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SER M. Lord in the Tabernacle of the Congregation,
before the Vail of the Sanctuary, but he was to pass with it, through the Vail into the
very Sanctuary itself, and there to sprinkle it before the Mercy-Seat or Propitiatory. This entering into the holiest Place of all with the Blood of the Sacrifice, was the main, and indeed the only End of the Sacrifice. The Sacrifice was Nain in the outward Court, that the Blood of it might be presented within the Sanctuary.
Correspondently to this, whilf Christ was disposing himself for those Sufferings which he was to undergo for the Expiation of our Sins ; it was necessary his Ministry should be performed upon Earth, the Place of Mortality, of Sufferings and Death, of which the outward Court in the Tabernacle was a Type. But after he had offered himself to die for the Sins of all Mankind, and in Consequence of that Oblation had his Blood
the Altar of the Cross it was no less necessary for him, as our true High Priest, to enter into the true Sanctuary, into Heaven itself, (which the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle fignified) and where God has his Residence among the true Cherubim or Angels of Glory, and there to sprinkle
on the Mercy-Seat, or to present before the Serm. Throne of God, the precious Blood he had shed on the Cross. It will be necessary therefore in order to prove that Christ was indeed a perfect High Priest, and a Priest of those good Things which the earthly ones prefigured, to shew that his Blood was not only shed on the Cross, but that it was also offered and presented by himself before his Father in Heaven.
That Jesus, after he died on the Cross, did truly arise and ascend into Heaven ; it is not my present Business to prove. Nor do any of you,
I hope, who read the Scriptures, or attend to hear them read and explained, want it to be proved. You remember, I doubt not, some of the many indisputable Testimonies which the New Testament affords us of it. But that he entered into Heaven as our great High Priest, in order to exhibit his Blood to his Father, it is pertinent to my present Occasion to shew. Though to prove as much as is sufficient to my Point, I need only to read my Text again. Into the second [i. e. into the inmort or most holy Place) went the High Priest alone, (the High Priest under the Law) once every Year, not without Blood, which be offered for himself and 2
SRR M. for the Errors of the People.But Chrift be
ing come, an High Priest of good Things to come, by a greater and more perfe&t Tabernacle, not made with Hands, that is to say not of this Building, (which is only a Figure of the heavenly Tabernacle above; compare v. 24. neither with the Blood of Goats and Calves, but with his own Blood be entered in once into the (true) boly Place, into Heaven it self, there with that Blood to appear in the Presence of God for us, having obtained for us eternal Redemption.
And by thus presenting his facrificed Body and Blood to his Father, with all the Wounds it received on the Cross, he accomplished what the High Priest typically performed, when he sprinkled the Blood of his Sacri. fice before the Mercy-Seat in the Tabernacle, i. e. He presented it to his Father as a Sacrifice which himself had agreed to accept in full Satisfaction for the Sins of all for whom it had been offered, and whom the Father on this Condition had covenanted to restore to Pardon and Life. And for the obtaining of this, his Wounds are vocal, and his Blood speaks: Jesus the Mediator of the new Covenant, and the Blood of Sprinkling, which he sprinkles, Speaks better Things than
that of Abel, Heb. xii. 24. j. e. than the SERM. Blood of Abel's Sacrifice *: Which, al
though it was accepted, and well pleasing to į God, as it was a Type or Shadow of that great sprinkling of Blood which taketh
away the Sins of the World, was yet no more to be compared with the Blood of Christ itself, than the Blood of a Lamb is with the Blood of the Son of God. The Blood of Christ Speaks better Things, i. e. it is more available to the appealing the Wrath of God against our Sins, than either Abel's or Abrabam's, or the Patriarch's, or Mofes, or than all the Sacrifices put together either before or under the Law. For his Blood being the very
Price which God had promised to accept
for all the Blessings to Mankind covenanted for between him and his beloved Son; the Son's presenting it, as our High Priest before the Father in Heaven, not only Speaks for, but humbly demands those Blessings for us : It reminds God continually of the Covenant agreed to : And Christ having performed his part of that Covenant, he claims the Performance of it on the Father's Part, as a Debt due to his meritorious Sufferings and Death on the Cross ; as a Purchase bought
* See Knarchbull and Hammond.
SER M. at an accepted Price. So that the Intercer
fion which Christ makes to God, is not performed by him as a prostrate Supplication, with bended Knees, uplifted Hands, and lowly Supplications ; but in such a Manner as comports with the kingly Majesty he is advanced to ; in such as at the same Time afserts his own Purchase of, and consequently his own Right to the Blessings he sues for and which therefore his Father cannot in Justice deny him. St. John tells us that yesus Christ the Righteous is our Advoc ATE with the Father, 1 John ii. i. And the Office of an Advocate is to demand Audience and Sentence in a judicial Way: He does not offer a Petition in the Name of his Client that may be granted or refused, but puts in a' Claim which the Court holds itself obliged to allow. In such a Manner does Christ intercede. Who then shall lay any Thing to the Charge of God's Ele&t ? Sball God that jufti fieth? Who is be that condemneth? Shall Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again, who is even at the right Hand of God, and maketh Intercesion for us ? Rom. viii. 33, 34. For we have such an High Priest who is set (set down, and with Authority,) on the right Hand of the Majesty in the