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quently intructed concerning the Mef-
prison, they might apprehend, if
23 2. They might have observed, that our
Saviour had not himself hitherto af
ferted his right to that title. 24 3. Their fufpicions might be increased
by observing, that our Saviour's life had less appearance of outward fanctity in it, than their master's.
24 II. In the reply, the manner of it remark.
able, because it gave the disciples an occafion of answering that question themselves, which they had proposed to our blessed Saviour.
25 The matter of it remarkable, 1. For the gradation of its particulars,
the last of which was an in instance of condescension the Jews had before
been but little acquainted with. 2. For the appositeness of it in relati
on to the persons that made the en
quiry: For, Firs, Since they were not to be convinc
ed by oral testimony, they are taught VOL. III.
to judge of the Mefliah by the works they saw in him.
27 Secondly, Miracles were a proof of our Sa
viour's pre-eminence over their master, and were known to be one discriminat
ing mark of his being the Messiah. 27 Thirdly, The particular facts our Saviour
mentions, all of them acts of benevolence, were rightly suited to insinuate that pre-eminence, and to correct those ill notions the disciples might have conceived from their master's rigid auste
rities. Fourthly, The answer is expressed in words
taken from the prophet Isaiah, whose writings had more particularly point ed out their own master, and in which consequently they had been most conversant.
29 The passage in the text is remarkable for
its containing the chief marks and characters of such miracles as are sufficient to confirm the authority of any person pretending to be sent from God.
37 And exhortation to attention in perusing
the several parts of scripture, which, like the words of nature always appear the more wonderful, the more they are looked into.
On the Incarnation of our Lord.
MATTH. xi. 6. Blefjed is be, whofaever shall not be offended in
Notwithstanding the endearing marks of
our Saviour's love to mankind, his doctrine, his mysteries, or his person, have to some been always matter of offence.
37 The objections against the incarnation,
drawn from the impoffibility or the unreasonableness of it, stated.
38 1. We know too little of the human or
divine nature to prove an union of them impossible.
38 We can as little explain or comprehend an
union of souls and bodies, as we can that of the deity with humanity.
39 And if the spirits of men had been once
unbodied, and such a doctrine revealed to them in a state of separation, it would have appeared to some forward reasoners as unphilosophical and absurd,
40 b 2
II. The method, which infinite goodness
and wisdom has made use of for our redemption, we must needs think the most proper of any,
41 Reasons which scripture suggests to us, why our redeemer ihould be God.
42 And why he should be man.
42 Practical improvements from this doctrine 1. Thankfulness, that we are admitted,
, to terms of repentance, which before
we could have no assurance of. 43 2. Love for our Saviour's infinite condefcenfion.
44 The force of this motive strangely weakened by those, who make him a mere man.
45 3. A high fenfe of the dignity of our na.
ture, and a hearty diiplealure at thofe fins that debase and dishonour it.
45 4. A spirit of universal humility. Ś. A fedulous care to trace all the steps
of that example our Saviour fet us in the fleth, which that he might fet ús, was one great end of his taking our nature upon
him. 6. A due efteem for that everlasting gof
pel which Chrift sealed with his blood; and as the best expression of our ef
teem for it, a strict compliance with the terms of it.
ICOR. X. 13. God is faithful, wbp will not suffer you to be
tempted above that ye are able, but will with the temptation also make a way
to escape. The common plea with Libertines, that
human Nature is too weak to refift temptations.
54 I. Untier what restrictions the truth of the
tèxt, to be underttood. II. This maxim when duly stated, con
firmed, k. From experience, and the examples of
several holy men recorded in scripture
hiftory. 2. From some general reafonings drawn
from the nature of temptations themselves; of that gospel grace, which is to support us under them ; of man, a free agent; and of God, who is a