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This, by the way, shows the unmasker's millake, in his first particular, p. 74. where he says, (as he does here again, in the second particular, which we are now examining) that “ believing Jefus to be the Messiah is e the first step to christianity; and therefore this, " rather than any other, was propounded to be be“ lieved by all those, whom either our Saviour, or the

apofiles, invited to embrace christianity.” The contrary whereof appears here; where the article of one Göd is proposed in the first place, to those whose anbelief made such a proposal necessary. And therefore, if his reason (which he uses again here, p. 76.) were good, viz. That the article of the Mefliah is expresly mentioned alone, “ because it is a leading arti« cle, and makes way for the rest,” this reason would father conclude for the article of one God; and that alone should be exprefly mentioned, instead of the other. Since, as he argues for the other, p. 74,

they did not believe this, in the first place,” viz. that there was one God, " there could be no hopes « that they would attend unto any other proposal, re

lating to the christian religion.” The vanity and falfhood of which reasoning, viz. that “ the article of

Jesus the Messiah was every-where propounded, rather er than any other, because it was the leading article, we see in the history of St. Paul's preaching to the Athcnians. St. Luke mentions more than one article, where more than one was proposed by St. Paul; though the first of them was that leading article of one God, which if not received, “ in the first place, there could " be no hope they would attend to the rest.”

Something the unmasker would make of this argument, of a leading article, for want of a better, though he knows not what. In his first particular, p. 74, he makes use of it to show, why there was but that.one article proposed by the first preachers of the gospel ; and how well that succeeds with him, we have seen. For this is demonstration, that if there were but that one proposed by our Saviour and the apostles, there was but that one necessary to be believed to make men christians; unless he will impiously say, that our


Saviour and the apostles went about preaching to no purpose: for if they proposed not all that was necessary to make men christians, it was in vain for them to preach, and others to hear; if when they heard and be Îieved all that was proposed to them, they were not yet christians : for if any article, was omitted in the proposal, which was necessary to make a man a christian, though they believed all that was proposed to them, they could not yet be christians; unless a man can, from an infidel, become a christian, without doing what was necessary to make himn a christian.

Further, if his argument, of its being a leading article, proves, that that alone was proposed, it is a contradiction to give it as a reason, why it was set down alone by the historian, where it was not proposed alone by the preacher, but other necessary matters of faith

were proposed with it ;” unless it can be true, that this article, of “ Jesus is the Messiah,” was proposed alone by our Saviour and his apostles, because it was a leading article, and was mentioned alone in the history of what they preached, because it was a leading article, though it were not proposed alone, but jointly with other necessary matters of faith. For this is the use he makes here again, p. 76, of his leading article, under his second particular, viz. to show why the historians mentioned this necessary article of Jesus the Messiah alone, in places where the preachers of the gospel proposed it not alone, but with other necessary articles. But, in this latter case, it has no show of a reason at all. It may be granted as reasonable for the teachers of any religion not to go any farther, where they fee the first article, which they propose is rejected; where the leading truth, on which all the rest depends, is nog received. But it can be no reason at all, for an historian, who writes the history of these first preachers, to set down only the first and leading article, and omit all the rest, in instances where more were not only proposed, but believed and embraced, and upon that the hearers and believers admitted into the church. It is not for historians to put any distinction between leading, or not leading articles; but, if they will give a true and


useful account of the religion, whose original they are writing, and of the converts made to it, they must tell, not one, but all those necessary articles, upon assent to which, converts were baptized into that religion, and admitted into the church. Whoever says otherwise, accuses them of falsifying the story, misleading the readers, and giving a wrong account of the religion which they pretend to teach the world, and to preserve and propagate to future ages. This (if it were fv) no pretence of conciseness could excuse or palliate.

There is yet remaining one confideration, which were sufficient of itself to convince us, that it was the fole article of faith which was preached ; and that if there had been other articles necessary to be known and believed by converts, they could not, upon any pretence of conciseness, be supposed to be omitted : and that is the commissions of those, that were sent to preach the gospel. Which since the sacred hiftorians mention, they cannot be supposed to leave out any of the material and main heads of those commissions.

