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MATTHBW. MARK LUKE.
c H A P. L ni He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12' But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the Aesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me, is preferred before me ; for he was before me.
16 And of his fulness have
able to diftinguish him from their fallacious Teachers. He liv'd among his own People, who were ftild the Children of God; yet these did not receive his Doetrine : but such as embrac'd the divine Revelation of it, were therefore reckon'd in the number of God's People, tho they were not of the Pofterity of Abraham; and fach who were Ifraelites neither by Birth, nor Marriage, nor fo much as profelyted, were dignified with this Title by God's Will and Plealure. That Reason which, as we faid, was in the beginning with God, nay was God himself, has not always conceal'd it self from us, but has been made conspicuous to us, and dwelt among us by the means of that Man on whom it rested. We our felves have seen the divine Majesty of that Reason, which was heretofore invisible, manifesting it self in that Man, as it became him who was the Son of God, not after the manner that we are fo calld, but by one peculiar and proper to Himself alone. That Eternal Reason, full of Mercy and Benignity, has by him been made visible unto us.
Now John bore a clear and open Testimony concerning this Man, having publickly declar'd, it was he whom he had formerly describ'd in these words; He mbe cometh after me is greater than I, Whatever we know, Rows from this knowledg of heavenly Affairs, with which the Divine Reason had moft illustrioully fillid bim. From hence it is we learn that the Mercy and Benignity of God is so great, that all he expects from us in return for his wonderful Grace towards us, and those