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open the blind eyes, to bring out the Jesus, beginning at Moses and all prisoners from the prison, and them the prophets, expounded unto them that sit in darkness, out of the pri- in all the scriptures the things conson-house.Isa. xlii. 3, 4. 6, 7. cerning himself. Then opened he

Behold, I have given him, &c. a their understanding, that they might leader, and a commander unto the understand the scriptures. - Luke people.--Isa. lv. 4.

xxiv. 26, 27. 45. The Lord hath anointed me to I am the light of the world: he preach good tidings to the meek, &c. that followeth me, shall not walk in to bind up the broken-hearted, to pro- darkness, but shall have the light of claim liberty to the captives, and the life, &c. If ye continue in my word, opening of the prison to them that then are ye my disciples indeed; and are bound: to proclaim the accepta- ye shall know the truth, &c.-John ble year of the Lord, &c. To ap- viii. 12. 31, 32. point unto them that mourn in Zion, I am the good shepherd: the good to give unto them beauty for ashes, shepherd giveth his life for the sheep, the oil of joy for mourning, &c. &c. I know my sheep, &c. Other Isa. Ixi. 1-3.

sheep I have which are not of this I will feed them in good pasture, fold; them also I must bring, and and they shall lie in a good fold: and they shall hear my voice; and there in a fat pasture shall they feed upon shall be one fold, and one shepherd. the mountains of Israel. I will feed --John x. 11, 12. 14. 16. my flock, and will cause them to lie I have manifested thy name unto down, saith the Lord God: I will the men which thou gavest me out of seek that which was lost, and bring the world, &c. I have given unto again that which was driven away: them the words which thou gavest I will bind up that which was broken, me, and they have received thein, &c. and will strengthen that which was While I was with them in the world, sick, &c. And I will set up one shep- I kept them, &c. I have given them herd over them, and he shall feed thy word, &c. I have declared unto them; even my servant David, he them thy name, and will declare shall feed them, and he shall be their it. -- John xvii. 6. 8. 12. 14. 26. shepherd.-Ezek. xxxiv. 14-16. 23. i. 18. Luke xix. 10.

To this end was I born, and for Out of thee shall come a governor this cause came I into the world, that (or captain) that shall rule (or feed) I should bear witness unto the truth : my people.-Matt. ii. 6.

every one that is of the truth, heareth All things are delivered unto me my voice.-John xvii. 37. of my Father: and no man knoweth God, who, &c. spake in times past the Son, but the Father ; neither to the fathers by the prophets, hath knoweth any man the Father, save in these last days spoken unto us by the Son, and he to whomsoever the his Son, &e. Therefore we ought to Son will reveal him, &c. Learn of give the more earnest heed to the me.—Matt. xi. 27. 29. Luke x. 22, 23. things which we have heard, &e.

The dayspring from on high hatl Heb. i. 1, 2. ii. 1. visited us, to give light to them that Wherefore, &c. eonsider the Apos. sit in darkness and in the shadow of tle and High Priest of our profesdeath, to guide our feet in the way sion, Christ Jesus', who was faithful of peace.-Luke i. 78, 79. ii. 32. to him that appointed him; as also

I will give you a mouth, and wiss Moses was faithful in all his house, dom, which all your adversaries shalt &c. Christ as a Son over his own not be able to gainsay, nor resist. house; whose house are we, &c. Luke xxi, 15. Matt. X. 19, 20. Wherefore, &c. to-day if ye will hear

his voice, harden not your hearts. which the builders counted for noHeb. iii. 1-3.5-8.

thing, which is made the head of the Our Lord Jesus, that great Shep- corner.-Acts iv. 10, 11. herd of the sheep.—Heb. xiii. 20.

Other foundation can no man lay Ye were as sheep going astray; than that is laid, which is Jesus but are now returned unto the Shep- Christ, &c. All things are yours, herd and Bishop of your souls.- whether Paul or Apollos, &c. all are 1 Pet. ii. 25.

yours, and ye are Christ's.—1 Cor.

iii. 11. 21-23. Sect. XI. He is our ALL in all

The sting of death is sin, and the Things, our Completeness and Per- strength of sin is the law: but thanks fection.

be to God, which giveth us the vicI will make him my first-born, &c. tory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. My covenant shall stand fast with -I Cor. xv. 56, 57. him.-Ps. lxxxix. 27, 28.

