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To him the headship and government of the people does belong: therefore to him must the gathering of the people be.

2. To him must the gathering of the people be, be. cause to him does the work of the people belong: as he is appointed to be an Head to them, fo a worker for then). Ever since the covenant of works was broken, and so our working arm broken, we being by nature without strength, it is he that works all our work in us, and for us, Isa. xxvi. 12. Hence says the psalmist David, Psal. lvii. 2." I will cry unto God most High, unto God that performs all things for me.” There is a twofold work that we need to have performed, namely, work satisfying to the law, as a covenant; and work suitable to the law, as a rule. Now, the performing of both these works belongs to Christ, as he is made of God to us, both rigliteousness and fanctification. The work satisfying to the law, as a covenant, is performed by him as our righteousness, while he fulfils the righteousness of the law for, and in his people, Rom. viii. 4. The work suitable to the law as a rule, is performed in and through him, as our fanctification ; while he puts his Spirit within us, and causes us to walk in his statutes, Ezek. xxxvi. 22. And hence, says Christ, john xv. 5. “ Without me ye can do nothing :" the word is, Xcope's suš, SEVERED froin me, or SEPARATE from ine, ye can do nothing.--Why then, we must not remain separate from him ; but gather to him, as he is the Mediator, and the All of the covenant. The whole weight and work of the covenant belongs to him, and this makes it a covenant of grace to us, and not of works; because all the work falls to his share. There is his doing work, for the people ; for he came to fulfil all righteousness, that fo the people might say, “ In the Lord have I righteousness,” Ifa. xlv. 24. Therefore it follows, “ To him shall men come.” Again, there is his suffering work for the people, on which account, the gathering of the people should be to him ; Heb. xiii. 13. " That he might fanctify the people with his own blood, he suffered without the gate; therefore let us go forth to him." There is his dying

work; work; for he suffered unto death; and his death was an act of obedience; he being obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. This is the gospel delivered unto us, to be preached unto the people, “ How that Christ died for our fins according to the scriptures," I Cor. xv. 3. And shall he die for the people, and yet there be no gathering of the people to him?-There is his repairing work, for the behoof of the people ; and in the works just now mentioned, this repairing work is accomplished ; for he repairs the breaches of the law, that our sin made : and not only is the law magnified and made honourable, by his doing and dying; while his doing answers the precept, and his dying the threatening thereof, and that to infinite advantage ; but the glory of the Law-giver is repaired. The people had come short of the glory of God; but he, to whom the gathering of the people must be, did repair the honour and glory of his holiness, by a perfect obedience; and the glory and honour of his justice, by a condign fatis. faction: and thus brought in glory to God in the higheft; yea, and made all the other glorious attributes of God shine forth gloriously and harmoniously, in the work of our redemption. And hence, when Christ was about this work, he says, " Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him,” John xij. 31.There is his purchasing work, for the behoof of the people; “ He hath bought the people with a price," I Cor. .. vi. 20. And shall not the gathering of the people be

to him, whose blood was the price of the peoples fouls, and the purchase-money for buying grace and glory to them!-- There is his pleading work for the people ; for, “He is able to save to the uttermoft, all that come to God by him, because he ever lives to make intercession for them,” Heb. vii. 25. And this is the reason for their coming and gathering to him; for, in so doing, they shall have an evidence, that his pleading for them hath been, and will be for ever effectual.-There is also a conquering work, that belongs to him, according to Psal. cx. 3. “ Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power:" therefore the gathering of the people shall be

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to him, because the conquering of the people belongs to him; and how he conquers them, by the sword of his powerful grace, you fee, Pfalm slv. 3, 4, 5. Indeed the . will be no gathering to him, till this coulquering power come: and therefore, if you would be gathered, cry to him to gird this sword upon his thigh, and to send the rod of his firength out of Zion, that it may be mighty through God to the pulling down of the itrong holds of fin. O that his voice in the gofpel were powerful! Some tell us that the lion's whelps are born dead at first, tili by the roaring of the old lion over them, they are quickened : whatever be in this, it is true enough in the case of the people that are gathered to Shiloh; they are born dead, and remain fo, till the Lion of the tribe of Judah roar so loudly, as to quicken them with his powerful voice, according to John v. 25.“ The hour cometh, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live:” his voice quickens, conquers, and captivates them.---And as it is his work to conquer them; so to conquer all their enemies for them ; whether it be fin, Satan, death, hell, or the world, that they may be more than conquerors thru' hin; and all this conquering work belongs to him, that the gathering of the people may be to him. And, in a word, there is a strengthening work, that belongs to him, as well as a leading, guiding, comforting and counselling work,' that I might mention, together with all the other parts of his faving work ; “I can do all things through Christ frengthening me," says Paul. And it is upon this footing, that all the fruits of faith come in, even all the works of spiritual gospel obedience. When we go forth to any work, we are to go in the strength of the Lord, making mention of his righteousness, and of his only; being firong in the Lord, and in the power of his might ; strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man ; his strength being made perfect in our weakness; and he working in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Thus he is the strength of Ifrael, the strength of his people : for which cause, the hering of the people must be to him ; and because, in this manner, the work of the people belongs to him, to work all their works in them, and for them. But then again,

