Sermon, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1766 July 13


abstractOccom's sermon on the text "Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things become new".

handwritingHandwriting is small, but clear and legible.

paperVery small sheets folded and sewn together into a booklet are in good condition, with minimal staining and wear.

inkBrown ink varies in intensity over the course of the manuscript.

noteworthyAt the top of one recto, an editor, likely 19th-century, has added the note " '766 Ser. at Mr. Olding's." This note has not been transcribed. The top of the last page is uncut, and so there are no images for five verso and six recto. On six verso, there is a recipe, likely for an herbal remedy, in Occom's hand.

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2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man be in  Christ Jesus he is a new Creature: etc.
Regeneration is a doctrine  much despised by many, but  it is a Doctrine of the Bible, and  therefore it is a substantial  Doctrine, it is a Spiritual  Doctrine, and it is not to be  understood but by Spiritual  understanding — I believed it is gene­ rally owned by those, who believe[illegible]
the Bible to be the word of god.  that we must be good somehow  before we are fit to go to Heaven,  and this is good reasoning, for if  we believe Heaven to be a good Place  we must be good, if it be a Holy  place, we must be Holy, if it  be a pure Place, we must be  pure, if it be Spiritual, we  must Spiritual, or else we can't  Enjoy Heaven, Yea if god be  Holy, we must be holy in order  to serve him here and in the world  to Come, or in other words, to En­ joy him in this world and in  the World to Come —  we are ready to Conclude, that
a poor Begger, in his filthy,  Ragged Garments, is not fit  to go into the Kings Palace  and to Serve him there, and  we should not like a Swine, in his  filth to Dwell in our houses;  so an unholy Man is no more  fit to Enter into Heaven, the  Habitation of God, —  And therefore we must be holy,  and god has found out a way  for us to become holy,. and  it is by being in Christ —  Now if any man be in Christ  he is a New Creature, old  things are passed away,
and behold all things are  become new — —  In further Speaking upon  these words I Shall Endeavour  to Show by the Help of God —
1. What it is to be in Christ —
2. Such are new Creatures
3. to Such all old thing are  done away and all thing  are become a new —
1. Then what it is to be in  Christ — to be in Christ is to be  united to him by a living  
  Faith, in other words,  to believe and receive Jesus Christ  as he is offered in the Gospel  to be the only suitable Savi­ our, to rely upon him  for what he has done  to be in Christ Jesus, is to have the  Image of Jesus Christ restamped in  us and to have his Spirit  in us, Yea to be in Christ  is to have Christ Dwelling  in us, and we in him —
2. They that are in Christ  Jesus are new Creatures  
  they are Created anew  in Christ Jesus, they dont  only have Names but  have new dispositions—
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