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. Paradise, Abraham's Bosom, and Hades. HEBR. xi. 39, 40.

'These all having obtained a good Report through Faitht received not the Promise:

God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made persett. 43 6


The State of separate Souls.

LUKE XVI. 22, 23.

And it came to pass that the Beggar died, and was carried by the Angels into Abrahams Bosom: The Rich Man also died and was buried.

And in Hell he left up his Eyes, being in . Torments,. and feeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 449

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JOHN i. 45.

We have found him of whom Moses in the Law, and the Prophets did -write, fe/us of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph.

THE Season, good Christians, that commences this Day is that of Advent, with which it is the peculiar Computation of the Church of England to begin her Year, and to renew the annual Course of her Service; therein differing from all other Accounts of Time whatsoever. The Reason of which is, because (he does not number her Days, or measure her Seasons so much by the Motion of the Sun, as by the Course of our,Saviour; beginning and counting on her Year with him, who, being the true Son of Righteousness, began now to rife upon the World, and, as the Day Stars on high, Vol. II. B ..—38.. to

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s E R M. to eniighten them that fat in Spiritual Darkness. . .

The Design of the Cffardh in'fitting apart this Season is to prepare us for a religious Commemoration of the Advancement or Coming of Christ, in the Flesh. For which Reason the Prophecy of Isdiah is reserved to this Time, in the Table of Lessons both for ordinary Days, as well as Sundays; (he being the most Evangelical Prophet, and containing the clearest Predictions of our Saviour) and the Epistles and Gospels appointed for those Sundays, all assure us of the Truth of Christ's first coming; and as a proper Means to bring our Lives to a Conformity with the End and Design of it, they recommend to u9 the Consideration of his second Coming, when he will execute Vengeance on all those that; obey not his Gospel. . ,

I conceive therefore, that the most suitable Provision for your Thoughts at this Time, will be first to lay before you the clearest Prophecies and Predictions of the Messiah in the Old Testament; and then to shew you from the New, how those several Prophecies and Predictions were fulfilled in our Jesus. And in order to this, I have chosen the Words of my Text as naturally leading us to both these Topicks.


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