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he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. To which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. viii. 1. We have such an high-priest, who is set on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Eph. i. 20. Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places. Col. iii. 1. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

5. Q. What do you mean by the right hand of God?

A. Not to represent God under the figure of a man, nor to intimate any particular posture of Christ above; though having a humane body he might well enough be described in it. But as by the one I understand a place of power, honour, and authority, (1 Kings, ii. 19. Bath-sheba therefore went unto King Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand. Psalm xvi. 11. At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. xliv. 3. For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them. Luke, xxiii. 69. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. Heb. i. 3, 4. As above).

So, by the other, I suppose is meant, the settled possession and enjoyment of all these. Prov. xx. 8.

A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes. Heb. x. 12. This man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins, for ever sat down on the right hand of God.

And the sense of the whole I take to be this; that Christ being ascended up into heaven, was immediately instated by God in the full possession of his regal office and dignity; and shall continue to enjoy it, till he shall have finished the whole work of our redemption: by bestowing glory and salvation upon all his faithful servants; and by finally destroying in hell-fire all the enemies of his power and dignity.

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" See Rom. viii. 34. It is Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God. 1 Pet. iii. 22. Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God: angels, and authorities, and powers, being made subject unto him. Acts, vii. 56. Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. v. 30, 31. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree, him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Eph. i. 20, 21, 22. Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church. Phil. ii. 8, 9. Being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became

obedient unto death, even the death of the cross: wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.

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1 Cor. xv. 25. Compare Psalm cx. 1. For he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. Psal. The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

6. Q. Does our Saviour do any thing, at present, for us, with God, in heaven?

A. Yes; he perfects his priestly office there, by interceding effectually to God for our forgiveness: as the high-priest under the law, when he went into the holy place, before the ark, with the blood of the sinoffering, did thereby finish the propitiation, which he was to make for the sins and offences of the people of the Jews. Rom. viii. 34. It is Christ that died; yea, rather that is risen again; who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 1 Tim. ii. 5. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. Heb. ix. 11, 12, 24. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building: neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. x. 21. Having an high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith. 1 John, ii. 1, 2. If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins ;

and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

SECT. XIV.

Of his Coming from thence to Judgment.

1. Q. How long shall our Saviour Christ continue to sit and intercede for us, at God's right hand?

A. Till the end of the world: which being come, he shall return from thence with glory to Judge both the quick and the dead. Acts, xxiii. 21. The heavens must receive him till the times of the restitution of all things. And then, This same Jesus which was taken up into heaven, shall so come in like manner, as he was seen to go into heaven. Acts, i. 11.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Matt. xvi. 27. The Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels; and then he shall reward every man, according to his works. Acts, x. 42. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he, which was ordained of God to be the judge of quick and dead. 2 Tim. iv. 1. I charge thee therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the Word. 1 Pet. iv. 5. Who shall give account to him, that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

2. Q. What do you mean by the phrase, the quick and the dead?

A. By the quick, 1 understand those who shall be found alive on the earth at the day of Judgment. 1 Cor. xv. 51, 52. Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:

for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. Thess. iv. 15. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep.

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By the dead, those who have before departed out of this life. And I make mention of both to shew, that all men shall be judged, and that Christ shall be the Judge of all. Acts, x. 42. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. 2 Cor. v. 10. For we must all appear before the Judgment-seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in the body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 2 Tim. iv. 1. I charge thee, therefore, before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom, Preach the word. 1 Pet. iv. 5. Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Acts, xvii. 31. Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. Rom. xiv. 9. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

3. Q. Do you then believe that there shall be a general day of Judgment to the whole world?

A. I do believe there shall be such a day, and that most solemn and terrible. Matt. x. 15. Verily, I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land

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