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to

the

Reader.

xvii

our Lord

fhould have been

forbidden

by

the

lawful

fo-

vereigns

of

the kingdoms and

common- wealths

of

the

world

to

preach the gofpel,

and

baptize,

they should

in obedience to them

have

forborn

;

which

Mr.

Hobbs

plainly,

without

a

blufh,

infinuates,

when he lays, page

311. Our

Saviour

gave

his

apofiles

power

to

preach

and

baptize

in

all parts of

the world,

fuppofing

that

they

were

not

forbidden

by

their

own

lawful

fovereigns.

Had they not

their

Commifiiion

from

their Matter

in

molt ample

form, without

any

the

leaft,

either dire&

or

indire

&,

in-

timation

of

fuch

an

exception

or

limitation

?

Matth.

28. 19, 20.

Go

ye

therefore

(lays

he to

them)

and

teach

aI

nations,

baptizing them

in the

Name

of

the

Father, of

the

Son,

and

of

the Holy

Gho

f

,

teaching them

to

obferve

all

clhiwgs

whatfoever

I

command

you

;

That

is,

of

whatfo-

ever nature

they be,

whether they

he

clear by the

laWr

of

nature,

or

be

divine pofitives, whoever forbid

or

com-

mand you

to

the

contrary

:

And,

Atark

16.

v.

15.

Go

ye

(faith

he to

them)

into

all

the

world,

and preach

the gof-

pel

to

every

creature; which accordingly they

did,

y.

20.

.find

they

went forth and

preached

every

where

:

Not

only

where

they

were not

forbidden

;

Did

they not

preach

the

Gofpel at

7erufalem,

notwithftanding they were

fe-

verely, not without threatnings, forbidden

by

their

own

fovereigns

the

council

?

and

tell

them

plainly,

That

they ought

to

obey

God

rather

than

men,

wherein

they

could

not

obey both

:

Alledging, that

they could not

but

fpeak

the things

that

they

had heard and feen,

without

any fuch

regard

(as

might impede them

in

their work)

to

the flrait threatnings

and

prohibition,

to

fpeak

at

all,

or

to

preach in

the

Name

of

yejus

:

And,

left

any fhould

fay,

or think, that

this

was

more than they had warrant

for,

we

are

told, after

the inhibition

to

preach,

and

after their

imprifonment

for

contraveening, from

which

they

were miraculoufly

let

free

;

that

the

angel

of

the

Lord,

who had

opened

their

prifon- doors,

charged

them

thus,

Go,

and

(land,

and fpeak

in the temple

to

the

people

(whatfoever

the rulers think

of

it,

and

notwithftaiíd-

ing

they

have

inhibited

and imprifoned

you)

all

the

words

of

this life

;

of

all

which

the

divine

hiftorian gives

an

account

in the

4.

and

5.

'chapters

of

the

"ills of

the

d

4a?le,

i