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because of Christ he says expressly, LET. Luke 1. 33, “He shall reign for XVII. "ever, and of his kingdom there shall “be no end.” And as to the case of the Jews, it is treated of at large in a discourse under that title, by the author before mentioned at P. 173. to which these gentlemen are referred,
P. 40. “ Could not those inspired “ writers, who prophesied concerning “ things of no consequence, as the “ thirty pieces of silver, aud the cast. “ing lots for Christ's garments, have “ predicted with equal certainty the " more important circumstance of his “ death and resurrection?”
The death and resurrection of Christ are predicted in the strongest terms, Pl. XXII. CX. Ifai. Lili. And what can add more weight to this kind of evidence, than the prediction
LET. of particulars so minute and circuin. XVII. ftantial as those of the thirty pieces,
and the division of the garments by lot ? One would think, at the contemplation of them, all infidelity would stop it's mouth, instead of opening it.
P. 41. “ In short, they beg to be “ shewn a single prophecy, concerning 66 which divines are agreed."
What Tully said of philosophers may be true perhaps of divines, considering the multitude of them that have lived from the days of the Apostles to the present times; namely, that there never was an opinion, however absurd, which has not been maintained by some one or other. And therefore, to reject the evidence of prophecy, till all divines shall agree exactly about it, argues a conduct as wise in the infidels, as if they should decline sitting
down to a good dinner, till all the let. clocks in London and Westminster XVII. struck four together.
P. 41. “ They desire to know, why " the Revelation of St. John should be " more obscure and ænigmatical than “ any which was written during the “ typical and shadowy dispensation of “ Mofes ? "
Much valuable instruction in the doctrines and duties of religion may be gathered from the Revelation, in the most clear and perspicuous manner; witness the Moral RefleEtions on that book, by Pere Quesnelle. Of the predictions in the former part of it many have been explained to general satisfaction ; and others may be so explained hereafter, as by the studies and labours of different persons the symbolical language of Scripture be
LET. comes better understood, and the XVII.
events predicted are brought forward in their order. If sufficient reasons may be assigned why prophecy should be in fome degree obscure for a time, they will hold with regard to those of the New, as well as those of the Old Teftament. — Let gentlemen bestow due attention on the evidences of Christianity so often set before them. When they shall thereby be happily induced to believe, it will be time enough to argue with them on such points as the obscurity of St. John's Revelation, and the doctrine of the Trinity, which is scoffed at in a very unbecoming manner, P. 32.
Thus much for prophecy. We proceed to some objections against particular passages in the New Testament. Of these the first respects the diffe
rence between the genealogy of our le Lord Christ, as given by St. Mat- XVII. thew, and that given by St. Luke. On this subject let it be observed,
1. That genealogies in general, and those of the Jews in particular, with their method of deriving them, and . the confusion often arising from the circumstance of the same person being called by different names, or différent persons by the same name, are in their nature, and must be to us, at this distance of time, matters of very complicated consideration, and it is no wonder they should be attended with difficulties and perplexities.
2. The Evangelists, in an affair of so much importance, and so open then to detection, had there been any thing wrong to be detected, would most af. suredly be careful to give Christ's pe