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imagine, how immense their final portion must be, when Christ shall come again to complete their salvation,

“ In him we have redemption through “ his blood, the forgiveness of sins, accord" ing to the riches of his grace ; for by him « all who believe are justified from all

things.”With pardon, which is the introductory blessing of the covenant, “ with God” is inseparably connected; for

being justified by faith, we have peace “ with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” In consequence whereof, believers are received into the house and family of God; not as servants, but as children: for “ to

as many as receive Christ, to them gives « he power to become the fons of God, even

them that believe in his name.” “ hold,” said the Apostle John, “ what man“ ner of love the Father hath bestowed up

on us, that we should be called the fons " of God." Nor is this a mere title of honour: believers have not only the name, but the nature of children. Accordingly they are said, by another Apofle, to be partakers of the divine nature." Christ



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dwells in them by his Spirit, in such a manner, that it is not so much they that live, as it is a

Christ that liveth in them." Once more, as they have the name and nature of children, fo likewise the portion that is connected with that relation : for, as Paul reasons, Rom. viii. 17.

“ If chil“ dren, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint 6 heirs with Christ.” And what is their portion? It is styled eternal life; “ sure in the heavens that faileth not ;" a kingdom that cannot be moved;":

inheritance incorruptible, and unde“ filed, that fadeth not away."

These few quotations, which will be familiar to the ears of all who are conversant with the holy Scriptures, may serve to give us fome notion of the riches which Chrift doth impart to his people. I shall therefore conclude this head with two noted passagés recorded in the preceding epistle to the Corinthians, which describe the provision that is made for believers in Chrift, in terms more expreflive than many volumes would suffice fully to unfold. The one is chap. i. 30. “ Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of « God is made unto us wisdom, and righ“ teousness, and fanctification, and redemp" tion,” The other is chap. iii. 21. et feqq. « All things are yours : whether Paul, or

Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to

come ; all are yours; and ye are Christ's ; " and Christ is God's."

V. The fifth and last thing in the text that remains to be illustrated, is the connection betwixt the poverty of Christ and the riches of his people, or the influence that the one hath upon the other: “ He be

came poor, that we through his poverty might be rich.”

This connection will appear, if we consider that his voluntary humiliation, in taking upon him our low nature, fulfilling all righteousness, and giving himself for us, an offering and facrifice to God, hath so magnified the law, which we had broken, and given such full satisfaction to the justice of the lawgiver, that a way is now opened for the free and honourable exercise of mercy to the most guilty and polluted of the po


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sterity of Adam. Hereby Hereby “ sin was con

: demned in the flesh," that is, in the same nature that had offended: And God, by

setting forth his own Son; to be a propica

tiation through faith in his blood," doth now manifest his righteousness, no less than his mercy, in the forgiveness of fin; and appears to all his intelligent creatures to be infinitely just, as well as infinitely gracious, when he justifies those that believe in Jesus. The Son of God was wounded for our “ transgressions, and brúised for our ini

quities :" “ He bore our fins in his own

body upon the cross :” So that “ “ there is no condemnation to them that

are in Christ Jesus ;" for, as the Apostle reasons, Rom. viii. 33, 34. 6. Who shall lay

any thing to the charge of God's elect ? “ It is God that justifieth. Who is he that “ condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, “ rather that is risen again, who is even at “ the right hand of God, who also maketh "interceflion for us."

And as the death or sacrifice of Christ abfolves all that believe on him from the guilc of fin, which, as I formerly observed, is the Vol. II.




fundamental and introductory blessing of the covenant; fo his exaltation, which is the reward of hię poverty, or voluntary humi, liation, qualifies him to confer upon them all thofe consequent blessings which enrich them in time, and shall complete their hape piness in the eternal world. Thus it is write, ten, Philip, ii. 8, &c. that because “ Christ “ humbled himself, and became obedient “ unto death, even the death of the cross;”. therefore . ! God also hath highly exalted “ him, and given him a name which is “ above every name; that at the name of

Jesus every knee should bow, of things in “ heaven, and things in earth, and things a under the earth; and that every tongue “ fhould confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, " to the glory of God the Father.” And to the same purpose we read, Eph. i. 21. et seq. that " when God raised him from the dead, " he set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality,

power, and might, and dominion, " and every name that is named, not only " in this world, but also in that which is to 6 come; and put all things under his feet,

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