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xv. 21. ' For since by man came death, by man

came also the resurrection of the dead.' necessary he should be God, that his Sufferings might be of infinite Value: 1 John i. 7. 'The

blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all fin.' It was necessary he should be God and Man in one Person, that what of the Work was done by either of the Natures, might be reckoned the Deed of the Person of our Redeemer : AETS XX. 28. 'Feed the church of God, which he hath

purchased with his own blood.' John ii. ult. 'Je« sus needed not that any should testify of man : ? for he knew what was in man.'

Quest. 22. How did Christ, being the Son of God, become Man?

Anf. Christ the Son of God became Man, by taking to himself a true Body and a reasonable Soul, being conceived by the Power of the Holy Ghost, in the Womb of the Virgin Mary, and born of her, yet without Sin.

E XPLICATION. Chrift had a Being before he was Man: He was the Son of God by eternal Generation : Heb. i. 5. ' For unto which of the angels said he at any time, 'Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten

thee? And again, i will be to him a Father, and " he shall be to me a Son?' Prov. viii. 22. 23. The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his

way,

way, before his works of old. I was set up from • everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the

earth was? His becoming Man, was a voluntary Action in him, wherein himself was willing. ly active : Psal. xl. 6. 7. ' Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire, mine ears haft thou open

ed: burnt-offering and fin-offering halt thou not ' required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the vo

lume of the book it is written of me.' Heb. ii. 16. 5. He took on him the feed of Abraham,' He became Man, by taking to himself a true Body and a reasonable Soul. But he did not thereby take to himself a human Person; for then should he have been two Persons : But he did thereby take to him. self an entire human Nature ; for a Soul and a Body are the two parts whereof it consists.

Christ's Body was not the Appearance only of a Body, but a real human Body, of Flesh, Blood, and Bones, as our Bodies are : Heb. ii. 14. 'For.

almuch then as the children are parcakers of

flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part r of the fame.' Luke xxiv. 39. 'Behold my

hands • and my feet, that it is I myfelf: handle me, and • see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye

fee me have. His divine Nature was not in. stead of a Soul to him ; but he had also a human reasonable Soul; which was a created Spirit: Matth. xxvi. 38. My soul is exceeding forrow. 'ful, even unto death.' 'In Christ then, there were two Understandings, and two Wills ; name. ly, an infinite Understanding and will as he was God, and a finite Understanding and Will as he was Man: John xxi. 17.-'Lord, thou knowest

all things; thou knowest that I love thee.' Chap.

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X. 28. 29. 30.' And I give unto them eternal * life, and they shall never perish, neither shall

any pluck them out of my hand. My Father (which gave them me, is greater

than all : and none is able to pluck them out of my Fa

ther's hand. I and my Father are one. Mark xiii. 32. ' But of that day and that hour know. eth no man, no not--the Son, but the Father.' Luke xxii. 42. ' Father, 'if thou be willing, re• move this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.'

He was without Father, as he was Man: He was without Mother, as he was God: Heb. vii. 3. ( Without father, without mother, without de

scent, having neither beginning of days, nor end ? of life ; but made like unto the Son of God, a

bideth a priest continually.' But the Mother of Christ as Man, was the Virgin Mary, Matth. i. 18. 22. 23. She was a Woman of the Seed of Abraham, the Tribe of Judah, and Family of David: Luke iii. 23. 31. 33. 34. 'And Jesus himself be

gan to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of David,—which was the son of Juda,

which was the son of Abraham. He was conceived in her Womb: Luke i. 31. 'And behold,

thou fhalt conceive in thy womb, and bring ? forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.' But bis Conception was altogether miraculous; and was effected by the Power of the Holy Ghost : And the Work of the Holy Ghost in that Matter, was, that he formed the Body of Christ, in the Womb of his Mother: Luke i. 35. And the

angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of

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the rest ; even as one A Farthing : John xix. e had received the vi. Red: and be bowed his ft.' He redeems them by Strength of Light, ut of the Hands of their .essed be the Lord God isited and redeemed his

As he spake by the phets, which have been

that we should be saved nd from the hand of all 3. 74. ' The oath which Abraham, that he would e being delivered out of ies, might serve him without ption by Power, is begun id perfected in their glorithe last Day: Col. i. 13. livered us from the power translated us into the king

Rom. viii. 23. And not Ives also, which have the it, even we ourselves

grone iting for the adoption, to of our body.' i Cor. xv. that shall be destroyed, is

is to do or perform what d Christ, as our Redeemer, Offices; namely, the OR E 3

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as we are, yet without fin. Chap. vii. 26. For such an high priest became us, who is holy,

harmless, undefiled, separate from finners.' For though he was a Son of Adam, by his Conception and Birth, yet he came not of him in the Way of natural Generation.

Quest. 23. What Offices doth Christ execute as our Redeemer?

Ans. Christ, as our Redeemer, executęth the Offices of a Prophet, of a Priest, and of a King, both in his Estate of Humiliation and Exaltation.

EXPLICATION. : Christ redeems his People, by Price and by Power : Hof. xiii. 14. I will ranfom them from

the power of the grave: I will redeem them • from death : O death, I will be thy plagues ; "O grave, I will be thy destruction ; repentance

Thall be hid from mine eyes. He hath redeemed them by Price, giving himself a Ransom for them, in his holy Birth, righteous Life, and bloody Death and other Sufferings : 1 Tim. ii. 6. Jesus gave himfelf a ransom for all. Gal. iv. 4. 5.

God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made | under the law, to redeem them that were un

der the law. Phil. ii. 7. 8. *[Christ Jesus] made "himself of no reputation, and took upon him the ' form of a servant, and was made in the likeness

of men': and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto

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