Excerpt from A Collection of Pieces and Tracts: Illustrative of the Faith of Those Christians Who Hold the Principles of the Unity of God, and the Salvation of Sinners by His Free Grace in the Gospel
From all God's dispensations for the government of mankind, in matters of re... ligion, it is plain that though he a¿'ords evidence sufiicient to convince im partial judgments, yet there is none of such a na ture as to confound their understandings, and com. Pel their assent. But had Christ come from heaven in the full brightness of his father's glory had he made his first appearance publicly among the Jewish rulers, proclaiming his divine commission, and de. Mandin g their immediate submission to his autho rity, by a train of stupendous miracles, so that none of them should have been able to withstand him; this method, beside its giving too much countenance to the wrong notions they had entertained of the Messiah's kingdom, and encouraging them to come into it without proper qualifications, and upon princi ples directly Opposite to its real constitution and de sign; this would have been too violent and overbear[7.
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