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ther, 'and no Man knoweth the Son but the Father, neither knoweth any Man the Father, fave'the Son, and be to whomsoever the Son will reveal bim. Matt. xi. 27. Speaking of his Sheep, that hear his Voice and follow him, he faith, My Father which gave them me is greater than all : And none shall be able to pluck them out of my Father's Hand. I and my Father are one. John X. 29, 30. When Philip. said, Lord, new us the Father, and it sufficeth us, Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long with you, and yet halt thou not known me, Philip ? He that hath feen me, bath seen the Father, and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me ? John xiv. 8, 9, 10. What a Grandeur is there in that Way of speaking to his Disciples, Let not your Hearts be troubled: Ye believe in God, believe also in me. John xiv. 1. If a Man love me, he will keep my Words : And my Father will love bim, and we (i. ę. my Father and I) will come unto him, and make our Abode with him., Ver. 23. And again, All Things that the Father bath are mine, therefore faid I, that He (i.e. the Holy Ghost) shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John xvi. 15. He declares, That, as the Father hath Life in himself, so bath be given to the Son to have Life in þimself. John v. 26. Finally, he represent

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eth it as the Father's Will, that all Men should honour the Son, even as they bonour the Father. John v. 23. And now upon reviewing these several Passages, to which many others might be added, did ever any Prophet, the most highly favoured of God, express himself after this Sort? Is there not fomething in this Manner of speaking that leadeth us to regard him as a Person of unparalleled Divine Dignity, and to whom no other was ever equal ? And it is to be obferved, that not only doth he express himself in this wonderful Strain in his Discourses to Men, to the Jews, and to his own Disciples, but even in his immediate Addresses to God. Remarkable to this purpose is that Prayer of his which is recorded in John xvii. What a Majesty may be observed in it, becoming his Nearness to the Father, yet ftill preserving a proper Subordination to him!' His Prayer is of as peculiar a Kind, as his Character, and as the Dignity of his Person. There appeareth in it not only the most ardent Love to God, and Zeal for his Glory, and the most unparalleled Benevolence to his Disciples and to Mankind; but there is an inimitable Dignity, a Divine Grandeur and Solemnity in it, becoming the Son of God infinitely dear to the Father, and which would have become no other : Father, the Hour is

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come to glorify tby Son, that' thy Son also may glorify thee. - As thou hast given bim Power over all Flesh, that he should give eternal Life, to as many as thou hast given bim; And this is Life. eternal that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou haft fent: - And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self, with the Glory which I had with thee, before the World was. - All mine are thine, (all my Things are thy - Things, as it might be properly translated)

and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. Father, I will that they also wbom thou hast given me be with me where I am, that they may bebeld my Glory which thou bast given me. For thou lovedst me before the Foundation of the World.

Another Thing that is to be obferved in our Lord's Manner of speaking concerning himself, is, that as he speaks in the Character of the Son of God, who was most near and dear to the Father, so he frequently representeth himself as the great and all-fufficient Sáviour of Mankind, through whom alone we can be restored to the Divine Favour, as the Giver of the Spirit, and not merely the Publisher, but the Author and Bestower of eternal Life. And this must certainly give him an Authority, vaftly superior to any other that ever pre

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tended to instruct Mankind. What Prophet, or holy Man of God, could ever declare in the same magnificent Terms, that he did concerning himself, My Sheep bear my Voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal Life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my Hand. John x. 27, 28. I am the Resurrection and the Life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet skall be live : And whosoever liveth and bea lieveth in fhall never die ; or shall not die for ever, or eternally. Yohni xi. 25, 26. This is the Will of him that sent me :--That every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, viz. with a practical vital operative Faith, should bave everlasting Life: And I will raise, him up at the last Day. John vi. 40. which he repeateth several Times in that Chapter, Ver. 39, 41, 44: - In Father's House are many Mansons; if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a Place for you. And if I go to prepare a Place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also. John xiv, 2, 3. I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no Man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Ib. Ver. 6. Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give gou Reft. Matt, xi. 28. I am the Vine, je

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are the Branches : 'He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much Fruit: For without me ye can do nothing. John xv. 5. He ascribeth to himself the Sending of the Holy Ghost : When the Comforter is come, whom I will send you from the Father, be all testify of me. John xv. 26. If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you ; but if I depart I will send him unto you. John xvi. 7. He (i. e. the Spirit of Truth) mall glorify me : For he mall receive of mine, and mall mew it unto you. Ib. Ver. 14...

To these may be added the Passages that relate to his being constituted the great Judge of the World, by whom the Dead shall be raised, to whom all Men must give an Account, and by whom their everlasting State shall be determined. Thus we find him declaring, As the Father raiseth the Dead, and quickeneth them, even lo the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no Man, (viz. immediately) but bath committed all Judgment to the Son. John v. 21, 22. The Hour is coming, in which all that are in their Graves skall hear bis Voice, and shall come forth, they that have done Good unto the Refurre&tion of Life, and they that have done Evil unto the Resurrection of Damnation. Ver. 28, 29. At the End of the World, the Son of Man

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