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SERMON

°The

Necetiity

of

Repentance and

Faith.

ACTS

2O.'2í.

reflifying

both to the

Jews,

and

alto

to

the

Greeks,

Repentance

toward

God,

and

Faith

toward

our

Lord

Je

/us

Chrifl.

O

have

feen

St.

Paul

in

the Pulpit,

was

one

of

thofe three

things which

St.

Aquiline thought worth the willing for.

And

Pure

it

were very defirable

to

have

feen

this glorious

Inftrument

of

God, who did fuch Wonders

in

the World,

to

have heard

that plain

and powerful Eloquence

of

his,

which

was

fo mighty through

God. for

the calling down

of

flrong Holds, and

thefubduing ofMen

to the Obedience

of

the

Gofpel

;

to

have beheld the

Zeal

of

this holy Man, who

was all

on

fire

for

God,

with what

ardency

of

Affeftiort,

and

earneftnefs

of

Exprefüon,

he perfwaded

Men

to

come in

to

C(rrifl,

and en-

tertain the Gofpel.

This

were

very

defirable ;

but

feeing

it

is a

thing

we can-

not hope

for, it

fhould

be

tome

fatisfa&ion

to

our

Curiofity,

to

know

what

St.

Paul preached, what

was

the main

Subje&

of

his

Sermons,

whither he referr'd

all

his Difcourfes, and

what they

tended

to.

This he tells

us

in

the Words

that

I

have read

to

you,

that the

main Subftance

of

all his Sermons was

Re-

pentance toward

God,

and Faith

toward

our

Lord

7efirs

Chrifl.

The

Occafion

of

the

Words

was

briefly this.

St.

Paul being

in his

Journey to

jerufalem, and intending

to

be

there

by

the Day

ofPentecoft,

that

he might

not

be

hindred

in his

Journey, he refolves

to

pats by

Ephefüs,

and only to call

to

him

the

Elders

of

the Church to cha-ge them

with their Duty, and the

Care

of

the

Church

; and to

engage

them

hereto,

he

tells them how

he

had carried and de-

meaned

himfelf auiong them,

v. 18.

with

what

Diligence and Vigilance he

had

watched over them, with

what

Affe&ion

and Earneftnefs he had preached

to

them, v.

t

g, 20.

And here in

the Text he

tells them,

what

had

been

the

Sum

of

his

Do&rine,

and the

Subftance

of

thofe many

Sermons

he had preached a-

mong them, and what

was

the

End and Defign

of

all

his Difcourfes,

vie.

To

perfwade

Men

to

Repentance

toward

God,

and

Faith

toward

our

Lord

Jefes

Chri

fi

;

Tef

i

fying

both

to the

Jews

and

Greeks, &c.

I

(hall

explain the Words

a

little, and then

fix

upon

the

Obfervations

which

I

intend to

fpeak

to,

becaufe

I

deign

this only

as

a

Preface

to

Tome

larger

Difcour-

fes

of

Faith

and Repentance.

For Explication.

Tef

ifying,

the Word

is

;`;z,a¢,-n,?'ccapg,,,

which

liignifies

to

tefHfy,

to prove

a

thing

by

Telimony

; fo

'tis

ufed,

Heb. 2. 6.

But

one

in a

cer-

tain

place

teflii

eth, faying.

In

Heathen

Writers

the Word

is

often

ufed in

a

Law

fence,

for contefting

by Law,

and pleading

in

a Caufe

;

and from hence

it

figni-

fies,

earneftly

to contend or perfwade

by Arguments and

Threatnings. In

the

qfe

of

the

LXX.

it

lignifies

to

proteft,

to

convince, ro prefs earneftly,

to

per

-

fwade.

It

is

ufed

molt frequently

by

St.

Luke

in

a

very intenfe

Signification,

and

is

fometimes

joined with

exhorting, which

is

an

earneft perfwading

to

a

thing,

Alls

2.

40. And with

many other

Words

did

he

tefli

fy

and exhort, raying,

fave

your

fives

from this untoward

Generation; and

with

Preaching,

Ali

8.25.

And

when

they