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Matthbw. Mark. Luke. John.

Chap. III.

9 Nicoderaus answered and said unco him, How can these things be?

10 Jesus answered and said
, unto him, Art thou a master

of Israel^fcd knowest not
these things.

11 Verily verily I lay iur
to thee, We speak that we
do know, and testify that we
have seen; and ye receive

not our witness.

12 If I have told you earthly things and ye believe not, how (hall ye believe if I tell you of heavenly things i

i 3 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

14 And as Moses listed up the serpent in the wilderness,, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have eternal life.

Nicodemtu still was in the dark, which made Jesus tell hirrrhe wondered that a . man skill'd 'mtiaejewijh Law, like him, should not understand these things, or should; hesitate about them *, but, said he, aslure your self I tell you nothing, the truth os' which is not most certainly known to me, altho the generality of the Jews distrust and disbelieve my Sayings. But if you believe not what I have spoke to you* concerning what is done by men here on Earth, you will much left believe men0 Irelate what is done above in Heaven, which no man is acquainted with but hinr whom God hath sent down to men, and whom alone he has made partaker of his' secret Purposes, whereas what passes here on Earth is for the most part visible to». men. But as Moses sit up a Serpent of Bra's in the Desert of Arabia^ that all whe* look'd up to it might be cur'd of their bitings by the Serpents •, in like manner must that Man be lifted up upon a Stake, that he may give eternal Blils to such a* Hall believe on him, and are by him reduced from destruction. For so great is.

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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not

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17 For God sent not his Son inp the world to condemn the world; bm that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him, is not condemned: but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he

, hath not believed in the name

of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the worId,and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth *vil, hatcth the light; neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

the Love of God to Man, that he has sent his only begotten Son into the World, to lead those to everlasting Happiness who believe in him, who otherwise must have periih'd to all eternity ; God being so far from exacting the punishments their Crimes have justly deserv'd, that he has sent his Son on purpose to set them free Unless they themselves obstinately reject his Goodness. Whosoever will believe otl him (hall not be punifh'd , but whosoever shall deny him shall be subject to the punishments he has voluntarily brought upon himself, by not giving credit to the only begotten Son of God, who came on purpose to deliver him. For God having reveal'd a most holy Doctrine which might direct men in the way to everlasting Salvation, they shall therefore suffer punishment who reject this heavenly Light, and continue pertinaciously fix'd in those deadly principles which extinguish all knovyledgof Virtue, by allowing and encouraging them in their Vices.

For whoever cherishes his Vices must needs hate that Doctrine which inculcates the necessity of a Reformation, and the parting with them ■, and consequently refuses his Assent to it, being already determin'd not to forsake his Vices, lest thereby they should be manifest to all, and he himself be rcndred infamous. On the contrary,

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2i But he that doeth truth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

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22 After these things came x Jesus and his disciples into the

land of Judea, and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

25 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.

trary, whoever sincerely follows after Virtue, having been always to the utmost of his knowledg obedient to the divine Commands, or is resolv'd to be so for the future, does readily embrace this Doctrine of Reformation, not being conscious to himselt of any Crime, the discovery of which might impair his Reputation.

G H A P. XII.

Jesus departs from Jerusalem, and goes to another fart of Judea, where he baptizes such as resort unto him, while John the Baptist; continues to do the like in Samaria about Jordan, where he gives a remarkable Testimony concerning Jesus. Not long after John is imprisoned by Herod Tetrarch of Galilee.

AFter the holy days of the Passover were ended, Jesui, together with some of his Disciples, went into another tract of Judea, where he continued some time, and by the Ministry of his Disciples baptiz'd the Jews that offer'd themselves, as John was wont to do. But John himself remain'd at *s£flon in that part of Samaria that is near Jordan, not far from Scythobolis and Salamis, where he wasli'd the Penitents according to his Institution j for he was not as vet cast into Prison when Jesm began to publilh bis Goftel to the World. About this time there arose a

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Question bertreen some of olins 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 barest witness, behold, the fame 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 your selves 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, rejoyceth greatly because of the bridegrooms voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

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Debate between the Pharisees and some of John's Disciples, concerning the Baptism that was us'd by him Ana Jesus; Johns Disciples being unwilling that Jesus should be equal'd with their Master (as he was by the Pharisees in their dispute with them, who believed on neither) repair'd to John as it were complaining, that Jesus drew many also to his washing, and thereby hindred them from resorting to him at Jordan. How comes it to pass, said they, that he who was with thee the other day beyond Jordan, to whom thou gavest so clear a Testimony, should himself also baptize and draw so many to him? Seest thou not that the number of thy Disciples, and thy Fame will be hereby lessend? But John told them, it was not the part of a Religious man to assume greater Authority to himself than he had been invested with by God; and you, laid he, your selves can bear me witness that I ingenuously own'd I was not the Mcffiah, but only sent by God before him to prepare the minds of the Jews for his reception. A Bridegroom enjoys his Bride alone *, and a Friend that perceives his kindness to her will be so far from envying his happiness, that he will rather congratulate him, and rejoice with him. Thus also am I pleas'd to hear that he to whom I bore that publick Testimony does so chearfully execute his

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MAttHBW. Mark. Luke< John.

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30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

31 He that cometh from above, is above all: he chat 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 receivech his testimony.

33 He that hath received ■ his testimony, hath set to his

seal that God is true.

3-4 For he whom God hath , sent, speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

3 $ 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.

Office, and that so many repair unto him. I very well know that his Reputation ind Authority must increase, while mine will daily lessen. He whose Birth and Authority are Divine, is above the condition of mortal Man -, but he who is born like other men, takes his Rise from the Earth, and is a Messenger of such Truths as the Inhabitants of the Earth are able and are wont to deliver. He, I fay, who derives his Origin from Heaven, may justly place himself above all other Men. He commemorates those things that he has seen and heard with his Celestial Father; nor are they the less true because they are embrae'd as they ought to be but by a few. Whoever receives his Doctrine, does thereby actually profels he takes for truth whatever doth proceed from God. For what that Man declares whom God has endued with so extraordinary a Power, are rather Divine Oracles than expressions of his own Thoughts, since he is continually, and in all things divinely Inipir'd. His Heavenly Father loves him in so peculiar a manner, and has given him so large a Power as to be able to do whatever he has a mind to. He that believes on this Son of God (hall obtain eternal Life •, as on the contrary, whoever shall reject him (hall be excluded, and most deservedly punisti'd by God himself. 'K Not

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