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S. MATT. iii. 17. This is my beloved Son, in whom I am

well pleased.

HRIST is the Beloved, or Only Son of

GOD.
He is called the Son of GOD;

1. Because conceived by the Holy Ghost, S.Luk. i. 15. S. Matt. i. 20.

2. Because sanctified by the Father, and sent into the World, s. Fob. x. 36.

3. Because raised from the Dead, A&t. xiii. 33. Rom. i. 4.

4. Especially, because Begotten of the Father from all Eternity, Col. i. 15.

For which consider, 1. Christ had a real Being and Existence before he was born of the Virgin Mary, Gal. iv.4. S. Joh. vi. 33, 51. and xvi. 28. He was before Fohn the Baptist, S. Job. i. 15. Before Abraham, S. Joh. viii. 5. Before the World, S. Fob. i. 1, 2, 3. Col. i. 15, 16. Hebr. i. 2. 'O 28 8 Oeð ýòs, ó weġ aiayou gevindeis. S. Ignat. Ep. ad Ephes.

2. The Being which he had was tryly Divine, the fame which the Father had, so that he was really and truly GOD, Rom. ix. 5. Phil. ii. 6,7. i S. Joh. v. 20. S. Job. i. 1. and xx. 28.

The same was revealed in the Old Testament, Ifai, vii. 14. and ix. 6. 78 792).

Hence his Blood which he shed as Man, is yet said to be the Blood of God, AET. xx. 28.

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3. This his Divine Nature he received of the Father, S. Joh. v. 29. and vii. 29. He is called by the Council of Nice, Oids che zë, pas cu patos Θεός αληθινός εκ Θεε αληθινά.

Pater eft vita in femetipfo, non à Filio : Filimo vita in semetipso, sed à Patre ; S. August. Vitam genuit Pater vita, nec differt in aliquo effentia gignentis et geniti, cum fic ex Patre fit Filius, ut cone

non una quidem Persona, Ted una sit Deitas. Sentent. Decerpt. ex Auguft. cccxxxv. And so to the same purpofe, Id. C. Maximin. l. 1. l. 3. c. 14. & de Incarnati Verbi, c. 8.

Neither did he receive any part, but the whole Divine Essence was communicated to him, so as to be óxosong Tu Matei, Col. ii 9.

4. This Communication of the Divine Ellence was properly Generation, and therefore Christ most properly a Son, Hebr. i. 6. Inasmuch as η ποιέμενον εκ οκ ή έσίας σε ποιένός ότι η δε γεννώμε. you én is dulñs xoias të yerv@vtos. S. Bafil. adv. Eunom. 1.4. ab init. And l. 2. p. 738. having recited the frit Verẻ of Soha's Gotpel, he adds, Thy & LiΓίε ύπαρξιν, την απαθή γέννησιν, το συμφυές τω Πατρί, π μεγαλέον δ φύσεως, σάνα εν τοϊς ολίγοις ρήμασι συλλαβών. .

Τεσες Χριςός μόνΘ- δίως βός τω Θεώ γεγέννήθαι, λόγGeurš vadozav, xj wzwrótoxo, aj súrauss. Juft. Mart,

Apol. 2. *Ω το μεγάλε Θεέ ! ώ στο τελος παιδί. ! φώς αν Date, rj walig év úm. Clem. Alex. Pædag. l. 2. cis.

Hence he is called the Image of God, Hebr. iç 2, 3. and God's own Son, Rom. vi. 32. Not by Adoption, Gal. iv. 4, 5. and the moroglurns, the Only Begotten of the Father, S. Joh. i. 14. and jii. 16.

Hence therefore we may see the Reason of every Expresion in my Text, uçtered from Heay ven by GOD Himself.

1. This

1. This, My Son. Because it is the Father that spake, by a Voice from Heaven, as our Saviour Ipaké from thence to S. Paul, At. xxvi. 13, 14. so here GOD the Father spake, and own'd our Saviour for His Son.

