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That they were41 graven with an iron pen and lead, in 'the rock for ! And now the anfwer to this call is wrought in the ( 133 )( 1.) The will fummons all its.confidences, and calls them off from every other bottom, to beftow them wholly upon Chrift ; and this confills in our voluntarily renouncing all ether helps, excepting Jefus Chrift alone.; now it renounceth its own righteoufnefs ; it calls home dependance from every other objects.(2.) Hereupon there is a willing and chearful receiving of Chrift, and refignation of ourfelves to his a&ual difpofal, to quicken us, and lave us in his own way.(3.) Upon this follows the foul's confidence, and dependence, upon Jefus Chrift for life and for falvatian ; a clear beholding of God in Chrift, and Chrift in the promifes, cloth prefent fuch variety and fulnefs. As is the clearnefs of our fouls in bota toming ourfelves on Chritt for righteoufnefs, fo will be our quicknefs, and fuccefsful progrefs in the work of holinefs.3. And the meaning of the Pfalmift, and of the apoftle, When he afcended up on high, he led captivity captive ; is, he vanquithed and triumphed over all our ene.. ( 138 )he fpoiled hell, he weakened fin, he deftroyec/ death, and now he makes a public triumphal thew of them in his own perfon. I anfwer, the right hand of God is the majefly, dignity, dominion, power, and glory of God. The right hand of the Lord is exalted, the right hand of the Lord cloth valiantly .-r Thy right hand, O Lord, is become..s 2 ( 140 )glorious in power : thy right hand, O Lord, hails &liked in pieces the enemy.2. I anfwer, it is not any corporal feffion at God's right band ; which Stephen contradias, Paying, I fee the heavens opened, and the Son of man 'landing on the right hand of God. Why now remember that Chrift is rifen from the dead, and by his glorious refurrection, death is (wallowed up in. Job was fo tranfported with this, that he eminently break-s out, "0 that my words were now written, O that40 they were printed in a book ! , that it is the will of the Lord that he fhoukl come, and live, and believe, and lay hold on Chrift ; that God doth particularly call, and bid him come to Chrift, the &unt taro of life.2. For the third queftion ; what are the means ofthis conformity, or vivification on our parts? Wait upon God in the miniftry of the word, this is a means whereby Chrift ordinarily effeaeth this vivification: and by this means it is that dead fouls are quickened ; the miniftry of the word is the trumpet of Jefus Chrift ; when that founds, who knows but he may quicken the dead? Exercife faith upon the Lord Jefus, as to juftification. Ought not Chrill to have fufered th(fe things, andfo to enter into his glory ? In his refurre&ion he conquered, but in his afcenfion he led fin, death, and the devil in triumph, at his chariot wheels.

Art thou afraid, of death, hell, and the power of the grave ? _Then it bath yet fome brighter believing beams; it confidently clofeth with this find? And immediately upon this joy is made in heaven by the angels, God himfelf applauded it, for this my Son was dead, and is alive; hs was loft, and isfound. When he afcended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. But the meaning is, he went above all thofe vifible heavens, into thofe heavenly' manfions, where the angels and the fpirits of the jutt have their abode.[4.] Why he afcended, the reafons are, (1.) On Chrift's part, that through his paffion, he might pals to glory. That in our Read he might triumph over fin, death, and hell.

