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due to them, Rev. xix. 10. and xxii. 9. And when it was offered unto Paul and Barnabas, they reject it with horror and indignation, A&is xiv, 14. 15. But though this crown of glory, this name, the object of worship, cannot fit any created head, yet it suits the head of our Immanuel : John v. 23. “ This is the will of him that sent me, that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father.” Accordingly, the church, Psal. xlv. is commanded to adore him, “He is thy Lord, and worship thou him :" the powers of the earth are commanded to "kiss the Son (that is, to worship him) left he be angry, and they perish from the way :” yea, all the angels in heaven are commanded to worship him, Heb. i. 6.“ When he bringeth in his first-begotten into the world, he faith, Let all the angels of God worship him ;” and accordingly we find all the ransomed in glory paying the tribute of worship unto him equally with the eternal Father, Rev. v. “Worthy is the Lamb that was Nain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”
6. His perfections and excellencies are his name; and all these are really and originally in Christ, as they are in the Father. To instance in a few. God's wisdom is his name: “ Wise in heart, and mighty in counsel.” And this is in Chrift: * Christ the wisdom of God : In him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." His power is his name : “ The Lord God Almighty." This name is in Chrill: “ Christ the power of God; and, The Almighty," Rev. xix. Hence called To the arm of the Lord, and the man of God's right-hand, whom he has made strong for himself.” By the power of God in him he “ spoiled principalities and powers. The holiness of God is his name, frequently called “ the holy One of ll. rael.” And this attribute shines so brightly in our Immanuel, in the eyes of the angels, that they fall down with covered faces before his throne, crying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory.” The juftice of God is his name : “ The Lord is a rock; and his work is perfect: a God of truth, and without iniquity, juft and right is he.” And this name of his is in Christ, in its greatest lustre : it snines more eminently in him than in all the tor· ments of the damned in hell. Never did the justice of God appear in such a lustre, as when he cried, “ Awake, () (word, against the man that is my fellow :" he has fulfilled the command, and borne the penalty of the law as our surety, and so has obtained that name of “ Jesus Christ the righteous; and the Lord is well pleased for his righteousness fake.” The love
of God is his name ; for God is love. But it is in Christ that he is so to finners: John ii. 16. “ God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whofoever believeth in him, might not perish, but have everlasting life. The mercy of God is his name, Exod. xxxiv. 6. But it is through Christ that his mercy vents towards us linners of Adam's family : hence, Cant. v. “ his belly" or bowels are said to be as “ bright ivory overlaid with sapphires." His grace is his name, Exod. xxxiv. 6.“ The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious.” But it is only through Christ that his grace reigns towards unworthy sinners, Rom. v. at the close, “ That grace might reign through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord.” His name is “the Lord pardoning iniquity, transgression, and fin." This name is in him, as you see in the context; and when he was here in a state of humiliation, he acted frequently as one that had power to forgive sin: “ Go in peace, thy sins are forgiven thee.” His name is his truth; "a God of truth, and without iniquity.” Our Immanuel wears this name; hence called the truth itself, John xiv. 6. “ I am the way, and the truth, and the life ; the Amen, the faithful and true Witness.” I might tell you of many other names that are peculiar unto God, every one of which is in Christ. His name is the everlasting God, If. xl. at the close. “ From everlasting to everlasting thou art God.” You may see this name of God in Chrift, Rev. i. " The Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, which is, and which was, and which is to come." His name is the unchangeable God, without any “ variable. ness, or shadow of turning.” See this name in Christ, Heb. xiii. 8. « Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to-day, and for trer.” His name is the omniscient God, that “ 'searcheth the hearts, and trieth the reins.” See this name in Chrift, John ii. at the close, “ He needs not that any should teltify of man; for he knows what is in man." Rev. i. “ His eyes are as a flame of fire;" he searches the heart, and tries the reins, and knoweth all the works of the church. His name is “ the God of salvation : Our God is the God of salvation.” And this name is in Chrift: hence, old Simeon, when he gets him in his arms, blesses God, and cries, “ Now letreft thou thy servant depart in peace; for mine cyes have seen thy fal. vation.” From all which I think the truth of the doctrine abundantly evident, that the name of God is in Christ.
II. The second thing proposed was, to gicse gou some of the properties, or qualities, of the name of God as it is in Chrift.
1. Then, his name in Christ is a glorious name. His effen.
tial glory, instead of being darkened, is illuminate by being fet in Christ, for Christ is. « God manifested in the flesh';" plainly implying, that God out of Christ is an unknown God to finners, but God in Christ is a God whose glory is manifelted or displayed to our view. Never did the glory of God shine so as in Christ; hence he is called “ the brightness of his Father's glory, and the express image of his perfon.” So that, I say, the name of God in Christ is a glorious name: Psal. Ixxii. at the close, “ Now blessed be his glorious name; and let the whole earth be filled with his glory." His name is the glory of the church militant, for “ in him shall all the feed of Israel be justified, and shall glory;" and the glory of the church triumphant, for “the Lord God, and the Lamb, are the light of the place.
