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compleatly: Heb. ix. 14. forecited. For though Christ's Sufferings were not infinite in Continuance, yet they were infinite in Value. What made them fo, was the infinite Dignity of his Person, he being God, the Moit High : AEts xx. 28. · Feed the • church of God, which he hath purchased with ' his own blood.' Phil. ij. 6.7.8: Christ Jesus • being in the form of God, thought it not robbery " to be equal with God: but made himself or no

reputation, and took upon him the form of a ' fervant, and was made in the likeness of men:

and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled

himself, and became obedient unto death, even " the death of the cross.' The Sufferings then of Believers in Chrift, are not laid on them, to satisfy God's Justice for their Sins in whole or in part : Psal. ii. ult. “Kiss the Son left 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. But they are laid on them for their Trial and Correction : 1 Pet. i. 6. 7. " Whercin ye greatly rejoice, though now for a ' season (if need be) ye are in heaviness through ' manifold temptations. That the trial of your ' faith being much more precious than of gold

that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might • be found unto praise, and honour, and glory, at

the appearing of Jesus Christ. Heb. xii. 5. My fon, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord,

nor faint when thou art rebu!:ed of him. Now, the State of the Business of our Reconciliation with God, as soon as Christ's offering up himself was over, was, that then it was purchased, the Price of it fully paid : Foln xix. 30. 'When Jefus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,

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• It is finished : and he bowed his head, and gave

up the ghost. Col.i. 20. 'And (having made peace through the blood of his cross) by him to recon. cile all things unto himself, by him, I say, whe

ther they be things in earth, or things in heaven.' Actual Reconciliation between God and us, is made as soon as we are justified by Faith : Rom. v. 1. " Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace

with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. And we are not actually reconciled to God, until we believe in Christ, because till then we do not receive the Atonement : Rom. . II. “We joy, in God, through our Lord Jesus Chrift, by whom we have now received the atonement,'

Compared with John i. 12. But as many as received

him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.'

Now, our Lord Jesus Christ cannot fall short of his Design and End in offering up himself a Sacrifice: If. liii. 11.

He shall fee of the travail of his soul, and shall be fatisfied : by his knowledge "Thall my righteous servant justify many : for he . shall bear their iniquities. John vi. 37. 'All that

the Father giveth me, shall come to me.' Wherefore Christ hath not redeemed any by Price, who are not, sooner or later, actually reconciled to God: Rev. v. 9. 10. And they sung a new song,

saying, Thou art worthy to take the book,

and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast sain, " and hårt redeemed us to God by thy blood, out s of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and

nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests.' John xvii. 12. "Those that thou

gavest me I have keps, and none of them is lost.' And these are all the Elect, and they only: Afts

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xiii. 48. 'As many as were ordained to eternal life,

believed.' John X. 15. ' I lay down my life for " the sheep.' verf. 26. 27. 28. ' But ye believe not; because

ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know • them, and they follow me. And I give unto

them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand.?

The second part of Christ's priestly Office, is his Intercession : Rom. viii. 34. It is Christ that

died, yea rather, that is rifen again, who is even at

the right hand of God, who also maketh intercef* fion for us. By his making Intercefion for us, is meant his pleading our Cause in the Court of Heaven. And none make Intercession for us there, but Christ only: John xiv. 6. ' Jesus faith unto • him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life :

no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.' Rom viii. 34. forecited. The Spirit makes Intercesfion for us in our own Hearts; and that, by helping us to pray for ourselves : Rom. viii. 26. • 'Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities :

for we know'not what we should pray for as we

ought : but the Spirit itself maketh interceflion . for us with gronings which cannot be uttered.' The Difference then between Christ's Intercession and the Spirit's Intercession, is such as is between one that draws a poor Man's Petition, and another that presents it to the King, and gets it granted to him. The first of these the Spirit does for us ; the last is done by Christ only.

Now, Christ intercedes for us, not as a Supplicant on mere Mercy, but as an Advocate pleading Law and Right : 1 John ii. 1. If any man sin; we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus

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• Christ the righteous.' John xvii. 24. 'Father, "I will that they also whom thou hast given me, s be with me where I am ; that they may behold 'my glory which thou hast given me : for thou

lovedst me before the foundation of the world." The Ground in Law upon which he pleads for us, is his fulfilling the Condition of the Covenant of Grace, by offering up himself a Sacrifice for us : John xvii. 4. ' I have glorified thee on the earth: I

have finished the work which thou gavest me to . do. Therefore he intercedes for those only for whom he offered up himself a Sacrifice : John xvii

. 9. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me, for they are thine.' verf. 20. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall

believe on me through their word.' verf. 24. forecited. His Intercession is always cffcctual: John xi. 43. ' I knew that thou hearest me always.' And he will continue it for ever : Heb. vii. 25. • He ever liveth to make intercession for them Accordingly, he is called a Priest after the order of Melchisedec, because he will be a Priest for ever : Psal. cx. 4. "The Lord hath sworn, and • will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after • the order of Melchifedec.!" Not a facrificing Priest for ever, but an interceding Priest for ever : Heb. x. 14. ' For by one offering he hath perfect. sed for ever them that are fanctified.

Chap vii. 25. forecited. He will be an interceding Priest : even after the Resurrection, for ever, eternally willing the Continuance of the perfect Happiness of the Saints, on the Ground of the eternal Redemption obtained for them by the Sacrifice of bimlelf: Heb. xi. 12. Christ by his own blood

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entered in once into the holy place, having ob

tained eternal redemption for us." John xvii. 24. - Father, I will that they also whom thou haft gi

ven me, be with me where I am ; that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me : for

thou lovedst me before the foundation of the o

world. Compared with 1 Thef. iv. 17. 'Then we which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet o the Lord in the air : and so Thall we ever be

with the Lord.'

We are to receive Christ as our Priest, renouncing our own Righteoufness, and wholly trusting in him, to be saved by his Sacrifice of himself, and Intercession : Phil. iii. 3. ' For we are the circum* cision, which-rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have

na confidence in the flesh.' Heb. X. 21. 22.

And having ap high priest over the house of God: < let us draw near with a true heart, in full assu. . rance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from

an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with

pure water.' And we are to make use of him as our Priest, daily applying to him, and trusting in his alone Merit and Intercession, for the Removal of our Guilt, and the Supply of all our Needs {piritual and temporal : i Cor. i. 30. ^ But of

him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made

unto ust-righteousness,--and redemption.' Gal. ii. 20. 'I am crucified with Christ : Nevertheless ! I live ; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me : and

the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.'

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