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22 And the holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him:
and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou arc my beloved Son,in thee I am -well pleased.
23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age. *
1 A Nd Jesus being
2 Being forty days
tempted of the devil:
and in those days he did eat nothing; and when they were ended, he afterward hungred.
open, at what time the Holy Ghost descended from the Sky in a visible flame under the form of a Dove, and rested on the head of Jesus: at the fame instant a Voice was heard pronounced by God himself saying, Thou art my beloved Son in whom I am well pleas'd. Jesus was now thirty years old, and began to enter upon his Office, as we Ihall afterwards relate.
Having thus been baptiz'd by John, he straitway retir'd into a neighbouring Solitude in Arabia, near the Spring-head of the River Jordan, that by baffling the Temptations of the evil Spirit, nis Constancy might grow the firmer, and become the more illustrious. In this Desert he remain'd forty days without eating, the lame number of days that Moses continued fasting on Mount Sinai, when he receiv'd the" Law from God. Tis not recorded what happen d to Jesus during the time that he continued in the Desert, only that towards the conclusion ot" it ne began to be hungry •, the divine Power at length permitting Man to v ield to the infirmity of hu
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2 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said,It is written,Man lhall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And faith unto him, If theu be the Son of God, cast thy self down:
for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest ac any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not/tempt the Lurd thy Gcd.
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3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of Gcd, command this stone that it be made bread.
4 And Jesus answered him, laying, It is wruten, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple,
and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thy self down from hence.
jo For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee.
Ii And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dath < thy foot against a stone.
12 And Jesus answering, slid unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
man Nature. Hereupon the evil Spirit (who is always contrary to the determi«ations of God) approach'd him, telling him, that fmee he was the Son of God, and by his Father s Authority superior to the Laws of Nature, he might afluage bis Hunger with the very Stones, which at his first command Would be" ehang'd into the substance of Bread. Jesus answer'd him that twas written by M«Jes. Deut. 8. 3. Man Jkall not live by Bread aUme, but by every thing that proceeds from the month ofGod, that is, whatever God has appointed to be instead of Breads that therefore there was no necessity for (ben a tranlmatation as he suggested.
The evil Spirit then led him to Jerusalem, and placd him on the battlements of the Temple, bidding him precipitate himself if he were the Son of God, since it was him llf> Psalmist meant, when he said, Psai.91. 2. GcdJhaU give his A»gels charge over thee. They Jkall bear thee up in H)eir hams, left thou dast) thy foot agrknfi a Stone. Jcfn* replied, 'Tisalio written by Moses, Deut. 6. 16. Tkou Jbalt not tempt the Lord thy God, as it thou doufctedst of his Power. and Goodness. The
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in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him,AH this power will I give thee,
and the glory of them; for that is delivered unto me, and to whomsoever I will, I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt- worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto liim, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written , Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God^and him only shalt thou serve.
i; And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him
evil Spirit, who had thus been twice repuls'd, made a third attempt upon him, leading fiim to an exceeding high Mountain, from the top of which he gave him a prospect os vast Tracts of Ground round about him,ericlosing the Wealth of many Nations,which he promis'd to bestow upon him, provided he would do him Homage, and worlliip him as God; affirming himself to be the Lord of 'em, and that he could dispose of 'em at his pleasure. Then said Jesus, Get thee from me thou enemy of God-, for it is said by Moses, Deut. io. 20. Then shalt worfl/ip the Lord thy God, and bint only st}ah thou serve.. The evil Spirit finding himself quite frustrated by this answer,
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j^ |£j> for a season,
and was with the wild *v3
and behold an- and the angels
gels came and minis- ministred unto him. tred unto him.
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to"' ■ was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
a The fame was in the beginning with God.
departed from him for a season •, Jesus remaining upon the Mountain among the wild Beasts: but the Angels of God brought him Food, and were ready to execute whatever hecommandedthem.
The Divine Wisdom by which sll things were created, dwells in Jesus, tho rejected by the Jews. The Testimony of John concerning Jesus.
COME of the Professors of the Jewilh and Christian Religion, having withal *** applied themselves to the study of the Heathen Philosophy, nave deliver'd many things concerning Life, Light, and the only begotten Son of God, and inculcated them to their Disciples, as things of the greatest moment •, of which opinions, some being true, some false, and consequently not being all to be rejected or embraced, I will briefly mention liich of 'em as agree with the Doctrine of Jesus Christy before I enter upon the History of his ministerial Office. Tis true, that before the Creation of the World, Reason did exist, for Reason was then in God, indeed was God himself, it not being possible for God to be without it; Reason, I say did exMatthew. Mark. Luke. John.
3 AH things were made by him •, and without him was not any thing made, that was made.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of [men.
5 And the light fliineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name wot John.
7 The fame came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not chat light, but was sent co bear witness of that light.
p Tliat was the true light,.. which lighteth every man thac cometh into the world.
1 o He was in the world,and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
ist in God before the Creation of the World, every portion of which was created with the greatest Reason; nor can any thine be produc'd that has been made without it. In this Reason alone,- formerly resided the perfect Knowledg of the way that leads to everlasting Life i which it was impossible for men to find out otherways than as enlighten'd by this knowledg, made in some measure partakers of ir, and under the guidance of it, as it had been a most glorious Light preceding, and pointing out the way they were to follow. But this Light has since been brought ,' down to men, has strin'd among 'em many Years, and continues to direct the Ig-' norant in the way to Life, tho most neglect the use of it, and chuse to wander on still in the darkness of their Ignorance.
Upon this account John was sent to the Jews by God, to inform 'em who it-was . in whom this Liaht remain'd, and by a publick Testimony to induce 'em all to . believe and rely upon it ■■, for it was not John in whom this Light resided, nor was it his Errand to make Men partakers of it, but only to procure Authority among » the Jews for him who was invested with it. So that in this Man only resides the • Light which alone is worthy of this appellation in a most transcendent Sense, and which whoever follows, will be led by it to Life eternal. He who had this Light within him had been for a considerable time conversant among Men, who tho they . were at first created by that divine Reason that dwelt within him, yet were .not ^