Five Sermons at the Boyle Lectures

R. Chiswell, and T. Cockerill, 1695
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Page 9 - Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ...
Page 31 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
Page 8 - REVELATION, that is, a discovery afforded by God to man of Himself or of His will, over and above what He has made known by the light of nature, or reason.
Page 25 - Principle to direct them, than the Light of Nature ? 3. There was no Nation without a Revelation, that is, without fome Pretence to it. The Ufe I make of all this is to fhew, what a Senfe Mankind had of a Revelation, and what all the World has thought expedient, if not neceflary ; which was the Thing to be proved. II. I proceed now to prove the Certainty of Revelation. Under which I (hall fhew, I.
Page 11 - If one Man can difcover his Mind to another, it is certain the Creator may reveal his Will to Men. 2. If fuch Things be declared, which none but God could reveal, as Prophecies ; and fuch Things done, which none but God, in Man, could do, "viz. Miracles, it is evident there is fuch a Thing as Revelation. 3. If this be queftioned, it muft be from this ; either that God cannot impart fuch a Revelation to Man \ or Man is incapable to receive it. But as God made the Soul of Man, he muft have Power to...
Page 6 - Man a reaibnable and inquifitive Being, has alfo provided for that noble Defire of knowing what the Will of his Maker is, and what relates to his own eternal Welfare, and that is by a Revelation ; for whatever Senfe Men, that have only Reafon for their Guide, may have of the Mercy and Goodnefs of God *, whatever they may obferve in the Courfe of his Providence, to confirm them in the Belief of it; whatever Hopes they may have of it, from the general Notion of the divine Nature; whatever Defire of...
Page 19 - Gen. iii. 15, This This was the Cafe of Adam, and the Exigence he would have been in, without this immediate Revelation. But had this Revelation died with Adam, the Condition of his Pofterity would have been worfe than his. For...
Page 6 - Ufefulnefs and Neceffity of a Revelation, muft go for nothing. 3. If the Scripture be not of divine Revelation, then there never can be a Revelation that fliall oblige us to believe it; fince there can be no ftronger Evidence produced for it, than for Scripture. He therefore that pretends not to believe Scripture-Revelation, for want of Evidence, cannot be convinced of the Truth of any.
Page 12 - Graces that are neceflary to reform Mankind, and has promifed to beftow them upon fuch as are qualified to receive "them. Now who can pretend that this was to be found out by human Inquiry ; or rather, that muft not grant it to have proceeded from God ? Efpecially if it be obferved, what a wonderful Intermixture there is in this Scheme of the divine Mercy and Juftice, of his Mercy in pardoning the Sinner, and of his Juftice in requiring an Atonement ; what a...
Page 20 - Reafbn why God infpired Abel, and Enoch, and Noah, to preferve thofe Principles alive. And if, when there was a Revelation feconded by the Authority of fuch eminent Perfons, the World fo foon grew...

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