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in paradise, the great aud renowned champion, the Son of Cod, aclualiy takes the field; and having put on the coat of the human nature that his Father hud provided for him, he works wonders in it for that petty creature man, that he might bring about his salvation. What did lit? say you. Anfw. Oh! What did he not, that was necessary to break up the way, and clear the pauage to glory and eternal life, for nun? Why,, in so-many words (for J cannot infill on particulars), by his obedience to the death, "He sinislics transgression, and makes an end of fin; he makesrcconcilutioa for iniquity: he brings iu an everlasting righteousness." He "oonurms a new covenant with many: he makes the sacrifice and oblation to cease," and unhinges the Mosaic cccouoD»y J .he reveals the counsel of God anent redemption; opens up tiie mystery of salvation in his doctrine 5 coutircis it from heaveU by a multitude of miracles; "he magnifies the law and makes it honourable; he spoils principalities and powers, aod triumphs over them in his cross.* through death he destroys death, and hiiTi that had the power of death ;" he wrests the keys of death out of the devil's hand, and takes them into his own custody, that he might make it a passage to glory, instead of being a passage to hell: he dies /or our offences, and rises again for our justification ; he a&eads up to heaven with a sliout of triumph and victory ; and sits down on the " right hand of the Majesty on high," as the public Head and Representative ofbis friends on earth, and to " appear in the presence os God for them." A little after he ss set down upon tike throne, he pours down his Spirit, like " the rulhing of a mighty wind, upon his disciples at Pentecost; and gives gifts unto men; gives some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors,some teachers;" and fends them abroad, with a power of working miracles, a ad otjspeaking all languages; to proclaim the glory pf his finished salvation to every creature under heaven; " fhat whosoever believed in him might not perisli, but haye everlasting life." And Oh! may not a rt ilex view of all this work about man raake us cry* Lord, what is man, that (hm taifft knowledge of him f or •what the Jon as man that thou tnulxjt so great naount of
Well, is that all.' No; for he doth yet more for man in time. Having tiuilhed the salvation us n.an in a way of purchase, his voice is uutenaen, aud the sons of men; he proclaims hit salvation unto the ends of the earth, and causes the joyful found of the gospel-trumpet to be heard £0 the world's end. And oh! what wonders doth he work here to make way for the salvation of poor man! A throne of grace is reared, to vdiich man may have recourse with boldness, *' that lie may
obtain grace, and find mercy t» help him in every time of need.* Acts of grace are emitted from this throne, indemnities, promises, and proclamations of grace: " Ho, every one that thirst eth, come ye to the waters: and he that hath no money, let him come," &c. Heralds are sent abroad to proclaim the grace of God through Christ to man, and to lift up their voice in the tops of the high places; a word of reconciliation is committed unto them; and they, as ambassadors for Christ, pray men, and the sons of men, to be reconciled unto God; " because Christ was made fin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God through him." The gTeat store-houses of grace are opened; his righteousnesivand salvation brought near to every one's door in a dispensed gospel, with a voice from heaven, Come and welcome to Christ, and all his fulness. He stands with the outstretched arms of redeeming love, crying, " Behold me, behold me ! O how would I gather you, as the hen gathers her chickens under heT wings!" O what is man that he is thus mindful of him !—But then, what work is he at with man after all this, in order to the effectual application of the purchased and exhibited salvation! The hammer of the law must be applied, in order to break the rocky heart in pieces; the fallow ground must be plowed up, to prepare it for the reception of the incorruptible feed of gospel truth; the strong holds of Satan must be pulled down; the high imaginations of the heart levelled; Satan and proud self must be dethroned. The sinner is dead, buried, and stinking in the grave of sin ; the " stone must be rolled away from the sepulchre, and wonders must be (hewed unto the dead, the Spirit of life must breathe upon the dry bones:" the sinner is blind, and he must have his eyes opened: he is a prisoner, and his chains of captivity must be loosed ; the obstinate iron sinew of his will must be bended by the almighty power of God, and "he persuaded and enabled to embrace Christ, and salvation through him, as he is freely offered in the gospel." The sinner being thus translated from death to life, from darkness to God's marvellous light, in effectual calling, O what work doth the Lord make about the poor inconsiderable creature ! how doth he heap favours and privileges, one after another, upon him! He betrothes the poor forlorn creature to himself, as if it had been a chaste virgin, makes it the bride, the Lamb's wife, and fays to it, Now, "thy Maker is thine Husband, the Lord of Hosts is his name," &c. He takes away the filthy rags, and clothes it with change of raiment, even the white linen of his own everlasting righteousness, and makes it to sing that song, If. lxi. 10. " I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shaH be joyful in my God j for he hath clothed roe
with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels;" he takes the burden of all the debt it owed unto justice upon himself, and stands between it and all charges that law and jusrice had against it, enabling it to say, " Who can lay any thing to my charge? it is God that jultirk-th, who is he that condemneth i it is Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right-hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us :'' he becomes an everlasting father to the poor creature, and puts it among the children, making it an heir of God, and a joint heir with himself, and says to it, "Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My Father," &c. He puts the beauty of his own holiness upon the foul, and makrs it like "the king's daughter, all glorious within," like the embroideries of needle-work ;.he maketli it "like the wings of a dove, covered with silver,, and- her feathers with yellow gold :" he riuti die foul frequently, and manifests himself to it, so as lie does not manifest himself to the world; he waters it with the dew of his Spirit, like the vineyard of red wine: he breathes on it by his Spirit, makes the north and south wind to awake, come and blow on it, whereby the graces of the Spirit, like so many spice6, are made to fend forth a pleasant smell; he bears it company through fire and water, and never leaves it: he makes the man to dwell in the secret of his presence and under his shadow, and as the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so his attributes pitch their tents on every hand of it for its defence; he plants a guard of angels about his bride, for her honour and safety, as a lifeguard, Heb. i. ulr. and in a word, he "keeps it by his power through faith unto salvation; makes goodness and mercy to follow it;" and at last divides Jordan, and brings it home, under a guard of angels, to the promised land of glory, and presents it before his Father "without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing." And upon a review of all this that he doth before time, and in time, may we n« justly cry out in a rapture of admiration, Lord, what is man!
