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2 Sam. xii. 10.-As it respects profession PRESCIENCE OF GOD is foreknowledge, ligion, as one observes, they sin presumptuou that come. The doctrine of predestination is founded without principle: 2. When they prolis on the prescience of God, and on the supposition the blessing of God, and vet go on in l.pelamin speaking, indeed, prescience supposes that of pre- they find it in the Scriptures: 4. 1740 destination; for if we allow that God froin all make their feelings the test of their religin me foreseen them in consequence of his permitting passion and the operations of the Spintory eternity furcsaw all things, he must thus have out considering the diference between 1] or fore-appointing them. Hence, events are not 5. When they run into temptation: certain merely because foreknown; but forc- they indulge in self-confidence and lots known because antecedently certain on account cency: 7. When they bring the spirit of the

See FOREKNOW- world into the church : 8. When they hrn

logies for that in some which her condena a argument pleaded by Tertullian and others in the doctrines of the Gospel, they live heretirok

PRESCRIPTION, in theology, was a kind of others: 9. When, professing to believe in the thind century against erroneous doctors. This 10. When they create, magnity, and prone because it has been used by Papists, and because I duct of God as udkind and njush. Seh PRESCRIPTION

PRESUMPTION jority of whose members were favourahle to the they think that truth has no need of sneba measure. The syno:, however, were unfriendly port. Others, however, think that if it can bo to the innovation. The general assembly re shown that any particular doctrine of Christus fused to sanction it. The result was, that a new was held in the earliest ages, even approacluir.the presbytery, called the Cumberland Presbytery, apostolie, it must have very considerable en was formed, disclaiming all connexion with the and, indeed, that it has so, appears from the general assembly's body, except that they still versal appeals of all parties to those car's iets Fetained the bulk of the Presbyterian confession in support of their particular opinions. B*** as the confession of their faith, and still deter- the thing is in itself natural; for if a man fies mined to adhere to the presbyterian form of variety of opinions in the world upon impieza church government. The part of the confession passages in Scripture, where shall be te se to which they principally object is,, "the idea of to get the true sense as from contemporan" fitality that seems to be taught under the myste- ters or others who lived very near the smart rious doctrine of predestination." Their points age? And if such a man shall find any doutrina of dissent from the doctrines supposed to be in or interpretation to have been universal's le culeated in the confession are the following :- in the first ages, or, as Vicentius Lirinendi evits 1. That there are no elernal reprobates. 2. That it

, semper ubique et ab omnibus, be wil UF** Christ died not for a part only, but for all mankind. tionably be disposed to think such early and L* 3. That all infants, dying in infancy, are saved versal consent, or such prescription

, of vers les through Christ and sanctification of the Spirit

. siderable weight in determining his opinina 4. That the Spirit of God operates on the world, PRESUMPTION, as it relates to the wind or as co-extensively as Christ has made the alorie is a supposition formed before examinatin. 4. ment, in such a manner as to leave all men inex. it relates to the conduct or moral action it ! cusable.

arrogance and irreverence. As it relates 13 taha At first there were but nine preachers in the gion in general

, it is a bold and daring met deze connexion, only four of whom were ordained in the goodness of God, without obedede to hin They have now a synod consisting of several will. Presumptuous sins must be deinget! presbyteries. The ministers in their connexion from sins of infirunits, or those falings for *** are not far from 100. The additions to the to human nature, Ecc. vii. 20; 1 John churches during the year 18:29, were nearly 3,500. from sins done through ignorance, Luke sü, 'S; lege at Princeton, Kentucky, containing nearly sudden and violent temptation, Gol vi. l. The 100 students.-B.

ingredients which render sin presumptes , PRESBYTERY, REFORMED. The Re- knowledge, John xv. 22; deliberation and on formed Presbytery in Scotland trace their origin trivance, Prov. vi. 14; Ps. IIIvi 1; obstina, as far back as the Reformation, and consider Jer. xliv. 16; Deut. i.'13; inattention to the po themselves as the only pure Presbyterians since monstrances of conscience

