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6. Ch , is erectisg vergezee Epoa Satzs, be got only by the power of bis word brings his f02-es in the heart to ruis; buz be takes there wio were his 1ares and Faza's from usder his power, and arms them with his truth, as a íkieid and back et, whereby they make war 2z2:0i bin un. der Christ's conced, as their leader and commander. And O wha: 2 32/lisa Teogance is it unto that proud fpirit, to have tele vio were his bond-laves fighting againit him, refitting him, quenching his fiery darts, and putting him to the fight! "Reáit the devil,” says Cbrift, “ and he will fee from you."
7. Chrift, in arezgisg of our quarrel, not only conquers him, and birds hin, and wrests the prey out of his band; but he rrakes a spectacle of him, and of all his legions. Colof. ii. 13. it is said, that “ be made a thew of principalities and powers.” Some think that in the expression there is an allu. fion unto the Roman conquerors, who, in their triumph, led their enemies along in chains, as trophies of their vi&ory; so Chrif, in his very cross, he made a tbew or spectacle of priocipalities and powers to the whole world of spirits, the good angels looking on Satan as foiled by their great Lord in the nature of man. O what a vengeance was this unto Satan! how galli' g unto the proud Lucifer
8. Christ, the avenger of our quarrel, makes as it were a lane and road between heaven and earth, by his own ascension, through the very territories of the devil, who is called “ the prince of the power of the air.” When Christ ascended in our nature, he went through the air, where the devil hath his principal power, and twenty thousand chariots of angels ate tending hin; and through that same road all the redeemed do follow him at death, under a guard of angels. And O how galling is it unto that proud spirit, to see poor believers paffing jately through his territories, to take poffefsion of these thrones, that were vacated by his fall, and the fall of these legions which he drew with him !
9. Our glorious Redeemer, in further resentment of our quarrel upon Satan, he will at the last day make the poor believer, who was once under his power, and whom he many times harassed with his fiery darts, to judge and condemn him: “ Know ye not that the saints fhall judge angels?” O how galling will it be to that proud spirit to stand at the bar, and Ice the believer upon the bench, especially when the God of peace shall call them to come and tread him under their feet,
for the many injuries that he did to God and them ! then “ Mall the righteous rejoice when he seeth the vengeance.”. And then, to conclude this head, Christ, in a way of vengeance, will shut up the devil and all his adherents, in that everlasting fire, that he hath prepared for them. “ l'ophet is ordained of old: for him (the king of the bottomless pit) it is prepared : the pile whereof is fire and much wood, and the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it."
10. He burns his galleries, where he has walked up and down; " The earth and the works thereof shall be burnt up,” &c. And this much for the third thing.
IV. The fourth thing was, in speak a little of the day of vengeance, or of the stated time of the Redeemer's avenging of the quarrel of the redeemed But this questi ai is much prevented by what has been already faid: only for clearing this, know that there is a time of Christ's being aveng: d upon him in his own person, and a time of his taking vengeanc upon him in his members.
First, I say, there are some seasons of his taking vengeance upon him in his own person. As,
1. Upon the back of his first lin, when that proud spirit, fwelled with ambition, attempted thi throne of heaven, the Son of God, armed with his Father's power, turned him and his apostate legions down from heaven to hell: 2 Pet. ij. 4, “He spared not the angels that linned, but did cait them down to hell."
2. The day of Christ's incarnation and manifestation in the flesh. Ever since the fall of Adam to the birth of Christ not one had entered this world without the devil's livery of a depraved nature upon him, being enmity against God; but when Christ appeared, the prince of this world had nothing in him; he was "holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from finners." He entered the field of this world wearing the white livery of original righteousness; and, no doubt, by this very badge the devil would know him to be the promised seed of the woman, that was to bruise his head, which could not fail to strike him and his infernal legions with fear and terror, that now their kingdom was to fall, and their usurped empire was to be overturned.
3. Another day of vengeance was at the death of Christ, when through death he was destroyed ; death was his own engine, his own contrivance, and he is destroyed by his own · weapon.
4. Another day is the day of the last judgement ; for which
day day they are said to be referred in cezios; pzig. filiating, ihat whatever heil oi miery the desi de in a leads, yet there is a further recrea.ce abi_ing Lin at the itcood cmning of Curt.
Secondly, I fall here on fubjoin a few serious when Chriít is arenged upon this enery in his rembers, or in the Iedeemed.
1. The vengeance of a Redeemer falls upon this ecemy in the day of converfoa ; for then the Redeemer by the power cf bis sovereign grace, polis be poor lamb cut of the very jave of the Lion ; the soul is then trandated out of the power of darkness into the kingdom of his dear Soa; the strong: hoids of that enemy, which he dad reared up in the heart, are ruined.
2. The day of believing, when the poor fou!, by the power of ihe Spirit of faith, is brought to let to its seal tha: God is true. The great work of the devil is to fander God in this world, as if he were not worthy of credit, as if bis word were not to be trusted; he abode not in the truth himself, and he cannot endure to see any man or woman abiding in the truth, or assenting to it. This was the engine whereby he ruined our first parents : at firit he brought them to discredit what God had said concerning the evil and danger of eating the forbidden fruit : Yea, says he, has God said io and so unto you? He persuaded them that it was otherwise than God had spoken, and then he had an easy prey of them. Thus, I say, it is Ss. tan's main work to flander and reproach God, as if he were not to be trusted. Now, when a poor soul, notwithstanding of all his arts and helith subtilies, sers to its seal that God is true, and ventures its eternal salvation upon the veracity of a promising God in Christ; what can be more galling and tormenting unto that enemy, than when they who were his bondNaves give him the lie, and subscribe unto the truth of God in his word?
