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lical Dispenfation. Thus the Sacred Writer to the Hebrews begins his Epistle with observing, That God who at sundry Times, and in divers Manners, spake in lime past unto the Fathers by the Prophets, hath in these loft Days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed Heir of all Things, by whom also he made the Worlds: Who, being the Brightness of his Glory, and the express Image of his Person, and upholding all Things by the Word of his Power, when he had by himself purged our Sins, sat down on the right Hand of the Majesty on High. Heb. i. I, 2, 3. And so he goes on to (hew his excellent Dignity and Pre-eminence, even above the highest Angels, the most glorious Order of created Beings, and draws this Inference from it, If the Word spoken by Angels (/. e. the Law which was delivered by the Ministry of Angels) was sleds aft, and every Transgression and Disobedience received a just Recompence of Reward, How Jhall we escape, if we neglect so great Salvation, which at the firjl began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him. Heb. li. 2, 3. So the Apostle Peter, in his Discourse to Cornelius, speaking of the Word which God sent unto the Children of Israel, preaching Peace by Jesus Christ, adds, he 11 Lord of all. Acts x. 36. John the D 2 Baptift Baptift, in the illustrious Testimony he gives to our Lord Jejus Christ, taketh particular Notice of his Divine Dignity and Authority, as what should engage Men to pay the greatest Regard to the Doctrines he taught, and the Laws he delivered: He that cometh from above is above all; he that is of the Earth is earthly, and speaketh of the Earth; he that cometh from Heaven ts above all. Thus diminutively doth he speak of himself, though one of the greatest of the Prophets, in Comparison of Jesus Christ. He addeth, He whom God hath sent fpeaketh the Words of God; for God giveth not the Spirit by Measure unto him. 'The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all Ihings into his Hand. And then he concludes thus, He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting Life; and he that believeth not the Son Jhall not fee Lrfe, but the Wrath of God abideth on him. Johniii. 31, 34, 35, 36.

Let us therefore receive the Revelations Chrisi hath brought us, viz. the Doctrines he hath taught, the Precepts he hath delivered, the Promises he hath given, the Threatenings he hath denounced, with an unshaken Faith, and with a profound Reverence. For, if Jesus was such a Person as the Gospel representeth him to be, sent for such excellent Purposes, and whose


Divine Mission and Authority was confirmed by such illustrious Attestations, it cannot possibly be an indifferent Matter that we receive or reject him, and his Doctrines and Laws. And, if we profess to believe in him, we must take great Care that our Faith be not a bare speculative Assent, but such a practical vital Persuasion as to have a governing Influence over our whole Temper and Conduct; that we may answer the Design of his coming into the World, and giving himself for us, which was to redeem us from all Iniquity, and to purify unto himself a peculiar People zealous of good Works.

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Matthew xvii. i - g.

And, after fix Days, Jesus taketh Peter,

James, and John his Brother, and bring"

eth them up into a high Mountain apart,

and was transfigured before them, and

his Face did Jhine as the Sun, and his

Raiment was white as the Light. And

behold, there appeared unto them Moses

and Elias talking with him. Then .an"

fwered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord,

it is good for us to be here; if thou wilt,

let us make here three Tabernacles; one

for thee, and one for Moses, and one for

Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a

bright Cloud overshadowed them: And

D 4 behold9

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