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Serm. Good the Mesenger of Peace ; Welcome,
Eternity; Welcome, thou supreme Being,
Then shall we be sensible, that we mis-
When the Sun shall be no more aur Light
That we may enjoy ourselves, let us be
Now to God, the Father, Son, and Holy
The End of the SERMONS.
THE FIRST LETTER.
OU sum up the Force of
first Objection against the Satisfačtion thus: “ Whatever Distinction there is in the “ Divine Nature, yet it is a Distinction “ which enters not into the Elence of that ^ Nature. If then God the Son be truly “ God, and God the Son suffered in our 66 Stead for the Sin of Man committed
against God; then the Consequence must
be, that God suffered for a Crime com“ mitted against God.” In Answer to this,
First, Let it be observed, that God did not, could not suffer at all. The only Thing, that the second Person in the Blessed Trinity did, was this ; by assuming our Nature, and by a perfonal Union with it, he ennobled it so far, as to make it a meritorious Sacrifice. The Godhead then did not satisfy, It only empowered and enabled the Human Nature to satisfy the Divine, by stamping a Value it. And
where is the Absurdity of this Procedure? If you say, that the Satisfaction in the last Resort terminates in God; I answer, so all our Sufficiency and Power does too. He is the Party pleasing, and the Party pleased; since He gave and
upholds every Power and Faculty that we have. It is not sufficient to reply, that we co-operate with God : Because, the Human Nature did act in Concert with the Divine in the Case now under Consideration. In short, God as well enables every One to please him, as he enabled Christ's Human Nature to satisfy Him.
Secondly, Let it be supposed that the Divine Nature, as personalized in Christs satisfied the Divine Nature as personalized in the Father. You tell
Case “ of two Kings jointly reigning, One of “ which foregoing his Right makes Satis" faction to the Other for an Offence “ committed against Both, doth not come
up to the Point: Because They are two “ Separate Beings" (for that is your
Meaning) “though their Authority be the same.'
Now, Sir, when we consider the Divine Nature, I know of no Cafe, that can be exactly parallel to what concerns it. Whatever Case you can imagine, it will have no Property of an exact Parallel, except it be this; that the two Cafes, like Parallel Lines, will never meet.
But then, either Arguments from Human to Divine are inconcluñve, or they are not. If they are inconclusive, then you cannot infer a Contradiction in one Nature from what is a Contradition in another, and quite different Nature. No more than a Blind