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The CONTENT S.

Effay on the prophecies relating to the Meffiah.

INTRODUCTION.

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Of three general principles on which the following reafon-
ings are founded, relating to three properties of the
prophecies concerning Chrift, neceffary to make them
proofs of Chriftianity, viz. 1. That they are appli-
cable to Chrift truly; 2. Peculiarly; 3. That the things
contained in them could not be foretold by chance,
The prophecies in view relate, either to Chrift's perfon,
his church, or his enemies,

ib.

Some prophecies not yet fulfilled, no objection,.
The contents of the prophecies are, either, 1. Doctrines;
or, 2. Miraculous and contefted facts; or 3. Uncon-
tefted facts,
Doctrinal prophecies contain uncontefted facts about the
profeffed faith and worship of Chrift's church
Of the fecond general principle,
Some characters are peculiar and fingular taken feparate-
ly,

Common characters joined with these add to the evidence,
A combination and feries of characters that are of them-
felves common, if taken feparately, may yet make a
fingular and peculiar defcription of one perfon,
Of the third general principle,
There are innumerable things which cannot be foretold
by human fagacity, or by chance,

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Of the contents of prophecies concerning one extraordinary perfon, defcribed as the Light of the Gentiles.

The enlightening of the Gentile nations by Chrift uncontested,

Some prophecies about the enlightening of the Gentiles, exprefsly afcribe that work to one eminent perfon; others not.-Some of these prophecies more general, fhort, and obfcure; others more full, clear, and particular,

Of this laft kind are Ifaiah xlii. xlix. lii. 13. to liv. lv. 11.

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Two things needful to be confidered in treating on these
paffages: 1. Proofs that they are parallel; 2. That they
are not applicable to any fuch converfion of particular
perfons as happened under the Old Teftament, but
only to the converfion of nations under the New,

Of the contents of the 49th of Isaiah,

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The prophets speak of this doctrine as a mystery, and a

mystery to be revealed more fully afterwards,

Of objections against confidering the doctrine of the Mef-
fiah's perfon in this Effay; of the chief branches of that
doctrine,

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Harmony of facts concerning the enemies of that extra-
ordinary perfon,

In facts relating to his life and death, and time of his co-
ming, a remarkable harmony,

Of what is in If. xl. and Mal. iii. concerning the Mef-
fiah's fore-runner,

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Several minute circumftances in Zech. xi. evidently appli-
cable to the history of Judas's treachery,

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Harmony of the two claffes of prophecies in view, as to
doctrinal characters of the Melliah, and instructions con-
cerning divine confolations,

Harmony between the doctrine of the prophets and of the
apoftles, as to the offices of the Meffiah,

the benefits connected with his offices,
particularly juftification,

fanctification, and other bleffings of God's covenant,
and the fuperiority of the new above the old difpen-
fation,

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