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&c. The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me: unto him shall ye hearken. I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth. Isaiah, ix. 6. Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given : and the government shall be upon his shoulder : and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Txi. 1. The spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.
11. Q. How did God anoint him to these offices ?
A. The Holy Ghost came upon him; and God, by a voice from heaven, declared him to be his beloved Son. Matt. iii. 16, 17, and commanded all the world to hear him. Matt. xvii. 5. And He received the spirit without measure, for the discharge of them all. John, iii. 34.
Proofs SUBJOINED.—Isaiab, xlii. 1. Comp. Matt. xii. 18. Behold my servant, whom I uphold, mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; 1 have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. Matt. Behold my servant, whom I have chosen ; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased : I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. Isaiah, Ixi. 1. Comp. Luke, iv. 18. The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek : he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Luke. The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me, to preach the gospel to the poor : he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, lo set at liberty them that are bruised.
12. Q. You say, that God before spake by his holy prophets of such a Christ : did the Jews know that he had done so ?
A. Yes, they did : and at that very time that Christ came into the world, they generally expected the coming of Him. Matt. xi. 2. Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another ? Jobn, iv. 25. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ : when he is come, he will tell us all things.
vii. 31. And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these, which this man hath done? Luke, iii. 15. And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ or not, John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water ; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose : He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Acts, iii. 18, 22. But those things which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, a prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. x. 43. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name, whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. xxvi. 22, 27. Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those, which the prophets and Moses did say should come.- King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.
13. Q. How then came it to pass, that they did not more readily receive him?
A. Because they had flattered themselves with the expectation of a temporal privce, who should deliver them from their enemies, and restore again the kingdom unto Israel. Luke, xxiv. 21. Acts, i. 6; and therefore they could not bear the disappointment of receiving such a Messias as our Saviour professed himself to be. Acts, xiii. 27. For they that dwell at Jerusalen, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath-day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
14. Q. What security have we that this was indeed the Messias, of whom Moses and the prophets spake?
A. The greatest that can be imagined. He came at the exact time that the Messiah was to come. Gen. xlix. 10. The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Malachi, iii. 1. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye
light in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. Dan. ix. 25, 26. Know therefore, and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem, unto the Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
· He descended of the tribe out of which the Messiah was to proceed. Gen. xlix. 9, 10. Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come, and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Isaiah, xi. 1. Compare Matt. i. 1. Luke, iii. &c. And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. Matthew. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham-Jesse begat David the king. Luke. Nathan the son of David, which was the son of Jesse.
"He was born at the place where the Messiah was to be born. Micah, v. 2. Thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Matt. ii. 1, 5, 6. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem-Herod demanded of them where Christ should be born, and they said unto him, in Bethlehem of Judea; for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah; art not lhe least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
He was conceived of a virgin, as the Messiah was to be conceived. Isaiah, vii. 14. Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Matt. i. 21, 25. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.-Joseph knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son: and he called his name Jesus. Luke, i. 27, 34. In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.—Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing that I know not a man.
Besides all which, he had such extraordinary witness borne to bim, as is not to be gainsaid. "God raised up a singular forerunner to prepare the way for him. Being come into the world, he owned him by a voice from heaven to be his Son. Matt. ïïi. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, this is my
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Luke, xvii. 5. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and, behold, a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him.
• He himself wrought such miracles as no one ever