All the promises of God in him are Let him take hold of my strength, Yea, and in him Amen, unto the that he may make peace with me, glory of God.—2 Cor. i. 20. and he shall make peace, &c.—Isa. He became poor, that ye, through xxvii. 5.

his poverty, might be rich.—2 Cor. By the blood of thy covenant I viii. 9. have sent forth thy prisoners out of I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth the pit.—Zech. ix. 11.

in me.—Gal. ii. 20. This is my beloved Son, in whom That the blessing of Abraham might I am well pleased, &c.—Matt. xvii. 5. come on the Gentiles through Jesus

Of his fulness have all we re- Christ, &c. There is neither Jew ceived, and grace for grace, &c.- nor Greek, there is neither bond nor John i. 16.

free, there is neither male nor female; I am the door ; by me if any man for ye are all one in Christ Jesus ; enter in, he shall be saved, and shall and if ye be Christ's, then are ye go in and out, and find pasture.- Abraham's seed, and heirs according John X. 9.

to the promise.-Gal. iii. 14. 28, 29. I am the way, the truth, and the Who hath blessed us with all spilife.—John xiv. 6.

ritual blessings in heavenly places As the branch cannot bear fruit of (or things) in Christ, &c. Chosen itself, except it abide in the vine, no us in him, &c. predestinated us unto more can ye, except ye abide in me. the adoption of children by Jesus I am the vine, ye are the branches : Christ, &c. he hath made us accepted he that abideth in me, and I in hiin, in the beloved, &c. that he might gathe same bringeth forth much fruit: ther together in one all things in for without me (or severed from me) Christ, both which are in heaven, ye can do nothing.-John xv. 4, 5. and which are on earth, even in him,

It is expedient for you that I go &c. that filleth all in all.—Eph. i. 3 away; for if I go not away, the -6. 10. 23. Comforter will not come unto you; Hath quickened us together with but if I depart, I will send him unto Christ, &c. and hath raised us up toyou. These things I have spoken gether, and made us sit together in unto you, that in me ye might have heavenly places, in Christ Jesus ; peace; in the world ye shall have Jesus Christ himself being the chief tribulation. John xvi. 7. 33.

corner-stone, in whom all the buildI in them, and thou in me, that ing, fitly framed together, groweth unto they may be made perfect in one.- an holy temple in the Lord, in whom John xvii. 23.

you are builded together for an habitaJesus Christ, &c. He is that stone tion of God, &c.- Eph. ii. 5, 6. 20-22.




That the Gentiles should be fel- called us unto his eternal glory by low heirs, and of the same body, and Jesus Christ.- 1 Pet. v. 10. partakers of his promise in Christ, I counsel thee to buy of me gold &c. The unsearchable riches of Christ. tried in the fire, that thou mayest be -Eph. ii. 6. 8.

rich; and white raiment, that thou Grow up into him in all things, mayest be clothed, that the shame of who is the head, Christ: from whom thy nakedness do not appear; and the whole body is fitly joined toge- anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that ther.—Eph. iv. 15, 16.

thou mayest see.-Rev. iii. 18. We are the circumcision, &c. which rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no

CHAP. VII. confidence in the flesh.-Phil. iii. 3.

It pleased the Father, that in him GOD'S FREE CHOICE OF US IN CHRIST should all fulness dwell, &c. Christ TO ETERNAL LIFE, AND CALLING U8, in (or among) you the hope of glory,

ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE AND whom we preach, warning every man, &c. that we may present every man I will be gracious to whom I will perfect in Christ Jesus.-Col. i. 19. be gracious; and I will shew mercy 27, 28.

to whom I will shew mercy.--Exod. In him dwelleth all the fulness of xxxiii. 19. the Godhead bodily; and ye are com

And shall be holy unto me, for plete in him, who is the head, &c. I, the Lord, am holy, and have seNot holding the head, from which vered you from other people, that all the body, by joints and bands, should be mine.—Levit. xx. 26. baving nourishment ministered and Thou art an holy people unto the knit together, increasetle with the in- Lord thy God; the Lord thy God crease of God.-Col. ii. 9, 10. 19. hath chosen thee to be a special peo

Your life is hid with Christ in God. ple unto himself, above all people that When Christ, who is our life, &c. are upon the face of the earth : the Put on the new man, &c. Where Lord did not set his love upon you, por there is neither Greek nor Jew, &c. choose you, because ye were more in but Christ is all in all, &c. And what- number than any people: for ye were soever ye do, in word, or deed, do all the fewest of all people: but because in the name of the Lord Jesus, &c. the Lord loved you, &c.—Deut. vii. -Col. ïïi. 3, 4. 10, 11. 17. 1 Cor. i. 6–8. xiv. 2. 30. ii. 2.

