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that all our Powers are bounded by the Laws of Nature ; but does it follow that his Power must be so bounded, who appointed these Laws of Nature, and could have

appointed others, if he had thought proper ? We cannot raise a dead Body; our Hands are tied up by the Laws of Nature, which we cannot surpass. Neither can we make or create a new Man; but we certainly know, from Reason and Experience, that there is One who can: And what can induce us to suppose that he cannot give Life to a Body à fecond Time, who we certainly know

gave Life to it at first? These Prejudices therefore we may fafely refer to the Power of the Almighty, to which all Nature is obedient,

which we may securely depend for the Performance of divine Promises, ,how unpromising foever the Circumstances may seem to be which attend them. When the Sadducees denied the Resurrection, our Saviour told them, Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the Power of God: Intimating plainly, that for the Security and Certainty of our Resurrection we must trust to Scripture, and the Declaration of God's Purpose contained therein; and for the Method and

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Means of bringing this great Work to pass,
we must rely on the Power of God.
But whatever Difficulties of this kind

may remain, yet this Article has removed all which lie in the Way of our considering ourselves as accountable Creatures, and subject to the future Judgment of God. Whatever you may imagine to be the State of separate Souls; whatever Difficulties may arise in considering a mere Spirit as accountable for the Actions of this compound Being Man, they are all out of the question. It is not a mere Spirit, but the Man himself, who is to be brought to Judgment; and plain Sense must see and acknowledge the Reasonableness of judging a Man hereafter for the Crimes committed in this Life; as evidently as it sees the Reasonableness of judging him here, when his Crimes happen to be detected. So that the Revelation in this particular has brought Faith and common Sense to a perfect Agreement.

Secondly, The Gospel Revelation has made known to us, that Christ shall be Judge of the World.

Our Saviour tells us, that the Father judgeth no Man, but hath committed all Judgment

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to the Son, John v. 22. And again : The Father hath given him Authority to execute Judgment, because he is the Son of Man, ver. 27. And St. Peter declares, that the Apostles had it expressly in their Commission to publish this Doctrine to all the World: He commanded us to preach unto the People, and to testify that it is He which was ordained of God to be the Judge of Quick and Dead, Acts x. 42. Accordingly St. Paul, in his short Difcourse to the Men of Athens, fully instructed them in this material Point : God hath appointed a Day in the which he will judge the World in Righteousness, by the Man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given Assurance unto all Men, in that he hath raised him from the Dead, Acts xvii. 31.

I will not multiply Texts to this Purpose, though many more there are which speak the fame Sense, because this Doctrine is

very well known to Christians, and is part of the Creed which we daily rehearse.

But it is material to observe, that this Authority is given to Christ, because he is the Son of Man, as he himself has assured us; and that the Person ordained to be Judge is a Man, even the Man whom God raised from

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Means of bringing this great Work to pass, we must rely on the Power of God. But whatever Difficulties of this kind

may remain, yet this Article has removed all which lie in the Way of our considering ourselves as accountable Creatures, and subject to the future Judgment of God. Whatever you may imagine to be the State of feparate Souls'; whatever Difficulties may arise in considering a mere Spirit as accountable for the Actions of this compound Being Man, they are all out of the question. It is not a mere Spirit, but the Man himself, who is to be brought to Judgment; and plain Sense must see and acknowledge the Reasonableness of judging a Man hereafter for the Crimes committed in this Life; as evidently as it sees the Reasonableness of judging him here, when his Crimes happen to be detected. So that the Revelation in this particular has brought Faith and common Sense to a perfect Agreement.

Secondly, The Gospel Revelation has made known to us, that Christ shall be Judge of the World.

Our Saviour tells us, that the Father judgeth no Man, but hath committed all Judgment

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to the Son, John v. 22. And again : The Father hath given him Authority to execute Judgment, because he is the Son of Man, ver.27. And St. Peter declares, that the Apostles had it expressly in their Commission to publish this Doctrine to all the World: He commanded us to preach unto the People, and to testify that it is He which was ordained of God to be the Judge of Quick and Dead, Acts x. 42. Accordingly St. Paul, in his Tort Difcourse to the Men of Athens, fully instructed them in this material Point : God hath appointed a Day in the which he will judge the World in Righteousness, by the Man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given Asurance unto all Men, in that he hath raised him from the Dead, Acts xvii.

31. I will not multiply Texts to this Purpose, though many more there are which speak the same Sense, because this Doctrine is

very well known to Christians, and is part of the Creed which we daily rehearse.

But it is material to observe, that this Authority is given to Christ, because he is the Son of Man, as he himself has assured us; and that the Person ordained to be Judge is a Man, even the Man whom God raised from

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