Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.2

Í'. I!. 34- Sincere Obedience necejary to S E R M. were mediators between the higher gods and II. men : but to us chriftians, there' is one God the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; andone Lord .7efusChr , by whom are all things, and we by him : that is, by whom there is a communication of the divine favours to us, and we have accefs to God. To acknowledge this, is indeed to acknowledge the truth of chriftianity, which only reveals it to us : for in the 12th chapter of the fame epiftle, and the 3d verfe, the apoftle afferts, no man can fey, that 7efus is the Lord, but by the holy Gh fi. whereas among the Jews there were pretend- ers to infpiration, revelation, and miraculous powers ; thefe gifts were now appropriated to chriftianity ; and no one would believe in Chrift as his Lord, without being convinced of the divine atteftation of the religion which he taught. The true meaning therefore of faying unto Chrift, Lord, Lord, is embracing the gofpel, profeffing to receive its doctrines, to obey its laws, and found our hopes of acceptance upon it, in whatever forms, by whatever words or . acts that is done ; and of thofe there may be a great variety. For, to anfwer the purpofes of the gofpel difpenfation, and obtaining its proper effect in the world, there mutt be a vifible