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5. The Heaven whither our Saviour went,
is the Heaven of Heavens. He passed through the lower Heavens, Deanau foto tis segrås, Heb. iv. 14. Eph. iv. 10. Heb. vii. 26.
2 Cor. xii. 2, 3. Wherefore did he ascend thither? 1. To seal and confirm the Redemption he
had purchased for ys; as the High Priest, when he had offered Sacrifices with the Blood, he entered into the Holy Place,
Lev. xvi. 14: Heb. ix. 12. 2. To send down the Spirit upon his Apostles,
and all Believers, John xvi. 7. Luke xxiv.
49. A&ts i. 8. cap. xxi. Eph. iv. 8.
This should teach us,
Į. To believe firmly on our blessed Saviour, as the Christ in whom all the Types and Prophecies were fulfilled, John XX. 29.
2. To trust stedfastly on him for his bringing us to Heaven, Heb. vi. 19, 20. Fohn živ. 2, 3.
3. To follow our blessed Saviour into Heaven with our Hearts, and Affections, Phil. iii. 20, 2 Reg. ij. 2, 11, 12.
1 Pet. ii. 22.
And is on the Right Hand of God.
HE Mesiab was to fit at the Right Hand
of God. This was foreshewed, 1. In Type, Gen. xli. 40, 41, 42.
2. In Prophecy, Psal. cx. 1. Matt, xxii. 44. Asts ii. 34, 35, 36.
II. It is plain, that our Saviour did and doth fo, Mark xvi. 19. Rom. viii. 34: To understand this, we must consider,
1. What are we to understand by the Right Hand of God?
1. Negatively. Not as if God had properly
ber whereby we work, Matt. xxvi. 64.
Glory, 1 Reg. ii. 19. Heb. i. 3. cap. viii. 1, Perfecto Opere ad Cælos Viktor adveniens, audit a Deo Patre, sede ad Dextram meam. Max. Taurin.
3. It fignifies Happiness and eternal Feli
city, Psal. xvi. 11. Quid eft Patris Dextera, nifi illa æterna, ineffabilifque Felicitas quo pervenit Filius Hominis, etiam Carnis Immortalitate percepta. Aug. 2. How are we to apprehend
Christ as now aç the Right Hand of God?
1. He is sometimes said in general only to be there, 1 Pet. iii: 22. Rom. viii. 34.
2. Sometimes to stand there, Acts vii. 56.
Sedere Judicantis eft, ftare véro Pugnantis & Adjuvantis. Greg. M. 3. Most commonly to fit there ; which fig
nifies not any bodily Posture, but, 1. His Dwelling, in Heaven, qui Sedere intelligite babitare. Aug. 2. His Quiet and Freedom from all Distur,
His Dominìon and Sovereignty, Psal. cx.
I. i Cor. XV. 25, i Ipsum Verbum sedere Regni fignificat Poteftatem. Hieron.
4. His Power of judging, Prov. XX. 8.
king Intercession for us, Heb. vii. 24.
when he offered up himself as a Sacrifice
i Tim. ii. 6. Matt. xx. 28. 2. As the High Priest was to go once a Year
into the Holy of Holies to make Atone-
went into Heaven as it was with his own
to God for the Pardon of our Sins by
mans iv. 25. 2. To send down his Spirit upon us to
cleanse us from all Sin, John xvi. 7. Heb. ix. 13, 14. and to lead us into all Truth, John xvi. 13.
3. To take Care that all necessary Means
of Salvation be afforded to those who believe, and to make them effectual,
Epb. iv. 8, 11, 12 4. To offer up our Prayers to God with
the Incense of his own Merits, Rev. viji. 3, 4, Lev. xvi. 12, 13.
Us E. 1. This should encourage us to pray, Heb. x. 19, 20, 22. cap. iv. 14, 16.
2. This should teach us in all our Prayers to act by Faith on Christ, as in Heaven interceding for us, Jobn xvi. 23, 24. Mark xi. 24.
3. Hence we should put our whole Trust on Chrift, and him alone, for our Salvation, Heb. yii. 25. Rom. viii. 34.
i Pet. üi. 22.
Angels, and Authorities, and Powers, be
ing made subje&t to him.
S Kingly Office, 1. That Chrift should be a King, is plainly fore
told, Psal. ii. 6. Atts xiii. 33. Ifa. ix. 6, 7. Matt. ii. 2. 4. Zech. ix. 9. Matt. xxi. 5. 2. His Kingdom was not of this World : No
Temporal Kingdom, as the Jews thought, yea, and the Apostles, Acts i. 6. Himself Taith it was not, John xviii. 36. therefore he would not divide the Inheritance, Luke xii. 13, 14. nor be made a King by them, Foon vi. 15. 3. He exercised his Regal Power even when
he was upon Earth over bad Angels, Mark i. 25,27; c. iii. 11, 12. Good Angels, they attended him as his Guard, Luke ii. 13. and
worshipped, Heb. i. 6. 4. After his Resurrection he declared his Com
mission and Authority, Matt. xxviii. 18. S. At his Ascension, he was a&ually invested
with it, enthroned, crowned, A&ts ii. 36.
c. V. 31. Concerning this his Kingdom, we may ob
serve, 1. The Extent. It is over all, it is extended all over the World, Rom. ix. 5. 1 Pet. iii. 22.