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Love towards us, in that, while we were get Sinners Christ died for us: And ac che noch Verse of the lame Chapter, he observes to us, that while we were Enemies we were reconciled to God by the Death of his Son.
Which suggests to us another Conlideration thac greatly enhances this Love of God towards us.
For God so loved the World, that he sent no less a Perlon than his own Son, and so well-beloved by him as bis only begotten Son, to accomplisn our Redemption : And therefore the heighth of his Love must necessarily be
very much encreased, in proportion to the Deepness of thac Abasement which ic caused a Person of his infinite Dignity to sumbit unto.
Lastly, The Love of God may well be laid to be manifested cowards us in accomplishing our Redemption, because 'twas a Favour denied to others, who were in like Circumstances with ourselves. The Angels which kept not their frit Estate; but left their own abitation, be botbre Jerved in everlasting Chains of darkness, unto the Judgment of tbe Great Day: How great Love then muit he have for fall’n Man, to be thús mindful of kim, and co ransom him! And for the Sons of
Man, that he should thus graciously visite
find Grace, The Other none.
But nocwithstanding all this, it must be ftill acknowledg di owing to God's peces trar Love, thrae such a Difference should be made between tes and them: As may alfo be hinted in the Lines immediately following those that I have quored; in which he continues the Almighty's Speech in this manner:
Milton in his Paradice Lott: Book 3
In Mercy and Justice barb, Through Heaven and Earth, so hall my
Glory excel; But Mercy first and laft fall brightest
Thine. Anjuleed: Ilis has the greatelt Reason to suppore it; for we lind as well as they, and though the Strength of out Tempration might in fome mealure ex. tenuate our Crime, and the Punishment ir delerved ; yer it could not fully excuse either. And therefore to the Question, Why God should have Pity upon us, and Ruin them foreverThe best Answer we can give, is, Grace, Mercy, and Forgive ness; frec Grace, inoblig'd Mercy, and undeservd Forgivenefs: Without thejewe had been undone for ever too.
Thus have we hebeld what manner of Love the
Father bath bestow'd upon us, in fending his only-begotten Son-to redeem us. And How surely 'tis but preural, in the
Fourth and last Place, That we make the Apostle s Inference: Beloved, if Cod fo
loved us, we ought also ro love one another. Ollogreat Value were we in bis Sight, chat another? He never doth us any Injury; and shall we mutually bite and devour our Jelves ? The Overflowings of bis Lovingkindness are frequently descending upon che Wold; and shall we negle. being beneficial to ie when we have Opportunity? He delights in pardoning our Offences; and shall we be unsatisfied except we avenge ourselves? No; there are not Effects of Love, but of Hatred, and
the Blood of his ovly-begorren Son was hoc counted too dear fór eurRanford Shall we eben undervalue and defpure one
ill lecome those who pretend to be Disciples of a Saviour. It is necessary, ihat we fhould imicate God's Goodness, by exercising such Acts of Love as he doch: This is what his Love deserves; Tbis is what his Love expects.
Be it therefore our constant Care and Concern to Mhew our Love to one another, in purring forth the genuine Fruits of ir: In effeeming each other's Per ons: In abJaining from ofering Injuries: In doing Kindness
, and forgiving Wrongs. If we are caretul to love one another in this manner; we shall tberein offer to God an acceptable Sacrifice of Thanks giving for his exceedingly great Love towards us: And whilst we commemorate the Coming of his only begocren Son in great Humility to be our Saviour; we Chall go a good way in preparing our
felves to meet him with Joy, when he cometh with great Glory to be our judge.
Acts ii. 32. This Jesus bath Cod' raised up whereof
we all are Witnesses. :,:. HE Resurrection of CHRIST
JESUS, as it is a principal Article of our Belief, to 'tis che Foundation
прор which our whole Religion standech ; take away TIS
and it all falls to the Ground, For, as St Paul'argues, if* CHRIST be not risen, then is our Preaching vain, and our Fa'th is also vain. So that un. less this Point be crue, che Doctrine of Christianity must needs- be falle'; allics Proposals must be empry and heticious; and we by boping in CH IST may of all Men' be most misérable. Bur, blessed be God, the Foundaçion of our Religion is not lo landy: It remaineth firm and immoveable as a Rock; nothing being