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gether unexpected; and excited all their Powers to attend to so extraordinary an Appearance, and to give a diligent Heed to the wonderful Things they then heard and saw. They could not doubt of the Reality of what they were all equally assured of by the concurring Testimony of their Senses. And as this was a Matter in which they could not be deceived themselves, and as they could not but know whether it was really so or not; so we have the highest Reason to think that they had no Intention to deceive others. They gave the highest Proofs of their Probity and Integrity in the Whole of their Conduct and Behaviour, and appeared to be animated by the noblest and most excellent Principles, a pure and holy Zeal for the Glory of God, and the Good of Mankind. They were Persons of great Simplicity and godly Sincerity, not of flejkly Wisdom, or that governed themselves by the Maxims of human Policy. In the Testimony they gave to our Lord Jesus Christ they had no Regard to their worldly Interest, but exposed themselves to Persecution, Disgrace, and all Manner of Evils, Reproaches, and Sufferings. And, finally, they persevered in their Testimony with an unfainting Constancy in Opposition to all the Terrors of this World, and even

rejoiced rejoiced in their Sufferings for the Sake of Cbri/i, and triumphed over Death itself. But that which yielded the moil illustrious Confirmation to this Testimony was, that God bore them Witness with Signs and Wonders, and divers Miracles, and Gifts of the Holy Ghojl, and by inabling them to perform the most amazing Works that ever the World saw, in the Name of Jesus whom they preached: So that, all Things considered, there never was any Testimony more worthy of Credit than that which the Apostles gave to our blessed Lord.

And now, having considered this remarkable Portion of Holy Writ, relating to our Saviour's Transfiguration, let what hath been offered on this Subject confirm our Faith in the Lord Jesus Chriji, and fill us with admiring Thoughts of his Dignity and Glory. Let us with the deepest Veneration receive the Record •which God hath given of bis Son, and pay a dutiful Regard to him as the great heavenly Teacher, the King and Head of his Church, whom the Father hath commanded us to bear and to obey. And, finally, let us look forward with a lively Faith and joyful Expectation for his second Coming, when Christ, who is our Life, Jhall appear, and we shall also appear with him in Glory. Then shall be change our vile Bodies, and

fashion them like unto his own glorious Body, according to the Working whereby he is able even to subdue all ^Things unto himself. And then shall the whole general Assembly and Church of the First-born be completed, and we may hope to join with Moses and Elias, and with the Saints of all Ages, and with an innumerable Company of Angels in their blissful Exercises and Enjoyments to all Eternity.

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On the Excellency of our Saviours Teaching.


John vii. 46.

Never Man spake like this Man.

AS I design to lay together some Observations on the Excellency of our Saviour's Teaching, I have chosen to insist upon these remarkable Words, which will very properly introduce what I have to offer on this Subject.

They were spoken by the Officers who were sent by the Pharisees and chief Priest9 to apprehend Jesus. We are told, Ver. 31, 32, that many of the People believed

on on him, and said, When Christ comet b, will he do more Miracles than those which this Man hath done? The Pharisees heard that the People murmured such Things concerning him, and the Pharisees and chief Kulerssent Officers to take him. These Officers went no Doubt with a full Purpose to execute the Orders given them. They might perhaps (as Grotius supposes). attend him some Days, waiting for a favourable Opportunity; But, whilst they hearkened to his Discourse, probably with an Intention to catch at something from him that might give them a plausible Pretence of seizing him before the People, they were themselves captivated, and disarmed of the mischievous Intention they brought with them. They were so wonderfully struck with what they heard, that, though Persons sent on such Errands are seldom very scrupulous, yet they could not prevail upon themselves to execute their Commission, or to offer Violence to so excellent a Person as they were convinced he was.

In Ven 45. we have an Account of their coming hack to the chief Priejls and Pharisees, who immediately inquired, why they bad not brought him? The Answer they returned was this, Never Man spake like this Man. Surely there must have been something uncommonly excellent in our Saviour's

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