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my Father: and no man knoweth the all men should honour the Son, even Son but the Father; neither knoweth as they honour the Father: he who any man the Father, save the Son, honoureth not the Son, honoureth and he to whomsoever the Son will not the Father which hath sent him. reveal him.-Matt. xi. 27.
John v. 17, &c. The woman of Canaan came to What and if ye shall see the Son of Jesus and worshipped him, saying, man ascend up where he was before? Lord, help.-Matt. xv. 22. 25. xiv. -John vi. 62. 33. xxviii. 9.
Jesus said unto them, Verily, veThe eleven disciples went, &c. rily, I say unto you, Before Abraham where Jesus had appointed them; was, I am.--John viij. 58. and when they saw him, they wor- Dost thou believe on the Son of shipped him, &c. And Jesus came God? and Jesus said, &c. Thou and spake unto them, saying, All hast both seen him, and it is he who power is given unto me in heaven, talketh with thee, &c. and he worand in earth. Go ye therefore and shipped him.—John ix. 35–38. teach all nations, baptizing them in My Father, who gave them me, is the name of the Father, and of the greater than all: and none is able to Son, and of the Holy Ghost.--Matt. pluck them out of my Father's hand. xxviii. 16-20.
Í and my Father are one, &c. BeWhy doth this man thus speak blas- lieve the works; that ye may know phemy? Who can forgive sins but and believe that the Father is in me, God only, &c. But, that ye may and I in him.-John x. 29, 30.33.35, know that the Son of man hath power 36. 38. on earth to forgive sins, he saith unto Jesus knew that Lazarus was dead. the sick, &c. Arise.-Mark ii. 7. -John xi. 14. 9-11.
He who believeth on me, believeth In the beginning was the Word, not on me, but on him who sent me. and the Word was with God, and the And he who seeth me, seeth him who Word was God, &c. The world was sent me. John xii. 44, 45. made by him, &c. And the Word Jesus knowing, &c. that he was was made flesh, &c.—John i. 1, 2. come from God, and went to God. 10. 14.
John xiii. 3. Jesus, &c. knew all men, and needed If ye had known me, ye should have not that any should testify of man: known my Father also: and from for he knew what was in man.- henceforth ye know him, and have John ii. 24, 25. Matt. xii. 25. seen him. Philip saith unto him,
No man hath ascended, &c. but he Lord, shew us the Father and it sufwho came down from heaven, even ficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have the Son of man, who is in heaven. I been so long time with you, and yet -John iii. 13.
hast thou not known me, Philip? He Jesus answered them, My Father who hath seen me, hath seen the Faworketh hitherto, and I work, &c. ther, and how sayest thou then, Shew The Jews sought the more to kill him, us the Father ? believest thou not that because, &c. he said, God was his Fa- I am in the Father, and the Father in ther; making himself equal with God, me? The words that I speak unto &c. The Son can do nothing of him. you, I speak not of myself: but the self, but what he seeth the Father do: Father who dwelleth in me, He doeth for, whatsoever things he doth, these the works. Believe me, that I am in also doth the Son likewise, &c. As the Father, and the Father in me, &c. the Father raiseth up the dead, and Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, quickeneth them, even so the Son that will I do, &c. I will pray the quickeneth whom he will, &c. That Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with Christ came, who is over all, God, you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, blessed for ever, Amen.--Rom. &c. I will come to you, &c. He ix. 5. who loveth me, &c. I will love him, With all that in every place cali and manifest myself to him, &c. And upon the name of Jesus Christ our my Father will love him; and we will Lord.—1 Cor. i. 2. come unto him, and make our abode The Spirit searcheth all things, with him, &c. The Comforter, the yea, the deep things of God. For, Holy Ghost, whom the Father will what man knoweth the things of a send in my name, he shall teach you. man, save the spirit of man which is -John xiv, 7-11. 13, 14, 16–18. in him ? even so the things of God 21.23. 26.
knoweth no man but the Spirit of When the Spirit of truth is come, God.-1 Cor. ii. 10, 11. &c. he will shew you things to come: Know ye not that ye are the temple He shall glorify me, for he shall re- of God, and that the Spirit of God ceive of mine, and shew it unto you. dwelleth in you ?-1 Cor. iii. 16. All things which the Father hath are He who is joined unto the Lord, is mine: therefore said I, that he shall one spirit, &c. Know you not that take of mine, and shall shew it unto your body is the temple of the Holy you, &c. Whatsoever ye shall ask Ghost, who is in you, which yehave the Father in my name, he will give of God? &c.—1 Cor. vi. 17.19. 2 Cor. it you, &c. I came forth from the vi. 16. Father, and am come into the world; To us there is but one God, the again I leave the world, and go to the Father, of whom are all things; and Father, &c.—John xvi. 13-15. 23. one Lord Jesus.- 1 Cor. viii. 6. 27, 28. 30.
