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Thou sayest, "I do not condemn thee; go, and sin no inore. In like manner, thou saidst to the impotent "Behold thou art made whole; sin no more." Lord! What is it to sin no more? O give us what thou exhortest us to. Give us to be as free from all sin henceforth, as it is possible for human creatures to be, upon earth. We earnestly beg to be so. O hear us for thy name's sake.

SECT. XVIII.

Jesus declares Himself to be the Light of the World, and answers the Objections of the

Jews.

12. Then spake Jesus again | loweth me shall not walk in unto them, saying, I am the darkness, but shall have the light of the world: he that fol- | light of life.

O uncreated light, far more sweet, beautiful, and reviving, than the light of the sun; shine upon our minds, and we shall be happy. Make us to follow whithersoever thou leadest. What is it, Lord, to follow thee? Is it not to believe thy doctrines, to observe thy precepts, and to imitate thy example? O cause us to follow thee in all these, and if there be any other way in which thou wouldst have us to follow thee, graciously discover it. O cause us to follow thee fully. So we shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. The light which thou givest is life: and the life which thou givest is light. Blessed light! which will guide through this wilderness, and through the valley of the shadow of death, and lead us to heaven, where it will shine more gloriously. Blessed life! which diseases, age, afflictions, cannot impair, and which at the death of this body shall be perfected. O give us this light and this life.

13. The Pharisees there- | myself, yet my record is true: fore said unto him, Thou for I know whence I came, bearest record of thyself; and whither I go; but ye canthy record is not true. 14. not tell whence I come, and Jesus answered and said unto whither I go : whither I go 15. Ye judge them, Though I bear record of after the flesh; I judge no man. VOL. I.

16. And yet if I judge, my | judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. 17. It is also writ

Then said they unto him, Where
is thy Father? Jesus answered,
Ye neither know me, nor my
Father: if ye had known me,

ten in your law, That the testi-ye should have known my Famony of two men is true. (Deut. xix. 15.) 18. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. 19.

ther also. 20. These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.

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Though thou barest record of thyself, yet thy record was true: for thou couldst say to thy adversaries, "I know whence I came, and whither I go: but ye cannot "tell whence I come, and whither I go." They judged after the flesh, but thou judgedst no man. And yet if

thou hadst judged, thy judgment would have been true, for thou wast not alone, but thou and the Father that sent thee. It was written in the law of Moses, that the testimony of two men is true. Thou wast one bearing witness of thyself, and the Father that sent thee, bare witness of thee. O how miserable were they who neither knew thee nor thy Father: If they had known thee, they would have known thy Father also. Lord Jesus! Give us to know thee. We desire to know nothing else. All else is but vanity. We beseech thee, shew us thy glory. Blessed be thy name, for opening some of our eyes to see something of it. O give us to know thee more. May we be strangers to our most intimate friends in comparison of thee.

21. Then said Jesus again of this world. 24. I said thereunto them, I go my way, and fore unto you, That ye shall die ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: for if ye believe in your sins whither I go, ye not that I am he, ye shall die in cannot come. 22. Then said your sins. 25. Then said they | the Jews, Will he kill himself? unto him, Who art thou? And because he saith, Whither I go, Jesus saith unto them, Even ye cannot come. 23. And he the same that I said unto you said unto them, Ye are from from the beginning. 26. I have beneath; I am from above: many things to say and to judge ye are of this world: I am not of you but he that sent me is

true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. 27. They understood

not that he spake to them of the Father.

We bless thee, Lord, for giving any of us to believe that thou art he, that thou art the light of the world, the promised Messiah, the Son of the living God, the Word who was in the beginning with God, and God blessed for ever. O strengthen our faith more and more. Thou hadst many things to judge and to say of these hypocrites; but he who sent thee was true; and that was not the time of judging them; but of speaking to the world those things which thou hadst heard of him. Thus thou dost still by the instrumentality of thy servants. O that sinners may hear and believe, and act as they shall have cause to wish they had done, when the time of judgment comes.

28. Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29. And

he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. 30. As he spake these words, many believed on him.

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How visibly were these words fulfilled after thy death! And when they were delivered, the truth seems to have broke through the prejudices of many of thy hearers, They seem to have felt that thy words and works were divine, and that it was an undeniable truth that thou didst always the things that pleased God, On this occasion, thou saidst to them, "If ye continue "in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye "shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you "free." Lord, give us to continue in thy word, and to know the truth. We bless thee that thou hast brought any of us daily to meditate on thy words, and to set them before us, as the rule of our conduct. We trust thou wilt make us know the truth relating to thy glory and our salvation, and that the knowledge of this truth shall makeus free from the slavery of sin. Thou art the

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truth. make us to know thee more. and we hope thou wilt deliver us from this slavery. The Jews boasted they were the children of Abraham, and were never in bondage to any: But we acknowledge, Lord, we have been vile miserable slaves to divers lusts. O make us free. Thou hast said, "He who "committeth sin is the servant of sin." O deliver us from this cruel bondage. How comfortably didst thou speak concerning thy people of old; "I have seen, I "have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, " and I have heard their groaning, and am come down "to deliver them: And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: And ye shall "know that I am the Lord your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians." O almighty and most merciful deliverer! save us from this far worse bondage of the mind. O Son of God, bring us into that sweet and glorious liberty which thou givest. Then shall we be free indeed; we shall do the will of our heavenly father with delight, and dwell in his house for ever. Blessed and glorious liberty! prefer

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SECT. XIX.

Christ reproves the Jews who boasted of their Descent from Abraham.

31. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, if ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed: 32. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34. Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin. 35. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but

the Son abideth ever. 36. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37. I know that ye are Abraham's seed: but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 38. I speak that which I have seen with my Father; and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40. But now ye

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seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication: we have one Father, even God. 42. Jesus said unto them, if God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44. Ye are of your father the

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devil, and the lusts of
ther ye will do.
murderer from the beginning,
and abode not in the truth, be-
cause there is no truth in him.
When he speaketh a lie, he
speaketh of his own: for he is
a liar, and the father of it. 45.
And because I tell
you the
truth, ye believe me not. 46.
Which of you convinceth me
of sin? And if I say the truth,
why do ye not believe me?
47. He that is of God heareth
God's words; ye therefore hear
them not, because ye are not of
God.

They pretended to be the children of God, while they hated thee, his perfect image, and would not hear the truth which thou hadst received from God. They pretended to be the children of God, while they were indeed the children of Satan, and would do the lusts of that wicked one who was a murderer from the beginning; and when he speaketh a lie, speaketh of his own; being a liar, and the father of it. Therefore they sought to kill thee, and would not believe thee telling them the truth. None of them could convince thee of sin, nor of speaking any thing but the truth, yet would they not believe thee. Dreadful state of mind! Lord, pity and give repentance to all who are now under the power of such impiety, falsehood, and malevolence; and save us from being in the number. Destroy out of our hearts every seed of these hellish dispositions of murder and lying; and renew us by thy Spirit after the image of thy Father, who is light and love. And may we understand thy Speech, and hear with joy thy words, which are the words of God. May they be sweeter and more precious to us than all earthly delights!

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