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S E R M. what God, when he comes to judgment, XIlL <w\\\ finally require of Men under these difL/^/^ ferent circumstances, will be proportionally different. For the Judge of the whole Earth, will do what is right, and with Equity shall he judge the Nations. The Gospel was preached before, fays the Apostle, even in the days of Abraham, Gal. iii. 8. And even the Gentiles, which have not the Law revealed, are yet a Law unto themselves, Jhowing the work of the Law written in their hearts, Rom. ii. 14. So that, upon the whole, God is no respecter of persons; but in every nation, he that feareth Him and worketh righteoufActsx.34. ness, is accepted with him: For, not the Hearers of the Law are just before God, but the Doers of the Law shall be justified, ver. 13. And on the contrary, as many as have finned without law, shall also perijh without law, in the day when
God stall judge the Secrets of Men by Jesus Christ, ver. 16.
I T remains, that I proceed in the llld and Last place, To consider what are the Effects of our Lord's Resurrection, with respect to Us. And they are; I/,serm. our Justification. That is to say; The 'X^Resurrection of Christ from the dead, was v>"v"n; oh God's part a publick and authentick Declaration of his accepting the Sacrifice of the Death of Christ, as an Atonement for the Sins of All that truly repent. This is the Meaning of those Passages of St Paul,where he tells us, that Christ was delivered for our Offences, and raised again for our Justification; Rom. iv. 25.That/F?,that is, wicked men both among Jews and Gentiles, having been dead in Sin, that is, having been in a State of condemnation; God, who raised Christ from the dead, hath quickened Us together with Him, (has restored us to the hope of eternal life,) having forgiven us allTrespasses; Col. ii. 13. And that, if Christ be not raised, we are yet in our Sins, 1 Cor. xv. ij; that is, if Christ be hot risen, we have Then no evidence of Gods having accepted Christ's Mediation for us; nor consequently of our being justified, or having our Repentance accepted; to such degrees and Purposes at least, as God has now declared that
S E R M. it shall be accepted through Faith in XUI- Him.
zdly, The second Effect of the Resurrection of Christ, with regard to Us; is our Sanctistcation or Regeneration: That is, our rising from the death of Sin, unto a Life of Righteousness. Rom. vi. 4. We are buried with him by Baptism into Death, that like as Christ was raised up from the Dead by the glory of the Father; even so we also Jhould walk in Newness of Life; 'That having been planted together in the likeness of his Death, we Jhould be also in the likeness of his Resurrection. The Meaning of the Apostle is; that the Death and Resurrection of Christ, into which we are Baptized, and whereof Baptism is an Emblem, ought to be a perpetual obligation upon us, to rise from the Death of Sin unto the Spiritual Life of Righteousness and Holiness: Col. ii. 12, and iii, 1. Buried with him in Baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him. — If ye then (faith he) be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above; For ye are dead, that is, dead to Sin, (as the fame Apostle
explains it, Rom. vi. 2.) and your Life is $ E rM< bid with Christ in God. And what he XIII. means by That Phrase, hid with Christ in ^V^^ God, is explained in the next verse, ch. iii. 3. When Christ, who is our life, Jhall appear, then Jhall ye also appear with him in glory'.
For idly, The Third and Last Effect of the Resurrection of Christ, with respect to Us, is the Assurance of Our Resurrection likewise, unto Glorification. 1 Cor. xy. 20. Now is Christ risen from the Dead, and become the first-fruits of them that steps. And therefore This is constantly used, by the Apostles, as a perpetual Argument of Consolation to good Christians j 1 Pet. i. 3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurreftion of (Jesus) Christ from the Dead. Rom. viii. 11. If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the Dead, dwell in you; he that raised up Christ from the Dead, Jhall also quicken your mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Serm. And i T'h. iv. 14. If we believe that jfeXIII. yUS jjgj anj rojg aga'm^ even fp Them also which Jleep in fesus will God bring with him.
Blessed and Happy are They, who Jhall be thought worthy to obtain That Life, and the Resurrection from the Dead; For from thenceforth they jhall be before the Throne of God, and jhall serve him day and night in his Temple; And God jhall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there Jhall be no more Death, neither sorrow nor crying; neither jhall there be any more pain: For the former things are pajsed away.