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HE Subject of the following Papers, is a Doctrine of the greatest
Importance in Religion; à Matter not to be treated of slightly and carelesly, as it were by accident only, after the manner of superficial controverfies about Words, or of particular occasional questions concerning the meaning of single ambiguous Texts; but which ought,
when difcoursed upon at all, to bé examined thoroughly on all sides, by a serious study of the Whole Scripture, and by taking carethat the Explication be conGiftent with it self in every part.
I have, according to the Weight and Dignity of the Subject, considered
it throughout as carefully and diftinctly as I was able ; and desire only,thatthe Reader,when he begins the Book,would peruse it All, and consider seriously every Part, and compare the Whole of what is here said, with other Whole Schemes, before he passes his judgment upon it.
SE CT. IV.
CH A P. II.