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rael, and in infulting Ifrael's God, for a confiderable time, till the cry of Israel goes up to heaven, and then at length he trains Pharaoh and his army out to the Red sea in pursuit of Israel, triumphing and rejoicing all the way, saying, “ I will pursue, overtake, and divide the spoil;" and Ifrael at the same time brought to the last extremity; and then he steps in, and makes the Red sea a gibbet for the public execution of the enemy. “ For this cause I have raised thee up, to fhew my power in thee, and that my name might be manifested,” &c. Many such stratagems of war are with him; and therefore let no man's heart fail him, because of the power or multitude of Christ's enemies, or the lowness of his cause.
Inf. 4. See hence noble encouragement to all to confess and own Christ before the world, and to bear and wear his name on our foreheads before all the world; why, because his Father's name is in him ; and therefore we need not be ashamed of him, or of his truths, his ways, his people, his prerogatives, his interest. His Father is not ashamed of him; his name was in him, even when hanging ignominiously upon the cross between two thieves ; and therefore let not us be ashamed of him, even when he and his cause is run down by all about us. Sirs, no man was ever a loser by owning Christ or his interest. “He that confeffes me before men, him will I confefs before my Father, and before his angels.” Perhaps you may lose your houses or land; yea, your very lives, in owning and confessing his name; but what the matter of all that? “He that loses his life,” for this cause “ shall find it.” The very
“ reproach of Christ is greater riches than all worldly trea· sures.”
Inf. 5. See hence the dignity and excellency of a Redeemer's person, and why he is so precious and valuable in the eyes of all that know him, and look on him by the eye of faith : “To you that believe he is precions." Why, his Father's name is in him ; his being, his glory, his will, his authority, and all his perfections are in him. No wonder though the church militant and triumphant cry, "Worthy is the Lamb that was fiain," &c. No wonder to hear the church crying, “ Thou art fairer than the children of men, more glorious than all the mountains of prey. My Beloved is white and ruddy : his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars: his mouth is most sweet; yea, he is altogether lovely. Whom have we in heaven but thee? and there is none in all the earth that we desire beside him.” I say, no wonder they make such ado about him, seeing they read his Father's name, yea, the " brightness of his glory" in him. Let the world say of Christ what they will, he will be valued by all that know him.
Inf. 6. See hence whence it was that the pleasure of the Lord prospered in the hand of our Redeemer, I mean, the great undertaking of man's redemption : although hell and earth, and the curse of a broken law, were against him, though the fiery mountains of his Father's wrath were in his way; yet he went on steadily in the undertaking, did not faint, nor was discouraged, till he could say, “ It is finished.” Why, the reason was, his Father's name was in him, the very power and perfections of God were in him. And therefore he could not but prosper. God the Father was not only bound by promise, but bound by honour to support his own name that was in him. To this purpose, sve Pial. lxxxix. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24.
Inf. 7. See hence the prevalency of Christ's intercession for his people in heaven, and whence it is that the prayers of the faints, that are sent up in the name of Christ, pass through before the throne of God; why, the name of God is in our " Advocate with the Father," and therefore he cannot but prevail. God the Father sees his own name in him; and when he reads his own name in him, he can deny him nothing, and can deny nothing that is asked in his name. It is a strange way of speaking that Christ has to his disciples, when he is encouraging them to the duty of prayer, John xiv. 13. 14. “Whatsoever ye thall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it:" plainly intimating, that the name of the Father is glorified in the Son, when we pray in his name, and when these prayers that are put up in his name, are granted and answered. Set the name of Christ before you when you go to God in prayer, set it in the front of all your petitions and addresses, and they will surely get a hearing, and prevail; for Christ will own and present these petitions that come up in his name to the Father, and the Father will not reject the interceflion of Christ in our behalf, because his name is in him.
Inf. 8. See hence what honourable and excellent persons the faints of God are, however little they may be valued by a wicked and blind world ; why, as the Father's name is in Chrift, so Christ's name is in them, and consequently the name of God is in them: Rev. iii. 12. “ I will write upon them the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God: and I will write upon them my new naine, that no man knows, but he that receives it.” So that I fay, the saints must be very excellent persons : yea, the s'excellent ones of the earth, more excellent than their neighbours," because they have the name of Christ, and the name of the Father of Christ in them and upon them. Indeed the world cannot read this name of God that is on the saints, and therefore they despise them, and account them as the “ dross and off-scourings of the earth, and perhaps prefer the man with the gold ring and the gay clothing to them; and many times the saints cannot see it themselves ; but the day comes, when all the dust and rub. bish whereby this name that is upon them is obscured, shall be wiped off, and men and angels shall read it on them in le. gible characters: 1 John iii. 2.“ Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be : but we know, that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we Thall see him as he is."
