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the year of my redeemed is come. Fie, as it were, anticipates the icene, and acts it over in his own heart before the time be fully come, he relishes it in his own mind, and rejoices in it, as come already, because now it was near at hand. Thus you see, that this text has a twofold aspect; it has a favourable and kindly aspect upon the redeemed of the Lord; but it has a frowning and terrible afpect upon the serpent and his feed. .
OBSERVE, "That as the year of the redeemed is the joy of the
great Redeemer ; so he has the stated time for avenging their
Method (through divine allistance) shall be this .
VI. Make it appear, that all this was, and still is, the joy of
1. The first thing is, to speak a little of the great and glorious Redeenter. And here I shall only answer, in short, two or three questions that may be asked anent him. And,
1. It may be asked, as the church doth in the ist verse, “Who is this that cometh from Edom and Bozrah, to avenge our quarrel, and let us free from the hand of our enemies?" It is fit, in this day of blasphemy and reproach in our valley of vision, to tell you, that our Goel, the avenger of our blood, is none other than “ God manifested in the flesh;' and every one that ever saw him, will be ready to cry out with Thomas, “ My Lord, and my God.” Who is he? say you. Sirs, I tell you, that he is the great God: Tit. ii. 13. “ Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” He is the true God: 1 John v. 20. “ He hath given us an understanding to know him that is true : and we are in him that is true, that is, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” He is God over all, blessed for evermore, Rom. ix. 5. He is the eternal God; for “his goings forth were of old, from ever. lasting.” He is the omnipresent God, who fills heaven and earth; for though he be ascended to heaven, and is to continue there, as to his human nature, till the time of the restitution of all things, yet he is fill here on earth, and every where as
to his divine : "Lo (says he) I am with you unto the end of the world.” He is the omniscient God, “I am he that searcheth the heart and the reins;" and he needeth not that any should testify of man, for he knoweth what is in man. He is the independent and self existent God, for he is the first, and he also is the last, Rev. j. 17. “He is before all things, and by him all things conlist; he is the beginning, and in all things he must have the pre-eminence, Col. i. 17. 18. He is the immutable and unchangeable God, without any variableness or shadow of turning; “ The heavens shall wax old as a garment, and as a vesture he shall change them, and they shall be changed : but he is the same, and of his years there is no end,” Heb. i. 12. Heb. xiii. 8.“ Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” He is the very same God, numerically one with the Father : “ I and my Father are one. · There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Spirit : and these three are one :” the same in substance, equal in power and glory. Now this is our Redeemer, “ This is our friend, O daughters of Jerusalem ;" this is he that “ speaks in righteousness, mighty to save.” O Sirs, see if ye can call him Lord in a way of believing, by the holy Spirit; for every tongue must confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord, to the glory of God the Father; however others may blaspheme him, as if he were only an inferior deity, let us ever think and speak honourably of him ; for “he is thy Lord, and worship thou him ;” and all men must honour him, as they honour the Fa. ther.
2. If it be asked again, what is the birth and pedigree of this Redeemer? from whom is he descended? I answer, “ Who can declare his generation ?” View him in his divine nature, “ He is the only begotten of the Father, the brightness of his Father's glory, and the express image of his person ;” and so like his Father, that he who hath seen him, hath seen the Father also. But as for the manner of his eternal generation who can declare it? It will remain an inexplicable mystery, till the day of glory declare it. View him as to his human nature, he is the promised seed of the woman ; the feed of Abraham, in whom all the nations of the earth are blessed; he is sprung of ancient kings, in the royal family of David ; in him David's family did terminate, in him David's throne and kingdom is to be perpetuate for ever. But if you still ak, How was he generate as man? I answer, even as to this, “Who can declare his generation ?” This also is a mystery ; for, like Melchizedek his type, he is without father as to his human, and without a mother as to his divine nature. All that we can tell you about this, is only, that he was conceived by
the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the virgin Mary, and born of her without sin. Thus you fee what is the birth and pedigree of our glorious Redeemer. O Sirs, you need not be ashamed to own him, for he is the credit of all his kin, he is the credit of his father's family, for his Father glories in him, and Thews him in a way of triumph and gloriation to the wide world, crying, Is. xlii. 1. “ Behoid my servant whom I uphold, mine elect in whom my soul delighteth:” and if he be the credit of his Father's family, much more is he the cre. dit of Adam's family; in him the human nature recovers its crown of glory and dignity to a vast advantage, which was loft by the lin of our first parents; and “ in him shall all the feed of Ifrael be justified, and shall glory."
3. If you ask again, with relation to this Redeemer, the avenger of our blood, How is he called, what is his name? I answer, as the Angel did unto Manoah, Judg. xiii. 18. “ Why alkeft thou after my name, seeing it is secret?” or wonderful as in the margin. It is like the white stone, and new name, that no man knows, but he that is taught of God; for Beth and blood cannot reveal it, but only our Father which is in heaven. However, the Spirit which fearcheth all things, yea, even the deep things of God, has given us some hints of his names, every one of which is like ointment poured forth to them that can read and understand them in the light of the Spirit.
ist, Then, his name alone is JEHOVAH, Most High over all the earth : Jer. xxiii. 6. “ This is his name whereby he shall be called, JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU, The Lord our righteousness." ** Well may we call him by that name, when the angels, the cherubims and seraphims of the higher houfe, who stand conţinually in his presence, cover their faces with their wings, when they fee him upon his throne, high and lifted up, cryo ing, “ Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts, JEHOVAH. ZABAOTH: These things fpake Esaias, when he saw his glory," John xii. 41. compared with Is. vi. 3.
