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they every where wrought, to convince Men of the Truth of their Doctrine: And the wonderful Progress is presently made, notwithstanding its Oppolītion to the Re, ligions already in the World, to the Humours and Prejudices of Men, who en. deavoured to surpress it, and the Preporsessions, and all the fecular Interests of those who would receive it. These I lay might be brought in upon this Head, with great clearness and strength of Realon; but that I think, those already alledg'd will upon à suitable Reflection, be found fo very Cogent, as to supersede che Neceflicy of doing it.

Well then, fince 'tis past Dispute, that the Resurrection of CHRIST is clearly res lated in the Scriptures: Sinçe 'tis evident, that those who related this were Person's of unquestionable Knowledge, or were throughly inforíned of, and perfectly knew the matter of Fact which they related: And since 'tis more-over evident, thar they were honest and faithful in the Relation of it, the Truth of my Text is therefore fully made out, to wir, that God bath raised up YESUS from the

Dead, whereof the Apostles were sufficient : Witnesses. I shall now briefly consider what good

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Ufe may be made of this Doctrine, and fo conclude. - And Firl, it appeareth from hence, that the Debt which the whole Race of Mankind had contracted by Sin, is fully discharged; or that CHRIST by his Death; made a full, perfcct; and fufficient Sacriä fice, Oblation, and Satisfaction for the Sins of all the World. The Sin of Adami derived a Ġuilt opon all his Posterity; which Guilt was an Obligation to endure a Punishment proporcionable to that of fence. · Buc CHRIST freely undertook to cancel this Obligation

himself by offering to fuffer in our stead; and this he fulfilled by cloathing himself with Humanity, and dying upon the Cross: For God sending bis own Son in the Likeness of finsúl Plesa, for Sin; condemned Sin in the Flesh. CHRIST therefore being our Bonds-man and suffering Deach upon our Account ; God by loosing the Bands of Death, and relealing him from the Prison of the Grave, did thereby openly absolve and acquit him from the Obligation with which he had bound himself, and manifestly declare, that is Sufferings were a full Satisfa&ion-to Divine Justice and that not only for original Guilc, but also for gatual. Sins. For as the Apotle says,

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Romans V, 16, The Judgment was by one, that is, one Sin to Condemnation ;, bart the Free-giftis of many Offences to fuftifica

In otsidaria Secondly; The Resurrection of CHRISTI doch likewise manifest the Fruch and Divinity, of lais Religion, and prove him to bc char Propher which was to come into che World. When CHRIST drove Qut of tlie Temple shofe that fold Oxen, and Sbeep. and Dovesand the Changers of Money, and the like, the Jews asked bim, saying, W bat Signs the west thou anto us, feeing that thou dof these Things. And be answering, said unta them, Destroy this Temple, and in three Days I will raise it up this be spake concerning the Temple of bis Body. Now if we look into Della teronomy xviii

. 22, and Jeremiab xxviii. 92 we knall find that the Test which God prescribid, whereby to discover a true Pro: pbet from a falle: one, was the Accomplishment of Predictions: Being therefore, CHRIST foretold his rifing from the Dead within three Days; and being he did raise himself from the Dead in that Space of Time, after he was put to Death for calling himself the Son of God; it plainly follows from hence thac he really was fo. and if lie really was fo; then the Reli

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Thirdly, The Resurrection of CHRIST confirmech us in the Hope and Expectation of our own Resurre&ion. Christ by rising from the Dead became the Firit-fruits of them that slept: And there can be no lurer Pledge of the Harvest which siall be in the End of the World, chan chat the Firstfruits of it are already offer'd: No lurer Token that we who are the Members of CHRisT shall rise at the Last-day, than that Christ Our Head is already risen, by our Baptism we become united to CHRIST ; by being united to Christ we become partakers of God's Holy Spirit ; ånd if the Spirit of him that raised up CHRIST from the Dead dwell in us, then be that raised up CHRIST

froni the Dead, shall also quicken our mortal Podies by his Spirit that dwelleth in us.

Farthermore, CHRIST by rising from the Dead, destroy'd the Power of Death, and gain’d an entire Victory over the Grave: Hereby he got Possession of the Keys of Death, and so hath Power to deliver from its Prisons all chose that are holden of it: And as certainly as he hath this Power, so certainly will be put it in Execution ; ;

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as in Adam all die, so in and by the Power of CHRIST mall all be made alive,

Fourtbly, therefore and Laftly, The Rcsurrection of CHRIST liould make.us rile from the Death of Sin to che Life of Righteculness. To this Purpose St. Paul speaks in the sixth Chapter of his Epistle to the Romans, at the fourth Verse; Like as CHRIST was raised up from the Dead by the Glory of the Fatber, even so we also pould walk in newness of Life. Since by the Resurrection of Christ an Assurance is given to us of our own Res surrection, we must live agreeable to our Holy Profession, otherwise our Rclurrection will only complete our Misery. If we would have our Bodies raised to Glory hereafter, we must not abuse them in any thing base and mameful here; and we must mortify our Members, and not overindulge in the empty fleeting Pleasures that are upon Earth ; if we would live in that fulness of Foy, and those everlasting PleaJures which are at God's Right-Hand in Heaven.

Let us therefore not suffer Sin to reign in our mortal Bodies; but let us yield our selves unto God as those that are alive from the Dead, and our Members as Instruments of Righteousness unto God. Let us

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