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Manhood into God, and in ftrict and proper Sence become our Brother? Yes: For, as I now come to fhew in the

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II. Place: He is Born. Born this Day in Bethlehem, the City of David, according to that of the Prophet Mican; And thou Bethlehem in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah for out of thee shall come a Governour, that shall rule my people Ifrael. He is born, fays the Angel; He was made Ev.1.44 fleb, fays" St. John; and from both the Nicene Fathers, He was made Man. • Vid. Ire- And indeed that he did (whatever Cenæum, lib. rinthus and his Difciple Neftorius dream to the contrary) really affume our Na ture into the Unity of his Divine Person; and confequently is not only perfect God, but also perfect Man, of a reafonable Soul and Human Flesh fubfifting. Saint Paul affures us in the fecond Chap. to the Hebrews, v. 14. 17. Forafmuch, fays he, as the Children were par takers of Flesh and Blood, he also himself likewife partook of the fame: And, He became in all things like to bis Brethren. The Circumstances of his Life, as they are deliver'd to us by his Apoftles and

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Evangelifts, do indubitably demonstrate ! the fame Truth. He increafed in wisdom and ftature, fays P St. Luke; But this can p.c.2.v.52. be faid only of his Humanity; He, as to his Divine Nature, being abfolutely perfect, and utterly incapable of Im provement or Augmentation. He hungred and thirfted; was weary and faint; afflicted and forrowful; yea, forrowful, as he tells us himself, even unto Death. But these things (as a Fulgentius, q ad ThraSt. Cyril, and Damafcene obferve) fimund. evinced beyond all poflibility of Con- Thefaur. tradiction, that he took upon him thes De fide whole Human Nature with all its paffi- orthodoxa ons and Infirmities, Sin only excepted. Laftly, He fubjected himself to Death, ie. to a Separation of his Soul from the Body, which therefore muft before have been united, and consequently our Lord in very Deed been perfect Man.

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How powerfully then did the God of this World, the Prince of the Power of the Air, work in those Children of Difobedience and Infidelity, Marcion, Manes, and Apollinaris, when the two firft denied the Reality of our Lords Human Body, and the last despoil'd him likewife of his Rational Soul? Alas! If

If these Heretical Tenents be true, how is Mankind totally and compleatly Redeemed? Nay, how are we poor Sinners, redeem'd at all? He redeemed, say the Ancients truly, that only, which be Affum'd; what he did not Affume, that he did not Redeem. If then the firft be true, he did not Redeem our Bodies: If the second, he did not Redeem our Souls: If both, (and why not both, if one) He Redeem'd neither Bodies nor Souls, and confequently the New Covenant is entirely Annihilated, and the whole Oeconomy of the Gospel, (I tremble to speak it) a Fable, a Romance, an idle Story, Nothing. But the Humanity, (I fay) as well as the Divinity of our Lord, is fo fully and clearly display'd by his Apoftles and Evangelifts, that it could not shine with a greater Light, tho' 'twas written with the united Rays of all the Stars and Planets in Heaven. Father, fays He, upon the Crofs, into thy Hands I commend my Spirit. But what Spirit, I pray, was this? That which in his younger Years increas'd as you have heard) in Wif dom and Knowledge, which afterwards, upon the Apprehenfions of his approaching Sufferings, was exceeding forrow

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forrowful, even unto Death, and
which confequently could not be an un-
intelligible, unconceivable Spirit, a
Spirit without a Mind; but Rational,
Reflecting, Intelligent, and in all things,
(its own distinguishing Perfections ex-
cepted) like those of other Men. Han-
dle me, and fee me, fays he to his affright Luk. 24.
ted Disciples, for a Spirit hath not flesh 39.
and bones, as ye fee me have. Here, you
fee, our Lord appeals to the Senses of
his Apoftles for the Reality of his Body.
That his Resurrection-Body, though al-
ter'd in its Qualities, did still retain its
Nature: That 'twas the very self fame
Body, which in the Days of his Humi-
liation hungred and thirfted, was
weary and faint, bruis'd and wounded,
buffeted, spit upon, and fcourg'd, and
at last underwent the most painful and
ignominious Death of the Cross; which
therefore (as his Enemies could suffici-
ently witness) could not be a Phantasti-
cal Body, a Body only of Air, fuch as
Spirits are fuppos'd to take fometimes
upon them, but a Body of Flesh and
Bones, a Real Human Body.

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ter'd, our wonder heightned, to fee him retir'd into the narrow Receffes of the Womb who fitteth upon the Circle of the Earth, and the Inhabitants thereof are as Grafhoppers, who ftretcheth out the Heavens like a Curtain, and spreadeth them out as a Tent to dwell sin ? To fee him have a Beginning in the Circumfcriptions of Time, whofe proper Commensuration is the Days of Eternity To fee him cloathed with the Infirmities of an Infant, whose is the Greatnefs, and the Bower, and the Glory, and the Victory, and the Majefty for ever? To fee him bound in Swadling-cloaths by the Hands of his Mother, who himself binds the sweet Influences of Pleiades, and loofeth the Bards of Orion? To fee him carried in the Arms of his Nurfe, who maketh the Clouds his Chariot, and comes flying upon the Wings of the Wind? Here, I fay) is a Scene of Grace and Love open'd, which the Intelligences may contemplate, but never can com prehend. Here is a Condefcenfion fo infinitely endearing, that one would think it should for ever bind our Souls faft to him in the foft and charming Fetters of Love: For did He chufe the

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