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those; whom thou hast given me, that they may be joined together in the unity of the Spirit; and may be so of one heart, as thou, O Father, and I, are of one nature and essence.
XVII. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in. thy name : those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled While I was visibly with them in the world, I was ready upon all occasions to sustain, and comfort, and instruct them; and, as by the personal execution of that power of a Mediator, which 'thou hast committed unto me to preserve and keep them: even all those, whom thou gavest to my peculiar charge and attendance, have Í yet more specially watched over and kept from the peril of temptations; so as not one of them is lost: only Judas, who was of old ordained to this condemnation, miscarrieth; not through any neglect of mine, but through his own wilful wickedness; so as in him is that Scripture fulfilled, which the Psalmist said of him long ago, Let his days be few, and let another take his office. Psalm cix. 8.
XVII. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. Sanctify thou them, O Lord, and purge them from all evil and corrupt affections, by the power of thy Gospel: which is the word of truth, and the power of God to salvation to every believer.
XVII. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also Inight be sanctified through the truth. For their sakes I have sanctified and consecrated myself to this work of mediation, to become a holy and all-sufficient sacrifice unto thee; that the holiness of my perfect obedience might be derived unto them, that they, through this my word of truth, might be sanctified unto thee.
XVII. 21 That they all may be one ; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. That they may be perfectly joined in the unity of faith and love, and may make
up one entire body, whereof I am the Head; even as thou, O Father, art one with me, as I am Mediator betwixt thee and men: and, by the virtue of this union, all, that I have received from thee, is communicated unto them, and they become one with us; that by this full accord and unity, that is between them, the world may be convinced of the efficacy of my coming into the world, and of my divine power and authority, putting me upon this great work, and effecting it by me.
XVII. 22, 23 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one : I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one, The glory, which thou hast put upon me, as Mediator, I have not so received for myself, or so reserved to myself, as not to communicate it unto them, which are the members of my body: I have stamped them with the same glorious impression, that they may be one in themselves and in me; as we are one, not only by an
eternal communication of essence, but by an inseparable conjunction of the Manhood with God: Thou, () Father art in me, as Mediator; and I, as such also, am in them by my Spirit, working effectually in them, to unite them perfectly in one, both with themselves and with us.
XVII. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am ; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me. O Father, it is the utmost of all my endeavours and desires, that all those faithful ones, whom thou hast given me, may enjoy the full participation of my glory; and that, for this end, they may be received up, at last, into that heavenly kingdom, whither I am going before them, and be there present with me for ever.
XVIII. 11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath; the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? It is not for thee, to make opposition to this violence, which they are now going about to offer unto me: my Father's will must be fulfilled; and dost thou go about to prevent my sufferings? Since this Passion of mine is set forth and determined unto me, by the decree of my Heavenly Father, shall not I cheerfully and resolutely undergo it? or, is it for thice to struggle against it?
XVIII. 28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the
Passover. Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas, unto the house of Pilate: and it was early, even before day; and they themselves went not into the house of that heathen governor, lest they should be defiled by going in thither; as being careful to keep themselves from all le. gal pollution, that they might be capable of eating the Passover.
XVIII. 29 Pilate then went out unto them, and said, IVhat accu. sation bring ye against this man ? Since, therefore, out of this scruple, they would not come under the roof of Pilate, Pilate came forth unto them, and said, &c.
XVIII. 32 That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die. That, hereupon, the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which be spake concerning his lifting up to the Cross; foretelling what manner of death he should die: since this was an execution proper to the Romans, under whose sovereignty they were, of whom also he had clearly fore-prophesied, That the Son of Man should be delivered into the hands of the Gentiles.
XVIII. 36 My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, &c. I am falsely accused to thee, as if I had challenged an earthly kingdom to myself, or made any opposition against the politic government of secular princes: I have indeed preached of a kingdom, wbich I have right unto; but it is a spiritual kingdom, to be set up in the souls of men, which doth not at all clash with these earthly dominions. Had I affected any such matter as a temporal kingdom, in all likelihood thou wilt imagine, that I would have set up my servants and followers, to gather forces and make a head against the usurpers; but now cc.
XVIII. 37 Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a King. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Jesus answered, I am, that which thy question implieth, a King indeed; but such a one, as I have formerly declared unto thee: I must deliver this truth unto thee, and to the world; for to this very end came I into the world, that I should inform the world of this saving truth: and, howsoever this seems harsh unto thee, yet every one, who is rightly enlightened with the knowledge of the truth, will receive it with all assent and reverence.
XVIII. 38 What is truth? What is that Truth thou talkest of ? Is there no body, thinkest thou, that can discerni of truth, but thou and thy followers?
