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XV.

Serm. Good the Mesenger of Peace ; Welcome,

Eternity; Welcome, thou supreme Being,
who, as the Source of Nature, didst create
and speak us into Existence; who, as the
Source of Grace, didst make us new Creaz
tures ; and who, as the Source of Glory,
wilt advance us into Angels of Bliss and
Partakers of the Divine Nature,

Then shall we be sensible, that we mis-
call Things here; and, what we stile the
Day of our Death, is, in the true Estimate
of Things, our great Birth-Day, our Birth-
Day to eternal Life.

When the Sun shall be no more aur Light
by Day, neither for. Brightness Mall the Moon
give Light unto us: But the Lord shall be unto
us an everlasting Light, and our God cur.
Glory. Our Sun shall no more go down,

neither
Jhall our Moon withdraw itself : For the
Lord hall be our everlasting Light, and the
Days of our Mourning Mball be ended.

That we may enjoy ourselves, let us be
temperate, chaste, moderate ; that we may
enjoy one another, let us be benevolent,
humane, charitable ; that we may enjoy
God, let us be pious, devout and holy,
detesting the Vices, and despising the
Vanities of this world.

Now to God, the Father, Son, and Holy
Ghost, be ascribed, as is most due, all Might,
Majesty, Dominion, Praise and Adoration,
both now and for ever. Amen,

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THE INFINITY OF THE DEITY, HIS ETERNITY, PRESCIENCE, etc.

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THE FIRST LETTER.

DEAR SIR,

OU sum up the Force of

your

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

pray

upholds

upon it.

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

me,
"That

my

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

Man

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