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which appears, in that he was made so far like God, that he was after his very Image, Gen. i. 26. And this was not peculiar to the Man, but common to the Man and the Woman, verf. 27. ' So - God created man in his own image, in the i. mage of God created he him : male and female

created he them. The Image of God wherein Man was so like him, consisted in Knowledge, Righteousness, and Holiness, and Dominion over the Creatures : Col. iii. 10. And have put on the « new man, which is renewed in knowledge, after the

image of him that created him.' Eph. iv. 24. 'And

that ye put on the new man, which after God is ' created in righteousness and true holiness. Gen. i. 26. 'God said, Let us make man in our image, after

our likeness: and let them have dominion over the • fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and cover the cattle, and over all the earth, and over

every creeping thing that creepeth upon the

earth. The Parts of the Image of God impresfed on his Soul, were, Knowledge on his Mind, Righteousness on his Will, and Holinefs on his Af. fections. His Knowledge was a fufficient Under. Atanding of what was necessary to make him compleatly happy, Gen.i. 26. Col. iii. 10. His Righteous. ness was a perfect Conformity of his Will to the Will

of God: And his Holiness was the perfect Purity of . all his Affections. Ecct. vii. 29. 'God made man up& right.' That Part of the Image of God impressed on the whole Man, was Dominion over the Crea. cures. The Creatures he had Dominion over, were the Beasts of the Earth, the Fowls of the Air, and the Fishes of the Sea, Gen. i. 26. The Dominion he had over them, was a' Right and Power soberly to use chein for God's Glory and his own Comfort. His

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is begun in their Sanctification in him, and perfected in their Glorification: Col. ïïi. 10.' And have put on

the new man, which is renewed in knowledge, af, ster the image of him that created him. Heb. xii. 23. 'To the spirits of just men, made perfect.! The Reparation of the loft Dominion over the Creatures, is begun in their getting a new Right to them in their Union with him, and perfected in their being put in full Possession of the Dominion at the last Day: Rom. iv. 1 3. ' For the promise that he ? Thould be the heir of the world, was not to Ab. raham, or to his feed through the law, but

through the righteousness of faith.' Rev. xxi. 7. ' He that overcometh, shall inherit all things; { and I will be his God, and he shall be my fone? Pfal. xlix. 14. ' Like Theep they are laid in the

grave, death fhall feed on them; and the up.

right shall have dominion over them in the morn.. & ing.' Their Charter for this new Right to the Creatures, is the Covenant of Grace, Rom. iv. 13, forecited. But they that are out of Christ, have no Covenant-right to the Creatures, but only a pro. vidential Right : And that is such a Right, as a condemned Man hath to his Food, until his Exe. cution. The Management that Men now have over the Beasts, is far short of the original Do. minion over them : Gen. ii. 19. “And out of the {ground the Lord God formed every beast of the

field, and every fowl of the air, and brought ļ them unto Adam, to see what he would call & them: and whatsoever Adam called every living

creature, that was the name thereof. But such as it is, it is owing to a new Grant made after the Fall, for the Necessities of human Life; which new Grant is found recorded, Gen. ix, 2.' And

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r the fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be "upon every beast of the earth, and upon every ' fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the ' earth, and upon all the fishes of the fea; into your hand are they delivered.'

Quest.' II. What are God's Works of Providence ?

Ans. God's Works of Providence are, his most holy, wise, and powerful pre

serving and governing all his Creatures, 1. and all their Actions.

EXPLICATION. There is a divine Providence about the Crea. tures. That appears, from their entire Depend. ence on God as their first Cause, and from the ex. act Accomplishment of Scripture-prophecies : Acts xvii. 25. God is not worshipped with mens hands, ' as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to

all life, and breath, and all things.' vers. 28. 'For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are

also his offspring.' IS. xlvi. 9. 10. Remember the * former things of old; for I am God, and there 'is none else; I am God, and there is none like 'me. Declaring the end from the beginning, and ' from ancient times the things that are not yet 'done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will 'do all my pleasure.'

The Object which Providence is employed a. bout, is all the Creatures, and all their actions, Psal. ciii. 19.-- His kingdom ruleth over all.? E- BA

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