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Rom. iv. 17. He foresaw the Fall of Man, and no Doubt, appointed the Means of his Recovery. Man being fallen in God's Account before he existed, and ruined himself and his Offspring. We may suppose, to illustrate the Point in Hand, that a Question was asked in Heaven, viz. Forasmuch as Man had foolishly sold himself for Nought, how was it possible that he could be redeemed without Money, (or Price from fallen Man) and God's Justice suffer no Wrong? Ifa. lii. 3. We'll suppose the mysterious Question was astonishing to Angels, who all stood silent in the Court of Hear ven, when the eternal Father, who knew what he intended to do, unfolded the grand Mystery of Christ's coming into the World, the Son of God to die for Man, that he should affume our Nature in the Virgin's Womb, to be qualified for the important Trust, Rom. ix, 5. and fulfil the Father's righteous Laws in our Stead, Mat. v. 17. and fufter Death for our Disobedience, viz. The Just for the Unjust, that he might lawfully bring loft Souls home unto God, i Peter iil. 8. And God's Justice suffer no Wrong: that God might be just, and the Justifier of all who through Grace believe in the Merits of Jesus, Rom. iii. 26. And their Faith (not the Act of Believing, but the Object believed in) shall be imputed unto them for Righteousness, Rom. iv. 22.

And in Consequence of his becoming Man, and humbling himself to the Death of the Cross, Phil. ii. 8. God the Father covenants with his Son, saying, “ Ask of me, and I will give thee the Heathen for thine Inheritance, and the uttermoft Parts of the Earth for thy Poffesion,” Psal. ii. 8. “ Thy Dominion also shall be from Sea to Sea, and from the River unto the Ends of the Earth,” Pfal. Ixxii. 8. " For the Earth is mire, and the Fulness thereof; yea, the World,


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and all they that dwell therein,” : Psal. xxiv. 1. Out of which a Seed shall serve thee, and it shall be accounted unto the Lord for a Generation, Pfal. xxii. 30. (Thus were we “chosen in Christ before the Foundation of the World, that we should be holy and without Blame before him in Love," Eph.

On this Account, Jesus said to his Disciples, “ Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should bring forth Fruit, even Fruit that should remain,” Jobin xv.

16.) And this Generation of chosen People, Thall from Age to Age, through Faith in the Blood of the Covenant, be imputed Righteous, Gen. xv. 6. and shall be always accepted in Christ the Beloved, Eph. į. 6. “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all Iniquity, and purify unto him, felf a peculiar People, zealous of good Works,”

But in his Righteousness shall they make their Boast; He is the Glory of their Strength, and in his Favour they shall lift up their Horn," Psal. lxxxix. 16, 17, And at length they Tall fing a loud Song in Heaven, with sweet Melody, when Time Thall be no more ; saying, “ Worthy is the Lamb that was Nain, to receive Power, and Riches, and Wisdom, and Strength, and Honour, and Glory, and Blessing," Rev. v.12. Who hath redeemed us unto God by his Blood, out of every Kindred, and Tongue, and People, and Nation,” ver. 9.

ver. 9. With what unspeakable Joy. will the dear Emmanuel "rejoice over his Bride, when she appears in his Presence, clothed in her beautiful Garments, the fine Linen, which is the Righteousness of the Saints ? Rev. xix. 8. And her Beauty made perfect through his Comeliness, Ezek. xvi. 14. 0! how gloriously is the Church described when entered on her triumphant State! Made up of a great Multitude which no Man ean


number, out of all Nations, Kindreds, People and Tongues, standing before the Throne of God, and before the Lamb, clothed with white Robes, and Palms (the Emblem of Victory) in their Hands, afcribing Salvation unto God which fitteth upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the Angels stood round aboạt the Throne, and about the Elders, encircling the whole Choir. And both Saints and Angels, united in the same folemn Worship, fell before the Throne on their Faces, in Token of Reverence and Homage, saying, “ Amen, Blessing, and Glory, and Wisdom, and Thanksgiving, and Honour, and Power, and Might, be unto our God, for ever and ever, · Amen.” Thus the Son with great Delight views his dear-bought Church, who came out of great Tribulation, having washed their Robes, and made them white in his own Blood; joined in sweet Connection with the angelick Hoft, to praise God Day and Night, for ever and ever, in his holy Temple, Rev. vii

