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THE

DIVINE THEORY.

CHAPTER V.

of the state oF THE LORD'S PEOPLE, AS Being set a, PART IN A DISTINCT SOCIETY, AND TAKEN TO HIMself.

SECTION 1.....The Covenant with Abraham.

As the Divine Ordinances, which were giv

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en to the world generally, were the principal means by which, in the early ages, men received the truth of Christ, and so enjoyed, through him, the grace and favor of God, it could not fail of becoming the first object of the policy of Satan to pervert these institutions, and utterly to suppress them as to their true meaning and design; and by his subtilty and power, operating continually upon the human mind, according to the grand scheme of founding society and empire among men, upon natural and worldly principles; which scheme was first disclosed in the building of Babel; he so far affected his object, that this ancient law of faith was either broken down and set aside, as to its instituted form, or evaded as to its true meaning and design; and the whole world was again, as it were, laid in commons before the enemy; insomuch, that it became necessary, for the preservation of the faith and the family of God in the world, to raise against him a new barrier. This was done by the Covenant with Abraham, in which God made

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