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SER. II.
PREACHING AN
whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!—So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Rom. x. 13, 15, 17.

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Mark, xvi. 15, 16.

"That repentance and remission of sins should
be preached in his name among all nations." Luke, xxiv. 47.

"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word," John, xvii. 20.

"Peter said, Ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the Gospel, and believe." Acts, xv. 7.

"An angel—said unto him, [Cornelius] Send—for Simon, whose surname is Peter; who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved." Acts, xi. 13, 14.

Words whereby thou shalt be saved;—Pause here, and consider this remarkable case at large, as it is related in the New Testament. To the subject immediately before us, it is very important. Observe the character of Cornelius—the divine testimony concerning him—the import of the words of the Angel, as to the necessity of his having the outward knowledge of the Gospel, in order to his salvation. Observe particularly that the Angel did not communicate this knowledge to him; neither did the Holy Spirit communicate it, (i.e. immediately) though undoubtedly he could have done so, but a man must do