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which he testified of his son ; For there are Three, &e. In the next Verse St. John brings three Witnesses to prove Christ's Humanity, that he was-true-Man, and these three are the Spirit, for his Soul) and the Water, and the Blood that came out of his Side when it was opened with the Spear,
In this Verse we have other three Witnesfes (and a threefold Cord is not easily broken to prove bis Divinity, namely, The Father, and the Word, himself,
and the Holy Ghost; For there are Three, &c. Not i Cor. three Gods, For though there be that are called gods,
whether in Heaven or in Earth, as there be gods many, and lordsmany, as the gods of the Nations, these lying Vanities and Idols, which the Heathen called celestial
Gods, and terrestial Gods; yet to us there is but one God, Eph. 4. even the Lord Almightythe true and living God, who 4, 5, made the Earth by his Power, and established the
his Difcretion. The Father, of whom are all Things, and we in him, and
one Lord Jesus-Christ, by whom are all Things, and we by him, and one Spirit, by whom we are sealed unto the Day of Redemption.
Know therefore this Day, O Israel, and consider in thine Deut.
Heart, that the Lord he is God in Heaven above, and 4. 39. upon the Earth there none else. And again, Thus faith
the Lord, the King of [frael, i and bis Redeemer the Lord of Hosts, I Am the firf, and I am the last, and besides me. there is no God.
These are not Three Gods then, but Onė, even the Father, and tlie Word, and the Holy Ghost, whereof we have several Instances in Scripture, as in the Admi
niftration of our Saviour's Baptism, there was a ManiMatth.
festation of all these Three, of the Father in a Voice 3. 17. from Heaven, of the Word in the Humanc Nature, of the Holy Ghost in the Shape of a Dove: Likewise in
, ] the Administration of our Baptism, when we are washed; according to the Commandment in the Name of the Mattlı. Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
. And 28. 19. again; our blessed Saviour promises, That he would pray the Father, and he hould give them another John Comforter, even tlie Spirit of Truth, whom the Father 14. 16. himself would fend, because he proceeds from both, and is with both, one God led for ever.
Amen. Pursuant to this is that Apostolical Benediétion, (wherewith the lastor diffolves the Congregation) saying, The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all Amen. There are Three that bear Record in Heaven: And first, This is the Witness which the Father hath telfified, of his Son, when he sealed this Truth with an audible Voice from Heaven at his Baptism, and at his Transfiguration, saying, Ibsis is my beloved Son, in whom Matth. I am well pleased, hear ye him.
Next, The Word of Life, and the Word of God : This is his Name, and this is his Memorial to all Generations, as it is written, In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God: As the Word which we frame in our Mind is the Image and Interpreter of our Minds, (like a looking Glass representing our felves to our felves and to others) To is Christ the Brightness or flowing forth of his Father's Glory and express Image of his Person, and we behold his Glory, the Glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of Grace and Truth. And again, All Things that I have heard of my Father, I have made John -known unto you. No Man hath Geen God at any Time, the 15. 15: only begotten Son, which is in the Bofom of the Father, he bath declared him. This (I say ) is his Name, the Word of God which liveth and a bideth for ever, he is the true and faithful Witness, who bears Record of
himself that he is the very fame Person now in Heaven, who conversed a while here on Earth. This he attested to St. Stephen, and to St. Paul, and to others when he was exalted on the right Hand of Majesty, and manifested his Glory; as a Person's own Testimony that he is alive, is the fureft Evidence, or a King's sitting on his Throne with his Crown on his Head, and his Scepter in his Hand, is Witness sufficient of his royal Dignity.
The Holy Ghost likewise confirmed this Truth by many signal Instances and Appearances at his Baptism, and on the Day of Pentecost; For there are Three that bear Record in Heaven: And to thefe Witnesses in the Text, to prove that our blessed Saviour is the Son of God, see how he appears in the Days of his Flesh on Earth, I am one ( said he) that bear Witness of myself, and the Father that fent me bears Witness of me. And again, 'When the Comforter is come whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth which proceedeth
from the Father, he fball testifie of me. And now St. John. having with these Divine Testimonies cleared the Divinity of our blessed Lord, he subjoins in the next Place the Unity of these Three that bear Record in Heaven, And these Three are One ; according to that of our blessed Saviour, I and my Father are One, even one God blessed for ever, of whom, and to whom, and through whom are all Things, to whom be Glory for ever.
Amen. Nor is it conceivable how it should be otherwise, when the Divine Nature is infinite, and what is infinite
must needs be one, and all in all in the Father, and in I the Son, and in the Holy Ghost.
There can be no such Unity and Oneness in created Beings, in Men or Angels, because their Natures are finite and fallen from their Original; and therefore they are separated and divided, which caused our blessed
Saviour pray for his Disciples, and for all that believe in his Name, that they might be made perfect in one, That they all may be oné, as thou Father art in me, and I in shee, that they also may be one in us.
This indeed was a Mystery among the Gentiles, yea and among the Fero's also, to whom this Doctrine was taught but in Parables and dark Sayings, left they who were profe to Idolatry, and surrounded with idolatrous Nations' might have mistaken it for a Doctrine of Polythefim, or a Plurality of Gods: But now this Mystery which hath been hidden from Ages, and from Generations, is revealed to us by Jesus Christ, for the Obedience of our Faith and Worship.
There is nothing more plain and easie to be understood, when we speak in the Language of the Scriptures, and say, There is one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, land in us all; for in him we live, and move, and have our Being . For this Cause, says St. Paul,
I bow my Knee before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
O Father Almighty, and Father everlasting, Hallowed bę thy. Name for ever and ever. Amen. ??
And again when we say, That our Lord Jesus, who in the Fulnefs of Time was made of the Seed of David according to the Flesh, is from all Eternity, "the only begotten Son of God, Light of Light, and Life of Life; for as the Father bath Life in himself; fo hath he given to the Son, to have Life in himself; Whofe goings forth Micah have been from ofjöld; from everlasting: As when he said to the Jews, Verily, verily I say unto you, before Abraham John was. I am Jesus Christ is the same to Day, Yesterday, 8. 18. and for ever. "! He is the Son of God, not in Respect of Creation, as Men and' Angels are said to be Sons of God, and his Heb. 5. O#-spring, because by him all Things were created : 8.
Father in amber glorifoed in the Son. unto the sef
Nor in. Respect of Regeneration and Adoption, because
blesed Saviour is God's own Son from all Eternity, for: Col. i. in him. dwelleth all the Fulness of the Gød-héad bodily 15.
and substantially - Therefore aswe worship the Father, we should likewise worship tho Sons: Fornihe Father
loveth the Son, and showeth him all Things that himu John 5. félf doth, and he will show him greater' Works than I
these, that ye may marvel. For the Firther raifethi up the dead, and quickneth theit, even fo the soni quickneth whom he will. For the Father „judgxrli no Man, but hath committed all Judgment to the Son, that all Men should honour the Son, even as the ai honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son, lonoureth not the Father that hath sent him. Luoli sill
As we believe in tre Father, we should likewise believe in the Son : Therefore, said he toslis Difciples, Let not your Hearts be troubledi ye believe in Goda believe also in me. And as we pray unto the Father, we should likewise pray unto the Son, and in his Naine, according to that Promise, Whatsoeyer you faibl ask inmy Niamey f This fame Promise he rehearses again in the following
Verse, for the Encouragement of our Faith, faying, Joh.14. If we pak ask any thing in my Name, I will do it. How
the Father may be the first and the more immediate i 13, 14.
Object of our Prayers,: yet-it is in Chriftls Name, and