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Twelve Discourses on the Prophecies concerning the first Establish

ment and subsequent History of Christianity. Preached in Line coln's-Inn-Chapel, at the Lecture of the Right Rev. William Warburton, lake Lord Bishop of Gloucester. By Lewis Bagot, L L. D. Dean of Christ's-Church. 8vo. 45. Boards. Cadell.

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Of the institution of this lecture we gave an account 'in the fifth volume of the London Review, (page 516.) in our critique on Dr. Hallifax's Sermons, to which we refer our readers, in cafe they want information on that head. Bishop Hurd's introductory fermons are excellent, and Doctor Hallifax acquitted himself with great credit on a nice and difficult subject. The third preacher on this lecture is Doctor Bagot; who, in the course of the performance before us, hath sketched out some of the leading principles and characteristics of that wonderful dispenfation for which the scriptures of the Old Testament prepare us. He points out that it is a wonderful dispensation, originating with the fall of man in paradise, and that it is connected with that great event as its real and true foundation; that it terminates in the restoration of man, from the dreadful consequences of his rebellion; and that this restoration is brought about by the death of the Mefliah, God and Man, King and Priest of the restored world, as a proper sacrifice and atonement for the iniquity thereof.

si Thus” says he “ were these great mysteries previously inculcated, when God in tine paft fpake to the fathers by the prophets.” Vol. XI.



Prophecy proceeds from God. Therefore, impreffed with this idea, we may be assured that all the remaining predictions of the prophets will be accomplifhed according to the time predicted. They spake not by any private impulse (et dias etiqUOFCs) or by the will of man, but as the apostle fays, 'as they were moved by the Holy-Ghoft. And as the things of God knoweth no man, but the spirit of God, so the right and proper method of acquiring true notions of prophecy, must be a close attention to that revelation which spirit of prophecy hath made of itfelf. But where is this revelation made? In the holy fcriptures. To which we must go to gather information respecting the use and intent of prophecy.

On this subject Dr. Bagot is a sensible and judicious writer. In his first discourse he gives fome reflections on the proper evidence of a divine Revelation ; and on that more particularly which arises from the completion of the prophecies.

" Purity and excellence” says he " niuft adhere to every thing that proceeds from God. The want of these therefore in any scheme where it can be certainly shewn (whatever other proofs we may seem to have of its divine original, yea, though an angel from braven declare it unto us) amounts to a full denionftration that God is not the author of it. But as these marks may exift to a tain degree in schemes of human contrivance, and as the precise measure of that degree is not accurately defineable, it' follows that a direct and positive proof of a divine Revelation cannot properly be concluded from such internal characters only; and even if it could, the argument must, in its nature, be so abftrufe and difficult, as not to be applicable to the general conviction of man. kind.

6. For this reason probably it is, that the great author of Christianity refts the main proof of his Religion on evidence of a very different fort. The works that I do (faith Christ) they bear witnets of me, that the father hath sent me : and he refers the Jews to Moses and the prophets for the rectity of his pretensions. Again, all fcripture is said by the Apoftle to be given by inspiration of God, is there. fore called the Holy Scripture, and its ten e every where ascribed to the Holy Ghost.

" God is known to us as the Creator of the world, and as the director of all events in it. When he declares his will to men, that they may know it really fo to be, it seems fit that he should by foine means appeal to one or other of these characters. Such an appeal as this must be unequivocal, and what no impostor can pretend to make, but at the risque of immediate detection. When we fee the laws of nature fufpended or controuled, it is at once evident, that no less power is exerted than that of the Author of Nature himself. In like manner, when contingent events are found to have happened in exact conformity to predictions delivered ages be




fore, it cannot be doubted that the minds of those, prophets were informed by Him who alone can see through all contingencies. These. ihen are the two great vouchers of divine Revelation, miracles and prophecy. By miracles God appeals to himfelf as the author and fupporter of Nature; by prophecy as the great difpofer of all events in the moral world.

“ The arguinent from miracles is strong and obvious, beyond all others, to the common apprehensions of men. They strike at once through the senses, and so force conviction upon the eye-witnels. Being fimple facts they are objects likewise the most easily capable of historical testimony, and so become an evidence even to fucceeding generations. The argument from prophecy is not of a nature immediately striking. The sense of the prediction must be afcertained, and a fufficient agreement with its accomplishment made out, before any conclufion can be drawn. So that had we only one prophecy to urge, or even several independent ones, it would have been extremely difficult to have derived thence such an argument as should have commanded the faith of

every reasonable and honest man. But we have a chain of prophecies commencing with our first parents, and carried on through subsequent oracles more and more explicit for many ages. The history of mankind lays before us a correspondent chain of events accomplishing these prophecies, brought down to a period not long since past. Such a syitem of prophecies as this, uniform and connected in its parts, become a continual proof forever increasing in weight and authority; and when considered in one comprehensive view, excludes at once all possibility of human fagacity and contrivance. The argunient from prophecy thus urged, adds a credibility to those miracles which once carried their own conviction with them. In former ages, while the first design only of prophecy was in view, (namely to raise hopes and expectations in the minds of men, without which no religion could have sublifted in the world,) then was their faith in it commonly confirmed by some miraculous work. Of this kind was the immediate charge of the serpent's form when our first parents received the original promise of a future restoration ; such the miraculous birth of Ifaac, and many other like instances. Now in their turn, prophecies accomplished give an assurance to our faith in past miracles ; which includes one evident reason why miracles should cease to be repeated, fince the other, from their nature, must be going on to the end of the world. In this sense perhaps it is, that the Apostle having occasion to mention mi. racles and prophecy at the same time, says of the latter that it is Beßatolepor, something more durable and firm, which should last and continue, and be as it were a root from whence new degrees of evidence Mould perpetually arise. It is impossible to imagine that the Apostle meant to extol one to the disparagement of the other. They who have the moft ftrenuously maintained such a sense, have been found for the most part not very averse to give up the argument from both. The truth is, that they have each a separate office in the support of our faith ; and if at any rate one can be got rid of, the fortress is so far weakened.

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