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ISAIAH ix. 6.
Son is given, and the government
OD, the Supreme Governour S ER M.
II. who worketh all things after
the Counsel of his Will; having appointed, in the unsearchable Wisdom
SER M. of his Government that the Method by
to Salvation, should be by his Son's
in reality there always are in the things Serm. themselves the greatest and strongest reasons,
II. upon account of which every thing that m He does, is in itself the best and fittest to be done. Having therefore in perfect Wisdom, as Supreme Governor and Lord of all, determined to bring sinful Man to Salvation by this particular Method; he opened his divine Intention at first obscurely to Adam, by promising that the Seed of the Woman should bruise the Serpent's Head: And afterwards a little further to Abraham, by showing him that in His seed should all the Nations of the Earth be blessed : Then, with still more distinct circumstances, to Moses; under the numerous types and shadows of the Law. And lastly, more and more plainly and explicitly, as the Time drew nearer, by full and clear Predictions of many successive Prophets. Under all which several Dispensations, they who obeyed the word of God, according to the manner in which it was Then respectively revealed to them, were each of them entitled to the Benefit of the whole Salvation; and, notwithstanding their
Ser M. different degrees of Knowledge, are all of
them finally to be gathered together into
Of all the Prophecies in the Old Testa-
Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlast- Ser m. ing Father, The Prince of Peace. In
II. discoursing upon which words at This - Time, the Method shall be, to consider
and explain distinctly the several particue lars, whereof the Text consists, in the
Order they lie; and from each particular
Unto Us a Child is born: These words, as they found in the English, may seem at first sight to express nothing more, than the natural Birth of some eminent person. But in the strict sense of the original, and according to the intention of the whole Prophecy, 'tis plain they must be so understood, as if they had been thus rendred; Unto us is born The Child, absolutely and by way of eminence ; That Child, whom all the Prophecies from the beginning of the World, in their final intention pointed at; whom this Prophecy of Isaiah, thro’ every part of it, describes under different Characters; and whom the Text may reasonably be supposed to refer to as particularly, before-mentioned, ch. vii. 14.