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tles had seen him, “ We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.”
I come, fourthly, to speak on Christ's being full of grace and truth. “ And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.” He was in bis incarnate state, in all his converse with poor sinners, who came to him for salvation, help, and succour, full of grace and truth. A fountain ever flowing, and overflowing. This is our last head.
As the essential Word, and only begotten of the Father laid aside the glory which he had with the Father before the world was, and took upon himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, and found in fashion as a man, so he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross: and he was in our world full of grace; a perpetual fountain, an everlasting spring. His lips were full of grace; bis words expressed it; his converse with sinners proved it. None came to him as guilty, but virtue went from him to heal them : none came to him for instruction, but he opened his mouth and spake as never man spake. His word was to such spirit and life; it conveyed the Holy Ghost and life everlasting to their souls. His word was with power; so efficacious as to throw down the strong holds of
sin' and satan within them. He was gracious in the dispensation of pardon and peace: “ It pleased the Father that in him, as the Word made flesh, should all fulness dwell.” All the fulness of grace displayed in the everlasting love of God, all the fulness of grace contained in the everlasting mercy of the eternal Three, all the fulness of eternal redemption, which consists in the free and full pardon of all the sins of the elect, in their perfect justification from all things, in their title to every covenant blessing, heaven, glory, and life eternal, are all contained in the person of Immanuel, God-Jesus, the incarnate Word. He was full of grace in his person, word, miracles, actions, converse, and carriage, towards poor sinners, for whom he came into the world, and for whom he gave his life as a ransom, for the many which the Father had given him. He was full of grace and truth; he was the truth itself; “ The true God, and eternal life.” All the promises of the essential and co-equal Trinity, which owed their original to grace, and were the good pleasure of the will of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, were in him; and in him they are yea and amen.' He was in his incarnation, life, and death, the accomplishment and performance of all the promises, and the truth of all the types and prophecies in the old testament. In him was the fulness of all that mercy, and the whole of that complete sal. vation, which patriarchs, prophets, and all be Jievers had been looking for: and we receive grace from Jesus, just as we receive light from the sun. It is by the eye we receive light; it is by faith, which is the eye of the mind, we re ceive grace out of the fulness of Jesus. In believing we receive Christ, salvation, and all its blessings into our hearts. The Lord seal these truths on all our hearts.
I conclude with this scripture; * For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the like. ness of sipful flesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.” The Lord bless what has been delivered. Amen.
CHRIST, THE ANTITYPE OF THE TEMPLE,
John ii. 21.
THIS apostle wrote his gospel after the other evangelists had completed their's; and he . records many passovers, miracles, actions, sermons, discourses, and circumstances of our most blessed Lord, which are altogether omitted by the others. He begins his divine narrative concerning Jesus, with a most glorious and majestic account of his essential deity, personality, coequality, eternity, and oneness, with the Father, in the unity of the incomprehensible Godhead, in which the eternal Three possess, enjoy, and partake of one equal and incommunicable life of blessedness and glory, which flows from their mutual existence, and personal relation to each other, in the self-existing essence. ,;. of Tbis being laid as his foundation, and having proclaimed the essential Word as God, with all the perfections of Godhead, and given an incontestible proof of his eternal power and God
head in the creation of all things, declaring that without him was not any thing made that was made; he proceeds to treat of his incarnation, a most stupendous display of grace! and of his glory, as of the only begotten of the Father; who, when he was manifested in the flesh, to take away our sin, and dwelt in our nature, in our world, to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, and to bring in an everlasting righteousness, by his obedience unto death, even the death of the cross, was full of grace and truth. · Thus having declared and set forth the person of Christ as God-man, in whom dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead personally; he goes on to treat of the actions of this most precious Immanuel, as God in our nature. He produces the testimony, which John the baptist bore, concerning him, as the Son of God, and the Lamb of God, by whose sacrifice the sins of the elect world are borne away out of the sight of God; whose blood, as the blood of Jesus Christ, cleanseth from all sin. ...
In this chapter before us, the evangelist records a miracle wrought by our most precious Jesus, at a marriage in Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. After which, he went from thence down to Capernaum, with his mother, and his brethren. From hence, he went to Jesusalem, to the feast of the passover; at which place and festival, he wrought several