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World, they may have as great an
Sermon Effect upon us, as if they were present to us, and we saw them with YI. our bodily Eyes.
Of the Christan Faith, the Means
of its Conveyance, and our
The First Sermon on this Text.
JOHN XX. 31.
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the
Have largely Discoursed concern
general Nature of Faith, and more particularly concerning the Faith which is truly Divine and Religious; in the latitude of which is
contained a Perswafion concerning the Volume
Principles of Natural Religion, the XII.
Being of God, the Immortality of the Soul, and a Future State; and a Perswalion of the Divine Revelation of the Scriptures, and the matters contained in them. Now among matters of Divine Revelation, the Doctrine of the Gospel is a principal part; which is the last and most perfect Revelation which God hath made to the World, by his Son Jesus Christ; and a firm belief and perswasion of this, is that which is call'd Christian Faith, or the Faith of the Gospel; and which by way of Eminency, is usually call?d Faith in the new Testament.
Now Christian Faith is not opposed to a Divine Faith, but is comprehended under it; as being a principal and eminent part of Divine Faith, but not all that which may be call’d Divine Faith. Chriftian Faith supposeth a Belief of the Principles of Natural Religion; and a Belief of those Revelations which God formerly made under the old Testament: But it doth only formally contain in
it a Belief of the Gospel, viz. That
committed the Oracle's
I Mall now therefore by God's af sistance, endeavour to open to you the Nature of Christian Faith from these words; in which you
have these three things considerable.
First, The End of committing the Gospel to Writing, which was to perswade men to believe in Christ, to propagate and continue Christian Faith in the World ; these things are written that you might believe that Je