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of them, to be the Ministers and Preachers of its Doctrines, viz. it is their inveterate Pride and Prejudices unqualify them for it.
Power to effect. Thus demonstrating that Dott
27 & 28. But now, to convince these Men of the Falsity of their pretended Wisdom, God has shown them, that this one plain Point of Dočtrine, viz. of a crucify’d Redeemer, has more in it for the divine Glory, and Good of Mankind, than all their Speculations and Traditions could ever reach to. And, §. a few illiterate Fishermen, Men of no liberal Education, Learning, or human Eloquence, has declared those Truths, and confirm'd them by such Miracles as are above all human Understanding to invent, or rine
* Ver. 26. Tāv kaijaw Judy, 1%ur Calling. Which may either fignify their Call to the Gospel Religion in general; or the particular Call of their Ministers to their Office. The
31. That according 31. So that by relying no lonas it is written. He ger upon human Learning and Ethat glorieth, let him liquence, nor ewish Traditions, glory in the Lord. but upon this Principle of a crucity'd Saviour, you will act most agreeably to those Words of the Prophets, (Isai. lxv. #2% ix. 23, 24.) He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
thren, when I then being founded in came to you came this great Article of a crucift'd not with . of Saviour, I did accordingly make o: o, that the main Argument of my
A. D. 57. deavouring to recommend it to you by any rhetorical -v- Flourishes, or fine Speculations; but as a Matter of di
vine Evidence and Revelation.
Advantage; and your Prejudices, and Oppositions t were so many; I preached this plain Dočtrine among you not without great Concern, and Fear of its having
, 5, That your faith 5. For your Faith in the Chrisshould not stand in the tian Religion, is not to be groundwisdom of men, but ed upon the slender and uncertain in the Power of God. Foundation of human Learning, but upon the solid and infallible Proofs of divine Miracles.
* Ver. 3. In Weakness, and in much Fear. These Words have either a Reference to those of 2 Cor. x. 1 or where he says, His bodily Presence was (thought) weak, and bis Speecb contemptible; or else they are meant to express St. Paul's Modefly, and Humility in his Condućt toward Christians; Qualities directly oppposite to the Pride and Vanity of the false Teachers at Corinth; or else, loftly, they may be taken to express the Hardships and Persecution St. Paul lay under while at Corintb; of which we read Aëts rviii. 6- 11. which lasti»r. Mills thinks to be the true Sense.
t Affixviii. 6, 9.
. Such is the Article of a crucified Saviour for the Redemption of Mankind; a Dispensation foretold indeed by the Prophets, but not rightly understood by the jewish Nation, and for many A
ges not discovered at all to the Gentile World; but
be the o
8. Which none of the princes of this world knew : for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Means of Glory and Happiness to all true
ferent from what the World apprehended and expeded
them to be.
* Ver, 6. Perfeit, Tsations.
by us his Aposiles, by the Communication of that Holy Spirit, who knows and is perfectly acquainted with the whole Purpose and Will of GOD.
'Tis his own Holy Spirit alone that can be acquainted with them, and declare and make them known to Mankind, by his Inspirations given to his Apostles and
IST and his Religion;