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moral innocency is the glory of a buman creature. Sin ipherent in the natures of men, is their debasement and dishonour ; ic renders chem vile and inglorious. lnas, much then as the human nature of Christ was wichout all- fin, noc 'having the leaft caint of sin upon it, ic was a glorious nature. coi .
2. By replenishing his human pature with the graces of bis holy Spirit. The humanity of Jefus Christ, re: ceived ihe Spirit from God, in an unmeasurable ful. ness. Fab. vii. 34. God giveth, not the Spirit by meafure unto him. His human nature was perfectly sanctified, in the very Instant of its formation. And therefore it is in a way of singularity and eminency called, That Holy thing. Luk. i. 35. Now this plenicade of inherenc grace in che human nature of Christ, rendred ii ex. . ceeding glorious. For true grace, is real glory. Hence the church of Chrift, on the account of their inherent holiness, is said to be all glorious within. Pfal. xlv. 13. And in this respect, Jefus Christ is more glorious and beautiful, chan all men. V. 29. 7. Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips.--- God hath anointed ibee wisb the oyl of gladness above thy fellows, None is to glorious in holiness, as che man Christ Jesus. He had that moral recticude, which is the image of God, in perfection.:;; is . 3By conititucing him in the office of a Mediator. Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and man, and he only is fo. 1 Tim. ii. 5. There is one mediator between God and men, the man Cbrift Jefus. With this office 'he was invested by God the Father; and by this investicure he was greatly honoured. For the office of mediator is a most honourable office : and he that sustains it, is exceedingly dignified thereby. The Priestly office of Jesus Christ, which is one branch of bis mediatory office, is said co be honourable, and that God glorified him by calling him thereunto. Heb. v. 4, 5. No man taketb this bonour to himself, but he that is called of God as was Aaron. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high Priest ; but be that said, Thou
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art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. The mediatory office, is an exceeding high office ; 100 great and glorious for the most excellent meer creature to sustain. : The mediator between God and man, is betrulled with the glory of God and the salvalion of man, to secure the interests of them both. How greatly is he honoured, that has both these put into his hands, that has so great a betrustment committed to him ! :
4. By giving him dominion over all creatures, as mediator. God has made him an universal King ; granting to him the government of the whole creation. Heb. ii. 7. Thou didst fet him over the works of thy hands. Eph. i. 20, 21, 22. God bath set him at his own right hand in beavenly places, far above all principalities and powers, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world , but also in that which is to come ; and hath put all things under his feet, and made him bead over all things. i Pet. iii. 22. Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God, angels and autborities and powers being made Jubject unto hiin. Herein God has greatly glo. rified and honoured Jesus Christ, giving to him all pow. er in heaven and earth, to order all things therein according to his own pleasure. How inconceivable a dignity is this ! to have the whole management of the kingdom of providence put into his hands ! and the whole cre. ation put under him !
5. By authorising him to be the judge of the whole world. The Lord Jesus Christ is appointed by God the Father to be the universal judge of angels and men. A&t. xvii. 31. God has appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordain.' ed; whereof be harb given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. In that day Jesus Christ will come, and appear in a most glorious manner. Matth. xxv. 31. When the son of man all come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then Mall be fit upon the throne of his glory. And before him shall be garbered all nations, &c. In this commilling all judgment to Jesus Christ, God the Father has highly honoured him. He puts into
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his hands the full power of dispensing rewards to the godly, and punishmenis to che ungodly.' He leaves it with hitr., to determine the everlasting condition of all angels and men, acquiefcing fully and forever in this determination of his. Great is the glory, which in inis care God confers on Jesus Christ ; and in that day, it will appear to be so. i : 6. By clothing his human nature with the highest created glory in the kingdom of heaven. That humanity of his, which to outward appearance was so con temprible here on earth, is now in heaven crowned of God with greatest glory and honour. (Heb. ii. 9.) The glory thereof far exceeds all the glory of glorified saints and angels. The human nature of Christ is, of all created objects, the most excellenr. His intellectual and moral glory transcends that of all others, and furpafles all understanding. Yea, his bodily glory exceeds our present conceptions. Some representation of ic was given in his transfiguration, wben his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. Matth. xvii, 2. And the greatest glory which shall be put upon the bodies of the saints, at the resurrection-day and for ever in heaven, will be but a likeness to the glory of the body of Christ.' Phil. ii. 21. Wbo pall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body. In heaven the manhood of Christ shines with inconceivable glory, even above all.