2. My Beloved Son; because His Only Begotten, S. Matf. xii. 18. and xvii.

$. 3. In mphom I am well pleased; ' w gửSóxnoa, In, or through whom, I am well pleased with all the Sons of Men that repent and turn to me, Ephef. i. 6. S. Job. iv. 42.

And the Reason is, because this Son of GOD having in our Nature undergone the Punishment of our Sins, we are hereby reconciled to GOD, Rom. v. 10. and so have Peace with Him, Rom. V. I.

Hence therefore we may observe two Things.

1. That this Fesus Christ, as he is the Şon of GOD, must needs be the LORD too, S. Matt. xxviii. 6. S. Luk. ii. 11, S. Joh. iv. I. At. ix. 5,6, 10. 11. Hof. i. 7. where 1717'2 is rendered by the Targum 119 X700, by the Word of the Lord. For,

1. As the Son of GOD, he must needs be the Lord too, as his Father is; 171.77 the Being of Beings, for all things were made by him, Ş. Joh. i. 3.

2. Besides this his Dominion as the Son of GOD, he is Lord alsó, as the Son of Man. For as such he purchased this Power by his Death, Ephef. i. 20, 21, 22. Phil. ii. 11. S. Matt, xxviii. 18.

II. It is also to be observed, That he is our Lord in a peculiar manner, . Foh. xx. 28. Pbil. üi. 8. For it is he that hath redeemed us with his own Blood, Tit. ii. 14. Rev. V. 9, 19.

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Use. Hence learn, 1. To adore and magnify the infinite Love of GOD in our Redemption, S. Joh. iii. 16. 1 S. Joh. iv. 9, 10.

2. To put our whole Trust and Confidence in Him, for our Salvation, Hebr. vii. 25. For he being GOD, as well as Man, his Death could not but be a Propitiation for for all our Sins, I S. Joh. ii. 2. and be able to endue us with true Grace and Vertue, A&t. iii. 26.

3. To worship and glorify CHRIST as GOD and LORD, S. Foh. v. 22, 23. Rev. xiii.

4. To call to mind, that CHRIST being our LORD, both by Creation and Redemption, we are to look upon ourselves as not our own, but His, i Cor. vi. 19, 20. Rom. xiv. 7, 8.

5. And lastly, To devote ourselves wholly to His Service, 2 Cor. x. 5. 2 Tim. ii. 19. 1 S. Pet. ii. 9, 10, 11, 12

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S. MATT.

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S. MATT. V. 16,
Let your Light so Shine before Men, that

they may see your good Works, and glo.
rify your Father which is in Heaven.

HAT we are to understand by Light; ;

namely, 1. Knowledge, S. Joh. iii. 19. and ii. 10. A. xxvi. 18. I Cor. iv. 4. 2. Doctrine, S. Matt. v. 14. 2 Cor. iv. 4.

S. Luk. xvi. 8.

3. Holiness of Life, Ephes.v. 8. And that this is chiefly intended here, appears plainly from the following Words, That they seeing your good Works, c.

II. What by Shining, Let your Light so shine before Men, i, e. to be made manifest, and shew itfelf, not only to God, and our own Consciences, but to all Men, to all we converse with,S.Joh.v.35.

That it appear with Lustre, and be Bright and Glittering; which is the proper Signification of neuww, the Word in the Original, to fpread its Rays like a Torch, says Budeus ; Niteo, Splendeo, corusco, say others. Thus ’tis said of our Saviour in his Transfiguration, έλαμψε το πρόσωπον aitē ws ó ña 0, s. Matt. xvii

. 2. And thus applied to God's first Production of Light, Gen. xiii. and to the Light of our Saviour's Gospel breaking in upon the Hearts of his Disciples, 2 Cor. iv. 6. III. Two Ends of this Light shining.

1. That others may see our good Works, Tit.ii. 7, 8. 2 Thel. iii. 9. Not that' we may be applauded for them, S. Matt. vi. 1,5. But,

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