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A. I before said, that he was raised by the mighty power of God; «nor. could. any thing less than a Divine power have done it; Eph. i. 19, 20. Yet as Christ was God as well as man, so he did also, in that respect, concur to his own resurrection. And thus the Scripture tells us, John, ii. 19. Destroy this temple (says Christ to the Jews,) and in three days I will raise it up.
x. 17, 18. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it up again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself: I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again.
Which is also, by the way, another evident argument to prove that Christ is God.
PROOFS SUBJOINED.—*Acts, i. 24, 32. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. John, v. 21. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Father quickeneth whom he will.
5. Q. How does it appear that he did thus rise from the dead?
A. By the testimony of those who were eye-wilnesses of it, and saw him first cruelly put to death, and afterwards beheld him alive again.
PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Acts, i. 21, 22. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time, that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. ii. 15. They killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. v. 32. And
ye are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. X. 39, 41. And we are witnesses of all things which he did, both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem: whom they slew and hanged on a tree. Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him, after he rose from the dead. xiii. 31. And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
6. Q. Are the persons who give testimony hereunto, such as may be securely relied upon in a matter of this moment?
A. They are: for, first, we have the testimony of his most bitter enemies, as well as of his friends, to prove his death. Mark, xv. 39, 44, 45. And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, truly this man was the Son of God. And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead? And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. Matt. xxvii. 62, &c. Now, the next day that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
Nor will the sufferings which he underwent permit us to doubt it. John, xix. 33, 34. When they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs : but one of the soldiers with a. spear, pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
And, secondly, as for his being alive after; the Jews, who set a guard upon his sepulchre, on purpose to prevent his being stolen away, and the
pretence of his resurrection, which they were afraid his disciples had designed to raise thereupon, yet could not deny but that, in despite of all their care, he was gone out of the sepulchre, and what was become of him they could not tell. Matt. xxvii. 62, &c. as above. xxviii. 11. Now, when they were going, behold some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
PROOFS SUBJOINED.—Matt. xxvii. 50, 59. Jesus, when he had cried with a loud voice, gave up the ghost. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth. Luke, xxiii. 55. And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. xxiv. 1, &c. Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen. xxiv. 19, 20. And he said unto them, What things ? and they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God, and all the people: and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and to be crucified.
7. Q. But what positive witness have you of his being alive after bis crucifixion?
A. We have the witness of his * apostles; of his * disciples; of above * five hundred persons, who saw him, and conversed with him; and many of whom died for the testimony which they gave unto it: none ever went back from it. We have besides this, the witness * of angels: the witness * of a persecutor, by this very assurance converted into an apostle. And, lastly, the witness * of "God himself; who, without all dispute, enabled the first preachers of this very
Article to work wonderful miracles in confirmation of it; and thereby, as effectually as could be desired, gave his own evidence to the truth of it. Acts, xiv. 3. Long time, therefore, abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
ProofS SUBJOINED.+ 1 Cor. xv. 5, &c. And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve. Luke, xxiv. 37. And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. John, xx. 19, 25, 27, 28. Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut, where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus, and stood in the midst of them. The other disciples, therefore, said unto him, we have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his
side, I will not believe. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said, My Lord, and my God. Acts, i. 3, 21, 22. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning with the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
• Johu, xx. 12. And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Acts, ix. 4, 5. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord. And the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. xxii. 8. And I answered, , Who art thou, Lord ? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
Acts, ii. 4, 32. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit guve them utterance.-This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. iii. 8, 15. And he leaping up, stood and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.-And his name, through faith in his name, hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea the faith, which is by him, hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. iv.