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of God, and co-beirs with Christ; 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, such as righteousness, pardon of fin, atonement, and the like; this is certain, that they to whom the blessings of redemption are applied, are interested in the Redeemer, who may justly conclude, from their receiving the earnest of the redemption of the purchased inheritance, that they shall enjoy the whole : The connexion between grace and glory is inseparable, and he chat has the one may be sure of the other. So much for the first article of Job's faith.
II. The second article in this creed is, that the living Redeemer fall ftand upon the earth in the latter day. The word day is not in the original text, buc is a supplement of the translators; hence some interpreters leaving it out, refer the word latter or last, not to time, but persons, about whom they cannot agree : fome' ascribing it to God the Father, who is the first and the last, the eternal God, who, as he is before all creatures, so he will continue after all have had their beings, and have acted their part in this world. Others to Jesus Christ, to whom the same characters of Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, belong. Others to 'Job himself, who, they suppose, calls himself the last upon the earth, that is to say, “ the meanest among men", the most despicable « of creatures, the off-scouring of all things, and the refuse of the earth ;” and yet, notwithitanding 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 versions they will admit of, refer to different things.
1. Reading them as they are rendered by our translators, He shall stand 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, should descend from thence, not by Incal motion, but by assumption 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 "; conversed 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
Vid. Mercerum in loc. • Vid. Caryl in loc. · Vid. Bolduci
Now it was in the last days that God sent this Redeemer, and spake 10 us by this bis Sony : It was once in the end of the world that Christ appeared to put away sin by tbe sacrifice of bimself.
2. If we read the words as they may be, and are rendered ; He fall rise the laft out of tbe earth, or dujt?. Then they express Job's faith in the resurrection of Christ, that as he should appear on earth, converse a while here, then die, and be buried, so he should rise again; God would not leave his soul in bell
, Cor the grave) or suffer his boly One to see corruption. When Christ is said to rile the last out of the dust, this is not to be understood, as though he should be the last man that lould rise from the dead; lo far from this, that he is the foršt that rose from the dead to a life of immortality : God first shewed him the path of an immortal life, hence he is called tke fir;/-fruits of them ibat lept, and ice firši-born from tbe deado; but when he is said to rise the lct, this, as come well obferve, is to be understood of him as the last Aian, in opposition to the Ert man; and so it is written, The fort man, Aiam, stas made a liviez jca, ice het Adam suas made a quickening Spirit' The resurrecios of Christ is a coniderable article of faith, much depends upon it; it has a great in2uence both oi our justification and regeneratioa : Ine whole işken of the critian religion is nothing without it; if this is not true, our fath and hope are bo:5 in vaa ; nor have we any reason to expect the resurrection of our bodies, or incorte blefied hope. Hence the resurreason of Jess was a principal for p.midve preaching, and ought not to be neglesed:9.
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Preached June 15, 1736, to the SOCIETY that support the
Lord's-Day Evening Lecture, near Devonshire-Square.
For it pleased the Father, that in bim should all fulness dwell.
of pleasure, takes notice of their faith in Christ, and love to all the saints, puts up several petitions on their account, for an increase of spiritual knowledge, holiness, fruitfulness, patience and strength; gives thanks for some special blessings of grace he and they were partakers of; such as meetness for heaven, deliverance from the power of darkness, a translation into the kingdom of Christ, redemption through his blood, and the forgiveness of sins; and then takes an occasion to set forth the glories and excellencies of the person of Christ; who, he says, ver. 15. is the image of the invisible God, the natural, essential, eternal, uncreated, perfect and express image of his Father's person, 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 reasoning in the next verse, for by him were all things created; and will be liable to this manifest 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 such, existed 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 aega761oxw, we read aeg0707óx@-, which is no more than changing the place of the accent; and may
be ventured upon, seeing the accents were all added since the apostle's days, and especially, seeing it makes his reasoning in the following verses appear with much more beauty, strength and force; he is the first parent of every creature, for by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, wherber