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Of the Power and Authority of
[Preached on Trinity-Sunday. ]
St M A T T. xxviii. part 18, 19, 20. All power is given unto me in Heaven and in Earth: Go je therefore, and teach all Nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft: Teaching them to obferve all things whatfoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always even unto the End of the World.
UR Saviour in his laft Dif
the Lord's Supper, and was going out
SER M. in order to be betrayed: and had warned IV. them of their approaching Sorrow, ch. xxvi. 31; All ye shall be offended because of Me this Night; for it is written, I will fmite the Shepherd, and the Sheep of the Flock fhall be fcattered abroad; proceeds in the next verfe to allay their Grief, and fupport them against Defpair, by giving them a remote profpect of Light after Darknefs, and of Comfort that fhould fuccced That melancholy Scene: But after I am rifen again, faith he, I will go before you into Galilee. into Galilee. What he intended to Do in Galilee, he did not then think fit to explain to them more distinctly ;But Galilee being the place wherein they had used to converse most freely with him, and where they had with pleasure heard the greatest part of his divine Difcourses; it gave them a general Hope or Expectation, that after the prefent Time of Trouble, and after their leaving Ferufalem the conftant place of Perfecution; when he fhould be rifen again, (the meaning of which, whether it was literal or only figurative, they feemed not then fully to understand; but when it were fulfilled,)
they thought they fhould again converse SER M. with him freely and fafely, in their antient places of retirement in Galilee.
AFTER his Refurrection, This Promife was renewed and confirmed to them, by the Angel appearing to the Women at the Sepulchre, and faying, -tell his Difciples,
Mar. xvi. 7; Go,
-that he goeth bethere fhall ye fee And the Ful
-and he that he
fore you into Galilee;
SER M. Afcenfion, he furnished them with all proper Directions relating to the Doctrine of the Gospel, which they were to preach and propagate over the whole World. A Summary or fhort Abridgement of which Inftructions, is delivered down to us in the Words of the Text: All Power is given unto me in Heaven and in Earth: Go ye therefore, and teach all Nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft: Teaching them to obferve all things whatfoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even unto the End of the World.
THE words contain in brief, the whole Syftem of Christian Doctrine: And, for Method's fake, we may obferve in them diftinctly the following particulars; 1, An Account of the Extent, of our Saviour's Power; that he is invefted with All Power, both in Heaven and Earth. 2dly, A Declaration, of the Original of that unlimited Power and Authority; All Power, faith he, is given me, i. e. from the Father. 3dly, The Commiffion he thereupon grants his Difciples; Go Ye therefore, and
teach all Nations; 4thly, The Doctrine, SER M. which all Nations were to be taught, and into which they were to be baptized; A Baptizing them in the Name of the Father, hand of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft. ngthly, The Practice, of thofe who were
to be baptized into this Faith; Teaching : them to obferve all things whatsoever I bave commanded you; And Laftly, The Promife of effectual Affiftance, to the Dif ciples fent forth upon This Commiffion; And lo, I am with you always, even unto the End of the World.
Ift, HERE is an Account, of the Extent of our Saviour's Power and Authority; that he is inverted with All Power, both in Hea ven and Earth. The Jews, in their expectations of the Meffiah, imagined to themselves the Character of a Temporal Prince, whọ fhould deliver them from the Yoke of their Enemies, and reduce all the World under their Dominion; who should fubdue the People under them, and the Nations under their Feet: who fhould choose out an Heritage for them, even the Excellency of Jacob whom he loved; Pf. xlvii. This indeed our Saviour bas begun, and G 2