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grieve him in the least measure, who cleave unto him as the only rock of their salvacion, who would not relinquish their incerelt in him for millions of worlds. And yet they weep. with Mary, (because) they cannot see their Lord;chey conflict day and night with feares and doubts, they have not this reflexive evidence and assurance, that Christ is their Christ, chai Jesus is their Jesus, that this Lord is cheir Lord. Yet ask them, are you willing to accept of him? O, none in the world racher or more : are you willing that he lhould be your Saviour, he only is salvation can you submit to have him to be your Lord Christ? O bleffed Saviour (saicb cbe foul ) none to rule me but chou; none to save me but thou; thy blood is precious, and thy Lawes are righteous, and I could bestow a thousand hearts, and a chousand lives if I had chem, on tbee, to be changed, guided, ruled, ordered by .thec.
And thus the soul,though it cannot see him, yet it beleeves on him; it believes on him, though as yet ic cannot say, ibat my be. lovedis mine, and I am bis.
Be Ow I come to the obje&t of Justifying faith, and
that is twofold. First, immediate, which is Jesus Christ our Lord. Secondly, Concomitant, or Consequent, which is Remission, and Righteoul
nese, and Salvation for faith:first, cakes Christ him. felf, and then there, in and for Chrilt.
THe immediate obje&t of faith, as justifying, is Jesus Christ bim.
I felf; as it is in Marriage, marriage is an action twixt person and person, not cwist person and estate, that is a resulcing thing; fo is it in the nature of faith and Chrift. Faith doch noc match the soul co the portion, to the benefits, but to che person of Christ.
You heare that God hath put salvation into Christs hand, he hath pat remission of fins into his blood; there is eceroal life to be had by him. Now if a person saich, I will have this salva. cion by Christ, which he hath purchased, but I will not have his person, I will have the remission of fins by his blood, but I care nor for his person, I will have his righteousnesle by which I may stand before God, but I care not for his person; chis now is no faith, ie is no justifying faich. For faich, justifyech us, when we take the person of Christ. It is true, that we may, and should have an eye to the purchase and benefic by Christ, but Christ himself is cbat which faich lookes upon.
But wherein is the person of Christ che Objeđ of justifying faith.
For the resolution of this I will open two things.
First, chat whole Chrift, is the proper object of faith.
TX1 Hole Cbrift is che adequate and proper obje&t; Christ you
V V know(in respect of his person)is God and man, and be mayo 1 be considered as a Priest, or asia Prophet, or as a King. We u.
faally say as a Saviour, and as a Lord. Now he offers himielf
ven by which you can be saved but me, no Jesus but my self, and I '. I have been the Priest, who have offered my heart blood to procure the pardon of your fins, and salvacion : I have satisfied my
Ielf on you,
your Prieltro edly save you.
Father to the wimol, and have fulfilled all righteousnese, Now I am willing to bestow my self on you, as one who can and will assuredly save you. But if you would have me to be your Priest to save you, you must also be willing to have me to be your Prophet to instruct you, and direct you; and co be your King and Lora to command you; you must resigné up your selfe to my Scepter aud Government; for I am a Lord as well as a Saviour, and I will be caken in both, or else you shall have part in neicher.
There be three chings which lay hard on us.;
One is the gile of fin, which expolech the soul to hell, and wrath, for which Christ is a Saviour and a Priest. He became a · curse for 16, and bare our finnes, (that is) Nood in our stead, and
under: went that indignation, which elfe should have lighted on ụs.
Another is the corruption or pollution of fin, which breeds inconformity to Gods Will, and depraves the whole nature, for which Christ is a Saviour and a Prophet,( that is ) he is appoin· ted to informe the minde, and reforme the beart. .!
A third is the rebellion of fin, rising in Sinfull notions, and fordid delights and wa; es, for which Christ is a Saviour and a King, (that is ) he is to subdue thofeiniguiries, co give them the bill of divorce, to caprivate all imaginations, and to bring the whole man into the subjection of himself; but then he will be Jesus and Lord coo;, thou mayest not think that Cbrift must have thee, and fin shall rule thee; thou must not think that he will pay thy debes, if thou will give thy heart and service to sinne and the world. How ridiculous is it to conceive that God should raise up Chrift, as the Pope raiseth up his indulgences, only to keep or fetch souls out of Purgatory; as if Christ were given only to pay our scores, and not to rule our hearts, for no other end but to keep us out of prison, that we might do nothing but Gin against God, because Christ can take away the gile of.
