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by way of merit, one of charity, another of dignity, When I pray for any man in diffresse, I am laid to be an intercessor, co deal for him with God, as a matter of my duty, and out of a charitable respect; But Christ he only interceeds meritoriousy, and by way of digniry. His interceffion as I conceive, intimates three things.

The exhibition of his person before the Father, as our Surety, our Redeemer, our Mediator, I am he,and I am here so an{wer. This exhibirson of his glorious merits:

for he doch noc nakedig appeare, who appeares as an intercessor, but he must adively appeare, and so doch Christ. He went up to heaven wicb the priče of his blood, with the ransome which ke purcbaled, with the righteousnefe, and satisfaction made with the merits of bis oblation and sacrifice, and thore he presents them continually before his father, as it Christ should still fay, Father I am he that dyed for to get pardon, to get favour, to get grace, and to get such or such good things, this is the blood ibat i Paed, the price that I paid, 10 facisfie zby justice to fulfil zby Law, to remit these fons, to confer these graces, &c.

The ingratiaring us with the Father :: which he doth by the continuall application of his own merits; when fin gets up to accuse our persons, and our prayers, then Christ shews himself our intercellor by putting aside the force of the bill of complaint, and answers for our persons, and for our services.

True O Father!chis man hath finoed.thus against chec, but I am his furety, to satisfie for these his finnes, and I did fhed my blood for them, therefore now look not on him, but on me, and for my fake , accept of him and be propicious co bim.

So for infirmities, eru: O.Father ! his imperfe&tions in duty are many, but I am to beare the iniquity of the holy offerings and my rigblevmfnefle is perfe&i, and chai I prefent unto thee for him; now notwithstanding his weaknesses, for my merits, accept of bis person, grant him his request, do him good. Thus Christ is the Angel, who offered up the prayers of the Saints with incense, Rev. 8.3, 4. Nay, Father accept and incline thine eares, I bave deserved acceptance, and audience, &c.

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Écondly, Christ was anointed to be a Propber, so Dear. 18.18

which is exprefly interpreted to be Christ, by Perer, in A&t. 3. 20, 27. Therefore Christ is called Counsellor, 1/ who doth advise, and dire& his Church; and the Doctor or Teacher, Mat. 23. 8. and the Apofle of our profession, Heb. 3. I. and che faithfull witnesse, Rev. 1.5. And a witoch to che people, ifa.55.4. A Leader and a Commander, yea, he is called che Light of his Church, Ifai. 61. 1. And che light of the world, Luke 2. 32. (chac is ) it is he who did reveal to the world, the trac Do&rine of eternal life, and the Angel of ebe Covenant, Mal. 3. 3. and the Bishop of our souls, 1 Pet. 2.25. and the wisdome of God, 1 Cor. 1: 24.

The anointing of Christ to be a Prophet implyes,

That he was to reveale she will of his father, and she wages of life, Joh. 15.15 All things that I have heard of my father, have I made known unto you: So Heb. 1. 2. In thefe last dayes be barb Spoken to us by his Som, Joh. 6. 68. Majder, so abom jould we go, zbou bast the words of eternall life? sec Ifaiab 61. 2. řatzben II. 27.

There is no person, who most dare to prescribe any other do i Arine, but such as Chrift hach delivered. He may not coine new Articles of faith nor of obedience; Christ is appointed to be the Prophet of his Church, ( that is ) to deliver onto them, all such truths from his father, which shall and do coocerse cheis e. verlasting salvacion.

That he is to make us know eff Auslly the things which he doth reveale in his Word. There is no Prophet able to convey his,dorine beyond the eare, though it be as true, as truch it self; and as good, as goodneffe it self; we cannot make men to under: stand it, nor to believe it, nor to yield unto it; but Christ is that Prophet, whose Chair is in heaven, and whole speaking can yet pierce into the hearts of men : He can make us to know wildome, he can teach our reines, and cruth in the inward parts, there can be write his Law in our hearts; though the minde be


as dark as darknesie ic felf, yer he can njake the light of knowledge to arise in obe thickest darkness of the minde, though the judgment be corrupt, and full of crrors, yet Christ can erect a throne of truth, and dire&t us iaco the pathes of righteousnesse; though the heart be dull, yet his words are as fire to quicken that beart; though it be as bard as the rock, yet his word can be as the hammer to break that long heart : His teaching can soften the most uniexible adamant, he is able to convince, and bend, and alter, and bow ic; the very dead soal beare bis voice, and live. So that if any person doth need any directions, any enablement for beaven, or the way tbither, he must know that Christ is the Prophet anointed; whatsoever belongs to an heavenly instructing, and co an heavenly drawing, and obeying, that is to be found in Cbrift, and had from him who is anointed a Prophet ( that is ) desigoed co teach thc Church, and furnisbeth with all the trees [ures of wisdome, and knowledge, and ability, &c.



