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eternal life: and this life is in his Son,” | John v. 11. and in the last verse of the chapter fave one, “ We are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life ; and he that hath the Son, hath life.” The name of God as in Christ, it works wonders among the dead ; let but this name be manifested to a poor soul dead in trespasies and sins, immediately it is quickened, the spirit of life enters into it. Oh! Sirs, how comes it about that there lie such a multitude of dead souls like dry bones in the valley of vision, notwithstanding of a clear dispensation of the gospel? Why, the matter is, though the name of Christ, and of God in him, be externally, manifested or revealed, yet they never to this day took up the name of God in the light of the Spirit, or by faith of the Spirit's operation'; and therefore it is, that they that are dead remain dead still, and they that are filthy remain filthy still. But though the unbelieving ignorant world should never know this name, yet there is life in it to them that know it ; a life of justification to the soul that is condemned by the law ; a life of sanctification to them that are perishing under the power and pollution of fin ; a life of consolation to them who through pressures of divine terrors are laid in the lowest pit, in darkness, and in the deeps; a life of eternal glory to them that should have died the second death, and been “ punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and the glory of his power.”
3. There is peace in the name of Christ, and of God in him. God in Christ is a “ God of peace," committing to us a word of reconciliation ; hence one of the famous titles of Christ is “ The Prince of peace :” he is our peace with God, for he 6 makes peace by the blood of his cross: When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” He makes peace with conscience, by sprinkling his blood upon it; let but the name of Christ be manifested to a soul distracted with the terrors of a guilty conscience, imme. diately the storm is hushed into a pleasant calm. And by the manifestation of this name, peace is made up between man and man; the name of Christ displayed in its power'makes the « wolf to dwell with the lamb, and the leopard to dwell peaceably with the kid." What is it that creates such divifions among us at this day ? the church is rent, the state is rent, judicatories are rent, congregations are rent, families are rent, the hearts of ministers rent from their people, and the hearts of the people rent from their ministers, town council and corporations rent, and run into different parties: why, the name and glory of a God in Chrift, which is the centre of peace and love, is departed ; little of Christ, or of his cause
and interest, is before our eyes, “ every one minding his own things, but few the things of Christ :" and I despair ever to see either our kirk or state divisions settled; till the name and glory of Christ, and his cause and interest, come to be greater in our eyes, than any private views or interests of our own.
4. Redemption and remiffion of fin is in his name; hence called *“ the Redeemer :" If. lix. 20. “ The Redeemer shall come to Zion." We are said to “ have redemption in his blood, even the forgiveness of sin.” He is the Lord, “ pardoning iniquity, transgression, and fin.” Whenever he manifests, his name savingly unto a poor soul, crying, “ Mine iniquities are gone over my head, as a burden too heavy for me to bear;" the poor soul can read pardon of its sin, and sing with David, Psal. ciii. - Bless the Lord, O my soul : and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Who pardoneth all thine iniquities : and who redeems thy life from destruction."
5. There is not only remiffion of fin, but a law-magnifying and justifying righteousnefs in his name : Jer. xxiii. 6. “ In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell in safety: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord our Righteousness.” And, Oh! whenever this name of his is read with the application of faith, saying, as If. xlv. 24. “ In the Lord have I righteousness;" the man begins to rejoice and glory in his name, saying, as Il. lxi. 10.“ He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, and covered me with the robe of righteousness.” The poor condemned sinner, that was trembling before the bar of his own conscience, begins to lift up his head, and say, “Who can lay any thing to my charge? It is God that justifieth : who is he that condemneth ?" Chrift is the end of the law, and through him the righteousness of the law is fulfilled; for he was " made sin for us, who knew no fin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
6. Health or healing is in his name: Exod. xv. 26. “ I am the Lord that healeth thee, JEHOVAH-ROPHI.” Mal. iv. 2. “Unto you that fear my name, shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.” By this name the eyes of the blind were opened, the ears of the deaf unstopped, the Jame man made to leap like an hart, and the tongue of the dumb to Ging. Let this name b but whispered into the heart by the Spirit, or let it be but called upon by faith in prayer, it will make the bones which were broken to rejoice. All soul maladies and diseases evanish before it. “He fent forth his word,” which is in his name, “and healed them.”
7. There is shelter in a stormy day in his name: “ The name of the Lord is a strong tower." When storms and tempests are blowing, the believer, when he gets this name over his head, he can sing and say, “In the floods of great waters, they shall not come near unto me, for the Lord is my refuge, and my strength, and a very present help in time of trouble; there. fore I will not be afraid,” Psal. xlvi. This name is the “ strength of the poor, and the strength of the needy in his distress, a ren fuge from the storm, a thadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. I will lay me down in peace, and sleep, for thou, Lord, makest me to dwell in safety. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of the people, who fet themselves against me round about.”
8. There is honour and preferment in his name:Psal. xci. 14. " I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.” Whenever this name is manifested to a soul, it gets a name and a place within God's house, better than of fons and daughters among men; and hence it is, that the "righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: Ever since thou wait precious in my fight, thou haft been honourable,” If. xliii. 4. In a word, not to multiply particulars here, salvation is in the name of our God in Chrift: “ Our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord do belong the issues from death.” And whenever a poor soul by faiih reads the name of God in Chrilt, it is capable to read its own salvation, and to fing, as ll. xii. 2. 3. “Behold, God is my falvation: I will trust, and not be afraid ; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song, he also is become my salvation. And therefore with joy will I draw water out of the wells of salvation." Thus you fee what matter of joy and gloriation there is in the name of God as it is displayed in Chrilt; and therefore let us rejoice in this name, and glory in it all the day long.
