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Christ, then he adds, our Lord; whereby that rannez, as he is present with all he points out his own frame, and also his creatieres, or with his special pecuwhat they should have done when they lier saints, but this is a mutual and peheard Christ named, even closed with culiar way of existing, whereby the Godhim as theirs too.

head exists, in a fingular manner, even XII

. Whoever will have Christ 2-s a bodily, into the human nature, Col. ii. 9. Saviour, must resolve upon obedie..ce to and the human nature fublilts in the dihim as their Lord Jehovah and Gover- vine, and hath no other subsistence but in nour;

he must be received " reign in the divine nature, and so is eternally and them, and over them as their command- inseparably conjoined thereto; for the er; for as he offers himself, not only an Son of God, who had a spirit of holiness, authorized Saviour, a Jesus Christ, but is said to be made of the feed of David; also a Lord; so hould we conjoin these and so the human nature was brought in our acceptance; and therefore are into this union. these here joined together, Jesus Christ

XV. Howbeit there were two distinct

natures in Christ, yet he had but one perXIII. Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savi. son; fuch was the nature of this perour, hath two diverse natures, as being fonal union of the two natures into one both God and man: God, that he might person: not as if the two natures were fit his body for a facrifice, and uphold two parts of his person, for the divine it under the sad weight of God's wrath, nature cannot be any part of any thing, and make his obedience and suiferings but had a complete subsistence of itself, to have worth and efficacy, Heb. ix. 14. and assumed the human nature into its and that he micht be able to bring his own fubsistence, Heb, ii. 16, Philip. ii. 7. purchased people to eternal falvation, for the same Son of God, who had a spin by enduing them with his Spirit, andrit of holiness, had also flesh; that fame fubduing all their enemies : and man, person, and not another, was made of the that he might obey the law broken by feed of David, &c. us, Gal. iv. 4. and suffer in our nature, XVI. Notwithstanding of this insepaHeb. ii. 14. and be touched with the feels rable and wonderful personal union being of cur infirmities, Heb. iv. 15. for twixt the natures, yet there is no confuhere Christ the Son of God is said to fion among these natures, but they rehave flem, that is, a human nature; and main distinct ; no mixture among them, or allo to have the spirit of holiness, that is, change: the human nature was not chana divine nature: See Rom, ix. 5, Heb.ged into the divine, por the divine into ix. 14. 1 Pet. įži. 18. 19. 20.

the human; for his human nature is still XIV. Thefe two natures, though dif- called by the rame fleth, and his divine cinct in themselves, yet are wonderfully nature by the name of the spirit of holiness; tied and united together, by a personal to Thew, that as spirit and fleth are disunion, which is not such a conjunction as tinct, so is his human and divine nature, is betwixt substance and accidents, or and still will be. betwixt the whole and its parts; but XVII. From this real diftinction it Fuch as whereby the second person of the cometh to pass, that each nature reservTrinity did conjoin into the unity of its eth their own distinct'attributes, and es un person, the human nature, wanting sential actions; so that the actions or acall peculiar subsistence in and of itself : tributes, that may be fpoken of, and apLo that the Godhead of Chriit is not pre- plied to one of these natures, cannot be beut with the human nature oply, after attributed unto the other; and what doth

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essentially agree to the one, doth not a: Rom. viii. 3. 1 John iv. 2. Heb. ii. 16. gree to the other : for the divine nature 2 Tim. iii. 16. Matth. xiv, 26. Luke xxiv. was not made of the seed of David, but 39. Heb. X. 5. It was man that linned; Christ was so made as concerning the flesh; and justice requires, that the same nature nor was his human nature the son of God, that'linned should satisfy for fin; therebut he was that in regard of his divine na-fore is Christ said bere to be made of the cure, or the spirit of boliness.

