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fion to the ordinances of the church, but such as Christ has left behind him. This is high rebellion against the King of Zion.
6. The truth of the kingdom of Christ is a solid ground of suffering, on which people may comforta. bly lose whatever is dear to thein in the world, knowing they are in the way of their duty. And this was the ground of the sufferings of the Lord's people in the persecuting reigns before the revolution, whose memory ought to be always regarded, for their żeal. ous and firm adherence to the prerogatives of Christ's kingdom.
7. The church shall ride out all the storms that can blow upon her, whether from earth or hell. All plots and contrivances against her shall be defeated in the end; for her King liveth, and will never suffer the gates of hell to prevail against her. The crown shall flourish on his head, when the church's enemies shall be ruined, and their kingdoms laid by for ever.
8. However weak any poor believer be amongst many enenies, yet the broken ship shall farely come to land. The fpark of grace shall be preserved amidst an ocean of difficulties and corruptions within or without. The seed of grace sown in the heart shall be naintained, and spring up in the fruits of holiness. All Christ's honeft subjects fhall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. . 9. Whoever they be that retule subjection to the or: dinances and discipline of Christ's houte, do in so far reject Christ from ruling over them. Consider this, ye that neglect a regular attendance upon the ordimanccs of divine inftitution, and will not submit to discipline and censure for y.sur scandalous and offenfive behaviour. Ye are the enemies of Zion's King, and your conduct plainly declares, that ye will not have this man to reign over you. Repent of this your rebellion, otherwise ye thall be flain as his enemies.
10. See, believers, ye. that are striving against fin
and Satan, and waging war with your lusts and all
Christ's enemies, to whom you are to have recourse for help in all your difficulties ; even to your almighby King, who is infinitely able to help you in all ftraits. Make use of him daily as your King, apply. ing and trusting to him, for life, strength, defence, and victory over all your enemies.
11. Lastly, Ye that are strangers to Chrift, captives o Satan, and under a miserable thraldom to your own Justs, will ye be persuaded to come under the sceptre and government of King Jesus; take on his yoke, and subject yourselves to him and his blessed government, For notives, consider, . (1.) The great glory and dignity of his person. He is God equal with the Father, the wonder of men and angels. The most glorious monarch that ever swayed sceptre among men, is but like a worm of the earth, or a despicable infect in the air, compared to him. All created excellencies fall under a vail, when his glory begins to shine.
(2.) He has the best right to govern your souls. The devil and your vile lusts are all usurpers. But Christ is your rightful Lord. He has an original right to you as God, and a derivative right as Mediator. He hath an unquestionable title by the grant of the Father, Acts ii. 36. Let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the fame Jejus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. And he hath a right by his own merit and purchafe, Rom. xiv. 9. for this end Christ both died, and rose again, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. Ye are his, whether ye will or not. Ye are entirely at his dispofal. He has more power over you than the potter has over the clay. Your own consent and willingness adds nothing to his title; but it will fearfully aggravate your fin, if ye refuse it.
( 3.) Consider the misery of your condition till once ye submit to him. Ye are under a miserable bondage to the devil; ye are slaves to the prince of darknels; that fpirit rules in you that worketh in all the children of disobedience. Your condition will grow still worse and worse, till it be incapable of any further addition of misery. Ye are now without God, without the promises of the covenant, without peace, without the pardon of an, having so communion with God, or title to heaven, Ye are slaves to your sordid lufts, under the curse of the law, and condemned already. Whenever ye die out of Christy ye shall die in your Sins; and he that was your ruler and leader in this world, will be both your companion and tormentor in the world to come. O fearful condition! Can ye sleep quietly in your chains ? When ye hear that Chrift was anointed by the Father to preach good tidings to the meek, to proclaim liberty to captives, and the o. pening of the prison to them that are bound ; should not this make you figh, nay cry through the grates of
the prison to this glorious Deliverer who stands at the · door? when ye fee Christ's standard pitched in the
gospel, and his glorious banner displayed there, will ye not repair to it, and list yourselves among his faithful subjects ?
(4.) It is your greatest dignity to be subjects to Chrift. Theodosius the Emperor thought it a greater honour to be a servant to Christ, than the head of an empire. Christ's subjects are called vessels of honour, a chofen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, &C. They are consecrated and fet apart for God, to be the objects of his special grace, and the instruments of his glory and service in the world. This advanceth them to great dignity and honour. Subject yourselves then to Christ, and ye shall arrive at the highest pinnacle of honour, . (5.) His, government is most sweet and pleasant, His yoke is easy, and his burden light, His cross is better than the world's crown. Submit then to his easy fceptre.
(6.) Consider the great happiness that will attend your fubjecting yourselves to Christ's goverment. It is in
troductive to every privilege, mercy, and blefling that men can desire. By this ye will be delivered from the vaffalage of Satan, the servitude of fin, the malediction of the law, and danger of the wrath to come. Let this prevail on you to submit to this King:
(7.) By this ye will put the crown upon his head, and give him the reward of his bloody death and sufferings, when ye renounce sin and Satan, and all the lufts and idols that exercised dominion over you bcfore, and betake yourselves to him by faith, and give your hearty consent that he shall reign in your souls. : (8.) This is the design of all God's ordinances and dispensations; all the arraws in the gospel-quiver are levelled at this mark; it is the point and centre into which all these blessed lines are drawn. Submit to him then, and disappoint not the design of all his love and grace to poor linners.
(9.) Ye can have no saving benefit by Christ, unless ye submit to him as your King. It is through his kingly office that all his other oflices are made effectual. All the blessings and benefits of his purchase are conveyed to believers this way. It is by his regal power that he changes their natures, powerfully inclines them to believe on him, and to love and obey him. If ye accept not of him as your King, ye can have no, benefit by him at all. Ye must receive him as your Lord, as well as your Prophet and Priest.
(10.) Lasly, If ye will not stoop and bow to him, he will break you in pieces. God has settled an irreversible decree, that to him every knee Mall bow; and if they do it not chearfully and willingly, they fhill be made to do it with force and constraint. He has a rod of iron, and therewith he will break in pieces the mightiest potentates of the earth that will not subject themselves to him. Hence we have that counsel given them by the Spirit of God, Pfal. ii. 10. 11. 12. Ba wise now therefore, o ye kings : be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice within
trembling. Kifs the Son, lesl he be angry, and ye perih from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little : blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
PHILIPPIANS ï. 8. He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even
the death of the cross. TTAVING discoursed of our Redeemer and his in,
carnation, and the several offices he executes under that character, I come now to treat of his amazing humiliation and abasement, to which he will. ingly submitted, in order to accomplish the redemption of elect finners. The text holds forth this state of humiliation.
1. The voluntariness of it: it was no matter of force or compulsion : He voluntarily humbled himself.
2. The nature of it: it was obedience, viz. to the Father's will, which comprehends the whole of what Christ did and suffered for our redemption,
3. The depth of it: It was unto death; and he could go no lower. As for the kind of death, he humbled himself to the basest and most humiliating kind of it, the death of the cross. Under this is comprehended his burial, and continuing for a time under the power of death. Death had our Redeemer as low as it could carry him.
4. The continuance of this humiliation. He had a Jace thereof set before him, in which he continued till he came to death, as the end of it.
Christ's humiliation was a voluntary thing: he va. luntarily did and suffered whatever he did and suffer: ed for us, Psal. xl. 7. Lo, I come, said he. Even in the deepest points of his humiliation, he was led as A lamb to the Naughter, and as a fleep before her façar