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“ with those self-evident Notions, which are
VII. “ the Foundation of our Reasoning amongst ourselves;
that the Holy Ghost cannot “ deal with us as rational, but by proposing
Arguments, to convince our Understand
ings, and influence our Wills in the same “ Manner, as if proposed by other Agents *.” Monstrous Assertions!. provided Men can but blafpheme ; what Absurdities and Nonsense will not their Malice
the Author of these Affertions sets himself
for a Master of Reasoning! And, what is as strange, finds Acceptance with some, who would take it amiss to have their Understandings called in Question.
And yet what Judgment can we form of Men, who can persuade themselves, or be persuaded by others, that he, who made our very Beings, can have no independent Influence over them ! that he, who created and formed our Minds, can reveal or discover nothing to them, but of what we must know the Grounds and Reasons! that he cannot manifeft his Will to us by any express Declaration nor otherwise than by making our reasonable Faculties see and apprehend its Agreeableness
* See Dr. Conybear's Defence of Revelation, p. 287--9. and Leland againft the Moral Philolopher, p. 12.
SERM. and Connection with some self-evident PrinVII.
But if all this Pretence to superior Sense, be Rhapsody and Nonsense ; then surely we may be allowed to listen to common Sense again: and that will convince us that he, who formed and made our Souls, must needs have a vaft Power and Influence over them; and consequently that if he please to reveal himself to any Man; he can give him as clear and convincing an Evidence, that it is He who youchsafes the Revelation, as the Man can have of his own Existence. He can make him as conscious that the Impressions he receives are made on him by God; as that any Impressions are made upon him at all: so that the Person himself who receives an Inspiration, shall have no Room left to doubt of the Author of it.
This being allowed, common Reason will further convince us, that if such a Revelation made to one Man, may by him be communicated to others, and confirmed to be the Word and Revelation of God, by undoubted Proofs of Divine Authority; and if there be good Evidence, that such a Revelation has been conveyed down, and in sufficient Purity; and if the Sense and Meaning of it may be also
sufficiently understood and explained ; then SER M. may we have an Evidence sufficient to convince us that such traditionary Revelation is the true and genuine Will of God; and such as it concerns all, to whom it is made known, heartily to embrace.
And of this Nature are those Revelations which the Scriptures contain ; and amongst them this, in which Mofes, the great
Prophet and Legislator of the Jews, foretels a much greater, who, when the appointed Time approached, should arise in his Stead. By this Test therefore we are to try whether Jesus, who claimed, we know, to be this Prophet, was he or not; which is the very Method to which he himself submits to refer us. Search the Scriptures, (faith he) for in them
ye think ye have eternal Life, and they are they which testify of me, John v. 39.
And those that will not take this Method, there is no Hope of convincing; as he himself soon after observes : -Had ye believed Mofes, (faith he) ye would have believed me: but if ye believe not his Writings, how mall ye believe
Words? ver. 46, 47. Agreeably to what he says upon another Occasion,--If they hear not Moses and the Propbets; neither will they be perfuaded, though one rose from the Dead, Luke xvi. 3i.
The Character of the Prophet that
was to be like unto Moses.
Acts iii. 22, 23.
Mofes truly said unto the Fathers, A Prophet
Skall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of
And it shall come to pass, that every Soul, which
will not bear that Prophet, shall be destroyed
AVING undertaken to discourse of
the three Offices of our Blessed Saviour,
mise what the Office of a Prophet was; and SERM. then secondly, to shew that Moses, in that famous and celebrated Prediction referred to in my Text, spake of the Christ; and consequently foretold that the Christ should be a Prophet. I come now in the
III. THIRD Place to prove that our Jesus was that very Prophet which Mofes means ; that He did every Thing which that Prophet was to do, and so far answered the Character of the Christ. And,
First, Was the Prophet to be raised up unto the Jews to be one of their Brethren? i. e. Was he to spring out of one of their twelve Tribes ? That Jesus was so, the Jews themselves do not deny : And if there was any
Tribe out of which a greater Prophet than ordinary might be expected, Jesus was born of that Tribe also, being of the Royal Tribe of Judah.
Secondly, Was this. Prophet, who was to be raised up
their Brethren to be like unto Moses?--One distinguishing Character of Mofes, we know, was--that he was very meek above all the Men that were upon the Face of the Earth, Numb. xii. 3. One