The third thing in this use, was to tell you of the proper seasons of glorying and triumphing in this name that our Immanuel bears. Answ. We should glory in this name " al} the day long : While I have a being, I will bless the name of the Lord,” says David. “ Thanks be unto God, which always causech us to triumph in Christ.” I wiil only instance two or three particular seasons proper for it.
1. Whenever we draw near to God in any duty of worship, we should set it before us, and glory in it as the foundation or our acceptance in his prínce. When you go to prayer, or praise, or to read or lear the word; whatever ve do, either in word or in deed, do all in tire one of the Lord Jesus; go about the durv sisrying in this name, and it will make you and your duties 20.epied, ant you to rejoice to work righte
obsness, ousness, and to remember the Lord in his ways, saying with David, Pfal. xliii. 4. “I will go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy."
2. When you go about duty wancing a' frame ; for it is not your frame, but his name that muft bear you through before God. Or when you have win to any thing of a frame or en. largement, or got duty comfortably discharged, then is a proper season for glorying in this name ; for the wicked legal heart is then reaùy to sacrifice unto its own net, and to burn incenfe unto its own drag. Let us learn to say, when we have win to our highest frames or enlargements, “ Not unto us, not unto us, but unto thy name be the glory: Not I, but the grace of God in me.”
3. When his name is flighted and disparaged by a blind world round about you, then is a proper season for glorying in this name. When the daughters of Jerusalem are uttering themselves slightly concerning Christ, saying, “What is thy beloved more than another beloved ?" Cant. v. 9. this quickens the spouse's zeal for his glory and honour, and makes her run out in his commendation; and when she is done, she con. cludes with a holy boasting of him whom they disparaged, faying, “This is my beloved, and this is my friend, o daughters of Jerusalem."
4. When you are damped through the prevalency of indwelling fin, then glory in this name : so did Paul, Rom. vii. 24. he is crying, “ Wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of fin and death !” but immediately he views the name of a reconciled God in Chrift, and then he gets up his heart, and cries, “ I thank God through Jesus Chrift: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” And so he goes on triumphing in this name through the whole of the 8th chapter.
5. When you are pressed upon by the temptations and fiery darts of Satan, then glory and rejoice in this name; for if in the name of a God in Christ you set up your banner against the devil, he will fly before you ; he is not able to hear tell of the seed of the woman that bruised his head.
6. When you are surrounded with the dark and black clouds of defertion, then study to glory and rejoice in the name of a reconciled God in Christ. When we walk in darkness, and see no light, we are to trust, and rejoice, and glory in the name of the Lord, and stay ourselves upon him as our God; this will fill us with “joy unspeakable and full of glory;" and no wonder, for when by faith the soul reads this name, it cannot miss to read a reconciled God in it. 7. G!cry in this name, even in the face of death, and of an
awful tribunal. Oh Sirs ! this name will bear you through death, for by it death is destroyed, and the grave vanquished. Set the name of Christ before you, and Jordan will divide, and the way to the land of promise will be patent and open :'carry this name with you in before a tribunal, and you shall meet a friend upon the bench, who will say to you, “ Come, thou blessed, and inherit the kingdom prepared for thee from the foundation of the world.” Thus you see fome seasons when we are to glory in this name.
The fourth thing upon this use, was to obviate some objections, or remove fome difficulties that lie in the way of this duty, of glorying in the name of God as it is manifested in Christ.
Object. 1. You bid me rejoice and glory in the name of a God in Chrift; but alas ! how can this bé, for the name of God is just my terror, “When I remember God I am troubled ?" I answer, I own indeed his law name, or his absolute name, is enough to terrify the strongest believer, or the faint of the highest magnitude, while any thing either of the guilt or filth of sin hangs about him ; but it is absolutely impollible that his name in Chrift can be a terror, but rather a comfort unto any linner on this side of hell. Can the name " merciful or gracious," can the name, “ Lord pardoning ini: quity, the God of salvation," be a terror ? No, it cannot be. So that when thou sayest thou art troubled at the remembrance of the name of God, it is plain thou art reading his abiolute name, or his name not in Christ, but out of Christ : and therefore look again toward his holy temple, and view him upon the mercy.seat between the cherubims, and thou thalt see his name to be, « The consolation of Israel.”
Object. 2. How can I glory in his name, for alas ! I fear I do not know this name of a God in Chrift, “I am more brutish than any man, I have not the understanding of a man; I have not learned this wisdom, nor have I the knowledge of the ho. ly?" Answ. If this be really the exercise of thy soul, it is an evidence thou hast been at the school of Christ, for feif denial is the first lesion that he teaches all his Tcholars. · Whenever the name of Christ is revealed unto a soul, its own name, its own knowledge, attainments, righteousness, strength, and all evanith, and go as clean out of the man's-light, as the twinkling stars in the firmament when the sun arises ; self hides its head when Christ is formed. And therefore, if this sense of ignorance of the name of Christ be accompanied with an earnest defire and longing of soul to be better acquainted with this name, it is a sign thou knowelt it, and fhalt " follow on to know it,' and tha: “his goings forth” to thy foul shall be prepared as