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raged against him for it, and consulted to put Lazarus to death , because many were enduced to believe on Christ, by reason of so great and manifest a M iracle. lor Bethany was but about Two, Miles distant from Jerusalem-, a\\d. this Miracle was the Cause of his Reception there with the Hofanna s and Acclamations of the People: And when the Pharisees, and the Chief-Priests were inform'd of it, they assembled in Council, to advise, what was to be done: What do ne ? for this man doth many miracles, ( Joh. xi. 18, 47. xii. 17,^18.) They acknowledg'd, that he had wrought many Miracles, and when they ascribed them to Belzebub, this was a Confession, that Miracles were perform'd by him, tho' they blasphemed the Power, by which they were effected. And not only the Jews of that Age, but their Posterity, have not deny'd , that Christ wrought Miracles, which was also confess'd by f Julian the Apostate. Some who had been cured, and others who had been raised from the dead, by our Saviour, were living for many years after, 6 as Quadratur testified of his own time, in his Apology to^fdrian the Emperor. The Circumstances of these, and the rest of our Saviour's Miracles, lhew'd that they were really perform'd, and they were wrought with this Intent and Design, to prove him to be the Christ. The Nature therefore and End of them shews, that nothing less than a Divine Power could have effected them: For God would never have suffer'd them to be wrought to vouch an Imposture to the World under his own Name and Authority. u A learned Physici

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R 3 .an an has written a Treatise to shew , that according to the Principles and Axioms of the best Physicians , all the Diseases, which our Saviour cur'd, were incurable by natural means, and it is evident to every Man, that many of them were so. He manifested his miraculous, divine Power upon his Enemies, in curing the Ear of MMchiu ; (Luke xxii. 51.) in causing those who were sent to apprehend him, to fall to the Ground , struck down only by the Word of his Mouth and in procuring the Dismission of his Diseiples upon demand , in order to fulfil one of his own Prophecies , ( Job. xviii. 5, 8.) But I shall insist more particularly upon the Resurrection of oar Saviour, this being the most wonderful, and a Confirmation of all his other Miracles, and of the whole Gospel to us. , 1

C H A P. XIV.

Of the Resurrection and Ascension of our BleJJ'ed Saviour.

TH E Resurrection of our Blefled Saviour was prophesied of by David, Psal. xvi. 8. Act. ii. 27. And it was prefigur'd by the Type of Isaac's Deliverance, when he had been offer'd up by Abraham, who both believed that God root able to raise him up tven from the dead, and received him also from thence in a figure, Heb. xi. 19. and it was also prefigured by the Type of Jonas his being three days and three nights in the Whale's Belly, Matt. xii. 40. Our Saviour rose, as he foretold he would do, on the third day, including the day of hi$ Burial, Matt. xvi. 21. xvii. 23. xx. 19. Act. x. 40. He was three days and three nights in the Grave, (that is, three mnUixt^ or three natural days) according to the Computation of the Jews in the eight days, which they reckon'd for thr Circumcision of their Children, and in their other accounts: for they computed inclusively any part of the

day, in which the Child we born for the whole: Thus the a Romans computed their Nundina and their Calends, &c. And the b Olympiads among the Greeks contain'd five years inclusively j and thus we call that a Tertian Ague, which has but one day's Intermission. But the Resurrection of Christ, which was the Accomplishment of these Types and Prophecies, being Matter of Fact, must be prov'd, as all other Matters of Fact are, by Witnesses: and the Apostles in a body offer'd themselves as Witnesses to testify this great Article of our Faith. This Jesus hath God raised upy whereof we all are witnesses, Act. ii. 32. The thing therefore to be confider'd, is, whether they were effectually qualified to be Witnesses in this matter: And to prove that they had all the Qualifications which can be required in any Witness, I shall shew, 1. That they had certain Knowledge of the thing, which they were Witnesses of, and could not be deceiv'd themselves in it. 2. That they would not deceive others, having no Temptation to it, but acting against all the Interests and Advantages of this World. 3. That they alledge such Circumstances, as made it impossible for them to deceive those, to whom they testified the Truth of Christ's Resurrection, though they had had never so much mind to do it. And when Men testify things, which they have such Means and Opportunities of knowing, as make it impossible for them to be mistaken in them, when they can have no Advantage but by telling the Truth, and can expect nothing but Sufferings from it in this Life, when they produce such Circumstances as put it out of their own power to deceive; and such as those, before whom

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they speak, may know to be false, if they be so this certainly is all that can be desired in any Witness.

i. The Apostles, who were Witnesses of our Saviour's Resurrection, could not be deceiv'd themselves in it. They were ever far from being credulous, and easie of belief, as they Ihew'd upon all occasions, and particularly they never could be brought to believe the Doctrine concerning the Resurrection of Christ, till their own Senses had convinc'd them \ but before, they had wrong Notions and Apprehensions of it, and either misunderstood and misapplied all that had been said to them about it, or whatever they knew , or believ'd concerning it before, they had no Expectations of it when he was once dead.

Our Saviour had in express terms foretold his Resurrection upon the third day, several times, Matt. xvi. 21. xvii. 23. xx. ip. But his Disciples did not rightly apprehend, or throughly consider what he said to them , though he express'd himself in the plainest words : For they were wholly taken up with great Thoughts and Expectations of an earthly Kingdom , and of temporal Power and Honour j at one time Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, faying-, Be it far from thee , Lord , this fliall not be unto thee, Matt, xvi.,22. and at another time, just before his Passion, our Saviour had no sooner done speaking to them of his Crucifixion, and his Rising again the third day, but the two Sons of Zebedee petition'd , that one might fit on the right'hand , and the other on the left, in his Kingdom, and the rest of the Disciples were mov'd with Indignation against them, for preferring such a Request \ and it appears from our Saviour's Discourse to them upon it, that their Minds were all bent upon the Thoughts of Temporal Glory and Dominion, Mm. xx. 20. After our Saviour had told them, th3t be must be put to death, and rife again the third day, 5; .- Luke adds, that they understood none of theft things^ this frying Vpos hid from them , neither knew they the

things which were spoken, Luke xviii. 34. and we find the same Expression before, Luke ix. 45. Even after our Saviour had eaten the Passover with them, and instituted the Sacrament of his Body, which was just then to be given up and to be crucified •-, and of his Blood, which was to be shed for them, they were still intent upon Temporal things, and had Expectations of being advanced to places, of Authority and Preeminence. And there was a strife amongst them , which of them. should be accounted the greatest, Luke xxii. 24. At his Passion , as one of them denied him thrice, so all the rest forsook him and fied.

The Apostles and Evangelists write without any Design, or any End to serve, but that of telling the Truth i and therefore they conceal nothing of their own Failings and Faults, though they might prove never so disgraceful to them. They acquaiut us that they were ambitious, and had a vain Prospect of Temporal Grandeur; that they were timorous, and of little Faith, till the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon them; which appears in nothing more , than in this point of the Resurrection. They were Men of no great natural Capacity, or quick Apprehension, and they had sometimes found themselves mistaken in understanding that literally, which was spoken to them in Parables} and it is natural for Men to run from one Extreme to another, and usual for ignorant and unlearned Men to imagine Difficulties, where there are none. And this meeting with their Wissies and Longings after temporal Greatness, made them take all that was said to them concerning the Passion and Resurrection of Christ, in some such sense as might answer their Hopes and Desires of Temporal Felicity: but when his Crucifixion had undeceiv'd them in this conceit,'they were in such Confusion and Consternation of Mind, as not to be able to recollect themselves, or to promise themselves any thing by his Resurrection, which they had no Hopes or Expectation of. The

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