Neither let us tempt Christ, as Now, O Father, glorify thou me, some of them also tempted, and were &c. with the glory which I had with destroyed, &c.—1 Cor. x. 9. thee before the world was! &c. And Now the Lord is that Spirit; and all mine are thine, and thine are mine, where the Spirit of the Lord is, and I am glorified in them, &c. that there is liberty, &c. Even as by the they all may be one, as thou Father art Spirit of the Lord (or of the Lord the in me, and I in thee.-John xvii. 5. Spirit).—2 Cor. iii. 17, 18. 10.21.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, Thomas answered and said unto and the love of God, and the comhim, My Lord and my God!-John munion of the Holy Ghost, be with XX. 28.
you all.--2 Cor. xiii. 14. Why hath Satan filled thine heart God hath sent forth the Spirit of to lie to the Holy Ghost? &c. Thou his Son into your hearts, &c. --Gal. hast nut lied unto men but unto God, iv. 6. &c. How is it that ye have agreed Through him, we both have an together to tempt the Spirit of the access by one Spirit unto the Father, Lord ?--Acts v. 3, 4.9.
&c. in whom you also are builded toStephen, calling upon God, and gether foran habitation of Godthrough saying, Lord Jesus receive my spirit! the Spirit.- Ephes. ii. 18. 22. &c.-Acts vii. 59.
All things were created by him and Peter said to Æneas, Jesus Christ for him; and he is before all things, maketh thee whole: arise.-Acts and by him all things consist.--Col. ix. 34.
i. 16, 17. Heb. i. 2, 3. The Church of God, which he hath The mystery of God, and of the purchased with his own blood.-Acts Father, and of Christ; in whom (or XX. 28.
wherein) are hid all the treasures of Of whom as concerning the flesh, wisdom and knowledge, &c. for in him dwelleth all the fulness of the wise God our Saviour, &c.— Jude godhead bodily.-Col. ii. 2, 3. 9. 4. 25.
Now God himself, and our Father, All the churches shall know that I and our Lord Jesus Christ, directour am he which searcheth the reins and way.-1 Thess. iii. 11.
hearts.-Rev. ii. 23. Now our Lord Jesus himself, and See more of Christ's Excellency, God, even our Father, &c. comfort Chap. v.; more of the Spirit, CHAP. your hearts.—2 Thess. ii. 16, 17. xix.
God our Saviour, and the Lord Jesus Christ our hope: grace, mercy,
CHAP. IV. and peace from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, &c. I thank OF MAN, IN HIS FIRST ESTATE, Jesus Christ our Lord, who hath en- wherein HE WAS CREATED; AND abled me, for that he counted me, OF HIS FALL. &c.—1 Tim. i. 1, 2. 12. Rom. i. 7. 1 Tim. ii. 3. 2 John 3.
First, Of his first State. Great is the mystery of godliness: And God said, Let us make man in God was manifest in the flesh, justi- our image, after our likeness; and fied in the Spirit, seen of angels, let them have dominion over the fish &c. received up into glory.—1 Tim. of the sea, and over the fowl of the iii. 16.
air, and over the cattle, and over all According to the commandment of the earth, and over every creeping God our Saviour, &c. grace, mercy, thing that creepeth upon the earth. and peace from God the Father, and So God created man in his own the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. image, in the image of God created -Titus i. 3, 4.
he him, male and female created he Looking for, &c. the glorious ap- them. And God blessed them; and pearing of the great God and our God said unto them, Be fruitful, and Saviour Jesus.-Titus ii. 13. iji. 4. multiply, and replenish the earth, and
Christ, who through the eternal subdue it, and have dominion over Spirit, offered himself. Heb. ix. 14. the fish of the sea, &c.-Gen. i. 26
Let all the angels of God worship -29. Ps. viii. 5—7. him. Unto the Son he saith, Thy Adam gave names to all the creathrone, O God, &c.—Heb. i. 6. 8. tures which were brought to him...
