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It must be a God revealing himself in the doctrine of Christ, which thews the divine perfections, and the harmony of them, in the salvacion of linners ;revealing himself in the obedience of Christ, as in which the divine law, however holy, however ex ten sive, was magõified and made honourable ;and in the death of Christ, as what Justice required, and with which Justice was satisfied. The object of their trust, is a God well pleased with finpers through Jesus Christ; pleased with their per
ns, as represented by him ; and pleased with their performances, as flowing from vital union with him, and infiuence derived from him; and a God, glorified in the salvation of finners, through the mediation of Christ; a God, providing, allowmes dispensing, commanding their falvation in that annel, and doing so, without the least dishonour any of his perfections, Justice and Truth themVes not excepted. David calls pardoned sinners,
" give thanks at the remembrance of God's hoiness;" Psal. xXX. 4.-- and the apostle speaks of d's being “just, and the justifier of him which Delieveth in Jesus,” Rom. iii. 26. None doubts, et mercy and goodness shine in the dispensation grace and glory to finners; but, as the object of ir trust, the, ieemingly jarring, attributes of the Vine Nature, are all reconciled and celebrated in
fame dispensation.-The righteousness of Jesus fift, called in fcripture the righteousness of God, particularly comprehended in this object of trust;
"Lord's righteousness, being the price of redemp. tion. ??, the condition of salvation, is to be leaned un.
by all who need such blessings, and have no Onal righteousness, by which to procure them :
his is the name where with he shall be called, .. And
he Lord our righteousness,” Jer. xxiii. 6. e (says the apolule, speaking of Jesus Christ)
Divine Na! the same Christ, cal
in This is "
" Who, of God, is made unto us, righteousness,” i Cor. i. 30.
In fine, the word of promise, emitted by the Father, yea and amen in Christ, recorded in the gofpel, and exhibited there, for the obedience of faith, is, in a peculiar manner, the object of this trust. Whatever God has promised, to his anointed, refpecting sinners,—whether as to blessings, common or peculiar, temporal, spiritual. or eternal ; every such word of grace and promise is a bottom of trust, to be improved, looked to, leaned on, acquiefced in, by them. The psalmist spoke with a distinguishing relish, of “ the word upon which “ God had caused him to hope,” Pfal. cxix. 49. and, by such improvement of the word, men trust in the Lord, whose veracity and other perfections are engaged for the accomplishment of it.
The matter of this trust is manifold, -equal in breadth and length to the new covenant, and the promises of it; it comprehends every thing, wrapped up, conveyed, and secured there; every thing, respecting the being, well-being, and perfection of the life of grace in the foul ; every thing needed here, every thing to be enjoyed hereafter. Branching out into particulars, would oblige us to conde. fcend on converting, renewing, pardoning, comforting, establishing, and sealing grace ; on furniture for work and warfare; on Ipiritual wisdom, gracious ability, divine protection, perseverance in the ways of holiness, together with the end of men's faith, the salvation of their fouls. In short, all the blessings, benefits, riches, righteousness and redemption, provided for in the covenant, purchas. ed by the Saviour, fecured by the promise, exhi. bited by the gospel, and enjoyed by the laved ones, in soul and body, in time and eternity, belong to
the the matter of this trust, and are comprehended in it.
The exercise of this trust is peculiar to the soul, as having its seat there : and carries in it their believing the truth of these discoveries, respecting Christ, and respecting the promise, which is called by our Lord, a " setting to the leal, that God is true." John iii. 3. It carries in it their approbation of the things discovered, as, excellent in themselves, suitable to sinners, and glorious in their effe ets; as these were all David's falvation, so they are 64 all their desire.” It carries in it, their acceptance of thele blessings; their receiving, applying, and, in way ot humble endeavour, through grace, making the whole their own, by believing, as Jehovah Redeemer does, by revelation and exhibition : “ Be it, or it shall be, uoto me, according to " thy word,” Luke i. 38. is the language of that divine exercise. It carries in it, their dependence on the Lord, as the object of their trust, for his beltowing the exceeding great and precious bleffings, which are the matter of it: their being so persuaded of his truth, justice, power, and other attributes, that they cannot imagine, how the smallest iotta can fail; and so persuaded of the Lord's fecurity being legal, good and valid, that they look on the blessings promised as theirs; and actually enter on duties and trials, in the faith the promise shall be accomplished, and the blessing bestowed : at least, in proportion to the measure and degrees of such trust, this will be the case. But, as this exercise is seated in the soul, so it influences the conduct; it leads to the performance of new and holy obedience, in all its parts ; as to heart and life, principle and practice, word and action.
S E C T. v.
Though these exercises are incumbeut upon fin. ners, in way of duty ; yet, as long as they are unconverted, they are incapable of them; and therefore fcriptural calls to the performance of these duties, are, in such unhappy circumstances, killing letters, full of demands, the finner cannot answer, and big with consequences he cannot bear. But, to the ceaseless praise of inatchless grace, the exercises represented in the foregoing sections, are, in numberless other scriptures, considered rather as privileges than duties; and, therefore, our Lord's words may be considered as a promise of putting sinners in possession of them. - JehovahRedeemer, forefeeing the wretched circumstances of fo: lộrn men, and being well pleased for his own righteousness fake, interposed, and interposes, in way of promise, that sinners, at least the elect part of them, fhould comply with his will of grace, in the particulars condescended upon. He interpofed, and interpoles, in such a manner, that regard to his own perfections, and zeal for his own glory, abfolutely secures the accomplishment of the promise, in the experience of sinners. There are other promises, wherein peace and pardon, life and falvation, are secured ; but, in this, and iuch like words of grace, the very infuence needed toward their discovery and improvement of these blessings, is treasured up, and pointed out; warranting them to expet, that the Lord will actually cause them see and fear and trust.
Promiles, in general, are made immediately by the Father, to his anointed; and, thence, according
to the apoiale, “ yea and amen in Christ;" 2. Cor. i. 20. --whereas this promile is uttered by the Merfiah himself; in which, he either acts as God, and ascertains his oneness with, and equality to the Father and Spirit, in making and performing the promises of the covenant ; or else he expresses his intire, unshaken, confidence in the Father's veracity, plighted to him, by the covenant, for the ends of his people's salvation; and does so as a pattern and encouragement for sinners to aim at the same reliance on the Promiser, as if they were equally able to believe; and, as sensible of their own weakness and wickedness, to look to the promise for the grace of faith itself.
S ÉCT. VI.
The promise under consideration is, as to the subjects of it, vastly extensive; for it is not one, or a few, but many, who shall be put under the influence of it, and enjoy the blessings wrapped up in it. In this indefinite way, the great number of the faved ones is emphatically pointed out; and though they are few compared with the rest of mankind, they are, in scripture, represented as pumerous in themselves. Not to speak of Enoch's prophecy, saying, “ Behold, the Lord cometh, “ with ten thousands of his saints,” Jude 14. nor of John's vision, who saw “one hundred and forty " four thousand sealed,” Rev. vii. 4. we are informed, by the same divine authority, that the sinners, who have been, now are, or shall afterwards be put under the influence of this promise, are absolutely countless and innumerable; “ I bes held (says the apostle) and lo a great multitude, " which no man could number, of all nations, and “ kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood be