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vering that was upon the condemned man? Chrift has deftroy. ed it, Ifa. xxv. 7. Where is death, that stood before the finner with a grim face, and an open mouth, ready to des vour him. Chrilt has swallowed it up in viftory, verse 8. Glory, glory, glory to him that thus loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood!
The second benefit flowing from the same spring of union with Chrilt, and coming by the way of justification, is Peace; peace wi h God, and peace of conscience according to the mcalore of the sense the juftified have of their peace with God, Rom. 8. 1. Therefore being juftified by faith, we have peace with God. Chap xiv 27. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness and peace, und jo in the Holy Gbot. Whereas God was their enemy before now he is reconciled to them in Chrift; they are in a coveBant of peace with him ; and as Abraham was so they are the friends of God. He is well plealed with them in his beloved Son. His word, which spoke terror to them formerly, Dow speaks peace, if they rightly take up its language. And there is love in all his dispensations towards them, which makes all work together for their good. Their consciences are purged of that guilt and filthiness that sometime lay upoo them : bis conscience purifyiog blood streams through their souls, by vireue of their union with him, Heb. ix. I How much more Mall the bl-oi of Ghrift-purge your conscience from dead works, to serve the living God? The bonds laid on their consciences, by the Spirit of God, a&tiogs as the spirit of bondage, are taken off, never more to be laid on by that hand. Rom. vii. 15. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear. Hereby the conscience is quieted, as foon as the soul becomes conscious of the application of that blood; which falls out fooner or latter, according to the meafure of faith, and as the only wile God fees meet tu time it. Vobelicyers may have troubled consciences, which they may get quieted again : but alas! their consciences become peaceable, ere they become pure; so their peace is but the feed of greater horror and confufion. Larelessness may give cafe for a while, to a fick cooscience; men neglecting its wounds, they close again of their own accord, before the filthy matter is purged out. Many bury their guilt in the grave of an ill memory conscience foarts
length the man forgets his fia, and there is an cod of it: but that is only an ease before death. Business, or the affairs of life, often give ease in this case, When Cain is bapished from the presence of the Lord, he falls a building of cities. When the evil foirit came upon Saul, be calls not for his Bible, nor for the priests to conveile with him about his case ; but for music, to play it away. So many, whca their confciences hegin to be onealy, they fill their heads and had is with business, to divert themselves, and to regain cale at aøy rate. Yea, lome will fin oper the belly of their convictins, and so fome get ease to their copsciences, as Hazael gave to his master, by Hifling him. Again the performing of duties may give some eale to a difquieted con. science; and this is all that legal profesors bave recourse tą for quieting of their consciences. When conscieợce is wounded; they will pray, confess mourn, and resolve to do fo no more: and so they become whole again, without any appica. tion of the blood of Christ, by fuith. But they, whole consciences are rightiy quiered: come for peace and purging to the blood of /prinkling. Sin is a sweet morsel, that makes God's elect fick feuls. ere they get it vomited up. It leaves a sing behind it, which some one time or other, will create them no little pain.
Elihu lhews us both the case and cure, Job xxxiii Be. hold the case ope may be in, whom God has thoughts of
He darteth convictions into his conscience; and makes them stick so falt, ibat he cannot rid himself of them, yer. 16, He openeth the ears of men, and leareth their in. Bruction, his very body, fickens, ver. 19, He is challened allo with pain upon bis bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain. He loseth his ftomach, ver 20. His life abborreth bread, and his soul dainty meal. His body, pines away, so that there is nothing on him but skin and bone, v. 21. His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen, and his bones that were not seen, flick out. Tho'bę is not prepared for death, he has no hopes of liie, ver 22. His foul draw. eth near unto the grave and, (which is the height of his mi. sery) his life 10 the destroyers; he is looking every momenç when devils, these defti oyers, Rom ix, 11. These murderers, or man ļyers, John viii
. 44. will come and carry. away bis foul to hello 0 dscadfal cafe! yet there is hope. God
defigns to keep back bis foul from the pit, ver. 18. altho' be briog him forward to the brink of it. Now, see how the fick man is cured. The phyGcian's art cannot prevail here: The disease lies more inward, than that his medicines can reach it. It is foul trouble that has brought the body into this disorder, and therefore the rerncdics mult be applied to the fick man's foul and copscience. The phyGician for this case must be a spiritual physician: the remedies must be spiritual, a righteousness, a ransom or atonement. Upon the application of these, the soul is cured, the conscience is quieted, and the body recovers, ver. 23, 24, 25, 26. 'If there be a
mellenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: then he is gracious uoto • him, and faith, Deliver him from going down to the pit, I ¥ have found a ransom. His Acth shall be fresher than a
child's, be shall return to the days of his youth. He shall pray unto God, and he hall be tavourable unto him, and hiç • Thall see his face with joy.' The proper physician for this patient, is a mellinger, an interpreter, ver. 23 that is, as Tome expositors, nor without ground, understand it, the great Physician Jesus Christ, whom job had called his Redeemer, chap. xix. 25. He is a messenger, the messenger of the co
venant of peace.' Mal. iii. 1. who comes seasonably to the fick man.
