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which appears, in that he was made fo far like God, that he was after his very Image, Gen. i. 26. And this was not peculiar to the Man, but common to the Man and the Woman, verf. 27. ' So • God created man in his own image, in the i

mage of God created he him : male and female

created he them. The Image of God wherein Man was so like him, confifted in Knowledge, Righteousness, and Holiness, and Dominion over the Creatures : Col. iji. 10. And have put on the

new man, which is renewed in knowledge, after the

image of him that created him.' Eph. iv. 24. 'And • that ye put on the new man, which after God is ' created in righteousness and true holiness.? Gen. i. 26. 'God said, Let us make man in our image, after

our likeness: and let them have dominion over the ' fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and

over the catile, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the

earth. The Parts of the image of God'impreffed on his Soul, were, Knowledge on his Mind, Righteousness on his Will, and Holinefs on his Af feétions. His Knowledge was a fufficient Under. standing of what was necessary to make him com. pleatly happy, Gen.i. 26. Col. iii. 10. His Righteous. ness was a perfect Conformity of his Will to ihe Will of God: And his Holiness was the perfect Purity of all his Affections. Ecct. vii. 29. ‘God made man up

right.' That Part of the Image of God impressed on the whole Man, was Dominion over the Crea. cures. The Creatures he had Dominion over, were the Beasts of the Earth, the Fowls of the Air, and the Fishes of the Sea, Ger. i. 26. The Dominion he had over them, was a' Right and Power soberly to use them for God's Glory and his own Comfort. His

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Charter for this Right to the Creatures, was the Covenant of Works, Gen. ii. 16. 17. compared with Chap. i. 28. ' Have dominion over the filh

of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And in these Things Man bore the Image of God, as in him he faintly resembled God him.. self, who is infinitely knowing, righteous, and holy, and supreme Lord of the Creatures. Now, Adam bore this Image as a public Person, to propagate it to his Posterity : Eccl. vii. 29. God made man

upright. But it was lost to himself and all Mana kind, by his Fall, 1 Cor. xv. 22. ' In Adam all die;' and that even to the forfeiting of the Dominion over the Creatures; an Evidence of which is, Beasts proving unruly, and hurtful to Man. The only Way to recover the Image of God, is to unite with Jesus Christ by Faith : 1 Cor. xv. 22. ' In Christ

shall all be made alive.' For he is the Image of the invisible God, and to him as a second Adam is the Dominion over the Creatures restored: Col. i. 15. Who is the image of the invisible God, the

first-born of every creature. - Psal. viii. 6. 7. 8. 6. Thou madeft him to have dominion over the

works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under ' his feet : all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts

of the field : the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. Compared with Heb. ii. 7. 8. g. Thou madeft him a little lower than the angels thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and ' didst set him over the works of thy hands: thou haft

put all things in subjection under his feet, ér.' And he repairs this Image in all that believe on him. The Reparation of the loft Image of God in their Souls

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is begun in their Sanctification in him, and perfected in their Glorification: Col. iii. 10.' And have put on

the new man, which is renewed in knowledge, af, Ster the image of him that created him. Heb. xii. 23. 'To the spirits of just men, made perfect.? The Reparation of the loft Dominion over the Creatures, is begun in their getting a new Right to them in their Union with him, and perfected in their being put in full Poffeffion of the Dominion at the last Day: Rom. iv. 13. ' For the promise that he ? Thould be the heir of the world, was not to Ab.

raham, or to his feed through the law, but { through the righteousness of faith.' Rev. xxi. 7. ' He that overcometh, shall inherit all things ;

and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Pfal. xlix. 14. ' Like Theep they are laid in the

grave, death fhall feed on them; and the up

right shall have dominion over them in the mornring. Their Charter for this new Right to the Creatures, is the Covenant of Grace, Rom. iv. 13, forecited. But they that are out of Christ, have no Covenant-right to the Creatures, but only a providential Right : And that is such a Riglit, as a condemned Man hath to his Food, until his Execution. The Management that Men now have over the Beasts, is far short of the original Do. minion over them : Gen. ii. 19. And out of the

ground the Lord God formed every beast of the 6

field, and every fowl of the air, and brought ļ them unto Adam, to see what he would call & them: and whatsoever Adam called every living

creature, that was the name thereof,' But such as it is

, it is owing to a new Grant made after the Fall, for the Necessities of human Life; which new Grant is found recorded, Gen, ix, 2. And

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the fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be

upon every beast of the earth, and upon every ' fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the

earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.'

Quest.' II. What are God's Works of Providence ?

Ans. God's Works of Providence are, his most holy, wife, and powerful preserving and governing all his Creatures, and all their Actions.

EXPLICATION,

There is a divine Providence about the Crea tures. That appears, from their entire Depend. ence on God as their first Cause, and from the ex. act Accomplishment of Scripture-prophecies : Afts xvii

. 25. God is not worshipped with mens hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.' verf. 28. 'For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as

certain also of your own poets have said, For we are ' also his offspring. If. xlvi. 9. 10. Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is

I am God, and there is none like me. Declaring the end from the beginning, and ' from ancient times the things that are not yet

done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will 'do all my pleasure.'

The Object which Providence is employed about, is all the Creatures, and all their actions, Psal. ciii. 19.-- His kingdom ruleth over all.' E

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ven Devils, and wicked Men, are under the Providence of God: Matth. viii. 31. 'So the devils.

befought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer. I us to go away into the herd of swine.' And e.. vil Actions, as well as good, are within the Verge of it: Gen. xlv. 7. ' And God sent me before

you, to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.? Yea, there is not any thing whatsoever, be it ever so small or casual, that falls out without the Pro, vidence of God: Matth. x. 29. 30. 'Are not two.

sparrows fold for a farthing and one of them & shall not fall on the ground without your

Father, But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.'

The Works of Providence about the Creatures, are the preserving of them, and the governing of them and their Actions. Providence preserves the Creatures, sustaining them in Being, and providing for their Support : Heb. i. 3. Upholding all • things by the word of his power.' Psal. cxlv. 15. 16. ' The eyes of all wait upon thee, and thau givest them their meat in due season. Thou

openest thine hand, and satisfiest, the defire of e. 4 very living thing.' No Creature whatsoever could keep itself in Being one Moment : But upon God's withdrawing the upholding Hand of his Providence, it would immediately return to nothing : Heb. i. 3. Providence governs the Creatuses and their Actions, disposing of them according to the divine Purpose; Prov. xxị. !.' The king's heart is in the hand of the

Lord, as the rivers of water : hę turneth it whi! therfoever he will.' Eph. i. 11. In whom also we

have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated

according to the purpose of him who worketh aļi {things after the counsel of his own will.' Pro

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