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oil, that he may pour it upon us. And, as he hath grace for the graceless; so, he hath mercy for the miserable: as all the grace, so all the mercy of God is his; “ My mercy shall be with him," Psalm lxxxix. 24. Mercy vents through his blood, even as grace is said to reign through his righteousness. God sent his law to Christ for obedience, and justice to Christ for satisfaction, that mercy might vent, and grace might reign through his righteousness tò eternal life.
6. All the truth and faithfulness of God the Father is his; “ My faithfulness (as well as mercy) shall be with him," Psal. Ixxxix. 24. This of truth, is added, with grace, John i. 14. · Full of grace and truth.' O what is Christ but just the love and faithfulness of God! The mercy and truth of God met together, and wrapt up in a garment of flesh and blood! I have observed in a former discourse, between thirty and forty places of scripture, where the mercy and truth of God, or his loving-kindness are joined together. It was the work of mercy to make the promise; and it is the work of truth to make out the promise: therefore, O believer, when you have nothing to plead or prevail with a promising God for your succour or supply, remember there are two orators in his bosom, that will effectually intercede for your relief; and these are his mercy and truth in Jesus Christ : “ God is not man, that he should lye; nor the son of man, that he should repent: heaven and earth shall pass away, but his words shall not pass away.” ---Nothing did ever God say in his word but what he hath and will accomplish. He said, “ The seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent,” Gen. iii. 15.; and he hath made it good, by Christ's coming in the flesh, and suffering in the flesh. God said to Abraham, he should have a son by Sarah ; though the womb be dead, yet the promise lives : Isaac, the child of the promise, must come from this dead womb, to shew that God is a faithful God. God said to Moses, that he should lead Israel out of Egypt; and therefore notwithstanding of the hardness of Pharaoh's heart, and power of his opposition, yet God, by many miracles, made good his word. O sirs, he hath faithfulness for the girdle of his loins : and the girdle being round about him, we may hold by this girdle, even when he turns his back, and hides himself in the darkest providences; “ His mercy endureth for ever, and his truth faileth never.” Man's mercy soon turns to cruelty, and his truth to falsehood: but the mercy and truth of God have met together in Christ : and when you can find no mercy nor truth in man, you may look and see all the mercy and truth of God iu Christ, and rest there ; for he says, « All things that the Father hath are mine."
7. All the works that the Father bath ado are his; the work of creation, providence and redemption. God's creation work was his; “ All things were made by him; and without him was nothing made that was made,” John i. 3. God's works of providence are all his; for, “ He upholdeth all things by the word of his power, Heb. i. 3. He is the Governor among the nations ;" and all the reins of providence are in his hand. God's work of redemption is bis : the work of redemption by price was his; and he hath finished this work which the Father gave him to do: the work of redemption by power is his; and he will never rest till he hath finished that also: and for this end he promises the Spirit here to glorify him, by shewing all the things that are his; and for this end all the influences of the Spirit of God are his. And we may say, all the winds of heaven are his: these are what his people seek to blow upon them; " Awake, 0 north wind, come thou south :" these are what he promises in the coming of the Comforter ; “I will send him to you; Ezekiel xxxvii. 9. "Thus saith the Lord, Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain that they may live :” 0 say, 'Amen, Even so, come Lord Jesus ;' come quickly in the power of thy Spirit. In a word, all his Father's works are his : therefore he says, “ My Father worketh hitherto, and I work,” John v. 17.
8. All the authority that the Father hath is his, and he is intrusted with it as Mediator: therefore
God the Father, “ My name is in him ;” and, he hath given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man, John v. 27. yea, “ The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment to the Son; him hath God the Father sealed," and authorized to be both the Saviour and the Judge.
9. All the elect that the Father hath are his; “ I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world ; thine they were, and thou gavest them me,” John xvii. 6. They were thine by election : and thou gavest them to be redeemed by me. They were chosen in him before the foundation of the world, Eph. i. 4. These are called his seed, Isa. liii. 10. " When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed; he shall see the travail of his soul and be satisfied."
