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must be evident at first view to every or
Son of God; Had been in the be
Jesus Christ himself so soon as he a
taught and did was by his immedia
a to enquire, what is to be foui
htled to enquire
ON THE CHARACTER AND OFFICE
OF . .. JESUS CHRIST. INTRODUCTION.
TT must be evident at first view to every one I who looks into the writings of the four Evangelists, that they have given to the world the history of a very extraordinary personage. Jesus Christ whose life and actions they have left upon record, was in their apprehension, the Son of God; ‘Had been in the begin'ning with God,' and was sent into this world by the special appointment of his Father, on a very important and extraordinary design: and Jesus Christ himself so soon as he appeared publickly amongst mankind assumed this high and sacred character, declaring that what he taught and did was by his immediate commission and authority. Hence we are naturally led to enquire, what is to be found in the history of his life, that is equal to the dignity
OF JESUS CHRIST. 3 pa and by the mighty works which I per
The Father also beareth witness of me wa marelous interpofitions of his power
unidence in my behalf.
life. wchiety proposed in the following effay,
sider those events in the history of the
y which Jesus Christ bore witness of no N, and manifested the peculiar dignity
aportance of his character: as theft how: iwo phete accompanied with some extraordi
paterpofitions of providence, by which his ediately poly Father also bore witness of him, it
De improper to prefix a short account him from the records of the gospel.
and importance of this character; and wę un-
These extraordinary events were of two file accompani
ist, Such as proceeded more immediately y Father alco
2dly, Such as proceeded more immediately
* Joho viii. .
bow I teach, and by the mighty works which I perEpicy form. The Father alfo bearerh witness of me = 104 by the marvellous interpositions of his power
and providence in my behalf.
It is chiefly proposed in the following effay, to consider those events in the history of the gospel by which Jesus Christ bore witness of himself, and manifested the peculiar dignity and importance of his character: as thefe however were accompanied with some extraordinary interpositions of providence, by which his heavenly Father also bore witness of him, it
may not be improper to prefix a short account ether of them from the records of the gospel. of be
E CHARACTER AND OFFICE
-ordinary interpositions of divine and to raise the
recorded in the history of Jesus ay enjoyments of
ced it proper the dignity astraor
chofe out are the ich the phed
OF JESUS CHRIST. 5 zi from God. He was sent into this - rib a view to plant the principles of
w and religious wisdom in the hearts of of divine u tad to raise them from the sensible and Felus puy enjoyments of this life, to the pur
pic those enjoyments which are of a spi.
religious and immortal nature. But world, incipal obstruction which Jesus had to is divine venter in the execution of this design, was ind im- fi trong attachment to the interests and di
ktons of this world, which is deeply root
Nathe heart of man. It behoved him there.
pemificance of all its interests and enjoy.
as and striking manner by the doctrine
fah he taught; and still more strongly nd di- deftitute and low state of life in which avenly pale to make his progress through ť of all ord. Jesus hereby taught his friends of I
al account the enjoyments and distinct sve to do this world were in his esteem; and from
jan example shewed them, " That the 15 when ban confifteth not in the abundance at they lings which he poffeffeth. To this
The added, that the distinctions of this
are of too little importance in the great bod to be chosen by him as the prop
ut his regard, or the means by which or which will the honour of his Son. The w
God sent his Son into the world,
ances of providence. He did not guish him, or announce his dig
those outward honours and ad- snificance of ife, which are the great objects is in a nm bition, and by which the pride s him fond to be distinguished. ar from being honour'd and di- deftitute
this manner by his heavenly Me to maba he lived entirely destitute of all good. Tefore ? and advantages of this world. All accomo as he says himself, - Where to do this won ;' as his prophet hath exprefsed: 10 forin nor comeliness; when I had confitta , there was no beauty that they things whic nim, and therefore he was re
paid he taught; and an
istance however was with great! God to be