The Perspicuity and Solidity of Those Evidences of Christianity, to Which the Generality of Its Professors Among Us May Attain, Illustrated and Vindicated
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1742 edition. Excerpt: ...of Unbelief in such a Case as this? "When so many other Things were declared, M and so many other Messages sent, why was not "this one Article added, by the Messengers who "brought the rest?" Now tho' Conscience might tell such a Wretch, that every vicious Prejudice was E 2 penal, ger. Compare 2 Thejs. i. 7, --9. 2 Tim. ii. 25,126. and Jude, ver. 23. I must also take the Liberty to add, th: it there seems to me a very beautiful Propriety in the Manner of our Lord's ex prejfing several of these Denunciations, which is not in a diretJ, bat an ohlique Form; which particularly became that gracious Messenger of the Divine Love, who visited the World, not to condemn, but to save it. Thus the awsol Doom of Capernaum and Beth/aida is uttered by Christ, not when speaking to them, but when distant from them, in the Form of a Lamentation over them. (Mat.xi. 20, --14.) So likewise is Jerusalem lamented over, as abandoned to Destruction for its incorri. gible and perverse Infidelity, once when Christ was as far off as Galilee, (Luke xiii. 34, 3;.) and afterwards, when only approaching, and beholding it from Mount Olivet. (Luke xix. 41, 41.) And this last Time the R.uin was predicted in hroken Language, and with a Flow of Tears; expressing on the one Hand, the Benevolence of our Lord's Temper, which engnged him to mourn over the jullcst Condemnation which Sinners could bring on themselves; and on the other, the inevitable Certainty, and unutterable Terror of that Destruftion, which was coming upon them. It is one Instance among a thousand, of that fine Spirit which runs thro' all our Lord's Behaviour; and which renders it astonishing, that his Cause should meet with such malignant Opposition among many who set up tor Criticks ifl the...
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