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the Will of God for our Salvation, which Chrift reveals, is meant, the whole Will of God in all Things concerning our Edification and Salvation : John xv. 15. Henceforth I call you not servants;
for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth : .but I have called you friends; for all things that
I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you.' AEts xx. 32. “And now, brethren, ' I commend you to God, and to the word of his
grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.' John XX. 31. “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Chrift, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through his name. We could never of ourselves have discovered the Will of God for our Salvation: John i. 18.-" No man hath
feen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath
declared him. Chap. iii. 13. ! And no man hath ! ascended up to heaven, but he that came down • from heaven, even the Son of man which is in o heaven.
But our Redeemer was fit to reveal it
in that, as he was God, he was from Eter nity privy to the whole Counsel of God, and as he was Man, the Spirit, who searcheth the deep
Things of God, rested upon him : John i. 18. above cited. If. xi. 2. ' And the spirit of the Lord
shall reft upon him, the spirit of wisdom and ' understanding, the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the (Lord' i Cor. ii. 10. But God hath revealed * them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit search
eth all things, yea, the deep things of God. He reveals to us the will of God for our Salvation,
externally by his Word, and internally by his Spirit: John xx. 31. 'But these are written, that
ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through his name.' Chap. xiv. 26. ' But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you.' And by his so executing his prophetical Office, he redeems or rescues us from the Power of spiritual Darkness, or Ignorance : Col. i. 13. "[The Father) hath deliver• ed us from the power of darkness, and hath trans
lated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.' Afts xxvi. 18. ' To open their eyes, and to turn them • from darkness to light, and from the power of • Satan unto God, that they may receive forgive• nefs of sins, and inheritance among them which ' are sanctified by faith that is in me.' So Christ hath redeemed none by Power, but those who are rescued from the Power of their natural Darkness : Matth. iv. 16. "The people which sat in darkness, • saw great light: and to them which fat in the
region and fhadow of death, light is fprung up.' Eph. v. 8. ' For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children
of light.' His Word is the Scripture of the Old and New Testament : Col. ii. 16. Let the word
of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
teaching and admonishing one another in pfalms, • and hymns, and spiritual fongs, singing with
grace in your hearts to the Lord. And the Scripture is his Word, in that it was written by the Infpiration of his Spirit : 2 Tim. iii. 16. 'All scripture is given by inspiration of God.' 1 Pet.
i. 11. Searching what, or what manner of time
the Spirit of Christ which was in them did fignify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings
of Christ, and the glory that should follow. He reveals to us the will of God for our Salvation, externally by the Word; giving us the Scripture, wherein we may see it, and the Preaching of the Word, wherein we may hear it: John v. 39.
Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testi? fy of me. Rom. X. 18. • But I say, Have they
not heard? Yes, - verily, their found went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends
of the world. We ought then to look upon our having of the Bible among us, and the Preaching of the Word to us, by his Servants, as Christ's executing his prophetical Office among us : Heb.
See that ye refuse not him that speake eth: For if they escaped pot who refused him • that spake on earth, much more shall not we ' escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh
from heaven. Col. ij. 16. forecited. Luke x. 16. • He that heareth you, heareth me: and he that
despiseth you, despiseth me: and he that de
spiseth me, despiseth him that sent me. But the external Revelation of the Will of God for our Salvation, by the Word, is not sufficient to redeem or rescue us from the Power of our fpiritual Darkness : Deut. xxix. 4. ? The Lord hath not
given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear unto this day.' 2 Cor. ii. 16. To the one we are the favour of death unto death; and to the other, the favour of life unto 6-life : and who is sufficient for these things ?' Chap. iii. 6. 'The letter killeth, but the Spirit gi.
e veth life.' Because, when it is externally re. vealed, we cannot savingly know it, without an internal Illumination: i Cor: ïi. 14: " But the na: * tural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit
of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are fpiri.
tually discerned.' Acts xxvi, 18. forecited. Chrift then doth redeem or rescue us from the Power of our spiritual-Darkness, by joining an internal Revelation by his Spirit, with the external Revelation by his Word : i Cor. ii. 10.. But God
hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for • the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep
things of God.' verf. 12. Now we have re.
ceived, not the spirit of the world, but the Spi• rit which is of God; that we might know the ' things that are freely given to us of God.' 2 Cor. iii. 6. The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth • life.'' verf. 17. Now the Lord is that Spirit :
and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is . liberty.
We are to receive Christ as our Prophet, renouncing our own Wisdom, and wholly giving up ourselves to him, to be taught in all Things, by his Word and Spirit : Matth. xvi. 24.' Then said Jesus ' unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, ' let him deny himself, and take up his cross, 6 and follow me. Afts iii. 22. 'For Moses truly • said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord **
your God raise up onto you, of your brethren, " like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things ( whatsoever he shall say unto you. We are to make use of him, as our Prophet, daily applying and trusting to him, for Light, Instruction, and Direction, in all Things: Psal. cxix. 18, Open
thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Prov. iii. 5. 6. Trust in
the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto • thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknow
ledge him; and he shall direct thy paths.'
Quest. 25. How doth Christ execute the Office of a Priest?
Anf. Christ executeth the Office of a Priest, in his once offering up of himself a Sacrifice, to satisfy Divine justice, and reconcile us to God; and in making continual Intercession for us.
EXPLICATION. The Office of Priests was to offer Sacrifice, and pray, for the People : Heb. v. 1. For every high
priest taken from among men, is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may
offer both gifts and facrifices for sins. Num. vi. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. And the Lord (paké unto • Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his . fons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the chil. dren of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord bless
thee, and keep thee; the Lord make his face 'fhine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: • the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, ' and give thee peace.' Compared with Mal. i. 9. now,
pray you, beseech God that he will • be gracious unto us : this hath been by your
means : will he' regard your persons ? faith the • Lord of hofts. And the Lord Jesus Christ, as