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17. Then said Jesus to
17 And Jesus an
swered and said unto him ; Blessed and happy are
him, Blessed art thou you, Peter : For this your
Simon Bar-jona : for Confession is not a bare hu- flesh and blood hath mane Conjecture,but a thing not revealed it unto revealed to you by the Spirit thee, but my Father
which is in heaven. of God. 18. By your Constancy
18 And I fay altherefore in this good Con- so unto thee, that fession, you shall eminently thou art Peter, and be, what your Name signi- build my church : fies, a Rock: that is, you and the gates of hell Thall after my Resurrection thall not prevail a and Ascension, be a firm, un- gainft it. shaken, and immoveable
Professor of the Truth: You † See Acts shall be the † first Preacher
of my true Religion to the
upon which my
which shall after
* That the Rock here mentioned, is not the Confeffion, but the Person of Peter , seems plain from the Construction of the Words;but then 'tis also as evident, that by the Churche's being built upon him, is not meant his being the only Foundation of it, or having Supremacy over it, but his being the first Preacher of the Gospel in order of time. Thus Ephef. 2. 22. Ye are built upon the Foundation of the Apostles, &c. Sce allo Reyel. 21. 14.
of heaven: and what. foever
& Acts 15. 7.
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, as a well proportionied Building, be continued and increased by the addition of sincere Converts in their several degrees; and all the Powers of Death and Hell shall never be able ut
terly to destroy it. 19 And I will 19. You Thall first * open* ** Peri give unto thee the the Kingdom of the Messiah; Acts 2. keys of the kingdom and make the f first publica- t Acts 10:
thou shalt tion of the Gospel to the Genbind on earth, shall tiles. And for the regular Setbe bound in heaven: tlement of the Churches ; and whatsoever thou
whatever Ordinances you * Acts 15. halt loose on earth, thall be loosed in hea. Thall, by the Direction of
the Holy Ghost, continue or
shall be discharged.
because hè would not pro-
to the Multitude to come
sus the Chrift.
and , Miracles; than that
make him (according to their falfe Notions of the Melliah) a Temporal Kings or because he knew it to be more agreeable to his Design, that Men should collect and conclude who was, from his Doctrine
be told: exprelly by his Disciples; therefore he strictly commanded his Disciples, not to publish in plain Terms, that he was Christ the Mel : fiah.
21. Moreover, having 21 ( From tn, now made known to them time forth began J his Glory and Power, he
disciples, how the thought it a 'fit Şeason to he must go unto Je acquaint them allo with his rufalem, and fufte. Humiliation and Sufferings, many things of the that they might not, be priests, and scribes, ing puffed up. with great and be killed, and be Thoughts of his Glory, be
his Glory, be rais'd again the third furprized terrified at
daya the Day of his, Afflictiog. From this time therefore he began to tell them,
sus to shew unto h
that he must go ito per
Jeru Talem, and there
many things, and" bę cruelly used by the Rulers of
the Jews, and at last be put to death; but that on the Third Day he
should rise again. 22 Then Peter 22. But his Disciples took him, and began understood nothing of this
. ing, Be it far from And Peter particularly thee , Lord : this whole Thoughts were full Thall not be unto thee of Glory and Greatness;
was so disturbed at this Discourse, that he could not forbear but took Jesus aside and expoftulated with him, saying; God forbid, that you who are the Son of God, the Messiah and Redeemer of Israel, should have any such thing happen unto you.
23. But Jesus turning 23 But, he turhed, and said unto about to him with dile Peter, Get thee be- pleasure , faid ; Nay, now hind me, Satan,thou art an offence unto you are become my Enemy me : for thou favour- and Hinderer. When you eft not the things made a good Confeffion, I that be of God, but commended and extolled those that be of men.
you ; but now you deserve à severe Reproof : For you talk like a weak Man, and Thew your self to understand nothing of God's Dispensations, and of the
way wherein he designs to redeem Mankind.
24 After this, Jesus 24 ( Then said said to his Disciples : I Jesus unto his discimy self am to be perfect ples, If any man will
come after me, let by Sufferings ; and him deny himself and whoever will be a True take up his cross, and Disciple of mine, must be follow me. willing to follow my Example: He muit absolute, ly resign himself to the Will of God, renouncing all worldly desires, and resolving both to do and suffer whatever God shall think fit to require of hini.
25. And let him not 25 For whosoever think much, if he be lose it: and whofo
will save his life,shall forced even to lay down ever will loose his his Life for the sake of life for my fake, sha! True Religion
For they find it. who save their Lives in this present time, by basely complying with Temptations to forsake their Religion ; thefe only are they who most truly lose them by incurring eternal Death: But he thit constantly perseverez, and loses his