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by avenging your blood upon the head of the old serpent, and by redeeming the mortgaged inheritance of eternal life; and therefore it is natural and kindly to put your trust in him: “How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! (says David), therefore the foris of men put their trust under the fhadow of thy wings.” He is not only God, but man; the m30 of God's right hand, whom he hath made itrong for him. self, i. e. for the purposes of his glory in our redemption. As he hath authority and ability to manage our affairs, so he is gone to his Father to appear in the presence of God for us. As he died for our offences, and rose again for our justification, fo he hath ftated himfelf, before the high bar, as our Advocate with the Father. Avd whatever buñiness we have, in dependence before the high court, he is always present to look after it, and never absent when the cause is called; and he hath the conceros of his clients so much at heart, that he reckons them his own. Being touched with the feeling of our infirmities, he agents and manages the cause of the offfpring and ifsue of the house gratis, without any money or price.“ He shall deliver the needy when he crieth : the poor also, and him that hath no belper," Pfal. Ixxii. 12. “ He ftandeth at the right hand of the poor, to save him from thofe that would condemn his soul," Pfal. cix. ult. Let these or the like confiderations engage your firm trust in the glorious Manager.

But, begde all these, consider what advantage shall accrue to yourselves, by putting all your trust and confidence in him. Hereby you shall be kept in perfect peace amidst all the shakings of this world, Il. xxvi. 3. You shall hereby be filled with joy and peace, yea, “ with joy unspeakable, and full of glory." You shall be rendered immoveable like the rock, when storms of trouble and temptation are overthrowing others who build upon the sand. In a word, your trust in and upon the great Manager, thall be followed with an exceeding and eternal weight of glory; none perish that trust in him: “ Whosoever believeth in him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life."

. I conclude at present with that word, If. lxiv. 4. “ From the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye feen, O God, belides thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him."

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the Father him all the particulafter liis ered; hearlie

derations. Consider, then, in the first place, That as God the Father reposes a full trust and confidence in him, and has hung upon him all the glory of his house, so he calls and commands all mankind, particularly the children of the fami. ly, to do the like, and to write after his example, " This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” He hath my ear, let him have yours also. He cries from heaven, “ Behold my servant whom I uphold, mine elect in whom my soul delighteth." And for what end doth he thus commend him, but that we may make him the object of trust and confidence, as he doth? There is not one duty in all the word of God, that is so much,, or so frequently inculcate, as that of faith in Chrift, or a firm truit in him, for all the eads of his incarnation ; yea, this is the great end of the whole revelation, John xx. ult. “ These things are written, that ye may believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

There is no pleasing of God, no way to avest his wrath and difpleafure, but by trusting the great Manager of his house ; without faith in Christ it is impossible to please him, even though you' were capable to perform all the other duties enjoined in the holy law, which yet is impossible through the want of faith in the promised Messiah. All the fplendid services of Israel were rejected as an abomination, If, i. 10-12. although commanded in the law. But, on the other hand, the weakest mint at commanded duty, though attended with many infirmities, is accepted of God, if done in faith. And the reason of this is, because faith hangs the whole glory of the soul's acceptance upon the nail faftened in a sure place, and not 'upon any work or duty done by us. The language of it is, “ I will go in the strength of the Lord God, and I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only."

Truft the great Manager, for he is “ the mighty God," If. ix. 6. Take his own testimony as to this, Rev. i. 8. «I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” He is the man who is God's fellow, neither is it any robbery for him to be equal with God, for he and his Father are ore, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. Let this engage your trust in him, for this he gives as the ground and realon why he should be the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of thean that are afar off upon the seas : 1. xlv. 22. “ Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth : for I am God, and there is none else."

The great Manager is your near Kiníman, bone of your bone, and flesh of your fleil, and has acted the Kinsman's part,

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by avenging your blood upon the head of the old ferpent, and by redeeming the mortgaged inheritance of eternal life; and therefore it is natural and kindly to put your trust in him : " How excellent is thy loving kindness, o God! (says David), therefore the forms of men put their trust under the hadow of thy wings.” He is not only God, but man; the man of God's right hand, whom he hath made itrong for bimfelf, i. e. for the purposes of his glory in our redemption. As he hath authority and ability to manage our affairs, so he is gone to his Father to appear in the presence of God for us. As he died for our offences, and rose again for our justihcation, fo he hath ftated himfelf, before the high bar, as our Advocate with the Father. And whatever bufness we have in dependence before the high court, he is always present to look after it, and never absent when the cause is called ; and he hath the concerns of his clients so much at heart, that he Teckons them his own. Being touched with the feeling of cur infirmities, he agents and manages the cause of the offspring and ifsue of the house gratis, without any money or price.“ He fall deliver the needy when he crieth : thie poor also, and him that hath no belper,” Pfal. lxxii. 12. “ He ftandeth at the right hand of the poor, to save him from thofe that would condemn his soul," Pfal. cix. ult. Let these or the like confiderations engage your firm trust in the glorious

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But, belide all these, consider what advantage shall accrue to yourselves, by putting all your trust and confidence in him. Hereby you fhall be kept in perfect peace amidst all the ihakings of this world, Il. xxvi. 3. You shall hereby be filled with joy and peace, yea, “ with joy unspeakable, and full of glory." You shall be rendered immoveable like the rock, when forms of trouble and temptation are overthrowing others who build upon the sand. In a word, your trust in and upon the great Manager, thall be followed with an exceeding and eternal weight of glory; none perish that trust in him : « Whosoever believeth in him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

. I conclude at present with that word, If. Ixiv. 4. “ From the begioning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye feen, O God, besides thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him."

