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eternal love, I set thee up, and ordain tree ro affume their time ture in the fulnefs of time; a body for this end have prepared for thee, that thou mayst, as thrir Surety and Redeemer, fulfil my law in their room, and satisfy my juftice, by the facrifice of thy death: and I hereupon promise, that I will ftand by thee in the work; mine arm shall strengthen thee; I will raise thee from the dead, and set thee on my right hand; and I will give them as a reed to serve thee, thou shalt be their Head, their Husband, their Adtocate, and Mediator, and thou Thalt reign over them as a peculiar kingdom, for ever and for evet.'- I agree with my whole heart to the overture, fars the eternal Son; “ Lo, i come; in the volume of thy book it is written of me: I delight to do thy will, O my God;" yea this law of redemption is within my heart; it is feated in the "inidst of my bowels.'-- Agrees to it, fays the Holy Ghost: 1 will form his human nature, by my overshadowing power, in the womb of the virgin : I will sanctify his human nature, and make it a fit refidence for the fulness of the Godhead to dwel? in, that, out of that fulness, they may receive grace for grace: I will take of the things that are his, and fhew them unto them; and carry on the work of fanctification in them, till they be brought unto glory.'-Thus, I say, the plan and method of thy falration was laid, believer, in eternity, before the fourdations of the world was laid. () then, shall not the consideration of all this make us cry, Lord, what is mani, that thou takeft knowledge of him? or the fun of man, that thou makest account of him?

2. Let us come down from eternity to time, and see what work is made, in the execution of this glorious project of free grace and love towards man. This world being created, as a Theatre upon which the glorious scene was to be acted ; man is brought forth into the stage ; a covenant of works tranfacted between God and him, by the breach of which man is plunged into an abyss of misery and fin. But ro sooner is he fallen, but the eternal purpose and project of infinite love and wisdom begins to break forth; and so i he feene of grace begins to be acted. When man is trembling at the apprehensions of being Atricken through with the flaming sword of justice, a promise of relief and deliverance breaks out from under the dark cloud! of wrath, " That the feed of the woman Nould bruise the hend of the ferpent." An angry and offended God on a sudden becomes IMMANUEL, God with us, to avenge the quartel upon the old ferpent, for the hurt he had done his viceroy and representative in this lower world. This grace contained in the first proniile, is grdully opened in promises, types, and prophecies, during the Old Teltanent economy; until, according to the concert in the council of peace, and declared resolution

in paradise, the great and renownd champion, the Son of God, adually takes the fieldand having put on the cost of the human nature that his Father had provided for him, he works wonders in it for that petty creature man, that he might bring about his faivation. What did he? say you. Antw. Oh! What did he not, that was necessary to break up ibe way, and clear the passage to glory and eternal life, for man? Why, in so many words (for I cannot in Git on particulars), by his obedience to the death, “He finides transgrerfion, and makes an end of fin; he makes reconciliation for iníquity: he brings in an everlasting righteousvels.” He “confirms a new covenant with many: he makes the sacrifice and oblation to cease," and anbinges the Mosaic ceconomy; he reveals the counsel of God anent redemption; opens up the myftery of salvation in luis doctrine ; coufirms it irom heaven by a multitude of miracles; he magnifies the law and makes it honourable ; he spoils principalities and powers, and triumphs over them in his cross.s through death he deftroys death, and him that had the power of death ;" he wrests the keys of death out of the devil's hand, and takes them into his own cusody, that he might make it a paffage to glory, instead of being a paffage'te hell: he dies for our offences, and rises again for our justification; he ascends up to heaven with a shout of triumph and victory; and Gts down on the "right hand of the Majesty on high," as the public Head and Representative ofhis friends on earth, and to appear in the presence of God for them." A little after he is fet down upon the throne, he pours down his Spirit, like " the rulhing of a mighty wind, upon his difciples at Pentecost; and gives gifts unto nien; gives some apostles, some prophets, some evangelifts, fome paltors, some teachers;" and fends them abroad, with a power of working miracles, and of speaking all languages; to proclaim the glory of his finished falration to every creature under heaven; " That whosoever believed in him might not perith, but have everlasting life.” And On! may not a reflex view of all this work about man make us crj, Lord, what is man, that thou takef knowledge of bim? or what the fon of man that thou makejt so great Qirourt of him?

Weil, is that all? No; for he doth yet more for man in time. Having finilhed the salvation of man in a way of purchase, his voice is upte men, and the sons of men; he proclaims his salvation unto the ends of the eartli, and causes the joyful lound of the gospel-trumpet to be heard to the world's end. And oh! what wonders doch he work here to make


for the Calvation of poor man! A throne of grace is reared, to which man may have recourse with boldness," that he may

