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did. John, vii. 31. And many of the people believed on him, and said, when Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these, which this man hath done.
• He empowered his disciples to work the same miracles in his name, and for the confirmation of his authority. Matt. x. 7, 8. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Mark, xvi. 17, 18. And these signs shall follow them that believe: in my name shall they cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall re
Being put to death at the instigation of the Jews, he was by God raised again the third day from the dead; and in the presence of his disciples, visibly taken up into heaven, where he now sitteth at the right hand of God. Acts, i. 3, 9. 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. - And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received them out of his sight. See below, Sect. XII.
PROOFS SUBJOINED.--Matt. xii. 23. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David ? xxii. 42.
While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What think ye of Christ? Whose son is He? They say unto him, The son of David. Hebrews, vii. 14. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah : of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
John, vii. 41, 42. Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee ? Hath not the Scripture said, that Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? Luke, ii. 4, 11. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem,(because he was of the house and lineage of David,) to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. “Isaiah, xl. 3. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Malachi, iv. 5. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Luke, i. 17. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just ; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Matt. iii. 3. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Mark, i. 2, 3. As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee: the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
* Matt. xi. 5. The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them. John, iïi. 2. The same (Nicodemus) came to Jesus by night, and said unto
him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do the miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. xxi. 25. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one of them, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Acts, ii. 22. Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.
John, xiv. 12. Verily, Verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, 'because I
go unto my Father. 15. Q. You said that Jesus was called Christ, because he was to be consecrated by the Holy Ghost to the several offices to which men were anointed under the Law. Tell me, therefore, how does it appear that this Christ was a prophet?
A. It is manifest that he exercised all the parts of the prophetic office. He foretold things to come. John, ii. 19. Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Matt. xvii. 22, 23. And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, the Son of Man shall be betrayed into the hands of men, and they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. xxiv. 2. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things ? verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
* He declared God's will to the world, and he commissioned his disciples to go and publish the same doctrine of Salvation to all mankind. Matt. xxviii. 19, 20. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all thing's whatsoever I have commanded you. Mark, xvi. 15. And he said unto them, go ye unto all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.
Proofs SUBJOINED.—Matt. v. 6, 7. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (See the whole sermon on the mount.) Luke, ix. 35. There came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved son ; hear him. Hebrews, i. 1. God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his son.
16. Q. How do you believe Christ to have been a priest, seeing he was not descended of a priestly tribe, or family? Heb. vii. 14. - A. As the Scriptures teach me to believe: I believe him to have been a priest, not according to the legal institution, but of another, and more ancient kind;
after the order of Melchizedeck. Psalın cx. 4. The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedeck. Heb. v. 10. Called of God an high-priest after the order of Melchisedeck. vi. 20. Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an highpriest for ever, after the order of Melchizedeck. Heb. vii. 14. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah, of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
17. Q. What is the order of which you speak?
Levi, and the family of Aaron, to minister unto bim under the law, he took them instead of the first-born of every tribe and family, who, by virtue of their birth-right, had the priesthood belonging to them. Now, Melchisedeck living before this was done, was a priest by that ancient right, and not according to the law. But then besides this, he was a king too; and so the high-priest over his people. Now such a priest, and prince together, was Christ over his church. Heb. vii, 1, 2, 11. For this Melchisedeck, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; to whom also Abraham gave a lenth part of all; first, being by interpretation king of righteousness, and after that also king of Salem, which is king of peace; without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.—If, therefore, perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedeck, and not be called after the order of Aaron.
Again : Of Melchisedeck we know not either who went before him, or who succeeded him in these offices: so that his priesthood, as to us, was a solitary priesthood, in which, as he succeeded none, so neither does it appear that any succeeded him. And such also is the priesthood of Christ, who, because he continueth for ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Heb. vii. 24. And is thereby able to save to the utter. most them that come unto God by him; seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them: ver. 25.
PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Gen. xiv. 18. And Melchise