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of John the Baptift +, and the more irrefragable Testimo- † Joh. i. 34.ü. ny of his own Miracles, I have a greater Witness than that of John; for the Works which my Father bath given me to finib, the same Works that I do bear witness of me, that the Father bath sent me *
3. From his Administration of * Joh. V. 36. that Office, by revealing the Will of GOD, confirming his Doctrine with his Example, ratifying it with his Deach, rendring it efficacious by his riling again, propagating and settling the succession of it, by giving some Apostles, some Prophets to &c.
t Ephes. iv. 8,
c. (f) Tho’our Lord was not called after the Order of Asron, but after the more antient Order of Melchizedēc, yet all the Functions of the Aaronical Priests, which were purely typical of Him, He eminently fulfilled, s. By the Oblation of Himself, and his entering into the Holy of Holies, not made with hands. 2. By his Interceflion; not servile and precarious, but efficacious and glorious ; as of Him who is exalted at GOD's Right Hand, and to whom all Power is given in Heaven and Earth. 3. By his Benediction. We read of no other part of the Sacerdotal Office perform'd by Melchizedecz but this: He pronounc'd a Blessing both in respect of GOD and of Man, saying, Blessed be Abram of the most High GOD, Poffeffor of Heaven and Earth; and, Blessed be the most High GOD which bath delivered thine Enemies into thine hand * It was a *Gen. xiv. 195 known Act of the Aaronical Priesthood to bless the People. How doth our Lord exceed both Examples, whose Sermon in the Mount begins with the Beatitudes, who ar his parting from his Disciples, lifted up his hands and blessed them t, and who will hereafter bless us with an Everlasting | Luke xxiv. som Benediction !
(8) That the Messias was to be a King appears not only from the constant Tradition of the Fews, but from the express Predictions of the Prophets. Tet have I set my King upon my holy bill of Sion *, saith the Pfalmist. Unto * Pfal. ii. 16. us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the Governo ment shall be upon bis Shoulders, faith Ifaiah, and his Name Jhall be called, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of bis Government and Peace there shall be no end, upon the Throne of David and upon bis Kingdom, to order it, and to establish it, with Judgment and with Fustice, from benceforth
f Ifai. ix. 6,7. even for ever t. All which is apply'd to Jesus by the un
erring Interpretation of the Angel Gabriel, who promised
reign over the House of Jacob for ever, and of bis Kingdom * Lukei. 32, 33. there shall be no end*. He Himself acknowledg’d his Roy
al Character, tho' by fulfilling the strange Prophesy of Za
chary, Tell ye the Daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh * Mat. xxi. 4, s. unto thee, meek, and fitting on an Afs*. And by making
almost as strange a Confession to Pilate, Thou Sayest that I
am a King ; to this End was I born, and for this Cause came 7 Job. xviii. 37.
I into the World, that I might bear witness unto the Truth t.
in the Heavenly Places, far above all Principality, and Power, * Eph.i.20,21. and Might, and Dominion * This Regal Office confifts,
First, in ruling his People, by delivering to them a Law, and supplying them with Grace, to fulfill it; by protecting them from Danger, and supporting them in Affliction, and by rewarding them eternally for their Obedience. Seondly, In destroying his Enemies, temporal and spiritual. He told his Disciples, There be fome standing here which sball
not taste of Death till they see the Son of Man coming in his + Mat. xvi. 28. Kingdom +: In this Kingdom He was seen to come when
He brought utter Destruction on the Jews by the Roman Armies, shortly after to be destroy'd themselves. Nor will his Triumphs be less remarkable over his invisible Opposers. Sin, Satan, and Death, shall be destroy'd in their
Order. For he must reign till be hath put all Enemies under * 1 Cor. XV. 25. bis Feet * Thus is Jesus become the Prince of the Kings of + Rev. i. 5.
the Earth t; thus is the Lamb acknowledged to be Lord of * Rev. xvii. 14. Lords, and King of Kings *.
(b) The Oil of Unction prescrib'd by the Mofaical Law, the Fews confess to have been lost in the time of Fofiab; and they had a Tradition, that it should be found again when the Messias came. But He indeed wanted not that typical Oil for his Confecration, being anointed with the Divinity it self, with the Holy Ghoft, and with Power t, as St. Peter speaks. It is needless to dispute, as some have done, whether this Unction was perform’d at his Conception, or at his Baptism, since both are well consistent. Da
* Acts x. 38.
