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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 Grave under Death. But our King will fully rescue us from Death too, by the glorious Resurrection at the last Day: 1 Thess. iv. 16.‘The Lord himself « shall descend from heaven with a fhout, with the < voice of the archangel, and with the trump of < God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.' i Cor. xv. 52. 'In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the lait trump, (for the trumpet shall

sound), and the dead shall be raised incorruptible; • and we shall be changed.'

We are to-receive Christ as our King, renoun. cing the Dominion of Sin, Deatb, the Devil, and the World, and wholly giving up ourselves to him, to be ruled by him as our Head : If. 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 so great a death, and • doth deliver : in whom we trust that he will yet

deliver us.'

Quest. 27. Wherein did Christ's Humiliation consist?

Anf. Christ'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.

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Chrifto Humiliation belonged to the Condition of the Covenant of Grace, performed by himself: And it was then a voluntary Thing in him : Phil. i. 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 being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.'. He humbled himself, that he might execute his Offices, especially' his priestly Office : Luke xxiv. 26. Ought not Christ to

have suffered these things, and to enter into his

glory?' And he humbled himself, putting himself in-a State of Humiliation, and humbling himself in that State.

Christ God-man put himself in a State of Humi. 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 : Psal. xl. 6. Saa 'crifice and offering thou didst not defire, mine

ears hast thou opened ; Marg. digged. Compared with Exod. xxi. 6. " Then his master shall bring him to the door, or unto the door-posts :

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an awl ; and he shall 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 fulsness of the time was come, God sent 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. verf. 7. "Wherefore thou art no

more a fervant, but a fon; and if a fon, then an " heir of God through Christ. He did then tranf fer our State of Servitude under the Law upon himself: Il. xlix. 3. Thou art my fervant, o • Ifrael, in whom I will be glorified.' And what lay upon him as so made under the Law, was, to give it that perfect Obedience in Holiness 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 righteousness.' Gal. ii. 13. Christ hath re6 deemed 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

Christ 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 saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldīt 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 á notable Piece of Humiliation in him; and that because he was the Son of God, Gal

. iv. 4. Phil. ii. 7. He humbled himself, bear ing the Punishment which that State required, in almuch as, all along from his Conception to the Grave, he submitted to the Effects of the Curse transferred from üs on him, Gal. iii. 13. forex cited.

He'lo humbled himself in his Conception, being conceived of a Woman of a mean and low States Luke i. 48. He háth 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 : Marth. i 18. Mary

was espoused to Joseph.? Compared with Chap xiii

. 55. Is not this the carpenter's fon? Is not his mother called Mary?'

He fo humbled himself in his Birth, being born in a low Condition. The low Çondition he was born in, was, that he was born in the small Towa of Bethlehem, in the Stable of an Inn, and laid in 2 Manger instead of a Cradle, becaufe there was no Room for them in the Inn: Mic. v. 2. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of the shall he come forth unto me, that is to be ruler ' in Ifrael.' Luke ii. 7. And she brought forth

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I her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling • cloaths, and laid him in a manger, because there

was no room for them' in the inn.

He so humbled himself in the Course of his Life, undergoing the Miseries of this Life. The Kind of Life that Christ had in the World, was a poor, forrowful, despised, tempted, and toiled Life, in which he felt Weariness, Hunger, and Thirst: 2 Cor. viii. 9. ' For ye know the grace of our Lord

Jesus Chrift, that though he was rich, yet for your fakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. Compared with Matth.

The foxes have holes, and the birds of • the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not • where to lay his head.' Il. liii. 3. '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 esteemsed him not.' Psal. xxii. 6. . I am a worm, and

no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.' Luke iv. 13. ' And when the devil had

ended all the tempration, he departed from him ki for a season.' Acts x. 38. ' Jesus of Nazareth

went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the

devil : for God was with him.' Compared with Mark iii. 20. 'And the multitude

cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.' John iv. 6. Jesus therefore « being wearied with his journey, Tat thus on the • well. Matth. iv. 2. And when Jesus had falt

ed forty days and forty nights, he was afterwards

an hungred.' Compared with Chap. xxi. 18. • Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungred.' He fo humbled himself to an Extremity, in re

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