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in what Terms he.pleased,' or wits] the Person of our Surety, and the Son of God, who was incapable of eternal Death and Desperation,; for, him to sufser the same Kind of Punishment which was due to us, was .neither imposed nor proper; it was enough he suffered what was required,, and made Satisfaction for all our > . Transgressions, whereby the Honour of the Divine .. LaWs was preserved, our Giiilt expiate, and our selves received into Favour again; as it is written, He hath ^ made him to he Sin for mf who knew no Sin; that is, a 2 * Sacrifice for our Sins, that we wight be made the Righ- *. 2I* teousness of God in him, and "by him; therefore he is called, THE LORD OVR RIGHTEOVSNESS, because he Jer. '. is the procuring Cause and Dispenser of ajl our Graces 21. and all our Righteousness.
O the Depth of the Riches, both of the Wisdom and . ;. Knowledge ofGod, how unsearchable are his Judgment• and his .Ways past fiadingout. • :• *•.
IV. This brings us, in the last Place, to speak of the End of the Incarnation, why God sent forth his Son to be made of a.Woman, and to be made under the Law, Xvhich was to redeem us, who were under the Law,'."';"., and under the Curse of the Law, that we might receive the Adoption of Sons. It was to redeem us from all Evil, and to adopt us to all Good, even unto the glorious Liberty .and Privilege of the Children of God: • He came to seek and to fave that which was lost, that the World might have Lise, and have it more abundantly j this.was his Errand into the World, 2nd therefore he wjfs called Jeftts, thaf.he plight fave his ;„t People from their Sins. '*' :. ?.:
This Word Redemption is a borrowed Expression, and implies the Payment of a Ransom or Price in ExChange, of one in Thraldom dr Misery; such was our Klde'fPption, and such was our former Condition, a
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Condition of Sin and Misery, a State of Darkness and the Shadow of Death, which we had voluntarly brought upon our selves, in listening to the Tempter, and leaving God, and thereby were exposed to the Malice os our spiritual Enemies, and all the Severities of the Divine Justice, Having no Hope, and' without God in the World; but when the Fulness of Time, 8lc
This likewise was the Price of our Redemption, even the Incarnation of the Son of God, and the Blood of the Son of God, by which lie. fatisfied the Law for all our Debts, until the uttermost Farthing, and cancelled the Handwriting of Ordinances that was against us, and reconciled us unto the Father, giving himself for us, an Offering and a Sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling Savor. Less he would not give, and more could not be desired than this voluntary Oblation of himself, and Intercession in our Behalf, which was an Instance of. immense Love and infinitely obliging Kindness; here was Person for Person, and Life for Lise, he gave his Body to redeem our Bodies, and his Soul to.redeem our Souls, when he made his Soul ant)fsering for Sin, he was made a Curse, that we might be made Happy, eve*, the blessed of the Lord, as. it is written, Christ hath. redeemed us from the Curse of the Latv, being made a Curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangetb on a Tree, that the Biffing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Chris, that we might receive che Promise of the Spirit through Faith. :. *
Verily this was a great Blessing, that Christ should redeem us from the Curse of the Law, but greater yet, that we should
receive the Adoption of Sons, To be Heirs of God, and Rom.S. joint Heirs with Christ; A Privilege so great, so 17, 31. transcendent, that the beloved Disciple, wanting
Words to express the fame, he breaks out into Admiration, Behold what manner of Love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that weshould be called the Sons of God. Such Honour have all
Believers in Jesus Christ, to be called the Children of John 1. the Highest, as it is written, He was in the World, and
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the World was made by him, and th»: World knew him mt\ He came to his own, and his own received him not,, but as many, Of: received him, to them gave he Power to become the Sons of God, even to them that believe on his Name. 0$fid again,*Both he that sanBifieth, and they, t&as ar.e fanflifieds-dfe ajt. osyne, for which Cause he is not ashamed to call them Brethren. i O sublime Dignity, unspeakable Comfort, and excellent Privilege os Adoption, whereby we partake os the Dfviae: Nature, having Access to the Throne of Grace, and cry, Abba. father. Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual Blessings in heavenly Places in Christ j according as he hath chosen us in him before the Foundation of the World,. that we should be Holy and Blameless before him in Love, having predestinated us unto the Adoption; of Children fyy Jesus Christ unto himself, according te*the good Pleasure of his Will, to the Praise of the Glory of his Grace; wherein he hath made us accepted. in the Beloved, in whom we have Redemption through his Blood, even the Forgiveness of Sins, according to the Riches of his Grace. For as much then as we are not redeemed with corruptible'Things, as Silver and Gold, from our vain Converfation, btit with the precious Blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without Ble^nisb, and without Spot. Let us be Holy, as he that redeemed us is Holy in all manner of Conversation :.. For the Grace of God, the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, that bringeth Salvation, hath appeared unto all Men; teaching us, that denying Ungodliness and worldly Lusts, we should live Soberly, Righteously and Godly in this present evil World, resembling each bne the Children of a King, and the Children of our heavenly Father, as a chosen Generation, a royal Priesthood,, an holy Nation^ and a peculiar People, that we should show forth the Praise os him that called us.Qut of Darkness into his marvellous Light, which, in Times past were no People, but now are the People ofGod; which had not obtained Mercy, but now obtain Mercy. The Scriptures abound with Testimonies, and Exhortations to
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tbis.Purpose, that we being delivered out of the Hands .of alt. our Enemies, might serve him without Fear of. them all ther Days of our Lise: For to this End was the Son of God manifested in the Flesh, and made Way through all the Clouds of Heaven, that he might destroy all the Works of the Devil, and tell Men how passionately he loved them, and longed for their.Happiness, to show them the Wayto Heaven by his Holy; Life and excellent Doctrines, that he might bring many Sons into Glory.
