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A List of the Names of the Subscribers.

The Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Roibefter for 6.
The Reverend Dr. Stanhope Dean of Canterbury.
The Rev. Dr. Blackall.

Mr. Loader 6.

Mr. Foyner : -Dr. Walker. $Charter

Mr: Lépipre: Mr Tooke House

Madam Dickenson. -Mr. String fellow for 6. Mr. Francis West. -Dr. Ovingion.

Mr. Gibbons..
Mr. Thomas Davies for 6. Mr. Clem. Hobfor.
Wiliam Williams, Esq;

Mr. Hosier, Sen.
The Rev. Dr. Hancock. Mr. Hosier, Jun. for 2.
-Dr. Linford.

Mr. Fowler.
-Dr. Richard Roderick.

Mr. Marshall. ---Dr. Gatford.

Mr. Needham 5. -Mr. Henry Fackson 6. Mr. Warts. -Mr. Tilefly.

Mrs. Sanders. -Mr. Crockatt.

Mr. Fimes Peerman 2. -Mr. Burler.

Mr. Ricbard Carter 3. -Mr. Hellyar.

Mr. Weket. -Mr. Fones.

Mr. Bovile. -Mr. Beardmore.

Mr.Stubbs -Mr. Grove.

Mr. Sbortbofe. Mr.Savage.

Mr. Barrowa -Mr. Barnes.

Mr. Fackfon: Mr.Warren.

Mr. Dilks. -Mr. Clendon.

Mr. Blondell 4. -Mr. Nodes.

Mr Anthong Ingram Mr Master

Mr. Robert Ferryman. -Mr. Wood.

Mr. Fobn Eyre. Mr. Barry, 6.

Mr. Henry Levétt. Mr. Mifenden 6.

Mr. Mojely, Sen. Mr.Taylor.

Mr. William Whitaker. Moi Lerbieullier.

Mrs. Marriot. Robert Payne, E'q;

Mr Robert Cloudes. Mr. Burrell.

Mrs. Knapp, &C.. Mr. R Piret.

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LUKE 2. II.
Unto you is born this day, in the

city of David, a. Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.

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HESE Words contain a Mel

sage every way worthy the Glo

rious Being, that brought it : Every way worthy the Tongue of an Angel; yea, of the Highest and most exalted Son of the Morning. It acquaints us with the Completion of the Promises made to the Fathers, That the Day is come, that long-expected day, when the

Glory, the Delight, the Expectation of ICC;2:32. rael, and the desire of all nations should c Hag. 3.99

That we are no longer Prisoners of Hope, waiting for the Rising of the Sun of Righteousness; but that he now actually ascends our Horizon, and visibly displays his reviving Brightness to the Children of Men. That d unto us ad Ifa.g. 6.

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Child is born, unto us a Son is given, whose name is Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father ; Pater futuri Seculi, says the generality of Commentators, The Father of the Future, or Everlasting Age; the Prince of Peace. Vnto you is born this day, in the City of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

În the Words you have these two things:

1. A Person born. Unto you is born.

II. The Description of this Perfon, which is three fold.

Í. He is a Saviour.
2. He is Christ.
3. He is the Lord.

I begin with the Description of the Person. And,

Î. He is a Saviour': Yea, the Greateft, the most Glorious, and the most Triumphant of all Saviours. Many in. deed were the Deliverers or Saviours, which God raised up to the Jews : Mores and foshna, Othniel and Ebud, Gideon, and Jeptha, Baruch and Sampson. But

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what are all these,if compar'd with Christ our Saviour ? They were only Types, Fore-runners, and Figures; but He the Accomplifhment of them all. They acted purely by vertue of His Commisli. on, deriv'd their whole Power and Authority from him, and were his Officers, his Substitutes, his Vice-gerents to the People: But 'twas He, who sav'd both them and their Armies in the Day of Bartel, and caus'd them to ride triumphantly upon the high Places of the Earth. They deliverd but one People, a small Handful of Men; the Sons of Jacob and Joseph; but He (in the Words of the Prpphet Ifa.) lifts up his hand to the Gentiles, C.49. V.23. and sets up his standard to the people, that all may come and partake of his Salvation. Unto yon, says the Angel to the Shepherds, is born a Saviour. Unto you, but not unto you only, for in the Verse immediately preceding, Behold, says he, I bring you good tidings of great

joy, which fball be to all people. All People (you see) are to partake of this Joy : All (the Gentiles as well as the Jews) to glorifie God for his Salvation, according to that of the fame Prophet: It is a light thing, that Ifa. C. 49. thon should it be my servant to raise up the v. 6. tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved B 2

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of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayst be' my salvation unto the end of the Earth. They'rescued only the Bodies, but could not rea deemn the Souls of their Brethren, but were forc'd to let that alone for ever : But so mighty is his Salvation, that it extends it self to our Spirits, as well as to our Bodies, and restores the whole Man to a state of Liberty and Glory. They were not suffer'd to continue, by reason of Death ; and accordingly were the Inftruments only of Temporary Deliverances : But He, on the contrary, liveth for ever and ever, and is become the Author of Eternal Salvation to all them that obey him. In a word; He has chalk'd out to us the way that leads to Life; has redeem'd us by his Blood out of every Kindred, and Tongue, and People, and Nation; and will at the last Day compleat our Redemption, and make us Kings and Priests unto our God for ever and ever. So that (I say) this Title of Saviour belongs to our Lord in the most eminent manner,in a manner entirely proper

proper and peculiar to himself ; and which cannot be imparted to any

other Saviour. He, even He, is the Lord, #sa. 43. II. and besides him there is no Saviour.

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