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ther's proposing thus to minister unto him, supposes a corresponding temper of mind, in his immaculate human nature, to wait for such dispensation or interposition. The different answers which our Lord made to Satan's temptations in the wilderness of Jadea, are beautiful expressions of this believing dependence. “He faid, man shall not live by bread " alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of " the mouth of God.” Again, “ Thou shalt not

tempt the Lord thy God :” and again, “ Thou " shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only “ shalt thou serve,” Matth. iv. 4, 7, 10. all-which, as he quoted from the Old Testament fcriptures, he applied to himself. And the apostle, speaking of the life of Christ as Man-Mediator, says, “We " having the same spirit of faith,” namely, that

evailed in him, and was exercised by him, “ac“ cording as it is written, I believed, and therefore " “have I spoken," 2 Cor. iv, 13. where Paul quoting the 10th verses of the cxvi pfalm, 'evidently applies it to Jesus Christ, as an expression of his believing dependence on the Father..

Having thus entered upon his Father's work, our Lord looked for, and expected, the promised period of his humiliation, with the reward to follow upon it, respecting himself in particular, and his people in general. “ Surely (said he by the pro

phet) my judgment is with the Lord, and (as it is in the marginal reading) my reward is with

my God,” Il. xlix. 4. “ The things (faid he,

applying the prophecies of his sufferings and " death) concerning me have an end,” Luke xxii. 37. The prophecies, would he have said, concerning my humiliation, have an appointed time, for their gradual, but final accomplishment; when my humiliation itself shall intirely and eternally cease. “ Hereafter (said he to Nathaniel) you fall

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“ see heaven open, and the angels of God afcend- . “ ing and defcending upon the Son of man," John i. 51. And to the high priest, when pannelled as a malefactor before him, we find him saying, “ Hereafter ye shall see the Son of man fitting on “the right hand of power, and coming in the “ clouds of heaven,” Matth. xxvi. 64. All manifest declarations of his waiting for the Father's reward, as well as for the period of his own humiliation.

S E C T. II. Our Lord waiting patiently for the Father, points the manner in which his service was performed, and his believing dependence exercised.

The manner in which our Lord performed his Father's work, was no less peculiar than the work itself. Arduous, difficult, and dangerous as it was, he undertook it: with whatever opposition he met, from men and devils, friends and foes, he entered upon it: and to whatever

. contempt and fufferings his doing so behoved neccffarily to expose him, he, blessed be he, went through with it. At a certain time, when the Pharisees, who did all in their power, by fecret fraud, as well as by open force, to explode the credit of his miffion, and mar the success of his ministry ; when they, with a view to intimidate the Saviour, faid unto him, “Get thee out hence, for Herod will kill " thee;" he, mindful, for his father and the

people, of his covenant, "faid unto them, Go ye and “ tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils and do

cures to-day, and to-morrow, and the third day " I shall be perfected : nevertheless, I must walk " to day, to-morrow, and the day following ; for " it cannot be, that a prophet perish out of Jeru“ falem,” Luke xiii. 31, 32, 33. Nay, on the ac.

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complishment of his work and warfare, he was so much fet, that even a favourite apostle must be feverely reprimanded, if he but open his mouth in opposition to it: for when Peter, hearing his master's sufferings and death foretold, said, “Be it " far from thee Lord, this Mall not be unto thee;" the evangelist informs us, that “ Jesus turned and “ faid unto him, Get thee behind me Satan, thou

art an offence unto me, for thou favourelt not “ the things that be of God, but those that be of

men,” Matth. xvi. 22, 23.

In his humiliation, our Lord was taken in no lurch, surprised by no circumstance, he did not previously fee, weigh, and confider. With a holy composure, peculiar to himself, he took an accu. rate fore-view, made a particular survey, of all the different parts, the various particulars, of that work his Father gave him to do; without be. ing thence tempted, at least without being determined, to throw up his commission, relign his office, or defert his station. • From that time forth " (fays the evangelift) Jesus began to thew unto “ his disciples, how that he must go unto Jeruias "lem, and suffer mauy things of the elders, and “ chief priests, and fcribes, and be killed,” Matth.

“ As Jonas (said our Lord to the Phari“ fees) was three days, and three nights, in the “ whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three “ days, and three nights, in the heart of the earth,” Matth. xii. 40. The very instrument of his being delivered into the hands of sinful men was known to him at the first: “For he knew (says the evan

gelift) from the beginning, who should betray

him," John vi. 64. Were men to read the den signs of providence, respecting their sufferings, be fore hand; any patience, competent or possible for them, would not stand the first sight; the most

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“ see heaven open, and the angels of God afcend“ ing and defcending upon the Son of man," John i. 51. And to the high priest, wben pannelled as a malefactor before him, we find him saying, “ Hereafter ye shall see the Son of man fitting on “ the right hand of power, and coming in the “ clouds of heaven,” Matth. xxvi. 64. All manifest declarations of his waiting for the Father's reward, as well as for the period of his own humiliation.

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SECT. II. Our Lord waiting patiently for the Father, points the manner in which his service was performed, and his believing dependence exercised.

The manner in which our Lord performed his Father's work, was no less peculiar than the work itself. Arduous, difficult, and dangerous as it was, he undertook iti: with whatever opposition he met, from men and devils, friends and foes, he entered upon it and to whatever contempt and fufferings his doing so. behoved neccffarily to expose him, he, blessed be he, went through with it. At a certain time, when the Pharisees, who did all in their power, by fecret fraud, as well as by open force, to explode che credit of his mission, and mar the success of his ministry ; when they, with a view to intimidate the Saviour, said unto him, “Get thee out hence, for Herod will kill " thee ;" he, mindful, for his Father and the people, of his covenant, "faid unto them, Go ye and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils and do “ cures to-day, and to-morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected : nevertheless, I must walk " to day, to-morrow, and the day following ; for " it cannot be, that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem,” Luke xiii. 31, 32, 33. Nay, on the ac

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complishment of his work and warfare, he was so much fet, that even a favourite apostle must be feverely reprimanded, if he but open his mouth ia opposition to it: for when Peter, hearing his master's sufferings and death foretold, faid, “Be it “ far from thee Lord, this hall not be uato thee;" the evangelift informs us, that “Jefus turned and “ faid unto him, Get thee behind me Satan, thou

art an offence unto me, for thou savourelt not " the things that be of God, but those that be of men,”

” Matth. xvi. 22, 23. In his humiliation, our Lord was taken in no lurch, surprifed by no circumstance, he did not previously fee, weigh, and confider. With a holy composure, peculiar to himself, he took an accurate fore-view, made a particular survey, of all the different parts, the various particulars, of that work his father gave him to do; without be. ing thence tempted, at least without being determined, to throw up his commission, relign his of fice, or defert his ffation. “ From that time forth “ (lays the evangelist) Jesus began to thew unto " his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerula" Jem, and suffer many things of the elders, and " chief priests, and scribes, and be killed,” Matth.

As Jonas (faid our Lord to the Phari. “ sees) was three days, and three nights, in the “ whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days, and three nights, in the heart of the earth," Matth. xii. 40. The very instrument of his being delivered into the hands of linful men was known to him at the first: “For he knew (says the evan“ gelift) from the beginning, who should betray

him," John vi. 64. Were men to read the de.. signs of providence, respecting their sufferings, before hand ; any patience, competent or possible for them, would not stand the firft fight; the most

patient

xvi. 21.

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