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deny the Faith, 1 Tim. 5. 8. But if any provide not for his own, and specially for Sermon those of his own house, he hath denied the II. faith. How does he deny the Faith ? In disobeying the Precepts of the Christian Religion, which chargeth us with such Natural and Moral Dutys.
If it be a Promise; the proper
Effect of it is, encouragement to Obedience by hopes of the thing Promised. If a Threatning; the proper Effect of it is to restrain men from sin and disobedience.
V. In what fense this Faith of things supernaturally revealed, may be said to be a Divine Faith? Answ. not only in respect of the Matter and Object of it, which are Divine things, such as concern God and Religion; and in respect of the Divine Effects it hath upon those who believe these things; (for in these two respects a Pertwasion of the Principles of natural Religion, may be said to be a Divine Faith:) but likewise in respect of the Argument whereby it is wrought, which is a Divine Testimony. As for the efficient cause, the Spirit of God, that does not imme
diately belong to this : for the Spirit of Volu ie God doth not, speaking properly, perXII
swade us immediately of the truth of things Supernaturally revealed; but mediately by perswading us of the truth of the Revelation: for to believe a thing to be true, which we are perswaded is Revealed by God, is so natural and consequent upon such a Perswasion, that it doth not seem to require any new work of the Spirit. And if this be all the work of the Spirit, to perswade men that such a Revelation is Divine; it will be most proper to speak of this, when I come to the Third sort of Faith, which is a perswasion of a Divine Revelation, that it is such; which because it hath many difficulties in it, it deserves a more large and particular considerati
Of the Faith or Ferswasion of a
The third Sermon on this Text.
HEB. XI. 6.
But without Faith it is impossible to
Have observ'd that a Religious
and Divine Faith comprehends under it three things.
First, a Perswalion of the Principles of Natural Religion, which are known by the light of Nature.
Secondly, A perswasion of things XII. Supernatural, and Reveald.
Thirdly, A Perswasion of Supernatural Revelation.
The two former of these I have consider’d, and now proceed to the
Third sort of Faith, which I call Divine, or Religious ; viz, a Perswasion concerning a Divine Revelation, that is such; which I distinguish from the former thus. The former is a Perswasion concerning the things which are revealed from God, that they are true : this is a Perswalion concerning the Revelation it self, that it is Divine and from God.
For the opening of this there are many things to be taken into consideration.
I. What we understand by a Divine Revelation.
II. The several kinds of it.
III. Whether a Perswafion con- Sermon cerning a Divine Revelation be III:
IV. How we may come to be assured of á Divine Revelation, or by what Arguments a Faith or Perswasion of a Divine Revelation is wrought in us.
V. The Degrees of this Perswasion or Aflurance
VI. The Effects of it.
VII. In what sense it may be said to be a Divine Faith ; under which I shall speak something concerning the Testimony of the Spirit.
I. What we are to understand by a Divine Revelation. Answ. A Supernatural discovery, or manifestation of things to us. I say supernatural, because it may either be immediately by God, or by the mediation of An. gels; as most, if not all of thie Revelátions of the Old Testament were; à