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rot do, ant which the whole world of angels and men could pot do, but himself only.
11, Ile will restore the beautiful image of God upon you which was defaced through the contagious poison of the old srpent. Thou ar: become black like hell b; lying, among the devil's pots, of an Ethiopian hue; but if thou wilt marry thy Kinsman, he will make you beautiful through his own comelia ness, the beauty of the Lord thy God wil be put upon thee, fe that thou shalt be " like the wings of a dove, covered with Giver, and thy feathers with yellow gold.”
2d1;, li thou wilt marry thy Kinsman and Avenger, 0 finder, he will restore thy title to the loft and mortgaged in, heritance. Thou loft thy title that moment thy father Adam eat of the forbidden fruit, and by his sin thou art become an heir of hell and wrath ; but by consenting unto this better Ilusband, thy claim and title to the inhericance shall be set upon a better footing than it was at first; for thou shalt be "an heir of God, and a joint-heir with Jesus Chrift:" you know the wife by marriage is interested in her husband's estate ; la here.
3dly, As the foundation of thy title to the inheritance, he will restore to thee a perfect law of righteousness, whereby thou shalt be put in case to look all accusers and accusations in the face. Thou lost thy righteousness in the first Adam, but in Christ thy Kinsman thou comes to be clothed with the righteouluess of God. Adam's righteousness was his clothing and ornament, and so soon as ever he lost it, he and all his poneri. ty became naked; but thy Kinsman will array thee " with the garments of salvation, and with the robes of righteousness.;" Chrilt, he gives his bride her marriage-robe, she has not a rag of her own to cover her nakedness..
4:2lv, Marry, thy Kinsman, and he will clear all thy debts thou cuest unto the law and justice of God; for the power of pardon is in his hand, “I, even I am lie that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy fins."
5thly, He will heal all thy diseases and wounds. Thou art naturally lying in thy blood, like the man that fell into his enemies hands between Jerusalem and Jericho ; but if thou wilt take thy Kinsman for thy husband, he will heal all thy dil, cafc3; for his name is JEHOVAH Rophi, and at length he will present thee to his Father" without spot, wrinkle, or any such ihing."
6ihly, Marry thy Kinsman, and he will manage all thy.con. cerns for thee, whether in heaven above, or in the earth beneath. Halt thou any business at the high court above? Thy
Kinsman, Kiníman, he will manage that ; for he is "out Advocate with the Father.” Halt thou any affairs on earth wherewith thos art perplexed and entangled ? Thy Kinsinan will inanage these also for thee; for he has said, that " all things shall work together for good, to them ihat love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose ;" and he bids his spouse cast all her care upon him.
7thly, Marry your Kinfman, and he will provide you a large jointure. Although the spouse of Christ contract nothing withi him but debt, yet such is his liberal love to her, that he provides her in a whole kingdoni, “ I appoint unto yóú a king. dom, as my Father hath appointed unto me.” He pro. vides her in a jointure house, where he and the fall dwell for ever : "I go to prepare a place for you : In my Father's house are many manlions.” In a word; he makes over him. self and his whole fulness, which is more than heaven anil earth, and the fulness of both. O fhall not all this prevail with you to join hands with your Kinfman, the Avenger of your blood.
Met. 4. By way of motive, will you consider that the puta pose of marriage, on the part of this glorious Kinsmari; is intimated and proclaimed. We who are ministers, as friends of the Bridegroom, proclaim it as with found of trumpet upon the house-tops, in the tops of the high places of Zion. Bé it known to all men, that the Son of God, the Prince of life, the Lord of glory, is content to be wedded and married to every one of the posterity of Adam, that has a mind to join hands with him. O Sirs, will you counteract the marriage after proclamation ? · Mòt. 5. Consider, that the contract is drawn; I mean the contract of the new and better covenant, yea more, the Bridegroom of souls, the kind Imnianuel, he has in his own and his Father's name signed the contract with his precious blood, for his blood is the blood of the covenant; and by the Thed. ding of his blood, he has " confirmed the covenant with ma. ny;" yea, he has superadded his oath, that you might have
two immutable things to build your faith upon. And , morcover, the contract cf marriage, it is already attested by
the three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Spirit, who all give their joint teftimony unto the bargain.
