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God will cast you off, and adopt Men from among the Gentiles, or even raise Men out of the Stones of the Earth, (rather than save you in your wickedness) who shall succeed in the Faith, and in the Obedience, and in the Blessing of Abra. ham. Io. Nor is there any more time of delay. God is now about to offer the last Dispensation of Repentance and Mercy: And if you do not immediately repent and reform your Lives, his Vengeance hangs over you as fruitless Trees ready-to be cut down, and you shall be utterly and irrecoverably destroyed,

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tise you with the powerful
Influence of his Holy Spirit,
whose appearance shall be
as Fire, I Aët: 2. 3. ]
12. And he i through-
ly try the Spirits of Men,
as when with a Fan One
separateth the Chaff from
the Corn 5 and those who
are sincere and good, he shall
preserve and reward 3 but
those who are wicked and
incorrigible, he shall con-
demn to utter destruction,
as the Chaff to the Fire.
13 * Thus john instru-
Čted those that were to be
baptized by him : And
while he was thus bapti-
zing, jesus himself came
down from Galilee to jor-
dan, to be baptized of him.
14 But john, knowing
him now by immediate re-
velation to be the Person,
f whom God by the Signal

12 Whose fan if in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner : but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchs able fire.

13 * Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

† By this History of St.Matthew, 7ohn seems to have known

Christ before he baptized him; whereas, in St. 7ohn, Christ seems to have been first made known to him by the descent

of the Holy Ghost after his Baptism. It is most probable,

that God having before given john that Token to know Christ by, did upon Christ's coming to be baptized, reveal to john that this was the Person, upon whom he should presently see the Signal.

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15 And Jesus answering", said unto him, Suffer it to be fo how - for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. ~

16 And Jesus when he was baptized, went up ftraightway out of the water : and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. 17 And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

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I. Fter this, Jesus by the Conduct of the Spirit of God retired into the Wilderness, to prepare himself for his Ministry by Prayer and Fasting, and to resist and vanquish the temptations of the Devil. 2. In this place he continued fasting for forty days and forty nights together, as Moser and Elias, the two great Prophets under the Law,had done; after which he grew hungry. 3. Upon this Occasion, the Devil hoping to prevail upon him through the infirmity of his Body, to do somewhat that might argue some distrust in his Mind concerning the Providence of God, assaults him with his first Temptation; saying, If you are indeed the Son of God, make proof now of your Power, to your own Relief, and

IV.

1THen was Jesus T led up of the spirit into the wilderness, to be temPted of the devil.

2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

3 And when the the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, Command that these stones be made bread.

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7 Jesús said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord

thy God.

command that these Stones be turned into Bread. 4. But Jesus answered; 'Tis not by mere Bread, (as the Scripture saith , Deut. 8. 3.) that the Life of Man is sustained, but by the Providence and the Blessing of God. 5. This Temptation failing ; the Devil carries him into Jerusalem, and placeth him upon the edge of the Battlements of the Temple ; 6. And saith 3 If you be the Son of God, throw your self down now, and try if God will miraculously preserve you : For if you be indeed the Son of God, you have a Promise in Scripture (Psalm 9 I. I. I.) that he shall give his Angels charge concerning thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up,

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