Pral. 2. 2. he is called Gods anointed;and ver. 6. the King whom bę did fes upon bia boly bill of Sion The King of Kings, Rev. 19. 16. He Thall roigus over the bamse of facob, Lúk. 5. 33. fo Mat. 28, 18. All power is given to me in beaven and incorrk. He bath che Scepter of Royalty, and the Rod of authoricy, and the fword of power, and be brone of judgement, and the Laws of his lips, and the keys of life and death.

Now this regal office of his, to wbich he was anointed,imports many things.

Firft shat he is to beare sale over all the Nacionszand indeed his nawral kingdome reached over all che world, from the highest che lowest Devil.

Secondly, that he is to Gouerne and rule the Church, Babich be barb purchased with bis bloed; The Government is upon bis Soomla des, Ila. 9. 6. And therefore he is called the Law-givor, Jam. 4. 12. and nk judgment is committed to his band, Jab.5.22, this end you have the red of bis Scepter bis holy and righteons Laws, and E 2


his mighty and blessed Spirit, to give force unto them, even into our hearts, and there to bring every thoughe into capirviry so the obedience of Chrift.

Thirdly, that he is to maintaine and uphold his Church, therefore he is said to Gird his sword upon his thigh, Psal 45.3.and toride upon a horse with his garment dipped in blood and armed, as if he were ready to fighe. He is the mighty redeemer of his servants, against all who intrench upon their peace and safety; and he strikes downe Paul to the earth for persecuring him.

It belongs to the King to be the defence of his subjects, so here, God hath appointed all the Protections, and safeties, and deliverances of the Church to be in Chrift.

Fourthly, he is to conquer all his and our enemies; God hath given Christ a Kingdome, but it is such as he mult fight for; Not a Subject which he hath, which comes in unto him, but by conquest; If we be in our own bands, peccatum Hoftiseff, quanzia diueft, said Saint Auguftine, and if we be in Satans hands, we are in that enemies hands.

More plainely, there are these enemies of Christ and his Church which he is to conquer for himselfe and them.

First hell, and we read that he hath spoiled principalities and powers, and made a few of them openly, and triumphed over them,

Secondly death, 1 Cor. 15:54. Death it (wallowed up in victory; 55. O death where is thy sting, O grave where is thy 56,576 Bue tbanks be 10 God which giverb-us the victory through Onr Lord Jesus Cbrist.

Thirdly fin, and this is Christ also to conquer; he is to caft dettin all the strong holds of lufts, and all imaginations, and to capri. vate the whole man; He is to subdue our iniquities for us, and not to suffer finto have dominion over us. · Fourthly, Wicked men, he will ftick his arrowes in the brefts of Princes, and in the hearts of the mighty, and terrible; he is to bruise the Nations with a rodof Prox, and to das them in pieces like a.porters dessell: He will execute judgment upon all of them, and cast them all to the dust, who role up against his person, or Go.' vernment, or people. He will see his people at rest from them that rise against them, and will make bis enemies his foot.ftool.

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Har doth the believing in the Lord Jesus Cbrist im-

Jefus Chrift, is like a ring, and faith is like the
finger, which wears it. He is like a treasury,and
faith like the hand, which draws owe thence. As

David (pake in another kinde,come and I will tell yow, wbar the Lord hath done for my soul! or as Pbilip to Nathanael, can there any good thing come out of Nazarerbt Philip faith, come and see. The fame is to be said of faith, God hath done great matters for sinful man faith faith, Why? but can any good be broughc by any to us who are so bad? yes, sayes faith, come and fee, Cbrist is very good, he is a Saviour for a poor finger, but it is faith which finds him fo.

Marke the answer of the Apostles here in the text, that fall i doro be saved, faith the Jayler?

They do not answer, there is a Jesus Christ, cake thou no
more care ; he did dye for finners, and thou shalt do well e.
nough: Nay, this they answer, chou maieft be laved by Chrift,
buc chou must believe in Christ. Not a medicine is the remedy,
but a medicine applyed. 'Not the man, but the man caken, be-
comes the husband; So the taking of Christ, the believing in
him is the way to heaven.

Because this is an excellent point (for our life lies in it) give
me leave to speak fomewhacot faich
Firft, in the general and there I will be brief.

Secondly in special, as justifying of faith, or faith believing in
Jçsus Christ dur Lord.


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