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to an irresistible, though indirect proof of the point in question. It is apparent that Jefus Chrift is intended, or included however in all these texts, is accordingly to be worshipped, and consequently is God.

After what has been faid, we shall not be at a loss for the construction to be put upon the inference with which the Apostle concludes this first discourse which we have been remarking on. Therefore let all the house of Ifrael know affuredly, that God hath made that Same Jefus whom ye have crucified both Lord and Christ. Just noting that in the phrasethat fame Jesus-abundance of reproach is conveyed, I observe, that these words fufficiently exprefs the two natures united in our blessed Saviour, the Chrift in his human character, the Lord in his divine. But yet farther, the Apostle encourages his auditors, (who, it feems, were pricked in the heart by what he had preached to them,) to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, with the comfortable affurance that the promise of the Holy Ghoft was unto them, and to their

Children,

Children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD OUR GOD fhould call. Agreably to which declaration we are told, that the Lord added to the Church daily fuch as should be faved; and are afterwards informed, that believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women. Now that, according to the most natural and obvious interpretation, we are by the Lord to underftand Jefus Chrift in the two last quoted places, I presume will be admitted by every candid enquirer; and if fo, it is he who is described under the character of the Lord our God in the text immediately before cited. When therefore we are told at the 42d verse of this Chapter, that the newly-baptized converts continued ftedfaftly in the Apoftles doctrine; and afterwards, that the Apostles taught and preached Jefus Chrift, and spake to the people the words of this life, &c. we may justly

conclude that doctrine to have been the doctrine of redemption, as it has fince been received in the Christian Church.

When St. Peter and his colleagues were brought before the High-Prieft and Rulers,

&c.

&c, in order to be examined concerning the cure of the impotent man at the beautiful gate of the Temple, we find them again infifting on the refurrection of their Master, as the fundamental article which was demonftrative of the truth of his miffion and doctrine, and by confequence of the Divinity of his Perfon. This deceiver (as they had blafphemously reputed him) had faid, while he was yet alive, that after three days he would rife again; he had affirmed to them, that as the Father raifeth up the dead, and quickeneth them, even fo the Son quickeneth whom he will; he had declared to them his exiftence before Abrabam in the most explicit terms, Before Abraham was, I am; he had faid, that God was his Father, in the ftricteft fenfe, making himfelf equal with God, &c, &c. Suppofing then the Lord to have rifen indeed, the truth of thefe feveral affertions must neceffarily follow. And, in fact, that he was risen, these betrayers and murderers of the just one, had they not been stiffnecked and uncircumcifed in heart and ears, could not but have been convinced by beholding the lame man who was bealed

healed ftanding before them; and afterwards by the many figns and wonders which were wrought among the people by the hands of the Apostles, who moft undoubtedly must have been endowed with fuch power from on high; or, in other words, by their now glorified Master.

I have already in effect confidered the fin of Ananias and Sapphira, who agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord, as a fin against the Third Perfon in the Holy Trinity; and, I think, we may defy infidelity to put a fairer interpretation upon this portion of the Apoftolical history.

I fhall not dwell on the two invocations of the proto-martyr at the hour of death ; Lord Jefus receive my Spirit; Lord, lay not this fin to their charge; both which abundantly imply his faith in Jefus Chrift as God; but pass on to the account of the converfion of the Ethiopian Eunuch by Philip the Deacon. * The Angel of the Lord fpake unto Philip,

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faying, arife, and go toward the South, &c; and be arofe, and went ; and behold a man of Ethiopia, an Eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, &c, who had come to Jerufalem for to worship, was returning, and, fitting in his chariot, read Efaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, go near, &c. And Philip ran to him, and heard him read, &c, and faid, understandeft thou what thou readeft? And he faid, how can I, except fome man fhould guide me? And he defired Philip that he would come up, and fit with him. The place, &c. which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the flaughter, &c. And the Eunuch faid, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? Then Philip began at the fame Scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way they came to a certain water; and the Eunuch faid, fee, here is water; what doth binder me to be baptized? And Philip faid, if thou believeft with all thy heart, thou mayeft. And he answered and faid, I believe that Jefus Chrift is the Son of God. And he baptized him. The history is as fuccinct as poffible: but why is it not as reasonable

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