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6o

A

DISPLA

Of

to

heaven

:

the

affertion whereof, we condemn

as

awicked pelagian,

focinian

herefy,

and

think,

that

it

was well

Paid

of

Bernard, that

many

to

make

Plato

a Chrifüan,

dogma

themfelves to

be

heathens.

And

if

we look upon

the

feveral branches

of

this Ar-

minian

novel do&rine, extenuating

the

precious

worth

and neceffity

of

faith

in Chrift :

we lhall

find

them hewedoff

by

the

two

-edged

fword

of

God's

Word.

(

I.)

For their

denying

the

Patriarchs and

Jews

to

have

had faith,

in Chr

Jfum exhi-

haulms;

.

d

maadtmssn, as

we in

him,

exhibition

d

mortuum

;

i8

difproved by all

evan

s

gelical promifes made from the beginning

of

the

world,

to the

birth of

our Saviour,

as

that,

Gen.

iii.

15. The feed

of

the Woman

(hall break

the Serpents

head,

and

Chap. %ii.

3.

Chap.

xlix.

10. Pfal. ii.

'7, 8.

and t

to. with

innumerable

other,

concerning

his

life,

office, and redeeming

of

his people

:

for

furely

they were

obliged

to

believe

the

promifes

of

God.

(z.)

By

thofe many clear expreífions

of

his

death,

paffion and fuffering for us,

as

Gen.

iii.

t

5.

Ifaiah

liii.

6,

'7,

8, 9,

s

o, &c.

Chap.

lxiii.

z,

3.

Dan.

ix.

26.

but

what

need we reckon any

more? Our

Saviour

taught his difciples,

that

all

the

Pro-

phets from

Moles, fpake

concerning

him, and

that

the

foie reafon, why

they did not

readily embrace

the

faith

of

his paffion, and

refurreaion,

was, becaufe

they

believed

not the prophets,

Luke xxiv.

25, z6.

lhewing

plainly,

that the

prophets required

faith

in his

death

and pallion.

(3.)

By

the

explicite

faith

of

many Jews,

as

of

old

Simeon,

Luke

iii.

34.

of the

Sa-

maritan

tell them all thn,gs,oas

Chaff

for

a

was

he

ádifcourfianoe; concerning

l

t

he worth

that

fhould

God,

yobs iv. 25.

(4.)

By

the

exprefs teftimony

ofChrft

himfelf,

Abraham

faith he

rejoyeed to

fee my

day, and

he

few

it

and

was

glad, John viii.

56.

his

day,

his hour,

in the fcßpture prin-

cipally

denote his

paffion, and

that

which he

fase

furely

he

believed, or

elfe

the father

of

the

faithful

was

more diffident than

Thomas,

the

molt

incredulous

of

his children.

(5.)

By

thefe

following and

the

like places

of

fcripture

:

Chrift

is

a

lamb

pin

from

the

foundation

of

the world,

Revel. xiii.

8. Slain

in

promifes,

(lain in

God's efìimationand

the

faith

of believers

He

is the fame

y

forday

to day

and

for

ever

Heb. xiii.

8.

Under

the

law

and

the

Gofpel

:

there

is

none

other name under heaven g'ven

unto

men,

whereby they

muff

faced,

AEts vi.

s

t.

Never

any

then,

without the

knowledge

of

a

redeemer,

participation

of

his pafiion, communication

of

his merits, did ever come

to the

fight

of

God

:

no man

ever

came

to the father,

but by him

:

hence

St.

Fasi

tells the

Epheftans,

that

they were

without Chrifb

becaufe

they

were

aliens from

the

common

-

wealth

of Ifrael,

Ephef

ii. t

2.

intimating,

that

God's

covenant

with

the

Jews included

thrift

Jefus

and

his righteoufnefs

no

leis

than

it

Both

now

with

us.:

on

thefe

grounds holy

Ignatius

(a)

called

Abel

a

martyr

of

Chrift,

he

died for his faith

in

the

promifed

feed and

in

ano-

ther

place, (b)

all the Saints were

failed

by

Civil{

;

hoping

in him,

and

waiting

on

him,

they

obtained

falvation

by

hint.

So

(e)

Profper

alfo,

We muff believe

that

never any

man

was

ju-

'lifted

by

any other

faith,

either

before

the Lam,

or

under

the

Law,

than

by

faith in

Cori

fl, con-

Mg to

face that

which'was left

Whence (d)

Eufebius

contendeth,

that

all

the old

patri-

archs

might properly

be

called chrif,;ians,

they

all

eat

of the

fame fpiritualmeat,

and drank

of

the

fame

fpintual drink,

even

of

the

rock

that

followed

them, which

rock

was

If

then the ancientpeople

of

God,

notwithfianding divers others efpecial revelations

Chrift.

of

his will, and heavenly

inffruEtions,

obtained

not

falvation, without faith in Chriff,

much lefs may

we

grant this happinefs without him, to

them,

who were deprived

of

thofe other helps

alto

;

fo

that though

we confers

the poor natural

endeavours

of

the

t

heathen not

to

have wanted

their

reward ; either politive

to

this life, by outward

prof-

.

p/rtty

and inward calmnefs

of

mind,

in

that,

they

were not all perplexed, and

I

agitated

with

furies,

like

Nero

and Caligula;

or negative, in

the

life

to

come,

by a

diminution

of

the

degrees

of their

torments ;

they

!hall not be beaten

with

fo many

ä

ßripes

:

yet

we

abfolutely deny,

that there

is

any fatting

mercy

of

God towards them

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