The Mosaic Dispensation Considered as Introductory to Christianity

The Mosaic Dispensation Considered as Introductory to Christianity

by Edward Arthur Litton

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was essentially evil; its ordinances were carnal and debasing; its morality defective; and the mission of Christ, in reference to the Law and the Prophets, was not to fulfil, but to destroy. The necessary consequence of these tenets was, a complete severance of the Jewish from the Christian Scriptures, as if the two, instead of being supplementary, were irreconcileably opposed, the one to the other. An error of exactly an opposite character prevailed amongst the first Jewish converts to Christianity. Unable to conceive how a system, which had been accredited by stupendous miracles, and with which their existence as a separate nation and their most hallowed associations were bound up, could ever outlive its purposes in the economy of redemption, and become needless, they insisted on the continued obligation of the law of Moses on Christians, not only of Jewish but of Gentile origin ; so that submission to the rite of circumcision, not less than faith in Christ, became in their eyes essential to salvation. It required all the authority of the great Apostle of the Gentiles to arrest the progress of these erroneous views, which, had they become dominant in the Church, would not only have corrupted Christianity to its core, but rendered its diffusion throughout the world impossible. The struggle was severe and protracted ; even Apostles found it difficult to overcome their Jewish prejudices, and enter into the universal spirit of Christianity; but at length the question was decided against the zealots of the Law, and the Jewish element either separated itself from the Church, or lay apparently extinct until circumstances revived it under another form. It is seldom that Divine Providence fails in eliciting good from evil, and to this great controversy we owe the luminous expositions ...

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ISBN-13: 9780530283630
Publisher: Creative Media Partners, LLC
Publication date: 03/06/2019
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.80(d)

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was essentially evil; its ordinances were carnal and debasing; its morality defective; and the mission of Christ, in reference to the Law and the Prophets, was not to fulfil, but to destroy. The necessary consequence of these tenets was, a complete severance of the Jewish from the Christian Scriptures, as if the two, instead of being supplementary, were irreconcileably opposed, the one to the other. An error of exactly an opposite character prevailed amongst the first Jewish converts to Christianity. Unable to conceive how a system, which had been accredited by stupendous miracles, and with which their existence as a separate nation and their most hallowed associations were bound up, could ever outlive its purposes in the economy of redemption, and become needless, they insisted on the continued obligation of the law of Moses on Christians, not only of Jewish but of Gentile origin ; so that submission to the rite of circumcision, not less than faith in Christ, became in their eyes essential to salvation. It required all the authority of the great Apostle of the Gentiles to arrest the progress of these erroneous views, which, had they become dominant in the Church, would not only have corrupted Christianity to its core, but rendered its diffusion throughout the world impossible. The struggle was severe and protracted ; even Apostles found it difficult to overcome their Jewish prejudices, and enter into the universal spirit of Christianity; but at length the question was decided against the zealots of the Law, and the Jewish element either separated itself from the Church, or lay apparently extinct until circumstances revived it under another form. It is seldom that Divine Providencefails in eliciting good from evil, and to this great controversy we owe the luminous expositions ...

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