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more true, than that:nod hath naifed YES S from the dead, whereof the Apostles were fufficient Witnesses and this Pioof of bis Resurrection shall be che Subject of my following Discourse. " .
But before I enter upon this, I desire it may be considered, that the point in Hand, being a Marter of fact, is inca. pable of receiving such a rigorous Demonstration, as that by which a mache. marical Proposition may be proved And in this Case no more can be required, chan
that it be arrested by Persons of unquesti* onable Knowledge and Fidelity.'
This being premised, I shall endeavour with all possible Brevity and Plainnels to thow, .. . .. . ... ?
First, That the Resurrection of Christ is clearly related in the Scriptures.
Secondly, That those who related this, were Persons of unquestionable Knowledge. And And
En... Thirdly, That they were Persons of unquestionable Fidelity "These Propositions being made good, the Truth of my Text, I conceive, will be fufficiently establith'd - Firs. Then Lam.co how, that the
Resurrection of CHRIST is clearly related in the Sculptures - And I need not taisy long upon this Head; che Man vi ho de Dies ir, avuit be an uttor Stranger to those facred Pages. Forint them we frequeatly read that the Body of CHRIST was buried in a Tomb hewn out in a Rock, that a great Stone was laid to the Door of it, which, after some time, was rolled away by an Angel, whereupon CHRIST arole, and left the Grave Cloarhs behind hiin. This is recorded by every one of the four Evangelists: The same Persons who miention his State of Humiliation, give us an Account of his Srace of Exaltarion too ; the same Persons who have penned the History of his shameful and Navith Death, have [kewise registred his glorious and triumphant Relurrection from the Dead, St. Mattbew says very plamly, that an Angel told the Woman who came to the Sepulchre to seek Jesus, that he was not there, but was rifen. St. Mark says the fame Thing almost in the same Words. St. Luke lays, that the Woman entred into the Sepulchre, and found not the Body of JESUS; and it came to pass as they were mucb perplex'd about it, two dien food by them in fining i arments, who faid, W by Jeek ge the Living among the
Dead? Dead? He is not here, but is risen. And St. John fays, that as Mary wept, because Moe could not find the body of her Lord, the turned berself back and aw 7 ESUS standing, whom tho' at first Sight she did not know, yet upon his fpeaking to her, llie quickly perceived to be her Master. Neither do che Evangelists give us only the Testimony of others to chis Truth, but they confirm it allo by their own perfonal Knowledge: They tell us thạc CHRIST fhewd himself to his Disciples in che fame Body which was crucified, : dead and buried ; that they all talked with him, and chat he eat with them after his Re: Currection; as may be seen at large in the Jast Chapters of the Gulpels to chis we inay add, that the same Do&rine is deliver'd directly, or by Consequence, in every part of those Writings which are extant of the other Apostles. So that nou thing can be more evident chan chat chè Resurrection of CHRIST is clearly related in che Scriptures; which was the first Thing to be inade out. I shall now go on, to Mow,
Secondly, That those who related this, wçre Perions of unquestionable Knowledge; or in other Words, that they were, thoroughly infom'd concerning ilie Fact
which they relared, and perfectly knew the Truth of that which they delivered. And this Point will be dispatched as easily as the former: For St. Luke tells us,
Acts i. 3. that Christ.foew'd himself alive to them after bis Passion, by many. INFALLÍ BLE Proofs. Of which no Body can well doubr, chat considers First, How often Christ appeared to his Disciples after his Death ; and Second ly, The manner of his Conversation with them.
As to the first of these, we read of no less than ten times of his Appearance before his Ascension. First of all at che Se.' pulchre to Mary Magdalené, out of whom he had cast seven Devils. Then to oilier Women as they returned from the Scpulchre, towards Jerusalem. Then to Cephas; then to two of his Disciples, as they went into the Country, the same Day towards Emmaus. Then to ten of them in the Evening of the fame Day, Tbomas being abfent. Then to all the Apostles, Thomas being with them. After these Things, to the Disciples at the Sea of Tiberius. Then to above five hundred Brethren at once. After that to James. Then to all the Apostles, immediately before his Ascention. To which
we may, add, that he was seen twice af ter his Ascension, clothed with the higheft Glory, and Happiness in Heaven; 10 wir, once by St. Stephen, and once by St. Pauli s ;
And if we farther consider the manner of his Conversaţion with chem, while he was on Earth, wc cannot but allow thap they were fully certified of his Resurrecgion. For he .continued with them for a long time together, discoursing upon the mort Noble and sublime Subjects ; giving them the most admirable Lectures in Divinity, and expounding the Scriptures with such a surprizing Strength and Exo actness, char that their hearts burn'd vithin 'em, even before they knew who he was. After which, at anocher Time of his Appearance, least they might suppose. that they had seen a Spirit; he cat in their Presence & Piece of a broild Fish, and of un Money-Comb; and moreover bid them handle him, that they might know that bebad Flesh and Bones, wbicha Spirit bath *not. And 30 anocher Time, he commande
cu Tisomas to put bis Finger into the Print of the Vails, and to tloružbis Hand into the ' Side which was piercd. So that nothing can be more manifest, than that the Apo
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