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CHAP. road, and how Jesus had been in the law of Moses, and the pro- CHAP. W. known by them in the breaking of phets, and the psalms concerning

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me. Then he fully opened their 45 36 Now, whilst they were telling minds by his explanations to unJesus apo these things, Jesus presented him-derstand the scriptures, and said fears to all self in the midst of them, and saith unto them, “ Thus it was written, 46 he apose les * unto them, “ Peace be unto you.” | and thus it behoved the Christ to 37 But they were so terrified and af- suffer death, and to rise from the

frighted as to think that they saw a dead on the third day; and that the 47 38 spirit. And he said unto them, necessity of repentance, and the

« Why are ye so terrified, and why promise of remission of sins should

do these doubts arise in your hearts. be preached in his name to all na-
39 Behold! these hands, and these feet, tions, beginning at Jerusalem ; and 48

that it is I myself ; handle me, and be ye witnesses of these things.
look upon me, for a spirit hath not And behold! I will send upon you 49.

flesh and bones as ye see me have.” the promise of my Father, but stay 40 And as he was saying this, he ye in the city of Jerusalem, after

showed them his hands and his your return from Galilee, until 41 feet. So while they believed not ye be endued with power from on

through joy and wonder, he said high."

unto them, “ Have ye any thing And he led them out as far as to 50 42 here to eat?” Then they gave him Bethany, and lifted up his hands and is tak. a piece of a broiled fish, and some and blessed them. And while he en

them into 43 honey-comb; and he took and ate blessed them, he was parted from heaven.

them, and was carried up into hea-51 44 And he said unto them, " These ven. And they did him obeisance, 52 onverses are the very things which I told and returned to Jerusalem with

?you when I was yet with you, that great joy; and were continually in 53

it was necessary for every thing to the temple praising and blessing
be fulfilled which had been written God.

12 Junto chemijoy, and onbelieved his you the city of my father, upon

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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE APOSTLE JOHN'.

CHAP. IN the beginning of the gospel in effect God was the Revealer of CHAP.

dispensation was the Revealer the word, that is, it was not so $us and of the word, and the Revealer of properly he that spake to men,

de the word was so with God, so as God that spoke to them by him. ribed.

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* That this gospel was written at Ephe- plicit upon some matters that had become sus, A. D. 68, has been made to appear subjects of controversy and dispute. The highly probable by learned men, who have general design with which he wrote, he has examined these points with the greatest care, declared with that ingenuousness, and simcandour, and patience of enquiry. But whe- plicity, which are characteristic of his temther the apostle had any particular end in per, and writings. See John xx. 31. The view, or what that end was, has not been so very same design, no doubt, with which the satisfactorily ascertained. Some have thought other gospels were drawn up, and which we that St. John's attention was principally di. should never suffer ourselves to lose sight of rected to certain wrong opinions, that were whenever we read or think of them. beginning to prevail in the world towards The first paragraph of this gospel is agree. the latter part of his life ; and that he wrote able to the interpretation of the Rev. New, to supply ihe deficiencies of the former gos- come Cappe. See his critical remarks. pels; which he deemned not sufficiently ex-|

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CHAP. God, all things relating to the and endowments, in proportion to CHAP,

gospel were by him, and without the favour he received from God; . him, independently of his authority for the law was given by Moses, but 17

and direction, was not any thing favour and truth were by Jesus 4 done that has been done. By him Christ. No one hath seen God at 18 was the doctrine of eternal life, and any time, by being favoured with

the author of this doctrine of life such discoveries of his will as the
5 was the light of men. And the only begotten son who is in the

light shineth in darkness, and the bosom of the Father, beloved by
darkness hath not overtaken it, so him and receiving extraordinary
6 as to extinguish it. There was a communications from him, and it
7 man sent from God, whose namewas is he who hath declared him to us.'

