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ance to your person and services through his everlasting righå teousness; for “ he hath brought in everlasting righteousness, he has magnified the law, and made it honourable, and the · Lord is well pleased for his righteouseness sake.”
3dly, Trust him for a supply of all your wants, supplies of light, supplies of life, supplies of strength and grace ; for “ all we out of his fulness do receive grace for grace; and when the poor and needy feek water, and there is none, and when their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Jacob will not reject them.”
Athly, Trust him for freedom from the temptations and fiery darts of the devil, for his Father's name is in him, which is the terror of hell, he has “ spoiled principalities and powers," and has said, that “ the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly."
5thly, Trust him for a. safe through-bearing at death, for * he was dead, and is alive, and lives for evermore, and hath the keys of hell and death;" and he has said, “I will ranfom them from the power of the grave, I will redeem them from death.”
Thus, I say, seeing his Father's name is in him, let him be the object of your trust in every case. And to encourage your trust in him, consider,
1. That it is for this end that his Father's name is in him as Mediator, that he may be the object of your trust. Oh Sirs ! God had been an eternal object of terror instead of trust, if he had not manifested himself to us in Christ as “ the Lord God merciful and gracious,” &c.
2. That it is the design of the whole scriptures, and of the whole of a gospel-dispensation, to bring finners to trust him, and saints to trust him better and more firmly : John xx. at the close, “ These things are written, that ye might believe in the Son of God, and believing,” or trusting, “ye might have life through his name."
3. It is the command of God that you trust in his name. It is not a thing optional, whether you do it or not as you please : no, you are concluded under the command of God to make him the object of your trust, even for your eternal salva. tion, 1 John iïi. 23. “ This is his commandment, that ye be
lieve in the name of the only begotten Son of God," &c. And remember that this commandment is fenced with an aw. ful penalty, that if you do it not, you are “ condemned already,” &c. . 4. Consider, that he himself, as well as his Father, requires your trust and confidence in his name : If. xlv. 22. “ Look unto me,” or trust in me, "all ye ends of the earth ;" for my
Father's name is in me, “ I am God, and there is none else.” And Oh! when a finner trusts him, he is well pleased, for “he taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy,” &c.
5. Consider the advantage that shall accrue to you by trusting him that has his Father's name in him.
1st, Stability in a shaking and trying day. When many on every hand of you are carried away with the wind of error, temptation, amiction, reproach, and persecution ; yet by trust. ing in this name, ye Mall be “ as mount Zion, which cannot be removed for ever :" your faith and hope, like an “ anchor sure and stedfast entering within the vail,” will keep you firm in all storms that may blow, either from heaven, earth, or hell.
2dly, Ye shall have the advantage of much inward peace when the world is reeling about you : “ He shall not be afraid of evil tidings : his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord." If. xxvi. 3. “ Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
3dly, Not only peace, but joy, is the fruit of trusting in this name which is set in Christ: “ I have trusted in thy mercy, I have rejoiced in thy salvation. In whom, though now we see him not, yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory.”
4thly, Ye shall be kept alive in famine, if you trust in this name. Sirs, there is a famine of the word of the Lord in many corners of this land, many of the Lord's remnant put sore to it for want of their ordinary meals ; set a wandering for the bread of life through violent intrusions, and otherwise: Well, in this case look to, and trust in the name of a God in Christ, and ye shall not want; he will lead you to the place where he causes his flocks to rest at noon. See a sweet promise to this purpose, Jer. xvii. 7. 8. Psal. xxxvii. 2.
Exod. xxiii. 21.—My name is in him.
THE FIFTH SERMON ON THIS TEXT.
I Proceed now to the third word of exhortation from the
text and doctrine. Is it so that the name of God is in our glorious Redeemer Jesus Christ? Oh then, Sirs, let us glory in his name, for " in him shall all the feed of Israel be justified, and shall glory,” If. xlv. 25. It is with a view to this manifestation that it is said, II. Ix. 18. ^ The Lord shall be thy everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.” And therefore let us read the name of God as our God in Christ, and rejoice and glory in it, whatever melancholy scenes may open in this lower world, whatever jars, and wars, whatever divilions or disasters; “ Though mountains should be removed, and cast into the midst of the sea, though the waves may lift up their voice and make a mighty noise;" though sword, famine, and pestilence, should travel through the land, and lay it desolate of inhabitants; yet here is “a river, the streams whereof makes glad the city of God.” The name of God is in Chrift, and his name in him is “ a God reconciling the world unto himself; not imputing their trespases unto them;" or, which is all one, his name in Christ is that which he proclaimed to Mofes, “ The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, pardoning iniquity, transgression, and fin;" and therefore let us rejoice in his name all the day long, Psal. Ixxxix. 16. or, as it is Psal. cv. 3. “ Glory ye in his holy name.” And that I may illustrate and clear this exhortation, which we find so much urged in the scriptures of truth, I Ihall,
1. Tell you what is implied in this rejoicing or glorying in his name,
2. Shew what there is in his name that may afford matter of joy and gloriation.
3. The proper seasons of this duty, or when it is especially that we are called to glory in his name.
4. Answer a few objections, or remove some difficulties that lie in the way, and which mar your joy in this name.
5. Offer a few advices how this duty is to be managed.
The first thing is to shew, what it is to rejoice and glory in the name of God, as it is displayed and manifested unto us in Christ ; or what it supposes and implies.
