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of several Presbyters should be held in Oppoption to their Bishops, and their Lawful Sovereign Lord theExternal or CivilBishop of his Church, by the Command of Rebels in actual Arms against their King! Could they ever imagine, that in three famous National Churches reform’d after the Antient Pattern of Churches settled in the Primi. tive Times, and professing the same Holy Faith, a strong Party of Presbyters and People, should be so wicked, as by Force to depose the whole College of Bishops, and as much as they could, extirpate the whole Order as unlawful and needless, nay, as an Antichristian Constitution, and a Yoak which we nor our Fathers were able to bear! Yet, Sir, I am one of those surviving Men who liv’d in those Times and saw all those things done, and the direful Consequences of such Doings; the first of which was the setting up a Government of the Church by Presbyters assuming Episcopal Authority, who with their Sect were called Presbyterians.
But these did not long flourish; for as they had taught the People that Episcopal Ordinations or Missions were not necellary, so others soon said the same of their Ordinations by Presbyters, asserting, that only Gifts, and the Call of Gifted Men by the Congregation was sufficient for the Mi
niftry'; and so from the Sect of Presbytering fprang up eliat of the Independents among üs, and from them again, others, who thought Gifts alone were a sufficient Call to the Ministry, and in this. Abomination of Desolation, Laymen first invaded the Sa Cred Office of the Ministry among us.
When I was a Young School Boy in a Jittle Village near Helmslen in Torkshire, I saw a Man in Gray Clothes step up into the Pulpit on the Lord's Day, where after a long Prayer he preach'd to the People, as well as I can guess from what I now remember, after the Manner of the Fifth Monarchy Anabaptifts. Being afterwards removed to School at North-Allerton, I saw an Officer of Cromwell's Army go up into the Pulpit, and there after a long Prayer, he made a long Sermon, of which, as I then understood little, so I remember no thing, but that he talk'd much of Dead Ordinances, and Gifts of the Spirit, and a Carnal Ministry, meaning no doubt the Mi. nistry of the Church. By that time Quake rifin, which began in Westmorland, was much increas'd in that Place, where I often saw not only Men, but Women Preach both in the Fields, and in Houses, without any other Call, but their pretended Moti. ons of the Spirit, when (you must, Sir, excuse my Impertinence to tell you, that)
a School-Fellow older than my felf by three or four Years, though of a Lower Form in the School, who had been carefully bred up in Church Principles, and like another Ti. mothy instructed by his parents from his Childhood in the Scriptures, so baffled their Speakers, by asking them who fent them to Preach, and urging the Places of Scripture against them, which speak of God the Father's sending our Saviour, and His send. ing the Apostles, and They others; and by requiring of them a Visible Proof of their pretended Call by the Spirit, that they came not of a long Time after to that Place, and as I remember, not till that Boy, so mighty in the Scriptures, was taken from the School.
Indeed, Sir, the Necessity of an Immediate, or Mediate Call and Mission from God. to any Divine Ministry, is so plainly taught in the Scriptures as appears by the * Mars.
* THE MISSION OF Moses, And the Lord said Come now. therefore, and I will send thee: unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my People, &c, out of Egypt. Exod. iii. 10. Now therefore, go, and I will be with thy Mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. Exod. iv. 12. He sent Moses his Servant, Pfal.cv. 26.
The Mission. OF THE JEWISH Priests, Take thou unto thee Aaron thy Brother, and bis Sons with him, FROM CHILDREN OF Israel, that He may Minister UNTO ME in the Priest's Office, even Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazer, and Ithamar, Aaron's Sons. Exod. xxviii. 1. And the Lord spake unta. Thou and thy Sons with thee fall keep your
gin,that I have often wonderd how any fort of Christians, pretending to the Knowledge of them, should take upon them the Minifterial Office, without the Ordinary Regular Call from Man as God hath appoint
Priests OFFICE I HAVE GIVEN your Priests Office unto you as a Service of Gift, and the STRANGER that cometh nigh (i.e. as a Priest) shall be put to Death, Numb. xviii. 1,7. Uzziah the King transgressed against the Lord his God, and went into the Temple of the Lord to burn Incense upon the Altar of In cenfe, and Azariah the Priest went in after him, and with him Fourscore Priests of the Lord that were valiant Men: And they WITHSTOOD Uzziah the King, and said unto him, It APPER TAINETH NOT unto thee, Uzziah, to burn Incense unto the Lord, but to the Priests the Sons of Aaron, that are ConsEcRATED to burn Incenfe: Go out of the Sanctuary, for thou haft trespassed, &c. 2 Chron. xxvi. 16, 17, 18. For every High Priest taken FROM AMONG Men, is Ordain'd for Men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both Gifts and Sacrifices for Sin; And no Man taketh this Honour unto himself but be that is CALLED OF God, as was Aaron, Heb. v. 1, 3. Not to spend too much "time in enumerating those Texts which prove the Mission of the Prophets, I shall only recite some of those which plainly cvince,
The Mission of ST.JOHN THE Baptist, the Lat of the Jewish Prophets and immediate Fore-runner of our Saviour. There was a Man sent from God, whose Name was John He was SENT to bear Witness of that light (i. e. of Christ) that sent me to Baptize, &c. St. John i. 6, 8, 33.
Behold! I SEND MY MESSENGER (i. e. John the Baptist) before thy Face, which shall prepare thy Way before thee, St. Mark i. 2. and xi. 10.
The Mission of CHRIST, The Second Person of the Eternal Trinity.
St. John the Baptist speaking of Him, fays
He it is, who coming after me, is preferred before me, St. John i. 27, 30. And our Lord speaking of Himfelf, says, He that receiveth me, receiveth him (i. e. God the Father) that sent me, St. Matth. X. 40. St. John xiii. 20.
And He that despiseth me, despiseth him that sENT me, St. Luke x, 16.
God sent not his son into
ed, or an extraordinary Call from God, without one of which, neither Christ, nor the Holy Spirit, neither Angels nor Men, presum'd to act authoritatively in things pertaining to God.
the World to condemn the World, but that the World through him might be saved, St. John iii. 17. Fefus faith, My Meat is to do the will of him that sent me, St. John iv. 34.
He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Fas ther which hath sent him. He that heareth my Word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting Life. I seek not mine own Will, but the will of the Father which hath SENT me,
The Father bath sent me. And the Father himself which hath sent me, St. John v. 23, 24, 30, 36, 37. The living Father hath 'SENTme, St. Johr, yi. 57. The Father that sent me, St. John viii. 16, 18. Say ye of him (i.c. of Christ) whom the Father hath fanctified nie. consecrated or set apart for the Office of the Messias) and sent into the World, &c. St. John x. 36. That they may believe that thou haft sent me, St. John xi. 42. I have not spoken of MY SELF, but the Father which sent me, be GAVE ME A COMMANDMENT what I should say, and what I should speak, St. John xii. 49. And this is Life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast SENT. I have finished the Work which thou GAVEST me to do. I came OUT FROM thee. Thou haft sent me into the World. Thou hast sent. me, St. John xvii. 3, 8, 18, 25.-God sent his only begotten Son into the World, that we might live through him. And sent his son to be the Propitiation for our sins, í St. John
God SENT FORTH his Son made of a Woman, &c. Galat. iv. 4.
Thus we see that Christ GLORIFIED NOT HIMSELF to be made an High Priest, but he that said unto him, Thou art my son, Heb. v.5. Wherefore let us Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our Profession Christ Jesus, who was FAITHFUL to him that APPOINTED him, Heb. iii. 1, 2.
iv. 9, 10.