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That the Canon of Scripture receiv'd by our Church is perfect, see the Se- of the Canon venth and Ninth Questions of Turretin's
and Integrity Locus Secundus, and the Fourth Chapter tures.
of the Scrips of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion. And that our Copies of the Bible are uncorrupt, see the Tenth Question of Turretin's Locus Secundus, and the Fifth Chapter of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion.
Concerning the Objections made by the Deists, see the Tenth Section of the Objections of Dr.Whitby's General Preface to his of the Deifts. First Volume of Annotations, from In answer to what, &c. to the end of it; and the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Eleventh, Thirty first, Thirty third, Thirty fourth, Thirty fifth, and Thirty fixth Chapters of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's. Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion.
Secondly, We come now to the Controversies with the Jews. They Secondly, with acknowledge the divine Authority respect to the
Hypothesisof the of the Old Testament, which con
Jews. tains many Prophesies concerning the Messiah. Our Business therefore is to prove, that the Blessed Jesus is that Messiah, who was in the Old Testament prophesied of. And this is done,
First, By shewing that the Blessed Jesus and his Apostles That our Savior and his were Teachers sent from, and Apofles were Teachers inspir’d by, Almighty God. To by, Almighty God.
Sent from, and inspir'd this End you may use the same Arguments which have been mention'd as proper to be offer'd to a Deift. Now if the Blessed Jesus
and his Apostles were Teachers sent from, and inispir’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 Messiah ; and God most evidently testified the same by raising him from the Dead, and enabling him and his Apoftles 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 Messiah promi- that the Blessed Jesus is that Messiah 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 fame 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 Jesus 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 re- with the Mahometans read the Sespect to the
Hypothe- venth, Eighth and Ninth Chapters sis 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 Rea ligion of a Mahometan being suppos’d to have been prov’d false, the Truth of Christianity is demonftrated to him after the same Manner as to a Deijt.
BODT of DivinITY. ts Fourthly, The same may be said of the Pagans or Heathens, the Fourthly, with ro Fallhood of whose Religion is spert, so the Hypothesis
of the shewn in the Third, Fourth 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 Bishop Pearson has
Of Faith. written concerning Faith, in his Exposition 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 fame Bishop Pearson on the First Article, beginning at I believe in God, down to the End. Read also what the fame 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 Religion with respect to the Jewish Hypothesis : And what relates to the Name Jesus, you will soon meet with. Wherefore you go on immediately to the same Bishop's Exposition of the Eighth Article. But I wou'd 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, Bishop Pearson on the Third Article, and the Twenty third Chapter of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion,
Then follows the Doctrin of of Christ's Satis Christ's Satisfaction for our Sins. faction for Sin, Ori
Under this Head you are to consiginal and Actual.
der, First, Our Sins for which he fatisfied, viz. 1. Original Sin. See the Twelfth and Thirteenth Chapters of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin'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. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion. 2. He did suffer. See Bishop Pearson on the Fourth Article. his suffering he did truly satisfy 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 see Bishop Pearson on the Fifth Article,
down to He rose again.
Our Savior's Resurrection from of Christ's Afcenfion, the Dead was then prov'd to you, Sitting at the RightHand of God, and his
when you examin'd the Authority Coming to Judgment. of the Holy Scriptures, and the
Truth of Christianity. His Ascension, 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 Articles.
Our own Resurrection and the Eternity of Rewards and Punish- of our own Ressurments, are also treated of by Bi- rection, and the E:
terniry 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 Section 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 Thessalonians ; wherein particularly is confuted an unhappy Notion of Archbishop Tillotson, concerning God's not being oblig'd to indict, tho' he has actually threatend, eternal Torments. By the way I must observe
I to you, that Dr. Whitby, in this very Appendix, advances a Conjecture concerning the Consumption of the Bodies of the damned, which is utterly groundless.
Concerning Predestination, Free Will, the Operation of Grace, uni- Of Predestination, versal Redemption, Perseverance,
FreeWill, Grace, u&c. there have been very warm
on, Perseverance, Disputes. I would by any Means &c.
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 firtt Place, I think 'tis very plain, that Man consider'd in his fallen Estate, and without the Affiftance 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 Locus Decimus