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that will put their truft in him.” (3.) Study to know the near relation he stands under to you, both by his hu nan na. ture, and by his offices as Mediator, Redeemer, Prophet, Priest and King, Head and Husband, for the knowledge of these breeds trust and confidence. A wife fruits in her bus. band, à child in his parent, the members trust their head. (4.) Be well acquainted with the great and precions promises of the covenant of grace, and how the condition of them all is fulfilled to your hand by Christ, as a second Adam, in his fulfilling the do and die of the covenant of works. Legal conceptions of the covenant of grace, as if our faith, love, obedience, repentance, were the condition of the covenants brangles faith in the free actings thereof on Christ and the covenant of grace. We must come without money or price to take hold of the covenant, and to apply the blessings there.' of, because Christ has already paid the money and price that justice dema ded. (5.) Pray much for the Spirit of faith; and, under the conduct of the Spirit, habituate yourselves to å frequent acting of faith, that so the life you live in the Aesh may be " by faith on the Son of God." I

I come now to offer a word to believers, under the notion of vefels hanging npon the nail which God has faltened in a sure place. And liere I might, (1.) Offer a word to the defa fels of rupsi (2.) To the veffels of fligons, or believers of a higher Itature. (3.) A word to both in common.

1. A word to weak believers, who are designed velleis of cups. I only suggest thele two or three things unto you. (1.) It is a high privilege to occupy the kaft room in the house of our God. The prodigal son, when lre came to himfelf, only begged of his father that he might have the place of a hired fervant; he was glad to be under his father's roof, and to eat in his father's house, at any rate. (2.) God has fervice for the least vetiel of his house, as well as for the largeft. God never made an useless creature, and he does not form any useless vesels ; no, every vessel is formed of himfelf, to shew forth his praise. (3.) The least vessel is God's property, and lie will tot disown, but maintain his property, and own it before nien and angels, saying, “ They are mine," in the day when he makes up his jewels. (4.) The bands, by which you hang upon the nail fastened in a fure place, are as frong as those by which the vessels of flagons are secured ; for he has said as to both, “ They shall never perish, neither fhall any pluck them out of my hand.” (5.) The weakest meal!ıre of grace is a pledge of more ; for “ to him that hath shall be given.” What gince you have got is the arles-pen

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ny of more a-coming, for “ his going forth are prepared as the morning," as the break of day is a pledge of more light to follow : “ The path of the juft is as the shining light, that shineth more and more onto the perfect day,” The leaf measure of grace has glory connected with it, according to the order of the covenant, Psal. lxxxiv, II.“ The Lord God is a fun and shield, he will give grace and glory;" first grace, and then glory.

I next offer a word of advice unto the yeltels of cups, I mean weak believers. Although you are not to envy or grudge at God's bounty or liberality to others, in making them vessels of Alagons, yet you may and ought earnestly to covet more grace than you have yet received; and therefore we are commanded to “ grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Chrift.” In order to which, be humble under a sense of your own weakness and empti. ness; for “ he giveth grace to the humble.” Be diligent in the improvement of what grace you have received; for s the hand of the diligent maketh rich." Be frequently coming to the Manager of the house for more grace : “ To whom comiog, as unto a living lone-ye also as lively stones, are built up,” 8cc. improve all the means of God's appoint- . ment for your edification, such as, the word, facraments, pray- . ei, Chriflian conference, that you may “ add to your faith, virtue ; to virtue, knowledge; to knowledge, temperance; to temperauce, patience; to patience, godliness; to godliness, brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, charity; for if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye thall neither be barren, nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Pet. i. 5-8.

2. A word to the vessels of flagous, believers of a higher Hature. To you I would say,

it, Be not proud of grace received, but walk humbly with your God. “Who made thee to differ? and what haft thou that thou hast not received? His soul that is lifted up is not upright in him." True grace, where it is genuine, the more a man receives of it, he is always the more hunble and einpty, as you see in Paul, Eph. iii. 8. “ Less ihan the least of all faints." To keep your fails lost, coi fider that the most traineat faints have discovered the greatest weakness, even in the graces wherein they most excelled; as we see in the case of Abraham, Mofes, David, Peter, and others. They that have the greateit measure of grace, they get as much to do with it ; strong corruption, strong temptation, and Itrong trials to grapple with: and the more talents that a man doth

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