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5. If you be acquainted with the name of God asitis in Chrift, you will be ready to bow at or in the name of Jesus, and you will put equal honour upon him as upon his Father : “ For this is the will of him that sent him, that all men Mould honour the Son, even as they honour the Father; and to him every knee must bow, and every tongue shall confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Sirs, you entertain miltaken notions of the Deity, if you think that it is a slight put upon the Father, to give the same divine worship and homage to him as to the Father, for God the Fa. ther is glad when every knee bows unto Christ. And therefore try yourselves by this. God the Father says, “ Kiss the Son; hear him: He is thy Lord, and worship thou him.” Now, do you obey this command, do you trust in his name, do you glory in his name, and obey and honour the name of God in him.
6. You will be very tender of his name, you will functify it in your hearts, and make it your fear and your dread; you will be tender of his honour, when you hear his name profa. ned, Psal. xlii. 10. “ It is as a sword within my bones, while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?” tender of his laws, afraid of fin yourselves, and grieved when you see his laws broken by others; tender of his Spirit, afraid of grieving it; tender of his members and ministers that have his name upon them; tender of his house, and the concerns thereof will be dearer to you than the concerns of your own houses ; -" The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up,” says David; more concerned to see these thieves and robbers spoiling the house of God, than if you saw your own house riffaed before your eyes.
Use third of this doctrine shall be of Exhortation unto all in general, both to faints and sinners, both to communicants and others, in a few particulars. Is it so as you have been hearing, that the name of God is in Christ, in such a way and manner as has been explained ? Then,
Firf, See that you study to know the name of God in him. The knowledge of God in the works of creation and provi. dence, is the foundation of all natural religion; and the knowledge of the name and nature of God in Christ, is the foundation of the Christian religion : and therefore we find that commonly in scripture, the knowledge of God, and of his name, as it is revealed in Chrift, is put for all religion, John xvii. 3. " This is life eternal, to know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” 2 Cor. iv. 6. “ God wha commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath, Thined into our hearts, to give us the light of the knowledge of the VOL. II. Rr
glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ.” And therefore, Sirs, I would commend it to you above all things, to know this name of God, as it is revealed in Christ. Motive, It is reveal. ed in him on purpose that it may be known by the children of men God in Christ is just God “manifested, and manifested in the flesh;" and why is a thing manifested, but that it may be known ? the manifestation of it is vain, and to no purpose, except the knowledge of it be attained. Shall God manifest himself to us in Christ, and shall not we pursue the knowledge of him as he is in Chrift? It is the first commandment of the law, to know the name of God as it is in Christ, “ Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” i. e. thou shalt know and acknowledge me, as I have revealed myself in the person of my eternal Son. And till you obey this commandment, and know. this name of God in Christ, you can obey no commandment of the law to purpose ; and when you obey this one, you will surely obey all the commandments; when you come once to know God as he is in Christ, you shall know him as your own God, and so come at a saving interest in him. When he is ta. ken up as the God and Father of Christ, we take him up as our own God, and our own Father in Christ, and are enabled to cry with Thomas, “ My Lord, and my God;" agreeable to what Christ declares before he left this lower world, “I as cend to my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God.” If you come not at the knowledge of the name of God as it is in Christ, you shall know his name, as it is out of Christ, through all eternity. And Oh how terrible is his ab. solute name! it is “a consuming fire to the workers of iniqui. ty.” And therefore, for the Lord's fake, seek to know the name, of God as it is in Christ, the great Angel of the covenant.
Dire&t. 1. If you would know the name of God as it is in Christ, search for it in the volume of his book, for there it is revealed. Take heed to the word read and preached, “as. unto a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.” As a man's name and cha. racter is known by his testimonial, so Christ's name and character is to be known by the word, « for these are they that testify of him ;" and therefore “ search the scriptures” for his name, dig for it there as for a hid treasure.
2. Attend carefully upon the ordinances of his appointment, where you may have them dispensed in purity, by these that bear Christ's commission ; for there it is that his name and his Faa ther's name is recorded. As it is said of Paul, so it may be said of every faithful minister of Christ, “ He bears the name of Christ unto the Gentiles;" and the work of ministers, parti. cularly in the dispensation of word and sacrament, is just to
Blazon his worthy name, and to cause it to be remembered: many a sweet view of the name of Christ have the Lord's people got in the dispensation of the word, “it is Christ whom we preach, and there the saints do “ behold the beauty of the Lord.”
3. Haunt the company of those that know his name, for they are very ready to tell it to others. The woman of Samaria, John iv. whenever the read the name of God in Christ, she runs to her neighbours, and tells it to them, saying, “ Come see a man that has told me all things that ever I did : is not this the Christ ?” Many a poor soul has been brought to Christ by hearing of his name among these that knew him. The daughters of Jerusalem they hear the spouse speaking of the glory and beauty of her beloved, which makes them, Canta vi. 1. to say, “ Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou faireft among women ? that we may seek him with thee.”
