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and Abasement, to which che only-begotten Son of God condescended. It is nowtime that we move forward, to colisider .

Secondly, the End for which he was fent into the World, and submitted to that Humiliation and Abasement, God fent bis only-begotten Son into the World, that we might live through him; This was the principal End of his coming; and in order to this, He was sent to be the Propitiation for our Sins. For we were all concluded under Sin; and because the Wages of Sin is Death, and the Majesty affronted by Sin infinite; we were under an Obligation to suffer eternal Death, from which we could not be delivered, una less our Sins were first forgiven; And be. fore this could be done, God's Justice required Satisfaction to ber ade. But now that Person alone couldınake Satisfaction, who was himself free from all Sin; and in whom the Man-hood and God-head were joined together. .

The Person who could satisfie infinite Justice, must himself be free from all Sin, because 'twas impoflible for a Sinner to latisfie for himself: All chat a Sinner could do, would be finite and imperfeet ; but the Satisfaction demanded, was perfect

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and infinite: And if he could not satisfie
for himself, much less could he for all
Mankind. Such an bigb Priest therefore
became us, wbo was Holy, barmless, undea
filed, feperate from Sinners, and made
higher than the teavens; who had no sins
of bis own to offer up Sacrifice for..
· Again, he must partake of cho Human
Nature, that fo Puniliment might be un-
dergone for Sin, in that Nature which
lin'd: Forasmuch as we Sinners were
partakers of Flesh and Blood, it beboved
bim also to take part of the fame; that
therein be' might be made like urico us,
and be a merciful and faithful High
Priest, in tbings pertaining to God, to
make Reconciliation for the Sins of the
People. .

And lastly, it was neceffary that he fhould partake do the Divine Nature too, thac from tberice che Obedience which he perform’d, and those Sufferings which he underwent, in his Human Narure, might receive so inuch Virtue and Mcrir, as to make full Satisfaction for the Sins of... the whole Wo:id. No Perlon could be a Propitiation for our Sios; but he that could make a Satisfaction of infnite Value for cheo.' For bur Sins being conmitted against God, who is a Beir g of in

finite Excellency; mult therefore be infinite in Guile and Hainousness: And how can we imagine, that infinite Justice Chould be appeas'd, and render'd favourable, unless it receiv'd a Satisfaction an{werable to the Injury it sustain’d by Sin: The Guilt and Hainousness of our Sins being isminice, the Satisfaction for them, must be likewise infinire in Worch and Value. But who could make a Sarisfaction of infinite Worth and Value, except a Pere son of the fame Worth and Value? Or what Blood could be precious enough to Redeen us from Wrath, or to Arone for our Offences, except the Blood of God himself, whom by our Sins we had offend. ed?

From what has been said, we may casily, give an Account, why the only begotten Son of God was sent into the World, and Lubmirced to lo inuch Humiliation and Abasemene. 'Twas that he might become such an High Priest, as our Condition rem quired, holy, harmless, unde filled, separate from Sinners, made bigber than the Heavens. 'Twas that he might pay the Inmity which was between God and Man, and render us once more the Objects of tis Favour, . 'Twas that our actual Sins, which were red as the Blood he ded,

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when he was Crucified; might become White, as the Light he thone in when he was Transfigur'd: And that the Foy fon deriy'd from earing of the forbidden Trec in Eden; might be expell’d by the Virtue of that Fruit, which hung upon che accursed Tree in Calvary. In a Word;

Twas that we might be Redecmed froin the Gurse of the Law, from eternal Death and Destruction ; and be made capable to enjoy, and put in a Way to obtain all the Blessings included in Life Everlasting.;

Thirdly, therefore, let us behold the cxceedingly great Love of God to Man kind, evidenc'd by this Action: In This was manife ied the Love of God towards us; Herein is Love. This doubling the Assertion, makes it remarkably Empharical, and plainly implies, that this was the greatest loftance of Divine Love, that was ever given.... ...... .. ] , Numerous and great are the Evils to which we are continually expos'd, and the Love of God eminently leen in protecting us from them; but his Love apo peareth far more illustrious in working out our Redemption, because bereby we are deliver'd from the greatest of all Evils, from the Bondage of Şin, and eternal Dainnation. 269

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35" Te wis a noble Proof of Divine Loreto form us one of Nothing, and place us in a State of Felicity!; but co redeein us afect we had received a happy Existence from him, and made ourselves unworthy of lo much Kindness, is a Proof of Divine Lovć morenoble chanthat. For though before we had a Being, there could be nothing done that mighe deserve God's Love, yet there also could be nothing done, which might deserve his Hatred or Anger. Whereas our Redemption fuppofes that we had incurr'd his heavy Difplealure, and provok'd his Anger to wax bat against us, for tranfgrefling the Command he had given us to obferve: 'And certainly to rea ftore us to a State of Bliss after we had lost it, by provoking and affronring him, argues a much greater Degree of Love; than to place us in such a State, before 'we had provoked or affronted him at alk Gne of chefe Acts of Love was exercised before we had deferved God's Favour; but the other after we had ungratefully abused 16: One of then was Mown when We only wanıcd fomewhat co be reckon'd his Friends, the other after we had actually made ourselves his Enemies. And cherefore Se Paul, in Rom. v: 8. rakes especial Notice of this; That God commendeth his

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