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Cther. But look to our desire of God's glory, and our own salvation, men and angels could never have contrived how these two desires could be reconciled, is Mercy and Truth had not met together, and killed each other; for the glory of God's truth and righteousness, in the threatening of his law, seems to rest satissied with nothing less than our destruction; and theresore to tlciiie God's glory, would have been to desire our own damnation; and, consequently, in desiring our own salvation, we must have desired God's dishonour: but now this blessed con.rivance of insinite Wisdom, let us see how these two are not only reconciled, but made inseparable; "Having set forth Christ to be the propitiation through saith in his blood, to declare his righteousness in the remission of sins."
(3.) These seemingly opposite attributes meet and kiss each other, that seemingly opposite graces might meet and embrace each other: for example, reverence and considence; how shall sear 'and reverence meet together with saith and considence? Why, Truth and Righteousness are at the meeting; and theresore sear and reverence becomes us; but Mercy and Peace are also on the bench, theresore saith and holy considence may boldly step in; "We have boldness to enter into th*j holiest by the blood of Jesus."
(4.) These opposite-like attributes meet and embrace each other, that opposite-like duties may meet together; prayer and praise seem opposite duties in some cases; prayer supposes our wants to be great, otherwise, why
should we pray? Praise suppofes our enjoyments
to be great, otherwise, why should we praise?
Well, Truth and Righteousness, these awsul attributes present at the meeting, say, We have nothing in ourselves,- theresore we ought to pray; but Mer vy and Peace say, we have all, we have enough in Chrilt, and theresore we ought to praise. Humiliation and gloriation seem opposite duties; but the seemingly opposite attributes of God meeting together, bring also these duties to meet and embrace each other.
Is Truth and Righteousness in the company with Mercy and Peace? then humiliation is our duty: but is Mercy cy and Peace in company with Truth and Righteousness? Then gloriaiion is our duty. "Let him that glories, glory in the Lord."
(5.) These seemingly opposite attributes of God meet and embrace each other, that seemingly opposite experiences may meet and embrace each other, and be reconciled, though seemingly irreconcileable. There are sad experiences, and sweet experiences: O! here is the sad experience of a guilty conscience, a'powerful corruption, and a conquering temptation: can ever that be reconciled with the experience os holy peace, pardon, and victory? Yea, here is a foundation laid for the reconciliation of these opposites. If Justice and Mercy have met together, then a guilty conscience, and a mercy-seat may meet together; a prevalent corruption, and pardoning, purisying blood may meet together, as they did in the psalmist's case; "Iniquities - prevail against me: but as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away," Psal. lxv. 3.—The fad experience os satherly anger, or of the seeling of divine wrath, may meet with the sweet experience of selt love aud favour; for Mercy and Justice are met together, Isa, liv. 7, 8.—The sad experience of perplexing thoughts, may meet with the sweet experience of spiritual consolation, and be swallowed up therein; since Truth and Justice have met with Mercy and Peace: Hence it, was that these two met together in David; " In the multi, tude os my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight my foul," Psalm xcix. 19. O! is such a sad experience consilient with an interest in Christ? Why, both terrible and amiable attributes of GoJ meet together in Christ; and theresore it is not strange, that the saddest and sweetest experiences meet together, so as not to be inconsistent with the state of a believer that is in Christ, To see awsul Justice, and lovely Mercy meeting together, in a sweet-smelling sacrisice, is a greater wonder, than to see your saddest and sweetest experiences meeting in Christ, to make up a Hallelujah, 'Praise ye the Lard:'- and the former meeting is the jeason of this.
