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The CONTENT S.
Essay on the prophecies relating to the Messiah.
Pag. Of three general principles on which the following reason
ings are founded, relating to three properties of the prophecies concerning Chrift, necessary to make them proofs of Christianity, viz. I. That they are applicable to Christ truly ; 2. Peculiarly ; 3. That the things
contained in them could not be foretold by chance, The prophecies in view relate, either to Christ's person, his church, or his enemies,
Some prophecies not yet fulfilled, no objection, . . The contents of the prophecies are, either, 1. Do&rines;
or, 2. Miraculous and contested facts; or 3. Uncon
tefted facts, Doétrinal prophecies contain uncontested facts about the
professed faith and worship of Christ's church of the second general principle, . - 5 Some characters are peculiar and singular taken separate
Common characters joined with these add to the evidence, A combination and series of characters that are of them
selves common, if taken separately, may yet make a
fingular and peculiar description of one person, . Of the third general principle, There are innumerable things which cannot be foretold by human fagacity, or by chance,
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perfon, described as the Light of the Gentiles.
telted, Some prophecies about the enlightening of the Gentiles,
expressly ascribe that work to one eminent person ; 0thers not. Some of these prophecies more general, fhort, and obscure ; others more full, clear, and parti
cular, Of this last kind are Isaiah xlii. xlix. lii. 13. to liv. lv. 11. 10
Two things needful to be considered in treating on these
passages : 1. Proofs that they are parallel ; 2. That they
only to the conversion of nations under the New,
Whatever prophecy speaks of one sent of God, who was
to be in a peculiar manner the author of our falva-
tion, must be parallel to Isaiah xlix.
Isaiah xlii. Proofs of its being parallel with Isaiah xlix. 17
phets, and particularly Isaiah xlii. defcribe the con-
version of the Gentiles,
Other prophecies afferting, or fupposing, the ascension of
an extraordinary person to heaven, parallel to this,
They teach the incarnation of a divine person,
into three forts : 1. Some join divinity and characters of
All these three forts parallel to one another; to prophe-
cies which speak of the Lord's coming to the world,
former prophecies about the light of the Gentiles,
ters of a singular nature found to be the same in both,
What secondary characters of incomparable glory are con-
tained in those formerly cited, as to the offices, and ex.
present life, . .