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veth me, shall come to me; and him that coé meth to me I will in no wife cast out.” By these words, therefore the Lord Jesus comforteth himfelf under the consideration of the diffimu. lation of some of his followers. He also thus betook himself to rest under the confideration of the little effect that his ministry had in Ca. pernaum, Chorazin, and Bethsaida; “ I thank thee, O Father, said he, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wife and prudent, and hast revealed them to babes; even so, Father, for it so seemed good in thy sight,” Mat. xi. 25. Luke x. 21.
The text, in the general, consists of two parts, and hath special respect to the Father and the Son; as also their joint management of the falvation of the people. “ All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me; and him that com meth to me, I will in no wise cast out.”
The first part of the text (as is evident) refpecteth the Father and his gift; the other part the fon and reception of that gift.
First, For the gift of the Father there is this to be considered, to wit.
The gift itself; and that is the gift of certain persons to the Son. The Father giveth, and that gift shall come: " And him that cometh.” The gift then is of persons; the Father giveth persons to Jesus Christ.
Secondly, Next you have the Son's reception of this gift, and that sheweth itself in these particulars :
1. In his hearty acknowledgment of it to be a gift: “ The Father giveth me.”.
2. In his taking notice, after a folemn man. ner, of all and every part of the gift: “ All that the Father giveth me.” . 3. In his resolution to bring them to himself; « All that the Father giveth me, shall come to
4. And in his determining, that not any thing shall make him dislike them in their coming: “ And him that cometh to me I will in no wile cast out.”
These things might be spoken to at large, as they are in this method presented to view ; but I shall chuse to speak to the words, • 1. By way of explication.
2. By way of observation
First, By way of explication, “ ALL that • the Father giveth me." This word all, is often
used in scripture, and is to be taken more largely, or more strictly, even as the truth or argument, for the sake of which it is made use of, will bear; wherefore that we may better understand the mind of Christ, in the use of it here, we must consider, that it is limited and restrained only to those that shall be saved, to wit, to those that shall come to Christ : even to those whom he will « in no wise cast out.” Thus also the words, “ all Ifrael," is sometimes to be taken, (though sometimes it is taken for the whole family of Jacob.) And so « all Israel shall be saved," Rom. xi. By “ all Israel," here, he intendeth not of all Israel, in the largest sense ; for they are not all Israel which are of Ifrael ;” neither because they are the feed of