, Acts vi. 51, the revolution. They profess to adhere to the sition to the dispensations of Pnwidence, och solemn league and covenant agreed to by the na- xxviii. 22; and repeated commission of the story tion before the restoration, in which they abjure sin, Ps. Issviii. 17. Presumptuous sins are popery and prelaey, and resolve to maintain and memus ; such as profane swearing, perjer Jefend the doctrines, worship, discipline, and go- adultery, drunkenness, sabbath-breaking vernment of the church, as approved by the par- These may be more particularly considera! ** liament and assembly" at Westminster, and my presumptuous sing because they are generzy the general assembly of the church and parlia- committed

against a known law, and so obes ject not so much to a religious establishment , but ture, and most pernicious in their effects

. They to the religious establishment as it exists : they are said to be a reproach to the Lord state, but to the alliance of the church with an down judgments from heaven. Num. .; ber, it is said, amounts to about four thousand cut some visible testimonex of God's diariamente persons. or that knowledge which God has of things to 1. When they take up a of predetermining LEDGE, PREDESTINATION.

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PRIEST Walker's Ser, vol. i. ser. 3; South's Ser. vol. vii. ' sisted of three orders, the high priests, priests, Ber. 10, 11, and 12; Tillotson's Ser. ser. 147; and Lerites. The priesthood was made herediSaurin's Ser. ser. 11, vol. i. Robinson's transla- tary in the family of Aaron; and the first-born of tion ; Bp. Hopkins on the Nature, Danger, and the oldest branch of that family, if he had no legal Cure of Presumptuous Sins. See his works. blemish, was always the high-priest. This divine

Pride is inordinate and unreasonable self- appointment was observed with considerable acesteem, attended with insolence, and rude treat-curacy till the Jews fell under the dominion of ment of others. “It is sometimes," says a good the Romans, and had their faith corrupted by a writer, “confounded with vanity, and sometimes false philosophy. Then, indeed, the high-priestwith dignity; but to the former passion it has no hood was sometimes set up to sale, and, instead resemblance, and in many circumstances it differs of continuing for life, as it ought to have done, it from the latter. Vanity' is the parent of loqua- seems from some passages in the New Testacious boasting; and the person subject to it, if ment, to have been nothing more than an annual his pretences be admitted, has no inclination to office. There is sufficient reason, however, to insult the company. The proud man, on the believe; that it was never disposed of but to some other hand, is naturally silent, and, wrapt up in descendant of Aaron capable of filling it, had the his own importance, seldom speaks but to make older branches been extinct. (For the consecrahis audience feel their inferiority.” Pride is the tion and offices of the Jewish priesthood, we high opinion that a poor little contracted soul en refer our readers to the book of Moses.] In the tertains of itself. Dignity consists in just, great, time of David, the inferior priests were divided and uniform actions, and is the opposite to mean- into twenty-four companies, who were to serve ness.-2. Pride manifests itself by praising our in rotation, each company by itself for a week.selves, adorning our persons, attempting to ap- The order in which the several courses were to pear before others in a superior light to what we serve was determined by lot; and each course are : contempt and slander of others; envy at was, in all succeeding ages, called by the name the excellencies others possess; anxiety to gain of its original chief. applause; distress and rage when slighted; im It has been much disputed, whether in the patience of contradiction, and opposition to God Christian church, there be any such officer as a himself.-3. The evil effects of pride are beyond priest, in the proper sense of the word. If the computation. It has spread itself universally in word" priest. be taken to denote a person comall nations, among all characters; and as it was missioned by divine authority to offer up a real the first sin, as some suppose, that entered into sacrifice to God, we may justly deny that there the world, so it seems the last to be conquered. It is a priest upon earth. Under the Gospel, there may be considered as the parent of discontent, is but one priest, which is Christ : and but ingratitude, covetousness, poverty, presumption, one sacrifice, that of the cross. The church of passion, extravagance, bigotry, war, and persecu- Rome, however, erroneously believe their priests tion. In fact, there is hardly an evil perpetrated to be empowered to offer up to the Divine Majesty but what pride is connected with it in a proximate real proper sacrifice, as were the priests under or remote sense.-4. To suppress this evil, we the Old Testament. Ecclesiastical history inshould consider what we are." If we could trace forms us that, in the second century, some time our descents," says Seneca, “we should find all after the reign of the emperor Adrian, when the slaves to come from princes, and all princes Jews, by the second destruction of Jerusalenu, from slaves. To be proud of knowledge, is to be were bereaved of all hopes of the restoration of blind in the light; to be proud of virtue, is to poi- their government to its former lustre, the notion son ourselves with the antidote ; to be proud of that the ministers of the Christian church sueauthority is to make our rise our downfall.” The ceeded to the character and prerogatives of the imperfection of our nature, our scanty knowledge, Jewish priesthood was industriously propagated contracted powers