3. The renewed actings of faith under strong temptation is another season when the Redeemer's vengeance falls upon that enemy; this is a time when his fiery darts are quenched, and made to recoil upon himself to his own disgrace. And how doth it gladden the heart of the great Captain of falvation, to Tee his soldiers acquitting themselves so well in the field of battle against his deadly enemy, refifting him and putting him to fight, and breaking his bows of feel in pieces !
4. The day of special nearness and access to God in his ordinances, when the poor believer is privileged to ride in the chariot of the wood of Lebanon with the King, brought into liis banqueting house, made to fit down under his Nadow with
great great delight. The enemy cannot endure to see any intimacy between God and man: his great design, at first, was to make a breach ; and when he sees the breach made up, and God and man in good terms, how must he grind his teeth for vexation to fee his great design baffled ? Then it is that God covers a table to his people in the prefence of their enemy, the enemy and avenger looking on with fpite and vexation of spirit. .
5. When the Redeemer rides in state in the chariot of the gospel through a land, when he “goes forth conquering, and to conquer," brings multitudes of fouls to yield themselves unto his obedience, this is a day of vengeance upon Satan and his kingdom. Luke x. 17. 18. when the seventy difciples returned from preaching the gospel among the cities of Israel, and gave Christ an account of their success with joy, he immediately answers, “ I faw Satan fal like lightning from heaven.” The difciples triumphed in their cafting out of Satan from the bodies of men; : but Chrift sees, and rejoices in the fall of the devil from the interest he had in the souls of men, which is called his power in high places, Eph. vi. 12. .
6. The day when an honourable testimony is given for Chrift in a chureh, or among a people, against errors and blasphemies that the devil and his emiffaries have vented, to the darkening of the Redeemer's glory, that is a day of vengeance upon Satan. Error is one of the main pillars of his kingdom, and one of his principal engines for hurting the kingdom of Christ, and poisoning the souls of men ; now, when the church is helped to cleave firmly to the truth, and to bear witness unto the Redeem. et's glory, the is a terrible as an army with banners" unto Satan and his emiffaries.
7. The day of death, when the poor believer is guarded to glory through his principality, by some of these chariots of angels which accompanied Christ when he ascended': the poor believer then mounts up to heaven quite out of the reach of Satan's fiery darts; and this cannot thun to torment " the ene. my and the avenger," as Satan is ealled, Plal. viii. 2. Thus you fee what is the day of vengeance.
V. The fifth thing was, to inquire why this day of vengeance is faid to be in the Redeemer's heari? Untó this I aniwer briefly in these two or three things. I he day of vengeance is in mine beart, it implies,
1. That he had firmly purposed, resolved upon it. It is, as if he had said, among the irreverfible decrees of Heaven, That 'the head of the old ferpent shall be broken by the feed of the woman.
2. It is in mine keart, it implies, tliat the thoughts of it were
a pleasure and delighit unto him.; As Christ delighted in the habitable parts of the earth, and rejoiced to come for the sale vation of men ; so at the time he rejoiced to take vengeance upon Satan, and ruin his kingdom, like a victorious and invincible general, he delighted to whet his glittering sword, and to render vengeance unto his enemies, and a reward unto those that hated him, and refused that he should rule over them. :
3. It is in mine heart, it implies, that he had not forgot. ten the quarrel he had with Satan and his works ; no, no. As if he had said, Although it be some thousands of years fince I said that I would bruise the head of that ferpent; yet do not think that the quarrel is forgotten, no, it is fresh in my mind, The day of vengeance is in mine heart; although fentence be not speedily execute, yet I will be about with him, and when I go to work, I will accomplish it with a vengeance indeed.
. . f. It is in mine heart, it implies, that the stated time of final vengeance lay as a secret in his own breast, for the times and seasons he hath kept in his own power ; only this we know in general, the time will come when he sees it moft for his own glory, and the good of the redeemed. is
VI. The fixth thing was, the Applicatiin of this branch of the doctrine. The firft use shall be by way of Information in these following particulars.
1. Hence we may see a beautiful ray of the supreme Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in opposition to that damnable error of Arianism that is now upon the field in the church of Scotland. What can be a clearer argument for proving hiin to be the supreme, self-existent, independent God, than this very word expressed by him in my text, The day of vengeance is in mine heart ? Vengeance is the prerogative of God alone: Rom. xii. 19.“ Vengeance is mine ; and I will repy it, faith the Lord.” Would ever the Son of God invade his Father's prerogative, if he were not the same in substance, equal in power and glory with his eternal Father? They who derogate from his divine glory, as if he were not the supreme God, and the very fame God numerically with the Father, they join a confederacy with the powers of hell against the glorious Redeemer, and consequently lay themselves open to the same vengeance that is in the heart of the Redeemer against Satan and all his works; and instead of getting thanks from the Father for leflening the glory of the Son, out of a pretended design of magnifying the glory of the Father, they expose themselves to the vengeance of the Father as well as of the