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Matt. i. 23. Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 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. Luke, i. 32. Comp. Isaiah, ix. 6, 54-5. Luke. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his fa-. ther David. Isaiah. For 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.- For thy Maker is thine husband: the Lord of Hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall he be called.
9. Q. How was Christ born of the Virgin Mary?
A. The substance of his body was derived from that of the blessed virgin: he grew in her womb; and at the full time of her delivery, she brought him into the world : and upon all these accounts she was as much his mother, as any other woman is mother of the child that is born by her.
PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Gal. iv. 4. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. Luke, ii. 5, 6. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him
in a manger ; because there was no room for them in the inn. xi. 27. It came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
10. Q. Had our Saviour a real body, like unto one of us?
A. He had both a real humane body, Luke, xxiv. 39. Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. John, xx. 20, 27. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not failhless, but believe. 1 John, iv. 2, 3. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God.
And a rational soul; Matt. xxvi. 37, 38, 39. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. xxvii. 50. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the Ghost. Luke, xxiii. 46. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said this, he gave up the ghost. John, xix. 30. When Jesus, therefore, had received the vine
gar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the Ghost.
And was in all things like unto us, only without sin. Heb. ii. 17. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high-priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. iv. 15. For we have not an high-priest, which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Phil. ii. 7, 8. He made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men : and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
PROOFS SUBJOINED.-1 Tim. ü. 5. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. 1 Cor. xv. 21. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
11. Q. Why do you make mention of the person of whom Christ was born ?
A. To shew that he was the true seed of Abraham and David, of whom the Prophets spake. Gen. xxii. 18. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the world be blessed ; because thou hast obeyed my voice. 2 Samuel, vii. 12, 13, 14. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. Psalm lxxxix. 36, 37. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne us the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. cxxxii. 11. The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. Jeremiah, xxiii. 5, 6. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice upon the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely : and this is his name, whereby he shall be called, the Lord our Righteousness.
For from Abraham by David did our blessed Lord and Saviour descend. Matt. i. 1. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Rom. i. 3. Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David, according to the flesh. Luke, i. 32. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest ; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. Luke, iii. 31. Which was the Son of Melea, which was the Son of Menan, which was the Son of Maltatha, which was the Son of Nathan, which was the Son of David.
12. Q. Wherefore do you give the title of Virgin to the mother of our Lord ?
A. To testify our belief, that in the production of our Saviour she had no knowledge of any man, but was at once a mother and a virgin : not to determine any thing of her condition afterwards; though we piously suppose, and it has been generally received, that she still continued, as she then was, a virgin.
PROOFS SUBJOINED.—Isaiah, vii. 14. Behold a virgin shall c. nceive, and bear a son, and shall call his
name Immanuel. Matt. j. 24. He knew her not, till she had brought forth her first-born son: and he called his name Jesus. Luke, i. 34, 35. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
13. Q. Should not this relation of the blessed Virgin to our Saviour oblige us to pay a more than ordinary respect to her ?
A. No doubt it should: and therefore it will become us always to mention her with honour; to imitate her virtues; and to give thanks to God for that extraordinary favour which he was pleased to bestow upon her, that she should be the mother of our Lord. Luke, i. 48. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
14. Q. What think you of that worship which, upon this account, is paid to her in the church of Rome?
A. As of the grossest idolatry that, it may be, was ever committed in the world: such as no good Christian can think of without horror; nor any one partake of, without the hazard of his salvation.
15. Q. What is that worship of which you speak such hard things ?
1. It is the most proper worsbip of God. *They pray to her in almost all their religious service :
They put their trust in her: They rely upon her for * grace, and * salvation: They consecrate particular offices of devotion to her: * They erect reli