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pressure of avenging Justice; every drop of blood was an ocean of Mercy: and while he was prest in the wine-press of God's wrath, Mercy was expressed. No mercy to Christ; for, God spared not his own Son, even when he cried, Mercy, mercy; God's mercy, saying,"Father, is it be thy will, remove this cup from me." No, no; no mercy was shown to him, otherwise no mercy had been shown to us; Justice must have its due from him, that mercy might vent towards us; and so here 'Mircy and Truth meet together.

6. Another remarkable period is, their meeting on mount Calvary, where Christ was crucisied. It was upon the cross of Christ; that Mercy and Truth met together, that Righteousness and Peace kissed each other; for there it was that he paid all the elect's debt, to the least sarthing that Truth and Righteousness could demand; until he cried with a loud voice, and said, " It is sinished" Having done all that the law could enjoin) he suffered all that the law could threaten, so as it cannot crave a sarthing more: "It is sinished:" All that was stipulated for with the Father, in that sederal transaction; all that was promised, in that eternal compact, is sinished; every article agreed to in the council of peace was sinished. The bargain that he had signed with his hand, he now sealed with his blood; and in this appearance upon the cross, or in his obedience to the death, did all the attributes of God meet, as in a centre. And on this account was mount Calvary more glorious than mount Sinai; for, in mount Sinai, God appeared in his terrible majesty, making the mountain to tremble, and the earth to shake; but here in mount Calvary, he appeared not only in his terrible majesty, but in his tender mercy, in his terrible sury against sin; and in his tender savour towards the sinner; and now, the controversy betwixt Justice and Mercy seems at a crisis; here was the critical juncture, wherein their different demands behoved to be decided; and it was done with such a solemnity as made the whole universe, as it were, to tremble and quake: for then did God shake, not the earth only, but also heaven; for when Christ was under the mighty load of this terrible wrath, in the sinner's

room, foom, there was a great earthquake, and the heavens grew black, the sun was eclipsed; and, that at a time* contrary to the common rules of nature, which made a heathen .philosopher, at a distance, cry out, "That "either the frame of nature was on the point of dil"solution, or the God of nature was suffering." And indeed he was suffering unto blood, and unto death. Behold the living and eternal God here, in our nature wounded to death, and bleeding out his lise, to be a facrisice for sin, that justice might be satissied, and mercy might be magnisied, and all the attributes of God glorisied to the highest. O wonder! that GolGotha, the place of a skull, should be such a samous meeting place for th& divine persections. — It was a place of the greatest shame and ignominy; but, in him who endured the cross, and despised the shame, it was made a place of most resplendent glory; for, in the cross of Christ, Mercy and Truth, Righteousness and Peace met, and embraced each other. God's attributes did harmoniously join together, so as the one does not blacken, but illustrate the glory of the other, while they shined gloriously in the sace of Christ crucisied, as a beautisul and bright constellation; for he was set forth to be a propitiation, to declare the Righteousness and Justice of God, together with his other glorious names.

7. Another remarkable . period, is their meeting together at the bar of God's great Justice-court in heaven, '' Within the vail, whither the Fore-runner hath for us entered, even Jesus," Heb. vi. 20. When Christ w»3 upon the cross, the vail of the temple was rent in twain, from the top to the bottom; and a way was made for entering into the holy of holies: and as the priests under the law were not only to offer the sacrisice without the camp, **but after that, were to enter the holiest of all, not without blood, but with the blood of the sacrisice, to sprinkle the mercy-seat, Lev. xvi. 14, 15. "Even so, Christ having offered himself a sacrisice, and suffered without the gate, Heb. xiii. 12. He is entered into the holy place by his own blood," Heb. ix. 12. there to appear as our High-priest, in the power and virtue

Vol. II. j K "of of his blood, to make a sull atonement of, and sprinkle the mercy-seat. Hence believers are said to be come to Jesus, the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling: And where is this? Even in heaven, as you see in the context, Heb. xii. 23, 24. Now, in this work, Christ carried the price of his blood into the very presence of God for us, Heb. ix. 24. and paid it down besore him: and in this act, Justice hath its satissaction brought home; and by this act, Mercy and Justice actually are met; for hereby Christ sprinkled the very mercy-seat with blood, all over, both upon it, and before it, as the fore-cited, Lev. xvi. represents.' For the mercy-seat, of old, stood so, that it could be seen but two ways, namely, upon it, and besore it, as a table next to the wall; and so this points out, that whatever way we look to mercy by saith,v we may see mercy and blood mixed; mercy and justice met together; and all forts of mercy conveyed through the blood of Christ.; top-mercies and side-mercies, uppermercies, of a spiritual nature, and lower-mercies, of 3. temporal nature; for the mercy-seat is sprinkled with blood upon it, and besore it, and whatever way you look to it. The sacrisice was sinished on the cross; and all sacrisices sinished therein: but the blood of the sacrisice behoved also to be carried within the vail, in order to the sull atonement, that what was written in blood upon the cross, might be sealed in the presence of God, at the heavenly bar: and we act not our saith far enough, for redemption, unless we follow Christ from the cross to the bar of God's justice-court in heaven, to see all sealed and secured there, within the vail, where this blood is exposed, as it were, and pled at the bar; where Mercy and Justice meet together, and embrace each other.

