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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. Afts 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

sanctified.' John xx. 31. ' But these are writ. ten, 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. 1 13

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, bút he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in • heaven. But our Redeemer was fit to reveal it to us, 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

Thall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and ' understanding, the spirit of counsel and might;

the fpirit 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 delivered 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 fins, and inheritance among them which

are sanctified by faith that is in me.' So Chris hath redeemed none by Power, but those who are rescued from the Power of their natural Darkness: Matth. iv. 16. "The people which fat in darkness, • faw great light: and to them which sat in the ' region and shadow 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. iii. 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.


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i. 11. Searching what, or what manner of time

the Spirit of Christ which was in them did fignify, when it testified beforeband 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 testify of me.' Rom. x. 18. ' But I say, Have they not heard? Yes,- verily, their sound 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. xii. 25. See that ye refuse not him that speaka

eth : For if they escaped not who refused him • that spake on earth, much more shall not we

escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven.' Col. ii. 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 life: and who is sufficient for these things ?' Chap. iii. 6. 'The letter killeth, but the spirit gi

e veth

e veth life. Because, when it is externally revealed, we cannot savingly know it, without an internal Illumination: 1 Cor: ii. 14. But the na tural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: nei. ther can he know them, because they are fpiri.

tually discerned.' Afts 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. 1o. 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. ii. 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, tenouncing 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,

and follow me. Acts iii. 22. 'For Moses truly ' faid 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 I whatsoever he shall say unto you. We are to make use of him, as our Prophet, daily a pplying 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 con

tinual 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 sacrifices for sins. Num. vi. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. And the Lord spaké unto • Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his

fons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children 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. g. ' And now, I 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

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