2. This name that is in Christ is a transcendent and incomparable name, “ a name above every name that can be named, whether in this world, or in that which is to come, Eph. i. at the close. His name is more excellent than the names of all the great powers of the earth; for “ who among the sons of the mighty can be compared unto him ?” This is one of his royal titles, “ The Prince of the kings of the earth, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.” His name transcends the name of the angels in heaven : Heb. i. 4. “ being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they."
3. The name of God in Christ is a most powerful name. Such power or authority is in this name, that “every knee must bow, and every tongue must confess, that Jesus Christ is the Lord, to the praise and glory of his eternal Father,” Phil. ii. 9-11. Such power or strength there is in this name, that devils were cast out, the dead were raised, the eyes of the blind, and the ears of the deaf, were opened, and all manner of diseases were healed by the power or virtue of this name, in the infancy of Christianity; as we read in the histories of the Acts of the apostles. Such power is there in the name of a God in Christ, that when prayers and petitions are put up to heaven with this name upon them, they prevail and obtain any thing : “ Whatsoever ye fhall ask the Father in my name, I will give it,” John xiv. 13. 14. Mark vii. 26. &c.
4. His name in Christ is a most helpful and saving name: “ Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth.” If a poor foul can but, by the eye of faith, read the name of God in Christ, immediately he reads his own falvation in it: If. xlv. 22. “ Look unto me, and be ye saved :" Why, how comes this about? “ For I am God, and there is none else." It takes every burden off the back
to see this name in Christ; Psal. xxxiv. 5. “ They looked unto him, and were lightened ;” and no wonder, for whenever God's name is taken up as in Christ, it is seen to be “the God of peace.” God in Christ is a “ God reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.”
5. His name in Christ is a wonderful and a secret name : “ His name shall be called Wonderful ;” and why wonderful, but because the “child born unto us," and the “ son given unto us," is called “ The mighty God, The everlasting Father ?” It is so wonderful and mysterious, that it is just a secret which the world cannot conceive aright of, and cannot frame to pronounce it: God in a crucified Christ is “ to the Jews a stumbling-block, and to the Greeks foolishness." And even they that have it manifested to them in a saving way, it is such a sea cret and wonderful name, that they are ready to cry with Agur, “ What is his name, and what is his fon's name, if thou canst tell ?” Prov. xxx. 4.
6. His name in Christ is a sweet and a favoury name; it is like “ ointment poured forth” to a poor soul that takes it up in a way of believing. And the reason of this is, because whenever a finner is enabled to read the name of God in Chrift, he sees him to be his own God : as we fee in Thomas, whenever he took him up in a proper light, he immediately cries out, “ My Lord, and my God;" according to that of Christ, “ I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God.”
7. It is a holy and reverend name : “ Holy and reverend is his name:" and they that know it, will fonctify it in their hearts, and make him their fear, and their dread. So holy is this name, that it sanctifies the soul that knows it, and kills indwelling corruption; and no wonder, for "he finishes transgression, and makes an end of sin."
8. It is a dreadful and terrible name to all the devils, the wicked and unbelieving world. The devils fall a trembling at the name of a God in Christ; his work is to “ bruise the head of the serpent, to spoil principalities and powers.” And this name, however despised and rejected by the wicked now, yec the day comes, when, at the sight of him, they will cry to the rocks and mountains to cover them.
9. It is a durable and everlasting name: “ His name Chall endure for ever, his name shall last like the sun.” As his name is “ from everlasting," so it will be " to everlasting God." Thus you see some of the excellent properties and qualities of the name of God as it is in Christ.
Exod. xxii. 21.-My name is in him.
THE SECOND SERMON ON THIS TEXT.
THE third thing in the method was, to inquire how is
I the name of God in Chrift, or after what manner is bis name in him? There seems to be something of a peculiarity in the words. The power, wisdom, majesty, and greatness of God, is to be read in every work of his hands; thus, His name is great through all the earth, even among the Heathen world: but never was it said of any creature in heaven or earth, angel or archangel, patriarch, prophet, apostle, or saint, as it is here faid of Christ the Angel of the covenant, My name is in him. So that the name of God must be in Christ after another manner than in any other being. And therefore, for clearing this, I would have you to advert to the following particulars, which I take to be implied in the expression.
1. My name is in him, that is, it is wholly in him.' Some prints of my hand, fome draughts of my power, wisdom, holiness, may be found in others; but they are wholly in him ; the whole Deity or Godhead of the Father is in him; my whole essence and being, my whole power and wisdon ; my whole holiness and justice, goodness and truth, my eternity and omnisciency, they are as much in him as in myself; hence we are told, that " in him dwells all the fulness of the God. head bodily." onto V.
i will 2. The name of God is solely in him, and in-none other as it is in him, My name is in Lim, exclusively of all others. Hence we are told, that “ there is no name given under hea. ven, or among men, whereby to be saved, but by the name of Tefus.” And what is the reason of this? Because the name of God, viz, his saying helping name, is in him alone. "I am God, and there is none else;" and therefore, says he, #6 Look unto me, and be saved, all ye ends of the earth,” If. xlv. 22.
3. My name is in him originally. Some orthodox divines, when speaking of the Trinity of persons in the glorious God) head, are pleased to say, that the Father is the fountain of the Deity. I do not love that way of speaking; for I think the whole Deity, including the three persons, are their own fountain and original; and that the eternal generation of the Son, and procession of the Holy Ghosts are effential to the Deity;