Nay, wbole Christ is eged by faith, raken and received by faith. Do I feel my finfull gile? I now by faith take fesus Christ,whom the father bath appointed, and offered to be my Priest, to be my furety, to beare my fias, to stand 'cwixt God and me? Do I feel my linfall nature and mocions, I now take Jefus Chrift,whom the
Father Father hath appointed to be my Propbet and King: He hath undertaken to be the teacher of hearts, and conquerer of fin; as fo do I take him to be my Lord.
· SECT. III.
not only chand facisfied him to me
is the blood hold on himi
Herefore consider in the second place, How faith doth exT ercise it self about whole Chrift: if you please I will disco
ver ic in the particulars. For Chrift, as a Saviour and Priest : Thus faich looks on him, not only that he is so, but to be so to me; he was God and man: and dyed, and facisfied, and took away fin; God proclaimes thus much, and offers him to me, here is the Saviour of the world, this is my Will beloved Son, here is the blood of atonement and peace. What doch faich now? O faich cakes hold on him; I acknowledge him, I receive him O Lord, co be my Saviour and Priest; noe I, O Lord, not I could ever have lufteined thy wrath, or satisfied chy justice, I could never have made my own peace, i could never have blotted out the hand writing, I could never have paid my debts, but thou haft set forth Chrifto be the propia riation for in. O Lord, I embrace him, my life is in his deach , my healings in his sufferings, my satisfaction in his obedience; in none but him; I rest on none but him, on him do I believe, he hath satisfied to the utmost, and I trust on him that he hath done ic for me.
Brethren, the case stands thus, a man is borne in fin, and he goes on in much sin, ( a long eime ) atlength God awakens his conscience, mikes him co polese the iniquiries of his heels, of his birchi, of his youth, of bis age, of his life, and perhaps besets the foul round about with some tensible dread of his infinite displeafure. Now che man knowes not what to do : good Lord Jaich he, whac a miserable creature am I? here's sin commicced over and over, the Low broken, God provoked, conscience raging, hell giping; I am violated faith the Law, wronged raich Justice, thou hast lined faith Conscience, I will be satisfied saich che Lord, saith the poor soul, what shall become of me? what have I co quiec God? I can finde nothing, what shall I do to
pacific pacifie bim? I cannot imagine ie : If I say that I have not finned my conscience tells me 1 lye, if I say I will noc Gin hereafter, Why ! yet how will chis satisfie for former gile? I cell you brethren chac a heart brovght to this sensible experience is marvelously oppressed, the very heart cracks, and the sins of chat soul snap alunder, under the sense of manifold gile, and Gods difpleafure,
Burchen God comes in che Gospel, and calls out to the poor and distressed sinner, come bicher saith God, I will shew thee a way of salvation? O how the soul listens to such a message! but how Lord can this be, what am I, or what can I do! Nothing faith God for thou art an enemy, and thou are without Itrength : But I have laid Salvation upon one that is Mighty. Who is that Lord! It is my own Son, whom I have out of my love fent into the world to be made man, and to dye, and lacisfie for Gioners, co béare their iniquities, to answer for all their transgressions, and he is become a (urety, and a Priest, and hath facri. ficed his own soul, co be an offering for sin,and I offer him unco thee, to be thy Surety, to be chy Priest, to take away thy finnes : Now take him saith God co the soul and with him the discharge of thy sins. Hereupon the soul being perswaded of the truth of this good testimony, and with many teares admiring at the riches of divine love and mercy, it doch now by faith close in with Chrift, put it self on bim, embraceth him with all the heart, as a Sufficient and perfe& Saviour. As if the soul now fastning ic felf by faith on Christ in this refpe& should thus be speake the Lord.
O Lord, thou art pleased justly to charge my fins upon my conscience, I confesie and am ashamed that I have chas finned as gainst thee; yea, and I acknowledg that I am never able to aoSwer chee for those sins? But thou hast appointed chine own Son to be my Savionr and Priel, whole office it was to beare the fans of the people, these sins therefore which conscience now chargech upon me, I do by faith charge upon chine own Sonne, for he was made fin for us; thou did it ordaine him to be a surcry, and therefore I beleech thee Lord look for satisfaction of my debts in his precious blood, and take away thy curse from my soul, for he was made a curse for us, he did susteine thy wrach in our steed to deliver from wrath: Now therefore O Lord! I
the people, "ido by faich charge deine him to be a lucers