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BOSTON, GOULD, KENDALL & LINCOLN....NEW-YORK,

LEAVITT, LORD & Co.

1836.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1835, by J. S. and C. Adams, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massa

chusetts.

J. S. d. G. Adams, Printers..

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A Divine Teacher needed-Desired-Might have been

expected—Was predicted-His advent in the person of

Christ--His lowly condition--Herald-Installation to

office-Subject proposed--A very small portion of his

discourses recorded--Scope of his teaching--First char-

acteristic, authority. I. Authority of goodness--Invi-

tations--Beatitudes. II. Authority of greatness-

Claiins universal audience-Superiority to Jonah, Sol-

omon, and all the great names of the Jewish Church--

Supremacy--Central object of the judgment day--

Impresses his name on every thing-Speaks of all

things awful and sublime, calmly, like one familiar

with them-Teaching, declarative and dogmatic.

III. Authority of solemnity--His peculiar formula-

His denunciations of woe. IV. Legislative authority

-Revises the Mosaic code-Asserts his superiority to

law--Repeals existing economy--Controls laws of na-

ture himself, and confers the power on others--' I say

unto you, '--His new commandment-Not only enacts

laws but ensurse obedience-Forgives sin-Reposed

on his own personal authority--Conclusion--His

teaching exempt from all supposable circumstances

unfavorable to authoratative teaching--Taught with

the perfect, conviction of the truth of his doctrine--

His example enforced it--Cordial sympathy

with it,

Knew the ultimate principles on which his doctrines

rested--And the supreme value of the truth he taught

--And the purity of his own mutives--And the ulti-

mate triumph of his doctrine--All this must have

clothed his ieaching, especially when contrasted with

the prevailing mode of Jewish instruction, with com-

manding power--His disciples should be distinguished

by reverence and docility—These dispositions to be

sought and found at the throne of grace.

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No man knoweth the Son but the Father.'

His person unique--Not understood by his disciples till

after his ascension. I. The complexity of his person.

II. Object of his advent-Evinced the divine existence

-Embodied the Divine spirituality-But, chiefly, rep-

resented the Divine character. III. Mode of manifes-

tation-By sensible representation - Affirming that all

he did was only in fulfilment of the Father's commis-

sion-Ascending the cross--Saving the outcast-Iden-

tifying his interest with ours–Sending salvation to

Jerusalem-Giving his own Spirit to his disciples-

Interceding--Personally-Allowing us to plead his

name-Engaging himself to answer prayer-Object of

the whole to demonstrate that "God is love;' and to

make us the heirs of that love.

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Satan the prince of devils--Numbers of his agents-His

apostacy, and ruin of man-His power on earth, a
kingdom--Organized--Long almost_undisputed--
Christ came to dispute his authority--Took an affect-
ing view of human vassalage--Satan, aware of his
advent-Undertook to conduct his temptation-Made
his life an incessant conflict--Compassed his death-

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