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Prophets, neither will they be persuaded thoughse RM. one rose from the Dead. Luke xvi. 31,&c. And therefore in his private Discourses with his Disciples alone, after his Resurrection, Luke xxiv. 27. Beginning at Mofes and all the Prophets, be expounded unto them in all the Scriptures, the Things concerning himself. i. e. he shewed them what Things were written in the Law of Mofes, ver. 44. and in the Propbets, and in the Psalms concerning the Meffab; and then made them understand how all those Things had been fulfilled in himself.

And this is the Reason why I entered upon this Subject in my last Discourse, viz, Because as Truth must always be consistent with itself; this Claim of Jesus must also be true, or else it will destroy all the rest. And as this Point muft necessarily be tried by the Évidence of the Prophets ; it certainly makes the Argument from Prophecy so far needful to the Truth of Jesus and his Gospel. For it must be owned that an Observation made by the Writer that occafioned these Reflections is very true; though made with a very ill Intention, viz. " That Miracles in this Case can afford no Help: Because, if the « Prophets have not spoken of Christ; all VOL. II.

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SERM. " the Miracles in the World will not prove,

" that they HAVE, spoken of him.”* This
was the Reason why the first Preachers of the
Gospel (although they argued with the Gen-
tiles from the Miracles Jesus wrought, and his
Resurrection from the Dead, yet) did not rea-
son with the Jews upon any other Topick,
till they had first convinced them from their
Prophets : For this Advantage had the Jews,
that unto them were committed the Oracles of
God : Rom. iii. 1, 2. In which Oracles God
had vouchsafed to give them the express
Marks and Characters of the Mesfah he had
promised, by which their Nation might know
how to distinguish him, when he came.
"The very first Thing therefore the Jews
“ had to do upon the Appearance, or preach-

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any one for the Mesras, was to examine his Title by the Characters given “ of him in the Old Testament: For they ? could not consistently with their Belief in

God, and the ancient Prophecies, yield to

any other Arguments, till fully satisfied cs and convinced in this. And therefore St. " Paul in his Discourse with the Jews at " Antiocb in Pifdia, Acts xiii. v. 17.

be“ gins with God's Dealings towards the Peo* Grounds and Reasons of the Christian Religion, p. 31.

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art my Song Lists xvii. 1-3. at Thessalonica,

ple of Ifrael," and after a short Deduction S ERM. of Matters from the calling of Abraham to the Times of David, he then thinks introduce the mention of our Saviour Jesus, by asserting that God had raised him unto Israel of this Man's Seed, Acts xiii. 23. i. e, of David's Seed, according to his Promise. $c Where

you fee plainly he rests the Strength of his Argument' upon the Authority of " Prophecy. And all the Parts of his fol« lowing Discourse are answerable to the

Beginning of it ; proceeding from one End
to the other upon the Authority of the
Prophets.”

» * We declare (faith he) v. 32,
33. unto you glad Tidings, bow that the Pro-
mise which was made unto the Fathers, God
has fulfilled the same unto us their Chil-
dren, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as
it is also written in the second Psalm; Thou
art my Son, this Day have I begotten thee.
So , .
where was'a Synagogue of the Jews; we read
that St. Paul, as his Manner was, went in
unto them, and three Sabbath Days reasoned
with them out of the Scriptures; opening 'and
alledging, that Christ must needs have sufferid,
and risen again from the Dead, and that this
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in the same Chapter it is noted, ver. 10, 11, that the Jews at Berea (where Paul afterwards preached) were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all Readiness of Mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those Things were fo. And in the next Chapter we read again, ver. 24-28. that a certain Jew, nam'd Apolo los, born at Alexandria, when he himself had been perfeetly instructed in the Way of God, mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, soewing by the Scriptures tbat yea sus was Christ.

In like manner we Christians, who from our Infancy are brought up in the Belief of Christianity, and are taught to receive the Books of both Testaments with equal Reverence ; in like manner, I say, we, when we are to defend our Faith in Jesus as the Christ, against Jews, who urge that Jesus has not fulfilled the Prophecies contained in the Old Testament ; must Thew that what the Prophets did really foretel of the Mesiab, was all actually fulfilled in our Jesus, in Jesus of Nazareth, called by the Jews, the Son of Hojepb.

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II. before I enter upon that Subject, it is proper I should mention to you that in my last Dircourse, I had all along the Advantage, that the Authorities I used, and the Books I quoted, were allowed and acknowledged by Fews themselves as well as Christians : Whereas in the Prosecution of my second Head, I have my Authors to establish before I can make use of them. For the Jews and Chriftians both consent that the Prophecies I fingled out in my former Discourse, relate to the Mesas ; yet when we come to speak of the Completion of them in our Jefus ; the Jews - protest against any such Application, and deny that any of those Prophecies were fulfilled in him. And therefore they object to the Divine Authority of the New Teo ftament, and won't allow the New Testament to have been written by Inspiration, as we confess the Old Testament to have been.

whether the Books of the New Testament were inspired or not ; i. e, whether they were written by the immediate DireFtion, and under the Super-intendance and Guidance of the Holy Ghost, is a Question we have no Occasion to enter into, upon this Subject. It is sufficient for the Purpose we

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