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to be Duties, Murder or Adultery to be Sins, he would not recur to Miracles for an Argument. These and the like Duties are enforced in the Gospel, but were always Truths and Duties before our Saviour's Coming ; And we are in possession of them without the Help of Miracles or Revelation. And these are the Doctrines by which we try the Miracles.
But the Doctrines which are to be proved by Miracles are the new revealed Doctrines of Christianity, which were neither known or knowable to the Reason of Man : Such are the Doctrines of Salvation and Redemption by Christ, of Sanctification and Regeneration by the Spirit of God: And who ever yet brought these Doctrines to prove the Truth or divine Original of the Miracles ?
I shall only add, that what has been said it concerns those chiefly to consider, who hold fast and admire the Principles of Natural Religion, but despise or overlook the Proofs of Christianity. If they will but consider the Tendency of their own Principles, they are not far from the Kingdom of God: For the fame Reasons, that oblige them to believe in God, oblige them to believe in Christ also. And, as we have one God the Father of all,
- fo should we have one Faith, and one Lord, even Jesus Christ, the Saviour and Redeemer of us all. And let them take heed, that, having been made Partakers of so much Grace, to the Acknowledgment of the one true God, they fall not the more irrecoverably under Condemnation by obstinately refusing to acknowledge his only and eternal Son, Jesus Christ the righteous.
What is Man that thou art mindful of him? and the Son of Man, that thou visitest bim?
HEN we consider the Care of
Grace, we naturally fall into the Reflection of the Text, and wonder to see so much done for Men, who seem to have no Merit or Desert equal to the Concern shewed for them. If we look up to the Heavens, and view the Sun, Moon, and Stars, and consider the Power by which these mighty Bodies were formed, the Wisdom and Contrivance by which their Motions are regulated and adjusted; we fee plainly, by X 2
the Benefit we receive from them, that they were intended for our Service: And yet what are we, that we should be so served? If we look round this Earth, the Place of our Habitation, we find it filled with many kinds of Creatures, and adorned by the bountiful Hand of Nature as if it were meant to be a Seat of Pleasure and Happiness; and we are sure that this part of the World, at least, was made for the Benefit of Man: Here he is Lord, and has Dominion over the Works of God; for on Earth there is no Creature to rival him in Power and Wisdom, or that can challenge
Share of Authority with him. But this Lord of the Earth, does he not come into it helpless ? is he not wretched whilst he is in it, and oftentimes miserable when he is to go out of it? What must we fay then that this noble Palace was erected and adorned merely to be turned into an Hofpital to receive the Blind and the Lame, the Diseafed in Body and Mind; to be the Seat of him who is like a Thing of nought, and his Days like a Shadow that pofseth away
? If we go on from the Works of Nature to the Works of Grace, the fame Reflection will pursue us ftill. One would imagine, that Man, who had received fo much from God, should at least continue to ferve and