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MATTHEW MARK,

LUKE.

JOHN.

СНА Р. І.

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12' But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name :

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the Aesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.

15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I (pake, He that cometh after me, is preferred before me ; for he was before me.

16 And of his fulness have

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able to diftinguish him from their fallacious Teachers. He liv'd among his own People, who were stil'd the Children of God ; yet these did not receive his Doctrine : but such as embrac'd the divine Revelation of it, were therefore reckon'd in the number of God's People, tho they were not of the Posterity of Abraham; and fuch who were Israelites neither by Birth, nor Marriage, nor fo much as profelyted, . were dignified with this Title by God's Will and Plealure. That Reason which, as we faid, was in the beginning with God, nay was God himself, has not always conceal'd it self from us, but has been made conspicuous to us, and dwelt among us by the means of that Man on whom it rested. We our felves have seen the divine Majesty of that Realon, which was heretofore invisible, manifesting it felf in that Man, as it became him who was the Son of God, not after the manner that we are fo calld, but by one peculiar and proper to Himlelf alone. That Eternal Reason, full of Mercy and Benignity, has by him been made visible unto us.

Now John bore a clear and open Testimony concerning this Man, having publickly declard, it was he whom he had formerly describ'd in these words; He who cometh after me is greater than 1. Whatever we know, flows from this knowledg of heavenly Affairs, with which the Divine Reason had most illustriously fill'd bim. From hence it is we learn that the Mercy and Benignity of God is so great, that all he expects froin us in return for his wonderful Grace towards us, and thote

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all we received, and grace

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grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews fent priests and

Levites from Jerusa-
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art thou ?
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Christ or not; 7. And preached,

20 And he confefsaying,

sed, and denied not :

immense Benefits he has been pleas'd to make the consequents of our Love of him, is only a Heart fill’d with a grateful sense and acknowledgment of them. For Moses having formerly publilli'd his Laws, by which he impos's most heavy Rites upon the Jews, with a denunciation of Death unless they were exactly observ'd, Felus the true Meffiah, on whom the Divine Reason rested, has brought us the good tidings of God's Clemency and Bounty to us, by which our palt Sins are pardon'd, and the intolerable yoke of the Mofaic Institutions taken off. Heretofore no one was fully acquainted with God's Will and Pleasure herein; but he whom we have been discourling of, the only begotten Son of God, intirely belov?d by his Father, came down exprelly from Heaven with this Message to us.

Now John declar'd his Sentiments concerning Felus, after Jesus had been walh'd by him in the River Jordan, in this manner. The Rulers of Jerusalem taking; notice of the general concourse to him from all the parts of Judea, delegated some of the Priests and Levites, he also being of the Sacerdotal Line, to go and question hin concerning the Office he had taken upon him, and the Authority by which he acted. When they were come to the place where John was, and had acquainted him with the Orders they were charg’d with, many, who suspected him to be the Cbrift, waited for his answer with some concern and anxiety of Mind. But he pub- .

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21 And they asked him, What then ? Are thou Elias And he faith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

22 Then said they unto him, who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us: what say. est thou of thy self ?

23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Elaias.

24 And they which were sent, were of the Phari. sees.

25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baprizest thou then, if chou, be not chat Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

lickly disown'd his being the Meffiah before them all. The Deputies then, as if they had been in doubt of his being the Son of Zacharias the Priest, or with a design to insnare him, demanded of him whether he was Elias, the Jews having an Opinion that Elias must first come down from Heaven before the arrival of the Mesfiah. This, John in like manner disclaim'd. They ask'd him a third time whether he was one of the antient Prophets, which also he denied. They then requir'd him, that since he would not agree with any of the Judgments that had been formid of him, to tell 'em plainly who he was. Then said John, I am he whom the Prophet Isaiah has describ'd in these words, Chap. 40. 3. The voice of one crying in the Wilderness, Make plain the way of the Lord. Now those who were deputed to him being of the Sect of the Pharisees, who are obstinately tenacious of the Institutions and Opinions of their Ancestors, and cannot endure any innovation, desir'd John to tell em by what Authority he had instituted the Ceremony of washing, not only the Profelytes (who came to hear himn) which was customary, but the Jews also; since neither the Messiah, nor Elias, nor any other Prophet, had Authority to set

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There cometh but one mightier ing after me, is prefercth after me, is one mightier than I af- than I comech, che red before me, mightier than I, whose ter me, the lacchet of laccher of whose moes whose shoes latchThoes I am not wor- whose shoes I am not I am not worthy to un- ec I am not worthy to thy to bear : worthy to stoop down loose :

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Ghost, and with fire.

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17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will

his hand, and he will throughly purge his

throughly purge his floor, and gather his

floor, and will gather wheat into the garner :

the wheat into his garbut he will burn up the

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will burn with fire unable fire.

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úp new Customs. Jolm replied, that he washid 'em only with Water, without près tending to confer any celestial Gifts upon them by that his Baptism, but only to signify that their minds ought to be cleans'd from Vice if they would be in favour with God : But that there was a man among the Jeids whom they were ignorant of, who should succeed him as a Messenger from God, but with much greater Power, and Dignity; in as much as he was not worthy to perform the vileft Offices of a Servant to him, such as the changing of his Shoes at his return home. That this Man would not baptize his Disciples with Water only, but also with the Holy Ghost, whom he would shed upon them in the form of Fire. Further, that as the Corn when it has been reap'd, is threlh'd that it may be separated from the Chaff in order to be laid up in Store-houses, while the other is consum'd and wont to serve for Fewel ; in like manner this person would in a little time separate the good men among the Jews from the bad, and that these should endure the severest Punishments, while the others enjoy'd most ample rewards. With these and the like Discourses John

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28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baprizing

29 The next day John seech Jesus coming unto him, and faith, Behold the lamb of God, which caketh

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30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man, which is preferred before ine: for he was before me.

31 And I knew him not : but that he should be made manifeft to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the

spirir descending from heaentertain'd the Fedos concerning the Meriah, and this publick witness be bore to Jesus at Bethabara near the banks of the River Jordan, in which at that time he wash'd those that repair'd unto him.

In the mean time Jesus return'd to Fohn from the Mountain in which he was last of all in vain tempted by the evil Spirit. John having feen him the day after he had thus publickly testified concerning him, before the Messengers that were fent from

Jerusalem, he broke out immediately into fresh Encomiums of him, affrming him to be the Perfon he had discours'd of with those that had been sent to him. This, fays he; is that Lamb without blemish, who shall offer himself to God for a Victim, to expiate the sins of Men.

This is he I told you of, who is adorn'd with far greater Dignity and Authority by God than I am. I my self knew him not before, tho I had begun to walh the Penitent, and to assure 'em the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand, that he might by my preaching be manifested to the fews. But I then understood that it was he, when after having walhi'd him, I saw the Holy Spirit descend upon him in the shape

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