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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
t John xiv. 19.
Isa. xlix. 8.
ll Zech. ix, 11.
Christ, is manifest to every one that attentively
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
• 1 John ii. 2.
+ 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 *.
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.