always delivered unto death for Jefus fake, that the life alfo of Jefus might be made manifeft in our mortal flefh."5. O what fountains of life are the promifes to a living man? Whereas all thefe glorious things of the gapel are to the natural man but as a withered flower, 'a fealed book, a dry and empty ciftem ; he bath no ufe of them.. If Chrifi be in you, the body is dead becaufe of fin, but the fpirit is life becaufe of righteoufnefs; the body indeed is fubjelit to corporal death through the remainders of fin, but the fpirit is life here, and shall be life hereafter, even for ever. hall anfwer only to the vivification ufually wrought. recorded ; and thence inferreth as to a man's own Pelf, that by the Alliance of the fpirit of holinefs, who railed up Jefus from the dead, it is poffible for him to attain this life. The internals being quickened, there enfueth the renewing of the outward actions, life and oonverfation. For the afcenfion of Chrift, this was a glorious Flefign, and contains in it a great part of the falva﷓ ( 156 )tion of our fouls. Hereby he thews that he is Lord of all the creatures ; he had already trampled upon the earth, walked upon the fea, vanquithed hell or the grave, and now the clouds receive him, and the heavens are opened to make way for this King of glory to enter in.2. Death was led captive without a Ring ; hell was led captive as one that had loft her viaory ' • the ferpent's head being bruifed, was led before him in triumph, as was Goliah's head by David, returning from the vi Etory. He gave gifts unto men ' • this was, as the (butting up Chrift's triumph, in his afcenfion up to heaven : what thefe gifts were, we thall fpeak in the million of the Holy Ghoft.[3.] Whither he afcended, the gofpel tells us, into heaven ; only Paul faith, that he afcended far' above all heavens.

Methinks a few of this paffages, ,fhould fet all our hearts on a flame of love ; if Chrift be rifen, fet your affeaions on things above, and not on things on the earth.

And for the confirmation of his difciples' faith, he might have commanded the angels to have preached his refurre Etion ; no he himfelf would flay in perfon, he himfelf would make it out by many infallible proofs; • ( 127 )he himfelf would by his own example learn us a leffon of love, of meeknefs and patience, in waiting after fuffering for the reward.

What can be the-condition of thy foul, wherein thou mayeit not draw fweet. The apoftle tells thee, wherein now confifts thy confidence, comfort, courage ? It is a life front anew principle 5''before Station our principle viras•The Refb;• but now yc dhave a new principle, the.fpirit of God; even as' the foul dwells in the body; fo doth the Holy Ghbfti dwell in the foul of a regenerate perfon, animating;. It is a life of a new income; I mean of grace; power, and light.. But after this, thou wilt in the ufe of otdinancesi ( 132 )frequently feel the Paving irit Ornes of God. This fame 7efus which is taken up from you into heaven, fizall come in like manner as ye have Peen him go into heaven.[2.] How he afcended.

bout O Jerufalem, be glad and rejoice with all thy heart, O daughter of Jerufalem." A thoufand reafons might be rendered ; but here is one, "_Chrift is rifen from the dead, and become thefirft-fruits of them that fleep." A commemoration of Chrift's refurre Etion bath ever been a means of rejoicing in God. Art thou, diftreffed, perfecuted, troubled on every fide ? ion was to newnefs of life ; it was a new life,•a life different from that which he.lived before, and ed is our vivification a new life; it is a life from a•n6W-, priitciple ; of a new income, a new kind.1. Ye men of Galilee, why fiand ye gazing up into heaven ?

