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Elect, in whom my Soul delighteth. I have put my Spirit upon him, he shall bring forth Judgment to the Gentiles. The fame is repeated in several other Chapters, lfa. liii. 1o. and chap. lv. 43 5. And speaking of the Jews who rejected Chrift, he faith in Chapter xlv. 15. Ye fall leave yoar Name for a Curse to my Chosen, for the Lord God fall pay thee, and fall tall bis Servants by another Name. The Name of a Jew is become like a Word of Reproach or Curse among the Christians, who now are the Servants of God

4. That he shall be full of the Spirit of God, of Wisdom, and Knowledge, and Piety, Justice and Goodnefs : Ifa. xi. 1, 2. And there shall come forth a Rod out of the Stem of Jeffe, and a Branch foull grow out of his Roots; and the Spirit of the Lord fall reft upon him, the Spirit of Wifdom and. Understanding, and the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge, and of the Fear of the Lord. This is fulfilled in John iii. 34. He whom God hath fent, speaketh the Word of God; for God giveth not the Spirit unto him by Measure. Col. jii. 3v In him are hid all the Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge. John i. 32. The Spirit- abode upon him.

5. His Commiffion for the Ministry, or Preaching the Gospel, is also described by this Prophet; that he thould pronounce Terror to the Wicked, and Peace to the Meek and Humble and Penitent: Ifa. xi. 4. He hall smite the Earth will the Rod of his Mouth, with the Breath of his Lips he fhall slay the Wicked. Ila. Ixi. 1-3. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good Tidings unto the Meek : be hath sent me to bind up the Broken-hearted, to proclaim Liberty to the Captives, and the Opening of the Prison to them that are bound ; to proclaim the acceptable Year of the Lord, and the

Day of Vengeance - of our God; to comfort all that mourn, &c. Which was evidently fulfilled in Jesus Christ, when he publifhed-Pardon of Sin, and everlasting Life to those that repent and believe in him; and pronounced the Punishments of Hell upon the Impenitent; and our Saviour particularly applies this Prophecy to himself, Luke iv. 18-21.

6. That he shall work Miracles of Healing, when he comes to be a Saviour, Ifa. XXXV. 4. Behold

your God will come, and save you ; Then the Eyes of the Blind shall be opened, and the Ears of the Deaf fhall be unstopped : Then fall the lame Man leap as an Hart, and the Tongue of the Dumb fall fing. Which was fulfilled when our Saviour wrought these Miracles, not only on other Oeca fions, but more eminently in the Sight of the Dirciples of John the Baptift, who came to learn whether he were the Christ or no, Matt. xi. 2-6. And our Saviour proves it by his Miracles before their Eyes.

7. That he should have a Forerunner to prepare his Way in the Wilderness : Ira. xl. 3 The Voice of him that crieth in the Wilderness, Prepare ye the Way of the Lord; make Araight in the Defert a Highway for our God: And the Glory of the Lord Jhall be revealed, and all Flesh Mall see it together : that is, The Glory of the Lord thall be made vifibe to Aeshly Eyes, by dwelling bodily, or in the Body of Jesus Christ, when God shall manifeft himself in the Flesh, i Tim. iii. 13. And John the Baptist was his Forerunner in the Wilderness of Judah, Matt. iii. 1, 2, 3.

8. The Sufferings of Christ also, and his Meeknefs and Patience under the Contempt, Reproaches, and Perfecution he met with ; his Death as Atonement for Sin; bis being numbered among vile Sinners; his Burial with the Rich; his Re

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surrection, Exaltation, and Interceffion; are all spoken of in that admirable Chapter, Ifa. liiid. which I defire my Readers to per use in this Place; for the whole of it is expreffed in Language so exceeding plain, that it seems sufficient to convince any honest Infidel or Heathen; and it did actually convince that wild and atheistical Nobleman, the Earl of Rochester, in the last Age, of the Truth of the Gospel, when he compared these Words of the Prophecy of Isaiah with the xxvith, and fol. lowing Chapters of the Gospel of St Matthew; and he became a Christian Penitent.

16Q. Did Jeremiah prophefy concerning Christ?

