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very Strength of Sin, for he knew where and so ji stands in no Force, either against its Strength did ly, and so did encounter, him or us ; thus, the Strength of Six, first of all, with that, even ihe Justice of wbicb ij ibe Law, is removed, and by his Father, The Hand-writing of Ordi. this Means, Sin is condemned in the nances that was against us ; for if once Flesb, by the suffering of bis Flejb, it is be can set them alide, as either vanquished fallen from all its Piea againft Sinners; or farisfied, he hath little else to do. Now, for, that upon which it did hang, viz, the He doch not 'cake a violent Way in, this Sentence of the Law, is taken out of the either, he doth it not with the strong Way, so that it hath no apparent Ground Hand, but deals wisely, and to speak foto faften any Accusation upon a poor Sinwith Reverence) cunningly in it, be came ner, that Aies into Jesus Christ, and no under the Law, that he might redeem Ground at all to condemn him, it is them who were under the Law, Gal. wholly disabled in that Point ; for, as the iv. 4. Force will not do it, the Law can the Philiftines found where Samson's not be violated, Justice cannot be com Strength lay, and cutted his Hair, lo pelled to forego its Right; therefore, our Chrift hath in his Wisdom 'found where Lord Jesus choosech, as it were, to com- the Sin's Plea, againft Man lay, and hath pound with the Law, to submit un:o it, cutted off the Hair of it, that is, the He was made under the Law, he who Hand-writing of Ordinances wbich was was above the Law, being Law-giver in against us. Mount Sinai, Acts vit. 38. Gal. iii. 19.

This is that which hath been shadowed He cometh under the Bond and Tye of it, out, from the Beginning of the World, to fulfil it. I came not to destroy tbe Law, by the Types of Sacrifices and Ceremo But to fulfil it, Mat. v. 17. He would noi nies: All these Offerings of Beasts, of offer Violence to the Law, to deliver Sin Fowls, and such like, under the Law, ners, contrary to the Commination of it, held forth this one Sacrifice, that was of or without Satisfaction given unto it, for, fered in tbe Fulness of Time, to be a that would reflect upon the Wisdom and Propitiation for tbe Sins of the World; ; Righteousness of the Father who gave the and something of this was used among Law : But he doth it better, in an amica- the Gentiles, before Christ's coming, cerble Way, by Submission and Obedience to tainly by Tradition from the Fathers, allies Demands ; whatsoever it craved of who have looked afar off to this Day, the Sinner he fulfils that Debt, he satisfies when this sweet smelling Sacrifice hould the Bond, in his own Person, by fufføring, be offered up to appease Heaven. And it and fulfils all, the Commandments by is nog without a special Providence, and Obedience : And thus, by Subjection worthy the remarking, that fince the pleto the Law, he gets Power over the nary and subftantial One was offered,

Law, because his subjection takes away all the Custom of sacrificing hath ceased its Claim and Right over us; therefore, throughout the World; God, as it were, it is said, that be blotted out the Hand proclaiming to all Men by this Ceffation of writing of Ordinances, wbicb was a Sacrifices, as well as Silence of Oracles, gain't us, by nailing it to bis Cross, and that the true Atonement and Propitia. So cook it out of the Way, Col. ii. 14. tion is come already, and the true Pro. Having fulfilled the Bond, ke cancelled it, pbet is come from Heaven, to reveal

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God's Mind unto the World. There is that true S'ape-goat, who, notwith. · were many Ceremonies in sacrificing ob- finding that he did bear all the Sins of

