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may be one in us, I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one (i. e. in God through Christ) and that the World may know that thou hast loved them, as thou hast loved me, for thou loveft ine before the Foundation of the World. I have manifested thy Name unto the Men which thou gavest me out of the World ; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me.
I pray for them, I pray not for the World, but for them which thou hast given me, for they are thine, and all mine are thine, and thine are mine, (by eternal Donation). And I am glorified in them, and now come I to thee, and these Things I speak in the World, that they might have my Joy fulfilled in them,” John xvii. 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, 20, 22, 23, 24. Here we might observe that our Saviour's Petitions in Time, were to strengthen the Faith of his People; for his Prayer was granted by the Father, and settled in Heaven from Eternity, Psal. cxix. 8, 9. We therefore, by Faith, may hear the Father's Answer, saying, “My well beloved Son, all thy Petitions are granted, for it is also my good Pleasure to give them my Kingdom,” Luke xii. 32. Now both Parties being agreed, all is Harmony and Love: the Council of Peace between the Fa. ther and the Son respecting Salvation, being ratified for ever. But the Covenant of Man's Redemption must be next recorded in the close Rolls of the Divine Decree; that contains Blessings bestowed on the Redeemed; this Price is to be paid by the Redeemer, which from Scripture Records .we may collect as follows: whereas Israel, the Church, hath destroyed herself, therefore in God only her Help can be found, Hof. xiij. 9. Then the God-Man Christ Jesus fore-ordained, freely entered himfelf, and was inrolled as a Surety in the Behalf of his Church, to answer all the Demands of the divine
Law and justice, consequently 10 make an A tone. ment by Death, and therefore called, The Lamb pain (or appointed to be nain) from (or before) the Foundation of the World, Rev. xiii. 8. that he might redeem his Bride from the Curie she had incurred through breaking God's Law; being made a Curse for her. For it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a Tree, Gal. iii. 13. The Prophet David also speaking in the Person of Christ to God the Father, faith, “ Sacrifice and Burnt offerings for Sin thou didft not desire nor require (but as Types of Christ the true Sacrifice) then said I (the Redeemer) Lo I come, as in the Volume of the Book it is written of me: for I delight to do thy Will, O God: yea thy Law is within my Heart,” Pfalo xl. 6, 7, 8. Here holy David being inspired by the Holy Ghost, referred' the Church to the Original Foundation of her Redemption, by Virtue of a Covenant made between God the Father and God the Son, and recorded in the great Volume or Book of God's Decrees, before Time began. " For the Secrets of the Lord are with them that fear him, he will shew them his Covenant," Psal. xxv. 14. It has been already observed that Solomon also by Inspiration of the Holy Ghost (pake of Christ's delighting himself with the Sons of Men before the World began, with those no Doubt whom the Father had given him to redeem, Prov. viii. 31. That the chosen Race was given him is manifeft by Christ's own Words, viz." This is the Father's Will that fent me, that of all which the Father hath given me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last Day,” John vi 30. Allo St. Paul referred the Church to this fame Covenant, between the Father and the Son, before Time began, which is evident as follows: “ Paul a Servant of God, and an Apostle of Jesus Christ, according
to the Faith of God's Elect, and the acknowledging of the Truth which is after Godliness. In Hope of eternal Life, which God that cannot lie promised before the World began,” Tit. i. 1, 2. To whom did God promise the Church eternal Life before the World began ? Answer. To Chrift, the federal Head of his Church, for Grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the World began, 2 Tim. i. 9. The inspired Prophet allo speaks as confidently as though he heard the Son say to the Father (when the Covenant was agreed to)“ Thy dead Men, O Father, shall live, together with my dead Body shall they arise,” Ifa. xxvi. 19. They shall be quickened by Faith in the Blood of the Covenant, in this World, who were dead in Trespasses and Sins through the Fall, Epb. ii. i. For by Virtue of this Covenant, God who is rich in Mercy, for his great Love's sake, wherewith he loved them before Time