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of God, because his Doctrine was con- SERM.
firmed by mighty Works and Miracles: XII.
So, in Other places, he is stiled The
Word of God, because he is the Revealer
of his Will to Men; and he is the Way,
the Door, the Truth and the Life, because
he has distinctly made known to us the
Terms and Means of Salvation. And by
the like figure of speech, the Sacramen-
tal Bread and Wine is stiled the Body and
Blood of Christ, because 'tis a Solemn com-
memoration of his Death. And Chri-
ftians are by the Apostle said to be the
Circumcifion made without hands, because
they spiritually are, what the Jews were
typically by Circumcision which
literal. And Preise or Thanksgiving has
the name of Sacrifice given to it,
because 'tis a Signification of the same
Temper and Disposition of
which Sacrifices were intended to ex-
press, and which alone made those Sa-
crifices acceptable before God.. With
many other the like Instances : In
which, a careful consideration of the


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Ser m. ground and reason of the Manner of
XII. Expression, may easily prevent Great

Misunderstandings of Many Passages in

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Of the Resurrection of CHRIST.

(Preached on Easter-Day.]

1 Cor. xv. 14.

And if Christ be not risen, then is our

Preaching vain, aud your Faith also is vain.


Foundation of our SERM.
Hope of Immortality, is the XIII.

Revelation of the Gospel ;
and the great Evidence of .

the Truth of that Revelation,

is the Resurrection of Christ. Without the Revelation of the Gospel, our Hope of Immortality, according to mens



Ser m. different Abilities in philosophical Spe-
, culations, had continued disputable; and,

without the Resurrection of Christ, the
Proofs of the Truth of the Gospel-Reve-
lation had been finally frustrated. As
therefore the Truth of the Christian Re-
velation, is of the greatest importance to
mens Souls, in the whole ; so the proof of
the Resurrection of Christ, is of the

est importance towards securing the Cer-
tainty of that Revelation, in particular.
By the Light of Nature, the Being and
Attributes of God, were certain and de-
monstrable; the Probability of a Future
State, was great and undeniable; the ex.
expectation of God's dealing mercifully
with penitent Sinners, was reasonable and
hopeful. But by the Revelation of the
Gospel only, was this great Hope secured
to us; the Pardon of Sin declared au-
thentickly, by the Authority of God; Life
and Immortality brought to light by Te-
stimony, as well as by rational Arguments;
the Rewards and Punishments of Eternity,
distinctly set forth ; and the particular


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Method of the final Judgment, affection- Ser


XIII. ately represented to us.

In like manner, as to the Evidence of the Truth of This Revelation; By the Prophecies of the Old Testament, it was long before predicted; By the reasonableness of the Doctrine itself, it was made very credible ; By the Witness of our Lord and his Apostles, it was strongly attested; By the conviction and filencing of its Adversaries, it was confirmed and established; By many Signs and Wonders and mighty Works done by Christ in his Life, it was for the present proved beyond contradiction ; But by this last Evidence only, by the Resurrection of our Lord from the Dead, was it for ever ascertained to all generations. For had this laf Proof failed, all the rest must in course have fallen with it. The Prophecies would have appeared wonderful, but never fulfilled; The Doctrine would have continued reasonable, but its Author perished; The Miracles of his Life would have remained astonishing, but still confuted by his Death: His Enemies would have con

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