obtain grace, and find mercy to help him in every time of need." Ads of grace are emitted from this throne, indemnities, promises, and proclamations of grace: “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters : and he that hath no money, let him come," &c. Heralds are sent abroad to proclaim the grace of God through Christ to man, and to lift up their voice in the tops of the high places; a word of reconciliation is committed unto them; and they, as ambassadors for Chrift, pray men, and the fons of men, to be reconciled unto God: "béo cause Christ was made fin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God through him." The great store-houses of grace are opened ; his righteousness and salvation brought near to every one's door in a dispensed gospel, with a voice from heaven, Come and welcome to Christ, and all his fulness. He stands with the outstretched arms of redeeming love, cry. ing, “Behold me, behold me ! O how would I gather you, as the hen gathers her chickens under her wings !” O what is man that he is thus mindful of him ! But then, what work is he at with man after all this, in order to the effectual application of the purchased and exhibited salvation! The ham. mer of the law must be applied, in order to break the rocky heart in pieces; the fallow ground must be plowed up, to prepare it for the reception of the incorruptible feed of gospel truth; the strong holds of Satan must be pulled down; the high imaginations of the heart levelled: Satan and proud self must be dethroned. The finner is dead, buried, and stinking in the grave of Gin; the “stone must be rolled away from the sepulchre, and wonders must be fhewed unto the dead, the Spirit of life must breathe upon the dry bones :" the finner is blind, and he must have his eyes opened: he is a prisoner, and his chains of captivity must be loofed ; the obftinate iron finew of his will must be bended by the almighty power of God, and “ he persuaded and enabled to embrace Christ, and salvation through him, as he is freely offered in the gospel.” The finner being thus translated from death to life, from darkness to God's marvellous light, in effectual calling, O what work doth the Lord make about the poor inconsiderable creature ! how doth he heap favours and privileges, one after another, upon him! He betrothes the poor forlorn creature to himself, as if it had been a chaste virgin, makes it the bride, the Lamb's wife, and says to it, Now, “thy Maker is thine Husband, the Lord of Hoits is his name," &c. He takes away the filthy rags, and clothes it with change of raiment, even the white linen of his own everlasting righteousness, and makes it to sing that song, Ir

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with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels ;" he takes the burden of all the debt it owed unto justice upon himself, and stands between it and all charges that law and juftice had against it, enabling it to say, “ Who can lay any thing to my charge? it is God that juftifeth, who is he that condemneth? it is Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right-hand of God, who also maketh interceflion for us :” he becomes an everlasting father to the poor creature, and puts it among the children, making it an heir of God, and a joint heir with himself, and says to it, “Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My Father,” &c. He puts the beauty of his own holiness upon the soul, and makes it like “the king's daughter, all glorious within," like the embroi. deries of needle-work; he maketh it" like the wings of a dove, covered with filver, and her feathers with yellow gold" he vifts the foul frequently, and manifests himself to it, so as he does not manifest himself to the world; he waters it with the dew of his Spirit, like the vineyard of red wine : he breathes on it by his Spirit, makes the north and south wind to awake, come and blow on it, whereby the graces of the Spirit, like fo many spices, are made to send forth a pleasant {mell : he bears it company through fire and water, and never leaves it : he makes the man to dwell in the secret of his presence and under his shadow, and as the mountains are round about Jerusalem, fo his attributes pitch their tents on every hand of it for its defence; he plants a guard of angels about his bride, for her honour and fafety, as a lifeguard, Heb. i. ult. and in a word, he “keeps it by his power through faith unto salvation ; makes goodness and mercy to follow it ;” and at last divides Jordan, and brings it home, under a guard of angels, to the promised land of glory, and presents it before his Father " without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing.” And upon a review of all this that he doth before time, and in time, may we not juftly cry out in a rapture of admiration, Lord, what is

3. If we follow the Lord's way with men, from an eternity paft, through time, to an eternity to come, we shall see just cause to cry, what is man? -But here a vail lies between us and that glory and happiness that God has ordained and designed for man in the world to come. And the things there ordained for man are so great, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither lave entered into the heart of man to conceive, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him," · Cor. ii. 9. What thinkest thou, believer, of being



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“ for ever with the Lord," and of having " places among them that stand by," and beholding the glory of God and of the Lamb? what thinke it thou of coming in person to.Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem" above, described Rev. xxi. whose " wall is of jasper, and the city itself of pure gold, like unto transparent glass; where there is no need of the sun or moon, or of these ordinances, word and sacraments, and ministers, because the glory of the Lord doth lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof?" what thinkeft thou, believer, of coming to the general' affembly, and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven?" what thinkelt thou of joining an “ innumerable company of angels, and the spirits of juft men made perfect,” who sing a new song, crying, “Salvation to our God, and to the Lamb, for ever and ever." Rev, vii. 10. “ Worthy is the Lamb that was Alain, to recrive power, and riches, and wildom, and Irength, and honour, and glory, and blefling?" what thinkest thou of coming to God the judge of all, as thy God and Father? what thinkert thou of coming to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant; and of seeing him up more darkly as thro' a glass, but face to face, seeing him as he is, and behoiding the glory that his Father hath given him?" what thinkelt thou of sitting down at the table thar fhall never be drawn, and of eating and drinking with him, and the ransomed company, in the kingdom of heaven? Matth. xxvi. 29. “I will not drink henceforth" faiit he, at the institution of the supper, before he died, " of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom." What thinkeft thou of these new scenes of glory, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, mercy, grace, and love, and faithfulness, that will be opening through eternity, in the immediate vilon of God, and in the works of creation providence, and redemption; every one of which will fill thy soul with a new rapture of wonder and praise? what thinkest thou of fitting down with Christ victorioutly upon his throne, as he also overcame, and is set down with his father upon his throne ? what thinkeft thou of poflefing these thrones in glory, that became vacant by the apostasy of the angels that fell? what thinkest thou " of ruling the nations with a rod of iron ? of binding their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron? yet this honour have all the saints," i Cor. vi. 2. “Do ye not know, that the saints Mall judge the world ?” ver. 3. “Know ye not that we shall judge angels ?” what thinkelt thou of eating of the hidden manna, and the fruits of- that tree which grows" in the midst of the paradife of God: which beareth twelve manner of fruits every month, and whose leaves are for


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