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manifested forth his glory; fulness, but also in deference to his and his disciples believed on mother's suggestion. (ver. 3.) him.

Ver. 12. After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples : and they continued there not many days. 13 He was ever prompt to the call 13 And the Jews' passover of duty. was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting : and when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen ; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence ; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. 17 This prophecy (Ps. Ixix. 9) is 17 And his disciples remem- properly applied to Him ; so zealous bered that it was written, was He for the honour of his Father's The zeal of thine house hath house, and so completely did He eaten me up. Then answered make his Father's cause his own. the Jews and said unto him, What sign sheweth thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these · 19 Destroy-or slay—this body; and things? 10 Jesus answered I will raise it from the dead in three and said unto them, Destroy days. (See Mark xv. 29.) this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days ? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. 23 Now when 23 The faith of every follower of he was in Jerusalem at the Christ is a rational faith-resting passover, in the feast day, upon testimony. many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. 24 But Jesus did not 24 He did not trust them as his true commit himself unto them, disciples ; because, knowing their because he knew all men, and very hearts, He knew the evil of needed not that any should them. testify of man: for he knew what was in man.


March 16, July 15, Nov. 11. THERE was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews : the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto

him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus an- 3« Your avowal of my divine misswered and said unto him, sion will not suffice to save you : Verily, verily, I say unto there must be a change of heart and thee. Except a man be born affections in you, even as in a crea

ture born again." again, he cannot see the king- " dom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old ? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus explains to Nicodemus that 5 Jesus answered, Verily, ve He was speaking spiritually, not literily, I say unto thee, Except rally ; and points out the necessity

of baptismal regeneration, as the apa man be born of water and

pointed door of entrance into the of the Spirit, he cannot enter Gospel kingdom. into the kingdom of God. He illustrates his doctrine by the 6 That which is born of the analogy between spiritual and natural flesh is flesh; and that which birth * is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The 8 We can no more comprehend the wind bloweth where it listeth, mode of its operation, than we can and thou hearest the sound see or control the winds of heaven. thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth : so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10 Jesus answered and said 10 The Jews admitted proselytes by unto him, Art thou a master washing with water. Nicodemus,“ a of Israel, and knowest not master of Israel," must have known these things ? Verily, verily, this. I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly 13 Our Saviour clearly asserts here things? 15 And no man hath the union of his divine and human ascended up to heaven, but nature. he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wil

* Our Lord's illustration of his doctrine admirably checks any fanciful view of it. Thus, we are none of us conscious of the moment of our natural birth, or even of a considerable portion of our existence subsequent to it. How then can we expect to be conscious of any immediate impression, when we are born spiritually ? Our natural birth, itself a mystery, is the appointed entrance to natural life; the powers of which develop themselves gradually : our spiritual birth is the appointed entrance upon spiritual life ; and here also the powers expand gradually.

derness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the 16 Glad tidings ! None are excluded, world, that he gave his only except those who by impenitence exbegotten Son, that whoso- clude themselves. Whosoever believever believeth in him should eth, shall ave. not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And 19 Bad men hate the light of relithis is the condemnation, that gion, because it exposes and conlight is come into the world, demns their deeds of darkness. and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. " But he that doeth truth 21 A good conscience rejoices in the cometh to the light, that his light of religion. deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judæa, and there he tarried with them, and baptized. And John also was baptizing in Ænon near to Salim, because there was much water there : and they came, and were baptized. For John was not yet cast into prison. Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee, beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. 27 John answered 27 Thus the ministers of the Gospel and said, A man can receive preach, not themselves, but Christ nothing, except it be given crucified. him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. * He that hath the bride is 29 The Church is the bride-Jesus the bridegroom : but the Christ, the bridegroom--St. John, friend of the bridegroom, the friend. which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all : he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth : he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth ; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal

34 Christ is superior to preveling that God is true. * For he prophets. They spake when and as whom God hath sent speak the Spirit gave them utterance; bus eth the words of God : for on Jesus “ the Spirit remained :*

(i. 33, "not given therefore God giveth not the Spirit

by by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand * He that believeth on the 35 So true is it, that there is not Son hath everlasting life : other name under heaven given unte and he that believeth not the men whereby we can be saved. Son shall not see life ; but the wrath of God abideth on him.


March 17, July 16, Nov. 12. When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2 (though Jesus himself bap- 2 He chose that, during his life, the tized not, but his disciples,) solemn office of Baptism should be he left Judæa, and departed administered by his disciples, rather again into Galilee. And he than by himself ; lest otherwise, after must needs go through Sa. his death, men should esteem is of

less value. maria. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to 6" He was wearied”-an incidental his son Joseph. Now Ja- but clear evidence, how completes cob's well was there. Jesus He had put on Him our nature. therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well; and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat*.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria ? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink ; thou wouldest have asked of him, and be would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water ? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and

* This is too often the case. Petty jealousies and envyings, how often do they combine to prevent worth from being duly appreciated, exactly where neighbourhood might best have understood its value.

drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again : "but who- 14 You are now, so to speak, at the soerer drinketh of the water fountain. You are drawing from the that I shall give him shall word, the well of life. Patriarchs never thirst : but the water drank at the same fountain, opened that I shall give him shall

hou in the rock—and that rock, Christ. be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come 16 By thus evidencing his divine hither to draw. 16 Jesus saith power, He rendered her faith a reaunto her. Go. call thy hus- sonable faith. band, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband : for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband : in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain ; and' ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto 21 The worship of the true God will her, Woman, believe me, the no longer be confined either to Gehour cometh, when ye shall rizim or to Jerusalem, but will be neither in this mountain, nor spread over the whole world. yet at Jerusalem, worship the

in the 22 The Gospel of salvation is first Father. 22 Ye worship ye

offered to the Jews. know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth : for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit : and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith 25 Our Lord proves his divine knowunto him, I know that Mes- ledge, by relating the particulars of sias cometh, which is called her past life. She heard, and she Christ : when he is come, he believed. will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her ? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one

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