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that he was p the Christ ; that his forerunner 9 was more than a prophet, and yet that the least in the evangelical kingdom was greater than he ; that he had power on earth to forgive sins; that the works which he did in his Father's name bare witness of him ; that his prophecies might lead his disciples to believe in him ; that all things must w be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning him ; that the Fathers had sanctified him, and sent him into the world ; that the words which y he spake, he spake not of himself, but as his Father - taught and commanded him ; that whoever despised him, despised the Father a who sent him; that he was b the Saviour of the world, the way, the truth, the d resurrection, and the life ; that no man came to the Father but by him; that he and the Father f were one ; that all & judgment was committed unto him, to the end that all might honour the Son, even as they honour the Father ; that h all things were delivered to him by the Father, and that none knew the Son but the Father : he commands that his disciples should be i baptized into his name, together with that of the Father and of the Holy Spirit ; he declares that he * shall sit on the throne of his glory, and all his holy angels with him, and that before him, as King and Judge, shall all nations be gathered ; and one of his latest assurances to his disciples is, that all power was given unto him in heaven and in earth.

P John iv. 26. Mark xiv. 62.

9 Matt. xi. 9. rib. v. 11. # Matt. ix. 6. Jolin v. 36. x. 25. a ib. xiii. 19.

w Luke xxiv. 44 * John x. 35. y John xiv. 10. . ib. viii. 28. xii. 49. · Luke x. 16. b John iii. 17. © John xiv. 6. dib. xi. 25. eib. xiv. 6. fib. x. 30. & ib. y. 22, 3.

* Matt. xi. 27 "ib. xxviii. 19. * Matt. xxy. 31, 2, 4.



OUR Lord represents God as prompted by a more than paternal affection a to give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him ; he says that he cast out "demons by the Spirit of God; that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit was an irremissible crime; that he would not leave his disciples in an orphan state, but would pray the Father, who should give them d another Advocate, even the Spirit of truth which proceeded from the Father, and should testify of our Lord's divine mission ; that this Holy Spirit should speak in the disciples, when they were delivered up to councils, rulers and kings; that the same heavenly Paraclet and 'Guide should teach the disciples all things, should lead them into all the truth, and bring all things to their remembrance whatsoever our Lord had said unto them ; that he should shew them things to come; that he should s glorify our Lord, for he should receive of his and shew it unto them, all things being his which the Father had ; and that into the name of the Holy Spirit, together with that of the Father and of the Son, all should be baptized.

| Matt. xxviii. 18. • Luke zi. 13. • Matt. xii. 28. Matt. xii. 31. d John xiv. 16, 18. XV. 26.

e Mark siii. 9, 11f John xvi. 13. xiv. 26. & ib. xvi. 14, 15.




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THE design of our Lord's incarnation and death is thus represented by him. He a came not to de. stroy the law, but to fulfil it. Heb came not to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. The Son c of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost. He laid down his life, 4 that he might take it again. He came not to judge the world, but to

God sent him into the world, that the world through him might be saved : 8 and that whosoever believed in him should have everlasting life. He was the good shepherd, who gave his life for the sheep. For the sake of his disciples he sanctified himself; that they also might be sanctified through the truth. That the world might know that he loved the Father, and as the Father gave him "commandment, even so he did. He came to give his life i a ransom for many. His blood was "shed for many, for the remission of sins.

h Matt. xxviii, 19. a Matt. v. 17. • Matt. ix. 13. Luke xix. 10. Matt. xviii. 11.

d Jolin x. 17.

• John xii. 47. Fib. jii. 17. dib. jü. 16. lib. x 11. i ib. xvii. 19. Wib. xiv. 31. I Matt. xx. 28. * ib. xxvi. 28.

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CONCERNING the future invisible state, and the terms of our final acceptance or rejection, our Lord has thus instructed his followers. Believe a in God; believe also in me. This is everlasting life, to know the only true God, and him whom he hath sent, even Jesus Christ. He c that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved ; but he that believeth not shall be condemned. God d so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and be. lieveth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life ; and shall not come into condemnation, but passeth from death unto life. I & am the resurrection and the life : he that believeth on me, though he die [on earth] yet shall he live [hereafter:] and whosoever liveth (in the future state] and believeth in me, shall never die. By thy " words thou shalt be justified,


- John xiv. 1. See Syr.

John xvii. 3. The words Inczy Xgisèr seem a marginal note crept into the text; though they occur in all the MSS. and versions. < Mark Ivi. 16. i. e. shall be in a state of salvation, and of condemnation. John iii. 16. John vi. 47. John v. 24. & ib. xi. 25. h Matt. xii. 37. Sec also c. v. 22.

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and by thy words thou shalt be condemned : [they being capable of merit and demerit, as well as thy thoughts and actions.] i Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.

* Blessed are the mer. ciful; for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart ; for they shall see God. "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be! condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. m But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. If ye know these things,” happy are ye if ye do them. Ye are my friends, if oye do whatsoever I command you.


ye love me, P keep my cominandments. Why call ye me, Lord, Lord; and I do not the things which I say? Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heav. en; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. If thou wilt enter into life, • keep the commandments. Love God and thy neighbour, and thou shalt live. Depart from me, all ye "workers of iniquity. Depart from me ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels : " for I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat ; I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink ; I was a stranger, and ye took me not in ; naked, and ye clothed me not ; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these my brethren, ye did it not to me. In the


i Luke xi. 28. * Matt. v. 7, 8. "Luke vi. 37. m Matt. vi. 15. John xiji. 17.

14. pib. xiv. 15. 9 Luke vi. 46. * Matt. vii. 21. sib. xix. 17

Luke x. 27,8. . ib. xiii. 27. Matt. vii, 23.

"ib, xxv. 41-5.

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