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tially glorious, yet was it impossible that his glory should be known unto any but himself. Wherefore, on these divine communications doth depend the whole manifestation of the glory of God. But this is far more eminent, though not in the outward effects of it so visible in the new creation, as we shall see.

1. All goodness, grace, life, light, mercy, and power, which are the springs and causes of the new creation, are all originally in God, in the divine nature, and that infinitely and essentially In them is God eternally or essentially glorious, and the whole design of the new creation was to manifest his glory in them, by external communications of them and from them.

2. The first communication of, and from these things, is made unto Christ, as the head of the church. For in the first place, it pleased God that in him should all the fulness of these things dwell, so as that the whole new creation might consist in him; Col. i. 17–19. And this was the first egress of divine wisdom for the manifestation of the glory of God in these holy properties of his nature. For,

3. This communication was made unto him as a repository and treasury of all that goodness, grace, life, light, power, and mercy, which were necessary for the constitution and preservation of the new creation. They were to be laid up in him, to be hid in him, to dwell in him; and from him to be communicated unto the whole mystical body designed unto him, that is, the church. And this is the first emanation of divine power and wisdom for the manifestation of his glory in the new creation. This constitution of Christ as the head of it, and the treasuring up in him, all that was necessary for its production and preservation, wherein the church is chosen and preordained in him unto grace and glory, is the spring and fountain of divine glory, in the communications that ensue thereon.

4. This communication unto Christ is, 1. Unto his person ; and then, 2. With respect unto his office. It is in the person of Christ that all fulness doth originally dwell. On the assumption of human nature into personal union with the Son of God, all fulness dwells in him bodily; Col. ii. 9. And thereon receiving the Spirit in all fulness, and not by measure, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge were hid in him; Col. ii. 3. and he was filled with the unsearchable riches of divine grace; Eph. iii. 8—11. And the office of Christ is nothing but the way appointed in the wisdom of God, for the communication of the treasures of grace which were communicated unto his person. This is the end of the whole office of Christ in all the parts of it, as he is a priest, a prophet, and a king. They are, I say, nothing but the ways appointed by infinite wisdom for the communication of the grace laid up in his person unto the church. The transcendent glory hereof, we have in some weak measure inquired into.

5. The decree of election prepared, if I may so say, the mass of the new creation. In the old creation, God first prepared and created the mass or matter of the whole, which afterward, by the power of the Holy Spirit, was formed into all the distinct beings whereof the whole creation was to consist; and animated according to their distinct kinds.

And in order unto the production and perfecting of the work of the new creation, God did from eternity in the holy purpose of his will prepare, and in design set apart unto himself, that portion of mankind, whereof it was to consist. Hereby they were only the peculiar matter that was to be wrought upon by the Holy Ghost, and the glorious fabric of the church erected out of it. What was said, it may be, of the natural body by the psalmist, is true of the mystical body of Christ, which is principally intended, Psal. cxxxix. 15, 16. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. The substance of the church whereof it was to be formed, was under the eye of God, as proposed in the decree of election; yet was it as such imperfect. It was not formed or shaped into members of the mystical body; but they were all written in the book of life. And in pursuance of the purpose of God, there they are by the Holy Spirit in the whole course and continuance of time in their tially glorious, yet was it impossible that his glory should be known unto any but himself. Wherefore, on these divine communications doth depend the whole manifestation of the glory of God. But this is far more eminent, though not in the outward effects of it so visible in the new creation, as we shall see.

1. All goodness, grace, life, light, mercy, and power, which are the springs and causes of the new creation, are all originally in God, in the divine nature, and that infinitely and essentially. In them is God eternally or essentially glorious, and the whole design of the new creation was to manifest his glory in them, by external communications of them and from them.

2. The first communication of, and from these things, is made unto Christ, as the head of the church. For in the first place, it pleased God that in him should all the fulness of these things dwell, so as that the whole new creation might consist in him; Col. i. 17-19. And this was the first egress of divine wisdom for the manifestation of the glory of God in these holy properties of his nature. For,

3. This communication was made unto him as a repository and treasury of all that goodness, grace, life, light, power, and mercy, which were necessary for the constitution and preservation of the new creation. They were to be laid up in him, to be hid in him, to dwell in him; and from him to be communicated unto the whole mystical body designed unto him, that is, the church. And this is the first emanation of divine power and wisdom for the manifestation of his glory in the new creation.

This constitution of Christ as the head of it, and the treasuring up in him, all that was necessary for its production and preservation, wherein the church is chosen and preordained in him unto grace and glory, is the spring and fountain of divine glory, in the communications that ensue thereon.

4. This communication unto Christ is, 1. Unto his person; and then, 2. With respect unto his office. It is in the person of Christ that all fulness doth originally dwell. On the assumption of human nature into personal union with the Son of God, all fulness dwells in him bodily; Col. ii. 9. And thereon receiving the Spirit in all fulness, and

not by measure, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge were hid in him; Col. ii. 3. and he was filled with the unsearchable riches of divine grace; Eph. iii. 8—11. And the office of Christ is nothing but the way appointed in the wisdom of God, for the communication of the treasures of grace which were communicated unto his person. This is the end of the whole office of Christ in all the parts of it, as he is a priest, a prophet, and a king. They are, I say, nothing but the ways appointed by infinite wisdom for the communication of the grace laid up in his person unto the church. The transcendent glory hereof, we have in some weak measure inquired into.

5. The decree of election prepared, if I may so say, the mass of the new creation. In the old creation, God first prepared and created the mass or matter of the whole, which afterward, by the power of the Holy Spirit, was formed into all the distinct beings whereof the whole creation was to consist; and animated according to their distinct kinds.

And in order unto the production and perfecting of the work of the new creation, God did from eternity in the holy purpose of his will prepare, and in design set apart unto himself, that portion of mankind, whereof it was to consist. Hereby they were only the peculiar matter that was to be wrought upon by the Holy Ghost, and the glorious fabric of the church erected out of it. What was said, it may be, of the natural body by the psalmist, is true of the mystical body of Christ, which is principally intended, Psal. cxxxix. 15, 16. “My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.' The substance of the church whéreof it was to be formed, was under the eye of God, as proposed in the decree of election ; yet was it as such imperfect. It was not formed or shaped into members of the mystical body; but they were all written in the book of life. And in pursuance of the purpose of God, there they are by the Holy Spirit in the whole course and continuance of time in their several generations fashioned into the shape designed for them.

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 na

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 ineffable 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 continual 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

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