St. Luke records it, chap. iv. 43, that our Saviour says of himself, “ I must go into the other towns to “ tell the good news of the kingdom; for (ais tēto)

upon this errand am I SENT.” This St. Mark calls fimply preaching, This preaching, what it contained, St. Matthew tells us, chap. iv. 23, " And Jesus went « about all Galilee, teaching in their fynagogues, and

preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of diseases

among the people.” Here we have his commission, or end of his being sent, and the execution of it; both terminating in this, that he declared the good news, that the kingdom of the Messiah was come ; and gave them to understand, by the miracles he did, that he himself was he. Nor does St. Matthew seem to affect such conciseness, that he would have left it out, if the gospel had contained any other fundamental parts necessary to be believed to make men christians. For he here says, “ All manner of sickness, and all manner of “ diseases,” when either of them might have been better

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left out, than any necessary article of the gospel, to make his history concise.

We see what our Savicur was sent for. In the next place, let us look into the commission he gave the apostles, when he sent them to preach the gospel. We have it in the tenth of St. Matthew, in these words : “ Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any

city of the Samaritans enter ye not. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, PREACH, SAYING, THE KINGDOM of HEAVEN

Heal the fick, cleanse the lepers, " raise the dead, cast out devils : freely have ye re“ ceived, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver,

nor brass in your purses, 'nor scrip in your journey ; “ neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves, (for “ the workman is worthy of his meat.) And into “ whatsoever city, or town, ye shall enter, inquire who " in it is worthy, and there abide until ye go thence. " And when ye come into any house salute it. And “ if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it; << and if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

And whosoever shall not receive you, nor “ hear your words; when ye depart out of that house,

or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for the land

of Sodom and Gomorrha, in the day of judgment, " than for that city. Behold I send you forth as sheep, “ in the midst of wolves : be ye therefore wise as fer

pents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men ; “ for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they “ will scourge you in their synagogues. And ye shall " be brought before governors and kings for my fake, “ for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But " when they deliver you up, take no thought, how or “ what ye shall speak; for it shall be given you in that " same hour, what ye shall speak. For it is not ye “ that speak, but the Spirit of your Father, which

speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up " the brother to death, and the father the child, and " the children shall rise up against the parents, and “ cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated


“ of all men, for my name's fake : but he that en“ dureth to the end shall be saved. But when they “ perfecute you in this city, flee ye into another; forveri“ Îy I say unto you, ye shall not have gone over the cities « of Ifrael until the Son of man be come. The disciple r is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. “ It is enough for the disciple, that he be as his master, or and the servant as his lord. If they have called the « master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall o they call them of his houshold ? Fear them not as therefore ; for there is nothing covered, which shall « not be revealed ; and hid, that shall not be known. " What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light : rs and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the “ house-tops. And fear not them which kill the body, « but are not able to kill the soul : but rather fear him, " which is able to destroy both foul and body in hell. « Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one « of them shall not fall to the ground without your « Father. But the very hairs of your head are all num“ bered. Fear ye not therefore ; ye are of more value " than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall con“ fess me before men, him will I confess also before my " Father, which is in heaven. But whosoever fall

deny me before men, him will I also deny before my « Father, which is in heaven. Think not that I am “ come to send peace on earth : I came not to send « peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at « variance against his father, and the daughter against “ her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her « mother-in-law. And a man's focs shall be they of « his own houshold. He that loveth father and mo" ther more than me, is not worthy of me: and he that « loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy

And he that taketh not his cross, and fol“ loweth after me, is not worthy of me. He that rs findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his “ life for my fake, shall find it. He that receiveth you, " receiveth me: and he that receiveth me, receiveth « him that fent me. He that receiveth a prophet in “ the name of a prophet, shall receive a prophet's re" ward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the

as of me.


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