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The Redemption and Resurrection of Mankind.
JOB xix. 25, 26, 27.
I hiow that my Redeemer Ifoetk, and that
he stall. stand at the latter Day upon
the Earth. And ihd- after jny Skip, Worms destroy ,
this Bodyy yet in my Flejh stall I Jet
Eyes stall beholds and not another s
- tho' my Reins be confnm'd within me.
THAT the Holy Men an*d Women who liv'd before the Incarnation
lyV- of our Lord, had the lame Expectations which we ha.ye of an immortal Life after i
Death j That they believ'd in the same—*--— Christ to come, in whom, as already l^1' come, we profess to believe; and that' they were actually saved by Faith in the fame Jesus, by whom we hope to be saved, is a Doctrine very agreeable to the clear arid positive Declarations of God's Word, and for that Reason held forth by the Church of England in her Articles; in which She asserts, That as well in the Old as in the New Testament, everlasting Life is offer'd unto Mankind • by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and Man, being both God and Man; and that therefore they are not to be'heard, who feign that the Old Fathers look'd only for transitory Promiles. \ ,'v
Among many other Texts of Scripture whkh might be produe'd' to support and confirm this Truth, this which I have pitch'd upon for the Subject of my following Discourse, is so plain and-fust to:the Purpose, that it is sufficient alone to put the Matter out of Question. For in it holy Job does in the strongest and
. '• "- ,• most
"-—'—most significant Terms express his uriSj*M. shaken Trust and Confidence in that ^-^__» Messiah, to whom all the Prophets, ever since the World began, bare "Witness, together with his stedfast Assurance of being made a Partaker of Redemption from Sin and Misery by the Merits of his Death, and of a Resurrection to endless Bills by the Power of his Life. I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter Day upon the • -garth. And tho after my Skint Worms, destroy this Body, yet in my Flest stall I fee God: Whom I stall fee for my self and mine Eyes stall behold, and not another \ tho my Reins be consum'd with-, in'me. •
Jt is well known that some have ^n* ) deayour'd to put another Interpretation / upon the Words j but that so unnatural and fore'd, that it deserves not to be mentioned; much less may it stand in Competition with • the most obvious and generally receiv'd Sense; against which there lies no considerable Objection^ from which therefore we have no
Reason t^ depart. -— The Words then —
taken in ;h«r natural and genuine Mean- ]X ing contain, . -; r!r <-- j.,-.. —i^—_. , j. JOB'S Faith in his Redeemer, in a living. Redeemer, tha$ should stand at the latter Day upon the Earth.
a, His Belief of the future Resurrection of his Body, and that notwithstanding the Difficulties which attended it, tho' Worms should destroy his Body, tho' fyis Reins were consum'd within him. , - •
i. Then the Words express Job's Faith in his Redeemer, in a living Redeemer, that should stand at the latter Day upon the Earth.
N o,w the Title of Redeemer belongs eminently to Christ, as he deliver'd us from a State of Misery and Captivity, &y offering up himself a Sacrifice in our stead, and thereby making a full Satisfaction and Attonement for our Transgressions. .; ,.'I*. Sin having gain'd a Conquest over pur first Parents, all who descended from jhem were born Subjects to its Dominion.
St*M* its Power; nor could those who strugled _ l_most against it, ever free themselves intirely from its Yoke. Even those who died before they had committed actual Offences, were nevertheless while they liv'd in Captivity to its Law, as being tainted with original Depravity communicated to them with their Being.
As all Men were under the Power of
So far as Men were the Servants of Sin, they were likewiie the Servants'of Satan; who first tempted Mankind to sin, to the End that he might rule over them, and become the Prince of this World. He was as cruel a Master to his Vassals, as he had been an undutiful Servant to his Maker; for his Service was the most vile and intolerable Slavery, and his Wages Torment without end.. ,?1imi3j4 --1 fit this hopeless Condition we must for ever have continued, had not the Lord> Mighty to Save, undertook our