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they be obrones or dominions, or principalities or powers ; all things were created by him and for bim, and be is before all things, and by him all things consist. Next the apostle proceeds to consider Christ in his office-relation, and mediatorial capacity; and he is the bead of the body the church, even of the general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven; all the elect of God, over whom he is an head of dominion and power, and to whom he is an head of influence and supply; he adds, who is the beginning, both of the old and new creation, the first-born from the dead, who first rose from the dead by his own power to an immortal life, is set down at the right hand of God, has all judgment committed to him, that in all things he might have the pre-eminence; for which he is abundantly qualified, since it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell. The method I shall take in considering this passage of scripture will be this :

I. To inquire what fulness of Christ is here intended.
II. To give some account of the nature and properties of it.
III. To shew in what sense it may be said to dwell in Christ.
IV. To make it appear, that its dwelling in Christ is owing to the good will

and pleasure of the Father.

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1. I fall inquire what fulness of Christ is here intended; since the scriptures fpeak of more than one: And,

First, There is the personal fulness of Christ, or the fulness of the deity, which is said by our apostle, in this same epistle, to dwell in him; for in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. There is no perfection essential to deity, but is in him; nor is there any the Father has, but he has likewise. Eternity is peculiar to the Godhead: Chrift was not only before Abraham, but before Adam; yea, before any creature existed; he is the alpha and omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the ending; which is, and which was, and which is to come; he is from everlajling to everlasting. Omnipotence, or a power of doing all things, can only be predicated of God. The works of creation, providence, redemption, the resurrection of the dead, with other things, in which Christ has been concerned, loudly proclaim him to be the Almighty. Omniscience, another perfection of deity, may easily be observed in Jesus Chrift; be needed not that any should testify of man, for be knew what was in mano; he is that living word of God, who is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the beart; neither is there any creature that is not manifeft in his fight; but all things are naked and open unto the eyes of bim with whom we bave to do, or to whom we must give an account"; who in a more time will make all the churches, yea, all the world know, that he it is which searcheth thé'

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Col. ii. 9.

Rev. i.8.

• John ii.25.

Heb. iv 12, 13, Rev. ii 23. .

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