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• bestows on them, are mercies; the fruits and effects of abundant mercy and grace, Eph. ii. 4,----9.
Quest. 3. In what respects are covenant-mercies faid co be fure mercies ?
Antw. 1. In respect of the fure purpose of God 10. bestow them. These covenant-mercies are what God has fully purposed in himself, to make all those partakers of, who are in covenant with him. This is the eternal counsel and decree of God, to posless them of all spiritual and eternal bleslings. And this decree of God is firm and immutable. Heh. vi. 17. Wherefore God willing more abundantly to sew unto the heirs of the pro. inise, the immutability of his counsel, confirined itby an oath. Unchangeableness, is one property of the counsel and purpose of God, to confer the blessings of the covehant, on the heirs of the promise. In this matter God is of one mind, and changeth not. His purpose of mer. cy shall never be alcer'd, but stand for ever. 2 Tim. ii. 19. The foundation of God standetb sure. As fure then as is the decree of God, fo fure are the mercies of the covenant, to all that are interested in the covehanc of grace.
Antw. 2. In respect of Christ's fure purchase of these mercies for them. Jesus Christ has made a full purchase of all covenani-mercies for his people. He gave himself a ransom for them, and shed his most precious blood for them, and thereby has obtained eternal redemption for them, Heb. ix. 12. He has paid down à sufficient price, to procure all spiritual and eternal bleflings for them. He has most dearly bought them, by a price of infinite value. And in this respect he has made falvation sure to believers. They can no more miss of salvation, than the merits of Christ can fail of compleat purchasing it. The surety ship-righteousness of Jesus Christ, wrought out for them, and imputed to them, gives them à sure title to all the mercies of the everlasting covenant.
Answ. 3. In respect of the believers sure and certain enjoyment of them. They are sure, because they are made sure to them that are in covenant wich God. Believers have given to them many of these mercies is; this present life ; and they are sometimes sure that they are poffeffed of them. They know, that their fins are pardoned, that their natures are sanctified, that they are born of God, and are the children of promise.... And they are also sometimes assured of the eternal bleflings of the kingdom of heaven after the life.--- But although they have not a satisfying full affurance, of their being in a state of grace now, and of their state of glory hereafter, yet the thing is in itself fure and ceriain. They are now in a state of grace, though they may not assuredly know it ; and they thall here. after be in a state of glory, though they may not be under an unwavering alurance of it for the present. The spiritual blessings which they are now poslessed of, they shall assuredly abide in the possession of, and never be deprived of. The eternal blessings which they de. fire and seek afier, they shall most assuredly come to the full enjoyment of them for ever. All is sure to then, though they may not think so. And when they fall be brought to heaven, they fhail affuredly know, hai the glories of that kingdom, will be sure to them
USE 1. We hence see, that ibose who are interefied in the covenant of grace, are call men the most happy. None are in fo blefied a condition, none partake of such mercies, as they. The men of this world do enjoy maoy mercies ; but not fuch mercies as believers do.
The mercies which worldly men partake of, are only outward, common mercies, the good things of this world. But all these mercics are of a perishing nature, and of uncertain continuance. They are not sure and ever. lifting mercies. Men are not sure of the enjoyment of them for any time. They are not sure, that they shall abide in zne poffeflion of them one day or hour. And they may be sure, that when death comes, they shall
be strip'd of them all for ever. But now, the mercies which believers partake of, and which are made over to them, are surc mercies. They are mercies, that cannot be taken away from them, that death itself cannot deprive them of. When they die, they carry wich them the mercies they are owners of, and go to take poffefsion of the much better and greater mercies, that are reserved in heaven for them. then, how much does the blessedness of God's covenant-people outbid the seeming felicity of all the men in the world! Though worldlings may think themselves the most happy men, yet they are miserable men, compared with them that have a covenant-interest in God. Pfal. cxliv. 15: Happy is ihat people, whose God is the Lord.
USE 2. Are believers interested in sure mercies? This then calls upon them to be in the practice of several duties.
I. Be exceeding thankful to God, for your interest in fuca fure mercies. Outward, common mercies, do bind men unto thankfulness to God. How much more do the special and saving mercies of God, oblige us to most hearty thanksgivings to God? These fure mercies of the covenant, are of all mercies the best, and therefore do most of all engage unto thankful praises to God. Ochen bless and praise God for these uncommon favours of a covenant-God. How does David fummon all the powers of his soul, to bless God on the account of such mercies ? Psal. ciii. 1,----4. Blefs the Lord, O my soul : and all that is within mne, bless bis boly name. Bless the Lord, O my soul ; and forget not all bis benefits who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who bealeth all thy diseases ; who redeemetb thy life from destruction ; who crownetb thee with loving kindness and tender mercies. souls also be thankful, and bless the Lord.
2. Rest satisfied in your condition, whatever it be. You have cause to be content and quiet, under all the allotments of divine providence, tho seemingly grievous. It may be, God denies many outward comforts to you ;
Thus let your it may be, he takes away many outward comforts from you; yet however, you have abundant reason to be satisfied in God's dealings with you.
For God has bestowed upon you fure mercies, which shall never be taken away from you. God has given you things infinitely, better, than all the good things of this world. He has already bestowed upon you spiritual blessings, which nothing shall be able to deprive you of. And has everlasting blessings reserved for you in heaven, which none shall be able to prevent your coming to the enjoyment of. These are all made sure to you ; as sure as the almigbry, all-wife, and most faithfull God can make them to you. And while you are interested in the beginnings of these mercies now, and entitled to the confummation and full fruition of them hereafter in heaven, you can have no just cause to be disquieted and perplexed about other things. The inen of this world, who have their portion in this life, who have their All wrapped up in earthly things, may perplex themselves, lose their sleep, and wear out themselves with cares and fears about these things : but the fin. cere covenant people of God fhould learn, in what soever condition they are, therewith to be content. For their fouls are safe, and all the everlasting mercies of the covenant of grace, are so secured to them, as that heaven and earth fall pass away, before they shall fail of the eternal enjoyment of them in the kingdom of heaven
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Christ consider'd as the Gift of God,
in Character of a Witness, a Leader, and a COMMANDER.
Behold, I have given him for a witness to
the people ; a leader, and commander to the people.
N the foregoing verse, God had promised to I make an everlasting covenant with his people,
and to bestow upon them the sure mercies of
David. In this verse he gives a description of the glorious Mediator, through whom, he would make that covenant with them, and bestow those mercies upon them. In the words we may observe two things.
1. A call to attentive consideration, Bebold. - This word, bebold, is wont to be used, when any thing most worthy of serious confideration, is presented unto us. And such is that, which God here calls upon us to take notice of, as it follows:
2. The matter of consideration, or things to be confidered, viz.