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stancy, notwithstanding the Contradictions and Reproaches he met with, the Incredulity and Blasphemy of the Pharisees, the Hardness of Heart and. Obflinacy of many of the People, and the Dangers to which he was frequently exposed. An earnest Concern and Zeal for the Honour of God, and the Interests of pure and undefiled Religion, and the Cause of Truth and Righteousness in the World, wholly pollefled his Soul, and engaged all his Thoughts and Cares ; so that it was with great Justness that his Disciples applied to him that Pasfage of the Psalmisi, The Zeal of thine House bath eaten me up. John ii. 17. His Thoughts, Affections, and Views all tended towards God, and centered there. It was not a Regard to any worldly Interests and Attachments, nor the being united to him by the nearest Ties of Blood and Kindred, but the doing the Will of God, that recommended any Persons to his special · Affection and Esteem ; for the Love of God was the ruling Principle in his Soul: : Whosoever (faith he) skall do, the Will of my Father which is in Heaven, the fame is my Brother, and Sister, and Mother. Matt. xii. 50. The same excellent Spirit breathe's in that remarkable Declaration, Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much

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Fruit ; fo Mall ye be my Disciples. John xv. 8. Glory to God in the Highest was the first Note in the Angelic Song, at bis Coming into the World. Luke ii. 14. And this was the principal Thing he had in View, in the Whole of his most holy and useful Life. His Body and Soul were wholly confecrated to God, a living unpolluted Temple of the Deity; and his habitual governing Intention was to please and glorify his heavenly Father, to thew forth his Perfections in all their lovely Harmony, and to retrieve and advance the Divine Honour which had such a Shadow cast over, it by the Apostacy and Corruption of Mankind. Of him it might be said, in a more eminent Sense than of any other, that he continually walked with God. To him that Passage might be most properly applied which was spoken in the Person of the Messiah, I have fet the Lord always before me. Pfalm xvi. 8. He had his Mind constantly fixed upon God, and did every Thing as for his Glory: Father, glorify thy Name was his Language in the near Prospect of his bitter: Pason, to which he submitted upon this Consideration, that it was the Father's Will, and would be for his Glory: And, finally, as hath been already observed, he could justly appeal to him, a little before he left our World, I have glorified thee on the

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Secondly, That he yielded the most pere feEt Obedience to the Divine Commands in all Things. The most demonstrative Proof of real Piety, or right Affections and Dispositions towards God, is a Course of absolute unreserved Subjection and Obedience to his Authority and Laws: And in this our Lord Jesus Christ was eminent beyond all Parallel; for he never finned or tranfgressed the Divine Law in any single Instance, That which is spoken of the Meffab, Pfalm xl. 7, 8, was eminently fulfilled in him : Then said I, L, I come ; in the Volume of the Book it is written of me: I delight to do thy Will, O my God : rea, thy Law is within my Heart. His Coming into the World, his Taking upon him our Nature, and that in a mean and humble Guise, was itself a wonderful Act of Obedience to his heavenly Father : And he is introduced as saying, in the Passage now cited, Mine Ears hast thou opened, or rather, as it is properly rendered in the Margin, Mine Ears hast thou digged or bored; which is spoken in Allufion to the Custom of boring the Ears of Servants who willingly bound themselves to their Masters all their

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Livès long. See Exod. xxi. 5, 6. We are told that, in the Fulness of Time, God fent forth bis Son made of a Woman, made under the Law. Gal. iv. 4. He was born in Subjection to the Moral Law, in common with the rest of Mankind; and to the Mofaical Law, in common with the Israelites, of whom he sprung according to the Flesh; as well as to the peculiar Law he was under as Mediator ; all which he perfectly fulfilled in every Instance. In Obedience to God he exercised, for many Years, the Virtues of a private Life, and was fubje&t unto bis Parents. Luke ii. 51, thus living in a unobserved Obscurity, till the Time came that was appointed by the Divine Wisdom for his public Appearance and Manifestation to the World: And then, when he entered on the public Discharge of his Ministry, still he kept in all Things close to the Dic vine Appointment and Command. The Father which hath kent me (faith he) hath given me a Commandment, what I should Jay, and what I mould speak. And I know that his Commandment is Life everlasting: Whatsever I speak therefore, even as the Father bath said unto me, so I speak. That is a remarkable Declaration which he maketh to his Disciples, yoon xv. 10, If ye keep my Commandments, ye shall abide in my Love; even as I have kept my Father's Com

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mandments, and abide in his Love. Where he mentions this as one Ground of the wonderful Love of his heavenly Father towards him, that he kept bis Commandments; he kept them constantly, universally, and without the least Failure and Defect : He always did those Things which pleased bim.

But the most amazing Instance of our Saviour's Obedience was his Obedience unto Death, of which St. Paul speaks, Phil, ii. 8, where he faith, that, being found in Fashion as a Man, he humbled bimself, and became obedient unto Death, even the Death of the Cross; i.e. his submitting to that cruel and ignominious Death, with all the Sufferings that attended it, was in Obedience to his heavenly Father. Our Lord Yesus Chrift, having represented himself under the Character of the good Shepherd that giveth his Life for the Sheep, John x. 11, 15, adds, Ver. 17, 18, Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my Life, that I might take it again. No Man taketb it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have Power to take it again. This Commandment have I received of my Father, i. e. this Commandment that I should lay down my Life for the Sheep : For of this he had been speaking. To the same he refers,

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