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What think ye of Christ? 346 Year of our Lord 26. Št. John world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 1 He came bunto his own, and his own received him not. 12. But as many as a received him, to them gave he* power [Or, the right, or, privilege] to become the fons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14. And the Word > was (1) made

flesh, were framed by the Word of kers of a divine Nature, having God.

escaped the Corruption that is in 1 Cor. 1.21. -The World by the World through Luft. + 1 Joh. Wisdom knew not God.

3. 1. Behold, what manner of Love o See on Mat. 10. 6.

s the Father hath bestowed on us, Luk. 19. 14. His Citizens bao that we should be called the Sons ted him, and sent a Message after

of God. him, saying, We will not have e + See on Joh. 3. 3, 5. this man to reign over us.

Mat. 'I. 16, 23.

-of whom d of Ifa. 56.5. Even unto them 10 (Mary) was born Jesus, who is calwill I give in mine House, and led Chrift

. Behold, á Virgin fhall within my Walls, a Place, and a be with Child, and shall bring Name better than of Sons and forth a Son, and thou fhalt call Daughters: I will give them an his Name Emmanuel, which being everlasting Name that shall not be 15 interprered, is God with us. Lak. cut off. + Rom. 8. 15. Ye have 1. 35. Behold, thou fhalt conceivė not received the Spirit of Bondage in thy Womb, and bring forth a again to fear; but ye have received Son, and shalt call his Name Jesus. the spirit of Adeption, whereby we † Luk. 2. 7. She brought forth her cry, Abba, Father. t Gal. 3. 26.20 first born Son. ti Tim. 3. 16, Ye are all the Children of God by -God was manifeft in the Fles:Faith in Christ Jesus. † 2 Pet. i. 1 Joh. I. 2. The Life was manifefed, 4. Whereby are given unto us ex and we have seen it.ceeding great and precious Promises; 8 † Rom 1. 3. Concerning his that by these you might be Parta- 25

Son (1) If we consider what is affirmed both here and in the References, we shall see Reason to distinguish between the Divine and Humane Na. ture in the Person of Christ. The Term word, expresses his divine Na ture: The Word being made Flesh, or Man, his humane Nature. He was of the Seed of David according to the Flesh, and he was the Son of God in such a Sense as belongs to no other person, and therefore God. This Diftinction is of great Importance in the Disputes that are unhappily on foor concerning the ever bleffed and adorable Trinity, for the removing many Difficulties, particularly fome that arise from Expressions in this Gospel, as where our Lord says, My Father is greater than 1, &c. I will therefore add one place of Scripture, which, without any' Explication

, feems to me to establish such Diftin&tion, namely, those Questions Lord purs to the Pharisees, Mar. 22. 42,&c.

Whose Son is he? They say unto him, the Son of David. He faitda unto them, How then doth David in Spirit call him Lord, saying, The

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Wisdom, Knowledge, Virtue, Aslistance, &c. in such Proportions and

- flesh, and dwelt among us (and we i beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) k full of grace

and truth. 15. T'John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I fpake, m He that cometh after me, is preferred before me ; for hen was before me.

16. And of his o fulness have all we received, and (1) grace for grace. 17. For the P law was given by Moses, but (2) grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18. 9 No man hath

seen Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which them, Verily verily I say unto you, was made of the Seed of David ac Before Abraham was, I am. cording to the Flesh. † Gal. 4. 4: Joh. 3. 34. God giveth not -God sent forth his Son made of the Spirit by measure unto him. a Woman.

Phil. 2.7. [Christs Joh. 15. 5. -Without me ye can Jesus] was made in the Likeness of' do nothing. * Col. 1.19. The Words Man.

under Ver. 14. of Col. 2. 9, 10. In 5. Heb. 2. 14. Forasmuch then him dwelleth all the Fulness of the 11 as the Children are Partakers of Godhead bodily. Ye are compleat

Flesh and Blood, he also himself io in him, which is the Head of all likewise took part of the same. Principality and Power. + 2 Pet. 1.17. + See on Mat. P + Exod. 20. 1, bc.

9 Exod. 33. 20. Thou canst not + Col. 1. 19. It pleased the Fa. See my Face : for there shall no Man ther, that in him thould all Fulness 15 see me and live. Deut. 4. 12. The

dwell. † Col. 2.3,9. In whom Lord spake unto you out of the s's are hid all the Treasures of Wisdom midst of the Fire: Ye heard the

and Knowledge. For in him dwel. Voice of the Words, but Saw no SiTe leth all the Fulness of the Godhead militude, only ye heard a Voice. a bodily.

20 Ecclefiaft. 43. 31. Who hath seen : Joh. 5. 33. Ye sent unto him, that he might tell us ? and Jobm, and he bare Witness unto the who can magniñe him as he is ? Truth. See on Mat. 3.11.

A&t. + Mat. 11. 27. -Neither knoweth 13. 24. John had first preached be any Man the Father, save the Son,

25 and be to whomsoever the Son will 27, 30. + Joh. 3: 31

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the Father ; and who the Father is, : Joh. 8. 58. Jesus said unto

but (1) The full Sense of this Verse seems to be : Of kis Fulness have all we received [Fulness) and Grace for or in Proportion to [his] Grace. There is in Christ Jefus an infinite Fulgess of divine Perfections

. The Spirit given to him without measure ; and from him are derived to us we are capable of receiving them.

Clark's (2) God's gracious Design to help, aflift, and Pardon penitent and returning Sinners of every Nation and Country, and to bestow Eternal Life

was not made known in the Law of Moses, as it is discovered in the Gospel of Christ, who is the Truth and Substance, and was signified and prefigured by the typical Obfervances in the Law.

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him. 19. And this is the a record of John, when the Jews sent Priests and Levites from Je

rusalem, to ask him, Who art thou ? 20. And he o confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 21. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not.

