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and sacrifice of infinite worth and value ; and God Almighty is faithful, who hath promised. Wherefore to the Father he faith ; thou hast loved them, as thou hast loved me ; for thou lovedst me before the

foundation of the world: And to his Disciples he ' faith ; because I live, ye soall live also t. It is

strange that some persons who profess to believe the Scriptures, should deny that God made a covenant with Christ for us, when he saith expresly more than once, I have given him for a covenant of the people I: Now a covenant is more than a covenanter , and plainly signifies his glorious ability and faithfulness to fulfil the terms of that covenant which God had made with him for his ele&t's sake; or that he had actually performed all the conditions of it; and that of God they are all placed faithfully to our account: Hence to Christ he faith, By the blood of thy covenant, I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water |: And accordingly the Apostle testifies, that Christ is made of GOD unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and fanctification, and redemption. But the Psalmist is very full and particular on this great truth : I have made, faith he, Q. covenant with my chosen, I have forn unto David my servant. And, that he speaks not merely of David the son of Jese, but only mencions him as a Type of

Chrift,

t John xiv. 19.

Isa. xlix. 8.

ll Zech. ix, 11.

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Christ, is manifest to every one that attentively
reads the whole Psalm ; for he adds, (Verse 19.)
Then thou spakejt in vision to the HOLY ONE,
and saidt, I have laid help upon one that is mighty:
I have exalted one chosen out of the people. I have
found David my fervant : will ng holy oil have I
anointed him. With whóm my band ball be establish-
ed: mine arm also pall strengthen him. I will beat
down his foes before his face, and plague them that
hate him. He shall cry unto me, thou art my Father,
my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will
make him MY FIRST BORN, HIGHER
THAN THE KINGS OF THE EARTH.
My mercy will I keep for bim for evermore, and my
covenant all stand fast with him. His feed also
will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the
days of beaven. If his children forsake my law, and
walk not in my judgments ; if they break my statutes,
and keep not my commandments : Then will 1 visit
their transgresion with the rod, and their iniquity
with stripes. Nevertheless my loving kindness will I
not utterly take from him, nor suffer any faithfulness
to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the
thing that is gone out of my lips. Once bave I
fworn by my holiness, that I will not lie unto David.
His feed fall endure for ever, and his throne as the
fun before me t.
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Thus + Pfal. lxxxix. 1937

Thus 'tis clear that Christ was in covenant with God for his chofen; and therefore they shall never perish : even their own sins shall not destroy them; for the Lord hath spoke it.: - But,

3. A Third reason for the certain salvation of believers is, because Christ bath fulfilied all righteoulness, and was made a curse for them: And, according to the tenour of the first covenant, God requires no more of any man than to fulfil his just and perfect law, and satisfy for the breach of it. But this Christ hath done for his elect, who is therefore made unto them righteousness; hence he also saith, their fins and their iniquities I will remember no more : Saint John also, writing to believers, faith; if any man fin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our fins *.- Thus CHRIST is the Surety of the New Testament, who stood engaged to pay the debts, that is, to satisfy divine justice for all the sins, of all his people : And, blessed be God, he hath done it.

Therefore Christ, in that he is risen from the dead, and ascended to the Father, bath ceased from bis own works, as God did from his t: For he is

now

• 1 John ii. 2.

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+ Heb. iv. 10.

sow entered, with his own blood, into heaven itfelf; there to appear in the presence of God for us. This is the ground of God's pardoning our iniquities in righteousness, and not imputing sin uinto us. It is a righteous thing with God to require satisfaction for the transgression of his just and holy law; but not to require it a second time, after that he hath received full and complete payment at the hand of Jesus, our heavenly surety : And they who affirm the contrary, charge God with injustice; as much as those who deny that God is juft, in exacting satisfaction at the hands of transgressors.

4. God hath absolutely promised eternal life in Christ to his elect, and confirmed it with an oath : For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he fware by bimself : Wherein, faith the Apostle, God, willing more abundantly to thew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it with an oath : That by two immutable things, in which it was imposible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay bold upon the hope set before us *. Christ also, speaking of his sheep, for whom, faith he, I lay down my life, assures us, they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them Dd 3

out * Heb. vi. 13- 19.

out of his hand: My Father, he adds, which gave them me, is greater than all ; and none is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand *.

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The promises of God in Christ to his people that believe on him, are always mentioned by the Apostles, as the security of the Saints at all times and in all circumstances: For He is faithful that promised t. And again, God is faithful, by whom Je were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Cbrift I: Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also

bear it ||. Wherefore he faith, When thou pasejt thro the waters, I will be with thee ; and thro the floods, they hall not overflow thee: When thou walkest thro' the fire, thou malt not be burnt, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee; for I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Ifrael thy Saviour 8. — God also himself tells us how, and by what nieans he will keep his people from falling away : For it is written; I will give them one beart, and one way, that they may fear mi for ever : And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put, faith God, my fear in their hearts, that they fall

not * John X. 29. + Heb. x. 23. 1 1 Cor. 1. 9. 11 1 Cor. X. 13.

Isa. xliii. 2, 3.

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