3. To him níust the gathering of the people be, because to him does the INSTRUCTION of the people belong; for as the purchase of the people belongs to him, as a Priest, and the conquest of the people belongs to him, as a King; fo the instruction of the people belongs to him, as a Priphet. And indeed, though I mention it here in the third place, yet this is the first part of his gathering work, to instruct, and teach, and enlighten; and may we not say with Elihu, Job xxxvi. 22. “ Who teacheth like him ?" Ele is the none-such Teacher of the people ; and therefore, must the gathering of the people be to him. In vain is the gathering of people about tents and pulpits, if their eyes look no higher than towards poor ministers, mortal' worms like themselves, that can only speak to their ears, but cannot make one beam of divine light to break in upon their understandings. This is the peculiar work of him who is the Sun of righteousness, the Light of the world, the Light to lighten the Gentiles: it is he only, by his Spirit, that can make us to know God, and the things of God; “No man hath feen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him," John i. 18. He is the blessed and only Teacher and Inftrućter; and therefore the gathering of the people should be to his school, that they may be all taught of God: Jehñ vi. 45. “And every man iherefore that hath heard, and learned of the Father, comes to me," says Chrisì; where it is pleasant to cbserve, comparing this and the former fcripture together, that as God and Christ both are teachers here, so the Father and the Son both are the lesson taught, in the light of the eternal Spirit : and, that as there is no coming to Christ, for gathering to him, but under the influence of the Father's teaching; nor is there any coming to the Father, but by the Son, who is the way : so the great lefion that the Father teaches is the Son, and the great leffon that the Son teaches is the Father; and so the whole teaching coines to this, a knowing the Father, in the Son, by the Holy

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Ghost. Now, our Lord Jesus Christ, in a peculiar man. ner, is the great Prophet and Teacher, being anointed with a super-eminent unction of the Spirit of wisdom for this end ; Isa. Ixi. 1. “ The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, for he hath anointed me to preach;” O glorious preacher and teacher! “I have put my Spirit upon him, says the Father, that he might bring forth judgment to the Gentiles :" that is, light and instruction to the people : and therefore should the gathering of the people be to him. O then, let all the people say, “ To whom fhall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.”

4. To him must the gathering of the people be, becaule to him does the saLVATION of the people belong. Salvation from fin belongs to him; therefore his name is called Jesus, because he faves his people from their fins, Mat.i. 21. Salvation from wrath belongs to him, therefore his name is also called, even Jesus, which deliver. ed us from the wrath to come, 1 Thess. i. 10. And not only the privative, but the positive salvation of the peo. ple belongs to him ; hence, whom he faves, he adopts ; whom he laves, he adorns ; whom he faves, he anoints; whom he faves, he justifies, and glorifies. O then, to whom should the gathering of finners be, but to him who is the Saviour of finners? Tim. i. 15. - This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus Christ came to save finners, of whom (viz. of saved finners] I am the chief.” Olet every man, and woman here fay it with application ! say it, man, woman;, say it, old and young, high and low, rich and poor ; and I will say it with you thro' grace, Of whom I am the chief; even the chief of finners, whom he came to save. Let not unbelief say, It may be he came not to save me : for this gospel declares that your name is in his sealed commifsion, if you be a finner; there is the gospel-charter let down from heaven, and it is a letter directed on the back, For you finners; “ Jesus Christ came to save sinNERS :" and if you open the charter, and read it with application to yourself, you will find that it is all for you, both within and without. O! hath Christ a commillion to save the people! and shall not the people

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