Thus we have seen how God the Father glorifies Jesus Christ...Now by way of reflection, I shall only
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Let this be an effectual engagement upon us, to ho. nour the Lord Jesus Chrift; particularly at his holy fun. per; as we are inviced co do on the nexi Lord's day. That ordinance is instituted in an especial manner for the honour and glory of Jesus Christ ; of whom we are chere co maintain and express an honourable remehlbrance. Ac chat ordinance, we are to honour Christ by worshipping, of him as our Lord ;' by trusțing in him as infinitely able and graciously willing 10. jave
us ; by loving him as one infinitely amiable ; by give ing up ourselves to him, to serve him, as one infinitely worthy and excellent ; by defiring to be with him and enjoy him, as an infinitely good and soul-fatisfying object....Thus are we to honour Christ by our ac.. knowledging of him, in these ways, to be fuch a most glorious person as he is. Herein we act conformably to God the Father, who glorifies Christ by declaring bis glory. And our chus acting in conformity to God the Father, is exceeding pleasing to him, and will make way for the communications of his grace and favour to us, in that holy ordinance of the Lord's fupper.' Yea, that facrament will then be a seal 10 assure us of the accomplishment of what Christ said in Joh. xii. 20. Where I am, there mall my feruant also be : and if any man serve me, him will my Father bonour.
Quest. 2. Why has the Father glorified Jesus Christ?
Antw. Í. Because of his great love to Jefus Christ. God che Father loves Jesus Christ with a superlative love. He loves him more than he does all other per: fons or things. He is the dearly beloved of God, in a way of eminency. Yea, God lovès Jesus Christ as he does himself, with an eternal, unchangeable; and infinite love. As Jesus Christ is the only and ecer. hally begotten Son of God, so he was bis delight from all eternity, , Prov. viii. 30. And as Jefus Christ is mediator, so he is the object of the Father's complacency, Matth. xii. 18. Behold my fervant, viż. in the work of mediation, whom I have chosen, mný beloved in whom my foul is well plcafed.... Now from this love of God the Facher to Jesus Christ, he has therefore glorified him. His exceeding great love to Christ, moves him to put the highest honour upon Christ. And hence Jesus Christ himself speaks of the glory given to him by the Father, as a fruit and effect of his ancient love into bim. Job. xvii. 24. That they may behold the glory which thuu bast given me ; for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. Love is a principle, which in.
clines a man to refpect and honour the person beloved, and which desires that ochers also might honour him. So does the love of God io Jesus Christ incline him to honour Christ, bimself; and to require that others also should honour him.
Answ. 2. Because of his covenant obligation in Jesus Christ. From everlasting, there were federal cransacjions between God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. God the Father entred into a covenant with him ; wherein he required some things of his Son, and pro. mised some things to him. The things God required of him were, chat he should assume an human nacure unto himself, which should be prepared for him; that he should in that nature fulfil the law for his elect, have their fins imputed to him, and make himself an offering for their fins. These articles the Son of God consented co. Heb. x. 5, 6, 7. When be cómeth into the world, be faith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not, but a body bast thou prepared me : In burnt offerings and facrifices for fa thou hast bad no pleasure : Then said I, LO, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me to do tby will, O God. These were the things, required of him, and upon his fulfilling these conditions, God the Father made promises to him, of a most glorious reward. Ifai. lii. 13. Behold, my Jervant sall deal prudently, he ball be exalted, extolled, and be very high. Now Jesus Christ on his part fulfilled the conditions of the covenant, required of him; and hereupon God the Father stood bound co fulfil his part of the covenant, in glorifying Jesus Christ che me. diator. And for chis reason, God in covenant-faithfulnefs has glorified Jesus Christ. Phil. ii. 7, 8, 9. He made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the forin of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men : And being found in fasion as a man, he humbled bimself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also harh highly exalted him, and given him a name above every name. . .
Anfro. 3. Because it tends to the glory of God the Far ther, that he should glorify Jesus Christ. The glory of