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our Redeemer, is truly and properly a Priest: Heb. viii. 3. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and facrifices: wherefore it is of neceffity that this man have fomewhat alfo to ' offer.' The Difference betwixt him and the other Priests lay chiefly here, that they and their Priesthood were the Types and Shadows, whereof Chrift and his Priesthood were the Substance, really accomplishing what they fhadowed forth: Heb. x. 1. For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the 6 things, can never with thofe facrifices which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect.' verf. 9. 10. Then 'faid he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the fecond. By the which will we are fanctified, < through the offering of the body of Jefus Chrift once for all.' Eph. i. 3. 'Bleffed be the God and Father of our Lord Jefus Chrift, who hath bleffed us with all spiritual bleffings in heavenly places in Chrift.' Our Redeemer was qualified for fuch an efficacious Priesthood, by the infinite Dignity of his Person, and his real untainted Holiness: Heb. iv. 14. We have a great high priest that is paffed into the heavens, Jefus the Son of God.' Chap. vii. 26. For fuch an high priest became us, who is holy, harmlefs, undefiled, feparate from 'finners, and made higher than the heavens.' verf. 28. For the law maketh men high priests
which have infirmity; but the word of the oath 'which was fince the law, maketh the Son, who is confecrated for evermore.'
The Office of a Prieft belongs to our Redeemer, as a Redeemer by Price: 1 Pet. i. 18. 19. • Forafmuch
• Forafmuch as ye know that ye were not redeem'ed with corruptible things, as filver and gold, 'from your vain conversation received by tradi
tion from your fathers; but with the precious 'blood of Chrift, as of a Lamb without blemish and 'without fpot.' And the Parts of his priestly Of fice are two; namely, his Oblation, and his Interceffion. Accordingly, he executes his priestly Office, in his offering a Sacrifice for us, and making Interceffion for us.
The first Part of Chrift's prieftly Office is his Oblation. His Oblation is his once offering up of bimfelf a Sacrifice to fatisfy divine Juftice, and reconcile us to God. The Sacrifice he offered to God was himself: Heb. ix. 14. Chrift, through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God.' And he himself was the Sacrifice, not in his divine Nature, but in his human Nature: For the divine Nature was not capable of Sufferings properly fo called: Mal. iii. 6. I am the Lord, I
change not.' But his whole human Nature, Soul, and Body, was the Sacrifice: Heb. x. 10. By the which will we are fanctified, through the offering of the body of Jefus Christ once for all.' J. liii. 10. When thou fhalt make his foul an offering for fin,' &c. His divine Nature was, in that Cafe, the Altar that fanctified the Gift, to its neceffary Value and defigned Effect: Heb. ix. 'How much more shall the blood of Christ, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without fpot to God, purge your confcience from dead works to ferve the living God?' Compared with Matth. xxiii. 19. Ye fools, and blind': for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that fanctifieth the gift? John xvii. 19. And
for their fakes I fanctify myself, that they also 'might be fanctified through the truth.' He of fered up himself to God a real Sacrifice in his human Nature, willingly yielding himself without any Spot of Sin, natural or accidental, to fuffer for Sin to the utmost: Heb. ix. 14. forecited. He was without any natural Spot of Sin, in that he was born perfectly holy: He was without any accidental Spot of Sin, in that he lived perfectly holy: And he fuffered for Sin to the utmoft, Rom. viii. 32 'He fpared not his own Son, but deli vered him up for us all ;' and that both in Soul and Body, Matth. xxvi. 38. Then faith he unto them, My foul is exceeding forrowful, even unto death.' Chap. xxvii. 46. And about the 'ninth hour Jefus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama fabachthani? that is to fay, My 'God, my God, why haft thou forfaken me? verf. 50. Jefus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.' He did fo offer himself a Sacrifice only once: Heb. ix. 28. 'Chrift was once offered to bear the fins of many." And that once offering of himself a Sacrifice, was begun from his Incarnation in the Womb, continued through his whole Life, and completed on the Crofs, and in the Grave: Heb. x. 5. Wherefore ' when he cometh into the world, he faith, Sacri'fice and offering thou wouldst not, but a body haft thou prepared me.' verf. 7. Then faid I, Lo,-I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God.' J. liii. 2. 3. For he fhall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness: and when we fhall fee him, there is no beauty that we should deF • fire
fire him. He is defpifed and rejected of men, a man of forrows, and acquainted with grief: and " we hid as it were our faces from him; he was defpifed, and we efteemed him not. 2 Cor. v. 21. He hath made him to be fin for us, who < knew no fin.' The holiness then of his Nature, and the Righteoufnefs of his Life, were Parts of the Price of our Redemption, as well as his Sufferings: Gal. iv. 4. 5. God fent forth his Son < made of a woman, made under the law, to re• deem them that were under the law.' And his Sufferings through his whole Life, leffer and greater, were Parts of the Price, as well as his Sufferings on the Crofs, and his lying in the Grave: 1 Pet. ii. 21. Chrift fuffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye fhould follow his fteps.' Chrift offered himself a Sacrifice but once, because, by that once Offering, the Price of our Redemption was fully paid out: Heb. x. 14. By one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are fanctified.' And thereby he redeemed or ranfomed us from Guilt, and all Evils following it: Heb. ix. 14. 'How much more fhall the blood of Chrift, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without fpot to God, purge your confcience from dead works to ferve the living God?' The End wherefore Christ offered up himself a Sacrifice, was, to fatisfy divine Juftice, and reconcile us to God: Heb. ix. 28. Chrift was once
offered to bear the fins of many.' Chap. ii. 17. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren; that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest, in things per< taining to God, to make reconciliation for the fins of the people,' There was Need of re
conciling us to God, becaufe by Sin we were fet at Enmity with God: . lix. 2. Your iniquities
have feparated between you and your God, and 'your fins have hid his face from you, that he 'will not hear. God had a legal Enmity against us, fuch as a juft Judge hath against a Malefactor, whofe Perfon he may love notwithstanding: Matth. v. 25. Agree with thine adverfary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him: lelt at any time the adverfary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be caft into prifon.' We have naturally a real Enmity against God, inconfiftent with Love to him: Col. i. 21. You were fometime alienated, and ene
mies in your mind by wicked works.' And there could be no Reconciliation between God and us, without a Satisfaction to divine Justice for our Sin: Heb. ix. 22. 23. ́ And almoft all things are by the law purged with blood; and without fhedding of blood is no remiffion. It was there'fore necellary that the patterns of things in the 'heavens should be purified with thefe; but the 'heavenly things themselves with better facrifices
than thefe. We ourselves could in no wife make that Satisfaction: Rom. v. 6. "We were without ftrength. For we could neither make ourselves holy, nor bear the infinite Punishment due to our Sin. But Jefus Chrift did, by offering up himself a Sacrifice, make that Satisfaction truly and really, Matth. xx. 28. The Son of man came to give his life a ransom for many.' Heb. ix. 14. How 'much more fhall the blood of Chrift, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without fpot to God, purge your confcience from dead works to ferve the living God?' and that fully and compleatly: