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hundred brethren at once : (1 Cor. xv. 6) and last of all, he was seen of me, saith St. Paul, as one born out of due time. (verse 8) And are not these things a clear proof that Jesus is the Son of the living God. Now I say, when we read the Old Testament, and there see how the Law and the Prophets, and their prophecies foretel of the birth, and the life, and the sufferings, and the death, and the resurrection and ascension of our Lord, and so then look into the Gospel, and there we see all that the Prophets have said concerning hinn have been fulfilled by him. Now, seeing these things are so, then what hard heart can deny him, and say. that he is not the Saviour of the World. And again, there are more proofs in the word of God, that he is the Messiah that should come into the world; and if you take pleasure in looking through the whole of my Works, by God's help, you will find much consolation to your souls. Now the Scripture is the word, and the foreknowledge of God, revealed unto holy men, and fulfilled by the Lord Jesus; and for a proof of Christ that he is the Son of God, hear what Saint Matthew saith :—And Jesus when he was baptized went up straightway out of the water, and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, aud lighting upon him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (Matt. iii. 16, 17.) Is not this enough to convince us all that he is our peace and rest, when this voice came from the excellent glory. And again you may find another clear proof that he is the Son of the blessed: now when Peter, James and John were up in the mountain with our Lord, then they saw his glory, and he was transfigured before them, and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And behold there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him; and behold a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him: now this voice they heard, and was sore afraid, but their Lord comforted them. (Matt. xvii. 2.) And it appears that Peter never forgot it-for he speaks of it in his Epistle--for he saith, that Jesus received from God the Father, honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; and this voice, saith Peter, which comes from heaven, we heard when we were with him in the Holy

Mount. (2 Peter i. 17.) And again, when he was in humble duty to his Heavenly Father, and teaching the people the way of life, and in his prayer he said, Father glorify thy name, then came there a voice from heaven, saving, I have both glorified it and will glorify it again, and the people that stood by and heard it, said that an angel spake to him. (John 12 xxviii.) And surely I think that the eyes of these bright celestial ones above, was upon their Lord, and watched him throughout all his life and sufferings, even to the grave. And what heart can conceive, or whạt tongue can express the joy that there was in heaven when they met with their Lord again in heaven, in his glory, for he was in glory with the Father before the world was. For again, hear what he saith, O Father, saith he, glorify thou me with thine ownself, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. (John xvii. 5.) Therefore, by these things it is a clear proof that he is in the Father, and the Father in him ; and by his love and kindness he is the delight of heaven. And again, when holy Stephen was brought to suffer for a righteous cause, he being full of the Holy Ghost, looked


into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and said, behold I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. (Acts vii. 56.) And now, behold him changed from the manger and the cross into his everlasting glory: for John, the divine, saw in the spirit the one like the Son of inan clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle; his head, and his hairs, were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were as a flame of fire, and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace, and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength, and when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead, and he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, fear not, I am the first and the last. I am he that liveth and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Rev. i. 13.) I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star, And the spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, come.

And let him that is at thirst, come: and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Rev. xxii. 16.) Even so be it, Lord Jesus, Amen, and Amen.




The Miracles of Christ.

This is an excellent Book, and it contains most of the Miracles which our Blessd 'Lord wrought while he was upon the Earth, and this work is drawn up together, and you have it in one view by chapter und verse, with some esay and plain explanations thereto; and I will venture to saythat this work is well worthy of your notice.

In 1997!!2013 Now, we still see the tender mercy, and goodness of our blessed'Lord and Saviour towards poor afflicted, and helpless, and miserable sinners. O Lord, when thou began to preach the Gospel of thy, love, thou began to show mercy, and to heal all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease among the people, for thou healed them that were tormented, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were luñatick, and those that had the palsy, (Matt. iv. 23, 24,), and many more, as follows: for there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord if thou wilt thou canst make me clean, and Jesus put forth his hand and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean, and immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (Matt. viii. 2.) And again we see, by faith and humiliation, how the Centurian besought the Lord to heal his servant, for he knew how his servants were in duty bound to do as he bid them, and to come and to gồ at his call; therefore the Centurian knew that he had a master,"even Christ, in which he himself was 'in duty bound to pay

the same respect to; and by so doing he obtained the sweet grace of his Lord. And it'appears unto, me that his faith and humiliation was 'imputed unto him for righteousness, for his servant was healed in the self same hour. (Matt. viii. 13.) 0, how thou art admired in thy courts, O Lord, and

