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him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, faith the Lord; and I will heal him.” The foul finds this rest in the wounds of Christ, for, 66 by his stripes we are healed," Ila, lui. 5. The blood of Jefus Christ, God's own Son, cleanies from all fin. . The foul dipped in this fountain is. washed from this poison, and is delivered from this sting of guilt.---There is reft,

(2.) From the reigning power of fin; Rom. vi. 14. « For fin shall not have dominion over you." Sin on the throne makes a confused restleis foul, like the raging fea, continually casting out mire and dirt. Christ, by his Spirit's efficacy, turns fin off the throne, and to stores rest to the soul. He casts down there Egyptian task-masters, a.d thus the soul .enters into his reít: Heb. iv. 10. « For he that is entered into his reft, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did froin his." In the day of the foul's coming to Christ, he acts like a King, setting all in order in the kingdom, that was a mere heap of confusion before his accellion to the throne.--There is in Christ,

2. Reft from the law; not that he makes them lawless, but that he takes off from them the infupportable yoke of the law, and gives them ease. -He does to,

(1.) From the burden of law-duties, which are exacted in all perfection, under the pain of the curse, while 110 strength is furnished wherewith to fulfil them: Rom. vii. 4. “ Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ.” This is the yoke on all · men's necks naturally; Christ put his neck in this yoke, and bare it, satisfying the law's demands completely, and so frees all that coine to him from · Tfz


this service. Christ carries his people without the duminions of the law.--He does so,

(2.) From the curse of the law : Gal. iii. 13. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, having been made a curse for us.” Rom. viii. 1. “ There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” These that come to him, he takes from off them that curse which they are under, and gives them his blessing, which he hath mesited ; carries them from mount Sinai to mount Zion, where they hear the blood of Jesus speaking peace, filencing the demands of vengeance, -and affording a refuge for the oppressed. There is in Christ,

3. Rest from that weary labour in which persons are engaged when in quest of happiness, leading the foul to the enjoyment of God: Psal.cxvi.7. “Return unto thy reit, O my soul ! for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.” The soul, restless in seeking happiness among the creatures, he leads to God, the fountain of all perfection, opening their eyes, as he did Hagar's, to see the well, and bringing them into the enjoyment of all good in him, uniting the soul with himself; where,

(1.) The soul finds a rest of satisfaction from Christ, which it can find in no other quarter whatever, for the soul finds a rest of satisfaction from him, when by faith it is set on the breasts of his confolations. In these there is an object adequate to all the desires of the soul, answering all its needs; thus, Prov. xiv. 14. " A good man shall be satisfied from himself.” There is the triumph of faith in the enjoyment of God : Phil. iv. 18. « But I have all and abound."--The foul finds,

(2.) A rest in him of settled abode, insomuch,

that people a sweet reft even in troubles. How can these things be? may some say.-In answer,

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[1.] Chrift gives his people in trouble an inward rest, that is, an inward tranquillity of mind in midst of trouble: Psal. iii. 1.-5. « Lord! how are they increased that trouble me? many are they that rise against me. Many there be which say of iny foul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked, for the Lord sustained me." Christ can make the believer as a vestel of water tofled here and there, yet not jumbled. There was a greater calm with the three children in the furnace, than with the king in the palace, Dan. iii. 24. Fear may be on every Gde when there is none in the centre, because Christ makes a blessed calm in their hearts.-Chrift gives in trouble, .

[2.] A rest of contentment: “ I have learned, (fays Paul, Phil. iv. 11.), in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." This is not only the duty, but the privilege of believers. If the lot of the godiy be not brought up to their spirit, Christ will bring their spirit down to their lot; and there must needs be reft there, where the spirit of the man and his lot meet in one : Psal. xxxvii. 19. « They shall not be afhamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.”— Then follows,

[3.] A reft of satisfaction in the enjoyment of better things. What though the world hath a bitter taste in their mouths ? Chriít can hold a cup of consolation to them in that very instant, the sweetness of which will master the bitterness of the other : “ Your forrow (says he, John, xvi. 20.)


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