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the child Jesus, to do for him after the.custom of the Jaw. 28. Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29. Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31. Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32. A light to lighten the gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
Luke iv. 17. And there was delivered unto him [Jesus] the book of the prophet Esaias: and when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because--he-hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised; 19. To-preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21. And he began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears. 22. And al bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.
Luke yii. 19. And John, calling unto him two of his disciples, sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 21. And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits: and unto many that were blind he gave sight. 22. Then Jesus answering, said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. 23. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
John xii. 37. But though he (Jesus] had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38. That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed
our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed ?
John xix. 23. Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout: 21. They said therefore among themselves, Let us pot rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots,
Acts i. 1. The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach. 2. Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he, through the Holy Spirit, had given commandments unto the Apostles whom he had chosen: 3. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
Acts xiii. 32. And we [Paul and Barnabas] declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33. God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is written in the second psalm, Thou art iny Son, this day have I begotten thee. 35. Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to sec corruption.
Acts xiii. 46. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you (the Jows]; but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles: 47. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light to the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the carth. 48. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord.
1 Cor. xv. i. Morcover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 3. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; 4. And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures : 5. And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6. After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once.
Heb. iv. 14. Seeing then that we have a great high priest; that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Heb. v. 4. And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. 5. So Iso Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my son, to-day have I begotten thee. 6. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
1 Peter ii. 2. As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3. If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious, 4. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indced of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5. Yc also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6. Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner-stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7. Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious; but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8. And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, beiug disobedient.
Rev. xix. 11. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse ; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True; and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12. His eyes were as a flame of
fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew but himself. 13. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 15. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God. 16. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
48th Q.-Wherefore did Christ lay aside his divine glory, and take upon him our nature?
A.-It pleased divine wisdom that he should so become an atonement, reconciliation, or propitiation for fallen man, and a mediator between God and man.
Rom. iii. 24. Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.
Rom. v. 10. For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son; much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11, And not only so, but we also joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonenicnt.
2 Cor. v. 18. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19. To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, .not imputing their trespasses unto them.
1 Tim. ii. 5. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus; 6. Who
gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
1 John iv. 9. God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our is.
Rev. v. 9. And they sung a new song, saying, Thon art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to. God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Heb. ii. 16. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren; that he might be a merciful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
49th Q. Why did man stand in need of such a propitiation ?
A.-Sin, which separates from God, having been introduced into the world by the disobedience of Adam, (as already stated) fallen man possessed no power to regain the divine image, and restore the harmony of the first creation: therefore Christ, who had all power, came, that he might destroy sin, and repair the breach it had made in the creation of God.
See the. Proofs to the next Answer.
50th Q. How did Christ effect this all-important object?
A.--He successfully withstood every temptation of the devil, and offered up his life