8. Another remarkable period, is their meeting together at, the bar of Conscience, God's lower court, on the day of actual reconciliation betwixt God and the sinner; for then, " The blood of Christ, who, through the eternal Spirit, did offer himself without spot to God, doth purge the conscience,"Heb. ix, 14. And "The blood

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of sprinkling, wherewith the conscience is purged Ffotii dead works, to serve the living God," doth put forth its' purgative power and virtue by a certain internal speech: And what doth it speak to the conscience?" It speakS better things than the blood of Abel:" That speaks vengeance, but this spealcs mercy and peace, in conjunction with truth and righteousness,' and justice: fof where ever justice-satisfying blood cries for fflercv and peace, Mercy and Truth, Righteousness and Peace meet, and embrace each other. This blood is the cement whereby they are joined together; besore this blood be applied, the conscience of the convinced sinner is all in a flame, like mount Sinai; thunder, and lightening, and smoak, and darkness, and sear of hell and vengeance, compassing the soul about, while it is arraigned at the in Ranee of the siery law, to pay the double debt to the mandatory and minatory part'of the law; that is, persect obedience upon the pain of eternal death and damnation. The sinner sinds himself lost and undone for ever by this law; but then, whenever the'blood of sprinkling comes in, and appears at the bar of conscience^ it speaks better things; it is a better speaker than the law: And what says it? Why, the language of it is, With your leave, O law, you have nothing to crave; for Christ, the Son of God, was arraigned at the instance of divine Justice, to pay all this debt, because he was this sinner's Surety and Substitute; and he actually paid it, by obeying the command, and undergoing the penalty of the law; and for this I produce the ancient records of God; "In the volume of his book, it is written of Christ, that when sacrisice and offering would not, he said, Lo, I come; I delight to do thy will: and that the Lord hath laid on hint the iniquity of us all: That he was made a c'nrse for us; yea, that he was made sin for us, even he who knew no sin, that we might become the righteousness**of God in him." And theresore, O law, though thou hast Truth and Righteousness on thy side, yet Truth and Righteousness have met with Mercy and Peace, and they have concerted matters, and agreed harmonionfly,. and kissed one-another, in token of their sull agreement in

K.2 'Christ; Christ:; so that in Christ all charges are answered.— And thus in the believer's conscience parties meet together.

III. The Third thing proposed was, How and after what manner is it, that they meet together, and kiss each other? We are to conceive of it after the manner of God; for it is more than a meeting of saints; it is more than a meeting of angels; it is a divine meeting of all the glorious attributes of God; and we may notice, these following qualities of it.

1. It is a wondersul and mysterious meeting: it is above our apprehension and conception. O! hoyv wondersul a meeting is this! The very name of the Person, that is made the trisling-place, the meetingplace, is called Wonderful, Ilaiah ix. 6. Because the meeting is about us, his name is called, Immanuei., God with us.—O how mysterious is this, meeting! "Great is the mystery of godliness! God manisested in the flefii," i Tim. iii. 16. That is all the attributes of God meeting together, and harmoniously embracing one another in the eternal Son of God, who hath assumed our. nature into his own personality: this is the most wondersul, mysterious meeting that ever was in heaven or earth.

2. It is a joysul meeting: they meet with insinite pleasure and satissaction in one another ;. " Behold my Servant, whom I uphold; mine Elect, in whom ray foul delighteth," Isaiah xlii. 1. As the persections of God are glorisied in Christ, so they rejoice and are delighted in him ; - " For Jehovah is well-pleased for his righteousness sake; and theresore the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand; and he mall see the travel of his foul and be satissied." Surely, is God hath his pleasure, and Christ his satissaction, no attribute of the divine Majesty, no member of the meeting is displeased, or out of humour; no, no; "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased." My Justice is pleased, my Mercy is pleased, and all my other attributes are pleased. O it is a heartsome, pleasant, and joysul jueeting! May all that hear me, be well-pleased to se<?

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