2dly, Another letter of his name you have, Exod. iii. 14. “ Go (fays he unto Moses), and tell them, I am hath sent * me unto you, I AM THAT I AM;" which is just an explica cation of the name JEHOVAH, and says, that he is the very fountain of all being and bleffednefs, that is, self-existent in dependent God, who hath faithfulness for the girdle of his reins, and truth for the girdle of his loins. And that he who appeared unto Mofes by this name, is none other than Christ the glorious Melliah, is clear, by comparing that passage with Acts vii. 32.
3dlly, His name is Immanuel, God with us, Matth. i. 23. He not only a God in our nature, but God on our fide, God
avenging our quarrel. But if the Lord of hosts be with us, and the God of Jacob our refuge, what have we to fear? ☆ Fear not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed, for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousnefs.".
Athly, His name is, The Word of God: Rev. xix. 13. “Hehath his velture dipt in blood, and his name is, The Word of God.” He is the Alpha and Omega of the written word; all the lines of the Bible centre in him. And as a man gives his command by his word; so by this Word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth. As a man brings out the thoughts of his heart by his words ; so by Christ, the eternal counsels of the heart of God
auent our redemption are opened and brought unto light, før 1 he it is that opens the book, and looses the seven seals thereof.
stbly, His name is, The King of kings, and the Lord of lords : and this name is written upon his thigh and his vefture, - Rev. xix. 16. All the powers of the earth are but his vallals, i for he is “ the Prince of the kings of the earth : By me kings.
reign, and princes decree justice.". But what do I speak of the - powers of the earth, for the powers of heaven bow at the
name of Jesus ? He is the head of all principality and power, and might and dominion, and every name that can be named,
whether in this world, or that which is to come. Many other to names he gets in fcripture, which I cannot now stand upon,
His name is “ Jesus, a Saviour ;' his name is “ Messiah, or Christ the anointed;" his name is “ The Lamb of God, who taketh away the fin of the world;" his name is “ The Branch of the Lord, who is beautiful and glorious ;" his name is, “ The Shepherd of Israel, who leadeth Joteph as a flock;" his name is the Prince of life, the Plant of renown.” See a cluster of his glorious names together, If. ix, 6. “ Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given : and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counfellor, The mighty God, the everlasting Fam ther, The Prince of peace.”—Thus you see what is our great Redeemer's name, or how he is called. .
4. What are his qualities as a Redeemer ?
Answ. ift, He is a chosen Redeemer : If. xlii. 1. He is mine elect. He was chosen as the only fit person in heaven or earth, for managing that great undertaking of our redemption : “ Į was set up,” says he, “ from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was." And God the Father, we find him glorying in the choice, Psal. lxxxix. 19. “ I have laid help upon one that is mighty : I have exalted one chosen out of the people. I have found David my servant," O Sirs, let the Father's choice be your choice also.
· 2dly, He is a strong and mighty Redeemer : “ I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. I have laid help upon one that is mighty.” He is the true Samson, that carries away the gates of our fpiritual prison, and who llays our spiritual enemies heaps upon heaps, with weapons which, to us, would ap· pear' as unsuitable as the jaw-bone of an ass, for “ through
death he deffroyed him that had the power of death." ; i zdly, He is a Redeemer of great authority; for “ he rules in Jacob, and to all the ends of the earth.” The government is laid upon his shoulder ; not only the government of the church, but the government of the world, for the church's sake; “ he hath given him to be head over all things to the church.” His authority is absolute; for “ he doth whatever pleases him in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth.” His authority is irresistible ; every creature must bow unto him”; he “ strikes through kings in the day of his wrath." His authority is perpetual; for “his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and of his dominion there is no end." : : 4thly, He is an opulent and wealthy Redeemer. He was fully capable to redeen the inheritance for his poor kindred; and whatever justice demanded of him, he told it down to the uttermoft farthing. O Sirs, our Goel, our kinsman, is the Heir of all things, all the immense treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid in him ; unsearchable riches, all the pleni. tude of the Deity dwells bodily in him.
5thly, He is a matchless and incomparable Redeemer. He is not to be paralleled among all the inhabitants of the higher or lower house. He has obtained a more excellent name than men or angels : “ As the apple-tree among the trees of the wood.” Matchless in his person as Immanuel ; matchless in his perfections, being “ the brightness of his Father's glory:"" inatchless in his love, for he died out of love to his very eneinies; his love made him wade through the deep ocean of his Father's wrath ; yea, like Jonah, to cast himself into the sea of vengeance, that we might not be swallowed up in it for ever.
6thly, He is a resolute and courageous Redeemer. He was not afraid to encounter all the powers and armed legions of hell; no, no, The day of vengeance, says he, is in mine beart: he fet his face like a Aint against the storm of his Father's wrath, and of the rage of men and devils that blew directly in his face, when he came upon the work of our redemption; he did not faint nor was discouraged, till he had set judge.' ment in the earth; he came from Edom and Bozrah, travel.
gia the greatness of his strength, saying, “ I will tread