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Manhood into God, and in strict and proper Sence become our Brother? : Yes: For, 'as I now, come to shew in the
3. C. II.
II. Place: He is Born, Eorn 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 Mall rule my people Israel.
He is born, says the Angel; He was made «Ev.1. 44. flesh, says " St. John ; and from both the
Nicene Fathers, He was made Man. o Vid. Ire- and indeed that he did (whatever'Ce næum, bis Disciple Nestorius dream
i Evangelists, do indubitably demopstrate
the same Truth. He increafed in wifdomi 1. and ftature, says P St. Luke: But this can p.c.2.0.52
be said only of his Humanity He, as
to his Divine Nature, being absolutely i perfect, and utterly incapable of Im.
provement or Augmentation. He hun. gred and thirsted; was weary and faint ; afflicted and sorrowful, yea, sorrowful, as he tells us himself, even unto Death. But these things ( as ģ. Fulgentins, q ad Thra*St. Cyril, and s Damascene observe ) limuod. 3.
. evinced beyond all poslībility of Con-Thelaur tradiction, that he took upon him the s De fide whole Human Nature with all its passi- orthodoxa ons and Infirmities, sin only excepted. Lastly, He subjected himself to Death, 1. e. to a Separation of his Soul from the Body, which therefore must before have been united, and consequently our Lord in very Deed been perfect Man.
How powerfully then did the God of this World, the Prince of the Pow, er of the Air, work in those Children of Disobedience and Infidelity, Marcion, Manes, and Apollinaris, when the two first denied the Reality of our Lords Human Body, and the last despoild him likewise of his Rational Soul? Alas!
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 Afum'd; what he did not Asume, that he did not Redeem. If then the first 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 ) á Fable, a Romance, an idle Story, Nothing. But the Humanity, (I say) as well as the Divinity of our Lord, is so fully and clearly display'd by his Apostles and Evangelists, 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, says He, upon the Cross, 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 Wifdom and Knowledge, which afterwards, upon the Apprehensions of his approaching Sufferings, was exceeding
sorrowful, even unto Death, and
Now then how must our Senses be confounded, our Understandings scat
ter'd, qué wonder heightned, to see him retir'd into the narrow Recesses of the Womb, who sitteth upon the Circle of the Earth, and; the Iohabitants thereof are as Grashoppers, who stretcheth out the Heavens like a Curtain, and spreadeth them out as a Tent to dwell in : To see him have a Beginning in the Circumfcriptions of Time, whose proper Commensuration is the Days of Eternity To fee him cloathed with the Infirmities of an Infant, whose is the Greatnefs, and the Power, and the Glory, and ithe Vi&ory, and the Majefty for ever? To see him bound in Swadling-cloaths by the Hands of his Mother, who himself binds the sweet Influences of Pleiades, and lo'ofeth the Bands of Orion To fee him carried in the Arms of his Nurse, who maketh the Clouds his Chariot, and comes fly ing upon the Wings of the Wind Here, ( I say ) is a Scene of Grace and Love open'd, which the Intelligences may contemplate, but never can com- . prehend. Here is a Condescension fo infinitely endearing, that one would think it should for ever bind our Souls fast to him in the soft and charming Fetters of Love : For did He chufe the