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prophets have not your fathers persecuted ? and they have sain them which shewed before of the coming of the just One ; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers.'

He lo humbled himself after his Death, in respect of his Body being buried : ? Cor. xv. 3: 4.

For I delivered unto you first of all, that which I also received, how that Christ died for our fins

according to the scriptures : and that he was bu• ried,' &c. He was buried in a Garden : John xix. 41. 42. “Now in the place where he was cru:

cified, there was a garden ; and in the garden a

new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. « There laid they Jesus.' What his being buried in a Garden had a particular Eye to, was Man's first sinning in a Garden.

He so humbled himself after his Death, in respect of both Soul and Body, continuing under the Power of Death for a Time : Rom. vi. 9. • Christ being raised from the dead, dieth no more;

death hath no more dominion over him. He continued under the Power of Death for a Time, in so far as, for a Time he continued in the State of the Dead, his Soul and Body remaining separate : Acts ii. 31. ' He (David) seeing this before,

fpake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul

was not left in hell, neither his flesh did fee cor"ruption. That is expressed in the Creed, in these Words, He defcended into Hell. The Place where his Soul was, during its feparate State, was Paradise : Luke xxiii. 43. To-day shalt thou be

with me in Paradise.' The Time he continued under the Power of Death, was three Days: Matth. xii. 40. 'As Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly : fo fhall the

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Son of man be three days and three nights in the « heart of the earth.' Yet not three Days com pleat ; Matth. svi. 21. "From that time forth

began Jesus to sew unto his disciples, how « that he must be raised again the third day.' Compared with John ii. 19. - Jesus answered and • said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in • three days I will raise it up; but only a Part of the first Day, the whole second, and a part of the third; Luke xxiii. 54. 'And that day was the pre

paration, and the fabbath drew on. verf. 56. And they'rested the fabbath-day, according to the commandment.' Chap. xxiv. 1. Now, upon the first day of the week, very early in the

morning, they came unto the sepulchre. verf. 6. • He is not here, but is risen.'

The hardest and sharpest of all these steps of Christ's Humiliation, was his undergoing the Wrath of God in his Soul: Prov. xviü. 14. • of a man will sustain his infirmity ; but a woundSed fpirit who can bear ?" The lowest of them was his continuing for a Time under the Power of Death, in the State of the Dead : Psal. xxii. 15. ? Thou hast brought me into the duit of death."

Quest. 28. Wherein confifteth Christ's Exaltation?

Anf. Christ's Exaltation consisteth in his rising again from the Dead on the third Day, in ascending up into Heaven, in fitting at the right Hand of God the Father, and in coming to judge the World at the last Day.

• The spirit

EXPLICATION

Christ's Exaltation belongs to tie Promise of the Covenant of Grace, to be performed to him by the father : f. lii. 13. 'Behold, my fervant

shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.' And it is the Reward of his Humiliation, for him. felf: Phil. ii. §. 9. And being found in fashion

as a man, he humbled himself, and became obe

dient 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.' Christ's Exaltation was neceffary, that he might fully execute his Offices, especially his kingly Of fice: Luke xxiv, 26. " Ought not Christ to enter

into his glory Phil. ii. 9. above cited. verf. 10. 11. ' That at the name of Jesus every knee fhould bow, of things in heaven, and things in

earth, and things under the earth; and that e 'very tongue should confess, that Jesus Christ is * Lord, to the glory of God the Father.'

The first Step of Christ's Exaltation, was his rising again from the Dead; 1 Cor. xv. 4. That Chrift rose again from the Dead, appears from the Scripture-prophecies of it, and the Testimony of Hundreds, who saw him with their Eyes accordingly risen again : i Cor. xv. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 'For • I delivered unto you firft of all, that which I al

so received, how that Christ rofe again the third • day according to the scriptures : And that he

was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve. After S that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren

at once. After that he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen

of me alo, as of one born out of due time.' The raising of Christ from the Dead, is in the Scripture ascribed to the Father, to himself, and to the Holy Spirit : Eph. i. 20. Which he (the Father

of glory) wrought in Christ, when he raised him

from the dead. John ii. 19. Jesus answered " and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and

in three days I will raise it up. Rom. viii. 11. ' But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from

the dead, dwell in you ; he that raised up Chrift from the dead, shall also quicken your mortal bo

dies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.' It is ascribed to the Father, as the Judge discharging him from Prison, as having fully paid the Debt he was laid up for : Acts ii. 24. Whom (Jesus of Naza! reth] God hath raised up,having loosed the pains of

death; because it was not posible that he should « be holden of it.' I Tim. ii. 16. And without

controversy, great is the mystery of godliness : • God was justified in the Spirit, --received up in. ? to glory.' A legal Evidence of his being, by the Authority of Heaven, discharged from the Prison of the Grave, was an Angel's descending from Heaven, and opening the Prison-door, by rolling away the Stone: Matth. xxviii. 2.

The angel of o the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and fat

upon it.' It is ascribed to Christ himself, forasmuch as he, by his own divine Power, calling back his Soul into his Body, took his own Life again, and came forth of the Grave : John X. 18. I have power to lay it [my life] down, and I 6 have power to take it again. Compared with Chap. ii. 19. Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will

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« raise it up.' Mark xvi. 6. Jesus of Nazareth is

risen, he is not here.? It is afcribed to the Holy Spirit, inasmuch as by him Christ's Soul and Body were reunited : 1 Pet.-iii. 18. Christ was put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spi

rit.' He rose the third Day after his Death, 1 Cor. xv. 4. forecited. That Day was the first Day of the Week : And he rose about the Dawning of the Day: Matth. xxviii. 1. 2. ' In the end • of the fabbath, as it began to dawn towards the « first day of the week,' &c. He rose in the

very same Body he laid down in the Grave: Luke xxiv. 39. • Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and fee, for a spirit hath

not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.' Joan XX. 27. Then faith he to Thomas, Reach hither • thy finger, and behold my hands : and reach hiOther thy hand, and thrust it into my fide: and • be not faithless, but believing.' And it had not been corrupted there in the least : Acts xiii. 37. • He whom God raised again, faw no corruption.' The Change made on Christ's Body in its Refurrection, was, that it rose immortal and glorious : Rom. vi. 9. Chrift being raised from the dead, dieth no more ; death hath no more dominion over him.' I Cor. xv. 20. Now is Christ rifen from

the dead, and become the firft-fruits of them

that flept. vers. 43. ' It is sown in dishonour, • it is raised in glory : it is sown in weakness, it • is raised in power.'

The second step of Christ's Exaltation, was, his ascending up into Heaven, Eph. iv. 8. 10. The Time of his

Ascension was forty Days after his Resurrection, Acts i.

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He tarried so long on Earth, after his rising from the Dead, to ascertain the

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