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diers upon executing him. But our Lord outshot him in his own bow, and fnared and took him in the work of his own hands. Thus the devil, by plotting and pushing on the death of the Son of God, to pre. vent his own ruin, procured and promoted it.

4. To finish transgression, and put an end to fin, yea to take away fin with all its direful effecis, Rom. viii. 3. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son, in the likeness of sinful flejh, and for fin, condemned fin in the fiell. For when an elect world lay funk under the guilt of fin, captives under the power of it, vile , under the pollution of it, undone under the weight

of it, and most miserable under the baneful effects of if, Jesus humbled hiinself to the death on purpose to rescue and deliver them from all this. We have redemption through his blood, says Paul, even the forgi. veness of uur fins, according to the riches of his grace. And, says another apostle, The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all fin.'

5. To deliver his people from the corfe of a broken law, and the wrath of God. Christ bath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us, Gal. iii. 13. Jesus which delivered us from the wrath to come, i Thefl. i. 10. When all the curses of the law were niarching forth, as it were in battle array, against the children of Aviam, and the dreadful wrath of an almighty God was ready to pour in upon them, then did our Lord step in, and, by his deeply.debased birth, life, and death, divert the furious storm from his chosen, so that not one curse or the least drop of wrath fhall ever fall to their share.

6. Lufily, That in duc time he might bring all his. people to the complete poffeffion of immortal glo. ry. When he saw them wallowing and linking in the depths of lin and iniquity; when he saw them exposed to eiernal death and Jamnation by reason of fin, and when he took a view of them as absolutely unable to du any thing towards their own rclicf and deliverance,

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his soul pitied them, and his bowels of compassionyearned upon them; so that in their stead he satisfied. divine justice, fubdued their enemies, abolished sin and death, rescued them from hell and wrath, and prepared for them eternal life and glory.

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I fall conclude with a few inferences.

1. Here see the love of Christ in its most distinguihing glory. For the deeper he debased and the lower he humbled himself, the higher did he raise, and the more clearly did he manifeit his love. What heart can conceive, what tongue can express the greatness of this love? It is love without a precedent or paral. lel. It pafseth knowledge.

2. Here see the awful and tremendous severity of divine justice, which no less could satisfy than the Son of God's humbling himself, and becoming obedient voto death, even the death of the cross. Its resentment against fin swelled so high, that nothing could appease it, or move it to let go the criminal offenders, till the Son of God fell an cxpiatory facrifice to it, And when the time of its acting this bloody tragedy upon our Redeemer came on, it would not forego nor abate one tittle of its demands. It would not fpare bim in one article of suffering which it could ex. act of him.

3. See here the prodigious evil of sin. Though the generality of men look upon it with a very light and cały eye ; though they account it a very sinall matter to break in upon the divine law, and to transgress the bounds which the great God has fixed therein ; yat whoever duly reflects upon the deep humiliation and forrowful sufferings of Christ, will entertain quite 0. ther thoughts about it. Of all evils fın is infinitely the worst. Though a holy and just God has given many severe and terrible testimonies of his difpleasure againit fin, yet none of them appear with such an amazioa awe as that which appears in the humiliation, death, and sufferings of his dear Son.

4. Let this look the pride of our hearts out of countenance; and let us think nothing too mean or low for us, whereby the glory of God and the good of others may be advanced. For Chriit humbled himself deeper and lower than any ever did or can do, to procure the favour of God to finners, to magnify the divine law and make it honourable; and therein hath left us an example, that we should follow his steps.

5. Let this teach you highly to prize the salvation purchased by Christ, and offered to finners in the gospel. Say not of the sufferings of Christ, by your slighting the redemption thereby procured, What needs all this waste? Surely fin must be of a more malignant nature, the justice of God more exact and rigorous, souls more precious, and falvation and mercy more difficult to obtain, than is ordinarily imagined.

Take a view of Christ in his amazing humiliation and heavy sufferings, and see if ye can entertain those thoughts.

6. Let impenitent sinners and rejecters of Christ tremble. Was this done in the green tree, what shall be done to the dry? If Christ, when he became a sinner only by imputation, was exposed to such heavy sufferings as would have sunk millions of men and angels; what shall be the fate of those who spurn at his love, reject the offers of his grace and mercy, and re: fuse to accept of his falvation? What can they ex. pect, but that the wrath of God shall come upon them to the uttermoft, and they shall undergo the forest punishment thatincensed and insulted justice can inflict?

7. Accept of Jesus Christ as he offers himself in the gospel. He is willing to receive finners, nay the very worst and most abandoned of them, or he had not swiiomed through a fea of blood to catch them. O, be not despisers, but chearful and willing receivers of him, who has written his love and good will to you in characters of blood.

8. Revenge the death of Christ on your lusts and idols. Give no quarter to, nor suffer them to live,

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that were the cause of his most humiliating and igno, minious death. To cherish any sin or lust, is a high indignity done to the Son of God, and as it were a crucifying him afresh. O then fly from every sin, account it your enemy, and Christ's enemy; and shew your love to the Redeemer, who humbled himself so deeply for you, by doing whatsoever he commands you, and avoiding all appearance of evil.

9. Laftly, Grudge not to part with any thing for Christ. He left the bosom of his Father, laid aside the robes of his glory, and exposed himself to the severelt hardships and most intolerable sufferings, that you might not perish for ever; and will ye retuscany thing for his fake? Ye have no reason to shift his crols, or decline to take on his yoke, when he suffered on the accursed cross to procure your deliverance from everlasting wrath'and burnings.

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PHILIPPIANS ii. 9. 10. 11. "oirefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given

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and things in earth, and things under the earth; "a that every tongue should confess, that Jesus Christ

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death, includes his resurrection, or releasement from the grave. God has not only exalted him, but fuperexalted him above the earth in his ascension. The name above every name which is given him, is the fime in effect with his fitting at the right hand of God. The bounty of the knee is that acknowledgement of this power, dignity, and authority of Christ, by angels, men, and devils; the great evidence of which shall be at the last day, Rom. xiv. 10. 11. We mall all

and before the judgement feat of Christ. For it is writien, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee Mall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God,

In discourling further from this subject, I shall confizer the several steps of our Lord's exaltation, as they are laid down from the scriptures in our catechism, miz. “ his rising from the dead on the third day, his si ascending up into heaven, his sitting at the right 6 hand of God the Father, and his coming to judge 6 the world at the last day."

I. The first step of his exaltation was his resurrection, his rising out of the grave. Concerning this contider the following things.

1. The nature of it." His resurrection was not the reuniting of his divine to his human nature, for death had not feparated that union, as I have formerly shewn; but his reuniting his soul to his body, taking that life a ruin which he had before laid down, John x. 17. and it was the very fame body for substance which was crucified; it was the very fame body that fell undur death that rose again. It had been laid in the grave mangled and macerated with blows, stripes, and wounds; but in his resurrection the deformity thereby occasioned was removed, and nothing but the prints of the rails remained; as appears from John xx. 25. 27.

2. The truth of his resurrection. Chrift truly rote again. This truth was attested by the soldiers who guarded the fepulchre, as ye will find Matth. xxviij. II.

15. though the elders took care to Imother the effect thercof. His friends bore the most ample teftimony

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