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gin,that I have often wonder'd how any sort 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) Mall 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 Incense, 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 APPERTAINETH not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn Incense unto the Lord, but to the Priests the Sons of Aaron, that are Consecrated to burn Incense: 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 he 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 Million of the Prophets, I shall only recite some of those which plainly evince,
The Mission of ST.JOHN THE BAPTIST, the Last 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) He 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 mall 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, says He it is, who coming after me, is preferred before me, St. John i, 27, 30. And our Lord speaking of Himself, 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, not the Holy Spirit, neither Angels nor Men, presum'd to act authoritatively in things pertaining to God.
the World to condemnn the World, but that the World through him might be saved, St. John iii. 17.- Jefus faith, My Meat is to do the will of hims that sent me, St. John iv. 34.
He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father which hath sent him He that heareth my Word, and believeth on him that sent mé, hath everlasting Life. I seek not mine own Will, but the will of the Father which hath Šent me.
The Father bath' seŅt me. • And the Father bimself which hath sent me, St. John v. 23, 24, 30, 36, 37 The living Father inath sent me, St. Johre vi. 57. The Father that sent me, St. John viii. 16, 18. Say ye of him (i. e. of Christ) whom the Father hath fanctified (1. c. confecrated or set apart for the Office of the Messias) and sent into the World, &č. St. John X. 36. - . That ihey may believe that thou hast sent me, St. John xi. 42. I have not spoken of MY SELF, but the Father which sent me, he GAVE ME A COMMANDMENT what I should say, and what I should speak, St. John xii. 49.
And this is Life eter nal, 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 begote ten Son into the World, that we might live through him. And sent his son to be the Propitiation for our Sins, St. John
9, 1o. 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 unta him, Thou art my Son, Hel. v.5.Wherefore let us Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our Profession Chrif Jesus, who was FAITHFUL to him that APPOINTED him, Heb. iii, 1, 2,
But molt especially have I wonder'd, and still do wonder, how Clergy-men, I mean, Presbyters who were regularly sent, by Episcopal Ordination, according to the Will of our Lord, the Founder of his
The Mission OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, the third Person of the eternal Trinity. The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghofta whom the FATHER WILL SEND in my Naine, St. John xiv. 26.
When the Comforter is come whom I WILL SEND unte you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, who proceedethe from the Father, &c. St. John xv. 26. If I go not aways tbe Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I WILL SEND bim unto you, St. John xvi, 7. He shall not speak OF HIMSELF; but whatsoever he sail hear, that shall he speak, ver. 13
He shall glorifie me, for he shall RECEIVE OF MINE, and shall it unto you, ver. 14.
Accordingwas sent from Heaven on the Day of Pentecost
, as St. Peter testified to the wondring Multitudes telling them, This Fefusbeing by the right Hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the Promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath SHED FORTH this, which you nom fee and hear (i che hath sent FORTH THE HOLY Ġhost, who has caufed those astonishing miraculous Wonders which you now see and hear) Acts ii. 32, 33.. And St. Paul tells the Galatians, God hath SENT FORTH the Spirit of bis Son (i. e. the Holy Ghost) into your Hearts, Galat. iv. 6. And St. Peter reckons the Holy Ghost sent Down from Heaven, among those things which the Angels desire to look into, i St. Peter i. 12.
THE MISSION OF ANGELS. They are all Miniftring Spirits SENT FORTH to minister, Heb. i. 14.
The Angel Gabriel WAS SENT from God unto a City, doc. to a Virgin eSporised to a Man whose Name was Jofeph. St. Luke i. 26.
- The same Angel appeared before unto Zacharias, and told him, I am Gabriel that stand in the Presence of God, and Am. SENT to speak unto thee, ver. 19. Peter said, Now I know of a Surety that the LORD Hath sent his Angel, and bath deli, vered me out of the Hands of Herod, &c. Acts xii. 11, commander
Church, and the unvariable and univerfal Apostolical Practice of it for 1 500 Years, I fay, I still wonder, how such Presbyters could first preach against the Episcopal Order; and then proceed to pull downi
The Revelation of Jesus Chriff, which God gave unto him, &c. He sent and signified it by his Angel unto his Servant Joho, Revelat, i. 1. The seven Spirits of God SENT FORTH Foto all the Earth, Revelat. v. 6. The Lord God ŠENT bis Ana gel to Shew unto his Servants the things which must shortly to done, Revelat. XX11. 6.
