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of Peace and Reconciliation with God, 2 Cor. v. 18, 19, 20. And in this sense Christ is called the inasiecor and the ineguds, our Propitiation, Rom. iii. 25. 1 John ïi. 2, 4, 10. Not that he has purchas'd for us the actual Pardon of all our Şins, but that by his Death he hath reconcil'd God to us up. on the Terms of the Gospel Covenant. For this reason he is call'd our Peace, and said to preach Peace, Ephef. ii. 14, 17. and the Gospel is the GoSpel of Peace, Ephef. vi. 15. :
The plain Account of all is this. Christ the Eternal Son of God, in obedience to his Father's Will became Man, and suffer'd an infamous and accursed Death upon the Cross, to redeem Mankind froin Death, and to make them capable of Grace and Mercy. This was so meritorious and acceptable a Service to his Father, that he seal'd a Covenant of Grace and Immortal Life with his Blood, made him our Great High Priest, and the Mediator of a better Covenant, establisb'd upon better Promises, Heb. viii. 6. Exalted him to be à Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance unta Israel, and forgiveness of Sins, Acts v. 21. This account St. Paul gives us of it, That Christ being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of Men : And being found in fashion as a Man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to Death, even the Death of the Cross. Wherefore God also bath highly exalted him, and given him a name, which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee sculd bow, of things in Heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the Earth : . And that every tongue shall confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father, Philip. ii. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, So that Christ by his Death has abclisß'd Death, and absolutely redeemed us from that Curse of the Law, and inade Mankind
capable of Grace and Mercy: And his Obedience to his Father's Will, in dying to redeem Sinners from Death, was so meritorious and acceptable à Service, that God seals a Covenant of Grace and Pardon with his Blood, and makes him the Great High Priest and Mediator of this New Covenant ; puts all Mankind into his hands to save all those who shall believe in him and obey his Gospel. The right understanding of this will very much confirm our Faith, and give us a truer Notion of this new Covenant, which is properly a Covenant between the Father and the Son Jesus Christ for the Redemption of Sinners.
St. Paul gives us a plain and full Account of this, 2 Tim. ii. 19. Nevertheless the Foundation of God standeth fure, having this Seal, the Lord knoweth them that are bis ; and let every one that nametb the Name of Christ depart from Iniquity: • Learned Men tell us, that the Word séuário, which we translate Foundation, is us’d, in this and fe. veral other Places of the New Testament, for a Coniraet or Covenant, as appears from the mention of the Seal, which is affixed to this Foundation. And there is no doubt at all, but Foundation here does signify the fundamental Articles of this divine Covenant; and there needs no Criticisin to justify this use of the Word. For if the Church be God's House, and God's Building, as ’tis frequently call'd in Scripture; that Covenant whereon this spiritual Building is founded, may very properly be called à Foundation. This Metaphor of Building and Foundation St. Paul infifteth on at large, i Cor. iii. 1o, II, ver. &c. where he tells us, that he as i wise Master Builder laid the Foundation, and warns all others how they build upon it, for other Foundation can no Man lay than is laid, which is Jesus Christ. The like we may see Eph. i. 20. where the Church is said to be built upon the Foundation
of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner Stone. And when the Apostle tells us, that the Foundation of God standeth sure, it signifies, that this is an everlasting Covenant, which shall never be changed and altered; for God hath set his Seal to it, which gives it a lafting and irreversible Confirmation, and contains and expresses the fundamental Articles of this Covenant, whereon all our Hopes of Salvation depend, and which we may safely and securely rely on. This he compares to an Inscription on a Seal, which contains both Parts of the Covenant; what respects God, and what respects our felves. As for God's part, the Lord knoweth who are bis ; on our part, let every one that nameth the Name of Christ depart from Iniquity; which I shall briefly explain.
