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Paul in that most lively description, Serm.
II. Phil. ii. 9. God has given him a Name which is above every Name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, (every Creature should submit to His Authority,) of things in Heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the Eartb; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Fatber.
The Third Character is, He mall be called the everlasting Father. Which Phrase, as it lies in our Translation, is very apt to be mistaken. For if thereby be understood, that the Son is the Father ; this would be plainly confounding the Perfons of the Father and the Son, and (by a manifest Absurdity) making the Son to be the Father of Himself. Which manner of speaking is so much the worse, because there were in the Primitive times certain False Teachers who did so speak, and whose Doctrine (being of worse consequence than at first sight appeared) was severely reproved by the Apostles. He is an Antichris, faith St John, that denieth the Father and the Son, 1 Joh. ii. 22. And
SER M. they shall bring in, faith St Peter, damII.
nable herefes, even denying the Lord that bought them, 2 Pet. ii. I; speaking of those, who in reality denied our Saviour? to have any Being at all, by making the
Son to be nothing else but merely another Beft Co. Name for the Father. The true renderLXX.
ing therefore of these words of the ProTlaring leve ophet, is, not the everlasting Father, but
the Father or Lord of the future everParer leculi futu. lasting Age, the Age of the Gospel; con
cerning which the Apostle declares, Heb. ii. Vulgg.
5. that to Christ only, and not to Angels, hath God put in subjection this Age to
Lastly, The Fourth and Last Character here given to our Saviour, is, that He shall be called The Prince of Peace. The meaning of which Title, was first in some degree explained by the Angels to the Shepherds, when they sung that Hymn, Luk. ii. 14. Peace on Earth, good will towards Men; which was well answered with That Hosannah, the Disciples fung to our Saviour, ch. xix. 38. Peace in Heaven,
that is, reconciliation with God. More distinctly afterwards by St Peter;
Aits x. 36, 43. God sent unto the children SE RM. of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ, II. be is Lord of All; (that is, establishing Peace and Unity between Jews and Gentiles, under Jesus Christ their common Lord,) that through his Name whosoever believeth in bim, should receive remision of Sins. Most fully and clearly of all, by St Paul; Rom. v. 1. Being justified by Faith, we have Peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Chrift: and Eph. ii. 14. He is our Peace, who hath made Both One, that is, both Yews and Gentiles ; and hath
----reconciled Both unto God in one Body by the Cross, having-----preached Peace to you which were afar of, and to them that were nigh: and Col. i. 19.
. ed the Father-----by Him, (having made Peace through the Blood of his Cross) to reconcile all things unto himself ;-----and you that were sometimes alienated, and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet Now bath he reconciled. The Uses of this last particular are; First, Since God has graciously been pleased to send us this word of reconciliation by the Prince of Peace, that therefore We on our part be also willing to be reconciled to Him, by
SER M. forsaking those Sins which are the cause II.
of his displeasure; Now then, faith St Paul, we are ambassadors for Christ; as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God, 2 Cor. v. 20. Secondly, Having so great an Intercessor for us, as the Prince of Peace Himself, the Son of the living
God; that therefore we come boldly unto Heb. iv. the Throne of Grace, having access with Eph. ii. confidence through the Faith of him; Heb.
X. 19. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which be bath confecrated for us ;-----and having an High-Priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true Heart, in full afsurance of Faith. Thirdly, That yet we be careful to consider, that this
and reconciliation purchased for us by Christ, is only upon condition of our future obedience: For so the Apostle adds in the words next immediately following those now cited ; let us draw near assurance of faith, having our Heart Sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure Water; that is, having our minds cleansed with that pu
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II. Emblem of which is the Baptism of Water : And Col. i. 23. God hath now reconciled you to himself, faith St Paul, if ye continue in the faith, grounded and setled, and be not moved away from the hope of the Gospel. Fourthly, That having so great a Mediator as the Prince of Peace appointed us of God, we suffer no others to be joined with him by human invention. For as worshipping any other God, besides the Father Almighty, is Idolatry against God, or setting up Idols in the place of God: So worshipping any other Mediator, besides his only Son our Lord, is Idolatry against Christ, or setting up Idol-Mediators. They who worship Saints and Angels, beguile themselves of their reward, faith the Apoftle, not holding the Head, which is Christ, Col. ii. 18. Lastly, Upon this particular great occasion of commemorating thankfully the Birth of the Prince of Peace, let us keep the Feast worthily and as becometh Christians; not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, or a rioting and debauchery, but with the unleavened bread of Sincerity, Soberness and Truth.