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constituted the final judge of : men; for “ God hath appointed the day in which he '“ will judge the world in righteousness by: " that man whom he hath ordained; where" of he hath given assurance unto all men, « in that he raised him from the dead.”_" Then shall the Lord Jesus be revealed “ from heaven, with his mighty angels, in * flaming fire, taking vengeance on them " that know not God, and that obey not the “ gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who 6 shall be punished with everlasting de“ struction from the presence of the Lord, “ and from the glory of his power; when “ he shall come to be glorified in his faints, " and to be admired in all them that be“ lieve.” The donation of this glory by his heavenly Father, and its connection with his previous fufferings and death, are folemnly acknowledged by our Lord himself, in that prayer which he uttered in the hearing of his disciples, John xvii. 4, 50 “ I have glorified thee on earth: I have “ finished the work which thou gavest me “ to do. And now, O Father, glorify " thou me with thine own self, with the - Vol. II.
.« glory which I had with thee before the 4 world was.” And both are expressly afserted in the same connection, Philip. ii. 6,4!1. where the Apostle first relates the feveral steps of our Lord's humiliation, and then adds, “ Wherefore God also hath, “ highly exalted him, and given him a “ name above every name: That at the “ name of Jesus every knee should bow, of “ things in heaven, and things in earth, " and things under the earth; and that “ every tongue should confess, that Jesus " Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the 6 Father."
Thus I have endeavoured to give you a short illustration of the agency of the Father in the work of man's redemption, as it is described in this passage. He ordained the Saviour; – he manifested him to the world;-he raised him up from the dead;— . he gave him glory. - And all those particulars are made known to us. For what end? That our faith and hope may be in God. Amazing goodness! What shall we say to this ?-“ Lord, we believe ; help thou our 6 unbelief.”
Can we entertain hard thoughts of that God, who hath not only done such great things for our recovery, but done them in a manner so demonstrative of his love, that it is impossible for the jealousy of guilt itself to find out any feeming defect in the encouragement they afford, or to devise any additional security, for dispelling the fears, and assuring the hopes, of the chief of sinners; who, conscious of deserved wrath, and confesling the justice of the sentence that condemns them, flee for refuge to that fanctuary erected by infinite wisdom and love, for the reception of those who look for protection no where else ? Unbelief, when viewed in the glass of my text, changeth its aspect; and instead of timid distrust, plainly appears to be daring presumption. We give God the lie, when we put away from ourselves the calls of his mercy, and offers of his grace: Whereas, by a humble and thankful acceptance of the Saviour, " we set to our feal that God is true ;" and only render unto him the glory that is due to his name, as the God of love, the God who is love, even the God and Father of our.
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Lord Jesus Christ, in whom he reconciles the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.
A copious enlargement upon this branch of my subject, would carry me far beyond the ordinary limits of a discourse: but as: it is the will of God, that the heirs of promise should have “ a strong consolation,'' I cannot conclude my remarks upon the agency of the Father in the work of man's redemption, without reminding you of “the: “ grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, “ though he was rich, yet for our fakes be" came poor, that we through his poverty « might be rich.”—“ He who was in the “ form of God, and thought it not robbery " to be equal with God, made himself of “. no. reputation, and took upon him the « form of a fervant, and was made in the “ likeness of men: and being found in fa“ fhion as a man, he humbled himself, and « became obedient unto death, even the “ death of the cross.” The Father indeed: freely gave the Son to us; but with equal freedom the Son gave himtelf for us. With what alacrity did he accept the office of
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.chy will: thy law is within my heart.” With what ardour did he execute the cornmniflion he had received ! " I have a bap6 tism to be baptized with, and how am I “ straitened till it be accomplished !" " 19" faid he, “ am the good fhepherd ; the good 6 shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." It is not violently taken from me; I voluntarily lay it down. Nay, he was not only a willing sacrifice, like Ifaac, consenting to be bound, and laid upon the altar; but he hinself was the priest that offered the facrifice: for thus it is written in the epistle to the Hebrews, chap. ix. 14. “ Through * the eternal Spirit, he offered himself with4 out spot unto Go.í."
Here then is sunshine without a cloud. Around the throne of God, and of the Lamb, all 's bright meridian lendor. What pity is it that any gloom should it upon our minds ? _“ In this was manifested " the love of God towards us, because that “ God sent his only bigotten i on into the « world, that they might live through him," 1 John iv. 9.--Tive love of Christ was no less L 3