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imputed to all men, and so became the very cause and source of all that corruption of nature, depravity, and wretchedness, to which mankind in this world are subject: and that this appointment and constitution was by the sovereign will, and just judgment of Gq&,.. ...., ;.
But, in the midst of wrath, God remembered mercy, and manifested his love to man, by sending Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, the Antitype, the first Adam, (who was also before him, but came into this world after him) to save his people from-their sins*: thus was the Holy One of God substituted in the room of sinners; in which dispensation of grace towards fallen man, the sovereignty, and righteousness of God is most awfully
conspicuous, and glorious. For as by one man's
disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience os oneshaU many be made righteous.
For the more distinct explanation of this second part of our Text: I shall
i. Consider the person obeying; who, and what he was. . .. -. t
ar, 1 Shall endeavour to shew what his obedience was.
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* Matt. i. 21.
3. For whom it was performed.
4. How we are made righteous by another's obe
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5. By whom, and when, it is imputed to us.
6. How the blessing of God attends its imputation, with the most powerful and saving influences.
Lastly, Conclude with an Application.
First; by the person obeying, is meant our Lord,. Jesus Christ, as is evident from the context: wherein he is manifestly opposed to the first Adam; his righteousness to Adam's unrighteousness j and the grace of God to man thro' Christ, to the curse which came upon him thro' Adam.
But the constitution of this person is wonderful; he is called, the Lord from heaven*,—the Son of Mans; and also the Son of God J: whence it appears that in Christ are united two distinct natures, the one divine, the other human.—"The Word which was with God, and was God, was also made flesh \\: he united himself unto, and was manifested in, the human nature: thus God was in Christ reconciling •"'**'•••* -\ the
the world unto himself: for this reason Jesus, our righteousness, is JEHOVAH, our God. As therefore we cannot dispute the humanity, so neither dare we doubt of, or deny the proper deity of Jesus Christ., By this indissoluble union of God and man in one person, Christ was both fitted for the work which he had undertaken, and able also to sinish it i even the great, and glorious work of man's redemption. Therefore God's people are not justified by a righteousness that is merely human, but divine; and Christ's righteousness, is properly that which in Scripture it is called; even the rightemfoefi of God *: and therefore it is an everlasting righteousness, which shall not be abolished.—BlesJid is the man to -whom God imputetb it.
2. The obedience which this wonderful person was called unto, and had engaged to perform j was, in one word, to fulfil all the righteousness of that law which fallen man was under, so as to deliver him from death, and also to obtain for him eternal life:—To do this, howevef it may appear small in the eyes of blind mortals, required infinite strength and jkill, but above
all, lave that paffeth knowledge f . * The
mightiest angel in heaven was by no means equal to the task: for he that engaged in it was qualified ror it by a union both of the offen^ng and offended
* Rdm. iii. zi. t Eph. "*• 19