. 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 Thus we find the Holy Ghost exhibits the State of the Church in her glorified Condition, in the new Jerusalem, the Church triumphant, Rom. xix. 7. in

7 her full Dress, adorned as a Bride for the Bridegroom, Rev. xxii, 1. Of which blessed State Saint John speaks so familiarly and positively as if all the Redeemed were arrived thither, because they surely shall; Grace and Glory being one with God! Grace is the Bud, and Glory is the Fruit. But let us take a Review of the Church, and ourselves, originally : God regarded us in our low Eftate; we'll suppose the Father saying, “ Son, thy intended

, Bride is in Misery, but she must be redeemed by thy Blood, in order to be entitled to Heaven, and to be made meet for Glory above with thee: without sheding thy Blood there can be no Remission of her-Sins, Heb. ix. 22. Neither will any other Sa.crifice (which are only Types) be sufficient; Levitical Sacrifices being only Types and Shadows, but a Body have I prepared thee, Heb. x. 5. Likewise, all Power is given unto thee both in Heaven and in Earth, Mait. xxviii. 18. I'll judge no Man, but do hereby commit all Judgment unto thee my Son, and none shall receive Lite eternal, but those that receive thee,” John v. 22.

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Now the mysterious Son, God's equal Fellow, Zech. xiii. 7. In whom all the Fulness of the Godhead dwelleth bodily, Col. ii. 9. Knowing that his Father's Will was to redeem the Church, (said when he came upon

Earth, “ I came down from Heaven, not to do mine own Will, but the Will of him that sent me,” John vi. 38. His saying in Time was the Index to discover the eternal Mind before Time began) He, I say, who is Almighty to deliver, immediately stood up, like a Giant refreshed with Wine, to smite his Enemies, Pfal. lxxviii. 65, 66. and broke Silence in the Court of Heaven, faying, “ Behold! I that speak in Righteousness am mighty to save my Bride: Pill travel in the greatness of my Strength on this important Errand, Ifa. lxiii. 1. I have Power to lay down my Life to redeem her, and I have Power to take it again, having received this Commandment of my Father, John x. 17, 18. Therefore, Salvation being ensured by the eternal Compact, the Bride's Happiness is sure and certain ; I am Alpha and Omega, (faith Chrift) the Beginning and the End. I will give unto them that thirst after Righteousness to drink out of the Fountain of the Water of Life freely, Rev. xxii. 13, 17.

There fhall be a Fountain opened in my Side (springing from my Heart, in Consequence of my Incarnation) from whence shall issue Blood and Water, for their Justification, and Sanctification; in which my Bride fhall wash away her Sins, and Uncleanness

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upon Earth, Zech. xiii. 1. And I will allure her, and bring her up out of the Wilderness of Sin, and cause her to lean on me her Beloved, Cant. viii. 5. She shall understand by my written Word, that i, even I, am the Lord, and besides me there is no Saviour. And that before the Day was, or Time began, I am he that covenanted with my Father, to satisfy Divine Justice in the Behalf of my Spouse. Also, as the Father hath loved me, even so have I loved her, John xv. 9.

And there is none that can pluck her out of my Father's Hands, John x. 29. I will work out her Salvation, and none shall let it, Ifa. xliii. 11, 13. Hereby I'll cause her to know that I have loved her with an everlasting Love, and therefore with Loving-kindness have I drawn her unto me, Jer. xxxi. 3. And this Knowledge of Faith shall so work by Love in her Heart, that it shall make her willing to part with all her sinful Pleasures, and impatiently desirous to crucify the Flesh on my Cross, 'till the whole Body of Sin (the old Man) is destroyed, Rom. vi. 6. So shall she put on me, the Lord Jesus, and make no Provision for the Flesh, to gratify the Lufts thereof, Rom. xiii. 14. Thus wearing my Righteousness, and cleansed by my Blood, having my Spirit of Love formed in her Heart, which shall be as a Well of living Water, springing up into everlasting Life, Job iv. 14.

Then shall she love the Lord her God with all her Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength, Mark xii. 30. and so be made meet for my Glory. And holy Father, my Will is that they whom thou hast given me, be where I am, to behold my Glory which I had with thee before the World was; neither pray I for these alone, but for . them also which shall believe in me through their Word. And the Glory which thou hast given me (as Son and Heir) I have given them, thạt they


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