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Truth of his Refurrection : He ascertained it in that Time, by his frequent appearing to, and converling with his Apostles, during that Time: And in these Conversations with them, he taught them the Things concerning his own Kingdom : 8c7s i.
3. "To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days,, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. It was in his human Nature that Christ ascended from Earth into Heaven ; not in his divine Nature, because it is always every where present. The Place of the Earth from which he ascended, was the Mount of Olives, Acts i. 11. 12. It is observable concerning that Place, that there Christ's Humiliation began to come to an Extremity, Luke xxii. 39.
The Heaven he ascended into, was the highest Heaven, Eph. iv. 10. Christ's Soul and Body, then, are now no more on Earth, but in the highest Heavens : Afts iii. 21. ' Whom the heavens must receive,
until the times of restitution of all things' Compared with Epb. iv. 10. 'He that descended, is
the fame allo that ascended up far above all "heavens, that he might fill all things. He a. scended in a visible and triumphant Manner as a Conqueror : fets i. 9. While they beheld, he was
taken up, and a cloud received him out of their
sight.' Psal. xlvii. 3. ! God is gone up with a « Tout; the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.' The Action of the Father in that Step of Christ's Exaltation, was the receiving him up into Heaven, Mark xvi. I
19. The third Step of Christ's Exaltation, is his fitting at the right hand of God the Father, Mark xvi. 19. God the Father hath neither right nor left
Hand, properly so called, as Men have: For he is à most pure Spirit, without Body or bodily Parts, But by Christ's fitting at the right Hand of God the Father, is meant, his being, as Mediator, Goda man, exalted to the highest Dignity and Power, over all Creatures, in Fulness of Joy and Glory: Phil. ii. 9. 10. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every namie : that at the name of Jesus es very knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. 1 Pet. iii. 22. Jesus Christ is gone into Heaven,
and is on the right hand of God, angels, and authorities, and powers being made subject unto
him.' AEts üi. 28. ^ Thou hast made known to ( me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of
joy with thy countenance.? Compared with Psal. xvi. ult. - Thou wilt thew me the path of life : in thy presence is fulness of joy, at the
right hand there are pleasures for evermore. John xvii. 5. * And now, O Father, glorify thou
me with thine own self, with the glory which I I had with thee before the world was.' And that his sitting at the right Hand of God, will etidure for ever : Heb. 8. 12. This man, after he had of fered one sacrifice for fins, for ever sat down
the right hand of God.' The Action of the Father in this step of Christ's Exaltation, was, his Setting him at his own right Hand, Eph. 1. 20.
Now, Christ rose from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and fitteth at the right Hand of God, it a public Character, as our Head and Repretenida tive, the same in which he died, was buried, and continued under the Power of Death for a Time: Eph. ii. 6. 'God hath raised us up together, and
• made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ
Jesus.'. Heb. vi. 20. Whither [heaven] the fore.
runner is for us entered, even Jesus,' &c. Eph. iv. 10. 'He that descended, is the fame also that
ascended up far above all heavens, that he might 'fill all things.' These Steps, then, of Christ's Exaltation are, for his people, sure Pledges of their spiritual and bodily Resurrection, their Ascension into Heaven, and fitting for ever with him in heaven. ly Places : 1 Cor. xv. 22. ' In Christ shall all be • made alive.' Eph. ii. 6. forecited.
h last Step of Christ's Exaltation, will be his coming to judge the World at the loft Day: Acts i. 11. "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up cinto heaven? This same Jesus which is taken up • from you into heaven, shall so come, in like man
ner as ye have seen him go into heaven.' Com. pared with Chap. xvii. 31. God hath appointed a
day, in the which he will judge the world in • righteousness, by that man whom he hath or • dained ; whereof he hath given assurance unto | all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.' Christ will come again a second Time, Heb. 9. ult. He will come the second Time, in the Character of Judge of the World, Acts xvii. 31. forecited, John v. 22. 'The Father judgeth no man; but
hath committed all judgment unto the Son.' vers. 27.' And he hath given him authority to execute
judgment, because he is the Son of man.' That Coming of Christ will be at the last Day : 2 Pet. iii. 10. "The day of the Lord will come as a thief
in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements thall melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and all the works therein, shall be burnt up.' He will come
in the full Manifestation of his own and his Father's Glory, Luke ix. 26. His Attendants will be all the holy Angels, Matth. xxv. 31. The awful Sound he will descend from Heaven with, will be a Shout, the Voice of the Arch. angel, and the trumpet of God, i thel. iv. 16. Christ's coming to judge the World, will not discontinue or interrupt his sitting at the right Hand of God, but will manifest it to all : Matib. xxvi. 64. 'I [Jesus] say unto you, Hereafter shall ye I see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of
power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.' And that his Coming will be a part of his Exalta. tion, inasmuch as he will then appear and act in the Fulness of his kingly Power: Matth. xxv. 34. • Then shall the King say unto them on his right
hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the founda
tion of the world. The A&tion of the Father in this Step of Christ's Exaltation, will be, his sending him again, in Fulness of Glory, clothed with his Authority, to judge the World : Acts iii. 20. " The Lord Thall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you. Luke ix. 26. "The Son
of man shall come in his own glory, and in his • Father's, and of the holy angels. John v. 27. forecited.
Quest. 29. How are we made Partakers of the Redemption purchased by Chrift?
Ans. We are made Partakers of the Redemption purchased by Christ, by the
effeétual Application of it to us by his Holy Spirit,
EXPLICATION. The Redemption purchased by Christ is Deliver, ance from Sin, Death, the Devil, and the World, into a State of Holiness and Happinefs for ever : ?it. ii. 14. ' Jesus Christ gave himself for us, that
he might redeem us from all iniquity, and pu. rify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.' Hos. xiii
. 14. 'I will ransom them from the power of the grave : I will redeem them from death: 0 death, I will be thy plagues : o grave, I will be thy destruction; repentance
shall be hid from mine eyes.' Heb. ii. 14. 15. * Forafmuch then as the children are partakers of
flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the fame : that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who, through
fear of death, were all their life-time subject to . bondage. Gal. i. 4. ' Jesus Christ gave himself y for our sins, that he might deliver us from this ! present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.' Heb. ix. 12. Chrįst by his own blood entered in once into the holy place,
having obtained eternal redemption for us. To be made Partakers of that. Redemption, is, to be made Sharers of it in our own Persons : John xiii. 8.
Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou ! hast not part with me. Acts xxvi. 18. To open
their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of fins, and