1. then, It supposes that the great name of God is manifesto ed to us in Christ, as matter of joy and gloriation. Hence no fooner was God actually incarnate, but immediately the angels (Luke ii.) proclaim it as a matter of triumph unto the thepherds : “ Behold, we bring you glad tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Oh Sirs! what matter of joy was it unto our first parents when the name of an incarnate God was displayed to them, Gen. iii. 15. “ The seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the ser pent?” This name immediately dispelled the dismal cloud of wrath that was hovering over their heads, and cleared the fly to them, and all their pofterity. And commonly the pro
phets under the Old Testament, when they begin to speak of the coming of the Meffias, and of the manifestation of the name of God in him under the New Testament, they call and invite the church to rejoice at the prospect of it; Zech. ix. g. “ Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem : behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having falvation.” 11. lxii. 11. “ Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold thy salvation cometh ; behold, his reward is with him, and his works before him.”
2. It supposes an uptaking of the name of God as it is ma. nifested in Christ, and an impression or ftamp of it made upon the soul by the Holy Spirit; “ The light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ, shines in upon the heart and the soul, by beholding the glory of it as through a glass, is changed into the same image, from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord." Sirs, The name of a God in Christ is manifested externally unto you all; but, alas ! few do really glory in his name. Why, what is the reason of it? The reason is, this name was never printed upon their hearts by the finger of the Spirit; they never read it by the eye of faith; the god of this world blinds the minds of them that believe not, least the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine into them.” So that, if ever you glory in this name, Christ, and the name of God in him, must be impressed upon your hearts, as Paul says of himself, “ It pleased God to reveal his Son in me."
3. It has in it a high eftimate and valuation of this worthy name ; for men do not glory in a thing which they make but little account of. Oh the superlative estimate that the belie. ver, the gracious soul, puts upon the name of Christ, or the name of God in him ! he looks on it as "a name above every name. Yea, doubtless,” says Paul, Phil. iii. "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ," &c.
4. It has in it a holy vaunting, boasting, and exultation of . the faul in him : Pral xxxiv. 2. “My soul (says David) shall make her boast of God :'the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.' Psal. xliv. 8. “In God we boast all the day long : and praise thy name for ever. Selah.” The man dare not boast of his riches, of his honour, of his ftrength, of his righteousness, of his works, of his grace, experience, attainments, holiness, and obedience, or any thing else; but his soul will boast in a God in Chrift, saying with lsrael, Deut.. xxxii. “ Their rock is not as our Rock, enemies themselves being judges :" or David, Pfal. xviii. 5. Who is God save the Lord ? Vol. II.
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The Name of God glorified in Chrift. or who is a rock save our God ?" who in Christ is God merci, ful and gracious. How often do we find Paul thus vaunting and making his boast in an incarnate God, and his doing and dying, “ God forbid that I should glory.in any thing: save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is cru. cified unto me, and I unto the world !" Oh! says he, “in this name will I glory : I can do all things through Christ strength.ening me.”
5. It has in it an earnest desire to have his glory raised, and the renown of this great name (if possible) spread through all the earth : Oh! says the foul, under this exercise, “ Let his name endure for ever, let his name. laft like the fun : Blefied be his glorious name for ever and ever; and let the whole earth be filled with his glory.” Thus you see what it is to rejoice and glory in the name of God as it is in Christ.
The fécond thing in this use, is to shew what there is in this name of God in Chrift, that affords such matter of joy, and gloriation? I answer, There is every thing in this name that can afford.relief to a sinner, or matter of joy and triumph unta a rational foul ; for, ..). There is light in this name; he is “ the Sun of righteousness, the light of the world, the day-spring from on high." Whenever he is revealed to a land, by the dispensation of the gospel, light arises there: “ The people which fat in darkness, saw great light: and to them which fat in the region and shadow of death, light springs up,” Matth. iv. 16. And when ever his name is savingly manifested to a soul, there is a die vine light diffused through all the nooks and corners of the heart, insomuch that the man that moment is called out of darkness unto God's marvellous light;" and Oh but this light is sweet, and " it is a pleasant thing for the eyes to behold the iun.” Oh Sirs ! cry, cry, that this name may be manifested unto you, so as it is not manifested unto the world, and let your cries to heaven be accompanied with a diligent attendance on his word read and preached, “as unto a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day (tar arise in your hearts; and wait for it, as they that wait for the morning, I say, more than they that wait for the morning; for whenever this name is displayed in its glory to the foul, it will make your heart to rejcice with the light that is in it; then “ the time of the singing of birds is come.”
2. There is life in this name, and this affords matter of joy and gloriation in it: John i. 4." In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” Yea, this is one of his famous titles, “the resurrection and the life, the way, the truth, and the "fe: This is the record of God, that God hath given to us