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JOHN XX. 30, 31. And many other Signs truly did Jesus in the
Presence of his Disciples, which are not written in this Book. But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God, and that believing ye might have Life through his Name. DISCOURSE X.
Acrs ii. 22. Jesus of Nazareth, a Man approved of God
among you by Miracles and Wonders and Signs, which God did by him in the midt of you, as ye yourselves also know.
DISCOURS E XI.
PSALM viii. 4. What is Man, that thou art mindful of him?
and the Son of Man, that thou visitest bim?
DISCOURS E XII,
ACTS X. 34, 35. Then Peter opened his Mouth, and said, Of a
truth I perceive that God is no Respecter of Persons : But in every Nation be that feareth him, and worketh Rightecufness, is accepted with him.
MATTHEW xxii. 40. On these two Commandments hang all the Law
and the Prophets.
DISCO U R S E XIV.
In Two Parts.
HEBREW s iii. 12. Take heed, Brethren, left there be in any of you
an evil Heart of Unbelief in departing from the living God.
JOHN vi. 67, 68, 69. Then said Jesus unto the Twelve, Will ye also
go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the Words of eternal Life. And we believe, and are sure, that thou art that Chrift, the Son of the living God.
N the foregoing Part of this Chapter we read, that the Doctrine of our Saviour had given
such Offence to his Hearers, that many even of his Disciples went back, and walked no more with him: Upon which Occasion our Saviour
put this Question to the B
Twelve, Will ye also go away? To which St. Peter, in the Name of all; made answer, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the Words of eternal Life. And we believe, and are sure, that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. In this Answer there are three Things expressed, or implied, as the Ground of their Constancy and Adherence to Christ: - I. The first is, The miserable Condition they should be in, if they did forsake him, having no other in whom they could trust: Lord, to whom Mall we go?
II. The second is, The Excellency of his Religion, and the certain Means it afforded of obtaining that which is the great End of Religion, a blessed Life after this : Thou hast the Words of eternal Life.
III. The third is, The Authority and divine Commission of Christ, upon which their Faith and Confidence were built: We believe, and are sure, that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. To believe, because we have fufficient Reason to determine our Belief, is a rational Faith ; and this is what is meant in the Word εγνώκαμεν : We believe, becaufe we have, from the Things we have heard and feen of
determined with ourselves, That thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
These three Reasons, which St. Peter gives for Adherence to Christ, refer to as many general Principles or Maxims :
As first, That Religion, the only.Means by which Men can arrive at true Happiness, by which they can attain to the last Perfection and Dignity of their Nature, does not, in the present Circumstances of the Worlds depend on human Reasoning or Inventions : For, was this the Case, we need not to go from home for Religion, or to seek farther than our own Breast for the Means of reconciling ourselves to God, and obtaining his Favour, and, in consequence of it, Life eternal. Upon such Supposition, St. Peter argued very weakly, in saying, To whom shall we go? For to whom need they go to learn that which they were well able to teach themselves?
The second Principle refered to is, That the great End of Religion is future Happiness; and consequently the best Religion is that which will most surely direct us to eternal Life. Upon this Ground St. Peter prefers the Gospel of Christ: Thou baft the Words of eternal Life.
The third Thing is, That the Authority and Word of God is the only sure Foundation of Religion, and the only reasonable Ground for us to build our Hopes on. Thus B 2