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We want some one, too, full of pity; suited to the work of mediation;-able to sympathise with us; able to suffer for us. If Jesus be not this one-if Jesus be not Divine as well as human, we are lost. The storm broods over us and we can not avert it:-the sword is suspended, and we have no shield. Single handed we must advance to the throne of Justice, and, in advancing, we must be consumed. If it were a mere teacher of morals our necessities required, we need not be so anxious. But, as we need an atonement,-as we need a Deliverer from the damnation of Hell,-as we need satisfaction to the Justice of the Almighty, we ought to be awake to the inquiry.

No Socrates, no Plato, not even the example and the precepts of Jesus, are enough. If there be not a fountain of atonement we must perish. If there be not a renovating Spirit, procured by a sufficient High Priest, we must be content with the society of the damned.

Give then to these inquiries your time and your thoughts: and, that you may not rely on your own powers alone, seek, by fervent prayer to God, that the Holy Spirit may take of the things which are Christ's, and show them unto you; and that, through the knowledge of Him, you may be wise to everlasting life.


Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.-Phil. ii.-6, 7.

In the first sermon on this text, we endeavored to show, during an exposition of the 2nd Article of our Church, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of our souls, is verily and indeed God. Then we advanced but a small portion of the proof. We proceed now to other evidence. Matthew describes the event of Christ's birth by repeating the words of the prophet" Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel; which, being interpreted, is, God with us."* John, the forerunner, came preaching, and saying, "He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire; whose fan is in his hand, aud he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."‡

*Matt. i. 23. † Luke iii. 16, 17.

John i. 18.

In the fulness of his adoration, he exclaimed, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."*

John informed the people it was revealed to him, that, "upon whom" he should, “see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same" was "he which" baptized" with the Holy Ghost:" and, says he, "I saw and bare record that this is the Son of God.† He represents Christ under the description, "He that cometh from above-He that cometh from Heaven," and states that He "is above all. God," says he, "giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand." Nathanael, the master in Israel, exclaimed, "Thou art the Son of God:" and Martha said, “I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world."**

After our blessed Lord had entered upon His ministry, we find His disciples acknowledging Him as "the Son of God;tt saying to Him, "Thou knowest all things,"‡‡ thus declaring Him Omniscient; paying to Him that worship which belongs only to God, and that too, without being rebuked for it. We perceive the devils knowing Him, owning Him

*John i. 29. † John i. 33, 4.
§ John iiì. 34, 5. || John i. 49.

* John xi. 27.

John ix. 37.

John iii. 31.

†† John vi. 69. ‡‡ John xvi. 30.
Luke xxiv. 52.

as God, and praying him not to torment them before their time.* We discover manifestations of power which belong only to God, and this power exercised, not as by one who had a merely delegated authority, but in the fulness of Divine supremacy. "I will be thou clean: Ephphatha, be opened:-young man I say unto thee arise: Peace; be still: Lazarus, come forth:"+ Diseases, and storms, and death, beheld, and trembled, and obeyed: as when, of old, amid the elements of rising worlds, "God said, let there be light; and there was light." Contemplating Him, we behold a life as much above human conception as Heaven is above earth: a wisdom of words which caused the multitude to cry out, "Never man spake like this man."

"Glorify thou me," says Jesus, praying to His Father, "glorify thou me with thine own self, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." "Before Abraham was I am." The Jews understood this as a declaration of His pre-existence, for they “took up stones to stone him." When the subtle Pharisees sought to entrap Him in His talk, He demanded of them, how David could call Him Lord, when He was David's Son. He, Himself, afterwards, answered the question, by say

* Matt. viii. 29 and Mark iii. 11, 12,

Matt. viii. 3-Mark vii. 34- Luke vii. 14-Mark iv. 39 and John xi. 43. John xvii. 5. || John viii. 58. ¶ Matt. xxii. 45.

ing, "I am the root and the offspring of David.* What," said He, "and if ye shall see the Son of Man ascend up where he was before.† The bread of God is He which cometh down from Heaven. I am the living bread which came down from Heaven.|| I came forth from the Father and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.§"

The intimate union subsisting between Him and the Father, He declared most distinctly. Not only did He say, as already remarked, "I and my Father are one-no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. As the Father knoweth me, even so know Ithe Father.** If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.†† He that hath seen me hath seen the Father. Believest thou not that I am in the Father and the Father in me?‡‡ All things that the Father hath are mine." When He declared "I and my Father are one," the Jews "took up stones to stone Him," saying, "thou, being a man, makest thyself God." And so far from telling them they had misunderstood Him, He said, "All men should honour the Son, even

*Rev. xxii. 16. § John xvi. 28

#John xiv. 9,

† John vi. 62.


Matt. xi. 27.

John vi. 33. || John vi. 51. **John x. 15.. tt John xiv. 23. John xvi. 15. §§ John x. 31, 33.

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