3. If we follow the Lord's way with men, from an eternity P'sti through time, to an eternity to come, we shall see just cause to cry, -what is man f—But here a vail lies between us and that glory and happiness .that God has ordained and designed for man in the world to come. And the things there ordained for man arc so great, that "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man to conCf-'ve, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Mm," i Cor. ii. 9. What thinkest thou, believer, of being
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*' for ever with the Lord," and of haying " places among them that (land by," and beholding the glory of God and o£ the Lamb i what thinkest thou of coming in person to " Mount Zien, the city of the living God', the heavenly Jerusalem'9 above, described Rev. xxi. whose "wall is of jasper, and the city itself of pure gold, like unto transparent glass; where there is no need of the fun or moon," or of these ordinances, word and sacraments, and ministers, because the glory os the. Lord doth lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof i" wl. thinkest thou, believer, of coming to the " general asiemblr, and church of the first-born, which are written in heavens" what thinkest thou of joining an "innumerable company of angclg, aud the spirits of just men made perfect," who sing a new song, crying, "Salvation to our God, and to the Lamb, for evm- and ever." Rev. vii. 10. " Worthy, is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessings" what thinkest thou of coming toGod the judge of all, as thy God and Father? what thinkest thou of coming to Jesus the Mediator ot the new covenant; and offering him uo " more darkly as thro' a glass, but face to face, seeing htm as he is, and behtkUling the glory that his Father hath given him?" what thinkest thou of sitting down at the table that shall never be drawn, and os eating and drinking with him; and the ransomed company, in the kingdom of heaven ? Matth. xxvi. ay. *'I will not drihk henceforth" said he, at the institution of the supper, before he died, "of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom." YVhat thinkest thou of these new scenes of giory, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, mercy, grace, and love, and faithfulness, that will be opening through eternity, in the immediate vision of God, and in the works of creation, providence, and redemption; every one of which will fill thy foul with a new rapture of wonder and praise? what thinkest thou of sitting down with Christ victoriously upon his throne, as he also overcame, and is set down with his Father upon his throne ? what thinkest thou of possessing these thrones in glory, that became vacant by the apostasy of the angels that fell? what thinkest thou •' of ruling the nations with a Tod of iron I of binding their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron? yet this honour have all the saints," i Cor. vi. a. "Do ye not know, that the saints shall judge the world?" ver. 3. "ivnov ye not that we shall judge angels:" what thinkest thou of eating of the hidden manna, and the fruits of that tree which prows "in the midst cl the paradise of God: which bearers* twelve manner of fruits every month, and whose leaves are fox
the healing of the nations?" what thinkest thou of entering into these ivory palaces of gloiy, with joy and triumph, on rftry rule, the house of many mansions, the house of Christ's Father, "whose builder and maker is God r" thou shalt be satisfied then, to the full, with the fatness of his house, and drink of the rivers of his pleasures. What thinkest thou of bcco- • sing a pillar in the temple of God, where thou (halt go no mote out, and having Christ's name, his Father's name, and the name of the city of our God written on ihee for ever? what thinkest thou of being for ever freed and delivered of all these burdens under which thou groaned? of all these fiery darts whereby thou art now harassed? of all these oppressing fears and challenges? of all these tears, sorrows, and -afflictions, which make thee to go through the world, with a bowed down back, hanging thy "harp upon the willows V what thinkest thou of these eternal things, that are shortly to be fOu"cfl»d ? of an eternal God, an eternal life, an eternal light, tttmal love, eternal rest, eternal vision and fruition, eternal likeness and conformity to the Lord, that are abiding thee? *hit thinkest thou of the "crown of glory that fadeth not away ?" what thinkest thou of " a kingdom that shall never be moved: an inheritance that is incorruptible, and undeliled, "■'id that fadeth not away V what thinkest thou of having these twilight blinks of glory through the vail, turned into an eternal day of glory? for there the Sun of righteousness shall wer set, never, never be eclipsed. O Sirs, all this, and ten thousand, thousand, thousand tiroes more than I can tell you, ;5 prepared for you on the other side of death: and aster all, hate we not reason to sing and say, as in the text, Lord, what i:man this thou takeft knowledge ofhim f or what the/on of man, 'to thou maktstsucb account of him t
IV. The fourth thing in the method was, tojhew, That it it trul$ wonderful and surprising, that God, the gnat God, should hwtfuch a regard to man, that heJbould take such knowledge, and "titsuch great account os him.
I need not stay upon this, after what has been fiid j only jt) a few words, (t.) 'Tis surprising, if we consider God's '"finite and amazing greatness and glory. Oh ! who can think or speak of him in a suitable manner? He that thews Inch a regard to man, is " the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, and dwells in the hig;h and holy place, to which "oman can approach: he that dwells in light that is inaeœsfible, and full of glory." He whose " throne is high and lifted UP>" "bore all the thrones of heaven and earth: He before whom