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And so likewise the Divinity of Sermon our Saviour and his Doctrine is IV. resolved into the Evidence of his Miracles. This is the Evidence Chrift gives of himself, when John sent his Disciples to enquire whether he was the Messias, Mat. 11. 2. Now when John had heard in the prifon the works of Christ, he fent two of his disciples, and said unto him,

Art thou he that bould come : or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and seem John again those things which ye do hear, and see. The blind receive their fight, and the lame walk, the lepers are clean ed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gofpel preached unto them.' And blessed is 'he whosoever fhall not be offended in me. So John 5. 36. But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. Chap. 10. 25. Jesus answered them, I told you, and je believed not : the works that I do in my Father's Name, they bear witness:

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o f me. Verf. 37, 38. If I do not the Volume works of my Father believe me XII.

not: but if I do; though ye believe not me, believe the works : that ye may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in him Chap. 14. 11. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me : or else believe me for the very works fake. Chap. 20. 30, 31. And many other figns truly did Jefus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But there are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Chrift the Son of God, and that believing, ye might have life through his. Names And from hence our Saviour aggravates the Unbelief, and Impenitency of the Jews, because they resisted

this highest Evidence, Mat. II. 20, 21, | 22, 23, 24. Then began he to upbraid the

cities wherein most of his mighty warks were done, because they repented not. Woe unto thee Chorazin, woe unto thee

Bethsaida. For iff the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and asbes. But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre 'and. Sidon at the


day of Judgment, than for you. And thou Capernaum which art exalted un- Sermon to heaven, halt be brought down to IV. hell. For if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done

in Sodome, it would have remained - until this day. But I fay unto you,

That it fall be more tolerable for the land of Sodome in the day of Judgment, than for thee. John, 15. 24. If I had not done among them the works, which none other man did; they had not had. fins but now have they both feen, and hated both me and my Father. And so the Apostle tells us, That Miracles are the great confirmation of the Gospel, and are so clear an Evidence of the Truth of it that they render all Unbelievers inexcusable, Heb. 2. 2., 3. For if the word spoken by Angels, was stedfaft, and every transgression and disobedience received a just rocompence of reward: How shall me escape, if we neglect fe great salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him!

In particular, The great weight


of the Gospel is laid upon the Miracle; Volume of Christ's Resurrection from the XII. dead, which our Saviour mentions

as the only sign that should be given to that generation, that is, the cleareft. And the Apostle, Rom. 1. 4. faith, That he was declared to be the Son of God, with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. This put it out of all question. And St. Paul in his Sermon to the Athenians, Afts 17 30, 31, insists upon this as the great Evidence; And the times of their ignorance God winked at ; but now commandeth all men every where to repent : 'Because he hath appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordaind, whereof he hath given affurance anto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And this was the proper work of the Apoftles, to be Witnesses to the World of this great Miracle, Afts 1. 21, 22; Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the Baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken

up from us; must one be ordained to be i á witness with us of his resurrection. Sermon So St. Peter in his Sermon, Acts 2. 32. TV Him hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. And to mention no more, Afts 10. 38, 39, 40, 41. God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the holy Ghost and with Power, who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppreljed of the Devil: for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Hierusalem; whom they flew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen bes fore of God, even to us who did eat and 'drink with him after he rose from the dead.

2. What assurance of Miracles is fufficient to perswade men to believe the Revelation or Testimony, for the confirmation of which they are wrought. Of this assurance there are three degrees, all which do oblige men to believe the Divine Revelation for which they are wrought. .

(1.) If we have the evidence of our own Senses for it, that is, if we see them wrought. This Evidence the Disciples of our Lord had, and the Jews, and therefore their unbelief was

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