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You desire also some Account of Mr. WhisTON himself, and would know what Sort of a Man, or Monster, he is, of whom you hear so much, when you meet your Brethren in Presbyteries and Synods; who, upon mere Reports, represent him under the various Characters, of Ignorant and Learned, - Rich and Poor, Serious and Mad, Heretick and Atheist, Churchman and Papist, Arian and Socinian, and almost every Thing but Calvinist, Presbyterian, and Athanasan.
To gratify, therefore, your Curiosity in the best Manner I am able, I send you Mr.WHISTON's Book itself; together with some Confiderations on the subject Matter - of it, and some Remarks on his Scheme, Project, or Theory; which I close with an Account of the Gentleman himself. .
That Christianity is founded on Judaism, or
the New Testament on the Old.
TEHRISTIANITY is founded on
Judaism, and the New Testament on the Old; and Jesus is the Person
faid in the New Testament to be promised in the Old, under the Character of the Messias of the Jews, who, as such only, claims the Obedience and Submission of the World. Accordingly, it is the Design of the Authors of the New; to prove all the Parts of Christianity from the Old Testament, which is said to contain (c) the Words of Eternal Life ; and to represent Jesus and his Apostles, as (d) fulfilling, by their Mission, Doctrines, and Works, the Predictions of the Prophets, the historical Parts of the Old Testament, and the Jewish Law; which last is exprelly faid to (2) prophecy of, or tipify, Christianity.
(c) John 5. 39.
(d) Matt. 5.17.
(e) Ib. 11. 13.
That the Apoftles ground and prove Christianity
from the Old Testament.
CT. MATTHEW proves several Parts of J Christianity from the Old Testament; either by thewing them to be Things foretold therein as to come to pass under the GospelDispensation, or to be agreeable to, or founded on, the Notions of the Old Testament.
Thựs he proves (f) Mary's being with Child by the Holy Ghost, and the Angel's telling her the mall bring forth a Son, and Mall call bis Name Jesus, and the other Circumstances attending his miraculous Birth ; Jesus's (8) Birth at Bethlem ; his (b) Flight into Egypt; the (i) Slaughter of the Infants ; (k) Jesus's dwelling at Nazareth; the (1) Preaching of John the Baptift; Jesus's (m) leaving Nazareth and dwelling at Capernaum, in the Borders of Zabulon and Napthali; his (n) casting out Devils, and healing the Sick; his (o) eating with Publicans and Sinners; his (p) charging those he heal'd, that they should not make him known ; his (9) Speaking in Parables, that the Jews might not understand him ; his (r) sending his Disciples to fetch an Ass and a Colt; the (s) Childrens crying in the Temple ;
(f). Matt. 1. 18, 23. (8) Ib. 2. 5, 6. (b) v. 15. (i) v. 17, 18. (k) v. 23. (?) Ib. 3. (m) Ib. 4. 13. (n) Ib. 8. 16, 17. (0) Ib. 9, 11-13. (f) Ib. 12. 16-21. . (9) Ib. 13. 13. ' (7) Ib. 21. 2 women. fs) 2. 15, 16.
the (t) Lawfulness of taking Corn in the Fields, when an hungred, on the Sabbath-Day; the (u) Resurrection of the Dead; (w) Je su s’s being betray'd by Judas, and his Apprehenfion; and (x) Judas's returning back the thirty Pieces, (the Reward he had for betraying Jesus) and the Priest's buying the Potter's Field with them, and his banging himself.
Jesus himself is represented as proving the Truth of Christianity thus. He, (y) joining himself, after his Resurrection, to two of bis Disciples, who knew him not; and finding out their Mistakes about his Person, whom they now took not to be the MESSIAS, because he had been condemn'd to Death, and crucify’d; and observing their Disbelief of his Resurrection, which had been reported to them by certain IV omen of their Acquaintance, upon the Credit of Angels; (%) said unto them, O Fools, and flow of Heart, to believe all that the Prophets have spoken! Ought not CHRIST to have suffer'd these Things, and to enter into his Glory? And beginning at Moses, and all the Prophets, be expounded unto them, in all the Scriptures, the Things concerning himself.
FABRICIUS fays, Hic ( a ) sermo ejus a multis non immerito anxie defideratus, & a LUCA fortasse auditus, nusquam extat.
(t) Matt. 6. 12. (16) Ib. 22. 31, 32. (w) Ib. 26. 540 56. (x) Ib, 27. 5.10. (y) Luke 24. 15–22. (2) V. 25-27.
(a) Fabricii Codex Apocryphus, Nov. Teft. P. 322.
But our Learned (aa) Mede has endeavour'd to supply this Loss, by pointing out those very Scriptures, which our Saviour expounded to his Disciples.
Again, he discoursed to all his Disciples, putting them in Mind, that, before his Death, he told them, that ( 6 ) all Things must be fulfilld, which were written in the Law of MOSE $, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms concerning him ; adding, thus it is written, and thus it behoveth CHRIST to suffer, and to rise from the Dead the third Day; and that Repentance and Remision of Sins should be preach'd in his Name among all Nations, beginning at Jerufalem.
When the People of several Nations were (c) amazed at the Apostles speaking in their several Tongues; and when many mock'd the Apostles, faying, they were full of new Wine ; St. Peter makes a Speech in publick, wherein, after saying, they were not drunken, because it was but the third Four of the Day, he endeavours to thew them that This was spoken of by the Prophet JOEL; and he concludes with proving the Resurrection of JE s U s from the Psalms.
St. Peter and St. John tell the People afsembled at the Temple, that (d) God had Mhew'd, by the Mouth of all his Prophets, that Christ should fuffer; and also that Jesus fhould come again,
fra) Mede's 13th Disc. (c) Acts 2. 12 - 16.
16) Luke 24. 44, 46, 47. (d) Ib. 3. 18, 20- 24.