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our Redeemer, is truly and properly a Priest : " Heb. viii. 3. ' For every high priest is ordained
to offer gifts and sacrifices : wherefore it is of s necessity that this man have somewhat also to 6 offer.' The Difference betwixt him and the o. ther Priests lay chiefly here, that they and their Priesthood were the Types and Shadows, whereof Christ and his Priesthood were the Substance, really accomplishing what they shadowed forth: Heb. x. 1. ' For the law having a shadow of good
things to come, and not the very image of the
things, can nevet with those sacrifices which ' they offered year by year continually, make the
comers thereunto perfect. vers. 9. 10. "Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are fanctified, through the offering of the body of Jesus Chrift
once for all.' Eph. i. 3. ' Blesfed be the God and • Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed • us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places « in Christ.' Our Redeemer was qualified for such an efficacious Priesthood, by the infinite Dignity of his Person, and his real untainted Holiness : Heb. iv. 14. We have a great high priest that is . passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God.' Chap. vii. 26. 'For such an high priest became us,
who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from
finners, and made higher than the heavens.' vers. 28. For the law maketh men high priests
which have infirmity, but the word of the oath ' which was since the law, maketh the Son, 6 who is consecrated for evermore.'
The Office of a Priest belongs to our Redeemer, as a Redeemer by Price : 1 Pet. i. 18. 19.
• Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemi. red with corruptible things, as silver and gold, " from your vain conversation received by tradiá
tion from your fathers; but with the precious
blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and (without spot. And the Parts of his priestly Office are two; namely, his Oblation, and his Intercession. Accordingly, he executes his priestly Office, in his offering a Sacrifice for us, and making interceffion for us.
The first Part of Christ's priestly Office is his Oblation. His Oblation is his once offering up of bimfelf a Sacrifice to satisfy divine Fustice, and reconcile us to God. The Sacrifice he offered to God was himself : Heb. ix. 14. Chrift, through • the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to . God.' And he himself was the Sacrifice, not in his divine Nature, but in his human Nature: For the divine Nature was not capable of Sufferings properly so called : Mal
. iii. 6. 'I am the Lord, I change not. But his whole human Nature, Soul and Body, was the Sacrifice: Heb. X. 10. By
the which will we are fanctified, through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.' J. liii. 10. When ihou shalt make his soul an
offering for fin,' &c. His divinc Nature was, in that Čafe, the Altar that fanctified the Gift, to its neceffary Value and designed Effect: Heb. ix.
• How much more shall the blood of Christ, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience
from dead works to ferve the living God?' Compared with Matth. xxiii. 19. ' Ye fools, and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that fanctifietla the gift?' Folin xvii. 19. And
6 for their fakes I fanctify myself, that they also "might be sanctified through the truth.' He of fered up himself to God a real Sacrifice in his human Nature, willingly yielding himself without any Spot of Sin, natural or accidental, to suffer for Sin to the utmost : Heb. ix. 14. forecited. He was without any natural Spot of Sin, in that he was born perfectly holy: He was without
any accidental Spot of Sin, in that he lived perfectly ho. ly: And he suffered for Sin to the utmost, Rom. viii. 32. He spared not his own Son, but deli. overed him up for us all ;' and that both in Soul and Body, Matth. xxvi. 38. ' Then faith he unta
them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even un
to death. Chap. xxvii. 46. 'And about the ( ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani ? that is to say, My • God, my God, why haft thou forsaken me? vers. 50. Jesus, when he had cried again with a ' loud voice, yielded up the ghost.' He did so offer himself a Sacrifice only once : Heb. ix. 28. Christ was once offered to bear the sins of
many." And that once offering of himself a Sacrifice, was tegun from his Incarnation in the Womb, continu. ed through his whole Life, and completed on the Cross, and in the Grave : 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.' vers. 7. Then said I, • Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is ' written of me) to do thy will, O God.' f. liii.
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he shath nö form nor comeliness :-and when we shall
febim, there is no beauty that we Mould de
· fire him. He is despised and rejected of men, a
man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief : and • we hid as it were our faces from him ; he was
despised, and we esteemned him not.' 2 Cor: v. 21. He hath made him to be sin for us, who « knew no sin.' The holiness then of his Nature, and the Righteousness of his Life, were Parts of the Price of our Redemption, as well as his Sufterings : Gal. iv. 4. 5. i God sent forth his Son ' made of a woman, made under the law, to re« deem them that were under the law.' And his Sufferings through his whole Life, lesser and greater, were Parts of the Price, as well as his Suffer. ings on the Cross, and his lying in the Grave : 1 Pet. ii. 21. Christ suffered for us, leaving us
an example, that ye should follow his steps.' Christ offered himself a Sacrifice but once, because, by that once Offering, the Price of our Redemption was fully paid out : Heb. X. 14. ' By one of.
fering he hath perfected for ever them that are
fanctified.' And thereby he redeemed or ranfomed us from Guilt, and all Evils following it : Heb. ix. 14.
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?'
The End wherefore Christ offered up himself a Sacrifice, was, to satisfy divine Justice, and reconcile us to God: Heb. ix. 28. Christ was once • offered to bear the sins of many. Chap. ii. 17. • Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be • made like unto his brethren; that he might be
a merciful and faithful high priest, in things per
taining to God, to make.reconciliation for the ' sins of the people,' There was Need of re
conciling us to God, because by Sin we were set at Enmity with God : J. lix. 2. Your iniquities
have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he
will not hear.' God had a legal Enmity against us, such as a just Judge hath against a Malefactor, whose Person he may love notwithstanding : Matth. V. 25. 'Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles
thou art in the way with him : lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast
into prison. We have naturally a real Enmity against God, inconsistent with Love to him: Col. i. 21. 'You were sometime alienated, and ene
mies in your mind by wicked works. And there could be no Reconciliation between God and us, without a Satisfaction to divine Justice for our Sin: Heb. ix, 22. 23. ' And almost all things
are by the law purged with blood; and without
shedding of blood is no remission. ". It was therei fore necellary that the patterns of things in the • heavens should be purified with these ; bui the
heavenly things themselves with better facrifices " than there. We ourselves could in no wise make that Satisfaction : Rom. v. 6. 'We were without • ftrength. For we could neither make ourselves holy, nor bear the infinite Punishment due to our Sin. But Jesus Christ did, by offering up himself a Sacrifice, make that Satisfaction truly and really, Matth. XX. 28. "The Son of man came to give • his life a ransom for many. Heb. ix. 14. ? How
much more shall the blood of Christ, who, through " the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?' and that fully and