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stand it, or no. The Author of the Epiffle to the Hehrews tells us, That Christ took not on him the Nature of Angels, hat he took on him the Seed of Ahraham. Angels sinned, and Men sinned : Men only are redeemed. If God is just, there must be a Reason for this, though not within our Reach at present 3 and, when we come to know it, perhaps we may be no longer at a loss to know that the Sacrifice of Christ was necessary to the Salvation of Men. ' That there are many Orders of Beings superior to Man, is a Proposition so agreeable to Reason, that there is little room to doubt of it. All these Orders are in Scripture comprehended under the general Name of Angel. What Relation these Beings stand in to us in many Respects, I will not now inquire: But that they are not unconcerned Spectators in the Work os our Redemption, is evident. Our Saviour- tells us, There is Joy in the Pre/Ence of the Angels of God o-ver one Sinner that repenteth. Luke xv.- Io. Again; He that overcometh, the stmze shall he clothed inwhite Raiment ; and I will not hlot out hisv Name out of the Book of Life, hilt I will confist his Name hefore my Father, and before' his Angels. Rev. iii. 5. Here the Angels are
mentioned as Witnefies of the Justice of the Judgment, and not merely as Attendants to make up the Pomp and Ceremony- of Judicature. - * .
Since then the Justice and Equity of God in redeemng Men are Things which the Angels desire and are concerned to look into z it is evident, That his Justice and Equity, \ 'and the Reasons of Providence in this great Affair, may be discernible to the highest Order: of intellectual Beings, though not discoverable by us, the lowest;
That this is probably the Caise, may bo_ learnt' from hence; That,- when the Gospel hasirevea-led to us any of these Relations, not diseoverable by human Reason, sofar we can see the Reason and Propriety of this great Work of o'ur RedemPtion.
But let- us consider how Well these Prin-z ciples and Doctrines' of the Gospel agree together, and how naturally the one flows from the other. When we view' the sad Condition of Mankind, the Sin, Folly, and Misery, which are in the World; and then turn. to contemplate the Perfections, the Wisdom, and the Goodnessof Him who made us; Nature raises some Hopes in us, that this Confufion will some Day find a , Remedy, and ourselves a Release, from the.
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us. I blame not these Hopes; they are just, they are natural. But, if Nature had' the 'Knowledge of the Son of God, and could discover that the World was made and is
upheld by his Power, that we are his im-þ
mediate Creatures and Subjects; would it not be altogether as natural to found some Hopes upon this Relation? Should we not
be willing to believe, that this great Person,
who made us, would have some Compasiion upon the Work of his own Hands? Should we not hope to find in him at least an Intercessor on our behalf, an dal-vacate with the Father .? Should we not be inclined to recommend to him all our Pleas, to put all our Interest into his Hands, trusting that he cossuld not want Bowels of Affection towards the Creatures whom he formed after his osiwn ss Image and Likeness? I think, this would be but natural; and what more does the Gospel require of us? It has discovered to A -u's this Relation between Christ and the *World, between Christ and the Church, and requires from us such Hope and Faith, and such Obedience, as naturally flow from this Relation ; and could it poffibly require less? Would it not be absurd to tell us, that Christ is Lord of the World that is, and of that ' ' which
which is to' come, and not to require us to have Hope and Confidence in him? Would it not be absurd to tell us, that he i's the Lord of Life and Glory, and to bid us expect Life Hand Glory through any other Hands than his? Would it not be absurd to tell us, that all Judgment is committed to the Son, ' and yet no Obedience due to him? or, that God has appointed him to be Head over all, and yet -n0 Honour to be paid him?
From these and the like Confiderations we may discern, how reasonable, how natural the Religion of the Gospel is. lt has indeed opened to us a new Scene of Things, discovering to us the ever-blessed Son of God, the Creator and Governor of the World: What else it proposes to us results naturally
from this Relation between Christ and the ' si
World. The mysterious Work of our Redemption itself seems, to have arifien from the original Relation between the only Son of God, and Man the Creature of God; and our Christian Faith, in every Article and Branch of it, has a just Foundation and Support in the Power, Authority, and, Pre-a_ eminence of the Son of God. We may well believe he has redeemed Aus, since we know he'made us. And, though all Nature seems to frown on us, and to threaten Death
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