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Predictions concerning the new Covenant, &c. and the Tidings and Hymn of the Angels. f The former part of Isaiah's Prediction", Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, which had hitherto been incomprehensible, was cleared up by the birth of Jesus, who might justly be called Wonderful; and we shall see the remainder, concerning the other epithets applied to him, sufficiently explained to convince us, that the prediction certainly related to him. There are in the New Testament genealogies of Christ's descent, as the Son of Mary, and the reputed Son of Joseph; by which we find that Jesus was lineally descended from David; that He was of the tribe of Judah; that He proceeded from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; that He was of the posterity of Shem, the son of Noah; of the race of Seth, the son of Adam; that he was born of a Virgin, and in Bethlehem of Judea. Thus far, the prophecies were fulfilled in His birth, as the, Son of a Woman; but He was also the Son of God +.

SECTION X. o ; : * The oxic in of the word who was Made MAN. From Žohn, Chap. i. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was

not any thing made that was made.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

* Sect. iv. + The first of the Genealogies alluded to is in the first Chapter’ of St. Matthew's Gospel; the other, in the third of St. Luke's. And

"And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkncis' comprehended it not. - He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. - s He came unto his own, and his own received him not. . . . . But as many received him, to them gave he power to" become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. * . a . . which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. • And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us; and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only." begotten of his Father, full of grace and truth. . . .” , , " . . . . - - . -

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ANNOTATIONS AND REFLECTIONS. '' The prophets in the Old Testament frequently speak. of the Word of the Lorp; and we have before ob." served, that He could be no other than the Lord God, the great Jehov AH, very God of very God, by whom the will of the eternal, infinite, and invisible Derry was" made known to His intelligent creatures; and through.” whom He receives their homage and adoration. ot The Evangelist St. John (of whose Gospel this section' is a part) confirms the opinion suggested by the Scrip. tures of the Old Testament, for he asserts that the . Word was truly and essentially God, the CREAron of all things; that in him was a real principle of eternal’ life, and that he was the author of spiritual Light or" Divine Revelation to mankind. . . . ; ' ' ' . It is evident, from the prophetic writings, that the Word was in the world, even after the glorious manifestation of the Deity was withdrawn; but for a long series of years, His light thineth in darkness, and the dark. Wol. V. C *34

ness comprehended it not; for mankind in general, through the depravity of their minds, and their neglect of Divine revelation, did not discover the great Jehovah, through the cloud of error under which he was veiled from their eyes; but his faithful servants, who followed the light, or took Divine revelation as a guide,

still heard their Lokp speaking by the mouths of His

prophots; and beheld Him in his mighty acts, protecting His people, and accomplishing, by his omnipotence, all the purposes of infinite wisdom and goodness. These were led to hope, that. He, at His appointed time, would bless the world with His visible presence; but in what manner he would visit His people they could not tell. At length, as the Evangelist informs us, The Wood was made flesh, and dwell among wo. The seed of the

“He whose goings forth had been from old, from everlasting,” was born in Bethlehem of Judea." - * > From the promise made to Adam and Eve, thus: illustrated by the history of the birth of Jesus, we may understand, that the Loop GoP had resolved to sanctify of set apart for Himself one of the human race, that he might through Him restore man's title to happiness,. which Adam had forfeited by disobedience; and it will

evidently appear, from the history of Jesus Christ,

that the Gophrab dwelt in Him, which rendered Him, infinitely superior to the most exalted ranks of created, beings; for, as the body of man is dignified and raised. above the brute creation, by the union of the soul, so (though in a superlative degree) was the soul of Jesus dignified by the union of the Worp.

Thus did the Lord God lay aside the glory which

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He used to display to the world, and humble Himself, so as to manifest His presence under the human form, in the person of Jesus; who by his means became the visible image of the invisible De Ity. *

The manner of this wonderful union is beyond the reach of our understanding to conceive; but the history of our SAv Iou R will prove that He was really MAN, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting, and at the same time really and truly the Wo Rd, the everlasting SoN of the FATHER, full of grace and truth.

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AND when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus; as the angel who appeared to Mary before his birth had said. And when the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they brought. him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Le RD ; - “. And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtle-doves, or two-young pigeons. . . . . . . . . . . . And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. . . . . . . . oi, si - And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, * > C 2 that

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that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's CHR 1st. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation: Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people: A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them; and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against : o {Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. And there was one Anna, a prophetess, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; she was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity: And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years: which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in at that instant, gave thanks hikewise unto the Lokp, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things according - $0 o

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