A. Yes, in a few Places of his Prophecy. Jer. ii. 35. 36. Behold the Days come, faith the Lord, that I will raise un'o David a righteous Branch; and a King Mall reign and prosper, and execute Judgment and Justice in the Earth. In his Dags Judah Mall be saved, and Israel fall dwell safely ; and this is the same whereby he hall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Which is repeated Jer. xxxiii. 14, 15.

There are also some other Prophecies relating to Christ and his Gospel in Jer. xxxi. some of which are cited in the New Testament.

17 Q. Did Ezekiel foretel any Thing concerning Chrift?

A. Yes, under the Character of David, the
Servant of God, who was both a Shepherd and a
King: Ezek. xxxiv. 23, 24. And I will set up one
Shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my
Servant David: And I the Lord will be their God,
and
my
Servant David a Prince

among

and I will make with them a Covenant of Peace, Ezek. xxxvii. 21. I will take the Children of Israel from among

the Heathen, whither they be gone : I will gather them on every Side, and bring them into their

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own Land; and I will make them one Nation in the Land upon the Mountains of Israel, and one King shall be King to them all, ver. 24. Now Christ Jesus was this great Shepherd of the People, John X. 1-16. and King of Israel, John i. 49. and chap. xix. 19, 21.

18 Q. What were the Prophecies of Daniel concerning Christ?

A. Daniel describes him, as the son of Man who came with the Clouds of Heaven; and there was given him Dominion, and Glory, and a Kingdom, that all People and Nation's shiuld serve him; and his Dominion is an evirlasting Dominion, Dan, vii. 13, 14. Now our blessed Saviour is conti. nually called the Son of Man in the History of the Gospel; and is said to come in the Clouds of Heaven, Matt. xxiv. 30. and chap xxvi. 64. and universal Dominion is given him, Matt. xxviü. 18.

There is also another very remarkable Account of Jesus Christ, or the Messiah, given to Daniel by the Angel Gabriel, Dan. ix. 24, &c. that before the full End of seventy Wieks, that is, seventy times seven Days, which, in propherical Language, are four hundred and ninety Years, after the Commisfion to Nehemiah to restore Jerusalem, and the Church of the Jews; the Mefiah Mall be cut off, but not for himself: That this Term of Years is appointed to finish Transgression, to make an End of Sin, to make Reconciliation for Iniquity, to bring in everlasting Righteousness, to seal up the Vision and Prophecy, and anoint the most Holy. And after this, The People of the Prince that fall come, that is, the Romans, and mall destroy the City and the Sanctuary. All which were fulfilled in their proper Seasons, by the Death of Christ, bis Atonement for Sin, and the Destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple some Time after,

19 Q. What is the next remarkable Prophecy concerning Christ in the Books of Scripture?

A. Micah tells us the place where Chrift should be born, Micah v. 2. Thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the Thoufands of Judah, yet out of thee shall be come forth unto me, that is to be Ruler in Ifrael, whose Goings forth have been from of old, fromeverlifting. Which Prophecy is plainly fulfilled, Matt. ii. 1-6. and Luke ii, 4, 5. when Mary the Mother of Christ went up to Bethlehem to be taxed there, being of the Family of David, together with Joseph her Husband, of the same Family, and there she brought forth her Son Jefus.

20Q.What did Haggai foretel concerningChrift? A. Hag. ii. 6-9. For thus faith the Lord of Hots, ret once it is a little while and I will fake the Heavens and the Earth, and the Sea, and the dry Land: And I will soake all Nations ; and the Defire of all Nations Mail come, and I will fill this House with Glory, faith the Lord of Hofts: And the Glory of this latter House shall be greater thar of the former, faith the Lord of Hofts. Which is naturally explained thus ; " He who was the Deo fire of all Nations, or who faould be defired as a

Saviour by the Jews and Gentiles, should come (as Malachi expreffes it) into his Temple, Mal. iii. 1. And by this Means, even by his own Presence, fhould make the latter Temple, which was built after the Captivity, more glorious than that of Solomon's; though its Richness and Magnificence, in all outward Respects, were far inferior to Solomon's." This is the only reasonable Conftruction can be put upon those Words.

21 Q. Does Zechariah tell us any Thing concerning Chrift?

A. Though his Prophecy be generally pretty obscure, yet in several Places he speaks those

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