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ent reason to believe the revelations which he makes to

us: and we must believe his authority over us, and that
he will reward our obedience to his laws, and punish our
breach of them ; otherwise there would neither be suffi-
cient obligation nor encouragement to obedience. These,
and many other things, are supposed to be true, and na-
turally known to us, antecedently to all supernatural re-
velation ; otherwise the revelations of God would sig-
misy nothing to us, nor be of any force with us.
3. All reasonings about divine revelations must neces-
farily be governed by the principles of natural religion;
that is, by those apprehensions which men naturally have
of the divine perfeótions, and by the clear notions of
good and evil which are imprinted upon our natures: be-
cause we have no other way to judge what is worthy of
God, and credible to be revealed by him, and what not,
but by the natural notions which we have of God, and
of his essential perfections; which, because we know him
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