The prophets, &c. searching what, Gen. ii. 19, 20. &c. the Spirit of Christ which was God hath made man upright, &c. in them did signify.—1 Pet. i. 10, 11. –Eccles. vii. 29.
God, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ.—2 Peter i. 1.
Secondly, Of his Fall. Hereby perceive we the love of The manner and occasion of man's fall, God, because he laid down his life at large.—Gen. iii. 2 Cor. xi. 3. for us.- John iii. 16.
God made man upright: but they There are three who bear record have sought out many inventions. in heaven; the Father, the Word, Eccles. vii. 29. and the Holy Ghost; and these By one man sin entered into the three are one, &c. His Son Jesus world, and death by sin: and so death Christ: this is the true God, &c.— passed upon all men, for that (or in 1 John v. 7. 20.
whom)all have sinned, &c. If through Peace from God the Father, and the offence of one man many be dead, from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son &c. The judgment was by one to conof the Father.—2 John 3.
demnation, &c. For if, by one man's Denying the only Lord God, and offence (or one offence) death reigned our Lord Jesus, &c. To the only by one man, &c. by one man's dis
obedience, many were made sinners. and the judgments against Egypt, -Rom. v. 12. 15–19.
his heart was still hardened against I fear, lest as the serpent beguiled God, and would not yield; though the Eve through his subtilty, so your magicians acknowledged the finger of minds should be corrupted, &c.— God.--Exod. vii. viii. ix. x. 2 Cor. xi. 3.
Ahab hardened.-1 Kings xxii.
Saul excuseth his disobedience, upon THIRDLY, Of Man's State by Nature, pretence that the people preserved since Sin entered.
the cattle for sacrifice.-1 Sam. xv.
15. 19. 21. Sect. I. Corrupt, Unclean, and
Saul's cruelty, in causing Abimedesperately Wicked.
lech and above fourscore priests to ADAM, ready to excuse his sin, laid be slain without cause.—1 Sam. xxii. it upon Eve; and Eve laid it upon 14-18. the serpent.-Gen. iii. 12, 13.
Absalom had a tent spread upon Cain was very wroth, and his the top of the house, and went in countenance fell, because God had unto his father's concubines, in the not respect unto his offering, as unto sight of all Israel.--2 Sam. xvi. 22. Abel's; and he rose up against his Ahab had sold himself to work brother, and slew him.-Gen. iv. 5. 8. evil in the sight of the Lord, &c.
And God saw that the wickedness None like unto Ahab, who did set of man was great in the earth, and himself to work wickedness in the every imagination of the thoughts of sight of the Lord.—1 Kings xxi. 20. his heart (or the whole imagination, 26. Ps, cxli. 4. 9. 1 Kings xxii. purposes, and desires) was only evil Ahaziah, being sick, sent to an idol, continually, &c. The earth also was to inquire ; and after sent a captain corrupt before God: and the earth with his fifty to take the prophet, was filled with violence, &c. for all whom God destroyed with fire; yet fesh had corrupted his way upon the he sent again and again.—2 Kings i. earth, &c.-Gen. vi. 5. 11, 12. 2. 9-13.
The imaginations of man's heart The King of Israel said, This evil are evil from his youth.-Gen. viii. is of the Lord: what should I wait 21. xi. 4.
for the Lord any longer ?—2 Kings The wickedness of Sodom, at the vi. 33. time when God came to destroy it.- Hazael, when the prophet had told Gen. xix.
him how wicked he should be, said, Esau sold his birthright for a mess Is thy servant a dog? &c.—2 Kings of pottage.-Gen. xxv, 30-33. vüi. 11-13.
Esau hated his brother, because of Rabshakeh said, What confidence the blessing wherewith his father is this wherein thou trustest, &c. blessed him: and Esau said in his Let not Hezekiah deceive you, &c. heart, &c. then will I slay my brother neither make your trust in the Lord, Jacob.-Gen. xxvii. 41.
