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of God, because his Doctrine was con- SERM.
Ser m. ground and reason of the Manner of
Misunderstandings of Many Passages in
Of the Resurrection of CHRIST.
(Preached on Easter-Day.]
1 Cor. xv. 14.
And if Christ be not risen, then is our
Preaching vain, aud your Faith also is vain.
Foundation of our SERM.
Revelation of the Gospel ;
the Truth of that Revelation,
is the Resurrection of Christ. Without the Revelation of the Gospel, our Hope of Immortality, according to mens
Ser m. different Abilities in philosophical Spe-
without the Resurrection of Christ, the
Method of the final Judgment, affection- Ser
XIII. ately represented to us.
In like manner, as to the Evidence of the Truth of This Revelation; By the Prophecies of the Old Testament, it was long before predicted; By the reasonableness of the Doctrine itself, it was made very credible ; By the Witness of our Lord and his Apostles, it was strongly attested; By the conviction and filencing of its Adversaries, it was confirmed and established; By many Signs and Wonders and mighty Works done by Christ in his Life, it was for the present proved beyond contradiction ; But by this last Evidence only, by the Resurrection of our Lord from the Dead, was it for ever ascertained to all generations. For had this laf Proof failed, all the rest must in course have fallen with it. The Prophecies would have appeared wonderful, but never fulfilled; The Doctrine would have continued reasonable, but its Author perished; The Miracles of his Life would have remained astonishing, but still confuted by his Death: His Enemies would have con