Only the Lord had a delight in thy Jesus Christ, who hath abolished fathers to love them, and he chose death, and hath brought life and im- their seed after them, even you above mortality to light through the gos- all people, as it is this day.-Deut. pel.—2 Tim. i. 9, 10.

x. 15. How shall we escape, if we neglect The angel of the Lord appeared 80 great salvation ?-Heb. ii. 3. unto Manoah's wife, and said unto

In that he himself hath suffered her, &c. Thou shalt conceive and being tempted, he is able to succour bear a son, &c. the child shall be a them that are tempted.—Heb. ii. 18. Nazarite unto God from the womb.

By one offering, he hath perfected Judges xiii. 245. for ever them that are sanctified, &c. The Lord will not forsake his peo-Heb. x. 14.

ple for his great name's sake, because Ye are built up, to offer up spi- it hath pleased the Lord to make you ritual sacrifices, acceptable to God his people.- 1 Sam. xii

. 22. by Jesus Christ.—1 Pet. ii. 5. Heb. And what one nation in the earth xiii. 15.

is like thy people, like Israel, whom The God of all grace, who hath God went to redeem for a people to

himself, and to make him a name, and wast in thy blood, Live, &c.--Ezek. to do for you.great things ? &c. For xvi. 6. 8. thou hast confirmed to thyself thy It shall come to pass, that in the people Israel, to be a people unto place where it was said unto them, thee for ever; and thou, Lord, art be- Ye are not iny people; there it shall come their God.-2 Sam. vii. 23, 24. be said unto them, Ye are the sons of

When Elijah had complained against the living God.-Hosea i. 10. Israel, and concluded, saying, And I, I will have mercy upon her that even I only, am left, and they seek had not obtained mercy: and I will my life: God answered him, Yet I say to them which were not my people, have left me seven thousand in Israel, Thou, my people; and they shall say, all the knees which have not bowed Thou my God.--Hosea ii. 23. Zech. unto Baal, and every mouth which ii. 10, 11. hath not kissed him.—1 Kings xix. 4. Afterward shall the children of Is10. 18.

rael return and seek the Lord their Woe unto him who striveth with his God, &c. and shall fear the Lord, &c. Maker: let the potsherd strive with -Hosea jii.5. ii. 19. 20. Zech. xii. 9. the potsherds of the earth : shall the When Israel was a child, then I clay say to him that fashioneth it, loved him, &c. I taught Ephraim also What makest thou? Woe unto him to go, taking them by their arms : who saith unto his father, What be- but they knew not that I healed them. gettest thou? &c.—Isa. xlv. 9, 10. I drew them with cords of a man, with

I have chosen thee in the furnace bands of love, &c.—Hosea xi. 1–4. of affliction, &c. for mine own sakę Q children of Israel, &c. you only will I do, &c.-Isa. xlviii. 10, 11, have I known of all the families of Zech, xiii, 9.

the earth.-Amos iii. 1, 2. The Lord hath called thee as a I have loved you, saith the Lord, woman forsaken, and grieved in spirit, &c. Was not Esau Jacob's brother? and a wife of youth, when thou wast &c. yet I loved Jacob and hated Esau. refused, saith thy God.- Isa. liv. 5, 6. -Mal. i. 2, 3.