&c. Hath any of the gods of the Joseph's brethren hated him, could nations delivered at all his land? &c. not speak peaceably to him, and en- Who, &c. hath delivered, &c. that vied him; they conspired against him the Lord should deliver Jerusalem to slay him, and covered it with a lie. out of my hand ? &c.—2 Kings xviii. -Gen. xxxvii. 4. 11. 18—20.23, 24. 19. 29, 30. 32, 33. 35. Isa. xxxvi.
And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, xxxvii. that I should obey his voice to let The words of Sennacherib, who Israel go? I know not the Lord, hath sent him to reproach the living neither will I let Israel go.--Exod.v.2. God,&c. Whom bast thou reproached
After all the wonders Moses wrought, and blasphemed, and against whom
hast thou exalted thy voice? &c. in his heart, God hath forgotten; he Even against the Holy One of Israel, hideth his face, he will never see, &c. by thy messengers thou hast re- Wherefore doth the wicked contemn proached the Lord, &c.—2 Kings xix. God ? &c.-Ps. x. 4. 7. 11. 13. I. 16. 22, 23. 2 Chron. xxxii. 9, &c. 17, &c.
King Ahaz did wickedly, and in With our tongue will we prevail : the time of his distress did he trespass our lips are our own: who is Lord yet more against the Lord: this is over us?—Ps. xii. 4. that king Ahaz.—2 Chron. xxvii. The fool hath said in his heart, 19. 22.
There is no God. They are corrupt; Israel laughed to scorn and mocked they have done abominable works: the messengers of Hezekiah, who er- there is none who doeth good, &c. horted them to repent.—2 Chron. xxx. They are all gone aside; they are all 6, 7. 10, &c.
together become filthy (or stinking): The chief of the priests and the there is none who doth good, no, people transgressed very much after not one.-Ps. xiv. 1-3. liii. 1-3. all the abominations of the heathens, Eccles. ix. 3. &c. And the Lord, &c. sent to them He deviseth mischief upon his bed; by his messengers, &c. but they he setteth himself in a way that is not mocked the messengers of God, and good.-Ps. xxxvi. 4. Prov. iv. 16. despised his words, and misused his I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin prophets, until the wrath of the Lord did my mother conceive me.-Ps.li.5. arose, &c. till there was no remedy. The wicked are estranged from the -2 Chron. xxxvi. 14-16.
womb; they go astray as soon as Who can bring a clean thing out of they are born, speaking lies, &c.an unclean thing? Not one.-Job Ps. lviji. 3—5. xiv. 4. Ezek. xvi. 3, &c.
Pride compasseth them about as a What is man, that he sliould be chain : violence covereth them as a clean? or he who is born of a woman, garment, &c. They are corrupt and that he should be righteous ? &c. speak wickedly, &c. They set their Yea, the heavens are not clean in his mouth against the heavens, and their sight: how much more abominable tongue walketh through the earth, &c. and filthy is man, who drinketh ini. They say, How doth God know? and quity like water?--Job xv. 14–16. is there knowledge in the Most High? xxv. 4.
- Ps. Ixxiij. 6. 8, 9. 11. xciv. 4. 7. The wicked say, &c. Depart from Job xxiv. 14, 15. us, for we desire not the knowledge The wrath of God came upon them, of thy ways. What is the Almighty, and slew the fattest of them, &c. that we should serve him ? and what for all this they sinned still, and becan he do ?-Job xxi. 7. 14, 15. xxii. lieved not for his wondrous works. 17. xxxiv. 9.
Ps. Ixxviii. 31, 32. 56–58. • The kings of the earth set them. They have taken crafty counsel selves, and the rulers take counsel to- against thy people, &c. they have gether, against the Lord, and against consulted together with one consent bis Anointed, saying, Let us break (or heart): they are confederate their bands asunder, and cast away against thee.-Ps. Ixxxiii. 3.5. their cords from us.-Ps. ii. 2, 3. They frame mischief by a law: they Matt. ii. 16.
gather themselves together against The wicked, through the pride of the soul of the righteous, and conhis countenance, will not seek God; demn the innocent blood.-Ps. cxiv. God is not in all his thoughts, &c. 20, 21. His mouth is full of cursing, and for they sleep not except they have deceit, and fraud, &c. He hath said done mischief; and their sleep is