ferved to hold out unto us the Perfection his People, yet he did escape alige, albe. of uur Atonement and Propitiation : They it he behoved to make his soul a Sacrifice laid their Hands' on the Beast, who for Sin, and to die for ic ; yet by this brought it, to fignify the Imputation of Means he hath condemned Sin, by being our Sios to Chrift, that be who knew no condemned for Sin ; by this Means he Sin, was made Sin for us, that ve might hath overcome Death and the Grave, by be made the Righteousness of God in coming under the Power of Death, and him. And truly it is worth the Observa. fo is now alive for ever, to improve his tion, that even those Sacrifices for Sin Victory for our Salvation ; and by taking were called Sin, and to the Word is used on our Sins, he hath 'fully abolished the promiscuously in Leviticus, to point out Power and Plea of them, as the Goat that unto.us, chat Jesus Christ should make bis was sent to the Wilderness our of all Men's Soul Sin, Ifa. liü. 10. that is, a Sacrifice Sight, was not to be seen again. Truly for Sin, and be made Sin for us, that is, this is the way how our Sins are buried a Sacrifice for Sin. When the Blood was in the Grave of Oblivion, and removed poured out (because without sbedding of as a Cloud, and cast into the Depths of Blood,' no Reconciliation, Heb. x.) the Sea, and sent away as far as the East the Priest Sprinkled it seven Times before is from the West, that they may never the Lord, to shadow out the Perfection come in Judgment against us, to condemn of that Expiation for our Sins, in the us, because Christ, by appeafing Wrath, Vertue and Perpetuity thereof, Heb. ix. and satisfying Justice by the Sacrifice of 26, that he should appear, to put away hisself, hath overthrown them in Judg. Sin by the Sacrifice of bimself; to put it ment, and buried them in the Grave with away, as if it had never been, by taking his own Body. it on him, and bearing ir : And Then the You see then, my beloved, a solid High-priest was to bring in of the Blood Ground of Confolation against all our Fears into the holy Place, and within the Vail, and Sorrows, an Answer to all the Accuand Sprinkle the Mercy-seat, to thew rations of our Sins, here is one for all, one unto us, that the Merit and Efficacy of above all, You would have particular Christ's Blood, should enter into the Answers to satisfy your particular Doubts, highest Heavens, to appease the Wrath of you are always seeking fome Satisfaction God. Our High-priest by his own Blood to your Consciences betides this ; but hath entered into the Holy Place, bav. believe it, all that can be said belides this ing obtained eternal Redemption for us, | Atonement and Propitiation, is of no more Heb, ix. 12. And truly this is that Sacri. Vertue to purge your Consciences, or fatif fice, which being offered without Spot to fy your perplexed Souls, than these repeat God, pacifies all, ver. 14. Sin hath a Cry, ed Sacrifices of old were. Whatsoever cryeth aloud for Vengeance; this Blood you can pitch upon besides this, it'is infuf. filenceth it, and composeth all to Favour ficient; and therefore you find a Neceffiand Mercy. It hath so sweet and fra ty of seeking fome other Grace or Qualifi. grant a Smell in God's Account; that it cation to appease your Consciences, even fills Heayen with the Perfume of it. He as they had need to multiply Sacrifices ;

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ui now, since this perfect and full Propiti- encountred with the Wrath due to your ation is offered up for our Sins, Mould Sins, and so han cut off all the Right char not all these vain Expiations of your own Sin hath over you. If thou can unteignedWorks ceale? Truly there is nothing can ly, in the Lord's Sight, fay, that it is

pacity Heaven bue this, and nothing can thy Soul's Desire to be delivered from -appease thy Conscience on Earth, but this sin, as well as Wrath, thou would gladly

103. you find any Accufation against Ay from Condemnation ; then come co you, contider, Christ hath by a Sacrifice him who hash condemned Sin, by suffer for Sin, condemned Sin in bis own ing the Condemnation of Sil, that lie Flejb; the Marks of the Spear, of the might fire there who defire to riy from it Nails, of the Buffettings of bis Flell, to him. these are the Tokens and Pledges, that he

SERMON XIV.

Verf, 4, That the Righteousness of the Law might be ful.. filled in 15, &c.

