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also be adopted into God's Family, and they Rom. Ili
Gal. 4.5. The Son of God was sent to redeem them that
were under the Law, that we might receive
I have dwelt the longer upon this Head,
And it appears, from what has been said, that this Redemption from the Law is so far from being an inconsiderable Thing, with respect to us of the Gentile World, that it is the Foundation of all the other three Redemptions that remain to be spoken to, viz. from the Guilt of Sin, from the Power of it, and from the Grave, or the Power of Death : All these follow upon it; or it is the General under which these Particulars are contained. For you see that the Notion of Redemption from the Law, as that Term is used in Scripture, doth not
only imply the Abrogation of the first Covenant of the Law, but takes into it the establishing a new Covenant, both with Jews and Gentiles. Now the Promiles made over in this new Covenant are neither more nor fewer than these three: First, The Pardon of Sin, which is the very fame Thing with Redemption from the Guilt of Sin.
Secondly, The Aslistance and Graces of the Spirit, which are the same Thing with the second Redenption from
from the Power of Sin. And Thirdly, Eternal Salvation of Body and Soul in the other World, which is the last Redemption I mentioned, viz. from the Grave. So that our Redemption from the Law doth virtually contain in it all the others.
2. But however, for the clearing the Text, it is fit that something should be said to each Particular. In the second Place therefore, when the Scripture speaks of the Redemption that was wrought for us by Jesus Chrift, sometimes by that Term is meant a Deliverance from our Sins, viz. from the Guilt and Punishment of them. Thus is the Word used in Eph. 1. 7. and Coloff. 1. 14. In both which Texts we meet with this Paffage (where the Apostle is speaking of Jesus Christ) In whom, says he, we have Redemption through his Blood, even the Forgiveness of Sins. Christ by his Death procured for all Believers the Remiffion of all their Sins, bought off the Punishment
that was due to them; fo that no true Di-
3. For, in the third Place, Christ came
And this is ancther Notion of Redemption that we meet with in Scripture; Tit. 2 14. as for Instance, Christ gave himself for us,
that he might redeem is from all Iniquity,
Livers ; that as before we were the Slaves of Sin and of the Devil, so we should from henceforward walk as the Freemen of Jesus Chrift.
4. But then, besides these three Notions of Redemption already mentioned, there is also a fourth in the New Testament, and which indeed is the Confummation of all the rest, without which they would not have been compleat : and that is the eternal Glorification both of our Souls and Bodies at the last Appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we were obnoxious to eternal Punishment for our Sins, which Christ by his Death redeemed us from; as likewise we were the Slaves and Vassals of Sin, which Slavery Christ, by sending his Holy Spirit, redeemed us from ; so after these Redemptions were wrought, there still remained a fourth, viz. the Redemption of our Bodies from the Grave, and the uniting them with our Souls in perfect Happiness. And this to be effected by that Spirit which raised up Jesus from the Dead at the Day of the general Resurrection. Now in this Sense, as well as in the other fore-named, we have the Word Redemption frequently used in the New Testament; as Heb. 9. 12. Christ by entering into the holy Place (that is, the highest Heavens) hath obtained eternal Redemption for us. That is to say, Our Saviour ascending up into Heaven with his Body, to sit at the right Hand of God for