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Luke iii. 3. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach thebaptism of repentance for the remission of sins, Μark i. 4. Τhe same came for a witness, to bear witness ofthe Light, that all men through him might believe. Ηe was not that Light, but uαs sent to bear witness ofthat Light. Τhat was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world, John i. 7-9. John answered and said, Α man canreceive nothing, except it be
bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. Ηe that hath the bride is the bridegroom : but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. Τhis myjoy therefore is fulfilled. Ηe must increase, but I must decrease. Ηe that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh ofthe earth : he thatcometh from heaven is above all. Απd what he bath seen and heard, that he testifieth ; and no man receiveth his testimony Ηe that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God : for God giveth not the Spirit by measure υιnto him. Τhe Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand, John iii. 27-35. Τhen said Ρaul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, Τhat they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus, Αcts xix. 4.
"See on Μatt. vi. ver. 12. clause 1.
in sins, hath φuickened us together with Christ, (by grace yeare saved;) Εph. ii. 4, 5. Ιn this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Ηerein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and senthis Son to be the propitiation for our sins, 1 John iv. 9, 10. "Remember, Ο Lonn, thy tender mercies, and thy loving-kindnesses, for they have been ever of old, Psal. xxv. 6. Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory : where is thy zealand thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward πme ! are they restrained Isa. Ιxiii. 15. For God is my record, how greatly 1 long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ, Ρhil. i. 8. Ιf there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, ii. 1. Ρut on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering, Col. iii. 12. Βut whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him 1 John iii. 17. " Αnd there shall come forth a rod out of thestem of Jesse, and a Βranch shall grow out of his roots, Isa. xi. 1. Ηear now, Ο Joshua the high priest, thou and thy fellows that sit before thee : for they are men wondered at; for, behold, I will bring forth my servant, Τhe ΒRΑΝCΗ, Ζech. iii. 8. Τhus speaketh the Lonb of hosts, saying, Βehold the man whose name is Τhe ΒRΑΝCΗ ; and he shall grow up out ofhis place, and he shall buildthe temple of the LonD, vi. 12. Βut unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings, and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall, Μal. iv. 2. Ι Jesus-am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star, Rev. xxii. 16.
" See on Μatt, iv. ver. 16.
"Good and upright is the LonD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. Τhe meek will he guide in judgment, and the meek will he teach is way. Αll the paths of the LoRD αre mercy and truth unto such as keep hiscovenant and histestimonies, Ρsal. xxv. 8-10. What man is he that feareth the LoπD : him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose : Ηis soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth, 12, 13. Μercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Τruth shall spring out of the earth , and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Υea, the Loan shall give that which is good : and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him, and shall set us in the way of his steps, lxxxv. 10-13. Ηer ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace, Prov. iii. 17. Ι lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment, that Ι τnay cause those that love me to inherit substance, and I will fill their treasures, viii. 20, 21, Τhus saith the LonD, thy Redeemer, the Ηoly Οne of Israel; Ι am the LoRD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. Ο that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea, Isa. xlviii. 17, 18. Ι create the fruit of the lips, Ρeace, peace to him that is far ofí, and to him that is near, saith the Lonn, and Ι will heal him. Βut the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. Τhere is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked, vii. 19-21. Τhe way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their Ε they have made them crooked paths ; whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace, lix. 8. Τhus saith the Lonn, Stand ye in the ways and see, and
* Νow in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Ρontius Ρilate being governor of Judaa, and Ηerod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and of the region of Τrachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Αbilene, Luke iii. 1.
5 Destruction upon destruction is cried: for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment, Jer, iv. 20. Αnd there stood up one of them, named Αgabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world : which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar, Αcts xi. 28. Ε; " I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world, Rom. i. 8. Εlias was a man το like paseions as we are, and
* Τherefore the LonD himself shall give you a sign: Βehold, a virgin. shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel, Isa. vii. 14. Αnd knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son : and he called his name JΕSUS, Μatt. i. 25.
