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whom the earth and its fulness belong, yet defi. tute of house and hold : The foxes have boles, and the birds of the air nests, &c. 2d Mystery wrapt up in this engagement, is, that here we may see the glorious lawgiver, whose will is a law to men and angels, subjecting himself to his own law, and that in the stead of rebels, that hath violated his law, and contemned his authority; for he was made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them ibat were under the law. 3d Mystery here to be seen is, that which might make us fall aswoon with wone der and amazement, that the blessed God should in a manner become a cursed finner, that cursed finners might be blessed in him: Behold the ever blessed God becoming a curse, Gal. iii. 13. And to be made a curse, is a stronger word yet than cùrfed. Behold the ever holy God becoming fin, 2 Cor. v. laft; and to be made fin, is a stronger word yet, than to be a finner. He became a finner by imputation, even he who knew no sin, that we might be the righteousness of God in him. He put his name in our blood, and wrote down him, self the finner, that our names might be put in his bond, and we might be righteous through his righ, teousness. But for the blessed God to become a curse, and the holy God to become fin, is more than if all the angels in heaven should become devils. Is there not somewhat singular herę? 4th Mystery wrapt up in this engagement, is, that here we fee the creditor becoming surety for the debtor, and paying the debt that was owing to himself. The eternal Son of God was as much injured by our sin as the Father was, and yet he engaged to come and satisfy his own justice. 5th Mystery here involved, is, in this engagement we may see the

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judge of all the earth brought under condemnation; condemned by his own Father, whom he never offended ; condemned by the law, which he never broke ; condemned by finners whom he came to save from condemnation ; condemned to death, tho’ he be the Lord of life, and hath the keys of hell and death in his hand, and at his girdle, 6th Mystery to be seen in this engagement, is, that here we may observe justice raging against the inpocent, and absolving the guilty, and yet without any iniquity or injustice: a God of love, and a com, passionate Father, forgetting as it were, his bowels towards his only Son, and taking pleasure in his death ; for it pleased the Lord to bruise bim; and yet receiving these into his arms and bofom, who had violated his law, and contemned his authority, and grieyed his spirit. And by this means, here we see the righteousness of the law fulfilled in these that had broken the law, and never obeyed one of its precepts. Here we may see the poor guilty sinner, that stands condemned by the law, condemned by justice, condemned by conscience, yet put in case to challe

enge the whole world to lay any thing to his charge, Rom. viii. 33. By this means also we see the debt paid and yet pardoned, the guilt of the finner punished and yet forgiven. In a word, there was this fingular in it, that he engaged to bring the greatest good out of the greatest evil. Sin is the greatest of all evils, and that whereby, of any thing in all the world, God is most difhonoured ; and yet there is nothing by which God brings greater glory to himself than by the fall of man: Upon these ruins mercy Mall be built up for ever, says God : and mercy magnified to the highest in a way wherein justice is satisfied to the

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utmost : Sin being condemned by a facrifice, life bought by a death, and the gates of heaven opened by a cross.: The mysteries contained in this engagement shew it to be fingular: And thus the matter of the engagement discovers the fingularity of the fact.

2. Consider the manner of it, and here the fingularity thereof will further appear: How did he engage ? (1.) He engaged alone ; there was none that would or could engage to do this, but he. Isa. Ixiii. 3. I have trod the wine-press ALONE, and of the people there was none with me; among all the creatures of God, there was none to take part with him in treading the wine-press of the Father's wrath. He saw that there was no man, and wondred that there was no intercessor; therefore his own arm brought salvation, and his righteousness it fultained him, isa. lix. 16. (2:) He engaged fülly, to do all, to suffer all, to purchase all, to apply all, and to be all in all; he engaged not only to do, but to suffer, i Pet. iii. 18. Christ hath once suffered for fin, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God; not only to suffer, but to die, and to die for enemies, rebels, and traitors, such as were given him of the Father; and not only to die, but to continue for a time under the power of death, tho' he was life itself, and could in an instant of time have risen up from the grave that he was laid into. (3.) He engaged freely; his Father's causing him to approach, did not hinder the freedom of his engagement;' for, as God, be and his Father are one, and have but one divine will; and, as man, his will is sweetly subject to the divine will. He engaged so freely, that there was nothing in us that could move him but misery; there was none of us that could desire him to do it;

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he engaged before we had a being: There was none

in heaven or earth that could compel him to it: ... and there was nothing that he had to expect from

us for his pains, we could never reward him for his work: And all that we should do to eternity, is only, thro' his grace, to bless him for what he hath done. (4.) He engaged firmly, and that both in point of constancy and courage. In point of courage, he engaged in the work couragiously, tho' he had justice, and wrath, and hell, and heaven, and all against him, yea, and poor man also, for whom he engaged ; yet how couragiously did he go

thro' with his work, so firmly, as not to be moved — with discouragements? He went and set his face up

to Jerusalem, where he was to be crucified; and you see wherewith he encouraged himself, Pfal. xvi. 8. compared with Acts ii. 25. Because the Lord is at my right hand, I Mall not be moved; God's hand was upon the man of his right hand; upon the Son of man whom he made strong for. bimself; and therefore the right hand of the Lord did valiantly, the right hand of the Lord was exalted, the right hand of the Lord did valiantly. He engaged firmly as in point of courage, so in point of constancy; he never took his word again, but stood to the bargain : Neither fear of the wrath of his Father, nor sense of the unworthiness of the finner, nor yet the frequent falls and relapses of his people, could make him alter ; he foresaw all their relapses into sin, and into the same fins, yet could it not move him to break the bargain ; therefore, Return ye backsliding children, I will beal your backslidings, Fer. iii. 22. yea, I will beal your backsliding, and love you freely, Hof. xiv. 4. Your inconstancy, might he say, shall not make me inconstant too;

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he hates putting away, and continues in his love. (5.) He engaged timeously and speedily; he did not linger, for the matter could not admit of a delay; When our neck was on the block, and the ax of divine judgment coming down, as it were, to give the fatal stroke, he cries speedily, Hold, hold thy hand. What, might God say, will you come and be a facrifice in their stead? No sooner is the motion made to him, than presently he was on fire of love to be thus employed and substituted in our stead as a sacrifice, Lo I come ; he speaks like one ready to run. When the plague was begun, Moses commands Aaron to go quickly into the congregation to make an atonement, Num. xvi. 46. The sentence of divine wrath, which is a terrible plague, was gone out; and therefore Christ does speedily engage to make the atonement. And so, (6.) He engaged beartily, he engaged his heart to approach unto God. This being the main particular, with respect to the manner of the fact, or that branch of the singularity of it, exprelly mentioned in the text; therefore let us especially take notice of this, He engaged his heart to approach. He engaged his heart, that is, not only did he engage for his soul, as some understand it, that his soul should be an offering for sin, but also, be engaged bis heart, that is, he engaged willingly; and so it was with the greatest frankness : Lo I come, Father ; thy will is my will. He engaged his heart, that is, he engaged cordially, cheerfully and affectionately; I delight to do thy will, O my God! We never read that Christ had a sad heart to quit for a while that joy and pleasure that he had in heaven; Why, what was the matter? You see it, Prov. viii. 31. he had so much pleasure and satisfaction in the work he

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