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LUKE i. 35. The Holy Ghof Sball come upon thee,

and the Power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.

ERE we have the Incarnation of the Son Hof God, described by

I. Its efficient Cause: The Holy Ghoft shall come upon thee.

II. The Subject: Upon thee the Virgin Mary.

III. The Result ; The Union of the Two Natures in one Person. Therefore that Holy Thing, doc.

1. The efficient Cause: The Holy Gbot. Where in our Creed it is said, He was conceived by the Holy Ghoft ; that is, He did cause

the Virgin to conceive, Luke i. 31. 1. As to his Conception by the Holy Ghoft, I shall only observe, That, 1. As it is a great Mystery, it is here myste

riously expreffed, niidi via Lyoor een gửO TOM, Hi, or, e suía pus ufisa Eris

rodost ol, as in the Creation, Gen. i. 2. and the Production of Man, c. ii. 7. There was subject Matter, but the Spirit moved upon it, as Psal. civ. 30. John vị. 63. Hence Christ's first Name is

Wonderfu!, Ifa. ix. 6. 2. It was necessary our Saviour fhould be thus

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For, 1. The Divine Nature could not be united to

the Humane, unless pure and perfect. 2. He could not have expiated our Sins, unlofs he had been without 'Sin himself,

Ileb. vii 26, 27: 3. Hence our Saviour, even as Man, is called

the Son of God, because produced immediately by God himself, as Adam was, Luke iii.

28. 2. As to the Person of whom he was born, wę

need only observe, 1. Her Name was Mary, Luke i. 27. Matt. i.

18. Micb. vi. 4. 2. She was a Virgin when she bear him,

Gen. iii. 15. Isa. vii. 14. Luke i. 27. 3. It is very probable she continued to be fo

alter, Muit. i 25. compared with 1 Sam. xv: 35. His Brethren were his Kinsmen, or Foseph's Children by another Wife, they are

not called hers. A: She was certainly an excellent Person, yeg

not without Sin, at least Original, Rom. iii. 23. C. V. 18. for the needed a Saviour,

Luke i. 46, 47, and died. s. We ought to reverence, but not to worfhip her, Luke i. 28, 48. Matth. iv. 10.

“Η μαρία αν τιμή, ο Κύeας προσκαλείθω. "Ει καλλίση η Μαρία και ακα και τεκμημένη αλ' εκ ας m Tesở

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USE. 1. Hence fee. the Condescension of the Son of

God in being born of a Woman, and yeç -poor, Lev. xn. 8. Luk. ii. 24. Learn of himn to be meek and lowly,

Matt. xi. 29.

3. The Result of this, the Union of the Di

vine and Humane Nature. For, 1. That he is God, we have proved already. 2. That he became truly Man, is plain from his being born of a Woman, Heb. ii. 14. 16 1. He had a real Body, John i. 14. Luke xxiv.

39. 1 John iv. 3. Simon Magus, Saturnus, Isidorus Secundus, Mar

cosiani, Heracleonita,Ophita, Cerdon, Marcion, &c. were some tai pavranasail, supposing Christ

to have no real Body. 2. A Soul, Matt. xxvi. 38. Luke ii. 52. Luke

xxii. 42.

Arius and Eunomius said, Ogógu Tu fugins engga

révai thiy xpehar. Theodoret. 3. His Soul and Body were united together,

Luke xxiii. 46. 3.

His Humane and Divine Nature were both united in one Person. Θεάνθρωπον. Hence, Ο λόFG- και μόνο αμφίν Θεός

73 x d'Apwr@. Clem. Alex. So that, 1. His Natures were not mixed or confounded

together, for then he would have been

neither. 2. Nor changed one into the other, as the Eu

tychians thought the Humane was turned inτο Divine; but συγχώτως, ατρέπτως αδιαιρέTous cigoreisws. Concil. Chalced. Luke xxii.

42, Matt. i. 23. So that he was perfect God, and perfect Man,

in one and the same Person. The Humane Nature had no Subsistence out

of the Divine Person. Hence flowed the Value and Efficacy of his Actions, Aits xx. 28.


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USB. 1. Hence see what Cause you have to trust

to Cbrift for your Salvation, he being GodMan, is able to reconcile God to you, and

you to God.

1. On God's Part, Heb. V. I.
1. By Satisfying for your Sins, Heb. ii. 10,

1 Tim. ii. 6. árslautego Úrip ma'rtav.
2. By interceding for you ; 1 John xxii

. Heb. vii. 25. 2. On our Part, Col. i. 19. John i. 16. 2. Go to Christ

, by trusting wholly in him, Matt. xi. 28. 3. Obey all his Commands; as certain that

he commands nothing but what is for your Good. Matt. xj. 30. "1 Jabr. v. 3.


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Forasmuch then as Christ bath suffered

for us in the Flesh.

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THatsoever Chrift fuffered, was in the

Flesh. II. It was for us. III. What it was he thus fuffered, for us in

the Flesh.

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1. Whatsoever Christ suffered was in the Flesh. 1, Christ as God, was, and is, incapable of

suffering; being A&tus puriffimus. 3. But he was in Time made Flesh, John i.

14. that is, Took our Nature upon him. 3. In this Flesh it was that he suffered, 1 Pet.

iii, 18. 4. By reason of the Union of our Nature to

his Divine Person, what he suffered in our Narure is reckoned as suffered by him that was truly God, the Attributes, and by confequence the A&ions of the one Nature being

attributed to the other. Per indisolubilem unitatem verbi carnis omnia

quæ carnis funt afcribuntur verbo, quomodo do

quæ verbi sunt prædicantur in carne. Orig. By this Union, 'Ανπμαθίσταται τα ονόματα ως και η ανθρώπινον το Θείο και η Θείον του ανθρωπίνω

MESTNO satar. Greg. Nyfl. This is the Communicatio idiomatum spoke of by the Şöbool-men; as, 1 Cor. ii. 8. Äets xt. 28.

2. What

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