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Christ's Cross and Crown, viewed from Fsal. xl, i, 2, 3.
I waited patiently fyr the Lard, and be inclined unto me, and heard my cry, &c, p. 1
PART I. ©f the Redeemer's Humiliation or Cross. Chap. I. 9f Christ's aElive tbeiience, tr ofhis
-waiting, -waiting patiently, and crying, 3
Chap. II. 9f the Messiah's pajsive obedience, tr his being in "the harrible pit, and miry « clay," 23
©f the Redeemer's Exaltation and Crown. Chap. I. 0f the Father's inclining untt him,
and hearing his cry, 41
Chap. II. 9f the Father's bringing up the Man
Christ tut of the h&rible pit and miry clay, 51 Chap. III. if the Father's Mting Christ's feet
upon a rtck, 62
Chap. IV. Of the Fathers establishing the Me
diatsr's gtings, 73
•four Lord's Employment with the saved ©nes in Heaven, and of his Triumph over the Hearts of Sinners on Earth.
Chap. I. §fthe new fing of praise; with the Father's putting it into the mmth of Christ, as Man Mediattr, 83
Chap ,11. 0/ the Redeemer's triumph aver the
1 Tim. ii. 1, 2. I exhort therefore, &c. no
Matth.viii.il. I fay unttyeu, &c. Ioq
S E R M ® N V.
From Psalm xl. i, z, 3.
I -waited patiently for the LORD, and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praises unto our Cod: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
THE promises, prophecies, and doctrines of the Old Testament, meet in Jesus Christ, as the different radii, from whatever point of the circumserence, meet in the center. They have all a regard, more immediate or remote, to him; and can only afford encouragement and consolation 10 sinners, as they respect the Saviour. There are a variety of passages in the Old Testament writings, A 'which which have such a direct and evident relation te the Messiah, that almost no Christians disagree in the application of them; but there are others, tho' .no lei's expressive of the Messiah, in his humbled or exalted state, or both, which are not universally viewed in that light. Of these we take the passage now mentioned to be one: for though generally these verses are considered as pointing out the exercise of David, the then church, or after saints, they are more probably a prophetical description of his exercise who is David's Lord, the church's/head, and the king of saints, namely, of the Old Testament Messiah, our New Testament Redeemer ; and they are so, chiefly, because we find the 6th, 7th, and 8th verses of that psalm quoted and applied to Jesus Christ, by the author of the epistle to the Hebrews, in the xth chapter of that epistle, 5th, 6th and 7th verses; and having an inspired commentator to copy after, we need have no reluctance in treading his steps *. Besides, the repeated mention our Lord makes of what was written of him in the psalms, as well as by Moses and the prophets, corroborates the presumption,; and fur
* The original text runs thus:
"Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire, mine "ears hast thou opened: burnt-offering and fin-offer"ing hall thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I '' come: in the volume of the book it is written of "me: I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, *' thy law is within rny heart."
The quotation by the apostle runs thus:
"Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he "faith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not, hut a "body hast thou prepared me: in burnt-offerings, "and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure : then "said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is "written of me) to do thy will, O God."
ther '* 1
ther justisies the application of that paslage to h\-v. \. To which it need scarce be added, that in the A ts of the apostles, we are informed of their following that immaculate pattern, once, again and again i, for the imitation, doubtless, of after saints, in their 'of the Old Testament scriptures.
Of the Redeemer's Humiliation or Crofe.
C H A P I.
9f Christ's atlive obedience, or of bis -waiting, -waiting patiently, and crying.
TJIS -waiting for the Father says, that, as the ^ Messiah, or Christ, he stood and acted in the capacity of the Father's servant; and did so in the disferent regards to be mentioned: according to the doctrine of the holy Ghost, Psal. cxxiii. 2. where the church is represented as siying, "Be"hold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hands "of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto "the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon "the Lord our God." For our Lord, in his mediatory character, is denominated the Father's servants both by Old and New Testament writers. The prophet represents the Father as saying of Christ the Messiah, "Behold my Servant whom I
f Luke xx. 42. and xxiv. 44.
j Acts ii. 3$, 26, 27, 23. and xiii. 33, 3 j.
A 2 "uphold;