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alway even unto the end of the world. He de. fends every particular Believer against them, fo far that none of them shall ever perih: fohn X. 28.

I give unto them eternal life, and they shall ne. ver perish, neither fhall any pluck them out of my hand. He defends the Church, and every particular Believer, by the Communication of his Grace to them, and the Working of his Providence for them: 2 Cor. xii. 9.

. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." Zech. iii. 9. 'For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes, behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, faith the Lord of

hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land ' in one day. He restrains all his and our Enemies, bounding them by his Power, as to the Kinds, Degrees, and Continuance of their Attacks on us : Job ii. 6. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold,

he is in thine hand, but save his life.' i Cor. x. 13. There hath no temptation taken you, but

such as is common to man: but God is faithful, "who will not suffer you to be tempted above

that ye are able; but will with the temptation also 'make a way to escape, that ye may be able to

bear it.? Rev. ii. 10. • Behold, the devil shall cart & fome of you into prison, that ye may be tried;

and ye shall have tribulation ten days..

He completes our Rescue, by conquering all his and our Enemies : i Cor. xv. 25. He must reigni

, • till he hath put all enemies under his feet.' They will be fully conquered at the last Day: Rev. XX. 14. 'And death and hell were cast into the

iake of fire. The Enemy that will longest keep the Field against us, is Death: 1 Cor. xv. 20. The

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(last enemy that shall be destroyed, is death." For when the Soul is in Heaven, free from Sin, the Devil, and the World, the Body lies in the Graye under Death. But our King will fully rescue us from Death too, by the glorious Refurrection at the last Day: i Thell. iv. 16. ' The Lord himself

fall descend from heaven with a shout, with the « voice of the archangel, and with the trump of « God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first.' I Cor. xv. 53. ' In a moment, in the twinkling of an

eye, at the last trump, (for the trumpet shall found), and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we Thall be changed.?

We are to receive Christ as our King, renoun. cing the Dominion of Sin, Death, the Devil, and the World, and wholly giving up ourselves to him, to be ruled by him as our Head : Il. xxvi. 13. ! O Lord our God, other lords besides thee have « had dominion over'us : but by thee only will we

make mention of thy name.' Psal. ii. ult. Kiss the Son lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way,

when his wrath is kindled but a little : blessed are all they that put their trust in him.? We are to make use of him as our King, daily applying and trusting to him, for Life, Strength, and Defence, and Victory over our Enemies : 2 Tim, ii. 1. Thou therefore, my son, be strong " in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Cor. i. 10.

God delivered us from fo great a death, and doth deliver : in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us.'

Quest. 27. Wherein did Christ's Hua miliation consist?

Anf, Chrill's Humiliation consisted in

his being born, and that in a low Condition, made under the Law, undergoing the Miseries of this Life, the Wrath of God, and the cursed Death of the Cross; in being buried, and continuing under the Power of Death for a Time.

EXPLICATION.

Christ's Humiliation belonged to the Condition of the Covenant of Grace, performed by himself: And it was then a voluntary Thing in him : Phil. #. 7. 8. Christ Jesus made himself of no reputa

tion, and took upon him the form of a servant, • and was made in the likeness of men : and bes *ing found in fashion as a man, he humbled him

felf, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.' He humbled himself, that he might execute his offices, especially his prieste ly Office: Luke xxiv. 26. Ought not Christ to

have suffered these things, and to enter into his

glory? And he humbled himself, putting hima self in a State of Humiliation, and bumbling him, self in that State.

Christ God-man put himself in a State of Humia liation, emptying himself of his Glory, and taking upon him the form of a Servant: Phil

. ii. 7. forem cited. The Form of a Servant he took upon him, was the form of a Bond-servant : Pfal. xl. 6. San crifice and offering thou didst not desire, mine

ears hast thou opened ;' Marg. digged. Com pared with Exod. xxi. 6. Then his master shall

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an awl ; and he hall serve him for ever. He took upon him the Form of a Bond-fervant, being made under the Law, Gal. iv. 4. 5. "But when the ful

nefs of the time was come, God, fent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we

might receive the adoption of sons. He was made under the Law as a Bond-servant, to redeem us that were under the Law as. Bond-fervants : Gal. iv. 4. 5. forecited. vers. 7. 'Wherefore thou art no

more a servant, but a son, and if a son, then an

heir of God through Chrift. He did then tråní. fer our State of Servitude under the Law upon himself :': xlix. 3. ' Thou art my servant, o

Ifrael, in whom I will be glorified." And what lay upon him as fo made under the Law, was, to give it that perfect Obedience in Holinefs of Nature and Life, that it required of us for Life, and under the Curse of it to bear our Punishment: Matth. iii. 15. Thus it becometh us to fulfil all e righteousness. Gal. iii. 13. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made

a curse for us.' His Obedience then, as well as his Suffering, was a part of his Humiliation, Phil. ii. 8. forecited; forasmuch as he gave it in the Form of a Bond-fervant. But his State of Humi. liation is now over, and at an End. And it ended at his Resurrection, Rom. xiv. 9. "To this end

Chrift both died, and rose, and revived, that he "might be Lord both of the dead and living.'

Christ humbled himself in that State, performing the Obedience, and bearing the Punishment that it required. He humbled himself, performing the Obedience which that State required, inasmuch as,

in the Form of a Bond-fervant, he was conceived and born of a Woman, perfectly holy, and lived perfectly righteous : Psal. xl. 6. Marg. forecited. Compared with Heb. x. 5. "Wherefore when he

cometh into the world, he faith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not, but a body hast thou prepared me. Gal. iv. 4. Phil

. ii. 7.8. both forecited. His very being conceived and born of a Woman, was a notable Piece of Humiliation in him; and that because he was the Son of God, Gal. iv. 4. Phil. ii. 7. He humbled himself, bearing the Punishment which that State required, inalmuch as, all along from his Conception to the Grave, he submitted to the Effects of the Curse transferred from us on him, Gal. iii. 13. fore cited.

He so humbled himself in his Conception, being conceived of a Woman of a mean and low State: Luke i. 48. He hath regarded the low estate of (his handmaiden.' An Evidence of the mean and low State of the Mother of our Lord, is her being espoused to a Carpenter : Matth. i. 18. Mary ! was espoused to Joseph. Compared with Chap xiii. 55. Is not this the carpenter's fon? Is noc

his mother called Mary?'

He so humbled himself in his Birth, being born in a low Condition. The low Condition he was born in, was, that he was born in the small Town of Bethlehem, in the Stable of an Inn, and laid in a Manger instead of a Cradle, becaose there was no Room for them in the lon: Mic. v. 2. But

thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee fhall he come forth unto me, that is to be ruler in Ifrael. Luke ii. 7. And the brought forth

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