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SERMON XVIII.

THE ESSENTIAL WORD INCARNATE; OR GOD

MANIFEST IN THE FLESH: OR IMMANUEL

GOD WITH US.

JOHN i. 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.

THE personality and essential deity of the Son of God, his incarnation, whereby he became Immanuel, God manifested in the flesh, are most sublime and important truths revealed in, and testified of, by the inspired volume; in which, next to the nature of the incomprehensible essence, and the personalities in the infinite and incommunicable Godhead, there is not a greater mystery recorded in it, than the incarnation of the essential Word, the only begotten Son of God.

The apostle Paul puts this in the front of all christian mysteries ; when writing to Timothy, he saith,

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness, God was, manifest in the flesh," 1 Tim. 3. 16. It is a great mystery indeed, such as elect angels and elect men will admire and contemplate for ever and ever, with inconceivable and increasing delight and joy.

This great subject, the essential Word incarnate, or God manifest in the flesh, Immanuel, God with us, I will endeavour to set before you at this time; it being a most particular part, branch, and article of our most holy faith and profession, to believe in God incarnate. It must therefore be absolutely necessary to attend to what is revealed and related concerning it in the record which God hath given concerping his Son.

May the Holy Ghost be my guide. O! that it may please bim to enlighten my understanding, and sanctify my mind, that I may so conceive, and clearly and properly express my thoughts on this most divine and glorious mystery, agreeably with what is recorded, and set forth of it, in the written word of God; and altogether in perfect conformity therewith, to the glory of the Three in Jehovah, and to the comfort and benefit of your souls. Even so, O! Holy Ghost, grant it for thy name sake. Amen.

The evangelist in the verses going before my text, treats of the personality and divioity of God, our Saviour, of his office, of his incarnation, and of his being rejected by some, and received and believed on by others.

The distinctive personality of the essential Word, his co-existence in the Godhead by essential union with it, his co-eternity and coequality in the unity of the infinite and incomprehensible essence, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, God over all blessed for ever, amen, are truths of the utmost importance, and most closely connected with our present subject. Our evangelist viewed it in this light, and therefore in the verses going before our text, he, under the influence of the Holy Ghost, positively asserts. these truths as fundamental ones. Herein he shews his apostolic wisdom; for the person of Christ in his divine nature, should be treated of before his actions in his human nature. He says, ver. 1. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The second person in the essential and eternal Trinity, is here called the Word. He is called so in the old testament, in divers places, too many to mention: to give some instances, he is called the Word of the Lord, and that in relation to the creation of all things; “ By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the hosts of them, by the breath of his mouth," Psalm xxxiii. 6. We read that the Word of the Lord came unto Abram in

ever cease. He will be Jesus, the everlasting Conqueror: he shall live and reign for ever and ever: all his subjects shall find everlasting life, increasing joy, unspeakable delight, and endless uninterrupted peace in him : he will, as the great prophet over the house of God, in whom all fulness dwells; as the great high priest over the house of God, who lives in heaven to bestow an everlasting blessing; as the King of kings, and Lord of lords, rule, defend, and protect his church; he will rule in the hearts of his people, over their persons, and all their concerns, spiritual and temporal, through all successive generations, even unto the end of the world: he will reign personally with them in the new Jerusalem state,' where the increase of his government and peace shall be fully exercised and enjoyed a thousand years; and he will reign with them in the ultimate state of bliss, to all eternity.

“ The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this :” which is the seal of God, set to what the prophet had declared concerning the birth, gift, names, throne, and kingdom of Messiah, of the increase and peace of his rule and reign, and principality of grace.

May the Lord accompany what hath been delivered on this subject, with the grace and energy of his Spirit to your hearts. Amen.

SERMON XVIII.

THE ESSENTIAL WORD INCARNATE; OR GOD

MANIFEST IN THE FLESH: OR IMMANUEL

GOD WITH US.

John i. 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."

THE personality and essential deity of the Son of God, his incarnation, whereby he became Immanuel, God manifested in the flesh, are most sublime and important truths revealed in, and testified of, by the inspired volume; in which, next to the nature of the incomprehensible essence, and the personalities in the infinite and incommunicable Godhead, there is not a greater mystery recorded in it, than the incarnation of the essential Word, the only begotten Son of God.

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