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The CONTENT S.
Essay on the prophecies relating to the Messiah.
Of three general principles on which the following reason.
ings are founded, relating to three properties of the prophecies concerning Christ, necessary to make them proofs of Christianity, viz. I. That they are applicable to Christ truly ; 2. Peculiarly; 3. That the things
contained in them could not be foretold by chance, The prophecies in view relate, either to Christ's perfon,
his church, or his enemies, Some prophecies not yet fulfilled, no objection,
ib. The contents of the prophecies are, either, 1. Do&rines;
or, 2. Miraculous and contested facts; or 3. Uncontefted facts,
ib. Doctrinal prophecies contain uncontested facts about the
professed faith and worship of Christ's church Of the second general principle,
5 Some characters are peculiar and fingular taken feparately,
ib. Common characters joined with these add to the evidence, 6 A combination and series of characters that are of them.
selves common, if taken separately, may yet make a
fingular and peculiar description of one person, Of the third general principle,
7 There are innumerable things which cannot be foretold by human fagacity, or by chance,
Of the contents of prophecies concerning one extraordinary
perfon, described as the Light of the Gentiles. The enlightening of the Gentile nations by Christ uncon
telted, Some prophecies about the enlightening of the Gentiles,
expressly ascribe that work to one eminent perfon; 0thers not. Some of these prophecies more general, fhort, and obscure ; others more full, clear, and particular,
ib. of this last kind are Ifaiah xlii. xlix. lii. 13. to liv. Iv.
Two things needful to be considered in treating on these
passages : 1. Proofs that they are parallel ; 2. That they
Of his being rejected by the Jews, and the consequences
Absurdity of supposing, that the prophet here speaks of
the Jewish nation under the notion of an individual
Whatever prophecy speaks of one sent of God, who was
to be in a peculiar manner the author of our falva-
Two remarkable practical instructions mixed with these
Isaiah liii. explains other prophecies about God's covenant
and salvation, about the blood of the covenant, and
Of objections against considering the doctrine of the Mef-
fiah's person in this Essay; of the chief branches of that
Of what is necessary to prove them parallel, viz. charac-
ters of a singular nature found to be the same in both, ib,
Psalm Ixviii. If. ix. xl. and Mal. iii. compared with If. xlv.
Micah v. Zech. xi. xii. xiii.
Several minute circumstances in Zech. xi. evidently appli-
Harmony of the two classes of prophecies in view, as to
doctrinal characters of the Melliah, and instructions con-
apostles, -as to the offices of the Messiah,