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World, they may have as great anm
e Sermon sent to us, and we saw them with the our bodily Eyes.
Of the Christan Faith, the Means
of its Conveyance, and our
The First Sermon on this Text.
JOHN XX. 31.
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the
I Have largely Discoursed concernI ing the general Nature of Faith, and more particularly concerning the Faith which is truly Divine and Religious; in the latitude of which is
em contained a Perswasion concerning the Volume Principles of Natural Religion, the Xll. Being of God, the Immortality of
the Soul, and a Future State; and a Perswasion of the Divine Revelation of the Scriptures, and the matters contained in them. Now among matters of Divine Revelation, the Doctrine of the Gospel is a principal part; which is the last and most per: feet Revelation which God hath made to the World, by his Son Jesus Christ; and a firm belief and perswasion of this, is that which is call'd Christian Faith, or the Faith of the Gospel; and which by way of Eminency, is usually call?d Faith in the new Testament.
Now Christian Faith is not opposed to a Divine Faith, but is comprehended under it; as being a principal and eminent part of Divine Faith, but not all that which may be call’d Divine Faith. Christian Faith supposeth a Belief of the Principles of Natural Religion; and a Belief of those Revelations which God formerly made under the old Testament : But it doth only formally contain in
it a Belief of the Gospel, viz. That m en Revelation which God hath in these Sermon · last days made to the World by his Vila
Son Jesus Christ. The Heathens who were destitute of Divine Revelation, did only believe the Principles of Natural Religion; and the generality of them did not believe thote, but in a very imperfect manner. The Jews, to whom were committed the Oracle's of God, did superadd to the belief of the Principles of Natural Religion, the belief of such Revelations as God was pleased to make to them under that Dispensation. Christian Faith superadds to both the former, a belief of the Revelation of the Gospel.
I shall now therefore by God's af sistance, endeavour to open to you the Nature of Christian Faith from these words; in which you have these three things considerable,
First, The End of committing the Gospel to Writing, which was to perswade men to believe in Christ," to propagate and continue Christian Faith in the World ; these things are written that you might believe that Je