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eth it as the Father's Will, that all Men Jhould honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. John v. 23. And now upon reviewing these several Passages, to which many others might be added, did ever any Prophet, the most highly favoured of God? express himself after this Sort? Is there not something in this Manner of speaking that Jeadeth us to regard him as a Person of unparalleled Divine Dignity, and to whom no other was ever equal? And it is to be observed, that not-only doth he express himself in this wonderful Strain in his Discourses to Men, to the Jews, and to his own Disciples, but even in his immediate Addresses to God. Remarkable to this Purpose is-that Prayer of his which is recorded in John xvii. What a Majesty may be observed in it, becoming his Nearness to the Father, yet still preserving a proper Subordination to him! His Prayer is of as peculiar a Kind, as his Character, and as the Dignity of his Person. There appeareth in it not only the most ardent Love to God, and Zeal for his Glory, and the most unparalleled Benevolence to his Disciples and to Mankind; but there is an inimitable Dignity, a Divine Grandeur and Solemnity in it, becoming the Son of God infinitely dear to the Father, and which would have become no other: Father, the Hour is
come come to glorify thy Son, that thy Sort also may glorify -. thee. — As thou hajl given him Power over all Flesh, that he Jhould give . eternal Life so as many as thou bast given him. And this is Life eternal that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesu& Christ, whom thou hajl sent. — And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self, with the Glory which I had with thee, before the World was. — All mine are thine, (all my Things are thy Things, as it might be properly translated) and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. — Father, I will that they also whom thou haft. given me be with me where I am, that they may behold my Glory which thou hast given me: For thou lovedft me before the Foundation of the World.
Another Thing that is to be observed in our Lord's Manner of speaking concerning himself, is, that as he speaks in the Character of the Son of God, who was most near and dear to the Father, so he frequently representeth himself as the great and aU-sijfficient Saviour of Mankind, through whom alone we can be restored to the Divine Favour, as the Giver of the Spirit, and not merely the Publisher, but the Au-^ thor and Bestower of eternal Life. And this must certainly give him an Authority, vastly superior to any other that ever pretended tended to instruct Mankind. What Prophet, or holy Man of God, could ever declare in the fame magnificent Terms, that he did concerning himself, My Sheep bear my Voice,. and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal Life, and they Jhall never perish, neither shall any ■pluck them out of my Hand'. John x. 27, 28. I am the Refurreffion and the Life', he that believeth in me? though he were dead, yet Jhall he live: And whosoever Ifveth and- be* lieveth in me Jhall never die; or shall not die for ever, or eternally, John xi. 25,26. This is the Will of him that sent me ;—That every one which feeth the Son, and believe th on him, viz. with a practical vital operative' Faith, Jfiousd have everlasting Li/e.; And I will raise■ him up 'at the last' Day. John vf. 40, which he repeateth several Times in that Chapter, Ver. 39, 41^ 44. - In my "Father's House are many Mansions; if it 'ivere not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a Place for you. ~'And if I go ta prepare a Place for you, I will come again? and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there' ye may be al/b. John xiv. 2, 3. '/ am the W'ayK and the Truth, and the Life; no Man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Ib. Ver. 6. Come unto me all ye that 'labour and' are heavy-laden, and I will give you Res. Matt. xi. 28. I am the Vine, ye
are are the Branches: He that ahideth in me, and I in him, the fame bringeth forth much Fruit: For without me ye can do nothing. John xv. 5. He ascribeth to himself the Sending of the Holy Ghost: When the Comforter is come, whom I will fend you from the Father, be shall testify of me. John xv. 26. If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart I will fend him unto you. John xvi. 7. He (/. £. the Spirit of Truth) Jhall glorify me; For he shall receive of mine, and Jhall shew it unto you. Ib. Ver. 14.
To these may be added the Passages that relate to his being constituted the great Judge of the World, by whom the Dead shall be raised, to whom all Men must give an Account, and by whom their everlasting State shall be determined. Thus we find him declaring, As the Father raifeth the Dead, and quickeneth them, even so the Son quickeneth whom be will. For the Father judgeth no Man, (viz. immediately) but "hath committed all Judgment to the Son'. John v. 21, 22. The Hour is coming, in which all that are in their Graves shall hear his Vcicei and JJjall come forth, they that have done Good unto the Resurrection of Life, and they that have done Evil unto the Resurrection of Damnation. Ver. 28, 29. At die End of the World, the Son of Man
Jhall stall send his Angels, and they Jhall gather out of his Kingdom all Things that offend, and them that do Iniquity; And Jhall cast them in/o the Furnace of Fire: there Jhall be Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth. Matt. xiii. 41, 42. Many will Jay to me in that Day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophejied in thy Name? And in thy Name have cast out Devils t And in thy Name done many wonderful Works ? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you j depart from me ye that work Iniquity, Matt. vii. 22, 23. Luke xiii. 26,27. But above all that remarkable Passage, Matt. xxv. from Ver. 31 to the End, deserves bus special Notice: When the Son of Man stall come in his Glory, and all the holy Angels t^fth him, then stall heft upon the Throne of his Glory, and before him stall be gathered all Nations, &c. And then he goes on to give an admirable. Account of the 'future general Judgment. He represented! himself as the univerfal Judge, at whose Tribunal all Mankind shall appear, by whom the whole important judicial Process shall be conducted, and the solemn Sentence pronounced upon the Righteous and the Wicked; in Consequence of which they (hall be adjudged to everlasting Happiness or Misery.