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death, even the death of the cross.' But that Redemption by Price is, in Scripture, sometimes attributed to his Blood, as the completing Part of the Ransomn, including the rest ; even as one says, he hath paid the utmost Farthing: John xix.

"When Jesus therefore had received the vi. negar, he said, It is finifred: and be bowed his "head, and gave up the ghost.' He redeems them by Power, rescuing them by Strength of Light, and by Strength of Hand, out of the Hands of their Enemies : Luke i. 68. Blessed be the Lord God

of Israel, for he hath visited and redeemed his

people ; verf. 70. 71. 'As he spake by the . mouth of his holy prophets, which have been • since the world began; that we should be saved • from our enemies, and from the hand of all " that hate us.' vers. 73. 74.? The oath which

he sware to our father Abraham, that he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of

the hands of our enemies, might serve him without • fear. That Redemption by Power, is begun in their Conversion, and perfected in their glorious Resurrection, at the last Day : Col. i. 13. « [The Father] bath delivered us from the power

of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. Rom. viii. 23. ' And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the s first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves grone

within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to

wit, the redemption of our body.' 1 Cor. xv. 26. The last enemy that shall be destroyed, is

death.' : To execute an Office, is to do or perform what belongs to the Officer And Chrift, as our Redeemer, hath and executeth three Offices; namely, the OR

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fice of a Prophet, of a Priest, and of a King : Acts iii. 22. 'For Mofes truly said unto the fa.

thers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise

up unto you, of your brethren, like unto me; • him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he • fhall say unto you.' Heb. v. 6. "Thou art a priest * for ever after the order of Melchisedec.' Psal. ii. 6. 'Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill • of Zion. The Relation of these Offices of Christ to the Covenant of Grace, is, that, in his priestly Office, he performed the Condition of the Covenant; in his prophetical and kingly Offices, he administers the Covenant: Heb. vii. 20. 22. 'Andin

as much as not without an oath he was made priest,

by so much was Jefus made a surety of a better « testament. Mal. iii. 1..! The Lord whom ye o seek, shall suddenly come to his temple : even the

messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in.' If. Iv. 3. 4. ' Incline your ear, and come unto me :

hear, and your soul shall live, and I will make

an everlasting covenant with you, even the fure • mercies of David. Behold, I have given him

for a witness to the people, a leader and com• mander to the people.' It is necessary for our Redemption, that he should execute all these Of. fices : And it is necessary, in respect of the Igno. rance, Guilt, and Bondage in our Case: i Cor. i. 30." But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of

God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and fanctification, and redemption.?

True justifying Faith receives Christ in all his Offices : 1 Cor. i. 30. forecited. Compared with John i. 1 2. 'As many as received him, to them

gave he power to become the fons of God, even to them that believe on his name.? But as justi




fying, it eyes him particularly in his priestly Office : For there only can the convinced Sinner see an Atonement, a Ransom, and a Righteousness, for his Justification: Rom. iii. 25. · Whom God hath • set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his

blood, to declare his righteousness for the remif• fion of sins.' Chap. v. 11. "We joy in God, • through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we • have now received the atonement.' And the Life of Faith lies in a daily Use-making of Christ in all his Offices.: Gal. ï. 20. 'I am crucified with . Christ : Nevertheless I live ; yet not I, but Christ « liveth in me: and the life which I now live in • the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God,

who loved me, and gave himself for me.' Com. pared with Col. ii. 6. As ye have therefore re

ceived Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.'

The State of our Redeemer is twofold; namely, his State of Humiliation, and his State of Exalta. tion : Phil. ii. 8. 9.' And being found in fashion • as a man, he humbled himself, and became on obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 6 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, 6 and given him a name which is above every • name.' He was in his State of Humiliation, when he was on the Earth: He is in his State of Ex. altation now, when he is in Heaven. He did ex. ecute all these Offices in his State of Humiliation on Earth : Rom. xv. 8. ? Now I say, that Jesus • Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the

truth of God, to confirm the promises made un

to the fathers.' Eph. v. 2. Christ hath given • himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God, for a sweet-smelling favour.'. Math. xxi. 5. "Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King

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ass, and a colt the fole of an ass. And he doth still execute them all, now when he is in Heaven : Heb. xii. 25. See that ye refuse not him that

{pcaketh: For if they escaped not who refused ' him that spake on earth, much more thall not

we escape, if we turn away from him that speak. eth from heaven.' Chap. vii. 24. 25. But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an un. changeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also

to save them to the uttermost, that come unto . God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make in. i terceflion for them. Luke i.


« And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of • his kingdom there shall be no end.' Yea, he did execute them all, under the old Testament, be. fore he came in the Flesh : 1 Pet. iii. 19. By

which also [the Spirit] he went and preached to

the spirits in prison.' Zech. i. 12. Then the • angel of the Lord answered and said, O Lord of

holts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Je.

rufalem, and on the cities of Judah, against which • thou hast had. indignation these threescore and 6 ten years?" Cant. i. 4. Draw me, we will run • after thee : the King hath brought me into his


Quest. 24. How doth Christ execute the office of a Prophet?

Anf. Christ executeth the Office of a Prophet, in revealing to us, by his Word and Spirit, the Will of God for our Salvation.


EXPLICATION. The Office of Prophèts was to reveal the Will of God to Men: Heb. i. 1. God, who at sundry s times, and in divers manners, fpake in time

paft unto the fathers by the prophets. And the Lord Jesus Christ, as our Redeemer, is a Prophet: Acts iii. 22. 'For Moses truly said unto the fa.

thers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of your brethren, like unto me ; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he fhall

say unto you.' The Difference betwixt him and the other Prophets, lay here, that Christ was the Fountain-head of Prophecy, revealing by his own Spirit; whereas they were but Instruments by whom he spake, through his Spirit coming on them at Times : 1 Pet. i. 10. 11. Of which falva6tion the prophets have inquired, and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that Mould come unto you: searching what, or what man ner of time tho Spirit of Christ which was in them did fignify, when it teftified beforehand

the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should « follow.'

The Office of a Prophet belongs to our Redeemer, as a Redeemer by Power : 2. The Lord

shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion.' Compared with f. xi. 4. But with righteousness ! shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equi

ty, for the meek of the earth: and he fhall • smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and

with the breath of his lips Mall he flay the

wicked.' And in it be redeems or rescues by Strength of Light. And he executes it, by revealing to us the will of God for our Salvation. By


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