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contrary decrees of her popes and councils do most clearly demonstrate. So that the church of Rome is so far from being the fountain of truth, that she has shewn herself to be the source and fountain 'of the most gross and palpable errors; and therefore, is by no means fit to be relied upon in cases of this nature. Nevertheless, though the uncertainty that all revelation and traditionary religion, from the very nature of the thing, must needs be liable to, does not lay us under a necessity of returning back to the church of Rome; yet it shews the great propriety of our returning back to that prior rule of action, which is the ground and foundation of moral truth, and consequently, of moral certainty, viz. the eternal and invariable rựle of right and wrong, as to an infallible guide, and as the solid ground of our peace and safety, which rule we are too too casily diverted from,

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The FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE he used in

EXERCISE of his MINISTRY.

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SECTION IX.

CONCERNING THE

Personal Chara&ter of Jesus Christ,

and of the figurative language be used in the exercise of his ministry.

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S to the personal character of Jesus
Chrift, I apprehend him to have

been what he appeared to be, viz. a man, or one of the species of mankind; as he was born, was nurtured and brought up, increased in ftature and wisdom or understanding, was subject to the fame wants and infirmities, lived and died, like all other mén. And as Jesus Christ thus plainly appeared to be a man of the same species with us; fo he declared of himself that he was the son and fent of God; and it was said of him that he was God or a God; which

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