feed of David, according to the flesh. XVIII. Notwithstanding of all this, XXI. Notwithstanding of the union by reason of this hypoitatical union, that betwixt the human nature and the divine, which doth properly belong to one of the human nature of Christ was accompahis natures, may be attributed to the nied with all these effential and accidental whole perfon, existing in both the na- properties, and finless infirmities, that are tures; and that not in a fi&titious, but in common to all men, and without sin; for a real manner, seeing the person compre- he behoved to be like us in all things, exhends toth natures, most really; for here, cept fin, that he might be a fellow-feeling the same person is said toth to be made of High-priest, Heb. i. 17. for his human the feed of David, and to be declared to nature is here set out to us under the name te the Son of God; albeit he was made of of flesh, not excluding the soul. the feed of David only according to the XXII. The body which Jesus Christ fies, and declared to he the Son of God affumed, was not a body that came down only according to the spirit of holiness. immediately from heaven, but a human Hence sometimes we find, that that which body, made of the feed of David. can be only spoken properly of one of XXIII. Albeit Christ was like us in all the natures, is attributed to the perfon, things (except fin) that agree to the human decominated by the other nature; as Zech. nature, as such; yet was he begotten in a xii. 10. God is said to be crucified, and to fingular, wonderful and extraordinary manredeem us with his blood, Acts xx. 28. ner; not as we are, but by the Holy Ghost's

XIX. Notwithstanding of this comma- overfhadowing his mother, Luke i. 35. nication of properties, whereby that which and so fanctifying a part of her flesh for is peculiar only to one of the natures, is that end, Gal. iv. 4. and thus is he said to attributed to the whole person, God-man; be from heaven, i Cor. xv.47. for here he yet we must rightly conceive of this, ac- is said to be made (not begotten, or con. cording to the several natures, or prin-ceived) of the feed of David: and hence ciples of such and such actions, which are foweth the purity and finlessness of his huspoken of the whole perfon : for albeit man nature. one and the same person, viz. God-man, XXIV. Christ Jesus the fon of Mary be said both to be made of the seed of is the true promised Mefias; for he is David, and to be declared to be the Son said to be made of the feed of David : and of God, yet we must conceive aright, and this was fore-prophesied of before-hand, know, that he is the Son of God, accord that there should come forth a rod out of ing to the spirit of holiness, ard made of the stem of Jelle, Ifa. xi. 1. and so was fulthe feed of David, according to the flesh: filled, Acts xiii

. 23. See Acts ii. 30. and we must follow this rule, that we may

XXV. As Christ Jesus was true nian, win to clearness in this matter.

so was he also truely and verily God, as XX. Christ Jesus our Lord did affume having that pame often ascribed to him, real human rature, confisting of foul, which is proper to God only, viz. JEMatth.xxvi. 38. Mark xiv. 34. Luke xxiii.. HOVAH; compare Isa. xl. z. with John i. 23. 46. and of body, Jolio i. 14. Philip. ji. 7. Matth. iii. 3. and Mal. ii, 1. lla, xlv. 22.

with Rom. xiv. 18. and Hof. xiii. 14. with from the dead, it is clear that he did die: 1 Cor. xv. 54. and having often the divine and there was no less than a neceility for it. attributes spoken of him, Rev. i. 8. John X. XXX. As it behoved our cautioner to 28. Ifa. xlviii. 21. Philem. 2. and having di- die the death, la his death had been little vine worship given him, lsa. xlii. 8. Pial. for our comfort, if he had not risen again, acrii. 7. with Heb. i. 6. for here he is said as victor and conqueror, destroying him ihat 13 have the spirit of boliness, meaning his had the power of deach; we had not been Godhead: and farther, he is called the Son battered with the fruits of the power of his. of God, which useth to denote something resurrection ; therefore, we find he role effential to him, and not his mere office; as again from death. may be seen, Acts viii. 26. John X. 37. 38. XXXI. Chriit Jesus being God Almighii. 16. Rom. viii. 32. Heb. y. 8. and iii. 16. ty, did raise up himself, and put life into

XXVI. Jesus Christ is called the Son of his dead flelh, by his owa power and verGod, only in respect of his divine nature, tue; for it was his own railing of himself, and no ways in respect of his human nature, that was a sufficient demonftration of his Rom. ix. s. for here he is faid to be declared Godhead, John X. 18. ---have power to lay ibe Son of God; not in respect of his flesh, it down, and I have power to take it again. bui according to the spirit of boliness: where-li XXXII. Chriít's raifiag himself froin by the spirit of the Lord would not point the dead should sufficiently convince all chac forth the manner how his manhood was be he was God, and enough to stop the mouths gotten, or the way of his conception by the of all gainsayers whatsoever; he was deHoly Spirit, bus thew forth his Godhead; clared to be, the Son of God, by the refurrec«: as the antithesis

