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Sect. 203. Word of his Grace by the Signs and Miracles •which followed it; which were at once the most solid, as well as the most obvious and popular Demonstrations of those Divine Truths which they delivered. Amen! So may the Presence of the Lord be always with his faithful Ministers! and may his Gospel be attended every where with Efficacy and Success, as well as with convincing Evidences of its Divine Authority!

And thus we have given a summary Acount of the most remarkable Passages of the Life of Christ during the Time of his Abode on Earth: But after all, it must be considered only as a Specimen, rather than a full Narration ; for there are also many other Things that Jesus said and did, and indeed many other Signs and Miracles, that Jesus wrought, both before and after his Resurrection, in the Presence of his Disciples, which are not written in this Book of the Four Evangelists, which is here compleated; and which indeed are so numerous, that if every one [of theni] should be recorded in all its Circumstances, 1 am persuaded, the Work would amount to so vast a Bulk, that the World itself could not be able to receive the Books that would be written j but the very Size of the Volumes would necessarily prevent the Generality of Mankind from procuring, or reading them (e). But these most necessary and important Things are written, in this plain Way, and in this portable Volume, not merely that the Reader may be amused by so curious a Story, but that the

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John XXI. 25.—And there are also many other Things which Jesus did; [and many other Signs truly did Jesus in the Presence of his Disciples, which are not written in this Book;]the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the World itself could not contain the Books that should be written. [john XX. 30.}

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The World itself could not be able to receive the Books &c] There wouH be no great Inconvenience in allowing an Hyperbole here, as most Expositors do; of which we meet with other Instances in Scripture: (See Gen. xi. 4. Numb. xiii. 33. and compare John xii. 19O But I think the Sense given in the Paraphrase easier, and more suited to the remarkable Plainness of St. John's Style. Eisner explains this Passage, as if the Evangelist had said, "" "they were all to be particularly written, the unbelieving World would not admit ttmt "so as to be moved by them to Faith and Obedience:" And he produces Instances in which x^M nas fucn a Signification. But as John knew, the unbelieving World would reject even what he had writ, this could be no Reason for his writing no more.'—-Perhaps it may be a most delightful Part of the Entertainment of the Heavenly World, tojeam from our blessed Lord himself, or from those who conversed with him on Earth, aMu*' tude of such Particulars of his Life, as will be well worthy our everlasting Admiration. J" the mean Time, the pious and attentive Study of what is here recorded, may most hapP1/ prepare us for such Discoveries, and add an unutterable Relish to them: Amtn!&aSl be, to the Author of this Exposition, and to all those, who do, or may peruse it!

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believe that Jesus istheChrist Faith, the Hope, and the Piety of Christians, may be Sect. 203. the Son of God, and that confirmed and especially, that you may more firm- ^^~^j SrKkSÆff. "a! ly and assuredly UiJ, that Jesusis the MefJf*TM-' men.] [john XXI. — 25.] fiah, the Son of GOD, partaking of the same3

Divine Glory with the Father, and the sure Ob-
ject of his Peoples Confidence; and that believ-
ing it, you may be so influenced by his instructive
Discourses, his compleat Example, and his dying
Love, that you may have Eternal Life thro' his
Name. And may God grant, that as it is all
most certainly and circumstantially true, so it may
have that happy Effect upon all those, by whom
this History is perused, from Age to Age.
Amen I

IMPROVEMENT.

THUS did our Victorious Saviour ascend on high, and lead Captivity Luke xxiv. captive : The Chariots of GOD which attended him, were Twenty '5' thousand, even Thousands of Angels; (PJaLAxv'in. ly, 18.) and being gone into Heaven, he is there seated on the Right Hand of GOD; Angels, Aas \. 9. and Authorities, and Powers being made subject to him. (1 Pet. iii. 22.^ Let us his humble Followers look after him with holy Joy, and pleasing Ver. 10. Expectation j congratulating his Triumphs, and trusting thro' his Grace to (hare them.

Like the Apojlles let us bow down and worship him; and while we con- Luke xxiv. tinue here below, let us make it our daily Labour and Care, to seek those 52Things which are above, where Chris f.tteth at the Right Hand of GOD: [Col. iii. 1.) And instead of amusing ourselves with the vain Dreams of Temporal Grandeur and Felicity, or with curious Enquiries after those Times and Seasons, which the Father has reserved in his own Power; let us Am i. 7. apply with Vigour and Zeal to that Business, which he has assigned us j labouring to the utmost to promote his Gospel, and, by a diligent Improvement of our Time and Opportunities, to prepare for his fnal Ap-Ver. n. pearance, when the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with more publick Splendor than he returned thither, and (hall come in the Glory of his Father, and his mvn Glory, with a majestick Pomp, which every Eye shall fee, and with the Sound of a Trumpet, which even all the Nations of the Dead shall hear.

In the mean Time, let us again thankfully own his gracious Presence Mark xvi. with his Disciples, whom he left behind him; and with admiring Gra- 20. titude reflect upon the happy Consequences of that Presence, in the Establishment of the Gospel in the World, and the Transmission of it even unto us, in. so remote an Age and Country.

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Let us especially praise him for these Sacred Records, which contain such an authentick and exact Account of those important Facts, in which we are all so nearly concerned; Records incomparably more valuable than the Writings of our private Estates, or the Charters of our publick Liberties. Let us earnestly pray, that their great Design may be answered in us j and make it our importunate Request to him who is the Giver of all Grace, that thro' the Operations of that Holy Spirit, without the Influence of which even Scripture itself, with all our Advantages for understanding and improving it, will be but a sealed Book or a did Letter, our Faith may be nourished and confirmed by every Portion of it which we read; and that our Hearts may be so delivered into the Jibnxx. 31. Mould of his Word, that Miming on Chris, under all the Characters he bears, we may have Life thro' bis Name j and may at length receive the End of our Faith, in the compleat Salvation of our Souls, through him, to whom with the Father, and the eternal Spirit, be undivided Honours, and everlasting Praises. Amen, and Amen!

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