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Ministers of Christ's Church, address to, ii. 425 ; in danger of
mistaking talents for the operations of grace, 426 ; need ex-
pansive charity, 427; diligence and compassion in their
pastoral duties, 428 ; and should pay attention to the sub-
ject of evidences, 429.
Miracle, definition of a, i. 152. The wonderful actions as-
cribed to our Saviour and his apostles, and called miracles,
really took place, 154. In every miracle, there are two
distinct and palpable facts, 153; these are attested by the
credibility of the books, 155; the converts of the first century
believed them, 156 ; monuments were set up in memory of
them, and continue to the present day, 157; the account
itself, as recorded in our books, establishes them, 159. Ob-
jections against the credibility of miracles answered, 160.
The wonderful actions were plain and palpable miracles,
163; they were done by Christ and his apostles, as divine
acts, 164; before the Jewish nation, 165; consisted of nu.
merous and various suspensions of the course of nature, 165;
produced permanent effects, 167; and were wrought for a
high and holy end, 168. The miracles of which our Lord
was the subject, 167. Our Saviour and the apostles ap-
pealed to them in proof of their mission, 168; they had
been predicted as the express evidence of Messiah, 169;
they form an appropriate attestation to a divine religion,
170 ; they were performed by those who had all other signs
of a divine mission, 170 ; the inference from them to the
truth of Christianity is conclusive, 171; they are incorpo-
rated with the instructions of Christianity, 172 ; confirmed
by the success of the gospel, 173. The religion of the
Bible, the sole religion, set up and established by miracles,
Missions, success of Christian, i. 277.
Moral government of God, the end of, promoted by the Chris-
tian doctrines, ii. 49.
Morals, Christian, level to the comprehension of man, ii. 59;
admired by unbelievers, 59. Their extent and purity: they
embrace all that is really good in the ethics of heathen sages,
61; form a complete code, 61; erect the only true standard
of duty to God and man, 62 ; omit many false virtues, and
insist on many real ones, 62; chiefly on the mild and retir.
ing, 63; they require also an abstinence from the proximate
causes of evil, 63 ; regard all forms of devotion as means
to a higher end, 64; aid each other, 64; and go to form a
particular sort of character, 65. In order to produce these,
Christianity begins with the heart of man, 66; aims at the
formation of habits, 66; directs men to seek the highest
attainments, whilst she encourages the weakest efforts, 67 ;
keeps aloof from secular policy, 68; delivers her code in
decisive prohibitions, 68; sets forth strong and affecting
examples, 70; and refers men to the all-seeing eye of God,
71. They are connected with every part of Revelation, and
especially with its peculiar doctrines, 71; they have the
will of God as the rule, and the eternal judgment as their
ultimate sanction, 77 ; they are such as makes it impossible
that Christianity should be an imposture, 81.
Muratovi, a remarkable fragment discovered by, in 1740, i. 110.
Mysteries of man's state in this world unfolded in the Christian
Revelation, ii. 17.
Nations, Christianity promotes the happiness of, ii. 130. 139.
Necessities of man met by the Christian doctrines, ii. 48.
Nineveh, destruction of, i. 239.
Novelty and sublimity of our Saviour's deportment, and under-
taking surprising, ii. 110.
Obedience indispensable in a Christian student, i. 25.
Oberlin, the last hours of Pastor, ii. 287.
Objections against miracles answered; the fallibility of human
testimony, i. 160; miracles are contrary to experience, 161;
the transmission of remote facts is weakened by the lapse
of time, 162. Against the Christian religion, ii. 215; the
best method of treating, 215; are inadmissible, being either
speculative opinions, and thus wrong in kind, 220; or against
the matter of Revelation, and thus wrong in object, 222 ;
contradictory the one to the other, 225; frivolous in them-
selves, 231 ; and manifestly spring from the pride, 231 ;
and ignorance of the human mind, 232 ; only trials of our
sincerity and submission of heart to God, and confirm, rather
than weaken, the Christian evidences, 243. They fix them-
selves in unfurnished and vain minds, 248; prepared by
vicious indulgences, 249; the departure of the Spirit of
God, 249; and the holding slightly by Christianity, 250.
They are the stratagems of Satan, 251; and the most deadly
product of the corrupt and proud reason of a fallen creature,
252. Objections to the Christian Revelation, founded on
the diversity of interpretations, refuted, 356.
Obligation to obey the divine Revelation universal, ii. 363.
The necessity of enforcing this, a proof of the corruption of
man, 364. To love and obey God antecedent to Revela-
tion, 365. Men not left to accept or reject Christianity at
their option, 367. Christianity so excellent in itself, that
the slightest external evidence would be sufficient to oblige
men to obey it, 369. Increased by the simplicity, variety,
independence, and force of the evidences, 373. Unspeak-
ably augmented by the advantages which each individual
has enjoyed, 381; the being not born in a heathen land,
381; the events of life ordered by a gracious Providence,
382, secret motions of the blessed Spirit vouchsafed, 382;
advice, example, and prayers of ministers and friends, 383.
The momentous discoveries made, and the immense interests
at stake carry it to an inconceivable height, 385; Christi.
anity makes new discoveries, 385; the immense love of
God in the redemption of Jesus Christ, 386; the day of
judgment, 387; the heavenly prize, 388; the awful contrast,
389 ; eternity, what is it? 390; and what protection against
Obstacles to the rapid diffusion of Christianity surmounted,
i. 266; the first teachers were feeble and unknown, 266 ; the
time of promulgation of Christianity inauspicious, 269; and
also the place, 269; these were both increased by the fiercest
Origen’s testimony to the inspiration of the Scriptures, i. 339.
