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will come after me,
and follow me.
2 j For whosoever will save his life, (hall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life seamy fake, (hall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he lhall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
or what (hall a man give in exchange for his soul I
ctples also, he said un-
and follow me.
2$ For whosoever will save his life, (hall lose it -, but whosoever (hall lose his life for my fake aud the gospels, the (ame lhall save it.
36 For what (hall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what (hall a man give in exchange for his foul?
38 Whosoever therefore (hall be ashamed of me, and of my words in this adulterous and siniulgene
this effect: Whoever desires to be my Disciple, ought (without making account of the advantages that might redound to him if he were at free liberty) to give himself intirely tothe service of God, and daily resolve to adhere firmly to it, and to endure the greatest Misfortunes rather than violate the least of his Commands. Thole only that are thus disposed, lhall be reputed my Disciples. And take notice moreover, that thev who deny me to save their Life, jj^all often lose it \ and on the -contrary, many, who llialtcouragiously hazard itfor my sake, shallsaveit. Thus, if you regard only temporal advantages, it will be beneficial openly to profess your being my Disciples-, for what will all the good things you expect to gain by your Treachery, avail you, if at last you lose your Life, 1 he moll valuable of all human Blessings? With how much reason then ought you to part with all these, nay Life it ■self, for the obtaining endless Happiness in a future state, which lhall be the reward of those only who persist in a constant profession of being my Disciples? For whoever shall not have the courage in this deprave! and degenerate Age publicly to own his Obedience to my Gospel, lhall not beefr,*em'd one of my Disciples in that
CHAP. XVI. CHAP. VIIL
ration, of him also
. . - holy angels.
27 For the Son of «^j
man (hall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels; and then he (hall reward every man according to his works.
28 Verily I fay unto you, There be some standing here, which (hall not taste of death, till they fee the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
UND he said
Day when I shall come to judg the World with all the Pomp of Heaven and the holy Angels: For let no one doubt but there shall be such a day of Judgment iri which I shall come surrounded with divine Majesty, and attended by the Angels as Executioners of my Decrees, to reward men according to their Actions in this Life i nay, there are some here present who shall not dy till they have seen one remarkable instance of this my Office executed on the men of this Age.
1 A N D after fix l\ days, Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
a And was transfigured before them, and his face did shine as the fun, and his raiment was white as the light.
3 And behold, there appeared unto them Moses andElias talking with him.
C.fl'i P. IX*
2 And after fix days, Jesus taketh with him Peter, and lames, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves:.
it" and he was transfigured before them.
3 And his raiment became shining exceeding white as show j
so as no fuller on earth can white them.
4 And there appeared unto them Elias, with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.
28 And it came to pass about eight days after these sayings, he took Peter, and John, and James, and went up into a mountain
29 And as he prayed, the falhion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment w.w white and glistering.
30 And behold, there talked with him two men, which wero Moses and Elias.: .
The Transformation of Christ:, and aVoice from Heaven commanding Men to bear him. The Discourse of Christ concerning Elias. The Cure of a Boypojsejsed with a dumb Dæmon, which his Apostles could not cast out. Christ fqretels his Death and Resurrection to his Apostles, who do not comprehend his meaning.
TTHE eighth day after these Discourses pass'd, Jesus commanded Peter, James *• and John, the Sons of Zcbedee, to retire with him into a very high Mountain, where he might pray without interruption from the Multitude. While he was at his Devotions not far from the three Apostles just now mintion'd, suddenly hisGountenanccjrhang'd, and began to Iiihvs-with divine Majesty, insomuch that the tycs of the nvn were no more able to endure the Splendor of his Looks, than they could behold the Sun in its brightest Lustre. His Garment also glitter'd with so pure a white, as siirpals'd the Art of Men to imitate. There were also with him two Men, who appeared in the fame Glory, and clad in the fame Robes, who by their Discourse prov'd to be Moses and Elias ^ the two greatest Prophets God had
31 Who appeared
32 But Peier, and they that were with him, were heavy with steep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.
33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him,
Peter saidjunto Jesus, Mailer, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one tor Elias:
not knowing what he said.
34 While he thus spake,
formerly sent to Men. The Subject of their Discourse was concerning the Punishments to be inflicted upon the obstinate Inhabitants of Jerusalem. A little before this, Peter and his two Brethren were fast afleep, but now waking, they beheld this glorious Congress, and heard part of their Discourse. Not long after, Moses and Elias began to take their leave of Jesus j and Peter willing to detain them, sold to Jesus, JViaiter, it is very beneficial for us to continue here, give us leave therefore to make three Tabernacles with the Boughs of Trees, one for thee, another for Moses, and a third far Ellas. Now Peter was so astonilh'd (as were the other Apostles also) that he Icarce knew what he did, since he might easily have understood that Moses and Elias were not come down from Heaven to make any long stay among Mortals here on Earth. Peter had scarce made an end of (peak
L 1 Z ing,
and behold a roice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
6 And when the disciples heard if, they fell on their face, and were fore afraid.
7 And Jesus came ar.d touched them, and said, Arise, and ie not afraid.
8 And when they had lift up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell
7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them:
and a voice came out of the cloud, faying, Tiiis is my beloved Son,
there came a cloud, and overshadowed them:
and they feared, as they ent.cd into the cloud.
35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son,
ing, when a most bright Cloud came down from Heaven, and encompassed all that were present, which increas'd the amazement of the Apostles, who perceiv'd themselves iaclosa in it. Then the Voice of God was heard out of the middle of the Cloud? expressing himself to this effect:: This is my btloved Sow, in whom I am well ,pleased: Give diligent attention tc his Dotlr'me and Precepts. The Apostles having heard the Voice, were so terrified, that they fell flat with their Faces upon the ground.
But Jefiu coming to them, commanded them to rise and ehear up. They accordingly ohey'd, and looking round saw neither the Cloud, nor the men that had kept their Master company, whom they now beheld with his visual Countenance, and the Habit he had on before his Transformation.
Jesus then came down from the Mountain, with his Apostles, and by the way tommanded them not to discover what they had seen till after his Resurrection