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rection. He satisfied not himself to have endured Scourgings, Reproaches, and Bufs fettings; he descended not from the Cross, after he had endured most bitter Torments, till he had completed his Sufferings by Death, and laid down his Life as a Sacrifice to God; which it could not be, till it were destroyed : It being the necessary Condition of all Sacrifices to be annihilated. If then we be really baptized into his Death; if we resolve to offer up our felves à Sacrifice to God; we must yield up all our Pretences to the Pleasures of this World, and enjoy no more of them than God permitteth to us; we muit absolutely free our selves from the Slavery of Sin and Satan, and devote our felves intirely to the Divine Pleasure.

To die unto the World supposeth a full Conviction, that the true Interest of a Chri: {tian is not placed on Earth, and that his great Concern here is only to improve his Thort Term of Life to the Acquisition of a more excellent and more durable Happiness hereafter. From this perswasion it will easily follow, that different Interests from this are not to be pursued in this Lite, which ought to be no other clian a Preparation for a bet

And herein a Christian truly imitates the Death of his Lord and Saviour, who best of all manifested that his Kingdom was not of this world by laying down his Life willingly; that his Designs were far from founding an Empire, and procuring to himself worldly Advantages, when he submitted to undergo the Pains of Death. Thereby teaching us, that we are not truly Crucified with him, until we as absolutely forsake all Desires and Inclinations to our former sinful Life, as if we were deprived of Life it felf; that we retain not the least Claim or Title to our former vicious Satisfactions, but by a total relinquishing of them, even put it out of our Power to recall and re-establish them.


In the next place, if we view the dreadful Horrour and Anxiety under which our Saviour laboured, while he bore the Sins of Mankind upon the Cross; if we reflect on the Melancholy state of the Church, his ignominious Condition, and the Triumphs of the infernal Powers, while he was des tained in the Grave; we may preceive the desperate and deplorable State of Mang while yet detained in Sin, labouring under the just Displeasure of an angry God, and not broke loose from the Chains and Do. minion of the Devil. The state of our Lord and his Church were indeed at that time in the highest Confusion : Without any Consolation, or apparent pollibility of Recovery. Yet much greater is the Misery of an unrepentant Sinner, who suffers ait this thro' his own Fault, and until he be regenerate feeth no approaching Delivery:

From all these Calamities our Saviour and his Church were rescued by his glori


ous Resurrection. And, from all these Mi: series is unhappy Man delivered by his Regeneration. Our Lord by his Resurrection vindicated his Honour from the Blasphemies of Jews and Gentiles, who had argued against his Divinity from the feeming Imperfe&tions of his Sufferings, overthrew the design of wicked Spirits, endeavouring to defeat the Success of his Mission by the Ignominy of the Cross; and delivered his Church from that Disgrace and Despair, which it had by his Death incurred. Such were the Benefits and Glories of this Days Resurrection; and no less are the Advantages of rising with Chrift from Sin unto a new Life, which removeth that Stain and Imperfection introduced into our Nature by Sin; restores it to that primitive Glory which it obtained in the State of Innocence; rescueth us from the Slavery of the Devil; repairs the Honour and Integrity of our Souls; and renders us infinitely Happy, by making us Partakers of the Divine Favour.

For this was none of the least Arguments, which inhanced the Glory of Christ's Resurrection; that God by interposing in so extraordinary a manner in his behalt, evidently manifested how dear he was untą him, whom he would not leave in Hell in a state of Disgrace, nor suffer to fee corruption, This raised him beyond the Degree of all mortal and corruptible Men, and placed


him in such an heiglit of Glory, as cannot be resembled by any thing but the Re. generation of a Christian; wherein God ina terposeth by his Power, not fo visibly indeed, but no less miraculously, converting, assisting and confirming him by his Grace without whicli this admirable Cliange cannot be effected. A Change which lowever in an inferiour Degree, declares the Power and the Love of God, who producetit Haz bits of the most exalted Vertue in a Soul before over-whelmed with Sin and Wickeda ness,

For Resurrection denotes not only a Deliverance from the Calamities of Death and Corruption, but also an enabling any one td renew an active Course of Life. Our Lord was not barely content to rescue his Body from the Grave, and the Insults of luis Ene: mies; but he carried it with his triuma phantly into Heaven, and there sitting at the right hand of God, employeth it in Conjunction with his Divine Nature to mediate continually the Redemption of Man, If then we be risen with Christ, we must nianifest tlie truth of our Resurrection, by vital Actions proper to a new and spiritual Life ; which are the Exercise of all spiritual Vertues, and a strict Conformity to the Laws of that new Sociсty withi Heaven, wherein we are engaged.

Farther, a bare recovery of Life deferyeth. not the Title of a Resurrection, for then the VOL. I.



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intermediate Death would have been of rio advantage; at least it reacheth not the il lustrious Example of our Lord's Resurrection; who after that was endued, withi a far more glorious State than before his Death. Before his Crucifixion he was subject to all the Infirmities of humane Nature, Sin only excepted; after his Refurrection exempted from them all. Before his Pation fubjeét to change and decay, after His Refurrection instated in an eternal and immutable Poilession of Glory. For as St. Paul amplifies this very matter, Rom. vi. 9. Christ being raised from the dead; dieth no more; Death hath no more Dominion over him.

His Life preceding and following his Refurrection were infinitely different; that contemprible and mean, this glorious and terFible; that common with the rest of Mankind, this exalted above all the Infirmities of humane Nature. And this is the Reason, why our Saviour conrersed not openly among the Jews after his Resurrection, as he had done before; from that time a new and different State of Life was to commence, never any more to be altered or relinquished. Whence we are taught, that to conie up to the Resurrection of our Lord and Master, and express it nearly in our Lives, we ought to exceed what is required of us in a Natural State, and improve our Obedience farther than was exacted of us

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