, narrow conceptions, and mo- by the Christian doctors; and that, in conseral inability, are strong motives to excite us to quence, the bishops claimed a rank and charachumility. We should consider

, also, what punish- ter similar to that of the Jewish high-priest; the ments this sin has brought on mankind. See presbyters to that of the priests; and the deathe cases of Pharaoh, Haman, Nebuchadnezzar, cons to that of the Levites. One of the perniHerod, and others. 'How particularly it is pro- cious effects of this groundless comparison and hibited, Prov. xvi. 18; 1 Pet. v. 5; James iv. 6; pretension seems to have been, the introduction Prov. xxix. 23 ; what'a torment it is to its pos- 1 of the idea of a real sacrifice in the Christian sessor, Esther y, 13; how soon all things of a church, and of sacrificing priests. sublunary nature will end; how disgraceful it In the church of England, the word priest is renders us in the sight of God; angels, and retained to denote the second order in her hierarmen; what a barrier it is to our felicity and com- chy, but we believe with

very different significa. munion with God; how fruitful it is of discord; tions, according to the different opinions enternow it precludes our Osefulness, and renders ustained of the Lord's Supper. Some few of her really contemptible. See Humility. PRIEST, a person set apart for the perform- testantism, maintain that the Lord's Supper is

divines, of great learning, and of undoubted Proance of sacrifice, and other offices and ceremonies a commemorative and eucharistical sacrifice. of religion. Before the promulgation of the law These consider all who are authorized to admiof Moses, the first-born of every family, the nister that sacrament as in the strictest sense fathers the princes, and the kings, were

priests

. priests. Others bold the Lord's Supper to be a chizelec

, Job, Isaac, and Jacob offered them cross; and these, too, must consider themselves es their own sacrifices. Among the Israel

: as clothed with some kind of priesthood. Great priesthood was confined to one tribe, and it con-Thaps the majority, agree with

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PRIOR Tand, in maintaining that the Lord's Supper is a | by him, or was by the rest attributed to bin rite of no other moral import than the mere com- 4. There was no office above that of an afetle, memoration of the death of Christ. These can known to the apostles or primitivo church Fpi not consider themselves as priests in the rigid liv. 11; 1 Cor. xii

. 28.–5. Our Lord himse il do sense of the word, but only as presbyters, of clared against this kind of primacy, probaki ang which the word priest is a contraction, of the his apostles to affect, to seek, to assume, or was same import with elder. See Lord's SCPPER.