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OD having a great Design to declare &c. What could we expect, if this be fule

un to the World, both his Justice and tiled ( as it would appear, God's Truth Mercy towards Men, he found out this and Holiness requires?) then we are gone, Mean most fuitable and proportioned untom Place for Mercy, if this be not futălled, it, which is here spoken of in the 3. ver. (that the Mercy may be snewed in par. to send his own Son, to bear, the Punish- doning Sin) then the Truth and Faithfulment of Sin, that the Righteousness of nefs of God seems to be inpaired. This the Law might be freely and graciously is the Strait that all Sinners would have fulfilled in Sinners. And indeed it was been into, if God had not found such an not imaginable by us, how he could de Enlargement as this, how to shew Mercy, . clare both, in the Salvation of Sinners. We without wronging Justice, and how to could not have found out a Way to de- fave Sinners, without impairing his Faithclare bis Righteousness and Holiness, fulness. Truly we may wonder, what which would not have obscured his Mercy was-it that could straiten his Majesty fo. and Grace, nor a Way to manifest his that he must send bis own. Son, fo belovGrace and Mercy, which would not have ed of him, and bruise bim, and hide his reflected upon his Holiness and Justice, Face from him, yea, and torinent him, according to the Letter of the Law that and not let the Cup pass from bim, for was given out, as the Rule of Life, He any Intreaties ; inight he not more easily that doth them ball live in them, and have never added such a Commination. eursed is every one that doth be'n 720t, to the Law, thou shalt die; or more

easily relaxed and repealed that Sentence, and Justice, not so much to affright Sinners, and past by the Sinner, without any more, as to make his Mercy the more amiable than exacted so heavy a Punishment from and wonderful. one that was innocent ? Was it the Satis I know not a more pressing Ground of faction of his Justice that ftraitned him, Itrong Consolation, nor a firmer Buland put a Necessity of this upon him? wark of our Confidence and Salvation, But truly it seems it had been no more than this Conjunction of Mercy and Juli contrary to Righteousness to have past tice in the Business : There might have over the Sinner, without Satisfaction, than been always a secret Hink of Jealousy and to require and take it off one who Suspicion in our Minds, when God pub. was not really guilty ? The Truth is, it lisheth Mercy and Forgiveness to us free. was not simply the indispensible Necessity ly. O! how shall the Law be satisfied, of satisfying Justice, that put him upon and the Importunity of Justice and Faithsuch an hard and unpleasant Work, as the fulness, that hath pronounced a Sentence bruising of bis own San ; for, no doubt, of Death upon us, anfwered ? Shall not he might have as well dispensed with all the righteous Law be a Lofer this way, Satisfaction, as with the personal Satisface if I be saved, and it not satisfied by Obe. I tion of the Sinner ; but here the Strait dience or Suffering ? How hard would it lay, and here was the Urgency of the be to persuade a Soul of free Pardon, that Cafe, he had a Purpose to declare his Juf | lees fuch a severe Sentence standing a tice, and therefore a Satisfaction must be gainst it? But now there is no place for had, not fimply to satisfy Righteousness, doubting, all is contrived for the En. but rather to declare bis Righteousness, couragement and Happiness of poor SinRom. iji. 25. Now indeed to make these ners, that we may come to him with full two mine together, in one Work of the Persuasion of his Readiness and InclinSalvation of Sinners, all the World could ableness to Pardon, lince Jesus Christ hath not hare found out the like of this ; to taken the Law and Justice of God off our dispense with personal Satisfaction in the Head, and us off their Hand ; and since Sinner, which the Rigour of the Law re- he hath reckoned with them, for what is quired, and so to admit a sweet Modera- due by us, and payed it without us, then tion and Relaxation, that the Riches of his we have a clear Way, and ready Access Grace and Mercy might be manifefted, and to Pardon, and to believe his Readiness to yet withal, to exact the same Punishment pardon. And this is it which is holden of another, willingly coming in the Sinners out here, Cbrift condemning Sin in the Piace, to the End that all Sinners may be- Flesb, or punishing Sin in his own Flesh, hold his Rightes uness and Justice : And so giving a visible and sensible Representatithis work of the Redemption of Sinners, on of the Justice and Righteousness of hath these Names of God published by God, in punishing Sin, and that in his own himself, Exod. xxxiv. 6, 7. to Moses, en- Flesh, offering up himself as the condemngraven deeply upon it, Mercy and Good- ed Sinner, and hanging up to the View of ness.spelled out at length in it, for Love all the World, as an evident Testimony was the Rise of all, and Love did run a. of the Justice and Righteousness of God longst in all ; yet so, as there is Room to against Sin, and by this Means cutting off speak out his Holinels and Righteousness, the very Strength of Sin, the Law, by

