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Persecution not consistent with Christi.
LUKE IX: 56. For the Son of Man is not come to destroy mens lives, but to save them.
The Christian Perfection.
MATTHEW v. 48. Be ye therefore perfect, as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
REVELATION XXII. 12. Bebold, I come quickly, and my reward is
with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be
Gop alone fufficient for our Happiness,
HABAKKUK III. 17, 18.
JOHN III. 2.
except God be with him.
IRACLES, being proposed in SERM. the gospel, as evidences of the
truth of our holy religion, it is well worth our trouble to make a strict enquiry into their nature and circuma stances, that we may be able to give a reason of the hope that is in us. To be inquisitive about what has the appearance of a Revelation from God, is a pious Difposition. Thus the ruler of the Jews, Nicodemus, whose words I have read, being a good man, was desirous to know the Will of God; and having seriously attended to the wonderful works of our Saviour, and examined them, according to what he knew of that Will, he found B
SERM.just grounds to be convinced that they
were wrought by an extraordinary, or divine
power, and therefore, that God must be with him, and approve of his doctrine: No man, said he, can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with bim.
He had the advantage of living at the time, and in the Country, where these things were done ; and had opportunity himself often to observe, and consider them. And as he saw that they exceeded all human ability, and were contrary to the common course of things, though perfectly consistent with the moral perfections and nature of God, he justly concluded that God must be assisting to them, or at least some powerful agent commissioned by him.
In discoursing on this subject, I shall
contrary to all our Experience in common things, they may yet be proved by some extraordinary degree of Testimony. And