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will have comfort of his Rising, who are thus rifan with him. The great Revolution of the whole World, its second and better Creation to Immortality, began this Day. But, if we have no part in it, by Reformation and a new Life, we are of all Men moft Miserable. Our Prince and King hath overcome indeed the foarpne's of Death: But it is to Believers only, that be hath opened the kingdom of Heaven. And such Believers are only They, who prove their Faith by their Vorks. And to those he hath given a sure Comfort. Such a One, as nei

ther Tribulation nor Distress, nor even Deaib Rom. viii. 35,

it self can rob them of. For since their ReJob xix. 25, 26.

deemer liveth, they are certain, that though, after their Skin, Worms destroy this Body, yet there ceill come another Day, when in their Flesh they shall see God. Whom God grant us to behold, and to see for our felves, that is, for our own unspeakable and everlasting Happiness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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* Hen Peter opened bis mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive tbat God is no refpeéter of persons :

35. But in every nation, be tbat feareth God, and worketh rigbleem ness, is accepted with bim.

36. The word which God sent unto tbe children of Israel, preaching peace by Jelas Cbriff, he is Lord of all :

37. That word ( I say) you know, which was published throug bout all Jadi, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which yohn preachool;

38. How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Gboft, and with parve: who went about doing good, and bealing all that were oppressed of the devil: for God was with him.

39. And we are witnesses of all things which be did both in the land of the years, and in Jerusalem : wuhom they New and hanged on a tree.

40. Him God raised up the third day, and shewed bim openly,

41. Nor to all the people, but unto witnesses, chosen before of God, even to us, did eat ard drink with him after be rose from the dead.

42. And be commanded us to preach unto tbe people, and to testify that it is be wbib is ordained of God to be tbe judge of quick and dead.

43. To bim give all the propbets witness, ibat tbrough bis name wbosoever believeb in bim, shall recoive remifion of finisa

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St. Luke xxiv. 13. 13. N D beboid, tavo of his Disciples went that same day to a village called

Emmaus, which was from Yerusalem about ibreescore furlongs.

14. And tbey talked together of all these things, which bad bappened. 15. And it came to pass, ibat, while they communed togetber, and reasoned, Jesus bimself drew near, and event wirb ebem.

16. But ibeir eyes were bolden, that they should not know bim.

17. And be said unto tbem, What manner of communication are these, that ye have one to arotber, as ye walk, and are sad?

18. And one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering, said unto bim, Art tbou only a jiranger in Jerusalem, and basi nie known tbe tkings which are come to pass there in Ibese days?

19. And be said unto tbem, Wbat things ? And they said unto kim, Concerning Jefus of Nazareib, wbicb was a propbet, migłty in deed and word, before God, and 'allibe people.

20. rind how the chief priests and cur rulers delivered bim to be condemned to death, and bave crucified bim.

21. But we trufled that it kad beer be which should bave redeemed Israel: and beside all ibis, to day is the third day since tbefe tbings were done.

22. Yea, and certain women aljo of our company made us aftcnipped, cvkich were early at tbe sepulcbre :

23. And when they fourd not bis b.dy, they came, saying, ibat ibey bad also seen a vision of angels, which said ibat be was alive.

24. And certain of them which were with us, went to the sepulcbre, and found it even so as the women bad said, but him ibey saw not.

25. Tben be said unto ibem, o fools, and flow of beart to believe all that ebe propbets bave spoken :

26. 0u be not Christ to bave sufered these tbings, and to enter into his glory?

27. And beginning at Mses, and all the propbets, be expounded unto them in all the

Scriptures the things concerning himself. E.

25. And tbey drew nigbountó tbe village, whitber they went; and be made as rbough be could bave gone farther.

29. But they constrained bim, saying, Abide with us, for it is sowards evening, and ibe day is far spent : and be went in to tarry with them.

30. And it came to pass, as be jat at meat with tbem, be took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

31. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him, and be vanished out of their fight.

32. Ard tbey said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while be talked witb us by the way, and while be opened to us ibe Scriptures ?

33. And they rose up the same bour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven 34. Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and bath appeared to Simon.