vid, the undoubted Type of the Meffias, was first anointed at Bethlehem, then receiving the Spirit of GOD, and a Right to the Throne: Yet when he came to exercise this Right after the Death of Saul, he was again anointed at Hebron. So might our Lord be first fanctify’d and design'd for his Office, by the Unction at his Conception, and then inaugurated for the actual performance of it, by the Unction at his Baptism. Lest any should deny this Effufion, or Descent of the Holy Ghost to be a sufficient Unction, it will fully appear to be so by its exact completion of all things requir'd in the Typical, or Legal, Unction. These concern'd either the Action, or the Matter. By the Action, the Fews tell us, was signified the Divine Election of the Person, and the fitting him to receive the Divine Influence. For the first, our Saviour's Unction was attended with the most infallible Tokens of the Divine Designation, by the
Message of an Angel at his Conception, and a Voice from Heaven at his Baptism. And for the second, this Unction was the Divine Influence, nay, the Divinity it self. In respect of the Matter we are told, 1. That Oil was made choice of before other Liquors, because it signified the greatest Glory and Excellency; Whence in yotham's Parable, the Olive was the first of Trees mention'd as fit to reign over the rest. And what so great and excellent as to be proclaim'd the Son of GOD, and to obtain a Name greater than all Names? 2. That it was preferr'd on account of its long continuing uncorrupted, and of its preserving other things from Corruption. Now Jesus, anointed with the Spiritual Oil, hath an unchangeable Priestbood; being made not after the Law of a Carnal Commando ment, but after the Power of an endless Life *. 3. That * Heb. vii, 16. this facred Oil was to be distinguish'd from others, by a composition of the most fragrant Spices. And Jesus was by his Unction enabled to offer up Himself a Sacrifice to GO D, of a sweet-smelling Savour ; being full of Grace and Truth, and endued with all the mixture of Divine Gifts. 4. That in consecrating Kings and Priests, the Oil was to be us’d, not only in the way of Unction, but of Affusia on; the former to denote their Separation, the latter the descent of the Spirit upon them. And what plainer chan Affusion at our Lord's Unction? His Conception was perform'd by the over-thadowing of the Holy Ghost; his Inauguration by the fame Holy Spirit's descending and light
ing upon Him. 5. That the Oil was to be pour'd on the Head of the Person consecrated, as the Sear of the Animal Faculties, the Fountain of Dignity, and Original of all the Members. And this was most eminently fulfilld in Jesus, who, by his Unction, or as he was the Chrift, became the Head of the Church, nay, the Head of all Principality and Power : From whom all the Body, by joints
and bands, having Nourishment ministred, and knit together, Col. ii. 10,19. increaseth with the increase of GOD t.
(i) The Necessity of believing this part of the Article is most apparent:
1. Because He alone can be our Jesus who is also the Christ : He alone can reveal, can work out, can confer Salvation, who hath united the Characters of Prophet, Priest, and King. That Jesus is the Christ was that Fundamental Doctrine which the Apostles not only testified, but argued, prov’d and demonstrated, out of the Law and the Prophets : This Doctrine whosoever believeth, is born of GOD: Whosoever denieth, is the Antichrist, as deny. ing the Father and the Son,
2. Because this is the Life and Principal of Christian Practice, by which alone our Christian Faith can be defended and maintain'd, In vain we demonstrate to the Jews, that our Saviour, who did and suffer'd so much, is the true Meffias, if by our Lives we recall our Arguments, and strengthen their wilful Opposition: If we give them cause to suspect us of Idolatrous Worship; if we afford Protection to false Doctrine, Heresy, or Schism; if we promote War and Violence, if we cherish Envy and Uncharitableness; and thus defeat those Prophetical Charac
ters of the Days of the Messias, that the Wolf should dwell # Ifai. xi, 6e with the Lamh, the Leopard lie down with the Kid *; that
Men should beat their Swords into Ploughbares, and their + Ifai. ii. 334. Spears into Pruning-hooks t; that all Idolatry should totally
cease, all falfe Teachers be cut off, all unclean Spiritsfor ever expelld and restrain'd.
3. Because the several Offices of Jesus, as the Christ, are the great causes and Incitements of our respective Obligations and Duties. We must look on Him as our Pro
phet, that we may be engag’d to hear and embrace his
, glorify GOD,
4. Because 'e cannot otherwise be instructed what it is to be a Christian, and how far we stand oblig'd by owning that Name. Our Title bears the most proper Signification of our Profession, and relation to the Author and Mafter whom we serve. There are two parts of the Seal of the Foundation of GOD; The Lord knoweth those that are bis; and let every one that nameth the Name of Christ, depart from Iniquity *. The Primitive Professors did not * 2 Tim. iii. 19, more delight in the Honour of this Name, than in the Obligation: As under Torture and Martyrdom they acknowledgd themselves Christians, so it was the common Form of their Answers, I am a Christian, and withius no Evil is done. We have an Unition from the Holy One, and the anointing which we have received from Him abideth in us t. f i Joh. ij.202