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Subjects and Occasions,
By the most Reverend
Dr. JOHN TILLO TSON,
Lord Archbishop os Canterbury.
The love os God to men, in the incarnation of Christ,
I J O H N IV. 9.
In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
HE SE words contain a clear and evidentSERM. demonstration of the love of God to us J^***^ "In this was manifested the love of GoDpreached towards us;" that is, by this it plainly appears,11* tYie that God had a mighty love for us, "that he sentLa^eth"his only begotten Son into the world, that weh°"feon "might live through him." In which we mayD mas consider this threefold evidence of God's love 101691. mankind.
I. That he should be pleased to take our cafe into consideration, and to concern himself for our happiness.
II. That he mould design so great a benefit to us, which is here exprest by life; "that we might live "through him."
III. That he was pleased to use such a means for the obtaining and procuring of this benefit for us; "he "sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we "might live through him." Each of these singly is
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S E R M. a great evidence of God's love to us; much more
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I. it is a great evidence of the love of God to
mankind, that he was pleased to take our cafe into consideration, and to concern himself for our happiness. Nothing does more commend an act of kindness, than if there be great condescension in if. We use to value a small favour, if it be done to us by one that is far above us, more than a far greater done to us by a mean and inconsiderable person. This made David to break out into such admiration, when, he considered the ordinary providence of God towards mankind, " Lord, what is man, that thou art mind"ful of him! or the son of man, that thou mouldst "consider him! " This is a wonderful condescension indeed, for God to be mindful of man.
At the best we are but his creatures, and upon that very account at an infinite distance from him; so that were not he infinitely good, he would not be concerned for us, who are so infinitely beneath the consideration of his love and pity. Neither are we of the highest rank of creatures; we are much below the angels, as to the excellency and perfection of our beings; so that if God had not had a peculiar pity and regard to the sons of men, he might have placed his affection and care upon a much nobler order of creatures than we are, and so much the more miserable, because they fell from a higher step of happiness, I mean the lost angels; but yet for reasons best known to his infinite wisdom, God past by them, and was pleased to consider us. This the apostle to the He-r brews takes notice of, as an argument of God's peculiar and extraordinary love to mankind, " that