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and his Apostles were Teachers fent from, and infpir'd by, Almighty God; then our Savior muft be that Meffiah, who was prophefied of in the Old Teftament. Because both himself and his Apostles do declare, that he is that Meffiah; and God moft evidently teftified the fame by raising him from the Dead, and enabling him and his Apoftles to work innumerable Miracles, and exercife diverfe fupernatural Gifts of the Holy Ghoft, in Confirmation of that very Declaration.
Secondly, By proving from the Scriptures of the Old Teftament, that the Bleffed Jefus is that Meffiah whom they speak of. See the Twelfth Chapter of the Second Part of the First Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonable nefs and Certainty of the Chriftian Religion, the Sixteenth Chapter of the Second Volume of the fame Book, the Ninth Section of Dr. Whitby's General Preface to his First Volume of Annotations, and Bishop Pearfon on the Second Article, from And in Jefus Chrift, down to His only Son, To which add the Twenty feventh and Twenty eighth Chapters of the Third Book of Limborch's System.
That our Savior is the Meffiah promifed in the Old Teftament.
Thirdly, For the Controverfies with the Mahometans read the Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Chapters of the Third Part of the First Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Chriftian Religion. Now the Religion of a Mahometan being fuppos'd to have been prov'd falfe, the Truth of Chriftianity is demonftrated to him after the fame Manner as to a Deift.
Thirdly, With reSpect to the Hypothe fis of the Mahome
Fourthly, The fame may be faid of the Pagans or Heathens, the Falfhood of whofe Religion is fhewn in the Third, Fourth and Fifth Chapters of the Third Part of the First Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Chriftian Religion.
Fourthly, With refis of the Pagans. Spect to the Hypothe
You proceed now to the great Doctrins of Christianity.
You premife what Bifhop Pearson has written concerning Faith, in his Expofition of the Firft Article, from the Beginning down to I believe in God.
You then confider the great Point Of the Trinity. of the Trinity. See the fame Bishop Pearfon on the First Article, beginning at I believe in God, down to the End. Read alfo what the fame Author has written on the Second Article, from His only Son, to the End of it. For what relates to our Savior's being the Chrift, you flip over it now; because you have already perus'd it, when you examin'd the Truth of our Holy Religion with respect to the Jewish Hypothefis: And what relates to the Name Jefus, you will foon meet with. Wherefore you go on immediately to the fame Bishop's Expofition of the Eighth Article. But I would advise you to fubjoin the First and the Six and twentieth Chapters of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Chriftian Religion..
Of the Incarnation.
Concerning the Incarnation, fee Bifhop Pearfon on the Third Article, and the Twenty third Chapter of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonablenefs and Certainty of the Chriftian Religion,
Then follows the Doctrin of Chrift's Satisfaction for our Sins. Under this Head you are to confider, First, Our Sins for which he fatisfied, viz. 1. Original Sin. See the Twelfth and Thirteenth Chapters of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reafonableness and Certainty of the Chriftian Religion, and the Tenth Queftion of Turretin's Locus Nonus. 2. Actual Sin. See the Thirteenth Question of the Locus Nonus of Turretin's Syftem. Secondly, That Chrift did fatisfy for our Sins. And 1. It was neceffary that he fhould fatisfy. See the One and twentieth Chapter of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Chriftian Religion. 2. He did fuffer. See Bishop Pearfon on the Fourth Article. 3. By his fuffering he did truly fatisfy for our Sins. Compare the Tenth and Eleventh Queftions of the Locus Decimus quartus of Turretin's Syftem, with the Twenty firft and Twenty fecond Chapters of the Third Book of Limborch's Syftem, and Dr. Whitby's Appendix to the Twenty fixth Chapter of St. Matthew. 4. That our Sins fhall for his Sake be forgiven. See Bishop Pearfon on the Second Article, from the Beginning thereof down to And in Jefus Chrift; and alfo on the Tenth Article.
of Chrift's Satif faction for Sin,Original and Actual.
As for Chrift's Defcent into Hell, Of the Defcent fee Bishop Pearfon on the Fifth Article, down to He refe again.
Our Savior's Refurrection from the Dead was then prov'd to you, when you examin'd the Authority of the Holy Scriptures, and the Truth of Chriftianity. His Afcenfion, his Sitting at the Right Hand of God the Father, and his Coming to Judgment, are treated
of Chrift's Afcenfion,
of by Bishop Pearson on the Sixth and Seventh Articles.
Our own Refurrection, and the
Eternity of Rewards and Punish- of our own Refur ments, are also treated of by Bi-rection, and the E ternity of Rewards fhop Pearfon on the Eleventh and and Punishments. Twelfth Articles; but you must add Dr. Whitby's Preface to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, from the Beginning of the Sixth Seetion to the End; and alfo the Fourteenth Chapter of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reafonableness and Certainty of the Chriftian Religion, and Dr. Whitby's Appendix to the First Chapter of the Second Epistle to the Theffalonians; wherein particularly is confuted an unhappy Notion of Archbishop Tillotson, concerning God's not being oblig'd to inflict, tho' he has actually threaten'd, eternal Torments. By the way I muft obferve to you, that Dr. Whitby, in this very Appendix, advances a Conjecture touching the Confumption of the Bodies of the Damned, which is utterly groundless.
Concerning Predeftination, Free Will, the Operation of Grace, univerfal Redemption, Perfeverance, c. there have been very warm Difputes. I would by any means advise you to begin with Mr. Plaifere's Appello Evangelium. If you please, you may afterwards take a fuller View of the two great opposite Schemes in the following Manner.
In the first place, I think 'tis very plain, that Man confider'd in his fallen Eftate, and without the Affiftance of God's Grace, could have no freedom of Will to that which is good and well pleafing to God. See the Fourth Queftion of the Locus Decimus of
of Predeftination', Free Will, Grate, univerfal Redemption, Perfeverance, &c.
of Turretin's Syftem. From hence it follows, that there is a Neceffity of God's gracious Affiftance to incline and enable a Man to do his Duty. See the Eleventh and Twelfth Chapters of the Fourth Book of Limborch's Syftem, and Dr. Whitby's Appendix to the Sixth Chapter of the Second Epiftle to the Corinthians, down to Secondly, to explain, as far, &c.
But the very Heart of the whole Controverfy, the Point upon which fo many others do depend, and upon which the feveral Schemes do turn, is this, Whether the Operation of God's Grace be refiftible, or no. Let me intreat you to confider it very carefully, and to compare the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Queftions of Turretin's Locus Decimus quintus, with the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Chapters of the Fourth Book of Limborch's Syftem, and Dr. Whitby's Appendix before mention'd, from Secondly, to explain, as far, &c. to the end.
Nearly allied to this is the Controverfy con'cerning the Perfeverance of Saints, about which compare the Sixteenth Question of Turretin's Locus Decimus quintus, with the Eightieth, Eighty first, Eighty fecond, Eighty third and Eighty fourth Chapters of the Fifth Book of Limborch's Syftem.
Being thus prepar'd, you inquire in the next place, whether Predeftination to Life Eternal be abfolute or conditionate; whether God vouchfafes all Men fufficient Means of Salvation; and whether Chrift has obtain'd an univerfal Redemption by his Death and Sufferings. Concerning thefe Particulars compare the Ten First Chapters of the Fourth Book of Limborch's Syftem with part of Turretin's Locus Quartus, viz. from the Beginning of the Tenth, to the End of the Seventeenth Queftion; and alfo the Two firft Que fions of his Locus Decimus quintus,