THE MISSION OF THE APOSTLES. After the twelve Aposties are nam'd, 'tis faid, These Twelve Jefus SENT FORTH, and commanded them saying Preachfredly ye hate RE: CEIVED, freely give, St. Matth. X. 5, 7, 8. As my Father hath sent me, even JO SEND I you, St. John xx. 2 i. - All Power is given unto me in Heaven and in Earth: Go Ye therefore and teach (or father Disciple) all Nations, baprizing them teaching them
and lo I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, er en unto the End of the World. Amen. St. Matth. xxviii. 18, 19,
And to fupply the Place of Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, the Apotles prayed and said, Thou, Lord, which knowelt The Hearts of all men, shew whether of these two (i, e. of Fuslús or Matthias ) thou haft CHOSEN, that he may TAKE part of this Ministry and Apostleship, Acts i. 24; 25. And they gåve forth their Lots, and the Lót fell upon Matthias, and he was, numbered with the elever Apostles, Ver. 26. God harh SET. fome in the Church. First, Apostles, 1 Cor. xii. 28. Our Lord said to Ananias concerning the Apostle St. Paul,
He is a chosen Vessel unto me, to bear my Name before the Gentiles, and Kings, and the Children of Israel, Acts ix. 15:
As they minister'd to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghoft said, SEPARATĒ me Barnabas and Saul (i. e. Paul) for the Work whereunto I have CALLED THEM. And when they had fafted and prayed, and laid their Hands on them, they sent them away; so they being SENT FORTH by the Holy Ghoft, departed, &c. Atts xiii, 2, 3, 4. Again, the Lord said unto St. Paul,
their own Bishops, by whom they were ordain'd, and then in Opposition to the Holy Apoftolical Order and Character, and the Persons lawfully vested with it, Sacrilegiously prefume, like Colluthus, to take
Depart, for I will SEND thee far hence unto the Gentiles, Acts xxii. 21.
And therefore he stiles himself, Paul CALLED to be an Apofile of Jesus Christ, through the will of God, 1 Cor. and says in another Place,
I am ORDAINED A Preacha er, and an Apostle, a Teacher of the Gentiles, 1 Tim. ii. 7.
How shall they preach, except they be sent? Rom. X. 15. When he (i. e. Chrilt) afcended up on high, he GAVE fome Apostles, i.e. he gave some the Power and Authority of being his Ambassadors, Ephef. iv. 11.
THE MISSION OF THE SEVENTY DISCIPLES, and of the DEACONS. After these things the Lord APPOINTED Other SevenTy also, and sent them two and two before his face, St. Luke X. I.
The Twelve (i.e. the Apostles) called the Mule titude of the Disciples unto them, and said, Look ye out as mong you feven Men of honeft Report, full of the Holy Ghost and Wisdom, whom we MAY APPOINT over this Business, (s. e. of taking care for the Poor). And they chose Stephen,
donc. whom they set BEFORE. THE APostles; and when THEY bad prayed, THEY LAID THEIR HANDS on them, Acts vi: 3, 5,6.
THE MISSION OF THE APOSTLES SUCCESSORS. -St. Paul and St. Barnabas ORDAINED them ELDERS in every Church,
For this Cause left I thee (i. e. Titus) in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ORDAIN Elders in every City, as I fi. e. St. Paul) had APPOINTED thee, Tit. i. 5. Stir up the Gift of God which is in thee (i. e. Stir up that Episcopal Authority, and the Gifts annexed thereto, wherewith God has endowed thee) BY THE PUTTING ON OF MY (.e. St. Paul's) HANDS, 2 Tim. i. 6. -The Things that thou haft heard of me, the same COMMIT thou to faithful Men, who mall be able to teach other's Also, 2 Tim. ii. 2: - LAY HANDS suddenly on no Man,
The seven Stars are the Angels (i. e. the Bishops, or fupreme Spiritual Governors ) of the seven Church
Acts xiv. 23.
i Tim. v. 22.