35. And obey told wbat things were done in the way, and bow be was known of tbem in breaking of bread,

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are Two old : Consisting partly of Matter of Huli, and sarıly of the Agreement of that Fact with ancint Prophecies, concerning so very important an

Evert. Of the Former Sort I have treated C'EFCUr Eifter

already; and have there taken in the HiDaj.

storical part of the Epistles and Gospels, for this, and the following Day. These indeed do icem to turn chiefly upon the Latter Evidence; And therefore my Discourses upon them shall be confined to That, and cast into one continued Argument upon it.

To This purpose we shall do well to observe; That, when by several demonstrations of his being really alive, our Lord had rendred his Disciples fit to hear Reason; he put them in mind, that the Events, which they looked upon, as altogether incredible, were no other than He, in his former Conversation with them, had very frequently affured them, should be brought to pass. That they were in every point agreeable to the Prophecies, delivered many Ages before. Those Prophecies, which the Jews unanimously allowed to be intendeu ol the Meffias; and such as, since now they had seen them exacily accomplished in Him, were an irrefragable Ar-, gument, that He was that very Messias. Upon this, he enlarges ; And, by the Explanation of those Scrip tures, which related to Himself, as well as by the inwari Affistances and Illuminations of his Grace, darted ne Light into their Understandings, and shewed them the Correspondence and exact Harmony of those Predicii ons, with the things, which, they could witness, ha happened to Him. The Stress hereof lies in those Paf ges, in which, from the mention of these former Pro

phecies, he draws this Inference; O: Ver. 26,27.

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Ver. 44, 45, 46. it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day.

Those Clauses, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved, may probably mean no more than this; that Christ must needs suffer and rise again, because the Scriptures concerning him, could not otherwise have been true. And then the Argument is but One; That, after God had declared such things concerning the Mewah, and made these the Marks, which the World was to distinguish him by ; however strange and surprising they might appear at first, yet, upon maturer Consideration, it was easie for Men to satisfie themselves, that they were unavoidably necefary, for vindicating the Truth of God, who had, so long before, given warning of them by the Prophets.

But, in truth, this necessity was subordinate to another. For these things were therefore foretold, because God had from all Eternity Quing. Suns

See the Gospel on determined them. And they were determined, because his infinite Wisdom saw the fitness of them, and their Subserviency to the Great Ends of sending the Messiah, for the Redemption of Mankind. Therefore that Expression, Thus it behoved, if it do not require, yet it may admit of, another Sense, which makes it an Argument somewhat different from the former. And that is, That the Death and Refurrection of Jesus were in all Points suitable to the Character of the Messiah. And, that the Scheme and Design of Man's Redemption could not have been so properly satisfied, by any other means, as by Thefe.

This, I say, if it be not the most natural and necessary, is yet a very useful Construction of that Expression. But I shall not take the liberty of treating of it in this Latitude. And therefore, limiting my felf to the former Sense, what I have to say upon this Subject will consist only of Two Heads.

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Ver. 27.

I. First, I shall instance in some of the most material Passages, which it is reasonable for us to suppose our Lord infifted upon ; And,

II. Secondly, I shall fhew, wherein the Force of his Argument lay, in applying these, as Remedies to the Perplexities and Doubts of his Disciples, at that time.

1. First, I shall instance in some of the most material Passages, which it is reasonable to suppose, our Lord made use of, in the present Case. He is said to have be

guin with Moses and all the Prophets, and

to have expounded in all the Scriptures the things concerning kimself. Now, though it is possible he might open to them the Predictions, relating to Other Matters and Actions of his Life ; yet the main Difficulties then lying before them, and the only things mentioned here, being his Passion and Resurrection, I shall confine my Discourse to such, as foretel These only. Nor shall I enlarge any farther upon Them, than to produce such, at least the principal of such, as we find expresly applied to this purpose, in the New Testament. For, since the Evangelist hath not told us particularly, what Prophecies our Lord insisted upon, to convince them at this time; I cannot think it unreasonable to presume, that the Disciples endeavoured to convince Others, by the fame Scriptures, to which they owed their own Conviction. And therefore such as we find Them, either relating, as quoted by Our Lord before his Death; or else urging upon the Jews in their own Persons afterwards; Such, I think, we may fairly presume, had a place in Our Lord's Discourse, which was designed to settle their Minds, and remove their Doubts, and compose their Astonishment, occafioned by his Death and ResurreEtion.

I only add, before I enter upon Particulars, that there are Two sorts of things, by which future Events were

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