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The Necessity of Heresies, anoV the tTse of them to the Church.

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i COR. xi. 19* ...a

72œr*' «?«^ also be Heresies amongst you, that they which are approved may be made ma* nifejl among you. 236

S E R M O N XIII..'; ij

The Mystery of the Marriage in Cana explained.

11 JOHNii.. 11.; *'-.<-' This Beginning of Miracles did Jes us in Cana of Galilee. 269


Christ the Healer of the Gentiles: Or, The Allegory oi his healing the Centurion's Servant,,

MAT. viii. 13.

Je/its said unto the Centurion, Go thy Wayt and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his Servant was healed in the self-fame Hour. 291


All Men to die. - •'« :~

HEB. ix. 27.

It is appointed unto Men once to <£>,—

X*7* 355


That the Soul lives in a State of Separation.

ECCLES. xii. 7.

Thenshall the Dust return to the Earth as it was, and the Spirit shall return to God who gave it. -83


No perfect Rewards or Punishments before the Day of Judgment.

HEBR. xi. 39, 40. Vhese all having obtained a good Report

through Faith, received not the Promise: God having provided some better thing for us,

that they without us should not be made ter

J*.. 409


Jesus foretold by Moses and the* Prophets.

JOHN i. 45.

We have found him of whom Moses in the Law, and the Prophets did write, fe/us of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph.

THE Season, good Christians, that commences this Day is that of Advent, with which it is the peculiar Computation of the Church of England to begin her Year, and to renew the annual Course of her Service; therein differing from all other Accounts of Time whatsoever. The Reason of which is, because (he does not number her Days, or measure her Seasons so much by the Motion of the Sun, as by the Course of our-Saviour; beginning and counting on her Year with him, who, being the true Son of Righteousness, began now to rise upon the World, and, as the Day Stars on high, Vol. II. B ":'^;. to

s E R M. to eniighten them that fat in Spiritual Darkness. . .

The Design of the Cffardh in'fitting apart this Season is to prepare us for a religious Commemoration of the Advancement or Coming of Christ, in the Flesh. For which Reason the Prophecy of Isdiah is reserved to this Time, in the Table of Lessons both for ordinary Days, as well as Sundays; (he being the most Evangelical Prophet, and containing the clearest Predictions of our Saviour) and the Epistles and Gospels appointed for those Sundays, all assure us of the Truth of Christ's first coming; and as a proper Means to bring our Lives to a Conformity with the End and Design of it, they recommend to u9 the Consideration of his second Coming, when he will execute Vengeance on all those that; obey not his Gospel. . ,

I conceive therefore, that the most suitable Provision for your Thoughts at this Time, will be first to lay before you the clearest Prophecies and Predictions of the Messiah in the Old Testament; and then to shew you from the New, how those several Prophecies and Predictions were fulfilled in our Jesus. And in order to this, I have chosen the Words of my Text as naturally leading us to both these Topicks.


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