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and his Apostles were Teachers fent from, and inspir'd by, Almighty God; then our Savior must be that Messiah, who was prophesied of in the Old Teftament. Because both himself and his Apostles do declare, that he is that Mefliah ; and God most evidently testified the same by raising him from the Dead, and enabling him and his Apostles to work innumerable Miracles, and exercise diverse supernatural Gifts of the Holy Ghost, in Confirmation of that very Declaration.
Secondly, By proving from the That our Savior is Scriptures of the Old Testament, the Meffiah promic that the Blessed Jesus is that Mefliah sed in the old Teftament.
whom they speak of. See the
Twelfth Chapter of the Second Part of the First Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion, the Sixteenth Chapter of the Second Volume of the same Book, the Ninth Section of Dr. Whitby's General Preface to his First Volume of Annotations, and Bishop Pearson on the Second Article, from And in Jefus Christ, down to His only Son. To which add the Twenty seventh and Twenty eighth Chapters of the Third Book of Limborch's System.
Thirdly, For the Controversies Thirdly, With reo with the Mahometans read the Se. Spect to the Hypotbe venth, Eighth and Ninth Chapters fis of the Mahome
of the Third Part of the First Vo
lume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion. Now the Re, ligion of a Mahometan being suppos'd to have been prov'd false, the Truth of Christianity is demonItrated to him after the fame Manner as to a Deift.
Fourtbly, The same may be said of the Pagans or Heathens, the Fourthly, with reFalfhood of whose. Religion is fis of the Pagans.
Spect to the Hypothom Thewn in the Third, Fourch and Fifth Chapters of the Third Part of the First Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion.
You proceed now to the great Doctrins of Christianity. You premise what Bifhop Pearson has
of Faitha. written concerning Faith, in his Expofition of the First Article, from the Beginning down to I believe in God. You then consider the great Point
of the Trinity. of the Trinity. See the same Bishop Pearson on the First Article, beginning at I believe in God, down to the End. Read also what the same 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 Christ, you slip over it now ; because you have already perus’d it, when you examin'd the Truth of our Holy Religi-. on with respe& to the Jewish Hypothesis : And what relates to the Name Fests, you will soon meer with. Wherefore you go on immediately to the same Bishop's Exposition of the Eighth Article But I would advise you to subjoin the First and the Six and twentieth Chapters of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion. · Concerning the Incarnation, see
of the Incarnation, Bifhop Pearson on the Third Article, and the Twenty third Chapter of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Cbriftian Religion
Then follows the Doctrin of of Christ's Satilfaction for sin or Christ's Satisfaction for our Sins. ginal and Actual. Under this Head you are to confi
der, First, Our Sins for which he satisfied, viz. 1. Original Şin. See the Twelfth and Thirteenth Chapters of the Second Volume of Dr. Fenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion, and the Tenth Question of Turretin's Locus Nonus. 2. Actual Sin. See the Thirteenth Question of the Locus Nonus of Turretin's System. Secondly, That Christ did satisfy for our Sins. And 1. It was necessary that he should satisfy. See the One and twentieth Chapter of the Second Volume of Dr. Fenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion. 2. He did suffer. . See Bishop Pearson on the Fourth Article. 3. By his suffering he did truly fatisfy for our Sins. Compare the Tenth and Eleventh Questions of the Locus Decimus quartus of Turretin's System, with the Twenty first and Twenty second Chapters of the Third Book of Limborch's System, and Dr. Whitby's Appendix to the Twenty fixth Chapter of St. Matthew. 4. That our Sins' shall for his Sake be forgiven. See Bishop Pearson on the Second Article, from the Beginning thereof down to And in Jesus Christ ; and also on the Tenth Article.
As for Christ's Descent into Hell, of the Descent fee Bishop Pearson on the Fifth Artiinto Hell.
cle, down to He rose again.
Our Savior's Resurrection from of Christ's Ascenson, the Dead was then prov'd to you, Sitting at the RightHand of God, and his
when you examin’d the Authority Çaming to Judgment. of the Holy Scriptures, and the
Truth of Christianity. His Ascenfion, his Sitting at the Right Hand of God the Father, and his Coming to Judgment, are treated
of by Bishop Pearson on the Sixth and Seventh Arricles.
Our own Resurrection, and the Eternity of Rewards and Punish- of our own Resurments, are also treated of by Bi- rection, and the E,
ternity of Rewards shop Pearson 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 Seation to the End ; and also the Fourteenth Chapter of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion, and Dr. Whitby's Appendix to the First Chapter of the Second Epistle to the Thesalonians ; wherein particularly is confuted an unhappy Notion of Archbishop Tillotson, concerning God's not being ob. lig'd to_inflict, tho’ he has a&ually threaten'd, eternal Torments. By the way I must observe to you, that Dr. Whitby, in this very Appendix, advances a Conjecture touching the Consumption of the Bodies of the Damned, which is utterly groundless.
Concerning Predestination, Free Will, the Operation of Grace, uni- Of Predeftination, versal Redemption, Perseverance, Free Will, Grate, u&c. there have been very warm
on, Perseverance, Disputes. I would by any means &c. 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 'cis very plain, that Man consider'd in his fallen Estate, and without the A flistance of God's Grace, could have no freedom of Will to that which is good and well pleasing to God. See the Fourth Question of the Loous Decimas
of Turretin's System. From hence it follows, that there is a Neceflity of God's gracious Allistance to incline and enable a Man to do his Duty. See the Eleventh and Twelfth Chapters of the Fourth Book of Limborch’s System, and Dr.Whitby's Appendix to the Sixth Chapter of the Second Epistle to the Corintbians, down to Secondly, to explain, as far, &c.
But the very Heart of the whole Controversy, the Point upon which so many others do depend, and upon which the several Schemes do turn, is this, Whether the Operation of God's Grace be refistible, or no. Let me intreat you to consider it very carefully, and to compare the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Questions of Turretin's Locas Decimus quintus, with the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Chapters of the Fourth Book of Limborch's System, and Dr. Whitby's Appendix before mention'd, from Secondly, to explain, as far, &c. to the end.
Nearly allied to this is the Controversy con'cerning the Perseverance of Saints, about which compare the Sixteenth Question of Turretin's Locus Decimus quintus, with the Eightieth, Eighty first, Eighty second, Eighty third and Eighty fourth Chapters of the Fifth Book of Limborch's System.
Being thus prepar’d, you inquire in the next place, whether Predestination to Life Eternal be abfolute or conditionate ; whether God vouchfafes all Men sufficient Means of Salvation; and whether Christ has obtain'd an universal Redemprion by his Death and Sufferings. Concerning thefe Particulars compare the Ten First Chapters of the Fourth Book of Limborch's System with part of Turretin's Locus Quartus, viz. from the Beginning of the Tenth, to the End of the Seventeenth Question; and also the Two first Quer fions of his Locus Decimus quintus,