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ouily 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, PsaL cxix. 59.
Direct. 1. Consider seriously 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 slate must be changed, or you inevitably damned, John iii. 3.
Direct. 3. Consider the way and courie yon have taken since you came iuto the world, proceeding from iniquity to iniquity. What command of God have you not violated a thousand times over? Wha-t sin is committed in the world, that you are not, one way or other, guilty of before God? How many secret sins upon your score, unknown to the most intimate friend you have in the world? Either this guilt must be separated from your souls, or your fouls from God to all eternity.
Direct. 4. Think upon the severe wrath of God due to every sin; "The wages of sin is death," Rom. vi, 23. And how intolerable the fulness of that wrath must be, when a few drops sprinkled upon the conscience in this world, is so unsupportable, that hath made some to chuse strangling, rather than life; and jet this wrath must abide for ever upon you, if you get not interest in Jesus Christ, John iii. 3$.
Direct. 5. Ponder well the happy state and condition they are in who have obtained pardon, and peace by Jesus Christ, Plal. xxxii. 12. Aud seeing the grace of God is free, and yotf are set under the means thereof; why may not you be as capable there: of as orhers?
Direct. 6. Seriously consider the great uncertainty of yoor time., and preciousness of the.opportunity of salvation, never to be recovered, when they are once past, John ix. 4. let this provoke you to lay hold upon those golden seasons whilst thy are yet With you; that you may not bewail your folly and madneft, when they are out of your reach.
Direct. 7. Associate yourselves with serious Christians; get into their acquaintance, and beg their assistance; beseech them to pray for you; and see that you rest not here, but be frequent^ ly upon your kuees, begging of the Lord a new heart, and 1 pew state.
la conclusion of the whole, let me beserch and beg all the people of God, as upon my knees, to take heed, and beware, jest by the carelemess and icandal of their lives, they quench the weak desires beginning to kindle in the hearts of others. You know what the law of God awards for striking a woman sjsith child, so that her fruit go from her, ExoJ. xxi; 22, 13. Q shed not ioul-blood, by stifling the hopeful desires of any after Christ.
Blessed be God for Jesus Christ, the defire of all nations. *********************
Containing the fifth Motive to apply Christ, drawn 'from another excellent Title of Christ.
1 Cor. ii. 8. Which none of the princes of this -world have known, for had they known him, they -mould not have crucified the Lord of glory.
IN this chapter, the apostle discourses to the Corinthians, of the excellency or his ministry, both to obviate the contempt which some cast upon it for want of human ornaments, and to give the greater authority nnto it among all: and whereas the spiritual simplicity of his ministry laid it under the contempt of some, he removes that several ways, by shewing them,
First, 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 him crucified," ver. 1, 2.
Secondly, Neither was it for the,advantage of their fouls: it might indeed tickle their sancies, but could be no solid foundation to their saith and comfort, ver. 4, 5.
Thirdly, Though his discourses seemed jejune -and dry to carnal hearers, yet they had a depth and excellency in them, which spiritual and judicious Christians saw and acknowledged,ver. 6, 7.
Fourthly, Therefore this excellent wisdom which he preached sar transcended all the natural wildom of this world; yea, the most raised and improved understandings of those that were most renowned and admired in that age for wisdom, ver. 8. " which "none of the princes of this world knew."
In which words we have,
1. A negative proposition.
2. The proof of the proposition.
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 seculi, the princes of that age, he means, as Cameron well notes, the learned Rabbi's, Scribes, aud 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- glory. 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 sind one of Christ's glorious and royal titles, The Lord of glory: upon which title will be my present 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 ptbphet Kaiah, speaking of him, calls him glorious; Ha. iv. 2. " In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and "glorious." John, speaking of his glory, riles a step higher, and aseribeth 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; but the glory, James ii. 1. glory in the abstract; "My brethren, (saith "he), have not the saith 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 so stiled; the glory of heaven; the glory of Sion } the glory of our souls for ever. The author to the Hebrews goes yet higher, and calls him not 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 splendor, or refulgency of divine glory. O what a glorious Lord is our Lord Jesus Chrst! the brighty sparkling diamond of heaven; who sWoes 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, saith he, a light from heaven above the bright'' ness of the fun, shining round about me:" Needs must the glory of Christ be unspeakable, who reflects glory upon all that are with him, John xvii. 24. and stamps glory upon all that belong to him. His works on earth were ghriovs works, Luke xiii. 17. the purchased liberty of his people, a glorious liberty,
Rom. viii. 21. the church his mystical body, a glorious church, Eph. v. 27. the gospel which reveals him, is a glorious gospel, 1 Tim. i. Hi
But, more particularly, let us consider the glory of Christ, as it is distinguished into his, either,
1. Essential, or^
2. Mediatorial glory.
First, The essential glory of Christ, which he hath as God from everlasting; which is unspeakable and unconceivable glory: For (saith 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; John JL 30. " I and my Father are one." And again, John xvi. 15. "AU things that the Father hath, are mine:" the same name, the same nattlre, the same essential properties, the same will, and the same 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. 9, 10;" Wherefore God also hath exalted him, and "given him a name, which is above every name," <bc. vxi^ae-t, exalted above all exaltation. Now the mediatorial glorj of out Lord Jesus Christ cOnsisteth either,
1. In the fulness of grace inherent in him: or,
2. In the dignity and authority put upon him.
First, In the fulness of grace inherent in him: The humanity of Christ is filled with grace, as the fun with light: Joha 1. 14. " Full of grace 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 " salser "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 lawgiver to the church, James iv. 11. all ,acts of worship are to be performed in his name; prayer, preaching, censures, sacraments, all to be administred in his name. Church-officers are commissioned by him, Eph. iv. 11. The judgment of the world in the great day will be administred by him; Mat. xxv. 31. " Then shall
he sit upon the throne of his glory."
To conclude, Jesus Christ shall have glory aad honour a
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scribed to him for evermore, by angels and saints, upon the account of his mediatorial work: this some divines call his passive glory, the glory which he is said to receive from his redeemed ones. 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 haips, and golden ** vials full of odours, which are the prayers of the saints; and "they fung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the "book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast stain, and (' hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, "and tongue, and people, and nation," &rc. And thus you fee, that our Lord Jesus Christ is, upon all accounts, the Lord of glory. The uses follow.
How wondersul was the love of Christ, the Lord of glory, to he f> ah isedand humbled, as he was for us, vile andsmjulduft? It is astonishing to conceive, that ever Jesus Christ should strip himself of his robes of glory, to clothe himself with the mean garment of our flesh: O what a stoop did he make, in his incarnation, f ar us! If the most magnificent monarch upon earth had been degraded into a toad ; if the fun 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. iii. 16. Phil. ii. 8. 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, ." our saces 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 provided of better accomodations than the Lord of glory, Mar. viii. -20. O stupendous abasement ! O love unspeakable !" Though "he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor, that we through "his poverty might be rich," 2 Cor. viii. 9. He put off the crown of glory, to put on the crown of thorns: Quant<) pro me vilior, tanto mihi chariar, said Bernard; The lower he humbled Jiimfelf for me, the dearer he shall be to me.
Infer. 2. How transcendenlly glorious is the advancement of believers, by their union -with the Lord of glory! This, also, is an admirable and astonishing mystery; it is the highest dignity of which our nature is capable, to be kypoflatically united; and the greatest glory of which our persons are capable, to be mystically united to this Lord of glory; to be bone of his