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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
conceived, that fo he might be free from
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
luuu . a. Epiph,
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
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.
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 Tim. ii. 6. árslautego Úrip ma'rtav.
. 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.
1 Pe T. iv. I.
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
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.