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2. He is Christ, i. e. the Anointed. Now it must be acknowledg'd, that our Lord enjoyns this Title also in common with many others. Μη άπλαθε των Χρισών Ms. Touch not my Chrifts, or mine anoin. Pfal. 10$. ted, says God to the Enemies of the Pa. triarchs; and the High Priests, the Prophéts, and Kings of Israel, were stild the Christs, or the Anointed of the Lord. But tho' these things are so, yet it must be likewise confess'd, that He has this Name in a much more eminent sense than they. For e Aaron was anointed only as eLev. 8.12. High Priest, f Elisha only as a Prophét, f 1 King. and David at farthest but as a King and Prophet : But our Lord has his Uncti. on, as being all these three together : In Him did all their high Characters concenter, as in a Point : In him their divided Glories unite their Rays, and shine forth with an unparalleld, superlative, unrivallid Brightness to the ends of all the Earth. He was the End of the Law, the Substance of its Shadows, the promised Meffas, whom Mofes and the Pro. phets, foretold should come, as an High Priest, to make Expiation for Sin ; as a Prophet, to guide our Feet into the Ways of Peace , and as a King, to rule B. 3
the Nations with Judgment and Justice, for evermore. In short, all those other Christs, those Kings, those Prophets, those High-Priests, were but Types and Figures, faint Representations and dark Shadows of his most excellent Person:: For he is not only a Priest, but such a Priest, as hath an unchangeable Priests hood : Not only a Prophet, but the Instracter, the Teacher, the Inspirer of all the Prophets : Not only a King, but that absolute and universal Monarch, which governs the whole world, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Which brings me to the
3. Title in the Text: He is the Lord. The Lord of Heaven and Earth the Lord of Men and Angels ; the Lord of Life, of Joy, of Glory. His Almighty Voice call’d the Primitive Matter out of the Abyss of Emptyness and Nothing, and the confus’d, indigested Mafs, at his Corimand, obediently rang’d it self into Beauty and Order. Nay, those Morning Stars, which fang together, those Sons of God which shouted for Joy, when these things were done, are no less the Workmanship of his Hands, than these visible C.
and inferiour Beings. All& things, says: Joh. Ev. Saint John, were made by him ; and": 3. without him was not any thing made that was made. Not any of the Heavenly Mansions, not any of their beauteous Inhabitants, not any of the Seraphims and Cherubims of Glory. This the Learned Apostle particularly afferts ; hBy him, says he, were all things created that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, 09. pomers : All things were created by him ; Were created by him, not in a Metaphorical, but literal Sense : Noc by way of Reformation, but by way of Formation. For where ( I pray) are the Regenerated Principalities and Pow. ers? Where the Recreated Thrones and Dominions? The good Angels never stood in need of a Renovation; they never degenerated from their original Purity, never deriv’d any Blemish upon
their excellent: Beauties, but have always, from the first moment of their Creation, unalterably mov'd in their Spheres of Holiness and Glory. For : the Evil Angels, none was ever intens ded, i 'Ου δήπο Αγγέλων επιλαμβάνετα iHeb. 2, 16. He does by no means apprehend, or
lay hold on the Angels, as they are run-
not only the Efficient, but also the FikCol.1.16. nal Cause of all Things. 4 All things
were created by him, and for him. Him
knowledge him to be the Lord. Thon Rev. 4. 11. art worthy (say they) O Lord, to receive
glory, and bonour, and power for thou
first his Almighty Fiat made all things out of Nothing, so has it ever since pre. serv'd them from falling into their Original Nothing again. He spake the Word, and the World was made : He is not yet filent, but every moment sustains it by the same Word of his Pow
He is before all things, says the i fore-cited Apostle ,' and by him all 1Col. 1.17. things confift . And in m another place, m Heb.1.z.
. He is the brightness of his Fathers Glory, the express image of bis Person, and
upholds all things by the word of his power. Thus great is the person that comes to redeem us : Thus great the Majesty of Christ our Saviour. He is no less, than Jehovah himself, the Great and Mighty God, the Omnipotent Creator and Preserver of all things both in Heaven and Earth. He is the Lord, the Lord of Heaven and Earth; the Lord of Men and Angels; the Lord of Life, of Joy, of Glory.
But will God in very Deed vouchfafe to dwell with Men ? Will he come down from his High and Holy Place, into the lower parts of the Earth, and there invest himself with the Rags of Humán Nature? Will he take the