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<i titeth with the Holy Ghoft. And I saw, 6-and bare record, that this is the Son of 6 God.'
But he had greater witness, chan that of John. " The works which his Father gave
him to finish, the same works that he did, ** bare witness of him, that the Father had 6 sent him." It was to this divine attestation that our Lord himself most frequently appealed. When the Jews came to him in Solomon's porch at the feast of dedication, and said unto him, “. How long doft thou & make us to doubt? if thou be the Christ, westell us plainly;" his answer was, “ I told you, , * and ye believed not:
believed not: The works " that I do in my Father's name, they bear « witness of me.”_"IF I do not the works * of my Father, believe me not: but if I
do, though ye believe not me, believe the « works : chat ye may know and believe " that the Father is in me, and I in him.'
The miraculous appearances at his death had such an effect upon the centurion, and the foldiers who attended his crucifixion, that " when they faw the earthquake, and * those things that were done," and in par
ticular observed with what majesty he sea tired from life, voluntarily dismisling his Spirit, after he had cried with a shout of triumph, It is finished, “ they feared greatly,
saying, Truly this was the Son of God.”
By these, and fundry other ways that might be mentioned, did the Father manifest and give testimony to the Saviour.
III. But it was chiefly by his resurrection from the dead, that our Lord was “declared
to be the Son of God with power. And this is the third particular mentioned in the text ; which, you fee, is expressly actributed to the agency of the .. Facher. It was God, faith the Apostle, that raised him up from the dead. This doth not imply, that our great Redeemer could not, or did not, by his own proper virtue, rise from the dead : "for what he said to the Jews was strictly true in the most obvious sense of the words, “ I have power to lay down my life, " and I have power to take it up again ;" and on another occasion, “Destroy this temple," pointing at his own body, " and in three days I will raise it up." Accordingly, the "author of this epistle obferves, ch. iii. 18.
that he was “ quickened by the Spirit,” or that divine nature which was perfonally united to his humanity. And in his memorable fermon on the day of Pentecoft, -speaking of the resurrection of Christ, after he had faid, Acts ii. 24. that the Father “ loosed the pains of death,” he immediately added, “ because it was not possible he 4 thould be holden of it."
Nevertheless, as Christ sustained a public "character, and died as the surety of fallen man, it was highly fit in itself, and necesfary for our comfort, that the agency of the Father should be clearly seen and ac"knowledged in his resurrection; and that his release from the grave fhould appear to be an act of righteous adminiftration, rather than the mere exercise of fovereign power. It was certainly most regular, that the same hand from which he received his commission, should seal his discharge; for none else but the Father was qualified to judge whether or not the articles of agreement were fulfilled : He, and he alone, had authority to declare that the fatisfaction
was valid, and the debt paid to the uttermost farthing. This, 'I apprehend, was the reason why an angel was sent from heaven away
the stone from the door of the fepulchre. It was not surely to open a palfage for our Lord, as though any stone, how great foever, could have confined his revived body to the grave; for 'we read, Johni xx. 19. that “ on the fame day at “ evening, when the doors were fout, where “ the disciples were assembled for fear of “ the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the c. midst of them.' But what our Lord faid to the people (John xii. 30.) concerning the voice which came from heaven, in anfwer to that prayer, 6 Father, glorify thy name,
This voice came not because of me, but for your fakes,ấmay justly be applied to that appearance of the angel. It was not because of Christ, as though he needed his aid, but for the sake of the pious women' who had come to visit the sepulchre; and I
may add, for the sake of all whom their
report shall reach, to make it evident, that his discharge was issued in due form, in testimony of the Father's infinite delight in
him, and of his perfect fatisfaction with his whole conduct as Mediator. This leads to the
Fourth and last particular ; upon which ic is as impoflible to say enough, as it is unnecessary to say much; namely, the glory he received from the Father as the promised and merited reward of his obedience and sufferings.
Of this we have many lofty descriptions in Scripture. There we
are told, that * God who raised him from the dead, hath “ 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, not only “ in this world, but also in that which is
to come: and hath put all things under “ his feet, and given him to be the head over " all things to the church.”_" He is gone," faith our Apostle, in the 3d chapter of this epistle, at the 22d verse," He is gone in
to heaven, and is on the right hand of “ God; angels, and authorities, and powers, " being made subject uạto him.” He is