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are the end and design of the Gospel,Serm. and for the sake only of which all the XI. rest were given, does thereby secure his ^*^ own Salvation, as well as "promote the Salvation of others. Let us then by Charity and Goodness and the practise of all virtues secure to ourselves that which is most excellent; and then though the gifts of Miracles, be not continued to us, yet we shall obtain the End for which alone those gifts have ever been given to Others. For, he that speaks with Tongues for the conversion of others, may (without the Virtues of Meekness and Humility, Love and Charity,) himself possibly become a Cast-away: But he whose Mind is indued with those inward Virtues, which are the more excellent gifts and fruits of the Spirit, has attained that End, for the promoting of which, the other outwardly brighter and more resplendent Gifts, were all intended but as Means.
Different Tempers judge diffe, rently of Religion.
[Preached on Easter-Day.]
i Cor. i. 22, 23, 24.
For the Jews require a Sign, and the
Greeks seek after Wisdom: But we
freach Christ crucified, unto the 'Jews a
stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks
. foolijhness: But unto them which are
called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the
Power of God, and the Wisdom of God.
N the following Discourse S E R upon these Words, I shall 1st XH explain distinctly the several t-/^ Expressions contained in the Text; and zdly, I shall deduce some useful Inferences therefrom. Vol V. T I. In
S E R M. I. I N order to Explain distinctly the *". several Expressions made use of in the ^s*^ Text, 'tis to be observed that the Doctrine therein contained, consists plainly of the three following Heads, xst, That the Great and general Difference, between the Humours or Tempers of the Nation of the Jews on one hand, and the Greeks (who were Then the principal and most polite part of the heathen World) on the other hand, was This; That the yews, in Their examination into the Truth of any Doctrine proposed to them, were always apt to insist presently upon some Miracle, upon some Token to be shown them, in proof of the Doctrine's coming from God; Whereas the Temper of the Gentiles was, to expect conviction by Disputation and Argument, according to the Philosophy of the Times they lived in, which was esteemed the Wisdom of the Age then present: The yews require a Sign, and the Greeks seek after Wisdom. ?.dly, That Persons of Both these Tempers, and that pretended to make use of Each of these ways of judging, were i gene
generally extremely prejudiced against the Serm. Doctrine of the Gospel: Insomuch that the ^*coming of Christ into the World, in the manner he did, in a mean, humble and lowly appearance, teaching a Doctrine of Morality, Plainness, and Simplicity j was both a great Disappointment to the Jews, who expected one that should in a miraculous and pompous manner deliver them from their Enemies; and at the fame time was no less disagreeable to the then prevailing fashion and method of the Gentiles, who judged of Doctrines by the Eloquence, and Oratory, and Artfulness in Disputing, of Those who taught and maintained them: We preach Chriji crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks Foolishness. %dly, That nevertheless, in Truth and Reality, setting aside Prejudices and Corrupt Notions, the Doctrine of Christ was accompanied with the highest and most complete Evidence, according to Both these Methods of judging: It was attended with the fullest Demonstrations of Divine Power, in the Miracles God worked by him; And it had all real Vol. V. T 2 marks