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ously bethink yourselves how the present state of your soul stands, and how it is like to go with you for ever : here all found conversion begins, Plal. cxix. 59.
Direct. 2. Consider feriously of that lamentable state, in which you came into the world ; children of wrath by nature, under the curse and condemnation of the law : so that either your ftate must be changed, or you inevitably damned, John ii. 3.
Direct. 3. Consider the way and courte you have taken since you came into the world, proceeding from iniquity to iniquity. What command of God have you not violated a thousaod times over? What sin is committed in the world, that you are not, one way or other, guilty of before God ? How many secret fins upon your score, unknown to the most intimate friend
the severe wrath of God dae to every “ The wages of sia is death,” Rom. vi, 23. And how intolerable tite fulness of that wrath must be, when a few drops sprinkled upon the conscience in this world, is so unsupportable, that hath made fome to chufe strangliag, rather than life; and yer this wrath must abide for ever upon you, if you get not izterest in Jesus Christ, John iii. 36.
Direct. 5. Ponder well the happy state and condition they are in who have obtained pardon, and peace by Jesus Christ, Pfal
. xxxü. 12. And seeing the grace of God is free, and you are fet under the means thereof; why may not you be as capable thereof as others ?
Direct. 6. Seriously consider the great uncertainty of your time, and preciousnels of the opportunity of salvation, never to be recovered, when they are once paft, John ix. 4. let this provoke you to lay hold upon those goldea seasons whilft thy are yet with you ; that you may not bewail your folly and madnes, when they are out of your reach.
Direct. 7. Associate yourselves with ferious Christians; get into their acquaintance, and beg their assistance; beseech them to pray for you; and fee that you relt not here, but be frequent: ly upon your knees, begging of the Lord a new heart, and a
In conclusion of the whole, let me beseech and bey all the people of God, as upon my knees, to take heed, and beware, lelt by the carelesnefs and scandal of their lives, they quench the weak desires beginning to kiodle in the hearts of others. You know what the law of God awards for Atriking a woman with child, so that her fiuit go from her, Exod. xxi 22, 23. O
shed not foul-blood, by filling the hopeful desires of any after Christ.
Blessed be God for Jesus Christ, the desire of all nations.
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Containing the fifth Motive to apply CHRIST, drawn
from another excellent Title of CHRIST.
i Cor. ii. 8. Which none of the princes of this world have known, for bad they known him, they would not bave crucified the Lord
of glory IN N this chapter, the apostle discourses to the Corinthians, of the
excellency of his ministry, both to obviate the contempt which fome caft upon it for want of human ornaments, and to give the greater authority unto it among all: and whereas the fpiritual limplicity of his ministry laid it under the contempt of fome, he removes that several ways, by fhewing them,
Firft, That it was not suitable to the design and end of his ministry, his aim being “ to know nothing among them, save Je“ sus Christ, and bim crucified,” ver. 1, 2.
Secondly, Neither was it for the advantage of their fouls: it might indeed tickle their fancies, but could be no folid foundation to their faith and comfort, ver. 4, s.
Thirdly, Though his discourses feemed jejune and dry to carnal hearers, yet they had a depth and excellency in them, which fpiritual and judicious Christians faw and acknowledged, ver. 6, 7.
Fourthly, Therefore this excellent wisdom which he preached far transcended all the natural wisdom of this world ; yea, the most raised and improved understandings of those that were moft renowned and admired in that age for wisdom, ver. 8.“ which “ none of the princes of this world knew.”
In which words we have,
First, A negative proposition: None of the princes of this world knew that spiritual wisdom which he taught. By princes of this world, or rather, principes feculi, the princes of that age, he means, as Cameron well notes, the learned Rabbi's, Scribes, and Pharisees, renowned for wisdom and learning a mong them; and honoured, upon that account, as so many princes: but he adds a diminutive term, which darkens all glo. ry. They are but the princes of this world, utterly unacquainted with the wisdom of the other world. To which he adds,
Secondly, A clear and full proof; “ For had they known it, “they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” In which words we find one of Christ's glorious and royal titles, The Lord of glory : upon which title will be my prefent discourse. The words being fitly rendered, and nothing of ambiguity in them, they give us this observation.
Doct. That Christ crucified is the Lord of glory.
Great and excellent is the glory of Jesus Christ, the scriptures every where proclaim his glory; yea, we may observe a notable climax, or gradation, in those scriptures that speak of his glory. The prophet Isaiah, speaking of him, calls him glorious ; lla. iv. 2." In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and
glorious.” John, speaking of his.glory, rises a step higher, and ascribeth to him a “glory, as of the only begotten Son of the “ Father," John i. 14. i. e. a glory meet for, and becoming the Son of God: proper to him, and incommunicable to any other. The apostle James rises yet higher, and doth not only call him glorious, or glorious as the only begotten of the Father; bụt the glory, James ii. 1. glory in the abstract ; " My brethren, (faith
he), have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glory, " with respect of persons ;" For the word Lord, which is in our translation, is a supplement; Christ is glory itself, yea, the glory emphatically fo ftiled; the glory of heaved ; the glory of Sion ; the glory of our souls for ever. The author to the Hebrews goes yet higher, and calls him oot simply the glory, but the “ brightness of the Father's glory,” * Heb. i. 3. as though he should say, the radiancy, sparkling, or beaming forth of his Father’s glory; the very fplendor, or refulgency of divine glory. O what a glorious Lord is our Lord Jesus Chrft! the bright, sparkling diamond of heaven ; who shines in glory there, above the glory of angels and saints, as the glory of the fun excels the lesser, twinkling stars. When he appeared to Paul, Acts xxvi. 13. "I saw, faith be, a light from heaven above the bright“ pess of the sun, shining round about me :” Needs molt the glory of Christ be unspeakable, who reflects glory upon all that are with him, Joho xvii. 214. and stamps glory upon
all that belong to him. His works on earth were glorious works, Luke xiii. 27. the purchased liberty of his people, a glorious liberty,
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Rom. viii. 21. the church his mystical body, a glorious church, Eph. v. 27. the golpel which reveals him, is a glorious gospel, 1 Tim, i. 11.
