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ther, and no Man knoweth the Son but the Father, neither knoweth any Man the Father, fave the Son, and be to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Matt. xi. 27. Speaking of his Sheep, that hear his Voice and follow him, he faith, My Father which gave them me is greater than all: And none shall be able to pluck them out of my Father's Hand. I and my Father are one. John x. 29, 30. When Philip faid, Lord, fhew us the Father, and it fufficeth us, Jefus faith unto him, Have I been fo long with you, and yet haft thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me, hath feen the Father, and bow fayeft thou then, Shew us the Father? Believeft thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? John xiv. 8, 9, 10. What a Grandeur is there in that Way of speaking to his Difciples, Let not your Hearts be troubled: Ye believe in God, believe alfo in me. John xiv. 1. If a Man love me, be will keep my Words: And my Father will love him, and we (i. e. my Father and I) will come unto him, and make our Abode with him. Ver. 23. And again, All Things that the Father hath are mine, therefore faid I, that He (i. e. the Holy Ghoft) hall take of mine, and shall fhew it unto you. John xvi. 15. He declares, That, as the Father bath Life in himself, fo bath be given to the Son to have Life in bimfelf. John v. 26. Finally, he reprefent
eth it as the Father's Will, that all Men fhould honour the Son, even as they bonour the Father. John v. 23. And now upon reviewing thefe feveral Paffages, to which many others might be added, did ever any Prophet, the most highly favoured of God, express himself after this Sort? Is there not fomething in this Manner of speaking that leadeth us to regard him as a Perfon of unparalleled Divine Dignity, and to whom no other was ever equal? And it is to be obferved, that not only doth he express himself in this wonderful Strain in his Difcourfes to Men, to the Jews, and to his own Disciples, but even in his immediate Addreffes to God. Remarkable to this Purpofe is that Prayer of his which is recorded in John xvii. What a Majefty may be observed in it, becoming his Nearness to the Father, yet ftill preferving a proper Subordination to him! His Prayer is of as peculiar a Kind, as his Character, and as the Dignity of his Perfon. There appeareth in it not only the most ardent Love to God, and Zeal for his Glory, and the most unparalleled Benevolence to his Difciples and to Mankind; but there is an inimitable Dignity, a Divine Grandeur and Solemnity in it, becoming the Son of God infinitely dear to the Father, and which would have become no other: Father, the Hour is
come to glorify thy Son, that thy Son alfo may glorify thee. As thou haft given him Power over all Flesh, that he should give eternal Life to as many as thou haft given bim. And this is Life eternal that they might know thee the only true God, and Jefus Chrift, whom thou haft fent. - And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own felf, with the Glory which I bad with thee, before the World was. - All mine are thine, (all my Things are thy Things, as it might be properly tranflated) and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. Father, I will that they also whom thou haft given me be with me where I am, that they may bebold my Glory which thou baft given me: For thou lovedft me before the Foundation of the World.
Another Thing that is to be obferved in our Lord's Manner of fpeaking concerning himself, is, that as he speaks in the Character of the Son of God, who was most near and dear to the Father, fo he frequently reprefenteth himself as the great and all-fufficient Saviour of Mankind, through whom alone we can be reftored to the Divine Favour, as the Giver of the Spirit, and not merely the Publisher, but the Au thor and Beftower of eternal Life. And this must certainly give him an Authority, vaftly superior to any other that ever pre
tended to inftruct Mankind. What Prophet, or holy Man of God, could ever declare in the fame magnificent Terms, that he did concerning himself, My Sheep bear my Voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal Life, and they fhall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my Hand. John x. 27, 28, I am the Refurrection and the Life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet fhall be live: And whosoever liveth and be lieveth in me shall never die; or fhall not die for ever, or eternally. John xi. 25, 26. This is the Will of him that fent me:-That every one which feeth the Son, and believeth on him, viz. with a practical vital operative Faith, hould have everlasting Life: And I will raise him up at the laft Day. John vi. 40. which he repeateth feveral Times in that Chapter, Ver. 39, 41, 44 In my Father's Houfe are many Manfions; if it were not fo I would have told you, I go to prepare a Place for you. And if I go to prepare a Place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where am, there ye may be aljo. John xiv. 2, 3. I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no Man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Ib. Ver. 6. Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you Reft. Matt. xi. 28. I am the Vine, je
are the Branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the fame bringeth forth much Fruit: For without me ye can do nothing. John xv. 5. He afcribeth to himself the Sending of the Holy Ghoft: When the Comforter is come, whom I will fend you from the Father, he shall testify of me. John xv. 26. If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart I will fend him unto you. John xvi. 7. He (i. e. the Spirit of Truth) shall glorify me: For he shall receive of mine, and fhall fhew it unto you. Ib. Ver. 14.
To these may be added the Paffages that relate to his being conftituted the great Judge of the World, by whom the Dead fhall be raifed, to whom all Men must give an Account, and by whom their everlafting State fhall be determined. Thus we find him declaring, As the Father raifeth the Dead, and quickeneth them, even fo the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no Man, (viz. immediately) but bath committed all Judgment to the Son. John v. 21, 22. The Hour is coming, in which all that are in their Graves fhall hear his Voice, and fhall come forth, they that have done Good unto the Refurrection of Life, and they that have done Evil unto the Refurrection of Damnation. Ver. 28, 29. the End of the World, the Son of Man