Saviour shall then finish his mediatory office.' Death, the last
enemy, shall be destroyed. The bodies of the saints shall be
raised and conformed to the glorious body of Christ. - 339
CHAP. XXII.--Practical Inference. The extraordinary working
of the divine power is a convincing proof of the verity of the
Christian religion. The internal excellencies of it are clear
marks of its divinity, to the purified mind. The external opera-
tions of God's power were requisite to convince men in their
corrupt state, that the doctrine of the gospel came from God.
The miraculous owning of Christ by the whole Divinity from
heaven. The resurrection of Christ the most important article
of the gospel, and the demonstration of all the rest. How valu.
able the testimony of the apostles is concerning it; that it was
impossible they should deceive or be deceived. The quality of
the witnesses considered. There cannot be the least reasonable
suspicion of them. It is utterly incredible, that any human,
temporal respects moved them to feign the resurrection of Christ.
The nature of the testimony considered. It was of a matter of fact,
and verified to all their senses. The uniformity of it assures
us there was no corruption in the witnesses, and that it was no
illusion. They sealed the truth of it with their blood. The
miracles the apostles did in the name of Christ, a strong demon-
stration that he was raised to a glorious life. That power was
continued in the church for a time. The conclusion, how rea-
sonable it is to give an entire assent to the truth of Christianity.
It is desperate infidelity not to believe it; and the highest mad-
ness to pretend to believe it; and to live in disobedience to it. 365
CHAP. XXIII.—The Truth of God in Redemption.-The honour
of God's truth, with respect to the legal threatening, was pre-
served in the death of Christ. The divine truth, with respect to
me the promises and types of Christ under the law, was justified in
this coming and the accomplishment of our redemption by him.
I. Some special predictions considered, that respect the time of
his coming. The particular circumstances that represent the
Messiah, are verified in Jesus Christ. The consequences of the
Messiah's coming, foretold by the prophets, are all come to pass.
» II. The types of the law are complete in Christ. A particular
, consideration of the manna, the rock, and the brazen serpent,
as they referred to him. The paschal lamb considered. A
short parallel between Melchizedec and Christ. The divinity
of the gospel proved, by comparing the ancient figures with the
to present truth, and predictions with the events. The happiness
of Christians above the Jews, in a clear revelation of our Sa-
sl viour to them. From the accomplishment of prophecies con-
cerning the first coming of Christ, our faith should be confirmed
1 in the promise of his second.
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