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Abner had communication with the elders of Ifrael, saying, Ye fought for David in times past

to be king over you. Now then do it; for the « Lord hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand

of my fervant David I will save my people Israel

out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the « hand of all their enemies.' I Chiron. xi. 1. 2. « Then all Ifrael gathered themselves to David un' to Hebron, saying, In time.past, even when • Saul was king, thou wast he that leddelt out and

broughtest in Ifrael: and the Lord thy God said

unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, • and thou shalt be ruler over my people Ifrael.' And Christ, as our Redeemer, is such a King : 14. xxxii. 22. 'The Lord is our King, he will * save us.' Zech. vi. 13. ' Even he [the Branch] • shall fit and rule upon his throne. The Difference betwixt Christ and these other Kings lay here, that their Kingdom was but a temporal Kingdom, for the temporal Safety of their People; Christ's Kingdom is a spiritual and eternal Kingdom, for the cternal Salvation of his : John xviii. 36. Je

sus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: • if my kingdom were of this world, then would

my fèrvants fight, that I should not be delivered

to the Jews : but now is my kingdom not from • hence.? Luke i. 33. ' And he [the Son of the

Higheft] shall reign over the house of Jacob for 7 ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.'

• Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation.' Our Redeemer was qualified for fuch a Kingdom, by his infinite Wildom and Power, and the Father's committing the Kingdoin of Providence throughout the whole World into his Hand: If. ix. 6. ' For unto us a

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name.hall be called-Counseller, The mighty . God? Eph. i. 22. God hath put all things

under his fect, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.'. I Cor. xi. 3: The head of every man is Christ. Matth. xxviii

. 18. All power is given unto me in heaven and ' in earth? Compared with vers. 19. Go 'therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them ' in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.' John v. 22. 23. Father judgeth no man; bat hath committed all judgment unto the Son: that all men should ho

nour the Son, even as they honour the Father.' Compared with 1. xliii. 14. 15.? Thus faith the Lord your redeemer, the holy One of Israel, For

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is in the ships. I am the Lord, your holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.' Compare 2 Sam. viii. 1. 2. “And after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them and David took Methegammah out of the hand of the Philistines. And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground: even with two lines measured he, to put to death; and with one full line; to keep alive: and so the 'Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts. verf. 6. Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascas : and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts: and the Lord preserved David whitherfoever he went.' verf. 14. 15. And he put garrisons in Edom;

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. xviii. 43. ' Thou hast deliver, ed me from the strivings of the people: and thou

hast made me the head of the heathen: a people ? whom I have not known, shall serve me.' Chrift had a Right to his mediatory Kingdom, by his own Purchase, and his Father's Grant : Alfs xx. 28. Feed the church of God, which he hath

purchaled with his own blood.' Pfal. ii. 6. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of

The Office of a King belongs to our Redeemer, as a Redeemer by Power : Psal. xlv. I. ' I speak

of the things which I have made touching the king. vers. 3. ' Gird thy sword upon thy thigh,

O most mighty: with thy glory and thy majesty. And in it he redeems or rescues by Strength of Hand : If. xl. 1o. 'Behold, the Lord God will

come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule * for him.' Psal. xxiv. 8. ? Who is this King of glory? the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord

mighty in battle. Those whom he redeems or rescues by Strength of Hand, are they whom he hath redeemed by the Price of his Blood : Zech. ix. II.

As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant, I have sent forth thy prisoners out of

the pit wherein is no water. He redeems or rescues them from all his and their Enemies : Luke i. 69. The Lord hath raised up an horn of falva6.tion for us, in the house of his fervant David;' verf. 75. That we should be saved from our e

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* nemies, and from the hand of all that hate us.' His and our Enemies are Sin, Death, the Devil, and the World : Heb. xii. 4. Ye have not yet

resisted unto blood, friving against fin. 1 Cor. XV. 26. • The last enemy that shall be destroyed, 6 is death.' Matth. xiii. 39. . The enemy that . fowed them, is the devil.' James iv. 4. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world, is the enemy of God.' These are Christ's Enemies, in that they are opposite to his Kingdom, though they can hurt him no more. They are our Enemies, in that they tend to our De struction.

He begins our Refeuę from then, rescuing us from their Bondage and Dominion: Col. i. 13.

The Father bath delivered us from the power of * darkness,' &c. We are by Nature under the Bondage and Dominion of Sin, Death, the Devil, and the World: Rom. V. 21. Sin hath reigned

unto death. verf. 17. ' By one man's offence, death reigned by one.' Acts xxvi. 18. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darknefs to light, and from the power of Satan unto God:

i John v. 4. 5. Whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world : and this is the * victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?' He rescues us from their Bondage and Dominion, by subduing us to himself : Acts XV. 14. ' Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name: Psal. cx. 3. “ Thy people

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• shall be willing in the day of thy power. There is need of his subduing us by Strength of Hand, because by Nature we are utterly averse from coming away from them, and submitting to him : Luke xix. 14. • But his citizens hated him, and ,* sent a message after him, saying, We will not

have this man to reign over us.' Prov. viii. ult. • All they that hate me, love death. He fubdues us to himself, by the Sword of his Word in the Hand of his Spirit: Rev. i. 16. Out of his mouth

went a sharp two-edged sword.' Eph. vị. 17. Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word

of God,' &c. The Word so managed by the Spirit, operates as a Sword, piercing the Soul, and conquering our Obstinacy, and making us willing to yield Heb. iv. 12. The word of God • is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any

two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing • asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and

marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and • intents of the heart.' Psal. cx. 3. forecited. He opens the House of our Bondage, and breaks their Yoke from off our Neck, by his Spirit apo plying to us his Satisfaction : Zech. ix. 11.

for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant, I have fent forth thy prisoners out of the pit ' wherein is no water. The applying of Christ's Satisfaction to us, hath that Effect, inasmuch as thereby the Law hath full Satisfaction, as to us; and the Law being fatisfied, the Strength of Sin is broken ; the Strength of Sin being broken, the Sting of Death is taken away; the Sting of Death being taken away, the Devil lofèth his Power over us ; and his Power over us being lost, the prefent evil World, his Kingdom, loseth its Power O

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