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Things which are now more clearly and di/iincJly S E R M. reported among us. From whence it follows, that when Moses penned the Law, the Holy Penmen the History, and the Prophets the Predictions of the Old Testament; though they might all of them know that they wrote by the immediate Direction and Command, or at least under the Influence or Super-intendency of the Holy Spirit; yet none of them might be aware of the principal and final View of the Things which they indited. Nor might the Evangelijls and others that have recorded the History and Tranfactions of our Lord, either observe or know, that in every Circumstance, they have recorded of him, some ancient Type or Prediction was fulfilled. At least we are sure that it was impossible for them to have thought of or invented such a Scheme, as mould so exactly have tallied with another, that had been formed so long before. Much less, sure, could .Moses % jand the Prophets after him, have pronounced of their own'Heads so many Prophecies, without any Design, without any View, except only the Hopes, that some one or other, as romantick and enthusiastical as themselves, should many Hundreds of Years afterwards contrive a Story to fave their Credit, and explain
s E R M. plain their Meaning. No surely; such a Concurrence between the Law and the Gofpet9 between the Old Testament and the New> must undeniably prove that neither of them, can be owing to the Invention of Men; but must both be inspired by that Holy, Divinei all-knowing Spirit, who comprizes the most distant Times and Things in a single View, and orders all Things, when they be past* present, or to come, to bear the Part, and keep their Order in one universal, harmonious Scheme.
And what can give us greater Satisfaction and Comfort in our holy Religion than this? For hereby we fee " that the Christian *' Scheme was always in the Eye and Intenct tion of Providence j that the Substance of "it was revealed and taught from the Be* "ginning, and all the successive Revelations ** of God were pointed and directed towards "it. This shews us that we are in the sure "and proper Way of Acceptance j in that "Way which was always proposed in the "Divine Counsels, and in some Measure *' disclosed, though in the Fulness of Time "it was more clearly revealed by him who *c was both the Author and the Finijher of "it. Let what has been faid therefore by
all "all Means instruct us to hold fast the Pro-SE* M. "A^cn of mr Fa1fb without •wavering* ," and so long as the New Tejiament and the Old tally so exactly the one with the other, let us not be ihocked or startled with the Cavils of any superficial or impertinent Objector, who shall fancy he can propose Difficulties in some Points of no Moment; but on the contrary, let Us keep our Eyes fix'd firmly upon the beauteous Harmony and Analogy which the two Testaments exhibit in the Illustration of one another; by which we are ascertained that, in depending on tbemt we rest our Confidence on no less than the Truth of God.
Jesus the Christ.
We have found the Mestias; (which is, being interpreted, the Christ.)
SERM.TTTEare soon to enter (my good Christian U-v^-j W Brethren) upon the Season of Advent t a Season appointed by Holy Church to prepare us for a due and religious Celebration of the Nativity or Birth of the Blessed Jesus; of Jesus the Foundation of our Confidence and Hope; the Author, Sustainer and Ground of our Faith j the Rock of Salvation in which we trust; our only Security for our Welfare and Happiness both in this World and the next.
Where so much Confidence and Trust is reposed, it certainly concerns us to be well assured that it is safely placed: And to convince you that the Faith of Christians is so, (I have formerly shewed you) that Jesus on Whijii we depend is the Saviour, that wass E ^ M, foretold by the Holy Scriptures that were given u. before-hand to distinguish and point him out When he came. I shewed you at large in five several Discourses, that all the Prophecies, all the 'Types, all the Characters, which are recorded in the Old Testament, as Marks of the MeJJtas, exactly concurred in our Jesus. His Lineage and Family, the Place of his Nativity, the Time of his Birth, in a Word, every single Passage relating to the Lift, Death, Burial, Refurreclion, or Ascension of . the MeJJtas were all completed in our Jesus, in Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph, ver. 45. as Philip calls him three or four Verses below my Text, which Words I took for my Text at that Time.—How is it possible therefore to know the MeJJtas, if Jesus of Nazareth be not He? It may perhaps have come to pass that some of these Signs might have concurred in others: But there was ne* ver any Person yet, excepting Jesus of Nd+ zareth only, in whom they were every one fulfilled. It being then evident to a Demonstration that Jesus is He of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets did write j that He is the Meffias whom the Old Testament foretold j I would now make Use of the Return of this Vol. II. H Season,