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And in Jesus Christ, &c.

In whom

SERMON XIII.

OF THE TRUTH AND DIVINITY OF THE
CHRISTIAN RELIGION.

EPH. i. 13.

ye also (trusted), having heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation.

THAT our religion in gross is true and agreeable SERM.
to reason, is a ground upon which the truth of its XIII.
single doctrines and articles of faith doth lean; it is
therefore requisite that it first be well supported, or
that we be thoroughly assured thereof. Being there-
fore engaged at other times to discourse upon the
particular points of Christian doctrine, which sup-
pose this general one; I shall take occasion collate-
rally in these exercises to insist upon this subject;
supposing in those, what in these we shall endea-
vour to prove; so both avoiding there such grand
digressions, or the treating upon matters not directly
incident; and supplying here what seems necessary
or useful there to the confirmation of our faith.

Now in the words I did now read, St. Paul styles
the Christian doctrine (and in many other places of
scripture it is also so called) the word of truth, (that

BARROW, VOL. v.

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The ground of this accusation was surely a great

mistake, arising from their not distinguishing that
belief, whereby we embrace Christianity itself in
gross, from that belief, whereby in consequence to the
former we assent to the particular doctrines thereof:
especially to such as concern matters supernatural, or
exceeding the reach of our natural understanding to
penetrate or comprehend. For as to the first kind,
that belief whereby we embrace Christianity itself, as
true in the gross; I say, it is nowise required upon
such terms; our religion doth not obtrude itself
upon men in the dark, it doth not bid men to put

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