But, more particularly, let us consider the glory of Christ, as it is distinguished into his, either,
1. Essential, or,
Firt, The essential glory of Christ, which he hath as God from everlasting; which is unspeakable and unconceivable gloty: For (faith the apostle, Phil
. ii. 6.) “ He being in the form " of God, thought it no robbery to be equal with God,” (i.e.) he had a peerage or equality with his Father in glory; Joho *. 30. " I and my Father are one." And again, John xvi. 15. " All things that the Father hath, are mine :” the same name, the fame nature, the fame essential properties, the fame will, and the fame glory.
Secondly, The mediatorial glory of Christ is exceeding great, This is proper to him, as the head of the church, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Of this glory the apostle speaks, Phil. ii. " Wherefore God also hath exalted him, and “ given him a name, which is above every name,” &c. vtipu wot, exalted above all exaltation. Now the mediatorial glory of out Lord Jesus Christ confifteth either,
1. In the fuldess of grace inherent in him : or, 2. In the dignity and authority put upon him.
First, In the fulnels of grace inherent in him : The humdnity of Christ is filled with grace, as the fun with light: Joha i. 14. " Full of
and truth.” Never any creature was filled by the Spirit of grace, as the man Christ Jesus is filled; for "God gives not the Spirit to him by measure,” John iii. 34. By reason of this fulness of grace inherent in him, he is “ faiter
than the children of men,” Psal. xlv. 2. excelling all the saints in spiritual lustre and gracious excellencies.
Secondly, In the dignity and authority put upon him. He is crowned King in Sion; all power in heaven and earth is given unto him, Mat. xxviii. 18. he is a law-giver to the church, James iv. 12. all acts of worship are to be performed in his name; prayer, preaching, censures, facraments, all to be adminiftred in his name.
Church-officers are commissioned by him, Eph. iv. II. The judgment of the world in the great day will be administred by him; Mat. XXV. 31.
“ Then shall " he fit upon the throne of his glory.”
To conclade, Jesus Christ shall have glory and honour a: VOL. II.
scribed to him for evermore, by angels and saints, upon the account of his mediatorial work : this fome divines call his passive glory, the glory which he is said to receive from his redeemed Rev. v. 8, 9, 10.
" And when he had taken the book, " the four beasts, and the four and twenty elders, fell down be“ fore the Lamb, having every one of them haps, aod golden “ vials full of odours, which are the prayers of the saints; and “ they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the “ book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast lain, and, " haft redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, " and tongue, and people, and nation," &c. And thus you see, that our Lord Jesus Christ is, upon all accounts, the Lord of glory. The uses follow.
Inference I. How wonderful was the love of Christ, the Lord of glory, to be h ahised and humbled, as he was for us, vile and finful duft? It is astonithing to conceive, that ever Jefus Christ should strip himself of his robes of glory, to clothe himself with the mean garment of our fiel : 0 what a stoop did he make, in his incarnation, fur us! If the most magpificent monarch upon earth had been degraded into a tuad ; if the sun in the heavens had been turned into a wandering atom; if the most glorious angel in heaven had been transformed even into a fly; it had been nothing to the abasement of the Lord of glory. This act is every where celebrated in scripture, as the great mystery, the astonishing wonder of the whole world, 2 Tim. ii. 16. Phil. ii. 3. Rom. viii. 3. The Lord of glory looked not like himself, when he came in the habit of a man; Isa. liii. 3. “ We hid, as it were,
faces from him :" Nay, rather like a worm, than a man ; Psal. xxii. 6. " A reproach of men, and despised of the people.” The birds of the air, and beasts of the earth were here provid. ed of better accomodations than the Lord of glory, Mat. viii. 20. O ftupendous abasement ! O love unspeakable ! “ Though “ he was rich, yet for our fakes he became poor, that we through « his poverty might be rich," 2 Cor. vii. 9. He put off the crown of glory, to put on the crown of thoros: Quant, pro me vilior, tanto mihi charior, faid Bernard ; The lower he humbled bimself for me, the dearer he shall be to me.
Infer. 2. How transcendently glorious is the advancement of belicvers, by their union with the Lord of glory! This, alío, is an admirable and astonishing mystery; iç is the highest dignity of which our nature is capable, to be hypostatically united ; and the greatest glory of which our persons are capable, to be myfiically united to this Lord of glory; to be bone of his