John; he came for a witness to bear Of that son, John bare testimo- 15
testimony concerning the light, ny, and cried, saying, “ This is character
that through him all might believe. be of whom I said, - He, that is

1 John gives 8 He was not the light here spoken coming after me is indeed before of Jesus

of, but sent to bear witness of the me, for he was my principal." and him. 9 light. That person was the true And this is John's testimony, self.

light, who having come into the When the Jews of Jerusalem sent 19 world, after John had prepared priests and Levites to ask him,

his way, is enlightening every man, - Who art thou ?Then he con- 20 jo both Jews and Gentiles. He was fessed and denied not, but said "

in the Jewish world, and the world openly, “ I am not the Christ." was made for him; the law and the And they asked him, “ Who art 21 prophets speaking of him and lead-thou then?” “ Art thou Elijah ?"

ing to him, yet the world knew and he saith, “ I am not." " Art 11 him not. He came into his own thou the prophet, who is expected

country, and his countrymen in ge- to rise from the dead ?" and he 12 neral received him not! But as answered, “ No." Then said they 22

many as received him, to them he unto him, “Who art thou? that
gave authority to be the children of we may give an answer to them

God, even to those who believed in who sent us." He said, “I am the 23 13 his name ; who were not born of voice of one crying in the desert,

blood, nor of the will of the flesh, Prepare ye the way of the Lord ; nor of the will of man, but of God, as said the prophet Isaiah.” Now 24 that is, were not entitled to the those who had been sent were of blessings of the gospel by natural the Pharisees. And they asked 25 descent, nor by marriage, nor by him, " Why baptizest thou then, proselytism, but by the pure good lif thou art not the Christ, nor Eliwill of God, upon condition of their jah, nor the prophet.” John an- 26

living, as the gospel required. swered them, saying, “ I baptize 14 Nevertheless, the revealer of the with water, but there is one in the

word was flesh, a mortal man, yet midst of you, whoin ye know not, full of favour and truth he dwelt who cometh after me, but is 27 among us, and we beheld his glory 'before me, whose shoe-string I

as of an only begotten, much be- am not worthy to untie.”. These 28 16 loved son of the Father. And of things were done in Bethabara by · his fullness we have all received, the side of Jordan, where John

even the favour of spiritual gifts,' was baptizing.

* My superior.

CHAP. The next day, as John saw Je-l of Jonah: thou shalt be called CHAP.

• sus coming to him, he saith, “ Be- Cephas, (which means a's stone).” 15. Design of hold the Lamb of God, who 'tak- The day following, Jesus pur- 44 obras eth away the sin of the world. posed to go into Galilee, and find- as do taptism.

This is he of whom I said, "A ing Philip, saith unto him, - Come Philip and 30 man is coming after me, who is in- with me.” Now, Philip was of

Nathanael. deed before me, for heis greater than Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and 31 1. And I knew him not, but 1 Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, 45

came baptizing with water for this and saith unto him, “ We have

reason, that he might hence be made found him, of whom Moses in the 32 manifestunto Israel.” John also gave law, and the prophets also wrote,

this testimony, saying, “ I saw the Jesus of Nazareth, the son of
• spirit come down from heaven as a Joseph." And Nathanael saith 46
33 dove, and remain upon him. And unto him, “ Can any good thing

I knew him not, but he who sent I come out of Nazareth ?” Philip
me to baptize with water, had said saith unto him, “ Come and see."
unto me, Upon whom thou shalt Jesus saw Nathanael coming to 47
see the spirit descend, and remain, him, and said of him, “ Behold !

that is he who baptizeth with a ho an Israelite indeed, in whom is no
34 ly spirit.' And I saw it, and testi- fault.” Nathanael saith unto him, 48

fy that this is the son of God.” “ Whence knowest thou me?” Je

35 On the next day, John was there sus answered, “ Before Philip call. Andrew again, and two of his disciples, and ed thee, when thou wast under the

ter looking earnestly upon Jesus, as fig-tree, performing an act of pridisciples, he was walking, saith, “ Behold vate devotion, I saw thee.” Na-49 of Jesus ; the Lamb of God!” And the two thanael answered, “ Master, thou

