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/hall send his Angels, and they Jhall gather out of his Kingdom all Things that offend, and them that do Iniquity: And shall cast them into the Furnace of Fire: There Jhall be Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth. Matt. xiii. 41, 42. Many will Jay to me 'in that Day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy Name f And in thy Name have cast out Devils? And in thy Name done many wonderful Works ? And then will I profess unto them, I neater knew you; depart from me ye thai •work Iniquity. Matt. vii. 22, 23. Luke xiii. 26,27. But above all that remarkable Passage, Matt. xxv. from Ver. 31 to the End, deserves out special Notice: When the Son of Man Jhall come in his Glory, and all the holy Angels •ttiith him, then Jlmll heft upon the Throne of his Glory, and before him Jhall be gathered all Nations, &c. And then he goes on to give an admirable.Account of the 'future general Judgment. He representeth himself as the universal Judge, at whose Tribunal all Mankind shall appear, by whorri the whole important judicial Process shall be conducted, and the solemn Sentence pronounced upon the Righteous and the Wicked j in Consequence of which they shall be adjudged to everlasting Happiness or Misery.
And what a Wonderful Weight and Authority must this give to our Lord Jesus
Christ thority. And indeed it both tends greatly to our own Satisfaction and Comfort, and should fill us with the highest Admiration of the infinite Wisdom, Grace, and Love of God our heavenly Father, that he hath sent a Person into the World of such unparalelled Dignity, to teach and instruct, to save and to redeem us; that he hath provided so glorious a Saviour for us, on whom we may with Confidence rely, and who is every Way able and■sufficient for the important Work committed to him. And as he is so dear to the Father, and wonderfully one with him, so all the Honours that are paid to him redound unto, and ultimately terminate in, the Honour of God his heavenly Father, to whom be Glory for ever and ever. Amen.
On Christ's Authority as a Teacher.
Matthew vii. 29.
**■ He taught them as one having Authority, and not as the Scribes.
THE Design of chusing these Words .. was to consider Christ's Authority as a Teacher. And, in, the former Discourse on this Subject, it was■.observed, First, That he spake with the Authority of a true Prophet, extraordinarily sent and commissioned from God. Secondly, That he claimed an Authority fcjr transcending any other that ever appeared under the Character of a Prophet or Teacher sent from God. He had a peculiar Kind of AuthoVol. IV. C rity
rity proper to himself, which no other Person or Teacher ever had, and which gave his Instructions and Precepts a Force and Dignity superior to that of any other. For setting which in a clearer Light, we considered the Declarations" Christ made concerning his own Divinity and Glory; that he frequently spoke of himself in a Strain of unparalleled Dignity and Grandeur as the only begotten Son of God, the Son of God in a Sense peculiar to himself, and which could not be applied to any other, whether Man or Angel, or any of the highest Order of created Beings; that he represented himself as the great Saviour of of Mankind, the Giver of the Spirit, and not merely the Publisher but the Author of eternal Life, and as the great and final Judge, by whom the Dead shall be raised, to whom all Men must give an Account, and by whom their everlasting State shall be determined. All which must needs give him an Authority vastly superior to all that ever appeared as Teachers of Mankind.
But what Proof have we that the Claim "he laid to this Authority was just and well founded? This is what I now propose to consider.
And, First, This might be cbncluded from the spotless Holiness of his Life and Character, which rendered the Testimony he gave concerning himself-highly credible,