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This was free love to undeserving, to ill-deserving fingers : preo vcoting love ; dot that we loved him, but that he loved us. Just as an image in 'the glass, faith Ficinus, that is imprinted there by the face looking into it; the image does not look back upon the face, except the face look forward upon the image ; and io that the image does seem to see the face, it is nothing else but that the face does see the image. O the inexpressible glory of the love of God in Chrift!
3. Though God had given several fad marks of his justice before, boih upon the angels that fell, clapping upon them the chaias of darknefs ; in the overthrow of Sodom and the neighbouring citics, turoing them to alhes, as you may read in Jude, ver. 6, 7. yet never was the exactaess aod severity of justice fo manifested before, por ever shall be any more, as it was at the death of Christ. Christ did not only satisfy it fully, but he also honoured it highly, making that attribute which was once a bar, now to be a bottom of our peace, Rom. ir. 25. Never did such a perfoo as Christ stand at the bar of justice before : the blood of God was poured out to appease aod satisfy it. Wheo Chrift fuffered, he did both give and take fatisfaction; he gave it to the justice of God io dying; he took it, io feeing justice so ho. poured in his death.
Secondly, Another delightful prospect Christ had of the fruit of his sufferings, was the recovery and falvation of all the elect by his death ; and though his sufferings were exceeding bitter, yet fuch fruit of them as this was exceeding fweet : upon this account he assumed his name Jesus, Matth. i. 21. yea, and his human Dature also, Gal. iv. 4, 5. Souls are of great value in his eyes; one foul is of more worth in his account than all the world, Mark viii. 36. What a pleasure then must it be to him, to save so many fouls from the everlasting wrath of the great and terrible God! Add to this,
Thirdly, The glory, which would redouad to him from his redeemed opes to all eternity; for it will be the everlasting pleafapt employment of the saints in heaven, to be ascribing glory, praise, and honour, to the Redeemer : “ To him that loved us, " and washed us from our fins in his own blood, and hath made “ us kings aod priests to God and his Father; to him be glory "" aod dominion for ever and ever," Rev. 1, 5, 6. The im provement of all this will be in a word or two.
Ule 1. for conviEtion. This truth then, in the first place, may convince, shame, and humble the very best of Christians, who fiod so little delight in the most easy, sweet, and spiritual duties of obedience, when
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· Chrift undertook and went through the most difficult task for
them with such chearfulness and readiness. " Lo, I come, thy
Did Christ find pleasure it abasement and torment, in fuffer-
How posuitable to the future expected state of glory, which brings the fančtified soul to a sweet complacential rest and fatisa faction in God! In a word, how upsuitable is this temper of spirit to the heart of Jesus Chrift! O, methinks I hear Christ thus expostulating with me this day: ;
Is this thy zeal and delight in the duties of obedience? Is it rather the awe of conscience than the plealure of communion that brings thee to this duty ? Doth thy hard heart, need so many arguments to persuade it, even to the sweetest, easiest, . and most pleasant duties io religion !. Well, I did not love thee at that rate ; my heart readily echoed to the Father's call, to die for thee, to drink the very dregs of the cup of trembling for
thee : “ I come, I come, I delight to do thy will, thy law is in .. " the midst of my bowels." . .
2. Ufe, of exhortation. ! If it be so, how great a motive have the people of God be. fore them, to make them apply themselves with all chearfulness and readiness of mind to all the duties of active and passive obedience ! O, let there be no more grusyblings, lazy excuses, Thiftiogs of duty, or dead-hearted and listless performances of them, after such an example as this. Be 'ready to do the will of God; gea, be ye also ready to suffer it. Let the same miod be in you, which also was io Christ Jesus. The more pleasure. and delight you find in doing or suffering the will of God, the
more of Chrilt's spirit is in you, and the more of his image is upon you. Are not all holy duties expressed in içripture by the saints walking with God? Gen. xviii 1. And is not this an an. ģelical life? Can it be a burden to the ear to hear sweet ravish.. ing strains of melody; or to the eye, to behold variety of pleafant and lively colours; or to the palate, to relish the delicious sweetness of meats and drioks? "Oh, reader, were thy heart more spiritual, more deeply fanc
hear, or meditate on the things of God, than it is to a bird to carry and use his own wings ; or to a man, to eat the molt pleafant food when he is an hungry; "I have rejoiced, (faith David). d's in the way of thy, commandments, as much as in all riches," Psal. cxix. 14.
And as to sufferings for Christ, they should not be grievous to Christians, that know how chearfully Christ came from the bosom of the Father to die for them. What have we to leave or lose, in comparison with him?, What are our sufferings to Christ's ? Alas, there is no compare; there was more bitterness in one drop of his sufferings, thao in a sea of ours. ::
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they have pierced; and they fall mourn for bim,' as ona? mourneth for his only fon; and Mall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for bis first-born. ..
