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I am,” (Matt. xxvi. 63; Mark xiv. 61.) The immediate consequence of thus perseveringly declaring the greatness of his rank was ignominy and torture. “The high-priest rent his clothes, and said, What need we any further witnesses ? Ye have heard the blasphemy, what think ye? and they all condemned him to be guilty of death.” But though man refused belief, nature extorted it. “When the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.” (Matt. xxvii. 54.) “ He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest;” (Luke i. 32 ;) “ that holy thing that shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God. And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" (Luke i. 43.) “ The Son abideth in the house for ever.” (John viii. 35.) “And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John vi. 69.) “ He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God ? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.” (John ix. 35-38.) Had He not been the Son of God, in a sense quite different from that of any other inspired messenger, the declaration would have been absolute equivocation. “ The Father himself loveth you, because ye

have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” (John xvi. 27.) Father, the

hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” (John xvii. 1, 5.) “ These things are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.” (John xx. 31.) “And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? and he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the Scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep

the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearers, so he opened not his mouth : in his humiliation his judgment was taken away : and who shall declare his generation ? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they

came unto a certain water; and the eunuch said See, here is water : what doth hinder me to be baptized ? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” (Acts viii. 26–37.)

This recital contains an account of a person high in the estimation of his royal mistress; but at the same time possessed of a much higher honour, high in the estimation of his God. Though advanced by the former to the summit of worldly ambition, the full confidence of his queen and sovereign, yet the splendid appointment by her conferred upon him did not prevent his piety towards God, or his diligent inquiry after truth. These were eminently rewarded by the Most High: an angel was despatched with directions to Philip, who immediately put that highly important question, “ Understandest thou what thou readest ?” The eunuch naturally answered, how could he, without some man should guide him; and, rejoicing in the hope of now obtaining the much-longed for exposition, desired Philip to come up and sit with him, praying to know of whom the prophet spoke, whether of himself or some other man. Then Philip opened his mouth, and preached unto him Jesus. And what was the result ?- The eunuch believed with all his heart that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. Philip must have so preached Jesus, as to have fully convinced him that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, in a way totally differing from any other man or any other being. He must have convinced him, that during the probationary humiliation of the Son of God, (but of this, more particularly hereafter,) He dwelt incarnate in the man Christ Jesus; or the belief he had just instilled into him was, in fact, no belief at all; and the declaration it produced would have been merely equivocal, had not Jesus Christ been the Son of God, in a way completely overpowering, and bearing down the sense in which this appellation was ever otherwise applied. Upon the miraculous conversion of St. Paul, he straightway preached Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God: (Acts ix. 20 :) and the above remarks are equally applicable to this Scripture as to that just stated : “ I live by the faith of the Son of God.” (Gal. ii. 20.)

“ But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son.” (iv. 4.)

- Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” (Eph. iv. 13.) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” (Col. i. 13.) “God hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds ; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when He had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right band of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a

Father, and he shall be to me a Son ? And again, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels He saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation ?” (Heb. i.) In this chapter, the point into which we are now inquiring is fully argued, and completely established. “ Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant : but Christ, as a son over his own house.” (iii. 5, 6.) “Seeing, then, that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.” (iv. 14.) “For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity ; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.” (vii. 28.) “He that despised Moses' law died without mercy, under two or three witnesses ; of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God.” (x. 28.) “ For He received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven,

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