Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.4

Men tempted to Evil by their own Lu/ls. 39 that our Lord Jefus Chrift was perfectly in- S a: R M. nocent ; he had no fin, but was holy, harm- II. lefs, and undefiled ; yet having affiimed the ``Y`J human nature, with all its finlefs infirmi- ties, he had appetites fuch as we have, that is, uneafy fenfations, with defires to the objets fit to remove them ; he had hunger, and thirft, and wearinefs, as the gofpel ex- preffly faith, with defires of meat, and drink, and reft was there any guilt in all this ? One inftance is very remarkable in the ap- proach of his Taft extream fuffering, in which he fubmitted to the will of his Father, fo as perfectly to pleafe him ; we find him thus praying, Luke xxii. 42. Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me ; never - ahelefs, not my will, but thine be done. The plain meaning of which is this; Father, if it was confiftent with the eternal counfels of thy divine wifdom, and that thy glory and the falvation of men- might be equally pro- moted without my fuffering this cruel and ignominious death, the firft apprehenfions that human nature hath of fo fevere and bitter a potion, make me even delire that I íhould efcape it ; but fince, in thy infinite wifdom and goodnefs, thou knoweft it fit and neceffary that I fhould undergo it, I ac- quiefe intirely, and fubmit myfelf abfolutely D4 to