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T HIS promise is confessed to have a special respect to the
1 Jews conversion "to Christ: It was in part accomplished ip the apostle's days, Acts ii. 37. yet that was but a specimen or · Handsel, of what shall be, when the body of that nation shall be calledi !!
Ini : : : ; 1.!:. .::. .:: But yet it cannot be denied, that all Christiaos find the same piercing forrows, and wounding fense of fin, when God awakens chem by convictions, and brings them to see the evil of lio, and
the grace of Christ, that is here expressed concerning them at their conversion.
The words present us with three very remarkable particulars in evangelical repentance; yiz.
Firl, The spring and priociple of it.
Fird, The Spring and principle of repentance, expressed in these words, They fall look upon me, whom they have pierced. This looking upon Christ, is an act of faith ; for so it is described in seçipiure, Joho vi. 40, Il. xlv. 22. and it respects Christ crucified, as its proper object : Yea, and that by them, not oply as their progenitors involved them, in that guilt, by entajling it on them, but as their owa sins were the meritorious cause of his death and sufferings ; tbey Joall look upon me, whom they have pierced.
Secondly, The effects and fruits of such an aspect of faith upon Chrift, is here also noted; They sball mourn, and be in bitterness.: i. . it shall melt and thaw them into godly forrow; it fhall break their hard and song hearts to pieces: The . eye of faith hall; affect their hearts. For indeed, evangelical sorrows are hearty and undissembled tears, dropping out of the eye of faith.
Thirdly, and lafly, The depth and, meafure of their for: row is here likewise noted. And it is compared with the greatest and most piercing forrows men are acquainted with in this world, even the sorrow of a tepder-hearted Eacher, mouro-' ing over a dead son, yea, an only son, and his first-bord ; thaa which, ao earthly, forrow is more penetrating and sharp; Jer. vi. 26. Hence the note will be, Doct. That the sufferings of Chrift are exceeding powerful, to,
melt believers hearts into godly forrow. The eye of faith is a precious eye; aod accordiog to its va. rioys aspects upon Christ, it produceth various effects upon the hearts of men. Eying Christ as our complete righteousness; so it pacifies and quiets the heart : Eying him as our pattern ; so it directs and regulates our actions : Eying him as a lacrifice offered up to divide justice for our sins; so it powerfully thaws. the heart, and melts the affections,
By meltings, I do not only uoderstand tears; as if they oply. were expressive of all spiritual forrow : For it is poslible, the waters of sorrow may rup deep in the heart, when the eye caa-, pot yield a drop.
There be two things, in repentance; trouble and tears. The
ees. first is essential, the last contingent. The first flows from the influence of faith upon the foul ; the last much depends upon the temper and constitution of the body. It is a mercy, when our tears can flow from an heart filled with forrow for sin, and love to Christ; yet it often falls out, that there is ao heavy heart, where the eyes are dry. But that there is efficacy in faith to melt the heart, by looking upon the sufferings of Christ for fin, is undoubted : And how it becomes so powerful an instrument to this end, I will thew you in the following particu
· Firft, Faith eyes the dignity of the person of Christ, who was pierced for us; how excellent and glorious a person he is. In the captivity, it was for a lamentation, that " princes were " hanged up by the hands, and the faces of elders were not " honoured,” Lam. v. 12. We read also the lamentation of David, 2 Sam. iii. 38. as he followed Abner's hearse, * A a prioce, and a great man, is fallen in Israel to-day."
But what was Abger, and what were the princes of Israel to the Son of God? Lo, here, by faith, the believer sees the Prioce of the kings of the earth, the only begotten of the Father, equal to God, in nature and dignity, He,' whom all the angels worship, hanging dead upon the cursed tree. Faith fees royal blood, the blood of God, poured out by the sword of justice, for fatisfaction and reconciliation; and this cannot but deeply affect the believing foul..
Secondly, Faith represents the severity of divine justice to Jesus Christ, and the extremity of his sufferings; and this fight is a melting fight.
The apostle tells us, Gal. iii. 13. he was made xalepet, a corse and execration for us. It relates to the kind and manper, of his death upon the cross, which was the death of a Nave; servile fupplicium : A freeman was privileged from that puoishment. It looks upon, and well considers the fad plight aod condition Christ was in, in the days of his humiliation for us, It is said of him, Matth. xxvi. 28. He was neplautos, undequaquc tristis, surrounded with griefs; exactly aoswerable to his oame, Isa. liii. 3. a man of sorrows. Let him look which way he would, outward or in ward, upward or dowoward, to friends or enemies; he could behold nothing but forrow, and what might increase his misery. Another evangelif faith, he was pore amazed; Mark xiv. 33. Exbauß1506: It potes such a cooIternation, as makes the hair of the head stand upright; Horripilatio. A third tells us, his soul was troubled, Joho xii. 27.
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