10. Hence all the blessings that the Father hath to give out are his; he is constitute the Dispenser thereof; for, God hath set him to be blessings, as the word may be read, Psal. xxi. 6. “Thou hast made him to be most blessed for ever.” Thou hast set him to be blessings for ever, to be the Dispenser of eternal blessings. It was promised, “ Men shall be blessed in him," Psal. Ixxii. 17. and accordingly he is sent to bless us; Acts iii. 26. “God having raised up his Son Jesus sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquity.” It is in him that God blesses us with all spiritual blessings; with the blessings of pardon, peace, and reconciliation with God; with the blessings of justification, sanctification, and consolation ; with the blessings of grace and glory, and every good thing. Would you have God's blessing? You must have it out of Christ's hand; for the Father's blessing, and all the things that the Father hath, are mine, says Christ; they are mine to dispense, and they would never have been yours, if they had not been mine.
In a word, all things that the Father hath in his mind and council from eternity, and that lay bid in his everlasting bosom, they are mine to reveal to you; for, “ No man hath seen God at any time, the only-begotten Son, that is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." All things that the Father hath in his heart, and bowels of compassion to the children of men, they are mine to manifest; and I am come to speak out of his heart, saying, “ I have loved thee with an everlasting love, and with loving-kindness have I drawn thee."-- All things that the Father hath in his thoughts that are an infinite depth, they are mine to put in words; though as the heavens are higher than the earth, so his thoughts are higher than our thoughts, yet behold they are thoughts of peace and not of evil
, to give you an expected end. All things that the Father hath in his sovereign will to be done for sinners, they are mine to do: and therefore, in the volume of his book it is written of
me, “ Lo, I come: I delight to do thy will, O my God.” O infinitely glorious Christ, that could say, “ All things that the Father hath are mine," therefore shall the Spirit glorify me!
III. The third thing proposed was, To shew how and in what manner all things that the Father hath are his; I have already, upon the first head, relating to his right and title to all things that the Father hath, shewed you, that all things are bis naturally, as he is God; and do'natively, or economically, as he is Mediator. I add, in a few words, these following particulars.
1. All things that the Father bath are his substantially, not symbolically, as Christ is said to be in the elements of bread and wine in the sacramental supper : or as God was said to be in the temple by the symbols of his presence; no: it is not symbolically, but substantially; it is not the shadow but the substance of all things the Father hath that are his: therefore it is said, Col. ij. 9. that “ In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily;" that is, substantially; and so in a glorious, eminent, superlative, and transcendent way. Christ is the substance of all the types, sacrifices, and ceremonies under the law. They were but the shadow of good things to come, Heb. x. 1. All the good things themselves are in Christ substantially.
2. All things that the Father hath are his communicatively. The Mediator's fulness is communicable to us. As they are the Father's things we have no immediate access to them: but as they are lodged in the hand of Christ, whom the Father hath made the Dispenser, we have access to him immediately. Christ bath opened the door of his Father's store-house, and comes out with all things in his hand that the Father hath: and, indeed, all other shops are closed, if we may be allowed the expression, but Christ's shop stands open; and upon the door head is written this inscription, “ Whosoever will, let him come, and share of all “ things that the Father hath, for they are mine."--Christ's fulness, which is the fulness of God, is communicative; therefore, • Out of his fulness we may all receive,” John i. 16. We needed not preach of this great store, if it were locked up in him; nay, “ In him dwelleth all the ful- . ness of the Godhead, that we may be complete in him," Col. ii. 10. Christ is a cabinet of rich and rare jewels, that can enrich you, sirs, to eternity. There are two keys that use to open this cabinet : faith is a key; for, out of his fulness we receive by faith : prayer is another key ; " If any man lack wisdom, let him ask it of God.” if these keys be not in your hand just now, yet surely they are in his hand, who says, “ All things are mine." O sirs, beseeeh him to throw you the keys, and give you the Spirit of faith and prayer.
3. All things that the Father hath are his sufficient. ly; even bread enough and to spare, Luke xv. 17. Fulness enough for the destitute; light enough for the dark; life enough for the dead : pardon in abun. dance, for guilty sinners; and plenty of all things for poor and needy souls; bread enough to spare. If you think there is none to spare for you, it is because you do not believe there is enough in him ; nor believe that all things that the Father hath are his. But, o let us not thus, by unbelief, disgrace our infinitely noble and glorious Lord, by supposing there is not enough in him ! Philip said once to Christ, John xiv. 8. “ Shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us;" q. d. surely there is such a sufficiency in God the Father, that, if he be shewn to us, we will have what is enough to give full satisfaction to all the insatiable desires of the immortal soul; therefore, “ Shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.” Well, what is Christ doing here this day among us, but shewing us the Father, and all his treasures in himself; in whom alone, are hid all the treasures of wisdom and