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and not amply executed? Search the Scrip. tures; there you fee abundantly, that the Sacrifice of this Lamb taketh away the Sin of the World ($); that God accepteth it, as a Propitiation, an Offering to him of a sweetSmelling Savour (b); in Consequence hereof, that Chrift hath the Keys of Death and Hell(i); and that all Power in Heaven and Earth is given to bim (k). True then it is, that Sin shall not be unpunished ; that the Wages of it is Death; that the Wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against it. All this is the certain, the unchangeable Decree of the Almighty ; nor shall one Tittle of it fail. But behold the Garden, and the Cross; consider well the Agony, and the Execution ; remember whose Cries you hear, and who it is that expires; and then fay, if Sin hath not been punished, if Death hath not been endured, if the Cup of Wrath hath not been drank even to the very Dregs, if all is not finished. For he was not only a Man, whose Sufferings were full of Bitterness, and Pain, and Reproach; though this were pitiable: Not barely One he was, who was innocent of the Crimes for which he suffered; though this might justly double our Compaflion : But he was a Man, pure in Heart and Life, as Adam in the Moment of Creation; he was also
(8) John i. 29. , (b) Eph. V. 2. vo) Rev. ii. 16. ik) Mat. xxviii. 18.
One personally united to the Eternal Word. Thus innocent, thus dignified, be bore oür Griefs and carried our Sorrows; was stricken, fmitten of God, and affli&ted; was wounded for our Transgrefions, and bruised for oür Iniquities; bis Soul was made an Offering for Sin (l.) It - was his Union with the divine Word, which
enabled him to endure all the Load of Wrath, which Sin had provoked : It was this, which made that Endurance a sufficient Satisfaction. Thus united, God could neither de mand, nor we deserve more of Vengeance than he could pay. Thus únited, he was capable of suffering; and this Suffering was to the full Satisfaction of Divine Justice : Wberefore also be is able to save Sinners to the uttermost (m)..
SAY now, upon these Views, what Power hath not CHRIST 'to save? He hath Salyaa tion to bestow : For in his Death all the Consequences of Sin are done away. This vindicates God's Glory, opens a Way to Communion with God, and Sanctification of our Hearts through the Spirit, and averts the fearful Curse of God's Wrath. He is able to succour us. And he is willing to impart to us all the Benefits of this valuable Purchase.
But stop, thou sinful Man, and consider the Value of thy Soul. He who beboldeb
(1) Ifa. lii. 4, 5, 10. (m) Heb. vii. 25.
the Things which are not, as if they were; who comprehendeth Eternity, and takes it up at a Thought; who hath fixed the Depth of Hell and the Height of Heaven, and measures in his Mind the Misery of one and the Happiness of the other; who, knowing the exact Worth of this World and the next, hath sent his only begotten Son to rescue thee from Destruction, and to refit thy ruinous Soul for Glory : What dost thou read of the Value of thy Soul in this his Dealing? Were a Prophet or an Angel sent to thee of express Message from God, with a Miracle in his Hand; did a well-known Friend come to thee from the Dead; it would bear no equal Conviction with it, could do waken no such folemn Impression; as the Condescension of the Eternal Word to take upon him thy Nature, and therein to make Atonement, is suited to do. Hast thou understood these Things? Hast thou learnt the Importance of thy Soul, whilst thou haft been considering the holy One of God manifested to rènder Glory to God, to raise thy defiled. Nature to Holiness, and to redeem thee from the Curse? Hast thou been searching after the various Steps of this adorable Mylo tery with a trembling Concern? And haft: thou felt a glad and satisfying Joy and Confolation springing up within thee, and growing more quick and lively, as the Mystery
hath been unfolding, and Conviction of the Redeemer's Power to save and succour thee, hath grown stronger and clearer upon thy Heart? It is well : Such as these are the anxious Distresses of the self-condemned Soul ; such the awful Importunity, with which it waits upon the Rising of the Sun of Righteousness. As this Light advances, the Soul enlarges its Prospect'; pierces upward to God, and forward to Eternity, and down: ward to Hell ; extends its Views abroad upon the miserable State of Man, intimately considers itself, and is mightily engaged in the Cause of its eternal Interests. For the Sacrifice of Christ is so instructive every Way; it so warns us of the horrid Guilt and Danger of Sin, of the Excellence of eternal Glory, and of the Terrors of God's Wrath, and withal of our own Weakness and Insufficiency; that whoever attends to it with personal Application, shall assuredly find the Value of his Soul, and insensibly fall into that awakened Frame of Concern which the Apostle so strongly expresses, when he bids us work out our Salvation with Fear and Trembling (n).
Say now, have you thus weighed the Sacrifice of Christ ? Hath it taught you, either to tremble under the vast Importance of your Salvation, or to rejoice in the assured (n) Philipp. ii. 12.
Ability Ability of the Redeemer to save you? Hear then yet farther. .
Secondly, He is willing to make you Para taker of all these Fruits of his Sacrifice. A full Hand avails nothing to the Relief of the Neceffitous, unless the Poffeffer be also of a bountiful Difpofition. But the Heart of our Redeemer is inlarged, 'as his Hand is plenteous. He is as willing to fave, as he is able. Nor Thall I need fet about any long IHustration of that, which wants Obfervation more than' Evidence. That Chrift-is-willing you should reap the Fruits of his Sacrifice, requires little Proof, but much Persuasion up
on the Mind. And here let all his Condescen. ** fions and his Love confirm you, how ready,
how pleased he would be to save you, to give you the Peace he hath purchased, the Grace "he hath to bestow, and the Glory he is in Polo feffion of. Should a Man forego his Ease and Quiet, go through Toil, and Labor, endure all Difficulties, and run the Risk of his Life to promote your Welfare, -you. would be left without all Doubt of his Readiness to serve you. And did the Son of God freely leave the Bofom of his Father, and clorhe' himself with your Flesh ;- did he submit to the Cradle and the Manger, to Poverty and Perfecution, to a Life of Labor, and a Death of Shame; did he deserve nothing of all which he underwent, when