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your consent, for beauty is so excellent, that he is “ fairer than the children of men, his countenance is like Lebanon, and as the sun shining in his strength.” For wisdom he is so eminent, that he is “ the wisdom of God in a mystery, and all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid in him." For strength, he is “the man of God's right hand; whom he made strong for himself; he is the power of God, as well as the wisdom of God;" his arm brings salvation to finners in the room of the powers of hell. For birth and pedigree, he is God's“ first-born, made higher than the kings of the earth ;" he is, as to his divine nature, “ the only begotten of the Father," the only reprefentative of his Father's family, and all the glory of his Father's house hangs upon him ; and as to his human nature, you will see from his genealogy, Matth. i. that he is "the offspring of ancient kings,” of the royal family of David. For honour, he is equally honourable with the Father, and he " thinks it no robbery to be equal with God ;" he is the honourable head of all principality and power, might and dominion, and of every name that can be named, whether in this world, or that which is to come. For riches, he is "the heir of all things;" the riches of Solomon were but chaff and dross in comparison of that gold tried in the fire, that he will beltow in abundance upon his bride. For constancy in love, he "rests in his love, and changes not ;" his name is I AM, “ without any variableness or shadow of turning.” For life, he is immortal : other husbands die, and leave their wives melancholy widows ; but, O Sirs, your Kinsman lives for ever : "As the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.” It is true, he was once dead, and buried; but being the Lord of life and death, it was not possible that the bars of the grave could detain him ; no, no, though he was dead, yet now he is alive, and lives for evermore: death shall never break the marriage-knot between him and you; for he conveys immortality and life to his bride that moment she gives her consent to him, “ He that believeth in the Son of God, hath everlasting life.” Thus you see what a glo. rious, honourable, and excellent person our Kinsman, the Avenger of our blood, is, who offers to be married to you. O Sirs, who would not match with him, who would not reckon it their greatest honour to be brought under a marriage-relation to him ? :: Mot. 3. To encourage your consent to marry your Kinfman, . the Avenger of your blood, consider what he will do for you, and to you, if you will marry him ; he will restore to you what he took not away, and will do that for you which the law could Vol. II.

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sons of trusting in the Lord Jesus; but I prevented myself as to this in the use of confolation, and therefore shall not itay upon this head at present.

Thus I have endeavoured to give you some account of the nature of this trust in the Lord Jesus that I call you to, I have given you some warrants and encouragements to it, and told you of some seasons when more especially this trust is to be exercised; I fhall shut up this exhortation, by offering you a few helps to it, and I name only the few following

1. Be persuaded of the ruin and misery you have brought upon yourselves by fin, how you are enslaved to Satan, laid open to the curse of the law, and wrath of God, and every moment in danger of eternal damnation. Till folk be convinced and awa. kened, they never in good earnest fiee to the Redeemer, and the hope that is set before them.

2. Be persuaded of your Kinsman's good-will toward your relief, believe his oath, Ezek. xxxiii. 11. “As I live, faith the Lord God, I bave no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” We will never trust a man unless we be persuaded of his good will toward us. Now, Sirs, will you but consider what has been said of Christ in the doctrinal part, how he spent his own blood and life in avenging your quarrel, and see if you can doubt of his good. will to men upon their trusting in him.

3. Be persuaded of his ability to do your business. Although we be persuaded of a man's kindness, yet if he be weak and impatent, his weakness and inability weakens our trust, confidence, and expectation of relief from him. But now our blessed Avenger, he is none other than “the mighty God, able to save to the uttermoft, all that come unto God through him.”

4. Be persuaded of his veracity and faithfulness in his promise of help ; for if we have a jealousy of a man's faithfulness and honesty, it breaks our trust in him. Now, thy Kinsman, believer, he is “the Amen, the faithful and true witness ; faithfulness is the girdle of his loins, and truth is the girdle of his reins.” And his faithfulness appears in these things, he thinks before he speaks, all his promises are the results of his eternal purpose, his promise is the very picture of his thoughts, he doth not think one thing and say another; he cannot forget his promise, no he is ever mindful of his covenant, and therefore it is false that he hath forgotten to be gracious, as he promised : he cannot alter his mind as men do, they grant securities and then recal them, because they change their minds ; but not so here, he never yet brake his word, he is ay better than his word, but never brake it. By

being fully persuaded of these things, you shall be brought to an unshaken confidence, so as to believe without staggering, like Abraham the father of the faithful. So much for the fecond exhortation.

Is, Ixiii. 4. - For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the

gear, of my redeemed is come.

THE SIXTH SERMON ON THIS TEXT.