I am found of them that sought me At that time Jesus answered and pot: I said, Behold me, behold me, said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of

unto a nation that was not called by heaven and earth, because thou hast 5., my name.-Isa. Ixv. l. Rom. X. 20. hid these things from the wise and xv. 21. Isa. lv. 5.

prudent, and hast revealed them unto The Lord said to Jeremiah, Before babes. Even so, Father, for so it I formed thee in the belly I knew thee: seemed good in thy sight.—Matt. xi. and before thou camest out of the 25, 26. Luke x. 21. womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained It is given unto you to know the thee a prophet unto the nations.- mysteries of the kingdom of heaven Jer. i. 5.

but to them it is not given, &c. ThereI have loved thee with an everlast- fore speak I to them in parables ; ing love, therefore, with loving-kind- because they, seeing, see not, &c. ness have I drawn thee.-Jer, xxxi. Blessed are your eyes, for they see ; 3. Hosea xiy. 4.

and your ears, for they hear.-Matt, When God gave put the great pro. xiii, 11. 13. 16. Mark'iv. 11, 12. 34. mises of a new heart, a new spirit, &c. I will give unto this last, even as He said, Not for your sakes do I this, unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to be it known unto you; be ashamed, do what I will with mine own? Is &c. Ezek, xxxvi. 22. 25--32. xx, thine eye evil, because I am good? 43, 44,

So the last shall be first, and the first When I, &c. saw thee polluted in last: for many be called, but few thy blood, I said unto thee when thou chosen, &ç, "To sit op my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to My sheep hear my voice.-John x. 16. give; but it shall be given to them 26, 27. for whom it is prepared of my Father. They believed not on him, that the -Matt. xx. 14-16.21. 23. Mark x. 40. saying of Esaias the prophet might

Jesus called Simon, and Andrew, be fulfilled, &c. Lord who hath beand James, and John, to follow him; lieved ? &c. Therefore they could not and they did so.--Mark i. 16-20. believe, because that Esaias said again,

Except that the Lord had shortened He hath blinded their eyes, &c. those days, no flesh should be saved ; John xii. 37–41. but for the elect's sake, whom he hath I speak not of you all, I know chosen, he hath shortened the days. whom I have chosen.—John xiii. 18. Mark xiii. 20.

Ye have not chosen me, but I have Thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee chosen you, and ordained you, that a son, and thou shalt call his name you should go and bring forth fruit, John: he shall be great in the sight &c. I have chosen you out of the of the Lord, &c. He shall be filled world, &c.--John xv. 16. 19. with the Holy Ghost, even from his That he should give eternal life to mother's womb.-Luke i. 13. 15. as many as thou hast given him, &c.

Many widows were in Israel in the I have manifested thy name unto the days of Elias, &c. when great famine men which thou gavest me out of the was throughout all the land: but unto world: thine they were, and thou none of them was Elias sent, save unto gavest them me, &c. I pray not, &c. Sarepta, &c. And many lepers were but for them which thou gavest me in Israel in the time of Eliseus the pro- out of the world. John xvii. 2. 6. 9. phet, and none of them was cleansed, The promise is made to you and saving Naaman the Syrian.—Luke iv. your children, and to all that are afar 25-27.

off, even as many as the Lord our God Christ called Zacchæus to come down, shall call, &c. And the Lord added &c. and he received him joyfully: and to the church daily such as should be Jesus said unto him, This day is sal- saved.-Acts ii. 39. 47. vation come to this house: forsomuch Philip sent on purpose to meet the as he also is the son of Abraham. Eunuch, and commanded to go near For the Son of man is come to seek his chariot, where he preached unto and save that which was lost. Luke him, and converted him.-Acts viii. 26 xix. 5, 6. 8-10.

-29. 36, 37. All that the Father giveth me, shall Paul was persecuting the Church, come to me: and him that cometh to &c. and was converted in the midst of me I will in no wise cast out, &c. his rage &c. And Christ said to AnaThis is the Father's will, &c. that of nias, Go thy way, for he is a chosen all which he hath given me I should vessel to bear my name before the lose nothing, &c. There are some of Gentiles, &c. And I will shew him you that believe not, &c. No man can how great things he must suffer for come unto me, except it were given my name.- -Acts ix. 1.-6. 15, 16. him of my Father.-John vi. 37. 39. xxii. 14. 64, 65.

God in a special manner calls CorJesus called the blind man, whom he nelius to the faith.--Acts x. 1, 2, &c. had healed, and discovered himself to Which extraordinary call, Peter him.-John ix. 35-39.

afterwards declares at large to those Other sheep I have, which are not of the circumcision.-Acts xi. 2, &c. of this fold: Them also I must bring, When the Gentiles heard, &c. as and they shall hear my voice, and there many as were ordained to eternal life shall be one fold, &c: Ye believe not, believed.-Acts xiii. 48. because ye are not of my sheep, &c. How God at first did visit the Gen

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