, or opposition to that which tion from the dead, And let men cavil ac he said before, according to the flesh, doth it what they will

, this thould fettle our faith abundantly clear: neither is it any new thing of this, though we had no more. to see his Godhead so called, as you may XXXIII. It was not from any thing in fee, Dan. ix. 29. 2 Cor. xiii. 4. 1 Pet.iii

. 18. his human nature that his actions and futterXXVII. Christ was the Son of God beings had fuch virtue and efficacy in them, fore his resurrection; for he was then but but from the Godhead allenarly, that fancdeclared to be his Son : Ay, and before his tified and fitted the manhood; and thereconception, or being made of the seed of fore his Godhead is called a spirit of holiness, David ; see John i. 1. 2. 3. Col. i. 16. or a fanétifying spirit: Intimating, that is

XXVIII. As there are moe persons in did so fanctify his human nature, and be the Godhead, and every one of these per- cause of that, is so called here. fons is God, so every one of these have the attributes that are essential to the Godhead VERSE 5. By whom we have received grace. attributed to them; for here Christ the se

and apo tleship, for obedience to the faith cond person of the Trinity is called, the Son

among all nations, for his name. of God in power, or the powerful Son of God, or the Son of God exiting in power; Having thus holden forth Christ, in his whereby is held forth his omnipotency. two natures and one person, as the

XIX. As the Father.commended his love subject-matter of the gospel, he shows here, to us highly, in sending bis Son in the like that it is from him, and none else, that he refs of finful fleh, to die for us, fo doth hath his commission; as also, the ends of the Son commend his unipeakable love, in his commillion: and so in this verse, there. that he was content not only to affume flelh, are some moe reasons held forth, whereby zod be made of the feed of David, but al- to persuade them to welcome his doctrine. to so die; for when it is said that he rofe 'As, , He that gave me commillion to


preach the gospel, is Christ Jesus, who is IV. The office of the ministry is an office both God and man, and one raised from the that none may meddle with of their owa dead, and thereby declared to be the Son head, or cake up at their own hand; for of God essentially. 2. The very end of here this apostleship is a thing that is ree my ministry is to bring you to obedience to ceived by Jelus. the faith, and for this end am I sent; and V, It is an act of God's free grace and therefore there is all the reason in the world love, and an undeserved favour, to be emthat you hearken to me. 3. I am not seek- ployed in the work of the ministry, howing myself, nor am I coming in my own ever such as are employed in it, for the name, but for his name, and the glory most part, are but vilipended and underthereof; and therefore you should welcome valued ; therefore, says he, we have remy doctrine: And, 4. My.commission is ceived grace and apostleship, or that gracinot limited to, one certain place; you are ous gift of apostleship. See Eph. iii. 8. not excluded from my charge, but are com- VI. As this office of the ministry, being :prehended within the same; for all nations, a gracious gift of God, doth call for huand so you, fhould heartily embrace my mility, thankfulness and faithfulness at doctrine.

their hands, upon whom it is bestowed; so DOCTRINAL OBSERVATIONS. because it is a gracious gift, that is not beI {peaks out great love in Christ to stowed on every one, but such on whom poor loft man, that not only he will take the Lord is pleased to bestow it, it should on our fleth, and become like us in all engage people both to respect such whom things, except fin, and die for our fins, and God hath so respected, and also to welcome rise again for our justification; but also will what they deliver, in their discharge of send and commiflionate some with those that office: for he makes use of this as an glad news, and to hold forth the terms of argument to move th-m to receive his docthe bargain, and to invite fouls unto obe trine, that he delivereth it by virtue of dience to the faith; for it is by him, that his office, which God of his miere free both died and rose again, and thereby de grace did bestow upon him. clared to be the Son of God, that Paul and VII. The Lord hath not now confined the rest were fent.

