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Of the Faith or Perswasion of a
The fourth Sermon on this Text.
HEB. XI. 6.
But without Faith it is impoffible to
N discoursing of the Faith or Per
fwasion of a Divine Revelation, I propos’d the considering these seven things.
I. What we understand by a Divine Revelation,
Volume II. The feveral kinds of it,
III. Whether a Perswasion concerning a Divine Repellation be properly Faith.
IV. How we may come to be affured of a Divine Revelation; or by what Arguments, a Faith or Perswasion of a Divine Revelation is wrought in us.
V. The degrees of this Perswalion or Assurance
VI. The Effects of it.
VII. In what sense it may be said to be a divine Faith.
I was upon the [IVth] of these, viz. Considering by. What Arguments à Faith or Perswasion of a Divine Revelation is wrought in_us; which led me to consider the Evidence of Miracles; and I propos’d to Thew particularly these three things.
1. That the divine Authority both
of the Doctrine of Moses and Chrift, is resolv'd into Miracles.
IV, 2. What assurance of Miracles is sufficient to perswade men to believe thạt Testimony, for the Confirmation of which they are wrought. 3.
What assurance they give us, that the Scriptures are a Divine Revelation,
I proceed to treat of these in their order.
1. I shall shew that the divine Authority both of the Doctrine of Moses, and of Christ, is resolved into Miracles. We find the Scripture lays the whole weight of the divine Authority both of the Law and Gospel, of the revelation of the Old and New Testament, upon this Evidence. Exod. 4. 1, 2, 3. When God sends Moses, he objects, That they will not believe him, nor bearken to him, but ipill say, The Lord bath not appeared unto him. Thereupon God gives him a power of Miracles, that they may believe, That the Lord God of their
Fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaacy Volume
and Jacob had appeared unto them; and XII.
by the evidence of those Miracles which he wrought,he prevail'd over the Magicians. And generally throughout the Story of the Old Testament we find all persons yielding to the evidence of Miracles, as a sufficient attestation to a Prophet and his Message. When Elijah had prevailed with God in a miraculous manner, to confirm his own Worship, and confute the Worship of Baal, by sending Fire from Heaven to consume the Sacrifice, the People yield to thiş Evidence, and cry out, The Lord he is God, the Lord he is God, 1 Kings 18. 39.
When Elijah raised the Woman's Son, then she own'd him for a Prophet, 1 King's 17. 24. Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is - true. So likewise Naaman was convinced by the miraculous Cure which the Pro phet Elisa wrought on him, 2 King's 5. 15. Behold! non I know that there is no God in all the Earth but in rael.