I this body, yet in my flefh (hall I fee God ; whom I (hall fee for myfelf, and mine eyes than behold " and not another, though my reins be confurned " within me." No man ever fince Chrift did (peak more clearly of thrift's refurreaion and his own, than Job did here. That they might be regiftered in a book ; enrolled upon records, as public inftruments. That they might be engraven in (lone, and in the hardeft (lone, the rock; records, might laft long, yet time might injure them, and thefe words he would have laft for ever. This was the matter of his joy, his Redeemer must rife again; and he mutt rife too, and fee his Redeemer. Let us fay with the apoftle, " O that I may know him, and the power of his refurreaion." that the fpirit of holinefs, which quickened Chrift from the dead, would by the fame glorious power beget holinefs, and faith, and love, and all other graces in my poor foul. That union which thereby comes to be enjoyed with Chrift, is fuch a union as is fruitful in be﷓! Juftificalion and fan.tification are twins of a birth ; and hence it is, that vivification (which is one part of fanaification) is wrought in the foul after the fell fame manner. Be much in prayer, hearing, reading, fellowfhip with faints, the facraments ; be much in fecret converfings with God, in meditations, enquiries, fearchings ; and (which is a precious work) be much in diligent watching of, and hearkening to the movings, workings., intimations of the fpirit of God; be much in obferving the methods and interpreting the meanings and language of God in all his fecret difpenfations with the foul. That which immediately follows, is his afcenfion, feftion at God's right hand, and miflion of his holy Spirit ; in profecution of which, as in the former, I lila! That he might lead us the way, and open to us the doors of glory.3. This feffion is the fupreme dignity and glory, given Father unto Chrift, after his afcenfion ; this feffion is the peerlefs exaltation of the Mediator of his kingdom of glory. Impoffible it was that the divine nature fhould receive any intrinfical glory, becaufe all fulnefs of Glory effentially belonged unto it ; but declaratoiy, or by way of manifettation ; fo it was, that his divinity, during the time of his humiliation, lay hidden and overihadowed ; but now in his feffion, that divinity anddglory which he had always with his Father, was ewed forth and declared, He was declared to be -the Son of Gotwith power, both at his refurreaion and at his feffion. fit thou at my right hand, unlit I make thine enemies thy footilool ; the Lord frill fend the rod of thy firength out of Zion, rule thou in the. The apottle is yet more large, God fet him at his own right hand, in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, ;tot only in this world, but alfo in that which is to tome ; and bath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to The church, which is his body, the fulnefs of him that filleth all in all.

I ever t For I know 'that my redeemer liveth, and 4s that he flail (land at the latter day; upon the " earth and though after my fkin„ worms deftroy ! Let us pray that Chrift's refurreaion may be ours, and that we may be more and more afiured of it. of arguments, to bear up hope and affiance, that the heart is refolved, and fo refolved that we commit: ourfelves, and give our fouls in charge to Chrift, I know whom I have believed, and I am perfuaded he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him, agaiwi that day. Trace every ordinance, and every duty for the appearings of the Son of God. mies; he overcame the world, be bound the devil; No. It is to the fame purpole that the apoftle fpeaks elfewhere, Having fpoiled principalities and powers, he made a fiiew of them openly, triumphing over them in himfelf ; it is a manifeft allufion to the manner of triumphs, after vi Etories amongft the Romans ; firft, they fpoiled the enemy upon the place, ere they stirred off the field ; and this was done by Chrift on the crofs ; and then they made a public triumphal fbew ; they rode through the ftreets in the greateft state, and had all their fpoils carried before them, and the kings and nobles whom they had taken, they tied to their chariots, and led them as captives ; and this did Chrift at his afcenfion ; then lie openly triumphed in himfelf, that is, in his own power and strength.2. The words fitting or standing, ate both metaphorical, and borrowed from the cuftom of kings, who place thole they honour and to whom they commit the power of government, at their right hand ; more particularly, this fitting at God's right hand implies two things. (2.) The aaual adininiftration of his kingdom.(1.) Chrift is exalted, Wherefore God alfo hath highly exalted him, and given him a name above every name, that at the name of Jefus, every knee fall bow. D.] In the regard of his divine nature; not really, and in itfelf.

VI Of Christ whipping the buyers and sellers out of the temple Chap. I might thus go on to confider other paffages, in other apparitions • but are not thefe enough to draw thy love ? O what hu-_ mility was this I That Chrift after his refuire Ction thould converfe with men forty days; worthy he was afterfo many forrows, fufferings, reproaches, after fo cruel, ignominious, and bitter a death, immediately to have gone to glory.

Hath he not wrought wonders in the fea of thy reftlefs thoughts ? And more than fo, bath he not filled thee with joy and peace, in believing Hath -he not fent thee away from thy prayers and complaints, with a piece of heaven in thy foul ?

Chrift living in heaven is the very figure-of us ; Chrift's perfon is the great model and firft draught, of all that thall be done to his body, the faints therefore he is Paid to be the Captain of our falvation, that leads us on, he is laid to be our fore-runner into glory.

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