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IV. The fourth thing I proposed was, for whom is it that this Plaat is raised up?

O, may some poor thing say, was he ever raised up for me? I tell you, Sirs, he was never railed up for the fallen angels; * For he took not on him the nature of angels, but he took on him the feed of Abraham." Our nature was highly hoDoured at first, but it soon funk below the beast that perisheth. Dat the second Adam took our nature upon him, and he hath Talled it to a higher dignity than the very angels; for to which of the angels did this bonour appertain to be united to the eternal Son of God? So that I say, that this Plant of renown is raised up for mankind Goners, not fcr angel-kind dinners, and cvery mankind finner that hears tell of him, should lay claim to him, as in If. ix. 6. And I advise every one of you mankind finners to apply it ; “ Unto us a Son is given, unto us this Child is born, and the government shall be upon his shoulder: And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace;" to us he is given; unto us he is born. I remember the angel, at the birth of Christ, told the thepherds, “I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people, for unto you (Gnners, not unto us) is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” O Sirs, let all this company receive it as glad tidings of great joy; for I tell you, that this Plant of renown is railed up for you, if you have but a heart for to use him. As the firmament is for you, if you will open your eyes, so the Sun of righteousness is for you, if you will open your hearts to him : for the Lord's fake do not refuse him, or else it will not be telling you ; you will rue it to eternity. But, say some, are you telling us, that Christ was raised up for all mankind ? That is not what I say; but I say, that Christ was revealed to all mankind : I abitract from secret things. Our duty is to go and “ preach the gofpel to every creature ;" therefore, according to our commila fion, we bring this Plant of renciun to every creature, whether young or old, every rational creature here; we command you (as you will answer at the bar of the great God, as you will answer at the day of judgement), that you receive this Plant of renown. For the Lord's fake do not refuse him; for this is the condemnation, that this Plant is brought into the world, and the world will not receive him. Let not the devil nor an unbelieving heart knock off your hai is from embracing and receiving him, as offered in this gospel we are preaching. The devil and an unbelieving heart will tell you, your fins are so many, and you have run on such a course of in, that he cannot belong unto you ; but the very thing makes

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Plant of Renown. you need Christ is, because you are great finners. Any of you that needs this Plant of renown, I invite you not only to tak. him home in your hands, in your Bibles; but, for the Lord's fake, take him home into your hearts, and let him lie there all night between your breasts, saying, “ This God is our God for ever and ever, and will be our guide even unta death.” If you have got this Plant of renown, you will at death just go unto God with a fhout, with a long, and far, (death, I defy thee; “ O death, where is thy sting? () grave, where is thy victory ?” what harm canst thou do to me: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain,” gain for endless evermore, because I will win to the immediate cn. joyment of God, and abide for ever under the refrething thadow of this Plant of renown.

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N. B. I thought to have gone through what I designed on this

subject, but time and strength will not allow; I shall rather return afterwards, if there be occasion for it.

The Lord bless his word.

Ezek. xxxiv. 29.- And I will raise up for them a Plant of

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THE THIRD SERMON ON THIS TEXT.

THE fifth thing is, Why is he raised up, or for whai

1. ends and uses is this Plant of renorun raised up by JEHOVAH?

Answ. ist, He is raised up as a Redeemer to set the captives of the mighty at liberty. It was a poling question, that would have filenced all mankind, which we have, If. xlix. 24. “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered ?" Well, Christ being raised up for this very end, folves the hard question, in the words immediately following, ver. 25. “ Thus faith the Lord, even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered.” And if you ask, How doth he this? You have an answer to it, Hcb.ii. 14. Col. ii. 14. &c.'

2dly, He is raised up as a Mediator of the new covenant, to make peace between an offended God, and offending re.

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bellious man, he “ makes reconciliation for iniquity,” Dan. ix. 24. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himfell, &c. “ When we were enemies, we were reconciled unto God by the death of his Son." And I what a great matier is it to be restored to the favour and friendship of that glorious Majeity, to whose wrath we were lying obnoxious, &c.

3dly, He is raised up as a Surety, to pay the debt of a com. pany of broken dyvers, and to bind himself under a bond to satisfy justice for their crimes, and that he should reduce them to obedience to their offended Lord. Hence he is called, Heb. vii. 25. " The Surety of a better testament ;” and as our Surely he fulóls the law which we had broken, as a covenant, both in its do and die, in our room and Itead, and then engages he (by his Spirit) would write the law in their hearts, as a rule, and, by putting his Spirit within them, would cause them to walk in God's statutes.

4thly, He is raised up as a renowned Healer, a non-fuch Physician, Exod. xv. “ I am the Lord that healeth thec.” Man, through sin, is become a leper from head to foot, full of wounds, bruises, and putrefying sores, which renders him unfit for any good service, unfit for answering the ends of his creation, to glorify God, or to enjoy him for ever. Well, Christ is raised up for the recovery and health of diseased souls; he has opened up a medicinal well, Zech. xiii. 1. that washes from fin and from uncleanness, and, whatever be your malady, we invite you to come to this well, and wash and be clean, like Naaman in the waters of Jordan ; O he is all over virtue! his "leaves are for the healing of the nations.” And in a particular manner, his commitlion carries him, to heal the broken in heart, and to bind up all their wounds.