37 disciples heard him speak, and fol- art the son of God: Thou art the
38 lowed Jesus. Then Jesus turning, king of Israel.” Jesus replied, 50

and seeing thein following, saith “ Because I said unto thee, I saw 39 unto them, " What seek ye?" thee beneath the fig-tree, dost thou

And they said unto him, “ Rabbi, believe? Thou shalt see greater

(which means, Master) where things than these.” He further 51 40 dwellest thou ?” He saith unto saith unto him, “ Verily, verily, I

them, 66 Come and see.” So they say unto you. Ye shall see 4 hea-
went, and saw where he dwelt, and ven opened, and the angels of God

abode with him that day; now it ascending from and descending to 41 was about the tenth hour. One the son of man.”

of the two, that heard what John On the third day, there was a' CHAP.

said, was Andrew, Simon Peter's marriage feast in Cana, a town of 11. 42 brother. He first findeth his own Galilee, and the mother of Jesus Miracle of

brother, Simon, and saith unto was there. Now, both Jesus, and water turna
him, “ We have found the Mes. This disciples had been invited to the wine.
siah, (which means the Christ). feast. And when wine failed, the 3
And Andrew bringeth him to Je mother of Jesus saith unto him,
sus, who looking earnestly upon “ They have no wine.” Jesus 4.
him, said, “Thou art Simon, son saith unto her, “Woman, what

and Peter

become

ed into

i By his mild and gentle, but persuasive 3 Intimating that he would be a principal inducements to love and obey God.

support of his future church. • Ten o'clock in the morning. John. uses *Proofs of an intercourse between heaven the Roman method of counting the hours, and the son of man, in the miracles which he which is the same as ours.

should perform,

CHAP. hast thou to do with me. My of my Father, a house of merchan. CHAP. 11. ' time is not yet come,” His mo-dise. Then his disciples called to " Other saith unto the servants, mind this scripture, " My zeal for Psalm

Whatsoever he shall tell you, do thine house consumeth ine.” Then **!*. . 6 it." Now six water-pots of stone the Jews said unto him, “What 18 were standing there agreeably to sign shewest thou unto us, since the manner of washing among the thou doest these things.” Jesus an- 19

Jews, each containing two or three swered, “ Destroy this * temple, 7 firkins. Jesus saith unto them, and in three days I will raise it up."

“ Fill the water-pots with water ;” Then said the Jews, “ Forty and 20 and they filled them up to the six years hath this temple been in 8 brim. And he saith unto them, building, and wilt thou raise it up in

“ Draw out now, and carry some three days." But he was speaking 21 9 to the governor of the feast." And concerning the temple of his body.

they carried some. But when the When therefore he was raised from 22 governor of the feast had tasted the the dead, his disciples remembered water, which was made wine, not that he had said this, and they beknowing whence it was (but the lieved the scripture, and the words servants who had drawn the water, which Jesus had spoken.

knew) he calleth to the bridegroom, Now, while Jesus was at Jeru- 93 10 and saith unto him, “ Every man salem, during this festival of the distrusts

usually setteth hefore his guests passover; many believed on his professed the best wine first, and when they name, when they beheld the mira- to believe have drunk a good deal, the worse ; cles which he did. But Jesus did in him.

but thou hast kept the best wine not trust himself to them, because 24 11 until now." This beginning of he knew all of them, and because 25

*miracles Jesus made in Cana of|he needed not that any should tes.
Galilee, and manifested his glory, tify of man ; for he knew what was

and his disciples believed on him, in man, how uncertain and little

12 After this, he, and his mother, to be relied on. Jesus puts and his brethren, and his disciples Now, one of the Pharisees, Ni- CHAP.