"Αnd this shall be a sign unto you ; Υe shall find the babe wrapped ir swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, 12. For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground, he hath no form nor comeliness, Isa. liii. 2. Αnd Jesus saith unto him, Τhe foxes have holes, and the birds of the air hαυe nests ; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head, Μatt. viii. 20.
"Ηow beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace ; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Ζion, Τhy God reigneth! Ιsa. iii. 7. and Rom. x. 15. Τhe Spirit of the Lord GoD is upon me; because the LoRD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek , he hath sentme to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,
d the opening of the prison to them that are bound, Ixi. 1. Αnd we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, Αcts xiii. 32.
" See on Μatt. viii. ver. 11. clause 1.
" See on Μatt. i. ver. 21. clause 3.
" Αnd I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed : it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel, Gen. iii. 15. Τhe sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come , and unto him shall the gathering of he people υε, χlix. 10. Τhe kings of the eafth set themselves, and the rulerstake counseltogetheragainst the LonD, and against his anointed, saving, Psal. ii. 2. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to makereconciliation foriniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the visionand prophecy, and to anoint the Μost Ηoly. Κnow, therefore, and understand, that from
to restore and to build Jerusalem,
unto the Μessiah the Ρrince, shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks : the streetshall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. Αnd after threescore and two weeks shall Μessiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary, and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined, Dan. ix. 24-26, Αnd Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Μary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ, Μatt. i. 16. Απd Simon Peter answered and said, Τhou art the Christ, the Son of the living God, xvi. 16. Ηe first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Μessias, which is, being interpreted, Τhe Christ, John i. 41. Βut these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Soτι of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name, xx. 31. Τherefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ, Αcts ii. 36. Οpening andalleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead, and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ, xvii. 3. Whosoever believeth thatJesus is the Christis born of God : and every one thatloveth him thatbegat loveth him that is begotten ofhim, 1 John v. 1. ο Αnd whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me, Luke i. 43. Αnd thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Ηighest; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways, 76. Αnd if any manaskyou, Why doyeloosehim * thus shallyesay unto him, Βecause the Lord hath need of him, xix. 31. Αnd David himself saith in the book of Ρsalms, Τhe LonD said unto τηy Lord, Sit thou on myright hand, Τill Lπmake thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore calleth him Lord , how is he then his son 2 xx. 42-44. Τhe word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ; (heis Lordofall;)Αcts x. 36. Which none of the princes of
xxii. 19. Τhe chariots of God ανε twenty thousand, even thousands of angels : the LoRD is among them as in Sinai, in the holy place, Psal. lxviii. 17. Ρraise ye him, all his angels : praise ye him, all his hosts, cxlviii. 2. Α fiery stream issued and came forth from before him : thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened, Dan. vii. 10. Αnd I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels roundabout the throne and the beasts and the elders : and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, Rev. v. 11.
VΕR. 14. Δόξα εν υψίστοις Θεώ, και επί γης ειρήνη, εν ανθρώποις ευδοκία. "Glory to God in the highest, band on earth peace, good will touard men. * Saying, Blessed be the Κing that comethin the name ofthe Lord, peace in heaven, and glory in the highest Ιnke xix. 38. Sing, Ο heavens; and be joyful, Ο earth, and break forth into singing. Ο πmountains ; for the LoaD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon hisatflicted, Ιsa xlix, 13. Απd every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever, Rev. ν. 13. " For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder , and his name shall be called Wonderful, Coun8ellor, Τhe mighty God, Τhe everlasting Father, Τhe Ρrince of Peace. Οf the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth even for ever. Τhe zeal of the LonD of hosts willperform this. Ιsa. ix. 6, 7. I create the fruit of the lips ; Ρeace, peace to him that is far oft, and to him that is near, saith the LonD , and I will heal him, Ινίi. 19.