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unbelief, which is a refusing to “nter in by Christ, and they that do so, how shall they escape ?
3diy, Is the law magnified and made honourable? Then here is encouragement, that iin is finithed, and transgression ended." The very ellence of lin lies in a transgression of the law. Well, but if the law be again magnified, then where is sin? It is surely buried in the obedience of Christ to the death, by the righteousness of the Surety. The guilt of it is taken away, and the power and dominion of it is broken in every believer, and the very being of it shall be destroyed, ere it be long. So that I may fay, to believers under the covert of Chrilt's righteousness, as Moses said to Israel, with respect to the Egyp. tians, that were pursuing them for their lives, Exod. xiv. 13. “ Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew you to day, for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye shall see them no more again for ever." Poor believer, thou art afraid of these innumerable sins, which compass thee about, lest they pursue thee, and take away thy life, but stand still, and see the salvation which God hath wrought; all thy sins are buried for ever out of God's sight, and shall be buried out of thy light also, in the Red fea of a Redeemer's blood, and under the covert of his law.magnifying righteousness, whereby he hath made an end of sin.
4thly, Is the law magnified and made honourable ? Then the hand-writing of the curse that was against us, and contrary to us, is cancelled and discharged. Upon the footing of the righteoufness of Christ, which magnifies the law, it is, that that gracious declaration is issued out, John iii. 17. “ God fent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but
that the world through him might be saved." Christ has rea i tired the bond that lay in the hand of justice, and had it dif
charged in his resurrection from the dead; and upon this ground it is declared, that “there is now no condemnation to them that are in Chriit Jesus.” And if you ask the reason of this interlocutory? Here it is, Chriit hath magnified the law, and made it honourable : therefore the penalty of the law cannot take place against any loul under the covert of his righteousness. No, no; “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.”
5thly, Is the law magnified and made honourable? Then it follows, that grace and mercy reign hrough right ousness, and that the law and justice can be no impediment in the way of pardoning mercy. The poor sensible finner, whose eyes are fixed upon his own lin, and the holiness of the law, is many times ready to say and think with himself, 'Oh! God can never extend mercy to the like of me, in a conlistency with VOL. III.
his law nd justice. He is obliged to take vengeance on me, by virtue of his justice. But, Sirs, consider that the Surety Jesus Christ has magnified the law, and made it honourable, that mercy and grace might have an unrestrained current, even towards the guiltiest sinners that believe in Jesus. Hence is that of the apostle, Rom. iii. 24. – 26. “ Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ, whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteoníners for the remission of fins. To declare, i say, at this time his righteousness; that he might be just, and the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus," And therefore let this encourage you.to pursue after the pardon and remission of fin on this account, that the law is already magnified and made honourable in the Surety's righteousness. Gid exalts and glorifies his name gracious, and mer. ciful, when he blots out iniquity, upon this footing ; yea, glorifies the law and justice allo, more than if he would pur. sue the quarrel againīt thee to the lowest hell through eter. nity.
6thly, Is the law magnified and made honourable? Then hence it follows, that the condition of the covenant of grace, properly so called, is already fulfilled. Since the fall of Adam, God never entered into covenant with man himself directly and immediately: no, the covenant of grace is made with us in Christ, as our Surety, Head, and Representative. As the co. venant of works was made with the first Adam, as our natural and federal head, and yith us in him; fo the covenant of grace is made with us in the second Adam, as our spiritual Head, and The condition of the covenant was fulfilled by him. And if you ask me, "What is the proper condition of the covenant of grace ?' I answer, 'It is just this, that Christ should be made under the law, and by his obedience unto the death magnify it, and make it honourable. Upon this condition eternal life, and all the purtenances of it, were promised to him and his feed. Now, when any of the lost race of Adam believes in Christ, they do not, by that act of faith, ful6l the condition of the covenant of grace, but only take hold of the condition of it, fulfilled by Christ, and, in so doing, they become “heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ Jesus." And so they may travel through the large field of the covenant, and pluck this, and that, and the other blefling of the covenant, saying, • This is mine, and that is mine, and the whole of the cove. nant is mine, because I have the condition of the covenant in my new spiritual Head, Jesus Christ, he has magnified the law and made it honourable.' Oh! with what courage mighi the believer go to work, in laying claim to the covenant, and the
blessings of it, if he had but this view of matters, in the light of the Lord ?
7thly, is the law magnified and made honourable by Christ as our Surety? Then it follows, that whatever was lost in the first Adam, is now recovered by the second Adam. By the first covenant, if we had continued in it, we had a title to God as our God, a title to his favour and fellowship, a title to the creatures, all things being put under our feet, and a title to a happy eternity, after the course of our obedience in this world had been fulfilled. By Adam's fall we lost all this, and more than I can name. But all is again recovered in the new covenant Head, by his magnifying the law and making it honourable; and the soul united to him, hath all its loiles repaired with advantage, in him ; we have God in him as the Lord our God, for God is in Christ, our God, and our Father. “Iarcend (says Christ) to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” We have the image of God fully restored in him, and going on gradually in us. We have a complere stock of knowledge, in him, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and a beam of that knowledge that is in the head shines into the heart of every believer. We have a complete righteousness in him, and we are made the righteousness of God in him We have a complete holiness of nature in him ; for, for our fakes he fanctified himself, that we also might be fanctified through the truth; and, through the holiness of Christ the head, God looks upon all the members, and says, “ Thou art all fair my love, there is no spot in thee.'' We have a perfect and complete heaven of glory, and eternal life in him; for he that believes in the Son hath everlasting life: and this we are assured of by the faithful word of the Trinity, i John v. 11. “ This is the record that God hath gi. ven to us, eternal life: and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son, hath life.” Thus, I say, all that was lost in the first Adam is regained in Chrift, the second Adam, and all upon this ground, that the second Adam, as our Surety, has magnified the law, and made it honourable ?
