Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.4

Of Believing in Yefus Chr . 187 were wrought by our Saviour and his apoftles, S E R tvt of which though we are not eye witneffes, ÿ II. yet we have hiflorical evidence of them, which is fufficient to fatisfy any reafonable in- quirer. 2dly, To believe on the name of the Lord Jefus Chrift doth, in the flile of the New Tefl'ament writers, take in all thofe affectionate practical regards to him, which he demandeth purfuant to our believing in him. This is a very intelligib:e way of fpeaking, becaufe there is fuch a plain connection between the things themfelves, between a profeffed belief in Chrift, and the difpofitions and affections which are fuitable to it. How inconiíîent would it be, to pretend that we believe in the Son of God according to the gofpel de- fcription of his character, his works, and re- lations to us ; that he is a teacher fent from God with a plenary authority to reveal to us all that is neceffary to our falvation, that he is a moll: compafíionate redeemer, who ob- tained eternal redemption for us, by the fhed- ing of his precious blood ; that he is the great law giver, who bath a rightful authority over our hearts and confciences, and is conftituted the univerfal judge of the quick and the dead; how inconfifent, I fay, would it be 4 to