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GROUNDS OF CHRISTIANITY
EXAMINED, BY COMPARING THE
CHRISTIANITY is founded on Judaism, and the New Testament upon the Old ; and Jesus of Nazareth is the person said in the New Testament to be promised in the Old, under the character and name of the Messiah of the Jews, and who as such only claims the obedience, and submission of the World. Accordingly it is the Design of the Authors of the New, to prove Christianity from the Old Testament; which is said Jo. 5 : 39, to contain the words of Eternal Life: and it represents Jesus and his Apostles, as fulfilling by their Mission, Doctrines, and Works, the Predictions of the Prophets, and the Law: which last is said to prophecy of, or to typify Christianity.
Matthew, for example, proves several parts of Cliristianity from the Old Testament, either by asserting them to be things foretold therein as to come to pass under the Gospel Dispensation ; or to be founded on the notions of the Old Testament,
Thus he proves Mary's being with child by the Holy Spirit, and the Angel's telling her she “ shall bring forth a Son, and call his name Jesus ;” and the other circumstances attending his miraculous birth; Jesus? birth at Bethlehem; his Flight into Egypt; the slaughter of the Infants ; Jesus dwelling at Nazareth, and at Capernaum, in the borders of Zabulon, and Napthali; his casting out Devils, and healing the sick; his eating with Publicans and sinners; his speaking in Parables that the Jews might not understand him; his sending his Disciples to fetch an ass, and a colt; the Children's erying in the Temple; the Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead; Jesus' being betrayed by Judas, and Judas' returning back the thirty Pieces of silver, and the Priest's buying the Potters' Field with them; and his hanging himself ; &c. &c. All these events, and many more, are said to be fulfillments of the Prophecies of the Old Testament, see Mat. 1, 2: and 4 chapters, and ch. 8: v. 16, 15, and ch. 9: 11, 13, and ch. 13 : 13, ch. 21 : 2-7. 10, 16, ch. 22: 31, 32, ch. 26 : 54, 56, ch. 27: 5 10.
Jesus himself is represented as proving the Truth of Christanity thus. He joining himself to two of his Disciples, (Luke 28: 15—22,) after his resurrection, who knew him not, and complaining of their mistake about his person, whom they now took not to be the Messiah, beeause he had been condemued to Death, and crucified: he observing their disbelief of his resurrection, which had been reported to them by “certain women of their acquaintance," upon the credit of the affirmation of angels, said unto them “O Fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the Prophets have spoken. Ought not Christ (i.e. the Messiah) to have sufferred these things, and to enter into his Glory ? and beginning at Moses, and all the Prophets he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” .
Again he discoursed to all his Disciples, putting them in mind, that, before his Death, he told them (Luke 24 : 44, 46, 47,) that “all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms concerning him ;" adding, “thus it is written, and thus it behoveth Christ (i.e. the Messiah) to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day; and that repentance, and remission of sins should be preached in his Dame, beginning at Jerusalem.”
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