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with men: This is a faithful saying gaxd worthy of all acceptasion, that lelws Christ came into the world to save finners, Tim. 1. 1. How much is the Church (in the Canticles) affe&ed with the favour of this precious ointment!
O how much more precious then gold, more delightful thea all the rivers of Carnall pleasures, is that Oyl of gladnesse where. with the Son of God was a noinied: anointed to become the Saviour of my sinsul soul!
Solomon speakes of Oyl which did give a cheerfull countenance, sure I am, if there be any thing which can revive the heart of a drooping finner, which can cheare or quicken bis spirits, which can put life into him, it is this, that God bath appointed his Son to dye for him and to save bim.
Ow for the second question, ( viz) unlo what was Chrift
anointed ? For a satisfa Aion to this demand, we must know that chose who were anointed, by Gods command, were fequeftred to fingular and special offices thereby, and there were three sorts of persons, who were to execute three forts of offices, who were anointed.
First,che Priest, as we read of Aaron and the rest of that order.
Secondly, The Prophet, as Elisha by Elijak, 1 Kings 19. 16.
Thirdly, the King as David by Samuel, and Solomon , by Zadock.
Now Chrift differs from all others, who were anointed, we read that some were anointed co bę Kings, but not to be Priests nor Prophets; others were nointed to be Priests; but neither to be Propbets, nor Kings : others were anointed to be Prophets but neither to be Kings, nor Priests.
Againe we read of some who were to be Kings, and Priests as Melchisedek, others to be Prophets, and Kings, as David, fome to be Priests and Prophets, but not any one was anointed a King and a Priest and a Prophet conjunđively. Now here is the ex cellency and the eminence of Chriffs anointing, He was ancinted
to all those three offices, not only to be a Priest, but also a Prophet , not onely to be a Propher, but also to be a King.
Had he been a Priest only, he might have offered sacrifice, for our sinsul gilt. But who should bave then been the Propber, to have opened the eyes of the blind, and to give the ignoranc knowledge?
Had he been a Priest, to suffer and a Propher, to inftruét only, who should then have been a King, to have abolished the confufions of the Heart, and Life, and to bave subdued our finnes and so to lead captivity captive?
Nay that he might be a complear Saviour and Mediator. He was anointed to be Priest Prophei and King.I will open something in every one of these.
Hewas anointed, to be a Priest. Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchifedek, Psal. 110.4. fo Heb. 3. 1. fefus Christ is called the Apostle and High Priest of our profession ver. 2. He was faithful to him that appointed bim, see Heb J. 25. There are these things implyed in his anointing to be our Priest..
1. That he was designed perfectly :o fulfilebe Lamb of God for m. He was a satisfactory Priest, there was the ceremonial Law which be.fulfilled by abrogation, and there was the Morall Latt, which he fulfilled by obedience. Whatsoever the Law of God could require, either for the holinesse of nature, or of life, that was to be found in Christ: And such a high Priest became 26s; who is bely, harmele fe, unde filed, seper ase from finners, & c Heb. 7:26. Hence is be often called the holy and just one , AA. 3.14. and Chap. 4. 27, 30. and is said to be without lin. , He. had no finne at all of which he was personally giley, but he was every way a rigbreous person and fulfilled all righteoul nels,
I lay fulfilled it, not for himself onily, but for us ; so that if you would now look for a righteousnesse which can every way fatisfie, and which is every way punctually exact, and unblame. able, you must look out of your selves; unto the righteousnesse of Christ as Pauldid, Phil.3. and therefore he faith, chat Chrift is the end of the Law for righteon
mess santo, query; one that believeth, Rom. 10.4 To make expiation for finnes : He was an expiatory Priest.
There was in the Law, sacrifices offered by the Priest, of which some were Gratulatory, wherin God was praised;and ochers were Expiatory, wherein God was appealed; as in the oblations of the Lamb, &c. thus it stands with us. As we are creatures, we are bound to obey God; as rational and righteous creatures, we were bound to obey the Morall Law of God, and now as finful crea. tures, we are bound to answer the transgreffions of tbal Law, by exposing our persons to the endurance of the great curse of that Law, and the wrath of God: The Law is broken by us, Gods justice is wronged, his indignation moved, and our own gilt like so many cords hold us fast, and deliver us bound hand and foot to the vengeance and punishment of Gods pure and righteous justice.