M Y third exhortation from this branch of the doctrine is

IV this, Is it so that Christ our glorious Kinsman has avenged our quarrel upon Satan and his auxiliaries? O then be exhorted to marry your blessed Kinsman, that has been so kind to us as to take an expedition against the powers of hell in order to our redemption. O Sirs, when Christ the glorious Messiah looked down from heaven, and saw us betrayed unto everlasting ruin by Satan, that grand Abaddon and Apollyon;

when he faw us in covenant with hell, and at an agreement · with death, lying under the curse of the law, and in the adul.

terous embraces of our lufts, his spirit within him warmed, and stirred with resentment against the enemy that betrayed us, he presently comes down and examines the matter, he convenes the old ferpent before him, and dooms him to destruction, saying, “ T'he feed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent.” As if he had said, O Satan, I will be avenged on thee for the injury thou hast done to the woman and her feed; I will take on the nature of man, and in his mature I will be thy ruin and destruction, and of all thy works. And accordingly in the fulness of time he comes with his heart fraughted with love to us, and vengeance against princi. palities and powers, spoils them on his cross; and after all, he having done the part of a kind Kinsman and Redeemer, he ifsues forth a proclamation and purpose of marriage, faying, as it is, Hof. ii. 19. 20. “I will betroth thee unto me for ever, yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgement, and in loving kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness, and thou shalt know the Lord." () Sirs, I come to you as a friend of the great Bridegroom, to court your confent unto the blessed bargain ; your Kinsman and Avenger of your blood, he is willing and desi. Tous to come under a conjugal relation to you; and therefore,

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o say the word, and say it with your hearts and tongues, " ! am the Lord's : I am his, and he is mine : This is my beloved, and this is my Friend and Kiņsman, O daughters of Jerusalem.”

Now, because we must deal with you as rational agents; therefore I will offer you some considerations to gain your confent to marry our blessed Kinsman.

Motive 1. Consider that it was for this end that he became our Kinsman, and took on our nature, that he might come un. der a nearer relation to us, even to betroth us to himself in the relation of a spouse and bride. Under the law the Jews were bound to marry one of their own tribe ; so the Son of God, that he might wed so with us, he became of the same tribe and family with us, took upon him the seed of Abraham, and not the nature of angels. The distance between the divine and human nature was so great, that there could be no marriage relation between God and man till the distance be removed, and the two natures be brought into a nearer union one with another. Well, to make way for this, the divine and human natures are joined in a personal union, God is mani, fested in the flesh : so that if you do not marry your Kinfman and Redeemer, you do what you can to defeat the design of his incarnation, and do your worst, to baffle that glorious plot, the very master-piece of Infinite Wisdom and Love. Olet the consideration of his stupendous condescen. fion in becoming of our tribe, nature, and family, win your consent to him.

Mot. 2. Take a view of our Kinsman's greatness and excel. lency. What shall I say of him ? Words fạil us, yea, thought and imagination fail us, when we begin either to think of fpeak of his excellency, who is a courtier of your affections, We would not know how to speak a word about him, if he had not by his Spirit in his word furnished us with proper expressions of his glory.' .' And indeed the words by which our ideas of him are to be formed, are such as raise our finite minds unto ecstaty, when viewed in a way of believing. O who is he, or what is he? “Who can declare his generation?" His very name is so great and glorious, that no man can frame to pronounce it aright but by the Holy Spirit. O Sirs, will you refuse to be married to your Maker and Redeemer, whole name is, “ The Lord of hofts, The mighty God, The ever. lafting Father, The Prince of peace, The brightness of the Father's glory, The bright and morning Star," in whole pre. sence all the Itars of created glory, whether in heaven or in earth, do hide their heads and disappear, as if they were afhamed to be seen beside him? Your Kinsman, who waits for

your your confent, for beauty is so excellent, that he is “ fairer than the children of men, his countenance is like Lebanon, and as the sun shining in his strength.” For wisdom he is so eminent, that he is " the wisdom of God in a mystery, and all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid in him." For strength, he is “the man of God's right hand; whom he made strong for himself; he is the power of God, as well as the wisdom of God;" his arm brings salvation to finners in the room of the powers of hell. For birth and pedigree, he is God's first-born, made higher than the kings of the earth ;" he is, as to his divine nature, “ the only begotten of the Father," the only reprefentative of his Father's family, and all the glory of his Father's house' hangs upon him ; and as to his human nature, you will see from his genealogy, Matth. i. that he is “ the offspring of ancient kings,” of the royal family of David. For honour, he is equally honourable with the Father, and he “thinks it no robbery to be equal with God ;" he is the honourable head of all principality and power, might and dominion, and of every name that can be named, whether in this world, or that which is to come. For riches, he is “the heir of all things ;" the riches of Solomon were but chaff and dross in comparison of that gold tried in the fire, that he will bestow in abundance upon his bride. For constancy in love, he "refts in his love, and changes not ;" his name is I AM, « without any variableness or shadow of turning.” For life, he is immortal : other husbands die, and leave their wives melancholy widows; but, O Sirs, your Kinsman lives for ever : "Aš the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.” It is true, he was once dead, and buried; but being the Lord of life and death, it was not possible that the bars of the grave could detain him; no, no, though he was dead, yet now he is alive, and lives for evermore: death shall never break the marriage-knot between him and you; for he conveys immortality and life to his bride that moment she gives her consent to him, “He that believeth in the Son of God, hath everlasting life.” Thus you see what a glorious, honourable, and excellent person our Kinsman, the Avenger of our blood, is, who offers to be married to you. O Sirs, who would not match with him, who would not reckon it their greatest honour to be brought under a marriage-relation to him ? · Mot. 3. To encourage your consent to marry your Kinfman, the Avenger of your blood, consider what he will do for you, and to you, if you will marry him; he will restore to you what he took not away, and will do that for you which the law could

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