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of God, and co-beirs with Chrift; and from the work of the spirit upon their fouls, which is a fruit and effect of redeeming grace; and from the benefits of redemption being applied to them, fuch as righteousness, pardon of fin, atonement, and the like; this is certain, that they to whom the bleffings of redemption are applied, are interested in the Redeemer, who may justly conclude, from their receiving the earnest of the redemption of the purchafed inheritance, that they fhall enjoy the whole: The connexion between grace and glory is infeparable, and he that has the one may be fure of the other. So much for the first article of Job's faith.

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II. The fecond article in this creed is, that the living Redeemer fball ftand upon the earth in the latter day. The word day is not in the original text, but is a fupplement of the tranflators; hence fome interpreters leaving it out, refer the word latter or laft, not to time, but perfons, about whom they cannot agree fome afcribing it to God the Father, who is the first and the last, the eternal God, who, as he is before all creatures, fo he will continue after all have had their beings, and have acted their part in this world. Others' to Jefus Chrift, to whom the fame characters of Alpha and Omega, the first and the laft, belong. Others to Job himself, who, they fuppofe, calls himself the lat upon the earth, that is to fay, "the meanest among men ", the most despicable "of creatures, the off-fcouring of all things, and the refufe of the earth;" and yet, notwithstanding this, declares his faith and confidence, that he should stand, keep his ground, maintain his cause, and carry his point against his friends, having an interest in such a Redeemer. But, for my own part, I am inclined to think, that the living Redeemer mentioned in the first article, is designed in this, and that the words belong to him, which, according to the different verfions they will admit of, refer to different things.

1. Reading them as they are rendered by our tranflators, He shall ftand at the latter day upon the earth, they may design the incarnation of Christ, and hold forth Job's faith in it. This was an article in his creed, that the fame Redeemer, who then lived and existed in heaven, fhould defcend from thence, not by local motion, but by affumption of the human nature, and stand and dwell with here upon this earth. Thus, according to Job's faith, the word was mai and dwelt among us"; converfed with mortals upon earth upwards of years, travelled over the land of Judea, took many fatiguing journe about doing good, at length died for his people, and was buried in

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2. If we read the words as they may be, and are rendered; He fall rife the Laft out of the earth, or dust. Then they exprefs Job's faith in the refurrection of Christ, that as he should appear on earth, converse a while here, then die, and be buried, so he should rife again; God would not leave his foul in bell, (or the grave) or suffer his boly One to fee corruption. When Christ is said to rife the last out of the duft, this is not to be understood, as though he should be the last man that should rife from the dead; fo far from this, that he is the first that rose from the dead to a life of immortality: God first shewed him the path of an immortal life, hence he is called the firft-fruits of them that flept, and the first-born from the dead; but when he is faid to rife the left, this, as fome well obferve, is to be understood of him as the lat Adam, in oppofition to the first man; and so it is written, The first man, Adam, was made a living feul, the laft Adam was made a quickening Spirit“. The refurrection of Chrift is a confiderable article of faith, much depends upon it; it has a great influence both on our justification and regeneration: The whole fyftem of the chriftian religion is nothing without it; if this is not true, our faith and hope are both in vain, nor have we any reason to expect the refurrection of our bodies, or look for the blefied hope. Hence the refurrection of Jefus was a principal bjeft of pr.mitive preaching, and ought not to be neglefted now.

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XI.

SERMON

The Fulness of the Mediator.

Preached June 15, 1736, to the SOCIETY that fupport the
LORD'S-DAY Evening Lecture, near Devonshire-Square.

COLOSS. I. 19.

For it pleafed the Father, that in him should all fulness dwell.

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puts up feveral petitions on their account, for an increase of spiritual knowledge, holiness, fruitfulness, patience and strength; gives thanks for fome special blefsings of grace he and they were partakers of; fuch as meetness for heaven, deliverance from the power of darkness, a tranflation into the kingdom of Chrift, redemption through his blood, and the forgiveness of fins; and then takes an occafion to fet forth the glories and excellencies of the perfon of Chrift; who, he fays, ver. 15. is the image of the invisible God, the natural, effential, eternal, uncreated, perfect and exprefs image of his Father's perfon, whom no man hath seen at any time; and the first-born of every creature: Not that he was the first creature God made, which will not agree with the apostle's reafoning in the next verse, for by him were all things created; and will be liable to this manifeft contradiction, that he was the creator of himself; but the meaning is, either that he is the only begotten of the Father from all eternity, being the natural and eternal Son of God, who, as fuch, exifted before any creature was brought into being; or that he is the first parent, or bringer forth of every creature; as the word will bear to be rendered, if, instead of gallon, we read lol, which is no more than changing the place of the accent; and may be very eafily ventured upon, feeing the accents were all added fince the apoftle's days, and efpecially, feeing it makes his reasoning in the following verfes appear with much more beauty, ftrength and force; he is the firft parent of every creature, for by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, whether

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