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person is very God and very man, yet one Christ, the only mediator between God and man. (1)

III. The Lord Jesus, in his human nature thus united to the divine, was sanctified and anointed with the Holy Spirit above measure; (2) having in him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (3) in whom it pleased the Father that all fulness should dwell: (4) to the end that being holy, harmless, undefiled, and full of grace and truth, (5) he might be thoroughly furnished to execute the office of a mediator and surety. (6) Which office he took

(1) Rom. i. 3, 4. Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. 1 Tim. ii. 5. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

(2) III. Ps. xlv. 7.-God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. John iii. 34. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto


(3) Col. ii. 3. In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

(4) Col. i. 19. For it pleased the Father, that in him should all fulness dwell.

(5) Heb. vii. 26. For such an high-priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. John i. 14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

(6) Acts x. 38. How God anointed Jesus of Naza reth with the Holy Ghost, and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed

t unto himself, but was thereunto called by ...s Father; (1) who put all power and judgment into his hand, and gave him commandment to execute the same. (2)

IV. This office the Lord Jesus did most willingly undertake, (3) which, that he might discharge, he was made under the law, (4) and did perfectly fulfil it; (5) endured most grievous torments immediately in his soul, (6) and

of the devil; for God was with him. Heb. xii. 24.And to Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. Heb. vii. 22. By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

(1) Heb. v. 5. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high-priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to-day have I begotten thee.

(2) John v. 22, 27. For the Father judgeth no man; but hath committed all judgment unto the Son;-And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Matt. xxviii. 18. And Jesus came, and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

(3) IV. Ps. xl. 7, 8. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me. I delight to do thy will, O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart. Phil. ii. 8. And became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (4) Gal. iv. 4. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.

(5) Matt. iii. 15. Thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Matt. v. 17.-I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

(6) Matt. xxvi. 37, 38. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death. Luke xxii. 44.

most painful sufferings in his body; (1) was crucified and died; (2) was buried, and remained under the power of death, yet saw no corruption. (3) On the third day he arose from the dead, (4) with the same body in which he suffered; (5) with which also he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth at the right hand of his Father, (6) making intercession; (7) and

And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Matt. xxvii. 46. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

(1) Matt. xxvi. and xxvii. chapters.

(2) Phil. ii. 8. He humbled himself and became ubedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

(3) Acts ii. 24, 27. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.-Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Acts xiii. 37. But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

(4) 1 Cor. xv. 4. He was buried, and that he rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures.

(5) John xx. 25, 27. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.-Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands: and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

(6) Mark xvi. 19. He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

(7) Rom. viii. 34. Who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Heb. vii. 25. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

shall return to judge men and angels, at the end of the world. (1)

V. The Lord Jesus, by his perfect obedience and sacrifice of himself, which he through the eternal Spirit once offered up unto God, hath fully satisfied the justice of his Father; (2) and purchased not only reconciliation, but an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, for all those whom the Father hath given unto him. (3)

(1) Rom. xiv. 9, 10. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. For we shall all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ. Acts i. 11, and x. 42. Matt. xiii. 40, 41, 42. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.-Jude 6. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains, under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day. See also 2 Pet. ii. 4.

(2) V. Rom. v. 19. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners; so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Heb. ix. 14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Rom. iii. 25, 26. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Heb. x. 14. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. See also Eph. v. 2.

(3) Eph i. 11, 14. In whom also we have obtaine

VI. Although the work of redemption was not actually wrought by Christ till after his incarnation, yet the virtue, efficacy, and benefits thereof, were communicated unto the elect, in all ages successively from the beginning of the world, in and by those promises, types, and sacrifices, wherein he was revealed, and signified to be the seed of the woman, which should bruise the serpent's head, and the lamb slain from the beginning of the world, being yester day and to-day the same and for ever. (1)

VII. Christ, in the work of mediation, acteth according to both natures; by each nature doing that which is proper to itself; (2) yet by

an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.-Which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. John xvii. 2. As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. See also Heb. ix. 12, 15.

(1) VI. Gal. iv. 4, 5. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Gen. iii. 15. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Rev. xiii. 8. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Heb. xiii. 8. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to-day, and for


(2) VII. 1 Pet. iii. 18. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit. See also Heb. ix, 14.

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