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Sermon fie concerning Jefus, that he was the Messias, and came from God; and V. that the Doctrine which he taught was Divine.

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1. In the Voice from Heaven, which accompanied the descending of the Spirit upon him, in the form of a Dove, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, Mat.

2. In those Miracles which Chrift himself wrought by the Spirit of God; which was so eminent a Testimony of the Spirit of God, that the resisting of the Evidence of those Miracles, and the attributing of them to the Devil, is by our Saviour call'd a Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, and such a Sin as shall never be pardoned ; because Miracles being the highest Attestation that can be given to the Divinity of any Person, or his Do&trinę; whoever resists this Evidence, resists his last remedy; and such a Person must needs remain in his Infidelity, because there is nothing more that can be done for his Conviction,

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3. The third eminent Testimony XII, which the Holy Spirit gave to Christ

, was in the great Miracle of his Resurre&tion from the dead; and hence it is that the great Miracle of Christ's Resurrection, which was the highest Attestation to the Divinity of his Perfon, and the grand Confirmation to his Doctrine, is frequently in Scripture, in a most peculiar manner; ascribed to the Spirit of God. Rom. I. 4. and was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of Holiness, that is, by those Miracles which he wrought by the Holy Ghost, and by his Resurrection from the dead. And so Rom. 8. 11. The Spirit of him that rais’d up Christ from the dead. 1 Pet. 3. 18. Being put to death in the flesh : but quickned by the Spirit.

4. In the Effusion of the Spirit upon the Apostles, who were to preach Christ and his Doctrine to the World; and that it might carry its Evidence along with it, God poitred forth his Spirit upon those who were to be the Publishers of it; by which Spirit they

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yere endued with several miraculous
Powers and Gifts, to convince the Sermon
World of the truth of the Doctrine which V.
they Preached. And with relation to
this, I think, it is that the Apostle faith,
1 Cor. 2. 4, 5. And, my speech, and
my preaching was not with enticing words
of man's wisdom; but in demonstration of
the Spirit, and of Power : That your
faith should not stand in the wisdom of
men; but in the power of God; that
is, they did not use human Eloquence
to perswade men, but deliver'd the
Gospel with all plainness : And that
which made those plain Discourses.fo
powerful,were those powerful demon-
ītrations of the Divine Spirit, which
appear'd in those miraculous Gifts
wherewith they were endowed. Iam
sure Origen understands this Text so.
And so likewise the Apostle 1 Thess.
1. 5. speaks to the same purpose, that
the Gospel. came not unto you in word
only: but also in power, and in the holy
Ghost,, and in much assurance; that
is, they did not only speak words to
men, but the Doctrine which they
Preached, was attested in a powerful
manner by the Holy Ghost, in those
extraordinary Gifts which were be-

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stowed upon them, which was a great Volume evidence to their hearers, and gave XII. them great assurance of the truth of

what they delivered. I think this is the meaning of those two places'; but I will mention two other which are more unquestionable, AEts 5. 32. where Peter, and the rest of the Apostles tell the high Priests and their Officers, what Evidence they had for what they Preached, concerning the Resurrection and Afcenfion of Christ. We are his witnesses of these things, and fo is also the holy Ghost whom God hath given to them that obey him. Not only they themselves had seen what they preached: but to confirm their Teftimony, the Holy Ghost was poured forth upon them in Miraculous gifts. And Heb. 2. 3, 4. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him, God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the holy Ghost, according to his own will? So the Holy Ghost gave Testimony to the truth of the Doctrine which the Apostles Preached, by those gifts

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And I doubt not but with relation to the Testimony which the Spirit of God gave to Christ by the Miracles he wrought by Christ and his Apostles, I say I doubt not, but that with relation to this testimony it is, that the Apostle faith he was justified in the Spirit, 1 Tim. 3. 16. Great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifeft in the flesh, juftified in the Spirit. That is, the miraculous Power of the Spirit which appeared in him, and did accompany his Doctrine, did justifie him to the World, and vindicate him from being an impostor and deceiver.

From all which it appears, that the Testimony which the Holy Spirit gives to Christ and his Doctrine, was the Miracles which he and his Apoftles wrought by the Spirit of God: and if we will take our forms of speaking from Scripture; this is that which may moft properly be call'd the Testimony of the Spirit

to the truth of the Gospel. But I deny not buc

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