Hc is an Interpreter, the great interpreter of God's counsels of love to lioners, John i. 28,' One among
a thousand,' even the chief among ten thousand,'Cant, v. 10. One chosen out of the people,' Psal. Ixxxix 29. One to whom the Lord hath given the toogue of the learned, I to speak a word in season to him that is weary, Ifa.l.4.5.6. It is he that is with him, by his Spirit, now, to convince him • of righteo. Co ofs,' John xvi. 8. as he was with him before, to • convince him of fio and judgment.' His work now is to shew unto him his uprightness, or his righteousness, i.e. the interpreter Christ his righteousness; which is the only righteous ness arising from the paying of a ransom, and upon which a finner is delivered from going down to the pit,' per 24. And thus Christ is said to declare God's name,' Pfal xxii. 22, pod to preach righteousness,' Psal. xl. 9. The phrase is se-, markable: it is pot to shew unto the man, but unlo man his, righteousnels; which not obscurely intimates, that he is more thin a man, who faews; or declareth this righteousness.
Compare Amos ir. 13. He that formeth the mountains, • and created the wind, and declareth unto man what is his
thought' There seems to be in it a sweet allusion to the firft declaration of this righteousness unto man, or as the word is, unto Adam after the fall, while he lay under terror from apprehensions of the wrath of God: which declaration was made hy the Messenger, thie Interpreter, namely the eternal word of the Son of God, called, The voice of the Lord God, Geo iii E. and by him appearing, probably in humao shape. Now, while, by bis Spirit, he is the Preacher of righteousoess to the man, it is supposed the nran lays hold on the offered righteousness; whereupon the ransom is applied to him, and he is delivered from going down to the • pit: for God hath a ransom for him. This is intimate to him: God faith, Deliver him,' ver. 24. Hereupon his conscience, being purged by the blood of atonemeot, is pacified. and Iweetly quieted; he hall pray unto God-and sec bis . face with joy,' which before he beheld with horror, ver. 26. That is a New Testament language,' Having an High pricit over the bouse of God,' he shall • draw Dear with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having his heart sprinkled ..from an evil conscience,' Heb. x. 21, 22. But then, what becomes of the body, the weak and weary flesh? Why, his • flesh shall be frelher than a child's, he shall return to the • days of his youth, ver. 25. Yea, all his boocs, (which were •chaftened with Arong pain, ser. 19.) fhall say, Lord, who • is like unto thee?' Psal. XXXV 10.
A Third benefit flowing from union with Christ, is A. doption. Believers, being united to Christ, become children of God, and members of the family of heaven. By their doion with him, who is the Son of God by nature, they become the Soos of God by grace, John i 12 As when a branch is cut off from one tree, and grafted in the branch of another; the ingrafted branch, by means of its union with the adopting branch (as fome not unfitly have called it) is made a branch of the same stock, with that into-which ic is ingrafted : fo finners being ingrafted into Jesus Chrift, whose name is the Branch, his Father is their Father, his God their God,' Jan xx. 17. And thus they, who are by nature children of the devil, become the children of God. They have the Spirit of adoption,' Rom. viii. 15.
namely, the Spirit of his Son, which briog them to God, as children to a father ; to pour out their complaints in his bosom, and to seek neceffary füpply, Gal. iv. 6. Because ye are fons, God hath sent forth ihe Spirit of his Son into your bearts, crying, Abba, Father. Under all their weakneses, they have fatherly pity, and compaffion shewn them, Pfal. ciii. 13 Like as a father pitieih his children: so the Lord pirieth them that fear him. Altho’they were but foundlings, found in a dejart lands yet now that to th belongs the a doption, he keeps them as the apple of his eye, Deút xxxii. 10. Whosoever pursue them, they have a refuge Prov. xiv. 26. • His children shall have a place of refuge. In a time of common calamity, they have chambers for protection, where they may be hid, until the indignation be overpalt, tła. xxvi. 20. And he is not only their refuge for protection, but their portion for provision, in that refuge; Pel cxlii
. s.'Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living they are pro vided for, for eternity, Hcb. xi 16. He hath prepared for them a city.' And what he sees they have dieed of for time, they shall not want, Mat. vi. 31, 32. Takč no thought lag, ing. what thall we eat ? Or what shall we drink? Of wherewithal thall we be clothed ? For your seatenlý Faiher knoweth that ye have need of all these thing's Seasopatike correction is likewise their privilege as fons : so they are not fuffered to pafs with their faults, as happens to others who are not children, but servants of the family, and will be turned out of doors for their miscarriages at length, Hub. xii. 7. ' If ye endure challening, God dealeth with you as
with fons : for what lon is he whom the Father challeneth . not?' They are heirs of, and shall inhereit the promises, Heb.
Nay, they are heirs of God, who himself is tlie portion of their inheritance, Plal. xvi. §. and j ine heirs with Christ, Rom. viii. 19. And because i hey are the children of the great King, and young heirs of glory, they have angels for their attendants, who are sent forth to minister for them that shall be heirs of salvation, Heb. i 14.
A Fourtb benefit is Sanctification 1 Cor. i 20. But of • him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made upto ts • wisdom aod righteousncfs and funct fication. Being united to Christ, they partake of his Spirit which is the Spirit of holiness. There is a fulness of the Spirit iâ Chrift, and it is