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supreme intelligent Being, the Author and Creator of all Things, and can by no Reasoning whatever discover any other Being concerned in the making, framing, or governing the World: And therefore all the _ Hopes and Fears, in a Word, all the religious Acts of Man, in the State of Natural Religion, are necessarily and immediately relative to this one supreme Being. But put the Case, 'that Natural Religion could poffibly discover that this one supreme Being had an eternal Son, to whom he had communicated all Power and Authority, who was the immediate Creator, Governor, and Judge of Mankind; Ibeseech you to consider, Wheii ther, upon this Supposition, there would not" necessarily arise an Alteration in Natural Religion; 'whether the Hopes and Fears, and all other religious Acts of Mankind would not relate immediately to this there immediate Creator, 'Gove'rnor,*and Judge. Can it j-be' reasonably supposed that we Were created' by the Son of God, that we are now under his Government, and shall be finally' under his Judgment, 'and at '- the same time mainl tained that rid-Service, Obediencefor Regard' is due'to him-from'US his' CreatUre's and Subjects 2: If-thisis cannot be. maintained-tion; sistently with this supposition, the Conclusion
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to call Men from the Grave into Being, as '
well as to call them out of nothing at the first Creation. > The Relation of Christ to Mankind a Creator and Governor considered, the Work of Redemption could not properly have been undertaken by any other Hand: For, if Christ was the immediate Creator and Governor of the World, what Reason can you . imagine why God should resume this Authority out of the Hands Of his Son, or set up another to have Dominion and Authority over any Part of the Creation, which by
natural Right belonged to Him, who made si
all Things? Were we to consider one Per.son as our Creator, and another as our Redeemer,
Redeemer, it would be extremely to' the Diminution of the Honour and Regard dueto the Creator, inasmuch 'as the Blessing' of Redemption would greatly outweighss the Benth of Creation; and it Would be nati'iral to Us to prefer the Love that delivered us from the Evils and Miser-ies of the World, to that which placed us in them. In'the daily- Serviee of our Charch'we praiser'God for Greeting' and preshrving us, but above 'all for his inestim'able- Leve' in the Redempti'gn ; ' which is 'veryv consistent' with 'Respect to one great Benefacter, who both made us and' redeemed us :- But, had? 'any other Hand-redeemedv us, such Expreffion of Gratitudeto him would have reflected Dishonour upon the Creator. A i
T 1 St.- Paul tells us exprefly, That Christ is Head 'of the Church; a Title founded in' the Right of Redemption, that in all Things he int'th have' the Fire-eminence; that, as he was the Head of all Creatures in virtue 'of having' created. them, so he might be the Head of the Church, the elect People of God, in Virtue of having redeemed them: For it pleased the Father, that in him should all' Fullmssi dwell 5 that is, that Christ-should be all in all, the Head of the second as well as of- the first Creation. Coloffi i.' 18.-- - According
According to St. Paul's Reasoning here, if any other Person had redeemed the WOrld, or if the World had been redeemed without Christ, he would not loa-ve load the Preeminence in all Things; which yet he had before Sin came into the World 3 and, consequently, the Sin of the World worild have'
been the Diminution of the Headship and '
Power of Christ. Upon these Principles of' the Gospel Revelation we may discern some' Propriety in Christ's coming to redeem the World: The Work was such, that no Per-son of less Power could undertake it 3 and his Relation to the World was such, as made it fit and proper to commit the Work: to him. . - 4 si The Redemption of Mankind is a Work which in the Event seems to concern Men