a superiority of power, one above another. Luke PRIMACY, the hiyhest post in the church. xxii. 14, 24 ; Mark ix. 35.-6. We do re tal The Romanists contend that St. Peter, by our any peculiar administration committed to še Lord's appointment, had a primacy or sovereign Peter, nor any privilege conferred on hin authority and jurisdiction over the apostles.- was not also granted to the other apostles, Jika This, however, is denied by the Protestants, and xx. 23 ; Mark xvi. 15.—7. In neither of Peter that upon just grounds. Dr. Barrow observes two catholic epistles, does there appear 2018 (Works, vol. i. p. 557,) that there are several mation or any pretence to this archapoxeta sorts of primacy which may belong to a person power.—8. In all relations which occur in so in respect of others. 1. A primacy of worth or ture about controversies of doctrine or practice, personal excellence.—2. A primacy of reputa- there is no appeal made to St. Peter's judoxe tion and esteem.—3. A primacy of ovler or bare or allegation of it as decisive, and no anum dignity and precedence.-4. A primacy of power built on his authority.-9. St. Peter Do a beste and jurisdiction. As for the first of these, a pri- appears intermedaling as a judge or delete? macy of worth, we may well grant it to Peter, paramount in such cases; yet where be dues admitting that probably he did exceed the rest himself deal with heretics and disorderly peacea of his brethren in personal endowments and he proceeds not as a pope decrering; bel capacities ; particularly in quickness of appre- apostle, warning, arguing, and persuading agis hension, boldness of spirit

, readiness of speech, them.--10. The consideration of the areas charity to our Lord, and zeal for his service. -- proceeding in the conversion of prope, in the 2. As to a primacy of repute, which St. Paul foundation of churches, and in adıninistratica di means when he speaks of those who had a spe- their spiritual affairs, will exclude any probe cial reputation, of those who seemed to be pil- bility of St. Peter's jurisdiction over time. They lars, of the super-eminent apostles, Gal. ii. 6, 9; went about their business, not by order or lerense 2 Cor. xi. 5; xii. 11, this advantage cannot be from St. Peter, but, according to special dinction those eminent qualities resplendent in him, and tolical ministry, the apostles nat being fised in of the illustrious performances achieved by him one place of residence, but continually moving beyond the rest. This inay be inferred from that about the world; the state of things at that time, renown which he hath had from the beginning; and the manner of St. Peter's tufe, tender it up and likewise from his being so constantly ranked likely that he had such a jurisdiction oser to in the first place before the rest of his brethren.-aposiles as some assign him.–12

. It was indeed 3. As to a primacy of order or bare dignity, im- most requisite that every apostle should have porting that commonly, in all mcetings and pro- a complete, absolute; independent authority ceedings, the other apostles did yield him the managing the duties and concerns of this arbat

, precedence, there may be some question ; for this that lie might not any wise be obstructed in the does not seem suitable to the gravity of such per- discharge of them, not clogged wiha bert: 18 sons, or their condition and circumstances, to consult others, not hampered with onders met stand upon ceremonies of respect; for our Lord's those who were at a distance.–13

. The site rules seem to exclude all semblance of ambition, course and behaviour of St. Paul towards all kind of inequality and distance between his Peter, doth evidence that he did uut arktes. apostles. But yet this primacy may be granted ledge any dependence on him, or any se as probable upon divers accounts of use and con- to him, Gal. ii. 11--14. If St. Peut had been venience; it might be useful to preserve order, appointed soverçign of the church, it sepultura and to promote expedition, or to prevent con- it should have been requisite that he shock bare fusion, distraction, and dilatory obstruction in outlived all the apostles; for otherwise, the content the management of things.-4. As to a primaey would have wanted a head, or there tekst bara importing a superiority in command, power, been an inextricable controversy who this or jurisdiction, this we have great reason to was. But St. Peter died long before S. Jeho deny upon the following considerations. 1. For all agree, and perhaps before divers olla real such a power it was needful that a commission apostles. from God, its founder, should be granted in abso From these arguments we must evident's et lute and perspicuous terms; but no such com- what little ground the church of Rwas last mission is extant in Scripture.-2. If so illustri- derive the supremacy of the pope trom the supe ous an office was instituted by our Saviour, it is posed primaey of St. Peter. strange, that no where in the evangelical or apostolical history there should be any express men withi a jurisdiction over other bishops. Ar