XIX. 4 Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Behold, since ye will not come in to hear his accusation and defence, I do therefore bring him forth to you, to let you know, that I cannot find any fault at all in him, for which I may justly proceed against him; only, since you have complained on him, as a man that affects a kingdom, I have here brought him forth to you, in a rovalty fit for him.
XIX. 7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our lazer he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. If thou, being a stranger in matters of religion, canst find no fault in him, yet we, that are Jews, know his offence to be capital; neither do we offer him to punishment, as out of our own spleen and malice, but in a conscionable obedience to our law: for, we have a law, which inflicteth death upon a blasphemer; and we know and urge, that whatsoever mere man shall call himself the Son of God, blasphemeth: this man, whom we take to be no other than he seemeth, hath called himself the Son of God, and, therefore, by our law, ought to die.
XIX. 8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid. When Pilate heard this plea and pretence of theirs, he was more troubled in himself; out of a fear, lest, if he should not satisfy this vehement rage of the multitude, some tumult might follow upon it, to his danger and prejudice.
XIX. 11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. I am indeed now, by my own yoluntary dispensation, in thy power, and stand before thee, as my Judge: but, know thou, that this power of thine is not absolute and independent; but is committed unto thee from a higher hand, to which thou must be accountable: this authority is put into thy band, by that God, whose tribunal is above thine; and, therefore, since all judiciary power is of his ordination, their sin is so much the greater and more heinous, who, to cloke their own malice, bave had this recourse to abused authority, as seeking colourably to kill me under a false pretence of justice.
XIX. 26 Woman, behold thy son! Hitherto, in my personal presence with thee, I have provided for thee, and comforted thee as a mother justly dear unto me; but now, that I shall no longer continue upon earth, I do commend thee to the love and care of this my beloved disciple.
XIX. 28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. After this, Jesus, knowing that he had exactly performed all that was required of him, before the full consummation of his Passion, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which saith of him, in his Type, They gave me vinegar to drink, he said, I thirst.
XIX. 30° It is finished. Now, I have done that I came for: I have both done and suffered all, that was requisite for man's redemption: my life and the law are now fulbilled.
XIX. 31 For that sabbath was a high day. For that Sabbath was a high day; by reason, that there was a concurrence of the Passover and the Sabbath, both at once, in that one day.
XX. 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and Jesus saith unto her, Make not so eager haste to lay hold on me, as if I were going away from thee; for I am not yet ascending to my Father: but, go to my disciples, whom I have lately conversed familiarly with, as with brethren, go to them, and say unto them, I arose from the dead; not with any purpose to continue with you upon earth, but that I might ascend up to my Father in heaven; yea, to your Father also, in that he is mine : ye are his children by adoption, as I am by nature; and, as fellow-heirs with me, shall be received up in due time to the participation of the same glory, which I now go to take possession of.
XX. 19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. On the Sunday night, when the doors were close shut up in the room, where the disciples were secretly gathered together for fear of the Jews, who maliciously made enquiry for them, with an intent of their further persecution, came Jesus in miraculously
amongst them; and, suddenly standing in the midst of them, said unto them, Peace be unto you.
XX. 21 As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. I was sent by my Father, to preach the Gospel, in my own person, to the world; and, afterwards, to substitute and surrogate those, which should, in my name, carry the same message: now, therefore, the same commission, that I received from my Father, I do here put over unto you: ye have been heretofore the messengers of this glad tidings to Judea; now, I design and appoint you to the same errand, unto all the parts of the world.
XX. 22, 23 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
And he breathed upon them; as by that sensible sign, giving them assurance of that spiritual power, which he endued them withal; and said, Receive ye the Holy Ghost; be ye by me ordained for worthy and effectual instruments of my service, in my Church; and be furnished, by this act of mine, with such a measure of grace and supernatural abilities, as may assure you, that ye are set apart for this great employment of my Apostleship; and shall, ere long, receive the full measure of those miraculous gifts, which I have intended to you: Whose soever sins ye do remit, whether by way of public doctrine or particular application of your Apostolic sentence, they are remitted to them, in heaven; and whose sins soever ye retain, whether by general doctrine or by special censure, they are retained by God, and shall be fearfully imputed to the offenders: these acts of yours both ways, as also of your true and lawful successors, shall be accordingly ratified in heaven.
XXI. 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
Now, when Simon Peter heard, by the voice of the disciple whom Jesus loved, that it was the Lord, he put upon him an upper coat; for he was clad, after the manner of fishers, with some close inner garment only; and, having girt it unto him, did cast himself, in the vehemence of his desire to come unto Christ, into the sea.
XXI. 12 And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
And the disciples, seeing such assured proofs and clear evidences that it was the Lord, durst not, for shame, move any question thereof; as if they could conceive any doubt of so manifest and undeniable a truth.
XXI. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Simon, the son of Jona, thou hast shewed much fervent affection