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be filled with the Holy Ghoft, even from his Chapter Verfe,

mother's womb; and he shall go before him s in the Spirit and power of Elias.' But I do not perceive, wherein with the spirit and power of Eļias, John restored all things. He began his miffion, by preaching repentance, and enforced it by a declaration, that the kingdom of Heaven was at hand: He baptised many, and at length Jesus himself; of whose person and milfion he, at firit, bore ample testimony: and how it happened, that he, who was filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother's womb, should : doubt at last, I know not.

We will now resume St. Matthew's history, he tells us that when Jesus and the three selected disciples had joined the other nine, who were surrounded by the multitude; he found they had been in vain solicited by a father to heal a son who was a lunatic, and possessed by a devil, Jesus healed the child immediately, and being privately asked by the nine, why they could not cast out in this case, he replied— Because of your xvii. 20 unbelief, (was it because they were not so fufceptible of belief as they should have been, that they were excluded from the transfiguration scene?) For verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove: and nothing shall be im- : . poffible unto you, (If these nine, or even the

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Chapter Verse favoured three, ever possessed this faith, it doth

not appear they ever used the power acquired by

it, even in cases of self-defence.) Jesus addedxvii. 21 Howbeit, this kind (of devil) goeth not out but,

by prayer and fasting. Luke tells us that Jesus and three of his disciples, went up into the mountain to pray. Fasting, in such a place, was likely enough; but we may suppose the nine below did neither, and had somehow lost the power given to them ch. 10, v. I. Matthew proceeds

And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said 22 unto them, ! The Son of Man shall be betrayed 23 into the hands of men : and they shall kill him,

and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding forry. St. Mark adds but they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him. This is the second tinie Jefus had foretold this catastrophe, Peter was now toa wise to object; and afraid, it seems, to ask an explanation of what he was ignorant. After this, Jesus being at Capernaum, the receivers of the tribute money, demanded of Peter, if his master paid tribute. Peter answers in the affiệniative; and Jesus, to avoid giving offence, sends him to take from the sea, a fish, in whose mouth he would find a piece of money sufficient for the purpose. This story is not recorded by Mark,

Luke, or John. Matthew begins his 18th chap xviii. 1 ter-At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying who is the greatest in the kingdom

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of Heaven? This question we inay, from the Chapter Verse answer, suppose was meant with respect to them. selves. He shews the necessity and advantage of humility. What is ineant by cutting off a hand, or a foot; plucking out an eye, &c. I leave to the ingenuity of allegorical definers; they will be safer in reasoning, than was poor Origen in pracrice: and they will find sufficient, employment in this chapter, viz. Whoso shall offend one of xviii. 6 these little ones (children) which believe in me, it were better for him that a mill-stone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Verily I say unto 18 you whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in Heaven : and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in Heaven. Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth, as touching any thing they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my father which is in Heaven. The remainder of this chapter enforces the forgivance of trespasses. When Jesus had finished these instructions in Galilee, he went into the coasts of Judea beyond Jordan; where he healed the multitude who came to him. Hither likewise came some of the Pharisees who tempting him, as it is called, asked--Is it law- xix .3 ful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? He answered in the negative, in every case, fornication excepted. His disciples say unto him,If the case of the man be so with

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Chapter Verfe his wife, it is not good to marry.' Some of

them had wives, and if they were to be deprived of a privilege so exceedingly useful, possibly they thought themselves worse off than those who had-none. If his reply to their reinark, was

meant as an explanation or instruction, I, unxix. 12 happily, am not able to receive it: Part of it, I

apprehend, confirmed poor Origen in his error. Little children, contrary to the inclination of his disciples notwithstanding his late lecture, were brought to him, and he laid his hands upon them saying of such is the kingdom of Heaven.'

Departing thence, a young man accosted him 16 thus-Good master, what good thing Shall I do

that I may have eternal life (this, I apprehend, was a Pharisee) Jesus asks why he called him good, and added–There is none good but one, that is God. He then tells him, that if he will enter into life, he must keep the commandments. The young man asks which, and Jesus in answer enumerates the 6th, 7th, 8th 9th and 5th only; (it cannot be supposed that he meant to suppress the other five, because in the 17th, 18th and 19th verses of the 5th chapter, he plainly tells

his disciples that all the commandnients were to 20 be kept) the young man replied—all these things

have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus answered if thou wilt be perfect, go and

sell that thou hast, and give to the poor; and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven : and come

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and follow me. But the young man, being rich Chapter Verre went away sorrowful. And as we hear no more of him, we may suppose he did not follow the advice he had received. Mark gives nearly the fame account but has a remarkable addition: when the man replied-all these have I observed from my youth- Then Jesus beholding him,

loved him. If Jesus knew that this man (Luke calls him a'rule') was covetous, and would not comply with his directions, how happened he to love himn? and if he did love him, it may be asked, why did he not convert him? the anfwer is his own— No man can come to me, except the ..Father draw him.' John ch. 6, v. 44. And yet

if he had no power of his own in these cases, why · did he say, ch. 18, v. II, The Son of Man is "come to save that which was lost? Jesus com"menting upon the foregoing transaction, asserts, * not only the difficulty, but the impossibility of the rich attaining Heaven. The disciples, in amazement, ask him-Who then can be saved ? xix. 25 The answer solves all difficulties, and has been from that day to this, in the hands of Saint-Errants, an impenetrable field of defence against the attacks of human reason. "With men, this is - 26 ! impoffible ; but with God, all things are possible.'

Peter, finding the rich were not to possess any part of the kingdom of Heaven, and wishing to know what his own share would be; says to his master-Behold we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? and re

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