Now, of the Things wbich we have spoken, this is the Sum,, That the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God, and fqr.out'fakes the Son of Man, is both God and Man in one Person; . God of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the World; an& Man of the Substance of his Mother, born in the World, persect: God and persect Man, of a reasonable Soul and humane Flesh subsisting, who although he be God and Man, yet he is not. Two but One, Christ not by Conversion of the Godhood into. Flesh, but by Assumption of the Manhood into the Godhood altogether; not by Confusion of Substance, but by Unity of Person: For as the reasonable Soul and Flesh is one Man, so God and Man is one Christ. So we Consess every one of us; with the; Catholick Church, I believe in God the Father . Almighty, and in one Lord Jesus Christ, who for w Men, and for our Salvation came down from Heaven, was conceived by the Holy Ghofi, and born of the blessed. Virgin Mary. This is a faiths ui Saying, and worthy of all Acceptation, that Christ jeftts came into the World to save Sinners, of whom I dm the Chief: So faid St. Paul, and so should every Penitent' fay of himself, in a" deep Sense of his Sins, and the Divine Goodness.
O blessed God, what Joy and Consolation results from this comfortable Doctrine of the Incarnation; as the Angels faid: unto the Shepherds, Behold, I bring you glad Tidings ofgreat Joyy which shall be to all People: For unto you is born this Day, in th? City of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord: Without whom, we had never known God our Friend, or he us, for
other than Enemies. Can two walk together except they be agreed? For our God is a consuming Fire: But now he hath reconciled us to himself by Christ' Jestfs, not imputing our Trespasses unto m. When the Wise Men faw Christ's Star, they rejoiced with exceeding great Joy, how much more when they faw Christ himself? Father Abraham rejoked to see. this Day afar of,, and th&Baptist leapt in his Mother^sSVbmb for Joy at the Salutation of the blessed Virgin, when Christ Was yet unborn.
How should our Hearts leap within us for Joy, For untotft. a. Child is born, and unto us a San is.eiven, of the Increase of whose Government and Peace there shall be no End', from henceforth, even for ever The Zjal of the LORD of Hosts hath done this.
Awake j awake, put on thy Strengths 0 ZJon, put on thy. beautiful Garments, 0 Jerusalem, the holy City. \t ,'
^ 0 sing unto the LORD a new Song,. for be hath. done marvelto u fly. '. \f'\. .... >'•
His right Hand and holy Arm hath gotten him the Victory, the LORD hath made known his Salvation,, his Righteousness hath he Openly shewed unto the World, he hath remembred his .Mercy and his Truth towards the'House o/Israel. All the Ends of the Earth hath seen the Salvation of our God. ;.' '.
Therefore let the Heavens rejoice, a.nd let the Earth be glad, let the Sea roar,, and the fulness thereof..
Let the redeemed of the LORD rejoice, whom he bath redeemed from the Hajtd^of the Enemy.
Kjhgs of the Earth and all People, ydung 'Men and. Maids, old . Men and.Children*. '•..«'•
Let all sing a Part with the Angels in that Christmafs Anthem, Glory to.God in the Highest,, and on Earth Peace, r good Will towards Men*. Araen, and Amen; . V
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