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ue foundation of the whole is laid in a sovereign act the will, the pleasure, the grace of the Father. And this is the order and method of all divine operations in the way and work of grace. They originally proceed all from him; and having effected their ends, do return, rest, and centre in him again. See Eph. i. 4-6: Wherefore, that Christ is made ours, that he is communicated unto us, is originally from the free act, grant and donation, of the Father; 1 Cor. i. 30. Rom. v. 15-17. And hereunto sundry things do concur. As, 1. His eternal purpose, which he purposed in himself to glorify his grace in all his elect, by this communication of Christ, and the benefits of his mediation unto them, which the apostle declares at large, Eph. i. 2. His granting all the elect unto Christ to be his own, so to do and suffer for them what was antecedaneously necessary unto the actual communication of himself unto them.

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6. This therefore is herein, the glorious order of divine communications. From the infinite eternal spring of wisdom, grace, goodness, and love in the Father, all the effects whereof unto this end, were treasured up in the person and mediation of the Son; the Holy Spirit, unto whom the actual application of them is committed, communicates life, light, power, grace, and mercy, unto all that are designed parts of the new creation. Hereon doth God glorify both the essential properties of his nature, his infinite wisdom, power, goodness, and grace, as the only eternal spring of all these things; and also his ineffable glorious existence in three persons, by the order of the communication of these things unto the church, which are originally from his nature. And herein is the glorious truth of the blessed Trinity, which by some is opposed, by some neglected, by most looked on as that which is so much above them, as that it doth not belong unto them, made precious unto them that believe, and becomes the foundation of their faith and hope. In a view of the glorious order of those divine communications, we are in a steady contemplation of the ineffa ble glory of the existence of the nature of God in the three distinct persons of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

7. According unto this divine order the elect in all ages are by the Holy Spirit moving and acting on that mass of the new creation, formed and animated with spiritual life, light, grace, and power, unto the glory of God. They are not called accidentally according unto the external occasions and causes of their conversion unto God; but in every age, at his own time and season, the Holy Spirit communicates these things unto them, in the order declared unto the glory of God.

8. And in the same manner is the whole new creation preserved every day; every moment there is vital power and strength, mercy and grace, communicated in this divine order to all believers in the world. There is a contiHual influence from the fountain, from the head, into all the members, whereby they all consist in him, are acted by him, who worketh in us both to will and to do of his own good

pleasure. And the apostle declares that the whole constitution of church order, is suited as an external instrument to promote these divine communications, unto all the members of the church itself; Eph. iv. 13–16.

This in general is the order of divine communications, which is for the substance of it continued in heaven, and shall be so unto eternity; for God is, and ever will be, all and in all. But at present, it is invisible unto eyes of flesh, yea, the reason of men. Hence it is by the most despised; they see no glory in it. But let us consider the prayer of the apostle, that it may be otherwise with us; Eph. i. 16-23. For the revelation made of the glory of God in the old creation, is exceeding inferior to that which he makes of himself in the new.

Having premised these things in general, concerning the glory of divine communications, I shall proceed to declare in particular, the grounds and way whereby the Lord Christ communicates himself, and therewithal all the benefits of his mediation, unto them that do believe, as it was before proposed.

We on our part are said herein to receive him, and that by faith; John i. 11, 12. Now where he is received by us, he must be tendered, given, granted, or communicated unto And this he is by some divine acts of the Father, and some of his own.

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The foundation of the whole is laid in a sovereign act of the will, the pleasure, the grace of the Father. And this is the order and method of all divine operations in the way and work of grace. They originally proceed all from him; and having effected their ends, do return, rest, and centre in him again. See Eph. i. 4-6: Wherefore, that Christ is made ours, that he is communicated unto us, is originally from the free act, grant and donation, of the Father; 1 Cor. i. 30. Rom. v. 15-17. And hereunto sundry things do concur. As, 1. His eternal purpose, which he purposed in himself to glorify his grace in all his elect, by this communication of Christ, and the benefits of his mediation unto them, which the apostle declares at large, Eph. i. 2. His granting all the elect unto Christ to be his own, so to do and suffer for them what was antecedaneously necessary unto the actual communication of himself unto them.

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Thine they were, and thou gavest them to me;' John xvii. 6. 3. The giving of the promise, or the constitution of the rule and law of the gospel, whereby a participation of Christ, an interest in him and all that he is, is made over and assured unto believers; John i. 12. 1 John i. 1-3. 4. An act of Almighty power, working and creating faith in the souls of the elect, enabling them to receive Christ so exhibited and communicated unto them by the gospel; Eph. i. 19, 20. ii. 5-8.

These things which I have but named, have an influence into the glory of Christ herein; for this communication of him unto the church, is an effect of the eternal counsel, wisdom, grace, and power of the Father.

But they are the acts of Christ himself herein, which principally we inquire into, as those which manifest the glory of his wisdom, love, and condescension.

And, 1. He gives and communicates unto them his Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit as peculiarly his, as granted unto him of the Father, as inhabiting in him in all fulness. This Spirit abiding originally as to his person, and immeasurably as unto his effects and operations in himself, he gives unto all believers to inhabit and abide in them also; John xiv. 14. 20. 1 Cor. vi. 16, 17. Rom. viii. 8. Hence follows an ineffable union between him and them. For as in his incarnation he took our nature into personal union with his own; so herein he takes our persons into a mystical union with himself. Hereby he becomes ours, and we are his.

And herein he is unspeakably glorious. For this mystery of the inhabitation of the same Spirit in him as the head, and the church as his body, animating the whole, is a transcendent effect of divine wisdom. There is nothing of this nature in the whole creation besides; no such union, no such mutual communication. The strictest unions and relations in nature are but shadows of it; Eph. v. 25-32. Herein also is the Lord Christ precious unto them that do believe, but a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence unto the disobedient. This glorious, ineffable effect of his wisdom and grace; this rare, peculiar, singular way of the communication of himself unto the church, is by many despised. They know, it may be, some of them, what it is to be joined unto a harlot so as to become one flesh, but what it is to be

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