5thly, He is railed up as a Witness to tell the truth, or as a Prophet to reveal it. We have by the fall lost the knowledge of God, and of his truth, and any knowledge of the truth that remains with us by nature, it is detained in unrighteous. ness. Well, Chriit comes to make a rerclation of God, and of the things of God unto us; that Christ was raised up for this end, fee Deut. xviii, 18. “ I will raise them up a Prophet like unto thee, from among their brethren, and will put my words in his mouth, and he shall (peak unto them all that I shall command him." But see the awful certification that follows, ver. 19. “ Whosoever will not hearken unto my words, that he hall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”

binly, He is raised up as a Leader unto the people. We have luft our way to heaven, and Satan was leading all mankind to hell blindfold. But Chrilt came to thew us the path of life, and to lead us into it, and, by his leading, he caul's the way. faring man to walk without erring, “ I will bring the blin by a way they know not,” &c.

ntbly, He is raised up as a Commander unto the people, as the Captain of salvation, to fight our battles for us, and to head the armies of God's Israel in their way to glory: And, by his skill and condu&, he makes them all conquerors, yea, more than conquerors, at the end of the day, &c. · I might all you further, that he is raised up as the great High Priest of our profession, that, by one offering, he might for ever perfect them that are sanctified,” &c.: As our Adroeate with the Father, to plead our cause, and to agent our bofiness in heaven: As a Shepherd, to feed his church and people in the wilderness; “ He shall feed his flock like a shepherd," &c. : As a prince, to rule them by his word and spirit; he is the “Prince of peace, and of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end," &c.: As an everlasting F2. ther, in whom the fatherless family of Adam find mercy, &c.: As a wonderful Counsellor, to give counsel in all dark and difficule cases, &c. : As a Husband and Bridegroom, to cherilh and comfort his church and people, and accordingly be betrothes her unto him for ever. But these things I do not inlift upon. I hasten forward to

VI.The sixth thing, which was the application of the do&rine, Is it so that Christ is a Plant of renown, raised up by JEHOVAH?

Then, 1/1, See hence the iniquity and wickedness of these men, who study to derogate from the glory of this renowned Plant. The Arians would darken the renown of this blessed Plant, by denying his supreme Deity, and making him an inferior and dependent being; the Socinians, by denying he had any being before his actual incarnation; the Armi. nians, by denying his righteousness, and by making the efficacy of his grace to depend upon the will of man and the power of depraved nature. O, Sirs, Christ is not renowned in Scots land this day, either among ministers or professors, as he has sometimes been. “ The Head-stone of the corner is rejected," the Plant of renown is cast aside, by many ministers in the land; and he is rejected by all that do not really believe in him, &c.

2dly, See hence how to know a true and faithful minister of Christ. Some at this day make it a question, whom they thall hear, when there are fuch divisions, and such a flood of corrupt ministers getting into a church. Why, Sirs, you may know a true minilier of Christ, he will have a smell of the Plant of renown about him ; whether he be in the pulpit or out of it ;-whether he be in a judicatory, or wherever he be,

his great business is to advance the glory of the Plant of re. sown, the smell and favour of his Maiter will be about nim, which the true disciples of Chriit will discern. ,

3dly, See hence whence it is tha: believers flock to gospel ordinances, where they cao get them diipenied by these that bear Christ's commission to disperse tien. W y, it is the imell of the Plant of renown that draws then titer: hence it is, that his tabernacles are amiable, “ and a day in 'is courts better than a thousand;" why, his icent pertu ges these palaces of Zion, as with myrth, aides, 27.d calia, c.

4thly, See hence why God the Father is called a Husbandman. Why, he is so called with reference unto his raifi.g up this Plant of renown, Jorn xv. 1. “ I am tie true Vine, and my Fucher is the Huibaud nan;" he raised him up as the root, and upheld him, and takes branches of the wild olive, and grafts them into him, and makes tbem fruitful, &c.

stbly, See her.ce the regard that God wath for his church upon earth, as his own garde). Why, he plants this Tree of life in her, by which she became a new paradise. The tree of lire that grew in the earto'y paradise, which was the real and facrament of the covenant of works, is long since withered and gone; but the tree of life, in the new garden, of God's planta ing, of which even a linner may eat, and live for ever, will never wither. O let us adnire God's way of grace! for it is full of wonder, in providing tiis renowned Piant, this new Tree of life, for us. His fruit is so far from being forbidden, that it is God's great com nandinent to all finners, “ to come and eat, ad live," 82.

6tbly, See bence the excellency of Christ, in his person, nature, offices, and appearances. Why, he is the Plant of rea nown, O Sirs, Christ is such an excellent person, that he is the Renown of the family of heaven and earth; he is the Renown of His Father, for be is “the brightness of his glory." He is the Renown of earth, for by him the human nature is raised up to a higher glory than that of angels ; for, even as Mediator, he "hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." O ihould not every one of mankind finners be ready to try,“Olet his name endure for ever, let bisnane be continued as long as the Sun; for men are bleiled in him: and 0, bleed be his glorious name for ever, and let the whole earth be fille ed with his glory?”

7thly, See what makes a land or a church pleasant, a Heph{ibah or a Beulah unto the Lord. Why, it is the plant of renown that makes any church or land delectable : If the Plant of renown and his interest be thriviog in a land or church, it VOL. III. Z z

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