Paine, Thomas, the life and conduct of, ii. 261; his last mo-
Pamphilus' testimony of the love of Christians to the holy books,
Pascal's demeanour on his death-bed, ii. 282.
Paul's, St., qualifications correspond with the offices he had
to fulfil, i. 327.
Perpetuity of Christianity, a proof of its divine authority, i. 280.
Persecution of the first Christians, i. 272.
Piety and devotion of Jesus Christ, ii. 100.
Pliny's testimony to facts of the gospel, i. 125 ; to the propa-
gation of Christianity, 262.
Polycarp, testimony of, to the authenticity of books of New
Testament, i. 95.
Pontius Pilate, testimony of, to the death and resurrection of
Christ, i. 125.
Porphyry, the Heathen, admits the authenticity of the Chris.
tian books, i. 98.
Prayer, the necessity of, in considering the Evidences of
Christianity, i. 21. 25.
Propagation of Christianity, a proof of its divine authority,
i. 258 ; appears from the singularity of the attempt, 259 ;
the rapidity and extent of it, 260; the nature of the doctrine
thus propagated, 265; the obstacles surmounted, 266 ; the
change wrought in the converts, 274. Compared with that
of Mahometanism, 276; with the success of our Christian
missions amongst Jews and Heathen, 277; and with reforms
in Christian countries, 279. The propagation of Christi-
anity is fulfilment of prophecy, 283.
Prophecy, definition of, i. 183; its extent, 185; harmony of
all its parts in the person of the Saviour, 187; the infinite
wisdom apparent in the contrivance of them, 189; the
double sense of prophecy, 192 ; the practical and important
ends which prophecy subserves, 197, 224 ; it has the im-
press of the majesty of God, 191 ; fulfilment of it, 207.
Prophecy, fulfilment of, in the person of our Lord, i. 208; as
to the time, place, &c. of his birth, 209; his life, sufferings,
death and resurrection, 209; his miracles and doctrine,
210; uniting qualities and attributes the most contradic-
tory, 211; and as to his spiritual offices, 221. Circumstances
connected with the fulfilment increase the proof of divine
foreknowledge, 215. Prophecy of the destruction of the
city and polity of the Jews, and their dispersion fulfilled,
227 ; others which relate to various cities, nations, and em-
pires, 239; Nineveh and Tyre, 239; Babylon, 240 ; des-
cendants of Ishmael, 242; Egyptians, 242; descendants of
Canaan, Shem, and Japheth, 242 ; Daniel's prediction con-
cerning the four empires, 243; prophecies of Daniel, St.
Paul, and St. John, respecting the western apostacy, 245 ;
those concerning the future conversion of the world, and
the final triumph of holiness and truth, 249.
Prophets, the, had a solemn mission and call, known by all the
nation, i. 194; were men of sincere personal piety, 194 ;
their prophecies form but a small part of their general in-
structions, 195 ; their messages were often of the most
distressing nature to their personal feelings, 196; they
suffered even unto death, 196 ; they record minutely every
thing, even though it might seem to make against them, 196.
They performed miracles, 196. The number and ages of
the prophets, and the independence of their predictions, in-
crease the proof of divine prescience, 213.
Prophetical argument, the force of, i. 252.
Prophetical inspiration, accumulation of, i. 216.
Prudence and discretion of Jesus Christ, ii. 105.
Reason conducts us to Revelation, ii. 307 ; her province
marked out, 311; Mr. Locke's account of, 310, Bishop
J. B. Sumner's observation respecting, 311; Lord Bacon's
remark on the office of reason, 312.
Reasonableness of faith in the Christian Revelation, ii. 307.
Reasoning defined by Dr. Thomas Browne, ii. 311 ; the clearer
laws of, now acknowledged, aid us in examining the Chris-
tian Evidences, ii.
Recapitulation of the external evidences, i. 365; of the inter-
nal, ii. 394.
Redemption in the incarnation and sacrifice of the only-begotten
Son of God, ii. 37.
Reformations in Christian countries, progress of, i. 279.
Regeneration of man described, ii. 39.
Remedy, the Bible provides a, for all the wants of man, ii. 17;
which works by proposing adequate motives, 19; placing
him in a favourable state of probation, 20; proposing a sys-
tem of means adapted to his powers, 20; all agreeing with
his outward circumstances, 21 ; calculated to draw out to
the utmost all his faculties, 21 ; and to carry him on to his
true end, 22.
Resurrection of the dead, and the last solemn judgment, ii. 40.
Revelation, the necessity of a divine, appears from the state of
the heathen world, before the coming of Christ, i. 44; of
unbelievers at present scattered in Christian lands, 50; of
pagan nations of the present day, 54; and of the countries
of Christendom themselves, 57. A general impression has
prevailed that God has granted one to man, 61.
Ridley's dying address to Latimer, ii. 286.
Rites and usages, religious, springing out of Christianity, and
subsisting at the present day, i. 132.
Rome, the Church and Bishop of, the great western apostacy
foretold by Daniel, St. Paul, and St. John, i. 245.
Rousseau and Doddridge contrasted, ii. 269. Rousseau on his
Rulers and governors of our country, address to, ii. 422.
Rules for the sound interpretation of Scripture, ii. 339.