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had in remembrance with them that are round about thee. And again, when Jesus was come into Peters' house, he saw his wife's mother laid and sick of a fever, and he touche: her hand, and the fever left her, and she arose and ministered unto them; and when the even was come they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils, and he cast out the spirit with his word, and healed all that were sick, (Matt. viii. 14, 15, 16) that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses. (Isaiah liii. 4.) And be hold his mighty acts upon the deep waters; for when he was upon the sea with his disciples, behold there arose a great tempest in the sea, inson:uch that the ship was covered with the waves of the sea, and he rebuked the winds, and assuaged the rolling waves, so that there was a great calm, and che men marvelled, saying, what manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him? (Matt. viii. 24.)

Now when Jesus was come into his own city, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed, and Jesus seeing their faith, had compassion upon him, and forgave him his sins, and healed him, but the Scribes judged him as a blasphemer, because he forgave sins, and they did not believe in the only begotten Son of God. (Matt. ix. 2, 3, 6.) And there came a certain ruler unto Jesus, and worshipped him, saying, my daughter is even now dead, but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live; and Jesus arose and followed him, and so did his disciples. And behold a woman which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him and touched the hem of his garment, for she said within herself, if I

but touch his

garinent I shall be whole ; but Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her he said, daughter, be of good comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole : and the woman was made whole from that hour. (Matt. ix. 20.) It

that this

poor woman was sore afflicted for a long time, and probably it was the way in which the Lord saw good to humble her soul; and it may be that she had tried many means, but could not be healed; but now the Lord had great mercy upon her, and gave her grace to believe in the Lord Jesus ; and it seems that she came unto her Lord in faith, and in much assurance, and in a very



and manner, so the Lord was pleased to comfort her and to restore her whole again, because she believed in the goodness of her Lord and them,

Saviour, and by faith, that certain ruler obtained mercy and grace in the sight of the Lord, for he restored his daughter again, and be presented her to her father again alive, because he believed in the name of the Lord. (Matt. ix. 18, 25.) And again, and two blind men cried unto our Lord and said, thou Son of David have mercy on us; and Jesus saith unto believe

ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him

yea, Lord; then touched he their eyes, saying, according to your faith, be it unto you—and their eyes were open. (Matt. ix. 30.) And so, O Lord, be thou pleased to open the eyes of our understanding that we be not blinded by the mist of eternal darkness.

And behold they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil; and when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake, and the multitudes marvelled, saying, it was never so seen in Israel. (Matt. ix. 32.) And very true, and it is true that Moses and the Prophets did many miracles, but their Lord Jesus excelleth them all. For all their works were done by the efficacious power, and virtue, and goodness of our Lord. Therefore the Lord saith, the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them; and blessed is he whosoerer shall not be offended in me. (Matt. xi. 5.) But the Scribes and Pharisees were offended in him, because he done good on the Sabbath day; for there was a poor man stood in the midst of them on the Sabbath day, with his right hand withered; and they watched him whether he would heal on the Sabbath day, that they might find an accusation against him. And Jesus had compaasion on the man, and looking round about upon them all; he said unto the man, stretch forth thy hand; and he did so, and his hand was restored whole as the other; and they were filled with madness, and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus, and how they might destroy his precious life, (Luke vi. 10, 11 -see Matt. xii. 14--and see my little Book, called The Sufferings of Christ) and they grieved his spirit. Then was brought unto him, one possessed with a devil, blind and dumb, and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw, and all the people were amazed (Matt. xii

. 22) when they saw his gracious works. But still the Pharisees were offended in him, and grieved his holy spirit. But, O Lord, who would not love thee, seeing that thou

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