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Things which are now more clearly and distinctly s ERM.
SER M. plain their Meaning. No surely; such a
Concurrence between the Law and the Gospel, between the Old Testament and the New, muft undeniably prove that neither of them can be owing to the Invention of Men; but must both be inspired by that Holy, Divine, all-knowing Spirit, who comprizes the most diftant Times and Things in a single View, and orders all Things, when they be paft, 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 see " that the Christian " Scheme was always in the Eye and Inten" tion of Providence ; 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 fure " and proper Way of Acceptance ; in that " Way which was always proposed in the “ Divine Counsels, and in fome Measure " disclosed, though in the Fulness of Time “ it was more clearly revealed by him who
was both the Author and the Finisher of « it. Let what has been said therefore by
" all Means instruct us to hold fast the Pro-SERM.
feffion of our - Faith without wavering *,” and so long as the New Testament and the Old tally so exactly the one with the other, let us not be shocked 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 them, we reft our Confidence on no less than the Truth of God.
* Dr. Berriman's Boyle's Lect. Vol. 2. p. 332, 333.
Jesus the CHRIST.
JOHN i. 41.
interpreted, the Chrift.)
E are foon to enter (my good Christian
the Season of Advent, 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; the Rock of Salvation in which we trust; our only Security for our Welfare and Happiness both in this world and the
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
which we depend is the Saviour, that was SERM.
my Text at that "Time.-How is it poffi-