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is directed to put on, Ija. lii. 1. (For unto her it was granted that she should be arrayed in fine Linen, clean and white, which is the Righteousness of the Saints, Rev. xix. 8. And in this Dress worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness, Psal. xxix. 2.) God the Father, the King of Glory, now viewing his Daughter, his Son's Bride, all glorious within, and her Clothing, being fine Linen wrought in Gold, fixeth his Love on her, and invites her to take a Tour, and view her immense Kingdom, by walking about Sion, and going round about her, telling the Towers therecf. She is defired to mark well her Bulwarks (or Places of Defence) and consider her Palaces. Also God the Father would not have her be ignorant of her Privilege, which she hath gained by her late Marriage to his Son. He orders her to rejoice with the Church, and be glad because of God's Judgments on her Enemies ; telling of her glorious Match to fucceeding Generations, viz. that this Faithful God will be her Guide unto Death, Psal. xlviii. 11, 12, 13, 14.
And what is it to walk round about Sion? but to walk by Faith, and view all the precious Promises God has made to his Church or Bride, from the Beginning of Genesis to the End of Revelations. These are the stately Towers, built by the high and lofty one that inhabiteth Eternity, for the Safety and Comfort of his Son's Bride. Tell her Towers, faith God, number them, for they are all to Believers in Christ, Yea, and Amen ; that is, sure and everlasting to the Glory of the unchangeable God the Faiher, 2 Cor. i. 20. All Privileges, Gifts, and Graces belong to the Bride, “ whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the World, or Things present, or Things to come ; all are yours, and ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's, 1 Cor. iii. 2!, 22, 23. God, having convinced her of his Faith
fulness to her Soul; orders the Bride to sing a new Song of Triumph, in Praise to his glorious Name: and be telling of his Salvation (by Christ) from Day to Day. And declare his Honour unto the Unconverted; viz. That faithful is he that hath promised, and that he will bring safe to Glory, every Soul who is enabled through Grace, and made willing to be married to Chritt, Psal. xcvi. 1, 2, 3. And that she might see herselt safe in the Marriage. Covenant, God gives his Word, his Oath, and Honour, as a Pledge for her Safety : For, faith God, “I will be as a Wall of Fire round about her, and will be the Glory in the Midst of her," Zech. ii. 5. And all Believers having experienced the Truth boldly reply, “ Gad forbid that I should glory, save in the Merits of my Lord Jesus Christ," Gal. vi. 14. For all Believers are crucified to the World, and dead to the Law, according to the Measure of their Faith : therefore they adopt the Language of the Apostle, “ He that glorieth, let him
glory in the Lord," 2 Cor. x. 17. and subscribe to the Words of the Prophet, “ Let not the wife Man glory in his Wisdom, let not the mighty Man glory in his Might, nor let the rich Man glory in his Riches : but let him that glorieth, glory in this, (viz.) that through my Grace he understandeth and knoweth me, faith the Lord,” Jer. ix. 23, 24. For I delight to thew Kindness to my Son's Bride: and it is my good Pleasure to give her the Kingdom, Luke xii. 32. She is also desired to mark well Sion's Bulwarks, viz. God's eternal Decrees, for now her Faith is increased, she might venture to read them. For the Secrets of the Lord are with them that fear him, and he will shew them his Covenant,” Psal. XXV. 14
Which Covenant is made with Chrift, whom God hath given the Church to perform (in
her Stead) all the good Pleasure of his Will, ifa. xlii. 6. And for his Sake alone, God hath predestinated and adopted the Bride into his Family, that she might praile the Glory of his Grace, which hath made her accepted in the Beloved, Eph. i.5, 6. For it is a Covenant of everlasting Peace, that never shall be removed to all Eternity, lja. liv. 10. And as David said, so might every Believer say, Although Sense might lose at Times the Presence of God, yet he hath made with me (in Christ before Time began) an everlasting Covenant, well ordered in all Things, and sure. Which Covenant I trust in for all my Salvation, and desire no other, 2 Sam. xxiii. 5. Great Reason had David then to trust in this. Covenant, when God had sworn by his Holiness, that he would not fail or lie unto him, Pfal. Ixxxix. 34. The same Reason hath every Believer
. to apply God's Oath to himself, which is evident from God's Word, as follows, viz. “ Incline your Ear and come unto me, hear and your Soul shall live, and I will make an everlasting Covenant with you, even the sure Mercies of David,” Ifa. lv.