(6.) Thefe irreconcileable - like attributes of God
L 3 meet meet and embrace each other, that irreconcilcable-like Scriptures might meet together and embrace each other: How shall Exod. xxxiv. 7. " He will by no means clear the guilty," (or, justisy the sinner) be reconciled with Rom. iv. 5. where he is said to justisy the ungodly? O! how can these two opposites meet together:— Why, Mercy and Truth have met together in Christ, to make up a match betwixt them: a ransom is found, a propitiation is set forth; why then, these oppositelike scriptures may meet together, and kiss each other: 4' He will by no means clear the guilty," without a ransom, a propitiation. Well, is the ransom found, and propitiation set forth? then he w ill jullisy the ungodly on that ground; *' Deliver his foul from going down to the pit, I have found out a ransom." Now he can jullisy the sinner, and be just in so doing, while he draws him in to Christ by saith, Romans iii. 25, 26.-—-Thus you see the reasons of the meeting. In a word, they meet together upon a design to bring the greatest good out of the greatest evil, and the highest glory out of the deepest misery, to the praise of all God's glorious persections,
V. The Fisth thing proposed, was the Application, in a sew Inserences. Is it so, that in the salvation of sinners by Jesus Christ, the glorious attributes and persections of God do thus harmoniously conspire, and embrace each ot'ner? Then hence we may see,
I. What a dreadsul evil Sin is, which sets all the attributes of God, as it were, in opposition to oneanather, and puts all the world into consusion, and every thing out of order; it sets heaven and earth, and all things in them at variance, one against another: to think light of sin, is to think light of this glorious meeting of divine attributes, that met together to break this rebellion, and take order with this horrid insurrection against heaven. G! what a great matter is the falvation of a sinner! ere that can take place, this grand' meeting must be called; all the injured attributes of God must have an honourable reparation.—. Justige m,iist be satisfied; Tr^th vindicated; Righteousr ness cleared; and in order to all this, a Surety must be provided, even a God in our nature: the guilt must be imputed'to him, and the iniquity of us all must be laid upon him; and then a bloody tragedy must be acted upon his foul and body; till he sink to death under the weight of insinite wrath.
2. Hence sea, what a wondersul Person our Lord Jesus Christ is, in who;', so many wonders meet together. It is in him, thai Mercy and Truth, Righteousness and Peace, do meet together, and kiss each other; here all the illustrious persections of the divine nature do gloriouily conspire ; here is the bright constellation of all the divine attributes shining forth in him; and every star performs its revolutions in this orb. Behold in him the bright glory and •excellency of God's grace and love; a -whole Trinity in concert, to perform each Person his own part, and each attribute its own work; and Christ, the image of the invisible God, set forth to be a Glorious Theatre, on which men and angels might see the splendour of the transaction: "He is the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of his person:" here is the great mystery of godliness, God manisested in the flesh, and all his attributes meeting together, and kissing each other in our Immanuej,, Godman. There are two things meet in Christ, whichmould make him wondersul to us: the one is, all our sins meet together on him, that they may be condemned according to that word, Isaiah Hii. 6. "The Lord hath laid on him the iniquities of us all;" (or, made them to Meet on him.) The other is, all the attributes; of God meet in him, that they may be glorisied. And indeed there is no saving or satisfying knowledge of any property of God, but what is to be had in Christ: to see God to be a mercisul, just, true, righteous, good, and holy God, is neither a saving, nor a satisfying sight; unless we see these attributes meeting in Christ for our falvation; and to see this, is to see the glory of God, in the sace of Christ; here see the glory of divine Mercy? What is pardoning mercy ? . * It is God's * free, gracious acceptance of a sinner, upon satif£ faction made to his justice, in the blood of Jesus.'
L4 Nor Nor is any discovery of mercy, but as relating to the satissaction of justice, consilient with the glory of God: mercy cannot be seen 'savingly, but as meeting with justice in Christ. Here also we see the glory of divine truth in the exact accomplishment of all his threatenings and promises: that original threatening and comminaHon, whence all other threatenings flow, Gen. ii. 17. 4' In the day thou eatest thereof, tl.ou fault surely die," backed with a curse, "For cursed is every one that continueth not -in all things written in the book of the law to do them," is in him accomplished sully, and the truth of God therein cleared to our salvation, while he tasted death for us, and he was made a curse for us: so that in every threatening his truth is made glorious. And as to the promises, they are all Yea and Amen in Christ Jesus; to the glory of God by us, 2 Cor. i. 20. And so of all the other attributes of God, they are made glorious, and exalted in Christ to our salvation. Hence, when Christ desired his Father to glorisy his name, John xii. 23; to make his name, that is, his nature, properties, and persections all glorious in the work of redemption, that he had in hand; he was instantly answered from heaven, "I have both glorisied it, .and will glorisy it again:" I will give my attributes their utmost glory in thee.
3. Hence see the difserence betwixt the law and the gospel: * one great difserence betwixt them lies in this, that In the law, the sinner that hath violated the same, may see Truth standing engaged against him, but no Mercy in company with Truth; and Righteousness in arms against him, but no Peace in company with Righteousness; 'Justice without mercy, and war without peace to .the sinner,' is the motto of the law; for therein Truth and Righteousness meet together, but Mercy and Peace are not at the meeting; and so the language of the law, to you that are out of Christ, and under the law, is, No mercy, no peace, but the wrath of God, the vengeance of God, the curse of God, upon you; and that so sure, as God is a God of truth and righteousness. There is the law. But in the gospel, Mercy and Peace come into the meeting, and make up a match betwixt all the