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by avenging your blood upon the head of the old serpent, and by redeeming the mortgaged inheritance of eternal life; and therefore it is natural and kindly to put your trust in him: “ How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! (says David), therefore the fons of men put their truft under the fhadow of thy wings." He is not only God, but man; the man of God's right hand, whom he hath made strong for himself, i. e. for the purposes of his glory in our redemption. As he hath authority and ability to manage our affairs, so he is gone to his father to appear in the presence of God for us. As he died for our offences, and rose again for our justification, fo he hath ftated himfelf, before the high bar, as our Advocate with the Father. And whatever bufiness we have, in dependence before the high court, he is always present to look after it, and never absent when the cause is called; and he hath the conceros of his clients so much at heart, that he reckons them his own. Being touched with the feeling of our infirmities, he agents and manages the cause of the off. spring and iffue of the house gratis, without any money or price. “ He shall deliver the needy when he crieth : the poor also, and him that hath no helper,” Pfal. Ixxii. 12. " He ftandeth at the right hand of the poor, to save him from thofe that would condemn his soul," Pfal. cix. ult. Let these or the like confiderations engage your firm trust in the glorious Manager
But, befide all these, consider what advantage shall accrue to yourselves, by putting all your trust and confidence in him. Hereby you shall be kept in perfect peace amidst all the shakings of this world, Il. xxvi. 3. You shall hereby be filled with joy and peace, yea, “ with joy unspeakable, and full of glory." You shall be rendered immoveable like the rock, when storms of trouble and temptation are overthrowing others who build upon the sand. In a word, your trust in and upon the great Manager, shall be followed with an exceeding and eternal weight of glory; none perish that trust in him: “ Whosoever believeth in him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” I conclude at present with that word, Ir. Ixiv. 4.
“ From the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, besides thee, what he hath prepared for him that waitech for him."
derations. Consider, then, in the first place, That as God the Father reposes a full trust and confidence in him, and has hung upon him all the glory of his house, so he calls and commands all mankind, particularly the children of the family, to do the like, and to write after his example, " This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased ; hear ye him." He hath my ear, 'let him have yours also.. He cries from heaven, “ Beļold my servant whom I uphold, mine elect in whom my soul delighteth.” And for what end doth he thus commend him, but that we may make him the object of truff and confidence, as he doth? There is not one duty in all the word of God, that is so much, or so frequently inculcate, as that of faith in Chrift, or a firm truit in him, for all the ends of his incarnation ; yea, this is the great end of the whole revelation, Joha xx. ult.“ These things are written, that ye may believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
There is no pleasing of God, no way to avert his wrath and displeasure, but by trusting the great Manager of his house; without faith in Chrift it is impossible to please him, even though you were capable to perform all the other du. ties enjoined in the holy law, which yet is impoflible through the want of faith in the promised Mefliah. All the fplendid services of Israel were rejected as an abomination, Il. i. 10-12. although commanded in the law. But, on the other hand, the weakest mint at commanded duty, thougto attended with many infirmities, is accepted of God, if done in faith. And the reason of this is, because faith hangs the whole glory of the foul's acceptance upon the nail fastened in a sure place, and not 'upon any work or duty done by us. The language of it is, " I will go in the strength of the Lord God, and I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only."
Truft the great Manager, for he is “ the mighty God," If. ix. 6. Take his own testimony as to this, Rev. i. 8. « I an Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, faith the Lorci, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." He is the man who is God's 'fellow, neither is it any robbery for him to be equal with God, for he and his Father are one, the fame in subftance, equal in power and glory. Let this engage your trust in him, for this he gives as the ground and reason why he should be the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of the in that are afar off upon the seas : ll. xiv. 22. “ Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else." The gieat Manager is your near Kinsman, bone of
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that will put their trust in him.” (p.) Study to know the near relation he ftands under to you, both by his hu nan nature, and by his offices as Mediator, Redeemer, Prophet, Priest and King, Head and Husband, fot. the knowledge of these breeds trust and confidence. A wife trusts in her hus. band, à child in his parent, the members trust their head. (4.) Be well acquainted with the great and precious promises of the covenant of grace, and how the condition of them all is fulfilled to your hand by Christ, as a second Adam, in his fulfilling the do and die of the covenant of works. Legal conceptions of the covenant of grace, as if our faith, love, obedience, repentance, were the condition of the covenants brangles faith in the free actings thereof on Christ and the covenant of grace. We must come without money or price to take hold of the covenant, and to apply the blessings there.' of, because Christ has already paid the money and price that justice dema ded: (5.) Pray much for the Spirit of faith; and, under the conduct of the Spirit, habituate yourselves to å frequent acting of faith, that so the life you live in the defa may be “ by faith on the Son of God."
