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Vesture they did cast Lots. Pfal. xxii. 18. And S E R M. these Things therefore (i. e. because the Scripfcttt&&;had isaid it) the Soldiers did. And because again the Psalmist, in the Person of the Mejfiah. had faid, hi my Thirst they gave me Vdnegdn to drink,. Psal. lxix. 21. he waited till in;Springe filled with it was put to his $douth), from whence he received it, before he wxmld pronounce bis last Word, /'/ is finijhed, 6v6ow his Head dad ' give up the Gho/t, John xix, £8-30. : All:these Things, /and indeed every!Thing else ithat Jesusdii, he did (as will appear by abundant Instances hereafter,) because God had declared and required it of him before-hand, according to his own Say* ing; Sacrifice and Offering thou wouldest not, but a Body hast thou prepared me: In BurntOffCtings and Sacrifices for Sin, thou haft had no. Pleasure; Then said 1, lo I come (in the Volume of the Book it is written of me) to do thy. mil, O God, Heb. x. 5—7. ' .'
Think, of these Things and ponder them in your Minds, and then consider whether the Books of the Old Testament are of so tittle Importance tp the Cause of Christianity, as some Enemies to our Faith, of late Years, have very insidiously represented them to be. But the End they aim at is very plain j Jefus^ i.^yi \. you
s E R M. yOU feCj claims to be the promised Redeemer of the World upon the Test of his fulfilling the Prophecies of him contained in the Old Testament. But if the Old Testament be not true, or not inspired, or not applicable to him j thea there are no Prophecies to be ap-» pealed to concerning him; but all must be put upon the Test of his Miracles. And this. Test they "would endeavour to invalidatenextj nay, they have already endeavoured it, and thereby to wrest from you the New 'testae tnent also. , But the Weakness, the Malice, and the Shame of their Attempts have sufficiently shewn from whence they are, and what they be.-—Despise them then, my Brethren, and with Reverence receive both Testaments alike. The Old Testament as foretelling every Thing in the New j the New Testament as confirming every Thing in the Old. As the Old Testament has been my principal Subject of this Discourse, I shall add a few Words more concerning it and conclude. And that is to exhort you, (such of you I mean as are of suitable Capacities) to read and study the several Prophecies, Types and figures in theOldTestament, which illustrate and confirm the Evangelical Relation or History of our Saviour. And if any Persons i. i neglect neglect this, who are capable of doing it, our s E R M. Saviour's Reproof of the two Disciples that, were going to Emmaus, is as applicable to the one, as it was to the other, Luke xxiv. 25. Not to observe and believe what the Prophets have spoken, argues that Fools void of Reason and Attention, and stow of Heart, or backward to believe even God himself, in the Things he had been graciously pleased to reveal concerning the Methods of their suture "Redemption. Things so neceflary for the Disciples of Christ to know and be instructed in; that our Lord, we find, beginning at Moses, ver. 27. and from thence going through all the Prophets, expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the 'Things concerning himself. How that Christ ought to have suffered the Things he did, before he entered into his Glory, ver. 26. He had told them this before, while be was yet with them, yiz. That all Things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms concerning him. ver. 44. And that they might now fully apprehend these Things a-right, He opened their Understandings, that they might understand the Scriptures; ver. 45. repeating to them again, Thus it is written, and therefore thus -' ". ''"*. it
SERM. it behoved the Christ to suffer, and to rift j from the Dead the third Day, ver. 46. "• '.'Such Sacred Testimony is given to the Truth and Divine Authority of the Old Testa* ment, and how far that will confirm the Divine Authority of the New Testament, I shall have an Opportunity to observe in the Sequel.
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JOHN i. 45.
We have found him of whom Moses in the Law, and the Prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph.
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dictions of Moses and the Prophets concerning the MeJJiah, or the Christ, which was promised tb the Jews; and also to shew the Use of those Prophecies to us Christians, and how far we build our Faith in Christ upon them; my Business next is to enquire how far Jesus (called then the Son of Joseph) did truly fulfill them. And here also I have already established the Authority of the Testimonies upon which I must proceed; having .(hewn how authentic and indisputable Witnesses the several Books of the New Testament