PRÍMATF, an archbishop who is in pati tion of that institution.-3. If St. Peter had been BISHOP. instituted sovereign of the apostolical senate, his PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANS, that she office and state had been in nature and kind very lived in the first nges of Christianits, esota distinct from the common office of the other the apostles and inunediate followers of our la apostles, as the office of a king from the office of PRINCIPLE, an essential truth from rb33 any subject ; and probably would have been sig others are derived; the ground or maut, we of nified by some distinct name, as that of arch. tion. See Disposition and DG TRINE. apostle, arch-pastor, the vicar of Christ, or the Hike; but no such name or title was assumed | nity to an abbot,

PRIOR, the head of a convent; pert in die

PROCESSION

PROFESSOR PRISCILLIANISTS, the followers of Pris- | the Father, even the Spirit of Truth which procillian, in the fourth century. It appears from ccedeth from the Father, He shall testify of me." authentic records, that the difference between The procession of the Holy Ghost, it is said, is their doctrine and that of the Manicheans was not expressly taught hy Christ, in very strong terms, very considerable ; for they denied the reality of in this text. This procession, it is alleged, is here Christ's birth and incarnation ; maintained that evidently distinguished from his mission; for it is the visible universe was not the production of said, “Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Supreme Deity, but of some dæmon or ma even the Spirit of Truth, which proceeds from lignant principle; adopted the doctrine of æons, the Father. If his mission and proceeding were or emanations from the divine nature; consider the same thing, there would be a tautology in the ed human bodies as prisons formed by the author words, his mission, according to that interpretaof evil to enslave celestial minds ; condemned tion, being mentioned twice in the same verse, marriage, and disbelieved the resurrection of the Dr. Watts, however, observes, that the proces. body. Their rule of life and manners was rigid sion of the Holy Ghost from the Father, respects and severe; the accounts, therefore, which many not his nature or substance, but his mission only; have given of their lasciviousness and intemper- and that no distinct and clear ideas can be formed ance deserve not the least credit, as they are totally of this procession; consequently it must be given destitute of evidence and authority. That the up as popish, scholastic, inconceivable, and inde. Priscillianists were guilty of dissimulation upon fensible." But, it is answered, what clear idea can some occasions, and deceived their adversaries by be given us of the originate, self-existent, eternal cunning stratagems, is true ; but that they held being of the Father? Shall we, therefore, deny. it as a maxim, that lying and perjury were law- him to be without beginning or end, and to be ful, is a most notorious falsehood, without even self-existent, because we know not how he is so? the least shallow of probability.

If not, why must we give up the procession of PROBITY, honesty, sincerity, or veracity.- the Spirit, because we know not the mode of it? "It consists in the habit of actions useful to so- We can no more explain the manner how the ciets, and in the constant observance cî the laws Spirit proceeds from the Father, than we can which justice and conscience impose upon us. explain the eternal generation and hypostatical The man who obeys all the laws of society with an union of the two natures of the Son. We may say exact punctuality is not, therefore, a man of pro- to the objector, as Gregory Nazianzen formerly bity: laws can only respect the external and defi- did to his adversary, "Do you tell me how the nite parts of human conduct : but probity re- Father is unbegotten, and I will attempt to tell you spects our more private actions, and such as it is how the Son is begotten, and the Spirit proceeds.” impossible in all cases to detine; and it appears The clearest and fullest account of this proto be in morals what charity is in religion. Procession, next to that in the above-mentioned text, bity teaches us to perform in society those actions is that in 1 Cor. ii. 12. “The Spirit which is of which no external power can oblige us to per- God;" that is (say the advocates for this doctrine) form, and is that quality in the human mind the Spirit which is the same in nature and esfrom which we daim the performance of the sence with the Father, and so is said to be of him, rights commonly called imperfect."

