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28

The Life

of

GOD

of God, in taking our nature upon

hin1 ;

but only reflect on our Saviour's

lowly

and humble deportment while he was in

the

world.

He

had none of thofe fins

and imperfections which may jufily hun1ble

the

beft

of

men; but he was fo entirely

fwallow.ed

up

with a deep fenfe of the in–

finite perf etlions of God, that he appeared

as

nothing

in

his own eyes,

I

mean,

fo

far as he' was a · creature. He confidered

thofe eminent perfecrions which fhined

in

l1is bleffed

foul, not as his own,

but

the

gifts of God ; and therefore affumed no–

thing to himfdf for them, but with the

profound~it

humility renounced all pre–

tences

to them. Hence did he refufe that

ordinary com.Pcllation of

good majler,

when

addrdfcd

to his human nature by one who

ir

feems was ignorant of his divinity: .

Why

calte(l thou me

good?

thtre is none

goad,

/Jut God on!y :

As

if he had faid, The

goodnefs of any creature (and fuch only

thou takeft

me

to

be)

is n'ot worthy to be

na.med or taken noti<;e of; ir is God alone

who

is originally and ctfentially good.

He

never h1:1de ufc of his miraculous power

for vanity or ofl:entation. He would

f'Ot

gr~ ri

y ti1c

curiofity of the

Je·ws

with

a

fign from heaven,

fon1e

prodigious appea–

rance in the air: nor would he follow the

advice