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fulilling it. In Christ's Sufferings you bedience had more Good in it (so to speak) may behold, as in a clear Mirror, the

than Adam's Disobedience had Evil in Hatred and Displeasure of God against Sin, it, Rom. v. 18, 19. Adam's Disobedithe Righteousness of God in punishing Sin, ence

was but the Sin of a finite Creature, Him bath God set forth to the World to but Christ's Obedience was the work of be a Propitiation, to declare the Righte

an infinite . Person. I think there was ousiness of God, Rom. ij. 24, 25. In this more real Worth in Christ's Obedience crucified Lord, you may behold the sen to the Commands, than in all the united fible Image, and the most lively Demon Service and Obedience of Men and Angels,

ftration of Holiness and Righteousness; all the Love, Delight, Fear and ObediChrist's Fler bare the Marks of both, ence Aowing from these, take thein in one Holiness in hating Sin, Righteousness in Bundle, as they will be extended and mulpunishing it, and both in his beloved and tiplied to all Eternity ; there is something only begotten Son's Person, in his Flesbo ; | in Christ's that elevates it above all, and and all for this purpose, that the Law puts a higher Price upon it, the tranfcen. might be no Lofer by our Salvation, That. dant Dignity of his Person, his own Son, obe Righteousness of the Law might be made under tbe Law, Gal. iv. 4. That fulfilled in us, &c.

is more Worth than if all Men and Angels This is that which Christ says, I came had been made under it. It had been not to destroy the Law, but to fulfil it; no Humiliation, but rather the Exaltation and which Paul seconds, Is the Law of an Angel, to be obedient to God, that tben made void by Faith, God forbid, it Subordination to a Law, is the higheft is rather establisbed, Mat. v. 17. Rom. Top of the Creature's Advancement : But ii. 31. The Law and Justice comes bet he was fuch a Person, as his Obedience was ter to their own, by our Cautioner, than a humbling himself, He bumbled himby us; there is no such Way conceivable, self, and became obedient, even to tbe to satisfy them fully, as this, whether you Deatb, Phil. ii. 8. And tbough be was look to the Commandment or the Curse. the Son of God, yet be stooped to learn

The Commandment never got fuch Obedience, Heb. v. 8. Now indeed the Satisfaction in any Person, as in Chrift's, Commandment comes to it better, by this he hath fulfilled it by Obedience. It be Means, to have such a glorious Person uncomes us, faith he, to fulfil all Righteder it, than if it had poor naughty us ousness, Mar. ill. !g: both moral and under it ; and that it is fulfilled by him, ceremonial; so that there was no Guile when otherwise it would never have been found in bis Mouth, he knew no Sin, done. I suppose that Justice had exacted be was Holy and Harmless : His Fa- the Punishment of us, as we could never iber's Will was his Soul's Delight, 1 bave ended Suffering to all Eternity, so deligbi to do thy Will, Pfal. xl. 8. It was we would never have begun new Obedimore to bim tban bis necessary Foor!, bis ence to the Command to all Eternity; Meat and Drink. There was so absolute thus, except Chrift had taken it off us, and a Correspondency between bis Will and us off its Hand, it should never have been God's Will and between his Way and his fulfilled, fince it was first broken. Next, Will, that it was not possible that any Dif- the Curse of the Law could not get fuller ference mould fall between them. His O Satisfaction, than in Chrift: I suppose, It

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