I come now to offer a word to believers, under the notion of vessels hanging npon the nail which God has faftened in a
sure place. And liere I might, (1. Offer a word to the defa fels of rupsi (2.) To the vejfels of Airgons, or believers of a higher Itature. (3.) A word to both in common.
1. A word to weak believers, who are designed vessels of cups. I only suggest these two or three things unto you. (1.) It is a high privilege to occupy the beast room in the house of our God. The prodigal fon, when lie carve to hin felf, only begged of his father that he might have the place of a hired fervant; he was glad to be under his father's roof, and to eat in his father's house, at any rate. (2.) God has fervice for the least veiiel of his house, as well as for the largeft. God never made an useless creature, and he does not form any useless vessels ; no, erery vessel is formed of himfelf, to fhew forth his praise. (3.) The least vefsel is God's property, and he will bot disown, but maintain his property, and own it before nién and angels, laying, " They are mine," in the day when he makes up his jewels. (4.) The bands, by which you liang upon the nail fastened in a lure place, are as trong as those by which the vessels of flagons are secured ; for he has said as to botlı, “ They thall never perill, neither fhall any pluck them out of my hand.” (5.) The weakest mealıure of grace is a pledge of more ; for “ to him that hath thall be given." What gicce you have got is the arles-pen
ny of more a-coming, for “ his going forth are prepared as the morning," as the break of day is a pledge of more light to follow : “ The path of the juft is as the thining light, that laineth more and more unto the perfect day.” The leaf meafure of grace has glory connected with is, according to the order of the covenant, Psal. lxxxiv. II.“ The Lord God is a sun and shield, he will give grace and glory;" first grace, and then glory. í next offer a word of advice unto the yelsels of
1 mean weak believers. Although you are not to envy or grudge at God's bounty or liberality to others, in making them veftels of Hagons, yet you may and ought earnestly to covet more grace
have yet received ; and therefore we are commanded to “ grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Chrift.” In order to which, be humble under a sense of your own weakness and emptiness; for “ he giveth grace to the humble.” Be diligent in the improvement of what grace you have received; for the hand of the diligent maketh rich.” Be frequently coming to the Manager of the house for more grace :
" To whom coming, as unto a living tone-ye alio as lively stones, are built up," 8cc. improve all the means of God's appointment for your edification, such as, the word, facraments, pray-. er, Chriflian conference, that you may “ add to your faith, virtue ; to virtue, knowledge; to knowledge, temperance; to temperance, patience; to patience, godliness; to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity; for if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye thall neither be barren, nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Pet. i. 5-8.
2. A word to the vessels of fagous, believers of a higher Aature, To you I would say, ift, Be not proud of grace received, but walk humbly with
" Who made thee to differ? and what halt thou that thou haft not received ? Ilis foul that is lifted up is not upright in him." True grace, where it is genuine, the more a man receives of it, he is always the more hunble and empty, as you see in Paul, Eph. iii. 8. “ Less than the least of all faints." To keep your fails low, coi fider that the most traineat faints have discovered the greatest weakness, even in the graces wherein they most excelled; as we see in the case of Abraham, Mofes, David, Peter, and others. They that have the greatest measure of grace, they get as much to do with it ; strong corruption, strong temptation, and strong trials to grapple with: and the more talents that a nian doth