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of all the scripture: all things and persons in the old world were types of him; all the prophets foretold him, all God's love runs through him, all the gifts and graces of the Spirit flow from him, the whole eye of Good is upon him, and all his designs both in heaven and earth meet in him; the great design of God is this, That “ he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are ou earth, even in him," Eph. 1:10.
All things are summed up in this one Jesus Christ: if, we look on the creation, the whole world was made by Christ, if we look on providences, all things subsist in Christ, they have their being, and their well-being in him. Where may we find God but in Christ?. Where may we see God but in this essential and eternal glass? Christ is “the face of God," 2 Cor. 4:6. “ The brightness of bis glory, the express image of his Fa. ther's person,” Heb. 1:3. The Father is (as it were) all sun, and all pearl; and Jesus Christ is the substantial rays, the eternal and essential irradiation of the sun of glory: Christ outs God as the seal doth the stamp: Christ reveals God, as the face of a man doth reveal the man, so Christ to Philip, “He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father,” John 14:9. 9. d. I am as like the Father as God is like himself: there is a perfect in. divisible unity between the Father and me, “I and the Father are one;"> one very God, he the begetter, and I the begotten: Christ is the substalitial rose that grew out of the Father from eternity: Christ is the essential wisdom of God; Christ is the substantial word of God, the intellectual birth of the Lord's infinite understanding: oh the, worth of Christ! compare we other things with Christ, and they will bear no weight at all; cast into the balance with him, angels, they are wise, but he is wisdom; cast into the balance with him men, they are liars, lighter than vanity, but Christ is “the Amen, the faithful witness;" cast into the scales kings, and all kings, and all their glory, why he is King of kings; cast into the scale millions of talents' weight of glory; cast in two worlds, and add to the weight millions of heavens of heavens, and the balance cannot down, the scales are unequal, Christ outweighs all. Shall I yet come nearer home? What is heaven but to be with Christ? What is life eternal but to believe in God, and in his Son Jesus Christ? Where may we find peace with God, and reconciliation with God, but only in Christ? "God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself," 2 Cor. 5:19. Where may we find compassion, mercy, and gentleness to sinners, but only in Christ? It is Christ that takes off infinite wrath, and satisfies justice, and so God is a most lovely, compassionate, desirable God in Jesus: all the goodness of God comes out of God through this golden pipe the Lord Jesus Christ. It is true those essential attributes of love, grace, mercy and goodness, are only in God, and they abide in God, yet the mediatory manifestation of love, grace, mercy and goodness, is only in Christ; Christ alone is treasury, store-house, and magazine of the free goodness and mercy of the Godhead. In him we are elected, adopted, redeemed, justi. fied, sanctified and saved; he is the ladder, and every step of it betwist heaven and earth; he is the way, the truth and the life, he is honor, riches, beauty, health, peace and salvation; he is a suitable and rich portion to every man's soul: that which some of the Jews observe of the manna, that it was in taste according to every man's palate, it is really true of Christ, he is to the soul, whatsoever the soul would have bim to be. All the spiritual blessings wherewith we are enriched, are in and by Christ: God hears our prayers by Christ: God forgives us our iniqui.
ties through Christ; all we have, and all we expect to have, hangs only on Christ: he is the golden hinge, upon which all our salvation turns.
Oh! how should all hearts be taken with this Christ? Christians! turn your eyes upon the Lord: “Look, and look again unto Jesus,” Why stand ye gazing on the toys of this world, when such a Christ is offered to you in the gospel? Can the world die for you? Can the world reconcile you to the Father? Can the world advance you to the kingdom of hea. ven? As Christ is all in all, so let him be the full and complete subject of our desire, and hope, and faith, and love, and joy; let him be in your thoughts the first in the morning, and the last at night. Shall I speak one word more to thee that believest? Oh! apply in particular all the transactions of Jesus Christ to thy very self; remember how he came out of his Father's bosom for thee, wept for thee, bled for thee, poured out his life for thee, is now risen for thee, gone to heaven for thee, sits at God's right hand, and rules all the world for thee: makes intercession for thee, and at the end of the world will come again for thee, and receive thee to himself, to live with him for ever and ever. Surely if thus thou be. lievest and livest, thy life is comfortable, and thy death will be sweet. If there be any heaven upon earth, thou wilt find it in the practice and ex. ercise of this gospel duty, in “Looking unto Jesus."
CHAP. III. Sect. l. An explanation of the act and object, . .
Sect. 11. The main doctrine and confirmation of it,
Sect. 11. Of our election in Christ before all worlds,
Sect. ix. The covenant,
CHAP. II. Sect. 1. Of knowing Jesus as carrying on the great work of our salva-
tion from the creation until his first coming,
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BOOK IV. PART II.
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righteousness of Christ only, without any consideration had to the righte.
ousness of Christ, either inherent in him, or performed by him?. . 287
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Sect. 11. Of the brook over which Christ passed, . . . . .