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out being lawfully calld and appointed by God himself, to assume lo facred an Employment, as to Minister at his Altar, without being ordained for Men in things pertaining to God, to take


him to transact between God and his People!

But some are willing to except against these Instances, as being such, as were under a different Oeconomy of Religion, in which God was more tender of the outside and Ceremonious part of his Worship, and consequently not directly pertinent to Ours; and it has been argu'd to elude the force of what they are produc'd for, that the Priests of the Old Testament, being Types of Christ our High Priest, were for that only reason to be so folemnly call'd and consecrated, by their Confecration to signify and prefigure the Inauguration of Christ to his Eternal Priesthood, and that therefore, under the Gospel, there is no farther Use or Necessity of such a Visible Ordination to the Miniftry. But both these are weak Evasions; For firft all Prophanation in general of Things facred absolutely, and without any other Circumstances confider'd, is a Sin against the Eternal Law of Nature, belides which there may also be in the same act a particular Offence againft a Positive Temporary Institution ;-and as to the Levitical Consecration, tho' That, as


to the peculiar Rites of it, was Ceremonial, and as to One special End of it was Typical, yet as to the Substance of it, it was Moral, and founded upon the Immutable Law of Nature and Reafon, inasmuch as it was a Dedication to so Auguft and Holy an Office, as that to which they were by it consecrated and set apart. And the Evangelical Miniftry, being no way Inferiour to That, but in Dignity infinitely surpassing it, (as much as Christ is greater than Moses, or Heaven better than the Land of Canaan) it is every whit as reasonable, that They, who were to be employ'd in That, should have as folemn a Call, as distinguishing a Separation and Sanctification to it, as the Other had to the Levitical Ministration of old; tho not by the fame Ceremonies, none of which were material, but as they were commanded, and fome of 'em being Typical, were to cease of course and vanish, yet according to the Institutions which Christ himself in his Gospel deliver'd, and to which the Christian Church is as indispensibly obligʻd in all things to conform, as the Jewish was to the Pattern in the Mount,

To come therefore to that which is our fole Aim and main Concern, namely the Ministry of the Gofpel, we shall foon difcover, That no Man taketh this Honour nei



ther to himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron, as we are taught by the Author of the Hebrews, who has illustrated the Old Testament by the New, and confirm'd the New by the Old. And the first and most unanswerable Proof of this is, that our High Priest himself, from whom all our Claim is deriv'd, did not. For Christ also glorify'd not Himself, to be made an High Priest : but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee, Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. If therefore This was too great an Honour for Christ Himself to take upon Him without an Express Commission from God, if it was necessary to qualify Him for this Glorious Office, that he was to answer both his Prophetical Names, and be the Shiloh as well as the Messias, the Sent as well as Anointed of God; can it be less than Blasphemy to imagin, that any other Person whatever, tho never so well furnish'd with Gifts or Graces, without a like Commission from Him, can take upon him to represent his Person, or exercise with effect any Spiritual Office in His Name! No surely; and Glory be to Him for it; our Gracious High Priest has taken greater Care of his Church. He who was the first and chief Apostle and Bishop of our Souls, Sent by the Father, and Anointed by the Holy Ghost, by that

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Mission having receiv'd Authority, as by that Unction he receiv'd Ability for this High Employment in Person: while he liv'd upon the Earth, that he might not leave the World without providing for his Flock those, that should feed and govern it in his Absence till his second Coming, chose out certain Persons for this Very Purpose, to whom he imparted his Authority, by making them Partakers of his Miffion just be-, fore his Ascension, in these words, As my Father sent me, so I send you; and his Ability, by making them Partakers also of his Unction, by the fending of the Holy Ghost upon

them soon after it. But here it is to be observ'd, that as soon as ever our Blessed Lord had pronounc'd that Commission, as ту Father sent me so I send you, and breath'd upon them, and said, Receive ye the Holy Ghost, which was the first Act of his Mediatorial Office, after that all Power was given unto him in Heaven and in Earth, (Mat. 28.18.) by this outward significant Action, and these operative and effectual Words, they were invested with all the Authority that they could have, and receiv'd Power too, sufficient for the Execution of All that part of their Office, which was Ordinary, and was to continue for ever in the Church, when gather'd, tho they were commanded to wait a while for the more extraordi


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nary Power, which was necessary to the Gathering of it: such as was the Gift of Tongues, the Working of Miracles, Prophecying, and the like, which they receiv'd not till the more plenteous Effusion of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The Holy Ghost then indeed came upon them, in a more stupendious manner, like .a rusing Mighty Wind, to enable them for fuch great and astonishing Works; but for the constant, and orderly, and lasting, the ftill thono less effectual Work of the Ministry, which was never to cease from the Church, they were enough enabled, when He came into them by the gentle Breathing of our Lord. And This Authority, which was of standing Use, and for ever Necessary, was not for that reason to expire with them; and therefore with it they receiv'd Power also of conferring it upon Others, and they also on Others Successively for ever, according to our Saviour's Promise, Go ye therefore and teach all Nations, and loe I am with you always to the end of the World, Mat. 28. 29. And it is manifeft, that they actually exercis’d this Power, which they receiv'd. And St Paul afterwards, who had the fame Power given him by our Saviour from Heaven, which the reft of the Apostles receiv'd from Him on Earth, as he sent Timothy and Titus, so he gave Them Power to send Others also;


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