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In Four Parts.
John vi. 67, 68, 69.
go away? Then Simon Peter answered him,
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HEBREWS vii. 25.
uttermost, that come unto God by him, seeing
In Three Parts.
MATTHEW xi. 6. Blessed is be whosoever fhall not be offended in me,
N the foregoing Part of this
many even of his Disciples went back, and
put this Question to the
Twelve, Will ye also go away? To which St. Peter, in the Name of all, made answer, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the Words of eternal Life. And we believe, and are sure, that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. In this Answer there are three Things expressed, or implied, as the Ground of their Constancy and Adherence to Christ:
I. The first is, The miserable Condition they should be in, if they did forsake him, having no other in whom they could trust: Lord, to whom shall we go?
II. The second is, The Excellency of his Religion, and the certain Means it afforded of obtaining that which is the great End of Religion, a blessed Life after this: Thou haft the Words of eternal Life.
III. The third is, The Authority and divine Commission of Christ, upon which their Faith and Confidence were built: We believe, and are sure, that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. To believe, because we have fufficient Reason to determine our Belief, is a rational Faith; and this is what is meant. in the Word éyvállapey: We believe, because we have, from the Things we have heard. and feen of you, determined with ourselves, That thou art the Chriji, the Son of the living God.