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Sect.VÍ.“ filled.” I have no greater pleasure
than to hear, that disciples go from me to him. As the morning star, I only shone to proclaim the approach of the sun. Now he is risen, I go down ; « he must increase, but I must decrease;" he will shine more and more unto the perfect day, while I shall set, and disappear. And reason good why it should be.fo. That which is preparatory must give place to that which is perfective; a baptism of water must yield to a baptism of fire ; an human instructor must cede to one that is divine. “He that « is of the earth is earthly, and fpeak“ eth of the earth;" in spite of his best endeavours, he will savour of his origis nal, and there will be an alloy of duft and ashes in all he faith; whereas « he “that cometh from heaven,” I mean the blefsed person of whom ye are so jealous, « is above all” the children of Adam. When this sun shineth in his strength, every star is obscured, and the world will perceive the difference between the discourses of the Master and those of the servant, as readily as it disa tinguisheth the glories of the day from
the pale luftre and faint glimmering of Sect.VI. thofe orbs, which serve in some meam fure to dispel the darkness of the night. According to the grace given unto me; I have declared the kingdom of heaven to be at hand; but when Meffiah speaks of that kingdom, he speaks from his own knowlege ; “ what he hath feen « and heard, that he testifieth ;” and yet, though I have said so much of him, and so many go to hear him, “no man \ receiveth his testimony,” as he ought to do. Think not this a flight matter, for no one can disbelieve him, without giving God the lie; "he that hath reas ceived his testimony, hath set to his ** seal, that God is true," by allowing the credentials of his Son, and acknow
edging in him the accomplishment of what was foretold by the law, by the prophets, and by myself. “ For he,” the Messiah, " whom God hath fent, os speaketh the words of God," and that in a different sense from all others, who, from time to time, have been endued with such a portion of the divine influence as was meet for them ; but “God giveth not the Spirit by
Sect.VI. “ measure unto him," having decreed,
that in him should all fulness dwell.
By this part of St. John's character and conduct, in how pleasing a manner are the ministers of Christ instructed, that they are to bear testimony to him, not to themselves; to seek his glory, not their own ; that they should take pleasure in the success of their brethren's labours, by which the cause of their common Master is promoted; that
the rising lights of the church should Sect.VI. do honour to those who have gone before them, and the setting ones rejoice to be outshone by those who are coming after them; that envy and jealousy, in short, ought to have no place among the disciples of the Lamb of God, on whom descended and abode the celestial Dove.
SECTION VII, Confiderations on the imprisonment of St,
John, the message sent by him to ; Christ, and the answer returned tą
Sect.VII. A DMIRABLE is the advice of the
1 son of Sirach to every one who is about to stand forth in the cause of true religion. “My son, if thou come " to serve the Lord, prepare thy soul “ for temptation. Set thy heart aright, " and constantly endure, and make not “ hafte in time of trouble, Whatso“ ever is brought upon thee take cheer• fully, and be patient when thou art • changed to a low estate. For gold is “ tried in the fire, and acceptable men “ in the furnace of adversity ?." The reformer will proceed but a little way in his work, whose zeal is not backed with fortitude. The apprehension of danger, or even the frown of power, a Ecclef. ii. 1.