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MATTHEW.
MARK.

LUKE.

John.

CHA P. III.

CHAP. I.

CHA P. III.

unto him, and he saw and the Spirit like 22 And the holy the Spirit of God de- a dove descending up- Ghost descended in a scending like a dove, on him.

bodily shape like a and lighting upon him.

dove upon him: 17 And lo, a voice 11 And there came and a voice came from heaven, saying, a voice from heaven, from heaven, which This is my beloved saying, Thou art my said, Thou art my beSon, in whom I am beloved Son, in whom loved Son in thee I am, well pleased. I am well pleafed. well pleased.

23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age. *

CHA P. IV,
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by the spirit into the 13 And he was there wilderness,

in the wilderness for 2 Being forty days to be tempeed of tempted of Satan, rempred of the devil: the devil. 2 And when he had

and in those days fasted forty days, and

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open, at what time the Holy Ghost descended from the Sky in a visible flame under the form of a Dove, and rested on the head of Jesus : at the same instant a Voice was heard pronounced by God himself saying, Thou art my beloved Son in whom I am well pleas'd. Jesus was now thirty years old, and began to enter upon his Office, as we shall afterwards relate.

Having thus been baptiz'd by John, he straitway retir'd into a neighbouring Solitude in Arabia, near the Spring-head of the River Jordan, that by baffling the Temptations of the evil Spirit, his Constancy might grow the firmer, and become the more illustrious. In this Desert he remaind forty days without eating, the same number of days that Moses continued fasting on Mount Sinai, when he receiv'd thé Law from God. 'Tis not recorded what happen'd to Jefus during the time that he continued in the Desert, only that towards the conclusion of it he began to be hungry; the divine Power at length permitting Man to yield to the infirmity of hu

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3. And the devil raid er came to him, he said,

unto him, If chou be the If thou be the Son of God,

Son of God, command this command that these stones

sione chat it be made be made bread.

bread. 4 Buc he answered and

4 And Jesus answered said, It is written,Man thall

him, saying, It is written, not live by bread alone,

That man shall not live by but by every word that

bread alone, but by every proceedeth out of the

word of God. mouch of God. s Then the devil caketh

2 And he brought him him up into the holy city,

co Jerusalem, and fer him and settech him on a pin

on a pinnacle of the temnacle of the temple,

ple, 6 And faith unto him,

and said unto him, If chcu be the Son of God,

If thou be the Son of God, cast thy self down :

cast thy self down from

hence. for it is written, He

10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge

shall give his angels charge concerning thee, and in

over thee, to keep thee. their hands chey shall bear

I[ And in their hands thee up, lest at any time

they shall bear thee up, thou dash thy foot against

left at any time chou daih a stone.

thy foor against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him,

12 And Jesus anfier. It is written again, Thou

ing, fuid unto him, It is Male not/tempe the Lurd

laid, Thou shalt noc tempt thy God.

the Lord thy God. man Nature. Hereupon the evil Spirit (who is always contrary to the determinations of God) approach'd him, telling him, that since he was the Son of God, and by his Father's Authority fupericr to the Laws of Nature, he might assuage his Hunger with the very Stones, which at his first command would be chang d into the substance of Bread. Jesus answerd him that 'twas written by Moses, Deut. 8. 3. Man shall not live by Bread alone, but by every thing that proceeds from the monah of God, that is, whatever God has appointed to be instead of Bread; that therefore there was no necessity for such a transmutation as he suggested.

The evil Spirit then led him to Jerusalem, and plaç d him on the battlements of the Tempk, bidding him precipitate himself if he were the Son of God, since it was him ih palmift meant, when he faid, Pfal.91, 2. God fhall give his Angels charge over thee. They frall bear thee up in their hands, left thon dash thy foot ageur:ft a Sione. Jesus replied, 'Tis alio written by Moses, Deut. 6. 16. Thou shalt nos temp the Lord thy God, as it thou doubtedst of his power, and Goodness. The

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8 Again the devil takech him up into an exceeding high mountain, and Thewech him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them :

9- And faich unto him, All these things will I give thee,

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6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee,

and the glory of them; for that is delivered unto me, and to whom- soever I will, I give it.

7 If thou therefore wile: worship me, all Thall be chine.

8 And Jesus anfivered and said unco him, Ger chee behind me, Satan : for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God,and him only thale thou serve.

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13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him

evil Spirit, who had thus been twice repuls’d, made a third attempt upon him, leading, him to an exceeding bigh Mountain, from the top of which he gave him a prospect of vast Tracts of Ground round about him,enclosing the Wealth of many Nations which he promis'd to bestow upon him, provided he would do him Homage, and worship him as God; affirming himself to be the Lord of 'em, and that he could dispose of 'em at his pleasure. Then said Jesus, Get thee from me thou enemy of God; for it is said by Moses, Deut. 10. 20. Thou Malt mor ship the Lord thy God, and him only malt thou serve. The evil Spirit finding himself quite frustrated by this answer,

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LUKE.

John
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2 The same was in the beginning with God.

departed from him for a season; Jesus remaining upon the Mountain among the wild Beasts: but the Angels of God brought him Food, and were ready to execute whatever he commanded them

CH A P. IX. The Divine Wisdom by which all things were created, dwells in Jesus,

tho rejected by the Jews. The Teftimony of John concerning Jesus.

SOME of the Professors of the Jewish and Christian Religion, having, withal

applied themselves to the study of the Heathen Philosophy, have deliver'd many things concerning Life, Light, and the only begotten Son of God, and inculcated them to their Disciples, as things of the greatest moment;, of which opinions, fome being true, some false, and consequently not being all to be rejected or embraced, I will briefly mention such of 'em as agree with the Doctrine of Jesus Chrift, before I enter upon the History of his ministerial Office. 'Tis true, that before the Creation of the World, Reason

did exist, for Reason was then in God, indeed was God himself, it not being possible for God to be without it ; Reason, I say did ex

MATTHEW.

MARK

LUKE.

JOHN.

C H A P. I.

3 All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made, that was made.

4 In him was life, and the life was the light of (men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended ic nor.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 The same came for a wit. ness, to bear witness of the light, that all men through him might believe.

8 He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light.

9 That was the true light, which lightech every man chat cometh into the world.

10 He was in the world, and . the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

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ist in God before the Creation of the World, every portion of which was created with the greatest Reason; nor can any thing be producd that has been made without it. In this Reason alone, formerly resided the perfect Knowledg of the way that leads to everlasting Life ; which it was impossible for men to find out otherways than as enlightend by this knowledg, made in some measure partakers of it, and under the guidance of it, as it had been a molt glorious Light preceding, and pointing out the way they were to follow. But this Light has since been brought down to men, has shin'd among 'em many Years, and continues to direct the ignorant in the way to Life, tho most neglect the use of it, and chase to wander on still in the darkness of their Ignorance.

Upon this account John was sent to the Feros by God, to inform 'em who it-was: in whom this-Light remain'd, and by a publick Testimony to induce 'em all to believe and rely upon it; for it was not Fohn in whom this Light resided, nor was it his Errand to make Men partakers of it, but only to procure Authority among : the Jews for him who was invested with it. So that in this Man only resides the Light which alone is worthy of this appellation in a most transcendent Sense, and which whoever follows, will be led by it to Life eternal. He who had this Light within him had been for a considerable time conversant among Men, who tho they were at first created by that divine Reason that dwelt within him, yet were not

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