message to him, pray, have nothing to do with that just man: for to-day I have suffered very much on his account in a dream.
Pilate perceiving he was so far from prevailing, that they were more tumultuous, he took water, and washed his hands before all the people, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: you are answerable for it.
then he said, the God of our fathers has singled you out to be acquainted with his will, to see the just one, and to hear the words of his mouth:
who has given us access by faith to that degree of favour, we are in, by which we triumph in the hopes of divine glory.
for at the appointed time Christ died for us, when we were in a helpless, sinful state.
for if the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you; he that raised up Christ from the dead, shall likewise restore your mortal bodies to life, by his spirit that dwelleth in you.
not that I would arbitrarily prescribe what you should believe, but rather encourage you to go on: for 'tis by faith you have stood.
that he might deliver us from the vices of this present age, according to the will of God, even our father: to
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. (for it is written, " cursed is every one, that hangeth upon a tree.")
that he might reconcile both in one body unto God by the cross, wherefore he destroyed the enmity that was between them:
You then that formerly were alienated from God, and were enemies by your imaginations and wicked practices, even you has Jesus Christ now reconciled to the body of his church,
who gave himself for us, to redeem us from all iniquity, and qualify us to be his peculiar people, passionately affected to virtue.
this will conciliate the divine favour. and this is the condition of your vocation, since Christ himself has suffer'd for us,