John Brine, Sermons

A Discourse Preached By John Brine At The Rev. Mr. Thompson’s Meeting-House, In A Monthly Exercise Of Prayer, With A Sermon, February The 19th, 1761. Published At The Request Of Some Who Heard It.

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”—2 Peter 1:21

The Apostle exhorts us, in the preceding part of the context, reverentially to regard the writings of the prophets. And in order to enforce his exhortation, he introduces the words which I have read. In treating the text, I would first, explain the terms and phrase used therein, and then, advance a doctrinal proposition from them.

First. Prophecy is the knowledge and revelation of things, not discoverable by natural light, whether past, present, or future. Things past are matter of prophecy. For instance, the order of creation which Moses gives, the account of; that could not possibly be discovered by reason. The great Creator, in an immediate and supernatural manner, made known to Moses how he proceeded in the formation of all things which exist. Present things also were…

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