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For hie, liath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; but when he cried unto him, he heard; Psalm xxxv:9, 10; 28. And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; it shall rejoice in bis salvation, &c. Pfalm 1xxxvi: 3. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee : For thou wilt answer me:".. .
Thus, for the joy that was fet before him, he endured the contradiction of sinners against himself, endured the cross; despising the shame, and is fet down at the right hand of God, which was spoken of in the Psalms as most certain. Pfalın xli. 12. “ As for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity; and setteft me before thy face for ever. Pfalm xvi. 10, 11. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thy Holy One to fee corruption. Thou wilt shew inie the path of life.-Pfalin exil. The Lord said unto my Lord, fit thou at my right hand until I niake thine enemics thy footstool.” This is inade evident in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, bis afcenfion into heaveris and fitting at the Father's right hand. Acts ii. 31 to 36. and Acts xii. 34 to 3. And this it is, to wit; his refurrection from the dead, that proves the answer of all his prayers--the truth of his claim to be the Son of God. This it is that gives evidence of the truth of his second coming to judgment. Acts xvii. 36. Matthew xxvi. 63, 64. And this it is that engaged the firft difciples to cleave to. Christ amidst all perfecutions and reproaches, even to their being for his fake killed all the day long (as has been inentioned) --fo stripped of a hope in this life as to say, as in ist of Corin. XV.19. * If in this life only * we have hope
,* If we attend to the specious arguments often times brought in pretended favour of Christianiry against infideliiy, that the former bastgreatly the ada vantage of the larter even in this life, we shall find the above view. or tentiment of the apostle wholly fet aside by fuch reafoners. It is not uncommon for many profeflors of Chriftianity to say, That it is worth while to be a Christian, if it is only for the sake of the comforts, that attend the Chriftian rea ligun ip this life, without regard so a future fate. Thos a modern author, apo
in Christ, we are of all men most miserable, '' -- their hope being placed on the certainty of Christ's resurrection from the dead, which insured Iris followers' à share in the firft resurrection. He rose in proof of his claim to be the Son of God. Rom. i. 4. evidencing his work to be finished, the Father well pleased for his righteousness fake. He hath magnified the law, and made it honourable. The debt is paid, the furety is discharged; for it was not possible he should be bolden of death. Righteousness and peace kiss each other. God appears the God of peace in bringing back from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ through the blood of the everlasting covenant. That being all fufficient to procure the furety's discharge, the truth of this makes the believers of it to forfake all and follow him, to count all things but lofs for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ. And when Paul had actually suffered the loss of all things, he counted them but dung, &c. This was primitive Christianity, and true Christianity is ever the same.
But those who refuse to part with a hope in this life at the call of Jesus Christ, and yet choose to wear a profession of his name (like the young ruler spoken of in the New-Teftament) seem as if they had something in hand that could make them happy without the certain truth of the religion of Jesus Christ and the holy fcriptures-like those of Succoth and Penuel who would keep their bread that could sustain them, if Gideon did not conquer his enemies. 66 Are the hands of Zeba and Zalınunna now in thy hand, that we should give bread to thine' army?" Is victory and triumph over all his enemies certain to Jesus Christ, that we should part with a hope in this life for a share in it? No.-6. We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel :: Only let thy name be called upon us to take away our reproach." But however the language of unbelief prevails, so my Lord delayeth his comingor, where is the promise of his coming ?" It will help to evidence his near approach, and to put his disci'ples in mind of his words, " the Lord of that servant shall come in an hour when he is not aware," He will come for the destruction of antichrift. He will come to reign on earth. : He will make good his word to his disciples, Matthew v.5. which will explain Psalm xxxvii, 11, 22, 29, 34. The time when this shall be accomplished, is there pointed out, verfe 34.“ When the wicked are cut off, thoushalt see it.” Antichrist is called 2 Thes, ii. 8. " That wicked whom the Lord ” shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” "When the wicked are cut off, &c. He shall exalt those that wait on him toinherit the land." In the present state of things," the wicked one plots against the just one, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. But the Lord Thall laugh at him ; for he seeth that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn out the sword, and bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy.---Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bow shall be broken. The just man's little lock shall more prevail d. G2
than crouds and multitudes of wicked men (as it is said the 16th yerse may be rendered) for the arms of the wicked shall be broken : But the Lord upholdeth the righteous: The Lord knoweth the days of the upright ; and their inheritance shall be for ever;" Pfalm Xxxvii. 12 to 18. ' .
Thus the glory that shall follow the sufferings of Christ, when he shall reign on earth, in which his fol. lowers shall share, is abundantly celebrated in many of the Psalms ; Some of which I shall point you to.-only I would previously observe that the transition from that state of sufferings, which his body the church is to continue in, while in this mortal itate, till the manifeftation of his glory, is taken notice of as sudden and amazing.' Pfalm Ixiv. 11. " But God shall shopt at them ; suddenly shall they be wounded."? Palms li. . . . Pfalms xi, 6. xxxvii: 9, 20, 22, 36, 38. xyiii. 37, 38, 40, 41, 428 vi, 10.
xxxv.from 1 to 8, and verso ix. 16, 17 :
36, . which I shall close with Pfalm lviii. 9,19, “ Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away both living, and in wrath. The righteous one shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance. He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.!!-Agreable to Isaiah lxiij. 1, 2, 3, 4. ! for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury ; and their blood shall bo sprinkled on my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in my heart, and the year of my redeemed is come." And Rev. xix. 13. F! And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood : And his name is called, THE WORD OF GOD.". i.
The glory that shall folļow is pointed to in verse 11 of the forecited lviii. Pfalm, — and every one shall say, the just one plainly has a reward,” (as tis said it may be rendered.) It is also celebrated in the following Psalms, xlvi. xlvii. xlviii. lxxii. lxxvi. And as the foregoing part of the Psalms are much taken up about
his fufferings; fo the latter part of them are chiefly employed in his high praises, -particularly Psalm cxlix. evidently pointing to the time when the saints shall be gathered into one congregation, vérfe 1. Wheni the children of Zion shall be joyful in their King, verse 2. when the Lord will beautify the meek with falvation, verfe 4. which will be seen when according to the pro phecy in Psalm xxxvii', and the promise in Matthew.V.5. 66 the meck shall inherit the earth,' and those that learn meeknefs of him who was meek and lowly in heart, Shall find rest to their fouls, which they had the first fruits or foretastes of while following him in meekness in the path of humiliation which he trod down to deathi. They shall then sing aloud for their resting places ver.56 (of Psalm cxlix.) the mansions he told thein of that when he come again, he would receive them to, verse 6, “ let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and aitwo-edged sword in their hand,” The sword of the spirit is the word of God. It is the sword that proceed eth out of Christ's mouth, An instance we have of its efficacy, John xviii. 3 to 8. whon the band and officers came to take him, he as it were manifested a ray of his divine glory by saying, I AM ; which is the name by which the true God was known to Ifrael : 6. And as foon as he faid unto them, IAM, they went backward, and fell to the ground." So likewise one word from him was as the piercing of a sword to Judas, that he could never recover;." Judas, betrayeft thou the Son of man with a kiss? Now while Satan is the God of this world, the fpirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience, the word pleaded for by any of the despifed difciples of Christ, is contemned. But when Christ shall come to reign on earth with his followers, then it shall command as a sword in hand: And however it may b esteemed as chains and fetters of iron to be bound by it it shall then bind the haughtiest and stouteft kings or nobles. His will shall then be done on earth. “His name shall endure for ever--and men shall be bles