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more in the Offering up of Christ upon the Cross, the Honor of God's Government is re-established; and by Reason of the Innocence and Dignity of the Sacrifice, all the Disgrace which Man's Sin and Rebellion had brought upon it is wiped away. Porfibly the Evidence of this may not be so striking but to enlightned and humbled Minds at present : however, when the Day of Recompense shall be revealed, and every Eye Mall see the once-despised Jesus, decked with Majesty, and adorned with resplendent Glory, sitting upon his Throne to determine the everlasting Condition of Men, it will be impossible to question, that by the Death of such a One, Glory hath been given to God in the Highest. . Secondly, HÈ hath obtained Power to renew the Hearts of Men to their original Purity. God and Man, since Sin entered into the World, were at Variance; and, like Persons after Differences, each of them keeps at Distance from the other. God withholds himself from Man, and will have no Converse with him, till Satisfaction be made for the Dishonor Sin hath done his Majesty : Man is helpless, and also stubborn, neither able nor willing to renew Communion with · his Maker, although herein alone he can be happy. So that all Communion is cut off between God and his Creature. But now

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this great Reconciler, having vindicated and reftored God's Honor, hath prevailed with God to revisit, and dwell with, the Souls of Men: and having purchased the Holy Ghost, by the kindly Infuences thereof can foften and prepare the Hearts of Men to receive Him. For fuch was the Merit of CHRIST's Sacrifice, that while it restored Glory to God, it again opened the Communication between God and the Spirits of Men, that is, it obtained the Gift of the Holy Ghost for the sanctifying Mens Hearts and Lives, and so recovering them to a Fitness for God. It pleased ibe Father, that in this Man fhould all Fulness dwell(); yea all ibe Fulness of the Godbead bodily (r). He was, and is, full of the Holy Gbojt (s). And baving received of the Faiber ibe Promise of the Holy Gbolt (1), be is able to bed it abroad upon Mens Hearts, even that living Waters · fall flow out of their Bellies. (u). He is made the Channel, through whom the Supply of

the Spirit comes to us; and that Grace, fa derived unto us, is able to cleanse and pusify our Hearts ; even as the fame Holy Spirit, of whom he was conceived, kept hiin, in all Refpects a Man like ourselves, free from all Spot of Sin. We are of ourselves infufficient to all Good; but the Spirit, (9) Col. i. 19. (n) Col. i 9. {s} Luke iv. i. ) Acts ü. 33 <(x) John vii. 38.


which dwelleth in him, and which by Purchase he hath a Right to bestow, can quicken our dead Souls, enable us with Strength against all our Enemies, mortify our rebel, lious Pride, earthly Desires, and carnal Luftings, and restore us again to a perfect Image of God. He fitteth over Men as a Refiner and Purifier of Silver, to breathe upon their · Hearts with bis Spirit, and to kindle, a Fire within them, purging them as Gold and Silver, that their Souls may be offered unto the Lord an Offering in Righteousness (x). And the Grace, which he gives, must needs be suf: ficient to all the Purposes of our Souls Re

covery; since God warketb in us, will .and to do ('), even that Holy Ghost, which .

is foed on, us abundantly, through Jesus Cbrift. - our Lord (2). .

WHEREAS then we are naturally without -all spiritual Strength, bowed down, under Sin, and unable to lift up ourselves, this:

Jefus. is able to quicken and put Life into , us, feeding us with the Supply of the sanctia fying Spirit out of the Fulness thereof, which abideth in him. He is between God and . US, ito convey to us the Spirit, at his fole (Disposal : Thar as from, Adam a finful and

corrupted Nature is derived unto, us ; fa Cbrift should be the second Heady for com(3) Mal. iii. 3.

(y) Phil. ii. 13. (z) Tit--ür 5, 6.


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municating a contrary and divine Principle of Grace and Holiness: Here a Way is opened both for Communion between God and Man, and for purging our Hearts, that they may be fit Habitations for God's Presence. And the one and the other of thefe is owing to the Merit of his Atonement ; which at once vindicating God's Honor, removed the Bar to Reconciliation on God's Part; and purchasing the Gift of the Spirit for Man, might make him both able and willing to come in and accept of the Reconciliation, by putting on a creature-like and obedient Spirit. And

Thirdly, By the same Sacrifice, He barb satisfied all the Demands of Divine Justice. The Justice of God will be allowed to proceed upon Principles of unerring Propriety and Rectitude: Whereby, as he will not suffer Sin against his Majesty and Government to be unpunished, but will correct it in a Way suitable to his own Dignity, to the Nature of the Crime, and to the Ends of his Dominion; so, when this hath been done, he will be satisfied, will become gracious, and remit his Indignation. Now when we consider the Person, who 'gave himself a Sacrifice to the Divine Ven

geance; we shall find, that in his Death Sin hath been so fully punished, that all the Ends of Punilhment are answered. Where

i fore, fore, even God's Justice, will hinder his demanding any more; whilft also it either could not, or would not be satisfied with less. The Prophet Zechariah, speaking of this Sacrifice, had said; Awake, o sword, againf my Shepherd, and against the Man that is my Fellow, faith the Lord of Hosts : Smite the Shepherd, and the Sheep shall be scattered (a). The Application, which our Lord makes of the latter Clause in this paffage, convinces us that the former is spoken of Himself and his Sacrifice. Against whom then did the Sword of the Lord of Hofts awake in Vengeance ? Against a Man, forasmuch as the Children are Partakers of Flesh and Blood, bimself likewise took Part of the fame (6): Yet without Sin (c). A Man, that is God's Fellow, in the Beginning with God, and God one with the Father (d). Against this: God-Man, the Shepherd, God drew out the Sword; he laid down bis Life for the Sheep (@); he was made a Sin-offering for us (). And in the Sacrifice of such an One, what Vengeance did Sin deferve, which it did not suffer ? What did Justice demand, which was not paid? What Correction of Iniquity was needful to make God's Government respectable, and to deter from violating it;

(a) Zech. xiii. 7.
(c) Heb. iv. 15;
(e) John X. 15,

(6) Heb. ii. 14.
(d) John x. 30.
(f) 2 Cor. v. 21,

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