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of JESUS, every knee should bow, of things in beaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confefs that Jesus Chrift is LORD, to the glory of God the Father. Christ hath glorified the Father, and therefore the Father glorified him, John xiii, 31, 32. And now is the fon of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. And, if God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in bimself. Him that honoureth me, I will honour, says God. And in whom does this take place to perfection? It is in Chrift: God is honoured most highly by him; and therefore he is honoured most highly of God." Amen, so let it be, and so it shall be. And therefore it is concerted in that meeting, that all the saints shall glorify him: Hence that royal edict comes forth, He is thy Lord, worship thou him, Psal. xlv. 11. And so we find them doing, Rev, v. 9. Thou art worthy to take the book, and open the feals; for thou wajt flain, and hast redeemed us to God by tby blood. It is concerted in that meeting, that all the angels shall glorify him: Hence that edict comes forth, Let all the angels of God worship him, Heb. i. 6. And so we find them doing, Rev. v. 11, 12. I beard the voice of many angels, and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the lamb that was pain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour; and glory, and blessings. It is concerted in this meeting, that all the creatures in heaven and earth, sea and land, shall glorify him; as we fee, ver. 13. But, left the fin
I creatures upon earth, like you and me, should not glorify him, or see his glory, it is concerted in that glorious meeting, that the Holy Ghost, the eternal Spirit, one God equal in power and glory with
the Father and the Son, shall be sent down to the earth to glorify him, John xvi. 14. He shall glorify me ; for be fall receive of mine, and shew it unto you, O, hath the spirit of God been Thewing any thing of Christ among you this day? Any thing of his grace, fulness, righteousness, so as to glorify him, and make him glorious above all things to you? Why then, we may reckon that you have found something of the saving fruits of this glorious meeting; for the grand design of it was to glorify God in Christ, by the Spirit. They met to concert all things relating to the glory of the Father, in the Son, by the Holy Ghost. They met to consult their own glory in Christ, that mercy and truth might be glorified in him.
2. They met together to concert their proper work, in carrying on this great end, of the glory of God, and his perfections. They do not meet together to sit idle, and do nothing; no, they meet together to concert each of them their proper business: As Christ said to his friends, Wherefore was it that ye fought me? Wist ve not that I must be about my father's business? So may I say here, the attributes of God met together, that they might go about God's business. What business? What work belongs to each of them severally? Why, mercy and iruth meet together, that they may be sent upon an embaffy together, Pfal. lvii. 3. God shall fend forth bis mercy and his truth; his mercy to give in the promise of the gospel, and his truth to make out the same: Thus mercy and truth meet together, that they may be fent forth upon some gracious expedition, particularly both to be leaders and followers to the remnant, whom God appointed unto life. On the one hand, to be leaders; hence the Pfalmist
cries, Pfal. xliii. 3. O send forth thy light and thy truth; let them lead me, and bring me to thy holy bili, and to thy tabernacle. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy. Behold the wonder. ful business of mercy and truth, and the work they are sent out upon, even mercifully to lead blind souls to a God in Christ. On the other hand, it is to be, not only leaders, but followers, Psal. xxii. 6. Surely goodness and mercy hall follow me all the days of my life. If the child of God, under any temptation, refuse to be led by: mercy and truth, and give up with them as his leaders, yet, for all that, he shall not hinder them to be his followers : he may run out of God's way, but mercy will follow and bring him back; and, when mercy follow, it is ever in company with truth: And 'o, what think you of this wonder ! mercy and truth meet together, that they might go forth together, like two pages, to follow you, believer, through all the steps of your wilderness-journey; goodness and mercy Shall follow me all the days of my life. Here is a piece of work, that mercy and truth have met together for, even to be sent forth, as leaders and followers of poor elect sinners, till they be out of all hazard, in Emmanuel's land where glory dwells: See Pfal. lxi. 7. But then, as mercy and truth have met together, to pursue their proper work; so rigbeeousness and peace have kissed each other, for pursuing of theirs. Well, say you, what is the work of righteousness and peace? You have a word in the last verse of this Psalm where our text lies; righteousness Shall go before bim, and set us in the way of bis steps. Divine righteousness, displaying itself in Christ Jesus the sun of righteousness, goes before him to prepare his way, and to bring us to God, and to our
duty. duty. And to be sure, whenever righteousness goes before, peace will follow after ; for the fruit of righteousness is peace, whether it be imputed or implanted. Here then the work of righteousness and peace kifling each other, is to bring in these blessed effects in their order: We consider them as divine perfections in the text; and, in these effects, righteousness leads the van, and peace comes up with the rear.
3. These attributes conspire harmoniously, they meet together, and kiss each other, for this reason, that, by their meeting together, they may concert the dissolving of fome unhappy meetings. These oppofite-like attributes of God meet together, that some intimates may be separate, and sad and finful agreements may be broken up. Isa. xxviii. 15. there is a fad meeting and agreement we read of; We have made a covenant with death, and with bell are we at an agreement. Why? Is not this the case of all men by nature? Yea; but how is this fad and miserable meeting diffolved? See verse 16. Bebold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried Pone, a precious corner-flone, a fure foundation :
Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet. Well, when judgment and righteousness mercifully meet in Chriit, the sure foundation, what will be the effect? It follows, ver. 17, 18. The hail fall sweep away the refuge of lies, and your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand. Whatever fad aspect this scripture may have to the despisers of Christ, yet it hath a merciful aspect to all the chosen of God, and all that desire to cleave to the Lord Jesus; yea, there is here a foundation of faith laid for all that hear the joyful sound, that whatever linful and miserable meetings and agreements there
are betwixt hell and them, betwixt death and them, yet it cannot stand before this glorious meeting, which was designed to break up and diffolve the opposite meetings that stand in a contrariety thereto,
There are many black unions which this blessed "union does diffolve, and there is no diffolving of · them but by this blessed meeting. There is the
black union betwixt the finner and the law, which is the foundation of the black union betwixt the finner and his fin: For, when the union betwixt him and the law is diffolved, then the union betwixt him and his fin is diffolved ; according to Rom. vi. 14. Sin shall not have dominion over you ; for ye are not under the law, but under grace, Now, . what is the covenant of grace? Why, mercy and truth meeting together, righteousness and peace kissing each other in Christ Jesus, is the substance, the marrow, the kernel of the covenant of grace; and it is this blessed meeting that dissolves the union betwixt the finner and the law, and so betwixt the finner and his fin. O view the glorious design of. this meeting! They met together, that you might be separated from your fad associates. By nature you and the devil had met together, and you was a slave to him; and it is the virtue of this meeting in Christ, that diffolves that; The seed of the woman Jhall bruise the head of the ferpent. The world and you had met together, and you took pleasure in your wicked companions, or else was wholly drowned in worldly affairs; O it is the faith of this meeting that diffolves that! This is the vi&tory that overcomes the world, even our faith. The curse of God and you had met together, and you lie under that curse, till, in the faith of this meeting, you shall see, that Christ hath become a curse for us. This