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THE IMPORTANCE OF BELIEVING ON THE

Son OF GOD.

John, Chap. ix. Part of Ver. 35.

Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

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HESE words were put by Christ in the days of

his flesh to one whom he had restored to bodily fight, and are a question of eternal importance. To return a true answer in the affirmative is of the greatest moment and consequence to us.

We are in this chapter informed concerning a notable miracle which Christ wrought in opening the eyes of one who was born blind, which struck the people with wonder and admiration : fome who had known the man be. fore, affirmed that they knew him to have been perfealy blind: others said, it is, in all appearance, he, his face and person are just like him ; while the man himself affirmed, “ I am he.” They inquired of him how his eyes were opened, and he gave them an ac. count. He was brought to the Pharisees, to the Jewilh fankedrim, where he was again interrogated, and still

returns the same answer, and gives the same account which he had done before. He is cast out and excommunicated by them. Jesus heard they had cast him out. He knew this as the omniscient God, and as man he had been informed of it; and when he had found him, be said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? This beautifully sets before us our blessed Lord's dealing with sinners, of whom was this man. He does not wait for their return to him, but he goes after them, to the very place where they are, and lays hold of them by his grace, draws them unto himself by the cords of his own love, opens their eyes to behold his glory, their hearts to enjoy his mercy, and bestows himself freely and fully upon them. Dof thou believe, says Christ to this man, on the Son of God ? He answered and said, Wbo is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? and Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is be that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe, and be worshipped bim. So that here I think it should be remarked, that when this man before said, one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I fee, he was Speaking only of his bodily fight. It is indeed the work of God to open the eyes of the mind to see Jesus, to perceive and apprehend in him everlasting life and salvation ; and those persons are truly blessed, being among the living in Jerusalem, whose eyes are opened to behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world. My text is short, but very important; it contains a question very necessary for each of us to put to our own souls; and we should do well to consider the Son of God as speaking in

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these words to each of us individually. Doff thou believe on the Son of God?

I shall, as the Lord may be graciously pleased to affift, divide the text in the following manner :

First, by considering from scripture testimony that Christ is the Son of God.

Secondly, will attempt to lay before you what we are to believe concerning the Son of God. And

Thirdly, endeavour to apply the question closely to all present, Dost thou believe on the Son of God! These are the particulars, and of each in its order.

First, let us attend unto the scripture testimony, that Christ is the Son of God. The whole Scripture is a revelation concerning God: his persons and perfections, and what is therein revealed, we are bound to believe and receive upon the bare credit and testimony of God's own divine authority, all Scripture being given by the inspiration of God. It is the one grand and principal design of God, to set before us in his word the person and work of his well-beloved Son, for the whole Scripture may be considered as the Father's testimony concerning him. And our Lord himself declares to his Divine Father, This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast fent. To know God in the person of the Mediator is eternal life. Hence the apostle faith, We know that the Son of God is come, hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true : and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. And from hence we learn that Jesus Christ is the Son of God;

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that in him is eternal life : he being the true God; and by essential union with the Father and the Spirit, he is over all God blessed for ever. Amen. The Scripture reveals Christ in his divine nature to be God; in his divine person, the Son of God; and in his mediatorial character, God-man-Mediator, JEHOVAH's equal, the fellow of the Lord of hosts, in whom dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily (or substantially); every essential perfection of the Godhead is ascribed unto him; and the works of creation and providence are acknowledged to be his. John de. clares, in the first chapter of his gospel, that Christ is God, the creator of all things visible and invisible. In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. In which words we have the eternity, the distinct personality, and the essential Deity of Christ asserted. And the creation of all things is ascribed unto him in the following words: All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. And the immensity, omnipotence, and omniscience of Chrift, are hinted at in the 10th verse of the same chapter : He was in the world, which must respect his immenfity : Do not I fill beaven and earth, faith the Lord ? And the world was made by him ; by which act bis eternal power and Godhead were discovered : and the world knew him not. The apostle Paul, in the first chapter to the Colossians, asserts the same truth, and ascribes the works of creation and provi. dence to Christ. By him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth; visible and invisible, whether they be tbrones or dominions, or principalities or powers. All things were created by bim, by his almighty power, and for him, that is, for his own glory, his ultimate end in all: and then he roundly asserts his eternity in the following words: And be is before all things; which is an infallible proof of his being eternal. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hads formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasiing, thou art God, faith Moses, in the goth Psalm, ver. 2. The apostle adds, and by him all things confift. It is as much the act of Godhead to preserve, support, and uphold all things, as to create all things. So that here the eternity of Christ is asserted, and the creation and sustentation of all ascribed unto him. And in the second chapter of this epistle, it is expressly declared, that in Christ dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead; and this is to be understood of the Godhead as subsisting in the Son of God: the whole fulness of the divine nature, and all the incomprehensible perfections of Deity, such as eternity, immensity, omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, immutability, and self-existence, dwell in him. Thus the Scripture proves Christ, in his divine nature, to be God; and, in his divine persor:, to be the coequal, coeternal, and consubstantial Son of the Father. When our Lord asked his disciples, whom do men say, that I, the Son of Man, am? And when they . had returned an answer, he said unto them, But whom Say ye, that I, the Son of Man, am? Peter, in the name of the rest, replies, Thou art Christ, the Son of ibe living God. To which our Lord rejoins, Blessed art abou

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