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meeting is designed for the breaking up of all these, and the like unhappy meetings. They met togethe in! glorious band, to loose all the knots that the devil had tied. .
4. Thele glorious attributes of God do conspire harmoniously, they meet together and kiss each other, that hey might concert and carry on some happy meetings, and make up some blessed matches. These oppolite-like attributes harmoniously meet, that oppofites and irreconcileable things might meet together harmoniously, and kils each other, whether real or feeming opposites.
(1.) There are real oppolites that meet together harmoniously, by virtue of this glorious meeting ; particularly these fix,
1. These opposite-like attributes meet together harmoniously, that opposite natures might meet together, even that God and man might meet together, and embrace each other. And there are these two meetings betwixt God and man, that were concerted at this meeting: The one is the meeting betwixt God and man, in the hypostatical union of the two natures of Christ, our Emmanuel, God-man, in one person ; this is the great mystery of godliness, God manifested in the flesh; and this is the foundation of all other saving and merciful meetings betwixt God and man: The other is the meeting betwixt God and man, in the spiritual union betwixt Christ and his members, in one mystical perfon, by the bond of the spirit; For he that is joined to the Lord is one fpirit; And this union is the foundation of all spiritual communion with God. We were not only at an infinite natural distance from God, as we are creatures; but at an infinite moral distance from him, as we are criminals and sinners:
But the attributes of God met together and kiffed each other in Christ, that God and man might meet together in a close spiritual union, and kiss each other in a sweet spiritual communion: Whatever spiritual communion you have with God, believer, this day, it flows from this glorious meeting of the divine attributes in Christ; and this union and communion is indeed a meeting of oppolite natures: God became man, and took on our nature, and he makes us partakers of his nature, &c.
2. These opposite-like attributes met together, and killed each other, that opposite wilis might meet and embrace each other. God's will and ours are opposite; this is indeed a branch of the former, but our wills are the great forts of corrupt nature, that stand out against God and his will: We are enmity against God, and not subje&t to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Now, how comes the will to be reconciled to God's will? It is only by Christ, in whom the perfections of God meet together : Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power. .
3. These opposite-like attributes meet and kiss each other, that opposite persons, Jews and Gentiles, man and man, that were enemies and haters of one another, might meet together; that Jews and Gentiles might meet together, and men at variance with men might meet together: Hence it is said of him, in whom the attributes of God do meet, He is our peace, Eph. ii. 14. who hath made both one, and bath broken down the middle wall of partition: Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, &c. If any thing Bay the enmity to God or man, this is it.
4. These opposite-like attributes of God moet 1. and kiss each other, that opposite climates might
meet together ; I mean, that heaven and earth might meet together, the church militant and the church triumphant. Heaven and earth were at variance by our fin; but now, in Christ, faints in heaven and faints on earth meet together : Hence we are said to be come to the general assembly and church of the firstborn that are written in heaven, to the spirits of just men made perfe£t. All believers are said to be thus come to mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, Heb. xii. 22. Yea, in Christ, angels in heaven, and men on on earth, do meet together : Hence also believers are said to be come to the innumerable company of angels; and the angel of the Lord encamps about them, &c. Yea, all things in heaven and earth do meet together, and kiss each other in Christ, the meetingplace, Col. i. 20. Having made peace by the blood of bis cross, by him to reconcile all things to himself, wbether things in heaven, or things in earth, Eph. i. 10. See how, upon the back of this meeting in the text, heaven and earth are said to meet together in the following verse; Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven ; which I infist not upon here. .
.5. These opposite-like attributes of God meet and kiss each other, that opposite covenants might meet and embrace each other, even the covenant of works, and the covenant of grace, in Christ the meetingplace of the divine perfections: These two covenants do, as it were, join hands and agree. Did the covenant of works command perfect obedience? and, being broken, did it demand complete satisfaction ? Behold, Christ's obedience to the death answers both; God's covenant of grace, dispensed to us, is juft Christ fulfilling for us the covenant of works : And so in him they meet, and kiss each other; For
be is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Again,
6. These opposite-like attributes of God meet and kiss each other, that opposite thoughts might meet together, and embrace each other, even God's thoughts and our thoughts. How opposite these are, you may see, Isa. lv. 8, 9. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways my ways; for, as the beavens are higher than the earth, so are my 'ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Some have presumptuous thoughts, while they look only to God's mercy, and so they think certainly God will have mercy upon them, tho' yet they are strangers to Christ; these are opposite to God's thoughts, he hath no thoughts of Mewing mercy that way. Others have despairing thoughts, while they look merely or mostly to God's justice, and so their thought is, 0, will God have mercy on such as I am! and, he cannot in justice save such a one as I! These thoughts are also opposite to God's thoughts: My thoughts are not your thoughts. O then, how shall these opposite thoughts meet together? Why, let a man view the mercy and justice of God met together, and harmoniously kiffing each other in Christ, so as to see God in Chrift reconciling the world to himself. If your thoughts be fpiritualized, to discern mercy venting itself through the facrifice that satisfies divine jule tice, then God's thoughts and your thoughts meet together, and kiss each other. Thus the divine attributes meet together harmonioufly, that real opposites may meet together harmoniously: This glorious meeting lays a foundation for these happy meetings,'.
(2.) There are seeming opposites, that meet together harmoniously, by virtue of this glorious meeting; as,
1. These opposite-like perfections of God meet together, and kiss each other harmonioully, that opposite-like providences might meet together, and kiss each other. There are frowning providences, and smiling providences, crosses and comforts in the believer's lot; here is providence that favours the promise, and there is a providence that seems to contradict the promise; here is an up, and there is a down: Well, how shall these walk together? Why? They meet and embrace each other in Christ, the meeting-place; for all things work together for good to them that love him, and are the called according to bis purpose. Hence we will find, not only light and darkness in the believer's lot, but sometimes light and darkness meeting together. Zech. xiv. 7. there you read of a day, that is neither day nor night ; yet a day known to the Lord; neither clear nor dark, but at evening-time it shall be light: There eveningdarkness ulhering in the morning-light. Hence they have occasion both to fing of mercy and of judgment, because of their meeting together, and kissing each other, and working together for good: Behold the cross and the crown meeting together.
2. These opposite-like perfečtions of God meet together, and kiss each other, that opposite-like defires may meet, and embrace each other. While mercy deGires our life, and justice seems to demand our death; these are reconciled only in Chrift, in whom mercy and truth, righteousness, and peace meet and embrace each other. But look to our own defire of God's glory, and our salvation, men and angels could never have contrived how these two