Now suppose you saw a number of Malefa&ors going to execution, the Kings Son meets them, they are heavy, weeping and fubbing because death is approaching ; Why? faith che Kings sou weep not, you have provoked my father, and have deserved death, but fear you not, I will take a course to preServe your lives: How so? Thus, I will lay down my own life for you, I will dye for you, to deliver you. It is even thas becwixc Christ and us, we all have finned, and by reason of finne are bound over to death, and hell, how now Thall we escape! Thus,
God did give his own Son, and he did cake our fins on him, and did dye and shed his blood to expiate our gilt and procure our pardon. Hence is he called a sacrifice for fin, and he is said to be made fin for us. And to beare our fins in his own body on the tree, and that our iniquities was laid on bim, and that the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and to be delivered to death for our finnes and that Cbrist our Palleover was fa. crificed for us, 1 Cor. 5.7. And observe the phrase,Chrift ont Paleover, &c. You know that the Passeover had a Lamb, and the Lamb lost his life and blood, and that blood was (prinkled Apon the doors of the Children of Ifrael, and the destroying Angel did pass by the doors where it was sprinkled, and their lives were preserved, so it is here, we should have been destroyed, but Jesus Chrift our Paffeover was sacrificed for us, (i.e.) he did poure out his own blood, which did answer for our gile, and so preserved our souls.
Now concerning his Priestly expiation of our finnes obfcrve,
Firit, the Priest, who did offer this expiatory facri. fice.
Secondly, the sacrifice it self.
The Priest, was Jesus Christ, as God and man, as our Mediator,for that did belong to the Priest, who was to offer sacrifice to be a middle person: Aaron was to bear upon him thc finnes of the people, and to offer for them; ro Jesus Christ, as God and man, was he who did offer up that sacrifice, which did expiate our linness Heb. 5. 5. He that said unto him,ebou art my Sonne,10 day have I begotten thee, verf. 6. He faith also in another place, Thou art a Priest for ever after ebe order of Melchifedeck
The sacrifice it felf, was Christ as consisting of soul and body: by reason of our sins we bad forfeited both our fools and bodyes to the curse of the Law, and to the wrath of God: The arrest and attachment was out against both, but now Jelus Chrift became our Priest and offered his fool and body, to quit and release ours. Therefore it is said, that he made his soul as offering for fins, Isai. 53. 10. And that his soul was exceeding for. rowful evento death, Mat. 26:38. In it he felt the bitcer anguish and wrath, which made him to sweat, even drops of blood; And, as for his body, that was prepared for him to suffer for us. hence it is said, that he bore our.dons on his own body on the tree, i Pet. 2. 24. It is very trua, tbac che Godhead formally, was not the sacrifice, cbat could neicher fuffernor be afflicted, only it did aid and affift the humane nature, which was offered up as a sacrifice.
The Altar on which this sacrifice was offered, which did ex.? piate our sins, was Christ as God; as the saffering did properly belong to the humane nature, so the efficacy of that suffering, did apperraine to the divine nature; had he been God only, he could not have suffered, had he been man only, he could not have marired: The Altar sanctifierb the gifs, not the.gife che Altar; for here that wbich did make up the high efficacy of the lacrifice, was the divine nature of Christ. That Jefus Christ who was God and man did offer up himself as a sacrifice for fiones, was more then if all the holy Angels and holy men in the world
had suffered; there is now,by reason of the divine nature an infi. nice dignity to answer for all our sins which else had stood uncancelled.
The efficacy of this sacrifice, which is this, that he took away our fins, bloured out the band writing, nailed them to his cross, buried them in bis grave.
Heb. 9:28. Chrift was once offered to bear the fins of many, 10,11. Every Higli Priest standech daily miniftring and offers ing often-cimes the same lacrifice which can never take away sins. 12, But this man after be had offered one sacrifice for fins, for ever fare down on Ibe right hand of God.
He did by his facrifice take away all the gilt of sin, and all the satisfa&ory punishment, for all this was charged upon him as our Mediator, our Priest, and our furety, yea and he made a perfect reconciliation betwixt his father and us, and therefore as our Priest he is our propitiation, 1 7oh. 2. I. and our reconciliator and peace, Eph. 2. 14. and our atonement, Romanes 5. II.
So that to give the summe of all this, Jesus Christ was anoin. ted, that is, designed by God the Father to be our Priest, (i.c.) to offer up himielf, as a perfe&t satisfa&ion to divine Justice, for the remission of all our fins, and punishments, and this he did perfe&ly performe for us, and this was accepted of God for
I say for us, he was made fin for us, that we might be made the righčeousness of God in him; and who is made righteousnes, redemption, and sanctification, and wisdome and chat of God, whatsoever he did, or suffered from his Father, it was as our furety, in our stead, and so it is reputed.
A third part of his Priestly office is this, that he doth make intercession, 1/4.53,12. He bare the finnes of many, and made intercefsion for the transgreffors, ro Rom. 8. 34. It is Christ that dyed or rather that is rilen againe, and is even at the right hand of God who also makech intercession for us. And therefore he is called our advocate, 1 Joh. 2. 1. and is said to appear for us, Heb. 9.24. He is as it were the Deputy, or rather our Attorney, to Negotiate for us, with the Father. There is a two fold intercession, one by way of duty, another