Inf. 9. See hence how faith goes to work in laying claim to God, as our own God in Christ. Why, here it is : My name or nature is in him, says God: Well, says faith, my name and na. ture is in him too; and therefore God and I are met together in him, in sweet peace, amily, and friendship. . Oh the encou. Tagement of faith in God that lies in that sweet name “ Emmanuel, God-nian, or God with us !" Oh! says the Father, I trust him, for my nature is in him : Oh! says the believer, my nature is met with the nature of God in him, and therefore I will trust him too. My fulness, “all the fulness of the Godhead,” is in him, says the Father : And my stock, my all, is in him, says the believer. My life is in him, fays God: And my life is in him too, says the believer, “Our life is hid with Christ in God." My glory is in him, says the Father : And he is my glory too, says the believer, “ In him Thall all the feed of Israel be justified, and thall glory.” Oh the sweet meeting and centering between God and the believing soul in Chrift! Oh Sirs! wonder and admire at this meeting, that our name is met with the name of God in Christ: here is a brighter crown of glory put upon our head, than ever did shine upon the head of Adam in innocence: yea, the highest angel or archangel has not such a title of fibness to the name of God, as the meanet member of Christ upon the earth.
Inf. 10. See hence what good rtafon to record his name, by preaching the gofpel, and administrating the sacraments of his institution, and why every gracious soul loves so much to hear of the name of Christ, and to speak of it; why, it is no wonder though they that know him flock and resort to these ordinances where his name is recorded; no wonder though miniiters and Christians Itudy to causc his name to be remembered in all generations; why, his Father's name is in him, and "iberefore they cry, “Let his name endure for ever, and let his
name last like the sun, for men shall be blessed in him, and all generations shall call him bleiled.”
Inf. 11. This doctrine may serve as a mythe or directory both to ministers and people, how to steer an even and steady course in this dark, divided, and cloudy day, when some are saying, Lo, he is here, and others, Lo, he is there ; some saying, This is the way, others, That is the way; some saying, There men should come in to the church, and join her judicatures, others crying, No, it is duty to continue in a secellion. This doctrine serves to thew what we are to do in such a distracted day; why, we are neither to regard the cries on the one lide or the other, but to look to him who has his Father's name in him, who has the Urim and Thummim in his breast, and to follow him : “ Behold I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people ;" and therefore let the people follow their leader. The great inquiry at chis day should be, Where stands the standard-bearer among ten thousands ? where stands the name of God, and testimony of Jesus ? for where that stands there we are to stand. If judicatories be holding the reformation-standard of Christ, we are to hold with them ; but if they be pulling down the reformation-standard, we are to stand off from them, as we would not partake of their plagues.
Exod. xxiii. 21.- My name is in himi
THE THIRD SERMON ON THIS TEXT.
I TSE second may be of Trial. What knowledge or acquaint
ance have you of him that has his Father's name in him ? Has he, either at this occasion, or formerly, manifested his own and his Father's name unto you, as he speaks in that forecited John xvii. 6. “ I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gaveft me out of the world ?” Take the following marks, whereby you may know this.
1. If so, then his name will have a sweet savour and relish in your very fouls, so that you will eat it, and it will be to you "the joy and rejoicing of your hearts : Because of the favour of thy good ointments, thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.” Oh Sirs ! how goes the name of Christ away with you? You that are contented with
dry fapless harangues of morality, and the airy flourishes of human rhetoric, pleased with sermons wherein scarce any thing of the name of Christ is to be found ; you never yet had his name or his Father's name manifested to you, ye are ftrangers to it; for to them that know his name, that sermon, that ordinance, that communion, where the name of Christ is not recorded with honour, it is unfavoury, to them tasteless like the white cf an egg, in which there is no relish.
2. You will frequently think on his name with pleasure, , and roll it as a sweet morsel under your tongue. Oh! says David, “ My meditations of him are sweet, and I will be glad in the Lord: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night. watches, my soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and with fatness.” It is given as a character of the saints, especially in an evil day, that “they feared the Lord, and thought upon his name,” Mal. iii. 16. and Il. xxvi. 8. “In the way of thy judgements, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee."
3. You will be often speaking to the commendation of his name, and of his Father's name that is in him. Oh! will the foul say, that I had a tongue like a trumpet, that could sound through all the corners of the universe, to proclaim the glory and excellency of his name; “ Now bleffed be his glorious name for ever and ever; and let the whole earth be filled with his glory." And you will be ready fometimes to call in the whole powers of your soul to “ bless his holy name," and to summon “ angels that excel in ftrength, and all his ministers that do his pleasure, and all his works in all places of his dominions,” to help you to celebrate the glory of his worthy name.
4. If you be acquainted with the name of God as it is in Christ, you will make much use of that name in all your addresses to God, and you will lay the only stress of your accepta ance upon that name; when you offer up either prayers or praises to God, you will set the name of Chrift before you, and the name of God in him, as that which will bear you through, and render you accepted; Eph. i. 6. “He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.” Heb. X. 19-22. you see there that it is in the name of our great New Testament high priest, that we are to draw near with full assurance of faith.” See Heb. iv. at the close. Now, try yourselves by this, whether you be acquainted with the name of God in Chrift; when you go about any duty, whether it be praying, praising, communi. cating, or whatever it be, you will do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, to the glory of God through him.