ers went down to Capernaum, but con-codemus by name, a ruler of the and sellers Qut of the tiņued not there many days, for the Jews, came to Jesus by night, and Dialogue temple ; passover of the Jews was nigh, and said unto him, “ Master, we know w

demus, 14. Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And that thou art a teacher come from

he found in the temple some per-God, for no man can do these mi-2
sons selling of cattle, and sheep, and racles which thou doest, unless

pigeons; and the money-changers God be with him. Jesus, that he 3
15 sitting there; and he made a might correct the wrong notions

scourge of ropes, and drove them which the Pharisee entertained of
all out of the temple, with the sheep his kingdom, answered, Verily
and oxen, and poured out the I say unto thee, except a man be

changer's money, and overthrew born again, he cannot see the
16 their tables ; and saith unto those kingdom of God.” Nicodemus 4

who sold pigeons, " Take these saith unto him, “How can a man
things hence ; make not this house be born, when he is old? Can he

the

II.

with Nico

The time of drawing the attention of the "It is probable that Jesus pointed to his
Jews, by a series of miracles.

own body, when he said this."
• Miracles publicly performed.

Understood it in its proper sense.
3 Within the outward enclosure, or in 6. Resolve to become a new man, by 7
the courts of the temple. .

| moral and spiritual reformation.

III.

cist,

CHAP. go a second time into his mother's hath so loved the world as to give CHAP.

womb, and be born.” Jesus an- his well beloved son, that he who 11. 5 swered, “ Verily, verily I say un-believeth on him should not perish, Sin of dise to thee, Unless a man be born of but have everlasting life ; for God believing

spirit, as well as 'water, he can-hath not sent his son into the world not enter into the kingdom of God. to condemn the world, but that the 17 6 That which is born of the flesh is world through him might be saved.

flesh, weak, ignorant, and mortal ; He who believeth on him, will not 18 and that which is born of the spirit be condemned; but he who believe is spirit, holy, and fitted for 'im-Teth not, is already condemned, for 7 mortality. Wonder not at my not believing on the name of the.

telling thee, ye must be born again. highly beloved son of God. And 19 8 The wind bloweth where it will, this is the ground of men's con. . and thou hearest its sound, but demnation, that light is come into

knowest not whence it cometh, and the world, and yet men have loved whither it goeth. So is every one darkness rather than light. For 20 9 that is born of the spirit.” Nico- every one who doeth evil, hateth the

demus, answered, “ How can these light, and cometh not to the light, : 10 things be?” Jesus answered, “ Art lest his deeds should be discovered.

thou a teacher in Israel, and know. But he who doeth the truth, cometh 21
est not these things? Thou hast to the light, that his deeds n ay be
no cause however to doubt the truth made manifest, because they are

of what John and myself have wrought in obedience to the will of Il said upon this subject. For veri-| God.

ly, verily, I say unto thee, We After these things Jesus and his 22 speak that which we know, and disciples went into the country of Jesus's testify that which we have seen, Judea, and he continued there with disciples

"and John and perfectly understand ; though them baptizing. And John also baptize.

you and your brehren receive not was baptizing in Enon, near Salim, 23 12 our testimony. If I have told you because much water was there, and

earthly things, and ye believe not, the people came and were baptiz

how will you believe if I tell you ed; for John was not yet cast into 24. 13 heavenly things? (Now no one prison. Then a question arose be- 23

goeth up to heaven, except he who iween some of John's disciples and
afterwards, in the descent of the a Jew about baptizing. And John's 26
holy spirit, came down from hea- disciples went to him, and said,
ven, even the son of man, who," Master, he that was with thee by
though of low condition when he the river Jordan, to whom thou

was upon earth, is now in heaven.) gavest testimony, behold! he bap14 Yet as Moses set on high the ser- tizeth, and great numbers come to

pent in the wilderness, so must the him." John answered, “A man 27 15 son of man be set on high, that he can receive nothing, either to ac

who believeth on him may nct complish the predictions he hath

perish, but have everlasting life." Tuttered, or to justify a firm reli16 Now there is no reason to doubtance on their accomplishment, but

of what Jesus hath said ; for God what is given him froin heaven,

I Made a new creature, by change of 4 This must be read in connection with heart and life..

the 12th verse, the 13th being the words of Natural birth.

the evangelist, and contained in a parena 3 His new birth will be best judged of by thesis. its effects on his future life and conduct. 1 5 By ineans of his disciples.

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