Concerning the blessings of Leviticus.
IN PHYSICAL CONTESTS, some degrees and differences of individual classes are usually observed so that each one may be rewarded with a prize of victory in accordance with the type of combat. For example, if one has a contest among boys, or among youths, or among men, what rule is to be followed for each class, what can or cannot be done, and what rule of combat ought to be observed? Also after these what reward the hand of the victor is worthy of, is equally fixed by the very laws of combat.
(2) And so now the omnipotent God, who lays down for mortals the contest of observing his Law in this world, afterwards hands down how many things are to be observed, lists what ought to be done and not done, announces suitably at the end of the book of Leviticus where each individual observance is established, what reward he who fulfills them bears and what punishment he who does not observe them undergoes.
(3) But if the Law, according to what the Jews maintain and those who think the Scriptures must be understood in their sense, is not "spiritual" but carnal, there is not a doubt but that he grants carnally observed blessings also to those who observe them carnally. But if, as it seems to the Apostle Paul, "the Law is spiritual" 1. without a doubt it must be observed spiritually and there is a spiritual reward of the blessings for which they hope. For it is by a perfect logic that "the spiritual law" gives spiritual blessings and by a no less perfect logic that the curses and condemnations of the spiritual law are not physical. But____________________