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Serm. II. Certainty of the Truth of Christianity; if
every unprejudiced Mind is determined by moral Certainty, we may argue thus.--It is demonftrably certain, that there is a Being of infinite Goodness, Truth," and Veracity. It is demonstrably certain, that a Being of infinite Goodness, Truth, and Veracity will not miflead his Creatures into unavoidable Errors, nor fuffer an Imposture to pass upon the World, in bis Name, in a Matter of the last Importance, with such manifest Tokens of Credibility, and moral Certainty, as muft, and do in every other Cafe, determine an unprejudiced Mind therefore it is demonstrably certain, that Christianity is no Imposture. Thus the Christian Faith, in the faft Resort, resolves itself into, and terminates in, the divine Veracity : It is as fure as that God cannot lie, that he who has laid his Creatures under an Obligation to act upon moral Evidence, would not have done fo, if such strong Evidence could ever inevitably deceive them in an Affair of infinite Concernment.
On the Genuineness and Inspiration
::;141 Thess. II. 13.
beard of us, ye received it not as the
HEN St. Paul preached the Serm.III.
Gospel of Christ to the Thef
Salonians, they embraced it
That we may do so too, it will be ne-
Serm. III. IX, The Genuineness of those Books,
which contain the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ildly, Their divine Inspiration.
It, I am to prove the Genuineness of those Books, which contain the Gospel of Jesus Christ. :
Those Authors are confessedly genuine, who have received the Sanction of their Contemporaries, or immediate Succeffors, followed by an uninterrupted Series of Vouchers.
Thus St. Paul quotes the Gospel of St. Luke, whose Praise is in the Gospel throughout all the Churches, as of equal Authority with the Writings of Moses.
of Moses. For the Scripture faith, thou shalt not muzzle the Ox that treadeth out the Corn, and, the Labourer is worthy of his Reward, 1 Tim. V. 18. which last Passage occurs no where but in St. Luke x. ver. 7. as the former is to be met with Deut. xxv. ver.
4. Thus. St. Jobn, as Eufebius * informs us, stamped his Authority, at the Instance
* Eufebii Hift. Eccl. Lib. 3. cap. 24.
of his Friends, upon the Gospels of Mat-Serm. III.
Much the same Account we have from
Though Clemens Romanus, Barnabas,
* Photii Bibliotheca Cod. 254.
Serm.III. to them, by often quoting them, and oft
ner alluding to them : An Honour they do
What a religious Veneration these early
me perfect, that I may attain to that
me; having Recourse to the Gospel, as
* Ignatii Epist
. ad Philadelph. Sect. 5. Cotelerii Patres Apoftol. Tom. 2. Vide Notas Johannis Clerici in locum.