or out of him, not as to local separation, but with PROCESSION, a ceremony in the Romish respect to identity of nature, church, consisting of a formal march of the clergy About the eighth and ninth centuries there and people, putting up prayers, &c., and in this was a very warm dispute between the Greek and manner visiting some church, &c.' They have Latin churches, whether the Spirit proceeded processions of the host or sacrament ; of our Sa- from the Father only, or from the Father and the Tiour to mount Caltary; of the Rosary, &c. Son; and the controversy arose to such a height,

Processions are said to be of pagan original. that they charged one another with heresy and The Romans, when the empire was distressed, schism, when neither side well understood what or after some victory, used constantly to order they contended for. The Latin church, however, processions, for several days together, to be made has not scrupled to say that the Spirit proceeds to the temples, to beg the assistance of the gods, from the Father and the Son; but the Greek or to return them thanks.

church chooses to express it thus: the Spirit The first processions mentioned in ecclesiastical proceeds from the Father by or through the Son, history are those set on foot at Constantinople, by or he receives of the Son, Gal. iv. 6. See Holy St. Chrysostoin. The Arians of that city, being Ghost; Bishop Pearson on the Creed, p. 324; forced to hold their meetinys without the town, Watls's Works, Avo, ed. vol. v. p. 199; Hurrion sent thither night and morning, singing anthens. on the Holy Spirit

, p. 201; Ridgley's Div. qu. Chrysostom, to prevent their perverting the Ca- 11; Dr. Lightfoot's Works, vol. i. p. 482. tholics, set up counter-processions, in which the PROFANE, a term used in opposition to holy; clergy and people marched by night, singing and in general is applied to all persons who have prayers and hymns, and carrying crosses and not the sacred character, and to things which do ihmbeaux. From this period the custom of pro- not belong to the service of religion. Cissions was introduced among the Greeks, and PROIESSION, among the Romanists, dealterwards atnong the Latins; but they have sub- notes the entering into a religious order, whereby itel longer, and been more frequenily used in a person offers himself to God by a vow of invioEie Western than in the Eastern church, lably observing obedience, chastity, and poverty.

PROCESSION OF THE HOLY GHOST Christians are required to make a profession a terin made use of in reference to the Holy of their faith, I. Boldly, Rom. i. 16,-2. Explis Ghost, as proceedling from the Father, or from the citly, Matt. v. 16.–3. Constantly, Heb, x. 23. – Father and the Son. It seems to be founded on 4. Yet not ostentatiously, but with humility and alat passage in John xv. 26: "When the Com- meekness, urler is come, whom I will send unto you from PROFESSOR, a term commonly used in tha

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5. Certain as to their accomplishment. The con- pression, and of that inspired conviction, not to despair.-2. A motive to patience. 3. A call them, among a people not distinguished for p sideration of them should, I. Prove an antidote which the prophets wrote; and which enakin for prayer.-4. A spur to perseverance. See nius, to surpass, in every variety of compostas

licate cast, it must be recollected that the Pasan PROPHECY

PROPHECY religious world, to denote any person who makes / " A knowledge and manifestation of secret things en open acknowledgment of the religion of Christ, which a man knows not from his own sgadi

, or who outwardly manifests his attachment to nor from the relation of others, but by an eliza Christianity. Aú real Christians are professors, ordinary revelation of God from heaven." In the out all professors are not real Christians. In this Old and New Testaments the word is not always as in all other things of worth and importance, confined to the foretelling of future evenia we find counterfeits. There are many who be several instances it is of the same import with come professors, not from principle, from investi- preaching, and denotes the faculty of illustrating gation, from love to the truth; but from interested and applying to present practical purposes motives, prejudice of education, custom, influence doctrines of prior revelation. Thus, in Nebesa of connexions, novelty, &c. as Saul

, Jehu, Judas, it is said, "Thou hast appointed prophets Demas, the foolish virgins, &c. See article preach," 'ch. vi. ver. 7; and whoever speakers CHRISTIAN. Jay's Sermons, ser. 9; Mead's unto men to edification, and exhortativa

, el Almost Christian ; Bellamy's True Religion comfort, is by St. Paul called a prophet, delineated; Shepherd's Sincere Convert, and xiv. 3. Hence it was that there were schade of on the Parable of the Ten Virgins ; Secker's prophets in Israel, where young men were Nonsuch Professor.

structed in the truths of religion, and fitted ne: PROMISE is a solemn asseveration, by which hort and comfort the people

. It is prauben one pledges his veracity that he shall perform, or however, according to the first definitiva guan cause to be performed, the thing which he men- above, we shall here consider. tions.

