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THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE BOOKS INVOLVES THE CREDIBILITY ;

for it is very rare to meet with any authentic histories, in which

the principal facts are untrue...

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The principal facts of the New Testament are very few, and pe-

culiarly prominent..

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Testimonies already adduced to the genuineness of the books,

prove their credibility.

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PROOFS OF CREDIBILITY DERIVED FROM OTHER SOURCES; from

the governors of the Roman provinces..

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From heathen writers...

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From Jewish writings, especially Josephus.

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From the character of many of the converts to the Christian faith 114

From the testimony of Mahomet..

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From the religious rites and usages springing out of the facts of

Christianity, which continue to the present day...

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From several ancient monuments which have survived the wreck

of time.....

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THE CHARACTER AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE SACRED WRITERS

ESTABLISH THE CREDIBILITY OF THEIR WRITINGS.

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The number of witnesses.

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They had full knowledge of the things they attest.

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The testimony they bear is to facts of which they were competent

judges..

They were persons of transparent integrity of character

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Of sound mind, and by no means credulous or rash.

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They relate events at the spot where they occur

curred, and before

the multitudes who witnessed them...

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Their whole subsequent lives were marked by unparalleled benev-

olence and holiness..

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They had nothing to expect for their testimony but temporal ca-

lamities and death...

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No one convert ever complained of being imposed upon.

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If our account be false, where is the true one ?....

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THE AUTHENTICITY AND CREDIBILITY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.. 122

Fidelity of the English translation..

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Our faith must practically correspond with what we have admitted

in argument. .

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The immense value of Christianity.

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The credibility of the gospel history applies to these very actions. 132

They were believed by the converts of the first century, and at-

tested to those of the second..

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Institutions still subsist which took their rise from them..

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The minute and artless account of them seals their truth.

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Objections answered; fallibility of human testimony.

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Experience

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Transmission of remote facts.

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THESE FACTS WERE, PROPERLY SPEAKING, MIRACULOUS......... 138

The facts of the gospel were plain and palpable miracles........ 138

They were done openly as divine acts.

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Before the Jewish nation, accustomed to judge of miracles.. 139

And were both numerous and various...

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Our Lord was himself the subject of miracles.

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Permanent effects were produced by the gospel miracles.

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They were wrought for a high and holy end...

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THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THESE MIRACLES AND THE RELIGION

THEY ARE SAID TO ATTEST IS SUCH AS TO PROVE ITS DIVINE

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Our Saviour and his apostles appeal to their mighty works. 142

They were predicted as the evidence of the Messiah. .... 142

An appropriate attestation to a divine religion....

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They were performed by those who had all other signs of a divine

mission..

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The inference from the miracles to the truth of Christianity is

conclusive..

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They are incorporated with the instructions..

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The success of the gospel, resting on the miracles, proves that the

doctrine was from God..

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No other religion ever was established by miracles, but the religion

of the Bible.

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The impression which a review of Christian miracles is calculated

to produce....

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The importance of yielding to conviction.

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The danger of resting in a mere historical faith...

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LECTURE VIII.

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The spiritual offices predicted of Messiah, which our Lord fulfilled,

and is now fulfilling in the church...

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The humble acknowledgment of faith in the Messiah.

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The contrast afforded by the unbelief of the Jews....

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The duty of seeking after the spiritual blessings which Messiah

bestows..

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Part II. THE FULFILMENT OF PROPHECY, IN EVENTS WHICH RE-

LATE TO THE JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN CHURCH, CONFIRMS THE

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Our Lord's prophecy of the destruction of the city and polity of

the Jews, and the dispersion of the people.....

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Accomplishment of prophecies relating to cities.

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Nations.

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Empires.

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Predictions of the apostasies of the latter days....

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The future conversion of the world, and the final triumph of holi-

ness and truth....

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The peculiar force of the argument derived from prophecy....... 206

PRECEDING EVIDENCE..

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