1. The Lord knoweth who are his. By the Lord here I understand the Lord Jesus Christ, with whom this Covenant of Redemption was made. For Lord is the peculiar Title of Christ in the New Testament, and he is the Foundation and chief Cornerstone in this spiritual Building, his Church, Who are his, signifies who are his true and sincere Disciples, the Members of his Body, whom he hath redeem’d and purchased with his own Blood. And to know who are bis, signifies to own them, and to bestow all the Blessings of the Covenant upon them; even Heaven and eternal Life: As not to know them, signifies to reject and disown them, as having no part and portion in him, as our Saviour himself tells us in Matth. vii. 22, 23. Many will say to me in that Day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy Name, and in thy Name have cast out Devils, and in thy Name have done many wonderful Works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you ; depart from me, ye that work Iniquity. This is elsewhere expressed by confelling and denying, in Matth. X. 32, 33. Whosoever
therefore therefore Mall confess me before Men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in Heaven: But whosoever fhall deny me before Men, bim. will. I also deny before my Father which is in Heaven. The Ef. fect of which is this, that those whom Christ confeffeth at the last Judgment before his Father and his holy Angels, as 'tis elsewhere expressed, that is, whom Christ shall then own for his Disciples and redeemed ones, they shall be owned and rewarded by God, and enter into their Master's Joy: But those whom he shall then deny, disown, and reject, shall be denied by God, as Vessels of Wrath, fitted for Destruction. This is God's part of the Covenant, he has made his Son Jesus Christ the Saviour of the World, that whosoever believes in him, pould not perish, but have everlasting Life. He has made him the Author of everlasting Salvation, the Fountain of Grace, of Mercy, and Life. We receive all spiritual Blessings in him, and from him ; we are accepted in the beloved. · In him we receive the Adoption of Sons, the Forgiveness of our Sins, and a gracious Answer to all our Prayers. God has given us eternal Life, but this Life is in bis Son; so that as Christ alone has purchased Pardon, and Grace, and eternal Life for us, so 'tis only our Relation to him, which entitles us to all these Blessings. Christ knows, he owns all that are his, in the Presence of his Father, and of his holy Angels. But he own's none but those who are his, and none else have any Right to the Blersings of that Covenant, which is sealed with his own Blood. He is made the Judge both of the Quick and of the Dead; separates between his Sheep and the Goats, and saves all those who belong to him, who are the Members of his Body, and the Subjects of his Kingdom; who shall al. ways be where he is, behold his Glory, and reign for ever with him in the Kingdom of his Father.
But the rest of the World he rejects as none of his, with a Depart from me, I know you not. A terrible Sentence, which dooms them to all the Miseries of an Eternal Death.
If then our Eternal Salvation depends wholly on Christ's owning us for his, it is of mighty Concernment to us to know, who those are whom
And that is contained in the Second Part of this Covenant ; Let every one that nameth the Name of Christ depart from Iniquity. Which may be consider'd either as God's Covenant with Christ, or as Christ's Covenant with us.
1. As God's Covenant with Christ, when he gave him this Power and Authority to save Sinners, that he should not only make an Atonement and Expiation for Sin, to deliver them from the Curse of the Law, but that he should redeem them. from all Iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar People zealous of good Works, Tit. ii. 14. For which End, St. Paul tells us, Christ gave himself for us ; which he expresses in other Words to the same Pur. pose: That Christ loved the Church, and gave himself for it; that be might fanétify and clearse it with the washing of Water, by the Word ; that he might present it to himself, a glorious Church, not having Spot or Wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy, and without Blemish; Eph. v. 25, 26, 27. Christ is God's King, whom he hath set on his holy Hill of Sion, Pfal. ii. 6. And the great End and Design of this Spiritual Kingdom, is to destroy the Works, the Power, the Dominion of the Devil; to turn Men from Darkness unto Light, and from the Power of Satan unto God; in a word, to set up the Kingdom of God in the World, to reduce Sinners to the Worship and Obedience of the One Supreme God, as well as to restore them to their forfeited Happiness. This is the true Gospel-No
iberant it to himself any such thing h. v. 25, 26; boling