Prophecy (with the power of working para The obligation of promises arises from the ne- cles) may be considered as the highest evalce cessity of the well-being and existence of society. that can be given of a supernatural candan "Virtue requires," as Dr. Doddridge observes, with the Deity. Hence, among the probado " that promises be fulfilled. The promisee, i. c. almost every religious system, there have been the person to whom the promise is made, ac- numberless pretenders to the gift of propers.co quires a property in virtue of the promise. The Pagans had their oracles, augurs, and so the ves uncertainty of property would evidently be at- modern idolaters their necroinancers and drinks tended with great inconvenience. By failing to and the Jews, Christians, and Mahometana ter fulfil my promise, I either show that I was not prophets. The pretensions of Pagans anal seperti sincere in making it, or that I have little con- tors, have, however, been justly resposred; tarde stancy or resolution, and either way injure my the Jewish and Christian prophecies cars with character, and consequently my usefulness in them evident marks of their valu'nty. Hence St life. Promises, howerer, are not binding, 1. If Peter observes, “We have a more sure word of they were made by us before we came to such prophecy, whereunto we do well to take berd 10 exercise of reason

as to be fit to transact affairs | unto a light that shineth in a dark place; for the of moment; or if, by any distemper or sudden prophecy came not in old time by the will of mer surprise, we are deprived of the exercise of our but holy men of God spake as they were parte reason at the time when the promise is made. by the Holy Ghost," 2 Pet. it 19. 21. Stripcure 2. If the promise was made on a false presump- prophecy, therefore, hath God for its oreza. tion, in which the promiser, after the most dili- did not arise from the genius of the raume

, the gent inquiry, was imposed upon, especially if temperament of the body, the inquence of our he were deceived by the fraud of the promised – stars, &c. but from the sovereign will of Giant 3. If the thing itself be vicious; for virtue can- The ways by which the Deity maube ku vet the accomplishment of the promise be so hard and angels, symbolic representations impulsors intolerable, that there is reason to believe that, mind, Numb. xii. 6; Jer. XIll. '

; Dz. had it been foreseen, it would have been an ex- 16, 17. cepted case.-5. If the promise be not accepted, As to the language of prophecy : “It ic" ** or if it depend on conditions not performed." Mr. Gray, “ remarkable for its magnificent See Doddridge's Lect

. lec. 69; Grot

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prophetic writer is distinguished here that lib. ii. cap. 11; Paley's Mor. Phil

. ch. 5, vol. i.; liar beauties; but their style in general mar de Grove's Mor. Phil. vol. ii. p. 2, c. 13; 'Wattss characterized as strong, anímated, and impremte Serm. ser. 20. rations of his word, in which he hath assured us real grandeur of its images, anal the mora poster king he will bestow blessings upon his people. The of its expressions. It is varied with stirbameyang be considered, 1. Divine as to their origin.lions. Its sudden bursts or cloquence is current 2. Suitable as to their nature.–13. Abundant as to warmth, its affecting sexhorta Lions to end their number. 249. Clear as to their expression. -- affora very interesting proofs of the line Clark on the Promises, a book that Dr. Watts the most admired productions

the of the seconden en Christian, among all their divided sects and par. appear sometimes to partake of ties in the world.” Buck's Serm. ser. xi. and in its original import signifies the prediction representations, and that the masculine online of future events.ad in pothue defined the world eius dignende topirit of the prophets led them wady

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