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For fie. Viath not despised nor abhorred the amiation of the afflicted; but when he cried unto him, he heard; Psalm xxxv: 9, 1o, 28. And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; it shall rejoice in bis salvation, &c. Pfalm lxxxvi: 7. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee : For thou wilt answer me."
Thus, for the joy, that was set 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 țhie Psalms as most certain. Pfalın xli. 12." As for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity; and setteft ine 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 me the path of life.-Pfalin ex..1. The Lord said unto my
Lord, fit thou at my right hand until I niake thine enemies thy footstool. This is made evident in the resurrection of Jesus Chrift from the dead, bis afcenfi. on into heavers and sitting at the Father's right hand. Acts ii. 31 to 36. and Acts xiii. 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 first disciples 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 ini ise of Corin. xv..19..
* If in this life only * we have hope
* If we attend to the fpecious arguments often times brought in pretended favour of Christianity against in fidelicy, that the former bastgreatly the ada uani age of the latter even in this life, we shall find the above view or fentiment of the apostle wholly fet afide by fuch reafoners. It is not oncorrmon for many professors of Christianity to say, That it is worth while to be a Chriftian, if it is only for the sake of the comforts that attend the Chriftian ree ligun ir ibis life, without regard so a future Bate. Thas a modern author, ap. pearing at the head of his young people, attacks infidelity and deism without a sword, having scarce any other weapon chan a passage out of Dr. Young's Centaur, which having used, and finding it altogether insufficient, ke a little after retires with them to the supposition that Christianity is not true ; in which cafe he goes on to alledge how far preferable the Christian's condition is to that of the deift even in this life, as well as in the world to come.-(See Mr. Stillman's fermon to young people, printed in Boston in the year 1771, pages 20, 21, 22.) The apoftle Paul it seems had a different view of the matter when he argues as abovementioned, which I here repeat, after citing the two foregoing verses. “ If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain ; ye are yet in your fins. Then they also who are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Chrift, we are of all men moit miserable." It seems then that those who argae differently from the apostle against deism, have something very different to comfort them from what he and the first Chriftians had. Those who held fast to the truth as the only folid foundation of everlasting confolation and good hope, expecked nothing but tribulations in and from the world, during their mortal late, looking forward to the bleffed hope laid up for them in heaven, and the glorious appeanog of Jesus Chrif,' as the only good worth feeking for. On the contrary, all those who appear to defire to make a fair fhew in the flesh, by arguing for a hope in this life attending Christianity, feem to hold genuine Christianity of as little importance as a fable or matter of mere speculation: And have reason feriously to enquire, whether this hope does not evidence as real in fidelity and unbelief of the truth as any principles what. ever called deism! For no lie is of the truth
in Christ, we are of all men most miserable,'' --theii hope being placed on the certainty of Christ's resurrection from the dead, which insured his followers' à share in the first 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 surety is discharged; for it was not possible he should be biolden 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 surety'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 bưt dung, &c. This was primitive Christianity, and true Christianity is ever the fame.
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 Zalmunna 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 fhould 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,“ my Lord delayeth his comingor, where is the promise of his coming ?" It will help to evidence his near approach, and to put his disciples 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, verse 34.“When the wicked are cut off, thoushalt see it." Antichrist is called 2 Thef. ii. 8. " That wicked whom the Lord ļ 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 shall laugh at him; for he seeth that liis day is coming. The wicked have drawn out the sword, and bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy:--Their sword Thall enter into their own heart, and their bow shall be broken. The just man's little flock shall more prevail
than crouds and multitudes of wicked men (as it is said the 16th verse 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;" Psalm 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 state, till the manifeftation of his glory, is taken notice of as sudden and amazing. Psalm lxiv, 17. “ But God shall shopt at them ; suddenly shall they be wounded."! Pfalms lži. 5.
Psalms xi. 6. xxxvii, 9, 20, 22, 36, 38. xyii. 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, vi, 10.
xxxv.from 1 to 8, and verse ix. 16, 17: 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 lxiii. 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
raipient. 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.",
The glory that shall follow 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. Ixxvi. 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 fhall be gathered into one congregation, verse 1. When the children of Zion shall be joyful in their King, verse-2. when the Lord will beautify the meek with salvation, verse 4. which will be seen when according to the prophecy in Psalm xxxvii, and the promise in Matthew v. 5! is the meck shall inherit the earth,”-and those that learn meekness of him who was meek and lowly in heart, shall find rest to their souls, which they had the first fruits or foretastes of while following him in meekness in the path of humiliation which he trod down to death. They shall then sing aloud for their resting places ver.5 (of Pfalm 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 a two-edged sword in their hand.” The sword of the fpirit 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: “ And as foon as he said unto them, IAM, they went backward, and fell to the ground." So likewife 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-despised 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 be esteemed as chains and fetters of iron to be bound by it, it shall then bind the haughtiest and stoutest kings or nobles. His will shall then be done on earth.
6. His name shall endure for ever-and men shall be bler