4. With all these join earnest prayer to God, who has set his name in Christ, that he may few this name, even his own glory, in the face of Jesus Christ, unto you. Oh! plead the promise of the Spirit to testify of Christ, to take the glory of Christ, and shew it unto you; for it is a particular office of the Spirit, as a “Spirit of wisdom and revelation, to open the blind eyes," and to cause the soul to read the name of the Father in the Son, and he has promised his Spirit to them that alk him.
Exod. xxiii. 21. My name is in him.
THE FOURTH SERMON ON THIS TEXTO
SECONDLY, Another word of exhortation is to you that
know his name, to trust in it: Psal. ix. 10. “ They that know thy name will put their trust in thee.” How often are we exhorted in scripture to trust in the name of the Lord ? I[.1. 10. "They that fear the Lord, and obey the voice of his servant; let them trust in the name of the Lord, and stay themselves upon their God.” Oh Şirs ! is his Father's name in him ? then trust him and give him credit. It is promised, that "in his name shall the Gentiles trust ; that the Gentiles shall come unto his light, and kings to the brightness of his rising; to him Mall the Gentiles seek, and his relt shall be glorious."
Seeing God the Father has set him forth unto you Gentiles in a gospel-dispensation, saying, My name is in him, Oh ! trust in this name of the Lord, and stay upon him as your God.
This trusting in his name, it implies,
1. The knowledge of his name, for it is only they that knoro his name that will put their trust in him.
2. A persuasion of his authority and commission as the fent of God: for he glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.” Chrift did not run before he was called : “I the Lord have called thee, I will hold thine hand, and will help thee.” Now, faith receives Christ upon his Father's credit, upon the record of God concerning him, as his great ordinance for salvation; and this is a part of his Father's name here in. tended.
3. It has in it a persuasion of his power and ability to save, because his Father's name is in him. “ I have laid help upon one that is mighty : He is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by him.”
4. This trusting in his name, has in it a renouncing of all other refuges but the name of the Lord as in him. The foul, in trusting in his name, cries, “ Athur shall not save us, we will not ride upon horses, neither will we say any more to the works of our hands, Ye are our gods. In vain is falvation hoped for from the hills, or the multitude of mountains," &c.
5. It has in it an expectation of help and relief in this name : “ Our help is in the name of the Lord,” in the name of a God in Christ, “ who made the heavens and the earth.” When we trust a man of honesty and fidelity, we expect that he will not betray us, but that he will do to us according to his promise.
6. A persuasion that he will do to the soul in particular according to his gracious word, and that for the sake of his name, faithfulness, and truth. Oh! says the soul, this word of his, which is " yea and amen in him," is the ground of my sure hope, and in it I will be confident; for “he is not man that he should lie, or the son of man that he should repent.” Thus you see what it is to trust in his name.
Quest. For what would you have us to trust in his name?
Answ. 1. Trust him with the government of the world in this dark and cloudy day, in which the nations are shaking and staggering like a drunken man ; for his Father has lodged the reins of the world's government in his hand; and if his Father has committed that trust to him, you have no reason to
fear, though heaven and earth were mingling; for all power in heaven and earth being in his hand, he will bring all to good account.
2. Trust him with the government of his church, for “he rules in Jacob, he is King in Zion ;” by his Father's appointment, the government is upon his shoulders. His Father has hung upon him all the glory of his house, as upon a “ nail fastened in a sure place.” The offspring and the issue hang upon him; the vessels of the smallest quantity, even from the vefsels of cups, to the vessels of flagons. The servants of the house may misplace the vessels, disorder the house; but no fear, he will bring all to rights in his own time and way; though before he do this he may come in such an awful manner as to make all the house to tremble ; yet trust him, for “he is faith. ful in all his house ;" he has founded it upon a rock, and the gates of hell fhall not prevail, so as to destroy it.
3. Trust him with all your temporal cares and concerns. Perhaps you are ready to be filled with anxiety of mind in the present posture of affairs, and to say, Oh! what shall come of me and mine, if the Lord shall, for the fins of these lands, order the bloody sword that is raging abroad, to pass over and visit us? Why, trust him even in that case : “ For this man shall be the peace when the Allyrian shall come into our land.” This man shall be “ a hiding place from the storm, a covert from the tempeft, and as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." The name of God in him is “a strong tower; the righteous fly into it, and are safe." Oh! Sirs, trust him for your provision and protection, for he has said his people fhall “ dwell on high, the place of their defence thall be the munitions of rocks; your bread shall be given you, and your water shall be sure.” Psal. xxxvii. 3. “ Trust in the Lord, and do good, so Ihalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou thalt be fed.”
4. Crust him for all your spiritual and eternal concerns, for all that he is “ made of God unto us ; for he receives! gifts for men,” and he will not betray his trust. More particularly,
1, Trust him for wisdom and counsel in every dillicult case ; trust him for instruction in the knowledge of the great mysteries of the kingdom, and secrets of the covenant. “He opens the book, and looses the seven seals thereof." When you come into dark paths, where ye know not your way, trust him that he will lead the blind in the way they know not, for he is “ given for a leader and a commander to the people.” 2dly, Traft hina for peace and reconciliation, and for accept