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body; A body hast thou given me, that this body, this human nature, might be a facrifice for fin. God had a mind to set forth the glory of his justice to the utmost, and by this engagement it is done. What tho' the whole world were drowned in a deluge of water, or, as Sodom, burnt to ashes ? What tho all the posterity of Adam were doom'd to everlasting burning? What tho' every spire of grass or atom of duft were a rational creature, and for sin thrown into hell? This would be indeed an excellent act of justice: But what is all this to the justice executed upon Christ, when he stood in our stead? What are all other judgınents to his bloody sweat in the garden, and his expiring groans upon a cross? Here is the highest act of justice imagin

nake the soul of his dearly beloved Son an offering for fin, when imputed to him. See Rom. iii. 25. Here the awakned sword of justice is drunk to full and complete satisfaction with the most noble blood that ever was or could be. God had a mind to set forth his holiness to the utmost i Now the perfect obedience of men and angels might set forth his holiness; but what is all this to the obedience of the Son of God, whose obedience does indeed magnify the law ? God's law was never ho· noured, and his holiness never shined with such a

fparkling lustre. God had a mind to set forth his power to the utmost; and now the arm of omnipotency was not so much manifested in laying the foundation of the earth, and stretching out the heavens as a curtain, and turning the wheels of providence, as in bringing about the falvation of finners by Chrift; the power of God supporting Christ under that load of wrath, which would have crushed ten thousand worlds. Pfal. lxii. 11. Once bave I beard, yea


twice, that power belong eth to the Lord. Once have I heard it in the work of creation and providence, but far more gloriously in the work of redemption, wherein he spoiled principalities and powers, bruised the head of the serpent, destroyed the works of the devil, disarmed death, and knocked off the fetters of our spiritual captivity. In a word, God had a mind to set forth his wisdom to the utmost. Wildom shines every moment in the work of creation, it glitters every day in the work of providence ; but all the treasures of wisdom are hid in Christ. Here is the wisdom of God in a mystery, the manifold wisdom of God, particularly in uniting the most distant extremes; the divine and human nature are united in one person, the justice and mercy of God united in joint harmony for the salvation of finners, without robbing each other of their right, and so God and man united in an eternal fellowship: Stubble is made to dwell with devouring fire, without being destroyed; and weakness to behold glory, without being overwhelmed; yea, straw is made to dwell with everlasting burnings, Ija. xxxi. 14. Who among us can dwell with devouring fire, &c.? Why, even the believer can dwell with a God of terrible majesty and infinite justice, and dwell there with satisfaction, and without hazard of being consumed, because of this engagement of Christ, whereby justice is infinitely satisfied. Thus, I say, God had a mind to set forth the glory of his perfections: Now, zeal for this glory of God engaged the mediator's heart to this work. 3dly, He engaged his heart, from a view of his Father's reward, Heb. xii. 2. For the joy that was set before him, he endured the crofs, &c. and 11070 is set down at the right-band of God. Heb. ii. 9. A a 2


His Father promised him, that, having drunk of the brook in the way, he then should lift up his head ; and accordingly, he having humbled himself, &c. therefore God bath highly exalted bim, Phil. ii. 8, 9. In a word, it was the Father's promise to him, that, upon his making his foul an offering for fin, he should see his feed, and see the travail of his soul and be fatisfied: And therefore his heart was engaged to the work. 4thly, He engaged his heart to this work; Why? It was even out of love and pity to loft finners: He saw us helpless and hopeless, and lying in our blood; and then our time was a time of love. Christ was drawn to this work; but what was it that drew him? Even a cord of love: Love brought him out of heaven, and love nailed him to a cross, and love laid him in a grave, and love made him rise again, and mount up to heaven to agent our cause. On what design came he to the world? It was a design of love. What sickness died he of? He was even fick of love, and died in love. O fhall not this love beget love, and engage our hearts to him, whose heart was engaged to this work out of love to us? In a word, it was to engage the heart of finners to him, and so to make way for their approaching unto God in him.

Secondly, As to the reason of our faith, in the last words of the text, it is built upon a Thus faith the Lord; Who is this, &c. faith the Lord. There is JEHOVAH's testimony; and why is this added? Why? (1.) Because nothing is more quieting to the conscience of a sinner than the testimony of a God concerning a Saviour : God by his Holy Spirit in the word testifying of Christ to the conscience, saying, This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; true peace of conscience is grounded upon


this testimony. (2.) Nothing is more securing to the foul; for God's testimony is our security, Psal. xix. 7. The testimony of the Lord is sure. It is very fure, Pfal. xciii. 5. Here is ground for the assurance of faith, the sure word and testimony of a God that cannot lye. (3.) Nothing is more rejoicing to the heart, Pfal. xix. 8. and Pfal, Ix. 6. God bath Spoken in his boliness, I will rejoice; Why? Nothing speaks out more love than this, when JEHOVAH says the word, as well as does the work. The foul cannot but rejoice when the Lord speaks in to it; at least, here is ground of joy unSpeakable, John xv. II. These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. (4.) Nothing is more filencing to unbelief than this: Why? #ere is the very utmost length that unbelief can go: For, says the unbelieving heart, If God would say it, then I would believe it. Well, Thus faith the Lord comes in here, to ruin and silence your unbelief. Here is the reason of our faith: For you're to observe two things in the text; the one is, the glorious object of faith, a Christ engaging himself in our stead: The other is the convincing reason of faith; it comes with a Thus faith the Lord. Now, in order to get our faith fixed, and brought to a full assurance and certainty, we are not so much to look to the object of faith, or the thing to be believed, as to the reason of faith, and the ground of it, namely, God's testimony, he says it : His truth and veracity is at the stake to give a security : It is the great word of the great God. It is not the greatness of a promise that draws our faith, but the fidelity of the promiser; nay, the greater the promise is, the more will we doubt of it, unless there be a ground for beАа 3

lieving lieving it. If a man of undoubted integrity come and tell you ever so great things that he is to do for you, and give to you, the greatness of the things promised is not the reason of your believing him ; nay, the greater they are, the further will you be from believing : But the reason of your believing is, because the man is honest and able, and a person of intire credit, whom you can trust. Even so it is here ; there is a great thing proposed to our faith, that Christ, the fent of God, is engaged for our complete salvation; and upon this ground he promises in the text, I'll be your God, and ye shall be my people. But, the greater it is, the further are we from believing it; and therefore we must have a reason for our faith; Well, it is here, the God of truth says it, and we are to take it upon the testimony of the God that cannot lye. When Abraham was strong in the faith, and against hope believed in hope, was it the greatness of the promise that fupported his faith, or the reasonableness of it? No, no; his body and Sarah's both were dead: But he considered the veracity and ability of the God that promised, Rom. iv. 21. He was fully persuaded that be that bad promised was able to perform. When Moses was sent to Israel in Egypt, to tell them that the set time was come that they were to be delivered from their Egyptian thraldom and bondage, and to be brought to a land flowing with milk and honey; here is a great promise: But O, says Mofes, how will they believe this ? Why, says God, go tell them that I AM hath sent you, even the God of beings, that can give a being to what I say. I was known to their forefathers by the name, Lord God Almighty; because I did mightily for them, to wit, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob : And now I am


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