the gospel, and the news of falvarion, unto II. As the confideration of this, that it any one country, kingdom, or commonis Christ, who is both God and man, and wealth, but hath sent it abroad to all namanifested to be God, by his wonderful tions, giving his servants commission to raising of himself from the dead, who hath preach it to all nations, without exception, fent and doth commissionate ministers to go as the Lord in his providence thall disposeforth and to preach, should move them to of them; for here he says, it is amog all diligence and fai hfulness; so it should be nations. Not as if all and every nation a strong motive for people to welcome them had heard the goipel in their days, but and their message both: for thus runnerh that now the servants of the Lord were no the force of the argument.

more' limited to any one particular na III. The end of the preached gospel tion, but that now Jews and Gentiles, and and a sent ministry, is to gain fouls to a all might hear of it. willing, and hearty acceptance of Chrill, IX. As the gospel and the news of faltendered in the gospel, upon very easy vation, and offers of life through Jesus terms ; for the end of this grace and apojile. Christ should be heartily welcomed, 'as fhip is obedience to the faith; unto which being worthy of all acceptacion in themfaithful acceptance of the offered Media- felves; so should the fame be welcomed cor, all the preaching of the gospel tecdeth.' so much the more, in that they are not



stinted to one certain place, but extended. I and faith will tend to Christ's glory, it is And as this, being an evident demonitra- peoples duty so much the more to follow tion of God's love, thould so much the this course, and hearken unto, obey and more convince us of the fame, and engage believe the gospel; for it may be taken as. us to him, so che commonness of this of having reference to their obedience and fered gospel

, hould be fo far from causing faithr, it will be for his name, or : us esteem the less of it, that the rather glory. because of that, we should welcome it the more chearfully; for this may be an ar- VERSE 6 Anong whom are ye also the gument to move them to welcome the go

Galled of Jesus Christ. ipel, that it was the gospel that was to be preached to all nations.

Ere are moe arguments to the fame X. However such who are now ordain- purpose: As, 1. You are among chofe ed in the office of the miniitry, stand in that belong to my charge, being of chole a relation, as ministers, to the whole uni- Gentiles unto whom I am fent, and there. versal vilible church, and fo may exercise fore you should hearken diligently to what their office in any part thereof, yet even I fay. 2. You ought not to cast at my. herein there is a difference betwixt them doctrine, but rather welcome it with all and the apostles; for, however ordinary gladness of heart, seeing it is of God's fres ministers may do the duty of pastors in grace that ever you heard of the gospel, any part of the visible church, by virtue who by nature are but Gentiles, and so of their office, and in some respects act for want those privileges that the Jews boal: the good of the whole; yet the ordinary of, as having the covenant, and the proexercise of their office is limited to fome mises, belonging to them. 3. Though you certain flock or other, which they ought were such by nature, yet now there is a to oversee and take heed unto, Acts xx. 28. change, for you are Christ's, and effectualbut the apostles were not thus limited, ly called, at least professing so much, and but had the broad world for their charge; so engaged to yield obedience to Christ. and so the care of all the churches lay upon DOCTRINAL. OBSERVATIONS.them, 2 Cor. xi. 28. for they received a. 1. Tho' it be the duty of people to welpostlesbip among all nations.

come the truths of the gospel, when de XI. As it lieth upon ministers to be dead | livered by one commissionated, whatever to themselves in the discharge of their mi they be, yet such truths should so much the nisterial function, and that by virtue of more willingly be received, when delivered their office, and to eye chiefly God's glory by such as are in a special manner set over and honour; so the confideration of this, them in the Lord, Heb. xiii. 17. as having that the servants of the Lord should, and a special commission to them in particular, such as intendeth to be faithful will, deny and an obligation to take heed to them, themselves, and seek their Master's honour and to feed them in particular : therefore, and advantage, fhould strongly move people says Paul, among whom are ye alfo; you to take pleasantly and heartily their mes. belong to my charge, as well as others, and fage off their hands : for this may be taken fo should not reject my doctrine. up as a new motive, that it was for his II. A back-look, and a freth view of name.

folks condicion by nature, altogether undeXII. As it will not a little tend to the ferving of any good at God's hand, should glory of Jefas Christ, that the gospel is lay strong bonds on people to hearken onwelcomed, and obedience is yielded to the to and obey him that had pity on them, aith; so because this willing obedience and brought them forth: for, that those


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