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* lieir eyes they have closed ; lest at ^ , ny ti nier they sho ul d see wi th their eyes / and hear with their cars , and should understand with
their nfcarr and should turn , and 1 should heal them . They will not improve their rational faculties : they are averse from the truth , and can be dealt with ojnly in this
manner with any prospect of sue--cess . In ; like manner , TSldrk observers , ch . iv . 33 , " With iriaii ^ lucb parables spake he the wfcra imto them t ^ the peo ple ) as tMy * ' jwere
able to fear it : but without a patrable spake he not unto them : , and when they were alone he expounded all things to his disciples . Nay on' account of the errors : and prejudices whitiSi they had
TESTIMONY OF JOHN BAPTIST TO JISU-S , To- th $ Editor of the Monthly Repository .
Sir , Norwich . 1 should find myself milch obliged if any ojj |^ our ingenious correspondents cotrrd give me a satisfactory solution of the disagreementin tke gospels of Matthew and John concerning the
baptism of Christ , by John the Baptist . Matthew says , ch . iii , v . IS , 14 , «« Thtn dometh Jesus from Oalilee to ^ ord ab unto Joh n to be baptized of him . 'But John
iorbkd him , saying , I ||||^ 'need to be baptized of th ^ dHK ] comest thou txi ^ rhe ify - Frb'i ^ pPI passage it plainly aldipears , £ tmt John batf " a knowledge not only * of the person , but of the / character of Jesus ,
previous to his being applied to by him for baptism . - John felt his own inferiority , angl would ] &ave shrunk from the performance of the ceremony ^ which- ^ Christ' re-
imbibed in their education in pf » r mon , with the , r ^ st Qf , tlieir qpui ^ trjTfT
men , our Saviopr v ^ s obUge jl f ^ r a considejiabl ^ time to comjpuni ^ cate his "instructions o © ly in an obscure , imperfect , and . coy . ^ ir . t manner ^ even to bi $ own disciples ; and therefore in that long dis ^
course he held with them before his sufferings he says , These thipg ^ have I spoken to yo \ i in pfpverbSv ( or parables i ) the time cpjpfietU wheii I shall no rqore speak untQ you in parables , bjut I shall . shew you plainly of tb . e fathei :, shall
explain to you clearly , the pe * - culiar doctrines which the father hath commanded me to reveal to the worlds ( To be ^ concluded , in onr &e £ fj $
quired at hishands '; but on our Saviours repeating his request , John complied and b £ ptize , d * hinnu The Evangelist Jorln's accounjt of this transaction , (^ ch , i . y . 29 f et seq . ) is as fbl | o % - " The next day jfobh seetW Jesus coming , unto him , ahd saith ; Behold the '
Jamb of God , which taketh jawsay the sin of the world . This is h $ 'of whom I ' saiH , after me corhettji a man ' which is preferred before ii >> e , for be was before me ; dnd I
knew him not , but that he shoulcj be made manifest Unto JsraeL therefore & . iri I come baptizing ; with w * $ & r , At \ d John iaift record , saying , I ' s&w * the spirit cfe - scondingfrorh . ti ^^ iveti IiJ ^ e a doxe ,
and it abode ujiori him . jfnd / knew him not , but he tfeW > eht me to baptize with water the ^ ame said uAto ^ me ^ Upon whom ' ihay
3 & Testimony of John Baptist to Jesrn *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1808, page 38, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2388/page/38/