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world was made by him, and the * world knew him not 11; He came b unto his own, and his own c received him not. 12. But as many as d received him, to them gave he * povrer COr, the right, or, privileges to become the sons of God, em to them that believe on his name: 13. Which were e born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14. And the fWord g was (1) made

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were framed by the Word of kers of a divine Nature, having God. escaped the Corruption that is in

* 1 Cor. 1.11. —The World by the World through Lust. + ijoh. Wisdom knew not God.— 3.1; Behold, what manner of Lore

b See on Mar. 10. 6. 5 the Father hath bestowed on us,

c Luk. 19. 14. His Citizens ha- that we should be tilled the Smi ted him, and sent a Message after of God. him, saying, We will not have e t See on Job. 3. J, $. this man to reign over us. f * Mar. 1. itf, 23. —Of vim

d t Isa. yo\ 5, Even unto them to [Mary] was born Jesus, who is alwill I give in mine House, and led Christ. Behold, a Virgin shall within my Walls, a Place, and a be with Child, and stall bring Name better than of Sons and forth a Son, and thou ftalt call Daughters: I will give them an his Name Emmanuel, which being everlasting Name that shall not be 1 J interpreted, is God with us. ]LdL cutoff, f Rom. 8. 1 J. Ye have 1. 3 t. Behold, thou shalt cmciivi not received the Spirit of Bondage in thy Womb, and bring forth a again to fear; but ye have received Son, and shalt call his Name Jesus, the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we t Luk. a. 7. She brought forth her cry, Abba, Father, t Gal. 3.16.10 first born Son.— t 1 Tim. 3. it. Ye are all the Children of God by —God was manifest xn the Flejh.— Faith in Christ Jesus, t 2 Pet. 1. 1 Joh. 1. 4. The Use was maniftpl, 4. Whereby are given unto us ex- and we have seen it.— ceeding great and precious Promises; 6 t Rom 1. 3. Concerning hii that by these you might be Parta-2$ Soa

(1) If we consider what is affirmed both here and in the References) we stall fee Reason to distinguist between the Divine and Humane Nature in the Person of Christ. The Term Word, expresses his divine Nature: The Word being made Flejh, or Man, his humane Nature. He was of the Seed of David accord ng to the Flesh, and he was the Son of God m such a Sense as belongs to no other Person, and therefore God. This Dftinttion is of great Importance in the Disputes that are unhappily 0" foot concerning the ever blessed and adorable Trinity, for the removing many Difficulties, particularly fomethat arise from Expressions in this Gospel, as where our Lord fays, My Father is greater than I, &c. I therefore add one Place of Scripture, which, without any Explication, seems to me to establist such a Distinction, namely, those QuejliMt cur Lord puts to the Pharisees, Mat. 22. 41,&c. 'What think ye of Cnn», 4 Whole Son is he? They fay unto him, the Son of David. He ft*" 'unto them, How then doth David in Spirit call him Lord, faying, I.1" * Lord said-anto my Lord, Sit thou on my right Hand, till I make thine 'Enemies thy Footstool? If David then call him Lord, how <V * 'his Son?

'fleslx, and dwelt among us (and we i beheld his glory, tha glory as of the only begotten of the Father) k full of grace and truth. 15. <J[ 1 John bare witness of him, and cried, faying, This was he of whom 1 spake, m He that cometh after me, is preferred before me •, for he n was before me. 16. And of his 0 fulness have all we received, and (1) grace for grace. 17. For the p law was given by Moses, but (2) grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18. q No man hath

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Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which them, Verily verily I fay unto you, »« made of the Seed of David ac- Before Abraham was, I am. cording to the Flesh, t Gal. 4. 4. 0 V Joh. 3. 34. God giveth not —God sent forth his Son made of the Spirit by measure unto him. a Wman.— Phil. 2. 7. [Christ 5 Joh. iy. j.—Without me ye can Jesus] was made in the Likeness of do nothing.- * Col. 1.19. The Words Man. under Ver. 14. t Col. 2. 9,10. In

t Heb. a. 14. Forasmuch then him dwelleth all the Fulness of the as the Children are Partakers of Godhead bodily. Ye are complcat flesh and Blood, he also himself'10 in him, which is the Head of all likewise took Part of the same.— Principality and Power. 't a Pet. 1.17. f See on Mat. p t Exod. 20.1, &e.

q Exod. 33. ao. Thou canst not tCol. 1. 19. It pleased the Fa- fee my Face: for there shall no Man tner, that in him sliould all Fulness 1 5 fee me and live. Deut. 4. 1 a. The dwell. +. Col. a. 3,9. In whom Lord spake unto you out of the are hid „// the Treasures of Wisdom midst of the Fire; Ye heard the andKnowledge. For in him dwel- Voice of the Words, but saw no SiMa all the Fulness of the Godhead militude, only ye heard a Voice. b°Wy- aoEcclesiast. 43. 31. Who hath seen