Mot. 6. Consider, that this contract of the new covenant of grace and promise, it is indorfed to you, to let you know, it is no vicious intromission for you to put your hand to it in a way of believing :-“ To you is the word of this salvation sent : The prowise is unto you, and to your feed, and to all that are afar
off.”. T'he promise is left to you, and we that are ministers are sent to open the contents of it ; to tell you of its freedom, of its fulness; of its comely order and stability, and to lay it in broad band before you, requiring you to subscribe with the hand of faith, saying, “ I am the Lord's." ;
Mot. 7. Consider, that you have so far given your consent already to this glorious Kinsman, that he should be your Hufband, and you his spouse and bride, that you cannot retract syithout perjury and adultery. When a woman has given her hand to a man before witnesses, and said with her mouth, that the takes such a man for her husband, proming to be faithful to him unto death ; we reckon that woman married in the fight of the world, and it is not lawful for her to dispose of herself to another man, without being guilty of perjury in breaking the marriage-oath ; and if she join herself to another, the is an adulteress. Well, Sirs, thus far is the bargain gone between Christ and every one of you (I pray you consider it, for this is a matter of the greatest moment), you are already married unto Christ. You have consented to be his, and not another's, in baptism, you was then dedicated and devoted to him; and have you not many times made open profession of the name of Christ ? Do you not all own him as your Saviour, as your Prophet, Priest, and King, before the world ? Have you not been at a communion-table? Are you not called Christians after him, as a woman is called by the name of her husband? Well, do not all these make marriage between hint and you? Are you after all this at liberty to follow other lords and lovers? Iown indeed, that many, many multitudes in the visible church, go all these lengths, who yet are never married to him in their hearts, and who are joined to their idols inwardly. But whether you said it with your hearts or not, you have before the world professed, that he, and he only, Thall be your Lord, and that other lords shall not have dominion over you; and if your heart did not go along with your profession, you are rank hypocrites. But your profeffed con. fent makes marriage before the world, so that you stand bound by the oath of God, to be for him and not for another; and if you go after other lovers, and prostitute your souls to them, you play the harlot, as the Lord lays to Israel, Jer. iii. 1. And we find this profeffed and declared consent unto Christ, is call. ed marriage with the Lord in scripture, Jer. jii. 14. and urged by the Lord as an argument for their return to him; “ Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord, for I am married unto you."-And upon this ground, their idolatry and other ans fall under the charge of spiritual fornication and adultery, yer. 2." Thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms, and
with thy wickedness.” Thus you fee, that there is already a marriage-relation between Christ and you, and you cannot retract'without whoredom and adultery. And seeing you have already signed the contract of the covenant profeffedly before the world, why will you not sign it with your heart also, by, which a man believes unto righteousness? If you do not, you deal deceitfully, with God, and “ cursed is the man that doth the work of the Lord deceitfully."
Mot. 8. Conlider how mightily the heart of our glorious Kinsman, and Avenger of blood, is set upon a match between you. So much was his heart set upon it, that the very thoughts of it were matter of rejoicing to him before the world was made; he “ rejoiced from eternity in the habitable parts of the earth," that is, in these parts of the earth where he saw he would get a bride to himself among the posterity of Adam. His heart was so much upon this match, that he came, “ travelling in the greatness of his strength,” in order to rescue and deliver his bride; when he saw her lying with the chains of hell upon her, he flees, aş upon the wings of the wind, for her relief, crying, The day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. So much is his heart set upon this match, that he is the most earnest suitor to you that ever was; he invites, he beseeches, he intreats, and obtests finners to give the consent of the heart, as well as of the mouth; and when finners refuse to give the consent of their hearts to him as their Husband, his very heart is like to burit within him. ; “ My bowels are turned within me, and my repentings are kindled together.”
Mot. 9. This is all the reward that he seeks of you for his hard and sore travel, in spending the blood of his heart for the satisfying of justice, and in avenging your quarrel upon the powers of hell, namely, that you give the consent of your souls to be his, and not another's. O let him see the travel of his foul, that he may be satisfied,
Mot. 1o. all parties are pleased, if you be but content. Our Kinsman's Father is pleased; he arit proposed the match to his own Son, in the council of peace ; and he also proposes it to us in the word; he sends forth his servants, inviting all to the marriage-supper of the King's Son, saying, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner : my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready : come unto the marriage :" so that God the Father is pleased with the match. Our Kinsmar, Christ, the glorious Mefliah, he is pleased, and so well pleased, that, when a finner gives his consent to marry him, he seckons it his coronation day and the day of the gladness of his heart, Cant. iii. 11. The friends of the Bridegroom are
pieaied, all faithful ministers are pleased, for the travel in birth till you consent to marry this creditable Kiníc:an of curs. Feilow virgins, all true believers, are pleased, and rejoice when Chriit gets a new bride. In a word, the whole famils of the church-militant and triumphant rejoice when a finner is betrothed unto the Son of God. Now, seeing all parties concerned are pleased with the bargain, Oh thall there be any more stop in it!
Here we stand ready, in his name, to answer all imaginable objections that usbelief may etter against your marrying the Avenger of your blood.
Objedt. 1. The distance is so great between him and me, that I cannot think he will ever look on me; I am unworthy of aoy body's notice, much more of his; who is the Prince of the kings of the earth.” Answ. Since he does not stand upon the inequality of the match, do not you object it; for the odds lies on his Gide. Again, the greater the inequality be, the more is the glory of free grace manifested, and that is his plo!, that grace may reign, and not merit. And then remember it is God's ordinary way, to pass by the great, rich, honourable; and to pitch upon the base, foolid, mean things of the world, " that no fleih may glory in his presence."
Object. 2. I am black and ugly, and deformed, will he ever join hands with me, he whole " countenance is as Lebanon ?" Answ. He never took any of Adam's race to him in such a telation because they were beautiful, but because he defigned to make them beautiful “through his comeliness.” But, Oh! my fins are of a deep dye. Anw. This thall be no stop, li. i. 18. “ Come now, and let us reason together, faith the Lordthough your fins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
Object. 3. I am a dead sinner, will ever the Lord of life match with me? Anfw. Hear himself answering the objecu tion, If. lv. 3. “ Hear, and your soul shall live.” Give thy consent to him by faith, and ihough thou wert dead, yet fhalt, thou live.
Object. 4. I do not know if ever the Bridegroom lored mer or deligned that I thould be his bride. Answ. If a man fhould propose and promise marriage 10 a woman, and she should re• fuse her consent, under a pretence that the did not know the design of his heart, would not this be to charge her courtier with disingenuity ? So here the case is the fame ; we are ! judge of ihe Lord's heart and designs by the words of his mouth; and faith holds him by his word and at his word.
Object. s. I want a will to give my content to him. Anfw.