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duty; yet are we indued with a power, Sebm, by which we are enabled to resist and to ^conquer all these temptations; For great- ^^rNs* er is he that is in us, than he that is in the world, 1 Joh. iv. 4. So that in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us, Rom. viii. 37. God knoweth the frailty of our nature, and considereth how many temptations we are continually liable to; he remembreth 'whereof we are made, and considereth that *we are but Dujl; He knoweth our enemy's strength and our own weakness, and therefore he affords us the continual assistance of his Holy Spirit, to supply our natural want of power. He has promised to succour all those who sincerely desire to obey his will; and, if we be not wanting in our own endeavours, we may rely upon him, that he will be faithful to his promise, and not suffer us to be tempted above what we are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape^ that we may be able to bear it, 1 Cor. x. 13. Thus in order to the delivering us from the habit and power of Sin, our


Serm. Saviour by making a most clear discovery **, of the Will of God to Mankind, and by

*-rvNJ enabling them to obey the Will of God according to that discovery, has put us in our own power, if we for our part will but accept this deliverance, and, by the way which he has opened for us, retreat out of the bondage of Sin and Satan into the glorious liberty of the children of God, Christ has completely performed his office for us; he has paid the price; he has redeemed us out of captivity: 'Tis our part to take care that we continue not wilfully in the service of Sin, lejl we be found to do despite unto the Spirit of Grace, crucifying to ourselves the Son of God afresh, and putting him to an open Jhame. Now this is what Christ has done for All those in general, to whom the Gospel is preached: But then zdly, Those who accept of this deliverance from the dominion of Sin, that is, who by Repentance and true Amendment of life embrace the terms of the Gospel; those, and those only, he further delivers from the guilt and punishment of Sin: And in order to this; 1st, He hath vindicated the honour of S E R M. God's laws by taking upon himself the orv^> punishment of their Sins j and 2dly, Hesits at the right hand of God, ready to come in the glory of his Father with his holy Angels, actually to deliver them from That punishment of Sin, which shall finally be inflicted on them that would not be delivered from the dominion of it j even on those who know not God and obey not the Gospel-j i. e. who either embraced not the Gospel at all, when it was preached to them; or pretending to embrace it, yet obeyed it not. ist, He has vindicated the honour of God's laws, by taking upon himself the punishment of their Sins, who repent and embrace the terms of the Gospel. He condescended to be made Sin for us, who himself knew no Sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, 2 Cor. v. 21. to be made Sin for us, i.e. to be made a Sacrifice for our Sins, that we through that expiation might become subjects capable of the mercy of God. He took upon him our Nature, and was clothed in flesh, partly indeed

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S E R M. deed that he might preach the Will of Ek God to mankind in a nearer and more

^*^sJ condescending conversation with them; but principally, that he who in the form of God could not suffer, might become capable of suffering by-being made in the likeness to Man. He lived a most innocent and spotless life, that he might indeed set us an example that we mould follow his steps; but chiefly, because as it was required that the typical Sacrifices under the law should be whole and without blemish; so it was necessary that he, who was to be the real expiatory Sacrifice for the Sins of others, should have none that needed expiation of his own; For such an High priejl became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens, Heb. vii. 26. He suffered a shameful and ignominious Death upon the Crose, that he might indeed give us an example of patience and readiness to suffer; but the principle design of it was, that he might put away Sin by the sacrifice of himself, and obtain eternal redemption for us


through Faith in his Blood. His Resur-SERM. rection, was the demonstration of this **Sacrifice's being accepted by God j and his Ascension into Heaven, was in' order to plead the merits of his Sufferings before-God, and intercede for those, who according to the terms of the GospelCovenant should be capable of receiving the gracious benefits purchased by his Death: Wherefore zdly, He now sits at the right hand of God, ready to appear in the glory of his Father with the Holy Angels, actually to deliver all those from the punishment of Sin, who have before been delivered by him from the dominion thereof. This sitting at the right hand of God, signifies his having subdued all his enemies, and his being fully instated in his Regal power j All things being actually made subject'unto him, always excepting him, as St Paul directs, who did put all things under him. All power both in heaven and earth is now committed unto him , being exalted far above all principality\ and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named not



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