• Joh. 5. 33. Ye sent unto him, that he might tell us? and iTM,and he tare Witness unto the who can magnifie him as he is? froth. See on Mat. 3.n. Act. f Mar. 11.27. —Neither knoweth ti' preached be- any Man rhe Father, save the Son,

'fore his coming.— 25 and he to whomsoeverthe Son will

mt Ver. 27, 30. t Joh. 3. 31 reveal him. t Luk. 10. 22. —No TM that cometh from above, is a- Man knoweth who the Sen is, but miall.—. the Father ; and who the Father is,

•'Joh. 8. y8. Jesus said unto bue

(1) The full Sense of this Verse seems to be: Of his Fulness have all ^received [Fulness] and Grace for or in Proportion to [his] Grace. There' ls'n Christ Jesus an infinite Fulness of divine Perfections. The Spirit **sI given to him without measure; and from him are derived ro us

"dorn, Knowledge, Virtue, Assistance, &c. in such Proportions and {reSrees as we are capable of receiving them. See Dr. Clark's ""phrase.

. I*) God's gracious Design to help, assist, and P'ar'don penitent and return''S Sinners of every Nation and Country, and to bestow Eternal Life ,¥°rvthem, was not made known in the Law of Moses, as it is discovered 'n (ne Gospel of Christ, who is the Truth and Substance, and was signified M Prefigured by the typical Observances in the Law.

(1) seen God at any time} the only begotten Son, whichis in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared Year of our him. 19. ^[ And this is the 1 record of John, Lord 30. when the Jews sent Priests and Levites from Jerusalem, to ask him, Who art thou? 20. And he b confessed, and denied not j but confelsed, I am not the Christ. 21. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he faith, I am not. Art thou * thatc Prophet QOr, a FrofheQ? And he answered, No. 22. Then iaid they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us: what fay est thou of thy self? 23. He said, I am d the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. 24. And they which were sent, were of the Pharisees. 25. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptixeft thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that Prophet? 26. John answered them, saying, e I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye

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but the Sow, and he to whom the b + Joh. 3.18. Ye your selves Son will reveal him. Joh. 6.46. bear me Witness, that I said,/• Not that any Man hath seen the not the Christ, but that I am lent Father, save he which is of God, before him. t Acts 13.2s- As John he hath seen the Father. 1 Tim. 1. j fulfilled his Course, he said, Wnom Jj. Unto the King Eternal, Im- think ye that lam? lamnttk mortal, Invisible.— * 1 Tim. 6. But behold there cometh one after 16. —Whom no Man bath seen, nor me,whose Shoes of his Feetlam not can fee. *iJoh. 4. 12, so. No worthy to loose. Man hath seen God at any time.—10 c + See on Joh. 7. 40. He that loveth not his Brother d* Mat 3. 3. t Isa.40.3- $tt whom he hath seen, how can he on Mar. 1. 3. V Joh. 3.28- w love God whom he hath not seen? Words under Ver. 20.

a t Joh. 5. 33. The Words under c * See on Mat. 3. II. Ver. 15. iy

(O God is a Spirit, and cannot be seen with mortal Eyes. Our know ledge of him in this Life is but imperfect. It is in the other Statement to expect to fee him as he is. Jacob is indeed, Gen. 32. 30. said to n»ve seen God Face to Face, and Moses to have seen and talked with him; out these Expressions are not to be understood literally, but as spoken m" the manner of Men ; for they only signifie God's revealing and difc<>" vering himself to them in a more full and clear manner than to others; they do not imply that they saw his Essence; for no Man can fee him" He is in himself and live. By the Coming of the Son of God into t M World, who is in the Bosom of the Father, and it the Image os thein^P'1 Cod, we Christians have a more distinct Knowledge of the Will and Attributes of God, than those who lived before, though favoured with i»' mediate Revelations by God.

now not; 2.7. i He it is who coming after me, is preferred efbre me, whose shoes latchet I am not worthy to unloose. 8. These things were done in h Bethabara beyond Jordan, 'here John was baptizing. 29. <fl The next day John seeth esus coming unto him, and faith, Behold 1 the Lamb ofc iod, which * taketh COr, beareth'j k away the sin of the 'odd. 30. 1 This is he of whom 1 said, After me cometh man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 1. And I m Jcnew him not: but that he mould be made maifestto Israel, therefore am I come n baptizing with water.' 1. And John "bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven, like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33. ^nd I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with vater, » the same said unto me, Upon whom thou stialt see he Spirit descending and remaining on him, the same is he

