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may signify, according to the Idiom of the Ength Tongue, to discover or reveal a' Thing which was perfectly unknown before: But the Word in the Original is so far from countenancing, that it will hardly admit of this Sense. The Greek runs thus 3 OOTsssaYTOE A? (coin- not) &Wedge-rim', Now (pain/Ceu- signifies (not to bring to Light, but) to enlighten, illustrate, or clear up any thing. You may judge by the Use of the Word in other Places: 'Tis used in john i. 9. That 'war the true Light, which lzsighteth (or enlighteneth) every Man that cometh into the lI-'orld ; 'lz QOTL/Cavz'aide. aZ'vOFomv. Jesus Christ did not by coming into the World bring Men_to Light; but he did by the Gospel enlighten Men, and make those, who were dark and ignorant before, wise even to Salvation. In like manner our' Lord did eglighten the Doctrine of Life and Immortality, not by giving the first or only Notice of it, but by clearing up theDoubts and Difficulties under which it laboured, and giving a better Evidence for the Truth and Certainty' of it, than Nature or any Revelation before had done. There is one Place more where our Translators render the-original Word as they have done in the Text: I Cor. iv. 5, Therefore judge nothing hesore the Time, until the


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and Motives from whence they arise: Perfectly unknown to us they are not; if they' Were, there was no Occasion for the Apostle' td forbid us judging of them; for Men do not, cannot judge at all of Things which do not at all fall-under their Notice: But? they are so dark and obscure, that 'tis hard' to judge rightly of them; and therefore 'tis but prudent to suspend our Sent'ence till the' Day comes which will make all Things clear, which will hold such a Light to these hidden Things of Darkness, that we shall manifestly discern them, and'be able to view . them on every Side. So that, in this Case, , _ 1 ss the

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the hidden Things of Darkness are not supposed to be perfectly unknown, but only to be so dark and involved, that we cannot safely pass our Judgment on them; and to bring them to Light imports no more than to set them in a clear Light, and to make them plain and manifest to the Eyes of all the World. According to the Use then of the original Word, to bring Lifi- and Immortality to Light fignifies to illustrate and make' plain this great Doctrine of Religion, to dispel the Doubts and Uncertainties in whichit was involved, and to give evident Proof and Demonstration to the World of the Certainty of a future Life and Immortality.

The Text, thus explained, leaves us at Liberty to' make the hest both of the Evidence of Nature- and of Mzffi-s for anfuture (s Life andlnzrnortality, and asserts nothing\to the Gospel but this Prerogative, That it has i given a- furer and fuller Proof of this funu i damental Article, than ever the World before was acquainted with. The true Point then now before us, and which takes in the whole' View of the Text, is, to consider the Evidence which Mankind had for the Doctrine' of Immortality before the Coming os Christ, and=the= Evidence which the Gospel now affords; and- to- shew where the former

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Opinion of Plato, or any other Philosopher, but the united Voice os all Mankind P This Was the common Belief of the World, derived from some common Sense, or Principle of Reason, before any Philosopher had so much as thought of an abstracted Reason for the Proof of it: And, had not the cornmon Sense of Nature dictated this Truth to them, I am very confident the philosophical Reasons had never been thought of. That the common Belief and Persuasion was the Foundation of the philosophical Inquiry, is ' evident from hence, That all the antient Writers upon this Subject appeal to the common Notion- and Consent of Mankind, as one great Argument for the Truth of the Doctrine: Which certainlyctproves this at least, That the -World Was possessed of this Belief long before they were Writers, or ever the philosophical Reasons were thought of. if the Notion-was common, that alone isva sufficient Proof that it did 'not arise from abstracted Reasoning ; for no common Opinion ever did, or ever can: And the Reason is plain; for a common Opinion is that which is received by the generality of Men, ' _ who never were, who never will be, capable of attending to abstracted Reason. Now this

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