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lifted it up again when he rose from the grave, that he might effectually apply the merit of his sacrifice, and obviate every charge that could be brought against his people.
2dly, The life of Christ is no less available to insure the fanctification of all who believe on him. For what end did he enter into the heavenly fanctuary, but that from thence he might send forth his conquering Spirit to cleanse and purify the hearts of those whom he had washed with his blood, that as no guilt might be left to provoke the justice of God, fo neither should there be any defilement to offend his holiness. It is impossible to doubt, that a Redeemer in glory will at length present to his Father “a glo“ rious church, without spot, or wrinkle, or
any such thing.” Surely Christ is not gone to heaven, to leave that blood to run waste which he shed upon earth, or to be negligent in improving the virtue of his facrifice. That prayer,
“ Father, fanctify " them through thy truth,” hath as loud a found from his illustrious throne, as it had from the footstool, when he was just about
to enter upon
agony and sufferings. He did not utter these words upon the confines of his kingdom, to forget or disuse them when he should enter upon the possession of it. What he prayed for in his humiliation, he hath power to dispense in his exalted state ; and he will do it to all who put their trust in him : he will gradually adorn them with the beauties of holiness, and keep them by his power through faith unto salvation. Which leads me to observe,
In the third place, That the life of Christ doth effectually secure an honourable issue to all the afflictions and temptations of his people. It is the same person that was crucified on earth, who is now crowned with glory in the highest heavens: and though he dropped the infirmities of that body he had assumed, and left all the weakness of humanity behind him in the grave; yet
he carried his pitying nature to the throne, and is still touched with the feeling of our infirmities, and disposed to help us in every time of need. " He will not break the “ bruised reed, nor quench the smoking $6 flax." He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust, and will therefore « debate with us in measure, and stay his '“ rough wind in the day of his east wind.”
And with regard to temptations, the life of Christ affords the most comfortable affurance, that over these we shall be finally victorious. He that suffered being tempted, will certainly be disposed to succour those that are tempted ; and there can be no room to doubt, that he is as able as he is willing. If, while in the form of a servant, he defeated all the artifices of the cunning serpent, and repelled the most violent attacks of the roaring lion? if in his lowest state of abasement, even while he hung upon the cross, he spoiled principalities and powers, making a show of them openly; now that all power is committed to him both in heaven and on earth, can he want either wisdom or strength to bruise Satan under the feet of the weakest of his servants ? Impossible !
While the head of the body reigns in glory, we may be well assured, that no member can become the prey of any adverse power: fo that every believer may adopt the language of Paul, and say as he did, Q2
" Who shall separate us from the love of “ Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or
perfecution, or famine, or nakedness, or “ peril, or sword ?--Nay, in all these things “ we are more than conquerors, through 6 him that loved us. For I am persuaded, " that neither death, nor lite, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height,
nor depth, nor any other creature, shall « be able to separate us from the love of
God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Once more,
4thly, The life of Christ secures to his people the resurrection of their bodies, and the happiness of the whole man, in the full and everlasting enjoyment of God.
As Adam, by his apoftasy, became the fource of death to all his natural descendants ; fo Christ, by his expiatory sufferings, and the glory that followed, is become the fountain of life to all his fpiritual offspring ; who accordingly are said to be “ begotten
again to the lively hope of an inheritance " that is incorruptible, and undefiled, and $ that fadeth nọt away;" and that by
means of his resurrection from the dead. Hence the second Adam is called a quickens ing Spirit, having the fame 'virtue and efficacy to convey all the fulness of life to those who are new born into the family of God, that the first A tam had to transmit death to his posterity. It was not the soul of Christ only, but his body also, that was exalted and crowned with honour : in like manner shall the bodies of believers be rescued from the grave, and raised to glory, seeing these were redeemed by Christ as well as their souls. Nay, the bodies of the saints are said expressly to be “ the temples of the “ Holy Ghoft;" and it cannot be fupposed, that these temples shall remain always under the ruins of death. · He who honoured them with his residence, will certainly rebuild them in due time ; as the Apostle reasons, Rom. viii. 11. “ If the Spirit of “ him that raised up Jesus from the dead, “ dwell in you ; he that raised up Christ “ from the dead, shall also quicken your “ mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth " in you.” Then shall that fong be sung by all the redeemed company newly raised