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!tVer. 15,30. * Acts 19. 4. walk in the Lighr, as he is in the John verily baptized with the Bap- Light, we have fellowship one with •'/» of Repentance, faying unto the another, and the Blond of Jesus «ople, that they should believe on Christ his Son cleanseth us from all «ra that lhould come after him, cSin. ijoh. 1. 2. He is the Prtpi" ch« is, on Christ Jesus. station for our Sins, and not for ours

• Judg. 7. 34. Come down a- only, but also for the Sins of the £"nst the Midianites, and take be- whole World. 1 Jon-3.5- Ye TMK them the Waters unto Beth- know that he was manifested to w«4and Jordan. j 0 take away our Sins, and in him is

1 T Isa. j j. j He is brought as a no Sin. l"»b to the Slaughter, f Acts 8. 1 t Ver. 15, 27. I1- —Like a Lamb dumb before m See the Note on Mat.3. 14. To Shearer.— \ 1 Pet. 1.10. With 11 '.' Mat. 3.6 Were baptized ot precious Blood of Christ, as of ..him in Jordan, confessing their *»* without Blemish, and with- 5 Sins.

°w Spot. Rev. 5. 6. —In the 0 * Mat. 3. 16. Lo, the Heavens midst of the Elders stood a Lamb were opened unto him, and he fa-» «it had been slain.— the Sfirit of Gcd descending like a

> Tim. 1. if. This is a faith-10 Dove, and lighting upon him. 'tying, and worthy of all Ac- t Mar. 1. 10. He saw the Heavens station, that Christ Jesus came opened, and the Spirit like a Dove g» the World to save Sinners. descending upon him. t Luk 3.22. Vtb- 9 14. How much more shall The Holy Ghost descended in a bodily »e hind of Christ, who through 1(. Shape like a Dove upon him. and tfi? eternal Spirit offered himself a Voice from Heaven, which said, '''tnout Spot to God, purge your Thou art my beloved Son, in thee Wf'fwe from dead Works to serve I am well pleased.

hving God? 1 Per. 2. 24; Pf Mat. 3.11. —He stall bapwnohisown self bare our ffns in his ^Dtize you with the Holy Ghost, and «*n Body on the Tree,that we be-i with Fire. V Acts 1. 5. John truH dead to Sin, should live unto ly baptized with Water; but ye "'gnreousnefs, by whose Stripes fliaJl be baptized withthe Holy Ghost . healed, 1 Joh. i. 7. If we not many Days hence, u".' {,,

which baptizeth with the holy Ghost. 34. And I saw,and bare record that this is the Son of God. 35. ^[ Again the next day after, John stood, and two of his disciples: }6. And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he faith, 1 Beholdthe Lamb ot God. 37. And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38. Then Jesus turned and saw them following, and faith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, ('which is to fay, being interpreted, Master) where * dwellest [Or, didest} thou? 39. Be faith unto them, Come and fee. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the (1) tenth hour. 40. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was b Andrew, Simon Peters brother. 41. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and faith unto him, We have found the Mesllas, which is, being interpreted, * the Christ [Or, the anointed}. 42. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou malt be called c Cephas, which is by interpretation, * a stone [Or, Peter}, ft % The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and faith unto him, Follow me. 44. Kow PJrlip was ofd Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 4f. Philip findeth e Kathanael, and faith unto him, We have sound him of whom f Moses in the law, and the E Prophets

1 t Ver. 29. from among their Brethren, lik«

bt Mat. 4. 18. Simon called unto thee, and will put my Wordi

Peter, and Andrew his Brother.— in his Mouth, and he shall sp«

c f Mat. 16. 18. —Thou art unto them all that I shall «<»•

Peter, and upon this Rock I will j rnand him.

build my Church .- and the Gates B.f Isa. 9. 6. + Isai. 7.14. Set

of Hell shall not prevail against on Luk. 24 27. * Isa 4.2.1"tlut

it. Day the Branch of the Lord Mje

d t Joh. 12. xi. The same came beautiful and glorious— t»* therefore to Philip, which was of 10 $3. 2. He shall grow up before him

Bethstida of Galilee, and desired as a render Plant, and as a RMt

him, saying, Sir, We would see out cf a dry Ground: He hath »

Jesus. Form nor Comeliness: and

e f Joh. 21.2. There were to- we flull fee him, there is ."0 gether Simon Peter, and Thomas 15 Beauty that we should desire W*

called Didymus, and Nathaniel of + Mich. 5. 2. But thou BetM'1**

Cana in Galilee.— Ephratah, though thou be little a

f t Gen. 3. iy. * Gen. 40.10. mong the Thousands of J»*

See on Luk. 24.17. 'Deut. 18. yet out of thee shall come ft""

18. I will raise them up a Prophet 20 W»

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