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He was made MAN,

Christ Jesus, being in the Form of God, and thinking it no Robbery to be equal with God, made himself of no Reputation, and took upon him the Form of a Servant, and was made in the likeness of Men, and was found in Fashion as a Man, being made of a Woman, in the likeness of finful Flesh.

b He came down from Heaven, from the Bosom of the Father; and, being made a little lower than the Angels, as the Children of Men are Partakers of Flesh and Blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same.

c And the Word was made Flesh, and dwelt: among us: God was manifest in the Flesh.

d For verily, he took not on him the Nature of Angels; but he took on him the Seed of Abra-ham, and was made of the Seed of David, of: whom, as concerning the Flesh, Christ came.

€ Now the Birth of Jesus Christ was on this wife :When as his Mother Mary was espoused to Jofeph, before they came together, the Holy Ghost cameupon her, and the Power of the Highest oversiiadowed her, and so the conceived, and brought forth Son, who was called Jesus: and therefore. also, because she was with Child of the Holy. Ghost, that Holy Thing, which was born of her, was called the Son of God, and Emanuel; which, being interpreted, is, God with us.

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a Phili 2. S, 6, 7, 8. Gal. 4. 4. Rom. 8. 33

John 3. 13. John 1. 18. Heb. 2. 9, 14.

John 1. 14. 1 Tim. 3. 16. d Heb. 2. 16. Rom. 1.3. Rom. 9. S. € Mat. 1. 18. Luke 1.35; 31, Mat, ti 18. Luke 1. 3.5. Mat. 1. 23..

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? And when he was brought forth, he was twrapp'd in Swadling-clothes, and laid in a Manger.

b Afterwards he was subject unto his parents, Mary and Joseph: He increased in Wisdom and Stature: He was tempted of the Devil: He was hungry, and weary, and had not where to lay his Head: He wept, and was grieved ; and he was touched with the feeling of our Infirmities.

c Himself took our Infirmities, and bare our : Sicknesses, and was, in all Points, tempted like as we are; and, in all things, he was made like unto his Brethren, yet without Sin. For thus it behoved him to be made, that he might be a merciful, and faithful High-Priest, in things pertaining to God, to make Reconciliation for the Sins of the People : For in that he himself hath suffered, being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

The CHARACTER of C HRIST; who is both

GOD and M A N.

d Unto us a Child is born ; and his Name small be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Migltty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

e This is he that should come; he of whom Mofes, in the Law, and the Prophets, did write: The Christ' of God; Christ the Lord'; the

a Luke 2. 7,

b.Luke 2. S1, 41, 16, 52, Luke 4. I, 2. · Mar. 11. 12. John 4. 6. Mat. 8. 20. Johnn. 35. Mar. 3. S. Heb. 4. IS. < Mat. 8, 17. Heb. 4:15. Heb. 2 17: Heb.4. 15. Heb. 2. 17,18. alf. 9. 6. Mat. 15. 3. John 1. 45. Luke 9. 20. Luke 2. 11. EO

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He gave us a New COVENANT.

a The Law, and the Prophets were until John: Since that time the Kingdom of God is preached by Jesus Christ; who came to call Sinners to Repentance; to preach the Gospel of Peace ; and to bring glad tidings of good things.

b The Law was given by Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ, which was a Prophet, mighty in Deed and Word, before God, and all the People: concerning whom Mofes truly said unto the Fathers; a Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of your Brethren, like unto me, him shall ye hear, in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you : and it shall come to pass, that every Soul, which will: not hear that Prophet, shall be destroyed from among the People.

c Jesus Christ was a Minister of the Circumcifion, for the Truth of God, to confirm the Promises made unto the Fathers; and that the Gentiles might glorify God for his Mercy.

d All the Promises of God, in hinn, are Yea, and in him, Amen.

e The Law was our School-Master to bring us to Christ; who hath changed the Customs which Mofes delivered, and took that Yoke from the Neck of his Disciples; which neither their Fa-thers, nor they, were able to bear.

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a Luke 16. 16. Luke 4. 43. Mat. 9. 13. Rom. 10. 15.

John 1. 17. Luke 24. 19. A&s 3. 22, 23. c Rom. 15. 8, 9..

d 2 Cor. I, 20,

e Gal. 3. 24. Acts. 6. 14:] A&S IS..10.

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a The Priests that offered Gifts according to the Law, served unto the Example, and Shadow of heavenly things : But now hath Christ obtained a more excellent Mipistry; by how much also he is the Mediator of a better Covenant, which was established upon better Promises. For if that first Covenant had been faultless, then Thould no place have been sought for the second; and, by giving us a New Covenant, the Lord hath made the first Old.

b The first Covenant had also Ordinances of Divine Service, and a Worldly Sanctuary; in which were offered both Gifts, and Sacrifices, that could not make him that did the Service perfect, as pertaining to the Conscience; which ftood only in Meats and Drinks, and divers Washings, and carnal Ordinances, imposed on them, until the time of Reformation : But Christ, being come, an High-Priest of good things to come, is the Mediator of the New Testament; that, by the Redemption of the Transgressions that were under the first Testament, they which are called might receive the Promise of Eternal Inheritance.

c Christ hath blotted out the Hand-writing of Ordinances, that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way; so that we are no longer subject to Ordinances, which all are to perith with the using ; nor are we tied up, as the Jews were, in Meat, or in Drink, or in respect of a Holy-Day, or of the New-Moon, or of the Sabbath-Days; which were a Shadow of things to come; but the Body is of Christ.

a Heb. 8. 4, 5, 6, 7, 13

6 Heb. 9. 1, 9, 10, 11, 152 Col. 2. i4, 20, 22, 16, 17:

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a There is, verily, a disannulling of the Commandment, going before, for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For, the Law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better Hope did.; by the which we draw. nigh unto God: For we are faved by Hope.

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b In Christ Jesus, we who sometimes were far off, being Aliens from the Common-wealth of Israel, and Strangers from the Covenants of Promise, are made nigh. For he is our Peace, who hath made both Jews and Gentiles one, and hath broken down the middle Wall of Partition be.. tween us; having abolished in his Flesh, the Enmity, even the Law of Commandments, contained in Ordinances. So that now there is neia ther Greek, nor Jew, Circumcision, nor Uncircumcifion, Barbarian, Scythian, Bond, nor Free: for we are all one in Christ Jesus.

t This is the Messias , who, when he came, was to tell us all things. And accordingly, he to whom were known the ways of Life, hath taught us what we shall do that we may work the Works of God.

d Moses, because of the Hardness of their Hearts, suffered the Jews to do some things, whichi from the beginning were not so done : And many things were said by them of old time to be Lawful, which were not allowed in the Law of Moses : And, the Word of God, delivered by him, was, in divers cases, made of none Effect,

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a Heb. 7. 18, 19. Rom. 8. 24. Þ Eph. 2. 13, 129 13, 14, Is. Col. 3. 11. Gal. 3. 28. John 4. 25. Acts 2. 28. John 6. 28. & Mat. 19. 8. Mat. s. 219, 27, 33, Mas. 7..13, S.

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