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sacred, eyen amongst the most uncivilized nations; and a breach of them considered as an act of treachery. Under this head, I cannot but consider a practice, which, though generally reprobated, is, I fear, too carnmon : I mean that of taking advantage of the freedom which generally prevails at table ; by repeating what may pass, to the injury perhaps of those present: and this is rendered ftill more difgusting, when turned against the entertainer himself. Against this practice, I cannot too strongly warn my readers, as being equally ungenerous and dangerous.
. "? 19. Now I tell you before it come, " that, when it is come to pass, ye may “ believe that I am he.
“ 20. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He “ that receiveth whomsoever I fend, re“sceiveth me; and he that receiveth me, “ receiveth him that sent me.”
That one from amongst their own body, one of the chosen twelve, should be the betrayer of the Lord, must have been a circumstance so unthought of, and incredible to the other apostles, that our Saviour might well make the knowledge of it a test of his own truth : since nothing less than omniscience could have discovered it.
Our Lord seems, in the last verse, to allude to the holy spirit which he should send after he quitted them; declaring, that no person can receive or acknowledge the Son without the Father, or the Father and Son without the Holy Ghost; but that the belief in one muft, necessarily, include a belief in all three. This promised gift was to be universal; not confined to high or low, rich or poor, learned or unlearned, but to be bestowed liberally on all who should be baptized into the faith of Christ ; as says the prophet Joel, (chap. ii. ver. 28. 29.): “ And it shall come to pass after“ ward, that I will pour out my spirit “ upon all flesh ; and your sons and your “ daughters shall prophesy, your old men Mmm
“ shall dream dreams, your young men “ shall see visions : and also upon the fer“vants and upon the handmaids in those “ days will I pour out my spirit.” Jeremiah also prophesies to the same effect, (chap. xxxi. ver. 34.) : “ And they shall “ teach no more every man his neighbour, “ and every man his brother, saying, “ Know the Lord: for they shall all know “me, from the least of them unto the “ greatest of them, faith the Lord: for I “ will forgive their iniquity, and I will re“ member their sin no more.”
These two prophecies clearly point out to what a degree the Christian world should be enlightened.
How great is the delight of those whose minds are anxious for true wisdom, to have it in their power, by the aslistance of God's holy spirit (which always attends such as are desirous of entertaining the heavenly guest) to trace the prophecies recorded in the Old Testament, to their completion in the new! This is one of the rewards (and a most satisfactory one it is)
of those who seriously and attentively study the holy Scriptures.
“ 21. When Jesus had thus faid, he was “troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, " Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one " of you shall betray me.
“ 22. Then the disciples looked one on " another, doubting of whom he spake.
" 23. Now there was leaning on Jesus' “ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus “ loved.
“ 24. Simon-Peter, therefore, beckoned " to him, that he should ask who it should “ be of whom he spake.
"25. He then lying on Jesus' breast, " saith unto him, Lord, who is it?
" 26. Jesus answered, He it is to whom " I shall give a sop, when I have dipped "it. And when he had dipped the sop, “ he gave to Judas Iscariot, the son of “ Simon.”
Our Lord, with that tenderness and compaffion which so eminently distinguish
ed every act of his life, even towards his bitterest enemies, could not reflect on the base ingratitude of Judas, and the fatal consequences he would inevitably draw on himself by so foul a crime, without being troubled :' although his pure mind abhorred the guilt, he could not help feel. ing for the traitor; particularly when he saw him in one with whom he had long lived in habits of social intercourse.
The disciples, on our Lord's declaration That one of them should betray him, were thrown into the greatest consternation, as well as astonishment : they looked on each other with suspicion and dismay; but knew not on whom to fix: trembling and disheartened, each of them feared, though unconscious himself of so detestable a design, the all-searching eye of their Lord might have discovered the yet-unformed intent lurking in his heart. The suspense was too painful to be long borne ; and Peter, who seems to have acquired more diffidence of himself, fince his last discourse with Jesus concerning the