3. And again, “ I the Lord have called thee (viž. Christ) in Righteousness, and will hold thy Hand, and will keep thee, and will give thee for a Covenant of the People, for a Light of the Gentiles : To open their blind Eyes, to bring out the Prifoners from their Prison house of Sin
and Unbelief; that they who sat in Darkness, might see a great Light (through believing) That they might glorify my Naine, for giving them my Son, to redeem their precious immortal Souls. For my Glory will I not give to another, neither my Praise to Men's graven Image Righteousness,” Isa. xlii. 6, 7, 8. " Now unto us (the Church) a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the Government shall be on his Shoulder; and his Name bal} be called,
Wonderful, Counfellor, : The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the Increase of his Government there shall be no End, to establish it with Judgment and Justice, from hence forth even for ever. The Zeal of the Lord of Hofts will perform this,” Ifa. ix. 6,7. And this Child, God hath made Sin (or a Sin-offering) for us, who knew no Sin, that we might be made the Righteousness of God in him, 2 Cor. V. 21. « For he was wounded for our Transgressions, he was bruised for our Iniquities, the Chastisement of our Peace was upon him, and with his Stripes we are healed. All we, like Sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own Way; and the Lord hath laid on him the Iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and afflicted, and brought as a Lamb to the Slaughter, and opened not his Mouth. He was taken from Prison, and from Judgment," condemned without Fault, and then cut off out of the Land of the Living, for the Transgressions of kis People. For it pleased the Lord to make his Soul an Offering for Sin, that his Seed might be justified (viz. true Believers) and the Pleasure of the Lord prosper in his Hands. And Christ hinself foresaw the Agony of his Soul, yet was fatisfi. ed to die, to justify many: He laid down his Life for his Sheep, and bare their Iniquities; and interceded for the Transgressors, Isa. liii. 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, II, 12. À
Lord our God, grant that we might esteem the in
valuable Blood which was med by our adorable Redeemer in his last Combat with the Powers of Darkness, and daily view him in his Agony and bloody Sweat, under the Wine-Press of God's Wrath. Also when be suffered the cruel. Scourging in Pilate's Hall, when he gave bis Back to the Smiters, and at last his Life a
Ransom for our Sins on the Cross. May our Lord's Sufferings by gaining the Bloody Vietory, excite all bis faithful Followers to renounce all finful Pleasures bere below, and count them but Dross for the Excellency of the Knowledge of Christ. May all who are become the Bride, the Lamb's Wife, aspire after higher Enjoyments, such as eating the delicious hidden Marna, the Confolation of the Wbite Stone, and the Honour of fitting with Christ in his Throne, even as be is sat down with his Father in kis Throne, Rev. iii. 21,
God's everlasting Love to the Church. His
Covenant of Grace with CHRIST in her Behalf. And his eternal Decree to save her before the Foundation of the World.
Ehold! now I shall endeavour to set forth the
Covenant ordained betwixt the Father and the Son, no Doubc before Time began; as appears from the Words spoken under the Character of Wisdom, “ The Lord possessed me in the Beginning of his Way, before his Works of old. I was fet up from Everlasting, from the Beginning, or ever the Earth was. While as yet he had not made the Earth. Then was I by him, as one brought up with him, and was daily his Delight, rejoicing, always before him. Rejoicing in the habitable Part of his Earth, and my Delights were with the Sons: of Men,” Prov. viii. 22 - 31. "
God calleth thofe Things that are not, as though they were,