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may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. May we by thy grace ever live in this manner.


John's further Testimony concerning Christ.

22. After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. 23. And John also was baptizing in Enon, near to Salim, because there was much water there; and they came, and were baptized: 24. For John was not yet cast into prison. 25. Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews, about purifying. 26. And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou bearest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. 27. John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. 28. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 29. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which

standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. This my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30. He must increase, but I must decrease. 31. He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. 32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. 33. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. 34. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 35. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 36. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Lord, give us the same mind that was in the Baptist, who would take nothing to himself except it was given him from heaven; who, as thy friend and servant, sought not his own glory, but thine. Thou art the heavenly Bridegroom, who hast espoused the church to thyself. May all who preach thy gospel rejoice greatly because of thy voice; and when thy glory is most promoted,


may their joy be fulfilled. May they rejoice to decrease, that thou mayest increase; being sensible, that they and their ministrations are no farther valuable, than as they are instrumental in bringing souls to thee. Thou alone art worthy of all glory. How truly did the Baptist say, concerning thy divine person and doctrine, (O that all mankind might hear and believe!) "He that cometh "from above, is above all: he that is of the earth is

earthly, and speaketh of the earth; he that cometh "from heaven is above all." What ground of joy to have such a teacher! What thou hast seen and heard, that thou testifiest: yet, alas! how few receive thy testimony. He that receiveth thy testimony, hath set to his seal that God is true. Lord, we receive thy testimony. We believe; help thou our unbelief. Thou, whom God hath sent, speakest the words of God; for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto thee. O give us of thy Spirit, that we may understand thy divine words, and feed upon them, and lay them up in our hearts, and be furnished by them for every good work. We rejoice that the Father loveth thee, and hath given all things into thy hand. Thou wilt order all with perfect justice, and wisdom, and mercy. He that believeth on thee, hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not thee, shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him. O dreadful condition of unbelievers, who reject thee, the only remedy, and will abide in their sins; therefore the wrath of God abideth on them. How can it be otherwise, consistently with the perfect holiness of the divine nature? Their wickedness is also its own punishment. Lord, give us to believe on thee, and we are delivered from all this misery; yea, we have everlasting life. We have it in right; we have it in hope; and we have it in some degree of present enjoyment. O give us this faith by thy blessed Spirit. Amen.



Christ converses with a Woman of Sarnaria.

CHAP. IV. HEN therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2. (Though Jesus hinself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3. He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee. 4. And he must needs go through Samaria. 5. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well; and it was about the sixth hour. 7. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city

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to buy meat.) 9. Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria?-for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep from whence then hast thou that living water? 12. Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

Here we see thee, Lord, withdrawing from the rage of thy persecutors, till thou hadst fulfilled thy ministry. But go where thou wouldst, thou wast still doing good. We adore thee wearied with thy journey, sitting by the way-side on a well, and asking a drink of water from a stranger. When we remember this, let us never think it much to suffer weariness and thirst in thy service. The woman seemed surprized that thou, being a Jew, shouldst ask drink of her, a Samaritan: but, O loving Redeemer, thou despisest none of mankind who are willing to receive thy salvation. The souls of the Samaritans, though blind idolaters, were precious in thy sight, as well as those of the Jews. Thou mildly saidst to her, "If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that

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saith to thee, Give me to drink, thou wouldst have "asked of him, and he would have given thee living "water." Lord, suffer us to take hold of these words of thine, Thou art the gift of God to a lost world. It hath pleased the Father that in thee all fulness should dwell. O give us living water to satisfy the thirst of our souls. Alas! we have forsaken the fountain of living waters, and have hewn out to ourselves broken cisterns: we have been seeking to quench our thirst with the muddy poisonous draughts of sin. O take us back to the fountain, of living waters; restore us to the favour of thy God and thy Father, that he may be our God and our Father; and pour thy Spirit into our hearts. O do it, Lord, and we shall be satisfied.

13. Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again : 14. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him shall

be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

Though we should drink ever so deep of worldly pleasures, or riches, or honours, we should still be thirsty ; but the living water which thou givest, when thou comest thyself into our hearts, and bringest us to thy Father, and fillest us with thy holy Spirit, will satisfy all our desires. We shall be happy: we shall no more want any thing we shall have all things.


16. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18. For thou hast

had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

Thou couldst tell the woman all that ever she did. Thou knowest every thing we have done, or spoken, or thought. How would it fill us with shame and confusion, if any human creature knew it all! Thou knowest

it, and yet thou allowest us to seek thy face, and freely offerest us salvation. Lord God, wash us in thy blood, and make us holy by thy Spirit.

20. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22. Ye worship ye know not what we know what we worship; for salvation is of the Jews. 23. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24. God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25. The woman

saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. 27. And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28. The woman then left her water-pot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29. Come, see a man which told me all things that ever I did: Is not this the Christ? 30. Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

Save us from the idolatry of the Samaritans, who worshipped they knew not what; and from the carnality of the Jews, who did not worship God in spirit. May we be the true worshippers, whom the Father seeketh to worship him. O heavenly Father, may we ever worship thee with the utmost sincerity, and with our whole heart and soul. Blessed Lord Jesus, thou art the Messiah, whose office it is to teach thy disciples all things necessary to the worship and service of thy Father. O be pleased to teach us. Gracious Instructor, suffer us not to be deceived in any thing that is of importance to thy glory, or to the salvation of our souls. O manifest thyself to us, as thou didst to the woman, when thou saidst, "I that speak to thee am the Messiah :" and as thou didst to the other Samaritans, who believed on thee because of thy own word. May we also be able to say, "Now we believe not because of the testimony

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