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TWO SERMONS

PREACHED BEFORE

THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED,

OBSERVATIONS

ON SOME PASSAGES IN

MR. BELSHAM'S « TRANSLATION AND EXPOSITION

OF THE EPISTLES OF PAUL THE APOSTLE."

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✓ AN INQUIRY INTO THE SENSE IN WHICH OUR SAVIOUR
JESUS CHRIST IS DECLARED BY ST. PAUL TO BE

THE SON OF GOD,

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MINISTER OF CHRIST CHURCH, BIRMINGHAM, AND ONE OF THE
UNIVERSITY SELECT PREACHERS FOR THE YEAR MDCCCXXIV.

Dogma enim de Deo Patre, Filio, et Spiritu Sancto, quod nostra supponit religio, res
mihi est tam sancta, ut extra divinam revelationem hic nihil sapere velim vel audeam, et
vera etiam meticulose scribam. Vitringa, Observat. Sacr. lib. v. c. 11.

OXFORD,

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS FOR THE AUTHOR:

SOLD BY J. PARKER, OXFORD; MESSRS. RIVINGTON, ST. PAUL'S
CHURCH YARD; AND J. HATCHARD, PICCADILLY, LONDON.

1824.

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Acts ix. 20.

And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues,

that he is the Son of God. WHEN Saul, who came down from Jerusalem to Damascus, “ breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord,” and armed with “ authority from the chief priests to bind all that called on his name?,” stood up

stood up in the synagogues of that city as a “preacher of the faith which once he destroyed b;" it was a circumstance which could not but excite the astonishment and curiosity both of the friends and enemies of Christianity. It is not wonderful that the latter should have been filled with rage and indignation by so signal and injurious a defection from their cause; and that, with characteristic cruelty, they should have taken counsel to kill him,” when they found that they “could not withstand the wisdom and spirit with which he spaked.” And the former might

a Acts ix. 1-14. c Acts ix. 23.

b Galat. i. 23.
d Acts vi. 10.

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