8thly, Has Christ maynified the law, and made it honourable? Then the intercession of Cirist for us, in heave , goes upon a folid ground, and shall be prevalent on our behalf. Why, it goes upon the ground of that everlasting righteousness which he has brought in, whereby he has magnified the law, and made
it bericurable. Hence he is called " Jelus Christ the righteous," h! John ii. 1. 2. “ If any man fin, we have an Advocate with
the Father, Jesus Christ the rightcous; and he is the propitiation for our sins.” Believer, do not fear, that thy case com. micted to the hand of try Advocate, in the high court above, Thall nilcarry: no, he never lost a poor man's cause, for the Father always hears him. Thy Advocate is not only well skiiled in the laws of the court, but in pleading thy cause : he pleads it upon the footing of law-magnifying righieousness, and therefore he must prevail in thy behalf.
othly, Has Christ magnified the law, and made it honourable ? Then there is good ground of boldness in coming “ to the throne of grace, for mercy and grace to help in time of need." Why, believer, that righteousness that magnifies the law, and makes it honourable, is imputed to thee, and by faith thou Thouidit go with this surety righteousness upon thee; and this is the ground of thy confidence in all thy dealings with God. We are ready to think, 'O my prayers will be rejected of God, he will never hear them, because I cannot order my cause before him : I cannot win to this or the other frame or enlargement of heart.' Why, believer, that is but a tang of the old legal Adam in thee, that imagines that God regards thy person, from thy frames and enlargements. No, no ; " he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” You, and your best frames, graces, and enlargements, would be driven away out of the presence of an infinitely holy God, if it were not for this cause. that Christ has magnified the law, and made it honourable : and therefore let this be thy only ground of boldness before the Lord. “Having a great High Priest, who is paffed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God; let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Tothly, Has Christ magnified the law, and made it honourable ? Then it follows, that failures of obedience, on the believer's part, do not make void the covenant of grace, or the believer's title to the blellings and privileges of the covenant. Wliy, the whole law as a covenant, and all the righteousness and obedience that it demands, is perfectly fulfilled in his head Je. sus Christ : and thercfore the believer cannot fall out of the covenant, through the imperfections of his obedience. I own, indeed, that a believer Nould aim at, and endeavour no Jess than perfect obedience, in his own person, and for failures in obedience he shall smart : “ God will visit his transgressions with the rod, and his iniquities with stripes." But observe what follows, “My loving-kindness I will not take from him," viz. Christ, with whom the covenant is made, and who has fulfilled the condition of it by his perfect righteoulnefs; and therefore, “ my covenant I will not break" with them, nor alter the word of pron ise," that is gone out of my lips."?
Tithly, Has Chust magnified the law, and made it honourable ? Then believers have matter of everlasting trium.ph an rejoi. cing in Christ, and cannot receive the spirit of bondage unto fear, except in a way of correction. Believers are commande ed to rejoice evermore, to shout for joy; and when they see how matters are stated in the new covenant Head, they will accordingly rejoice in Christ always, even when they have no confidence in the flesh. Why, what should discourage them, who have the righteousness of the law fulfilled in them” through Chritt ; yea, who are the righteousness of God in him? That which brings the believer at arry time under a spirit of bondage again to fear, is the unbelief and legality of his heart, which turns away his eyes from Christ and the righteousness of the law fulfilled and magnified in him ; and then indeed the terrors of the law.covenant, and of an angry God, fall upon him, “ He remembers God, and is troubled, and the arrows of the Almighty are within him. But while the believer can, by faith, see the law magnified in his Head, and the Lord Jehovah well pleased for his righteousness Jake, his heart will rejoice, and his joy will no man take from
12thly, Has Christ magnified the law, and made it honourable ? Then lee upon what an advantageous ground the believer ftands in cncountring his fpiritual enemies. Why, through the law.magnifying righteousness of Christ, he has God on his fide, he has the law on his side, and justice on his fide, yea, Omnipotence on his fide, and therefore he may lift up his head in the day of battle, and go on with courage against all his enemies.
To instance, (1.) When he is molested with the insurrection of indwelling sin, or of any particular lust, the believer may take courage in mortisying and crucifying it, because through the righteousness of Christ, ein has no law.right to fcign over the believer as it hath in other men, who are under the law as a covenant, “ Sin (says the Lord) shall not have dominion over you, for ye are not under the law, Lut'under
(2.) Doth Satan barass and molestihee with his fiery darts? Why, believer, take courage, for through Christ's magnifying the law, Satan's head is bruised, and he has no more right in law to moleft or trouble thee, than he has to moleit thy glorified Head above ; and therefore put on the breait-plaie : of his everlasting righteousness, and resist him, “ ftedfast in the faith."
(3.) Art thou assaulted with the law coming irito thy conscience, craving of thee the debt of perfect obedience, as the condirion of life? Why, here is a ready answer to this enemy.