directly see, are blended throughout the whole mass of the Israelitish law, must be binding upon all men in every age.
By one man sin entered into the world, and death, by sin. - The death of the body, and the death of the soul, as far as the soul can die, are the wages of sin.
The wretched children of apostate Adam have lost the image of their God, and are dead in trespasses and sins.
They are darkened in their understandings and their wills and affections are depraved.
Sinners are at enmity against a holy God; and so far are they from possessing a desire or a power to obey
the divine law, they have actually lost, to a great degree, the knowledge of the law itself, and are ignorant
of the true standard of their conduct. It became therefore necessary, in the introduction of a revealed religion, and the public establishment of a church
in the world, to promulgate again, by an immediate revelation, the moral law.
The revelation of the moral law is summarily comprised in the Decalogue or the ten commandments, which were audibly
pronounced from Mount Sinai, and afterwards written by God himself upon
two tables of stone. But these precepts are expressed in few words. They comprehend indeed
the principles of the respective duties to which they refer, and are spiritual and extensive. Yet it was
expedient to have them illustrated and confirmed, by subsequent explanatory precepts, that the letter
and spirit of the moral law, contained in that summary, might be fully understood. To answer this
interesting purpose, it pleased God to repeat, explain, and apply the precepts of the Decalogue,
throughout the whole Bible, and especially in the Mosaic code; not in a separate or systematic order,
but mixed with laws of different description; not in detached and solitary passages, but mingled and
interspersed with that which were peculiar to the Theocracy. Wherefore in the same paragraph the
moral are often found with those which were ecclesiastical and civil laws.
Many instances in which moral precepts are thus introduced and interspersed might be given. Let a
few suffice. - "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with
all thy might. - Thus shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave,