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CHA P. VIII. Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father : if ye had kno::n me, ye fhould have known my Father also.

20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taughc in the temple : and no man laid hands on him, for his hour was not yet come.

21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and fall die in your fins : whither I go, ye cannot come.

22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he faith, whither I go, ye cannot come.

23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneach, I am from above : ye are of this world, I am not of this world.

whom I call my Father. If you knew who I am, you would presently understand who it is I stile my Father'; meaning, that if they had known hiin to be the Messiah, the Son of God, they would at the same time have known who it was he call'd his Father.

This Discourse had Jesus in the Court of the Gentiles, 'not far from the place where the Boxes are kept, in which is preserv'd the Mony contributed by religious persons for the service of the Temple : nevertheless, none of the Keepers of the Temple had the boldness to seize him, tho they had express order from the Sanhedrim; because the time was not yet come in which God had determin'd to permit the Feds to exercise their Cruelty upon him.

He accosted them again to this purpose: I Mall go from hence in a short while, and you will in vain seek for me to do me mischief, and you will dy in your obitinacy: For it will be impoflible for you to come to the place to which I

The Fitos therefore ask'd one another, whether by these repeated words he did not discover a resolution of making away with himself, which would verify what he had said concerning their being unwilling to follow him. Fesus perceiving their Debate, express’d himself more clearly to them. You, said he, derive your Origin from these inferior places, but I am descended from above. You are obnoxious to Pallions that infest Mankind, and are agreable to your Origin, but I am no

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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your for if ye

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25 Then said they unco hiin, who art thou? And Jesus faith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

26 I have many things to say, and to judg of you : buc he char senc me, is true ; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

27. They understood noc that he spake to chem of the Father.

28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lift up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of my self; buc as my Father hath caught me, I speak these things.

29 And he char sent me, is with me : the Father hath

way hindred by these Infirmities. I have said that you shall dy in your Unbelief; for if you will not give credit to my Testimony, much less

will you believe others that shall testify concerning, me, since they will not perform greater or more Miracles among you than I have; so that it will be imposible for any to reclaim you. Then said thev, Who art thou ? Jesies answerd, I am the same I have all along profess’d my self to be from the time I firft spake with you; upon which occaHon I might accuse you, and prove you guilty of insufferable Incredulity ; but at present I fall only remind you, that he that has sent me is most worthy to be credited by you, and that I publish nothing but what I have receiv'd in charge from him. Still they were in the dark, and knew not that Jesus spoke of his heavenly Father. Jesus then continued : After you have taken me off, Mall many acknowledg I was the very person I profess'd my self to be. Whatever I do or say is by express order from my Father, and not of my own Will; so that he is the author of all my Words and Actions, is perpetually with me, nor has at any 09

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not left me alone : for I do always those things that please him.

30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

33 They answered him, We be Abrahams seed, - and were never in bondage to any man : how fayelt thou, Ye thall be made free?.

34 Jesus answered them, Verily verily I say unto you, Whosoever committech sin, is the servant of fin.

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time forfakén me, because I punctually execute the Orders with which he has intrusted me.

By these and the like Discourses many were convinc'd, that he was sent by God; to whom he thus address’d himself: If you constantly obey my Precepts, you will then deserve the honourable title of my Disciples, and Thall be more fully instructed in my Doctrine ; which also will fet you free from your present Slavery. These .. men mistaking his meaning, replied, that they were descended from Abraham, and had never bin Naves to any one; that therefore they could not con-ceive what Liberty and freedom from Servitúde it was he promis’d them. Jesus remov'd their mistake by assuring them there were no greater Slaves than those that give themselves up to a vitious course of Life, and the gratifying their sinful Appetites.

Having told you how much you are the Slaves of Sin, I now tell you, that unlefs you are set free by my means, your condition will resemble that of Servitude upon another account also. As it is impoflible for Slaves to be assur'd of their Master's favour, so as to depend upon it that they shall never be dismiss'd the Family, since it is in his power and his Heirs to fell them as he thinks fit; fo also if God looks upon you as Servants rather than Sons, whenever hé fees fit he will turn you out of his family. On the contrary, if you become his Sons, by that happy

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37 I know that ye are Abrahams feed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father : and ye do that which ye have seen with your facher.

39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saich unto them, If ye were Abrahams children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath cold you the truth which I have heard of God : this did not Abraham.

41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they

*Privilege you will be sure of remaining for ever in the Family: But if the Son and Heir of the Family makes you Co-heirs with him, then shall you be made truly free by being thorowly, cleansed from your vitious Defilements. I know very well that you are descended from Abraham, but you are ne'er the better for that, since feveral of you seek an occasion of killing me, for this very reason because I require a greater San&ity from you than you are willing to comply with." I speak those things that I have receiv'd from my Father, like as you do what you have learn'd from yours.

They replied, that they had one common Father, viz. Abraham the Founder of the Hebrew Nation. Jesus answer'd: If you boast of him for your Father, follow his Example, and so deserve to be accounted of his Posterity. But now you seek to slay me, who have only told you the truth which I have receiv'd from God, merely because this Truth does not square with your vitious habits ; quite contrary to faithful Abraham who sincerely believ'd; and obey'd all the divine Revelations. There is another whom you imitate, who is the Author of all your Vices, and who incourages you in the practice of them, and who may justly be call'd your Father.

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to him, we be not born of ; fornication ; we have one Fa. ther, even God.

42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye. would love me : for I proceeded forth, and came from God; neither came I of my felf, buc he sent me.

43 Why do ye not understand my speech ? even because ye cannot hear my word..

44 Ye are of your facher the devil, and the lusts of your facher ye will do: he. was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speakech of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

The Fenos perceiving Fesus to talk, not so much of their Lineage by which they were actually descended from Abraham, as of the Example they propos'd to themfelves to imitate, replied, that they were neither Idolaters themselves, nor descended from such, and that the only true God, the Father of the Pious, was the Objed of their Adoration, and the Pattern they propos'd to copy.

Jesus answer'd; If God were indeed the example you propose to imitate in your Actions, you would doubtless love me, who have bin sent by him to you: fur it is not of my own accord that I preach up a Reformation among you, but I am fent to you by God himself on that very Errand. After all, what is the reason that you do not think my discourse befitting him that fent me, but because you will not bearken to me attentively and without prejudice ? Nay, you thirit after my Blood, and are true Imitators of the evil Spirits, who were the Enemies of Mankind from the beginning, and have ever since indeavour'd by their Lies to work their ruin. These having revolted from Holiness, are alienated from Truth; and a habit of lying is become natural to them. For, as I said, Ijing is woven into their very Éfence, and in this they are exad followers of their Leader, who having first look off his Allegiance to God, gave incouragement to the rest to follow his example. Now it is no wonder that you detrad from what I tell you, having this disposition af mind about you.

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