began,, even although they were as dead to God in Sin, as was the dead Body of Christ in the Tomb : yet he quickened them, and Christ together (in Effect) when he arose from the Dead, for his Life was the Ground and Root of their Life, Eph. ii, 4, 5. And this was foretold by the Spirit of Prophecy, viz. Come, let us turn to the Lord by Repentance, for he hath torn us in Christ our Head) and he will heal us, he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two Days will he revive us, in the third Day he will raise us up, and we shall live together (viz. Christ and his Members) in God's Sight, Hof. vi. i, 2. But why does God quicken fome, and pass by others, leaving them in their Sins ? Because he hath Mercy on whom he will, they shall certainly be quickened who belong to the Election of Grace, Rom. xi. 5. and to the general Assembly and Church of the First-born, whole Names are written or inrolled in Heaven,
Heb. xii. 23. A Priviledge which ought to rejoice the Heart of God's People more than any other Gitt or Grace. “ Rejoice not (faith Jesus) that evil Spirits are subject unto you: but rather rejoice because your Names are written in Heaven,” Luke X. 20. This, it seems they knew, otherwise they could not rejoice. It is a peculiar Knowledge, which God, through infinite Mercy by Christ Jesus, hath been graciously pleased to communicate to the true believing Church in all Ages. Holy David knew that in God's Book, all his Members were written, when as yet there was none of them, Pfal. cxxxix. 16. And no Doubt but he saw his Name (through Faith) written in the Book of Life, when God set him up upon Christ the Rock, Psal. xxvii. 5. Saint Paul also when writing to a Minister at Philippi, to make up a Difference among the Brethren, seems to express his Love and Care for them, because their Names were written in the Book of Life; and on this Account (as Christ had done before) he bids them rejoice in the Lord, not in their Frames or Feelings, but in being the Beloved in Chrift Jesus, Pbil. iv. 3, 4.
And chosen in him before the Foundation of the World, Eph. i. 4. The Knowledge of this, though not attained by every weak Believer, is attainable to all the People of God, who have received true Faith which works by Love, called The Faith of God's Elect, Tit. i. 1. who know the Truth which makes them free, Joha viii. 32. Having Christ in them the Hope of Glory, Col. i. 27. Enabling them by the Spirit of Adoption, to call God their reconciled Fatber; the Spirit itself bearing witness with their Spirits, that they are the Children of God, and Joint-heirs with Christ, Rom. viii. 15, 16. As it was prophesied that God's Chosen should receive the Knowledge of their Salvation by the Remission of their Sins, Q2
Luke ii. 77. and overcome the World, and gain. . their Victory through Faith, 1.John.v..4. And he that thus overcomeih, Christ promiseth to give him the hidden Manna (inward Absolution) which none knoweth, but he that receiveth it, Rev. ii, 17. Thus by searching the Scripture, and by comparing them with their own Experience as some think, lo others believe, they have eternal Life, Jobn v. 39. Having through Grace given all Diligence to make their Calling and Election sure, 2 Peter i. 10. They by Faith perceive their Names written in the Lamb's Pook of Life, Rev. XX. 15. and can truly say by Heart-felt Experience, that God hath made Chriit unto them Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification and Redempcion, 1 Cor. i. 30. And although the World by Wisdom knoweth not God, i Cor. i. 2.1. Which makes the mourning Prophet ask, WhQ hath believed our Report, and to whom is the Arm of the Lord revealed ? For there is no Form nor Comeliness in Christ to the Sight of Unbelievers, neither do they defire him, Ija. liii. 1, 2. And they say (in their Hearts) unto God, Depart from us, for we desire not the Knowledge of thy Ways, Job xxi. 14. (Therefore the Prayers fpecified and offered up to the Father by our adorable Redeemer are not pertinent, nor likely to be of Use to Unbelievers continuing such): yet to the believing Spouse he is the chiefest among ten Thousand, and altogether lovely, Cant. v. 10,'16. For he daily feeds her in his Garden of Grace with Milk and Honey, saying Eat, o Friends, yea, drink abundantly, l. Beloved, Cant. y. I. Therefore the Spouse, like the busy Bee, fucks Honey out of every Flower, i. e. im. proves by every Premise in holy Writ, and believ, eth the Words of her Redeemer, who positively declares, All that the Father hatb given me, Mall come unto me, John vi. 37. And the inspired Pro