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der us too : 1 Cor. xv. 56. 57. The sting of « death is fin; and the strength of fin is the law. • But thanks be to God, which giveth us the vice :

tory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Hcb.ii. 14. 15. Forasmuch then as the children are par

takers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same: that through death "he might destroy him that had the power of

death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their life-time subject to bondage. 2 Cor. iv. 4. In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe noi, left the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of

God, should shine unto them. The State, then, that all whom Christ hath redeemed by Power are in, with respect to Sin, Death, the Devil, and the World, is, that they are rescued from the Bondage and Dominion of them all : Rom. vi. 14.

Sin shall not have dominion over you : for ye Ć

are not under the law, but under grace. John V. 24. "Verily verily I' say unto you, He that

heareth my word, and believeth on him that ' sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come

into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.' Acts xxvi. 18. “To turn them from

the power of Satan unto God.' Gal. i. 4. - Jesus 'Chrift gave himself for our sins, that he might

deliver us from this present evil world.?. Compared with 1 John v. 19. And we know that we

are of God, and the whole world lieth in wick"edness.

He secures us from going back, of our own accord, to their Bondage and Dominion, by ruling us : Micah v. 2. ' But thou, Bethlehem Ephra


tah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth

unto me, that is to be ruler in Israel. verf. 4. • And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the • Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord

his God, and they shall abide. He so rules us, in the Capacity of Head of the Church, Eph. V. 23. Hof. i. ult. Then shall the children of Judah, and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall

come up out of the land.' The Church is the Society of us whom he hath called unto himself, out of the World, wherein Sin, Death, and the Deyil reign: Acts xv. 14. ' Simeon hath declared

how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to

take out of them a people for his name. And the Supremacy, and Headship over the Church, is competent to no Man nor Angel, but Christ him. self alone : Col. i. 18. And he [the Son of God] is the head of the body, the church : who is the beginning the first-born from the dead ; that in

all thlags he might have the pré-eminence.' Eph. iv. 5. ' There is one Lord,' I Cor. viii. 6. ' TO

us there is but ope Lord Jesus Christ, by whom

are all things, and we by him. He rules us, as Head of the Church, both externally and internally. He rules us, as Head of the Church, externally, giving us Laws, and Ordinances, and Officers to see to our observing of them. His Laws are the Laws of the Ten Commands : If. xxxiii. 22. The Lord is our lawgiver,' doc. Çompared with Exod. xx. 2. 3.-17. I am the

Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou Halt have no other gods before me. &c.'

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His Ordinancēs are the Ordinances of Worship, and of Discipline, and Government : 1 Cor. xi. 2. "Now I praise you, brethren, that you keep the

ordinances, as I delivered them to you.' 'vers. 23. 'I have received of the Lord, that which alYo I delivered unto you, I'hat the Lord Jefus

, the fame night in which he was betrayed, took bread,' &c. Matth. xviii. 17. 18. ' And ‘if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the

church: but if he neglect to hear the church, ' let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatfy. ever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven : and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven. 1 Cor. xii. 28. 'God hash set in the church, governments,' doc. His Officers are Pastors, Teachers, Ruling Elders, and Deacons : Eph. iv. 11. ' And he gave some, apo

fles : and some, prophets : and fome, evangelists : and some, pastors and teachers.' 1 Tim. V. 17. ! Let the elders that rule well, be counted worthy' of double honour, especially they who

labour in the word and doctrine.' Chap. iii. 10. “Let them use the office of a deacon, being found 'blameless. He rules us, as Head of the Church, internally, by his Spirit within us writing his Laws in our Hearts, and making us obedient : Ezek. xxxvi. 27. ' And I will put my spirit within you,

and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye 'fhall keep my judgments, and do them.' Heb. viii. 10. For this is the covenant that I will make

with the house of Israel after those days, faith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind,

and write them in their hearts.' He carries on his Rule over us, in this Life, graciously reward

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ing our Obedience with his royal Favours, and correcting us for our Sins : Psal. xix. 11. In

keeping of them (the judgments of the Lord]

there is great reward.' Rev. iii. 19. ' As many $ as I love, I rebuke and chasten.' He consum mates his Rule over us, in the Life to come, by making. us perfectly holy and happy : 2 Tim. iv, 8. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown

of righteoufness, which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day : and not to me on. ly, but unto all them also that love his appearing.'

He secures us from being carried back, by the Force of his and our Enemies, to their Bondage and Dominion, again, by defending us, and re. straining them: Psal. Ixxxix. 18. The Lord is

our defence : and the holy One of Israel is our

King. lxxvi. 10. Surely the wrath of man 4 shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath fhalt thou restrain.' We need his Defence, because they war against us continually, and we are unable to defend ourselves against them i Pet. v. 8. ! Be fober, be vigilant ; because your adversary

the devil, as a roring lion, walketh about seek *ing whom he may devour' 2 Cor. iii. 5. Not

that we are sufficient of aurselves to think any * thing as of ourlelves : but our fufficiency is of "God.' Christ's Defence against them is extend. ed to the whole Church, and to every particular Believer. He defends the Church against them, so far that they shall never prevail To but there shall be a Church while the World stands : Matth. xvi. 1$. ' And I say also unto thee, that thou

art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church : and the gates of hell fhall not prevail a: gainst it.' Chap. xxvii. ult. 'Lo, 'I am with you


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Calway even unto the end of the world.' He defends every particular Believer against them, so far that none of them shall ever perish: John X. 28.

I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand.' He defends the Church, and every particular Believer, by the Communication of his Grace to them, and the Working of his Providence for them: 2 Cor. xii. 9. ' And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.' Zech. iii. 9. 'For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua: upon one stone shall be seven eyes, behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, faith the Lord of holts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land

one day. He restrains all his and our Enemies, bounding them by his Power, as to the Kinds, Degrees, and Continuance of their Attacks on us : Job ii. 6. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold,

he is in thine hand, but fave his life.' i Cor. x. 13. There hath no temptation taken you, but ' such as is common to man: but God is faithful,

who will not suffer you to be tempted above

that ye are able, but will with the temptation also ' make a way to escape, that ye may be able to

bear it.' Rev. Behold, the devil fhall cast 6 some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye Mall have tribulation ten days.

He completes our Rescue, by conquering all his and our Enemies : 1 Cor. xv. 25. He mult

reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.? They will be fully conquered at the last Day: Rev.

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.? The Enemy that will longest keep the Field against us, is Death : 1 Cor. xv. 26. "The


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