Art thou * that Prophet [Or, a Prophet] ? And he answered, No. Taid they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us: what sayeft thou of thy felf? 23. He said, I amd the voice of one crying in the wilderness

, Make straight the way of the Lord, as faid the prophet Esaias. 2.4. And they which were sent, were of the Pharisees

. 25. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizeft thou then, it thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that Prophet? 26. John answered them, saying, • I baptize with water : but there ftandeth one among you, whom ye

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but the Son, and he to whom the 0 1 Joh. 3. 28. Ye your felves Son will reveal him. Joh. 6. 46. bear me Witness, that I said, I am Not that any Man bath seen the not the Chrift, but that I am fent Father, fave he which is of God, before him.''+ A&s 13.25. As John he hath seen the Father. 1 Tim. 1. sfulfilled his Course, he said, whom 17. Unto the King Eterna), Im think ye that I am ? I am not he. mortal, Invisible.

1 Tim. 6. But behold there cometh one after 16.-Whom no Man hath seen, nor me,whose Shoes of his Feet I am not can see.

1 Joh. 4. 12, 20. No worthy to loose. Man hath seen God at any time.- 10 ct See on Joh. 7: 40. He that loveth not his Brother d* Mat 3. 3. + Isa. 40. 3. See whom he hath seen, how can he on Mar. 1. 3. : Joh. 3. 28. The love God whom he hath not seen ? Words under Ver. 20. a + Joh. 5. 33. The Words under See on Mat. 3. II.

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(1) God is a Spirit, and cannot be seen with mortal Eyes. Our know Jedge of him in this Life is but imperfe&t. It is in the other State we are to expe&t to fee him as he is. Jacob is indeed, Gen. 32. 30. said to have Seen God Face to Face, and moses to have seen and talked with him; these Expressions are not to be understood literally, but as spoken after the manner of Men ; for they only signifie God's revealing and discovering himself to them in a inore full and clear manner than to others; they do not imply that they saw his Ellence; for no Man can see him as He is in himself and live. By the Coming of the Son of God inco che World, who is in the Bosom of the Father, and is the image of the invisible God, we Christians have a more diftin& Knowledge of the Will and Ac

. tributes of God, than those who lived before, though favoured with ima mediate Revelacions by God.

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lead 10 Sin, Ihould live unto ere healed, 1 Joh. 1. 7. If we”

t; 27. : He it is who coming after me, is preferred ne, whose shoes latchet I am not worthy to unloose. se things were done in h Bethabara beyond Jordan, ohn was baptizing. 29. The next day John seeth ming unto him, and faith, Behold i the Lamb of hich * taketh [Or, bearethí k away the fin of the

30. ? This is he of whom I said, After me cometh hich is preferred before me: for he was before me. 11 m knew him not : but that he should be made ma- Ifrael, therefore am I come a baptizing with water. ' 1 John ° bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descendn heaven, like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33. knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with

the same faid unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see rit descending and remaining on hini, the same is he

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walk in the Light, as he is in the ily baptized with the Bap Light, we have fellowship one with Repentance, saying unto the another, and the Blood of Jesus that they should believe on Christ his Son cleanseth us from all It lould come after him, Sin. Joh. 2. 2. He is the Propion Christ Jesus.

tiation for our Sins, and not for ours adg. 7. 24. Come down a only, but also for the Sins of the he Midianites, and take be whole World.

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no Sin. ) the Slaughter. † A&ts 8. it Ver. 15, 27 Like a Lamb dumb before m See the Note on Mat.3. 14. arer. + 1 Pet. 1.19. With n.: Mat. 3.6 Were baptized of cious Blood of Christ, as of him in Jordan, confefsing their without Blemish, and with

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Sins. Rev. 5. 6. - In the Nat. 3. 16. Lo, the Heavens if the Elders stood a Lamb

were opened unto him, and he savo d been slain.

the Spirit of God descending like a Tim. 1. 15. This is a faith-20 Dove, and lighting upon him. ing, and worthy of all Ac + Mar. 1. 10. He saw the Heavens on, that Christ Jesus came

opened, and the Spirit like a Dove the World to save Sinners. descending upon him. + Luk 3.22. ?. 14. How much more shall The Holy Ghost descended in a bodily ood of Christ, who through 25 Shape like a Dove upon him, and ernal Spirit offered himfelf 25

a Voice from Heaven, which said, ut Spot to God, purge your

Thou art my beloved Son, in thee ince from dead Works to serve I am well pleafed. iving God? 1 Pet. 2. 24

pt Mar. 3. 11. He fall baphis own self bare our fins in his tize you with the Holy Ghost, and Body on the Tree,that we be: with Fire. ::: Ačts 1. s. John tru.

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which baptizeth with the holy Ghoft. 34. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. 35. q Again the next day after, John stood, and two of his disciples: 36. And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he faith, - Behold the Lamb of God." 37. And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38. Then Jesus turned and faw them following, and faith unto them, What feek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master) where * dwelleft [Or, abidest] thou? unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was as bout the (1) tenth hour. 40. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was • Andrew, Simon Peters brother. 41. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and faith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted,' * the Christ [Or, the anointed]. 42. And he brought him to Jefus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Ce phas, which is by interpretation, * a stone [Or, Peter]. 43,

The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and faith unto him, Follow me. Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45. Philip findeth Nathanael, and faith unto him, We have found him of whom f Moses in the law, and the 3 Prophets

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Forma nor Comeliness: and when et Joh. 21. 2. There were we shall see him, there is no gether Simon Peter, and Thomas 15 Beauty that we should defire him. called Didymus, and Nathanael of * Mich, s. 2. But thou Bethlehem Cana in Galilee.

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