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God, and the Word was God. And the Word that in the beginning was with God, and was God, in the fulness of time was made fesh, and dwelt among men upon earth, who did bebold his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father, full of grace and truth. This the apostle John doth evince at great length; this he expresly teaches, in the first chapter of his gospel, and the first fourteen or fifteen verses of it. Now, this difcovery of Christ is extremely encouraging to a finner who is under the deep conviction of sin, as was the jaylor in the text. If ye tell such an one, when he cries out with him, what must I do to be faved? Go, believe on God; it would give him no relief; for all his fears are from God; it is destruction from God that is his terror. He sees the holiness, the truth, the wisdom and justice of God, all breathing out threatenings against him. Holiness cannot look upon an impure finner. The. truth of God has become surety for his destruction: the justice of God pleads it reasonable that the finner should be punished; and thereby evil taken away, God's honour and the honour of his lawi repaired; and wisdom is so deeply interested in every one of these claims, that it seems to join with them. Hence it is that the sinner is horridly a- . fraid of God. So far would he be from looking toward him, that like Adam, he would flee from! him, and endeavour to hide himself. What, would such a poor trembling finner reply unto any who should bid him believe in God, fhall I believe on him who threatens me with destruction, 'on him, all whose attributes conspire, and that most juftly, my everlasting destruction? He has told me already what I am to expect at his hand, even sure and inevitable death, in the day thou ,

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eatest thou shalt furely die : this Gód is a consum-
ing fire, and I am as stubble before him. On the
other hand, tell such a convinced sinnner of a
man, a mere man, and bid him look to him for
relief; this at first blush appears utterly vain.
What! are not all men involved in the same cala-
mity with me? are they not unable to save them-
felves ? What! is man able to sustain the weight
of that heavy stroke of wrath, which enraged om,
nipotency is ready to lay on? Thus it appears that
neither mere God, nor mere man, is suited to
give relief to the finner of whom we speak; but
God and man united in one, appears exceedingly
suited to give him relief. There are three things
which an awakened sinner will see, at the first
view, in the person of Christ. (1.) He will see
him to be one that may be approached by him.
When one is made sensible of his own sinfulness,
so far will he be from desiring a sight of God,
that he will rather faint at the thoughts of it, since
he dreads he cannot see him and live. Nay, such
is the weakness of man since the fall, that the light
even of a created angel has made some of the
most eminent faints exceedingly afraid, as we have
instances more than one in the scripture. But
there is not that dread in the sight of one that is
clothed with Alesh, that appears in the likeness e-
ven of sinful flesh, Rom. viii. 3. as to deter from
approaching to him. Nay, on the contrary, will
not every one in this case readily draw near, in
expectation of relief from such an ont, knowing:
him to be bone of his bone, and flesh of his flere?
This is one of the excellencies in Christ's person,
that ravishes the heart of a sinner that is looking
out for relief. (2.) The person of Christ, thus
consisting of the divine and human nature united

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in one, appears notably fitted for undertaking the work of a days-man betwixt an angry God and rebel finners. He is equally interested in both parties : 'being God, he knows exactly what all the properties of God do demand of finners; and being man, he knows well what man's state is. Thus the sinner's fear is removed, that there is not a days-man who should lay his hand upon the head of both parties, ás Job expresses it. (3.) A convinced finner here sees one, not only capable to know, , but even to be touched with the feeling of his in

firmities, who' withal has wisdom and power to improve any sense he has of our misery to our advantage. This is what the convinced sinner with admiration views in Christ; who is the great mystery of godliness, God manifested in the fest. . 2. The Lord Jesus Christ' is clothed with a threefold office, for the behoof and advantage of . such as shall believe on him. He is a king, a' priest, and a prophet. And each of these is ex. ceedingly suited to the relief of an awakened sin. ner, as we may 'hear afterwards, ins":

(1.) I say he is a prophet; and as such he was promifed of old to the church by Moses. A prophet spall the 'Lord your Gód raise up to you from among your brethren, says he. Because this fcripture furnishes us with a full account of Christ's prophetical office, we may take a view of it at fome length. So then that text runs, I will, says God, raise tham' up a prophet from among their brethren like unto thee; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I Thall command him ; and it mall come to pass that whofoever will not hearken to my words which he Shall speak in my name, I will require it of him, Deut.' xviii. 18, 19. Now in this fcripture we

have fo full an account of Christ's prophetical of-
fice, with respect to our present delign, that I can.
not better unfold this matter than by making some
remarks upon it. And, (1.) Here we see that
Christ is indeed a prophet: for fo he is exprelly
called, and as such he is here promised. That
it is Christ whom Mofes here intends, the spirit
of God has long since by the mouth of the apostle,
Peter fully determined, Acts iii. 22. (2.) Here
we see his call to that office. I will raise up a
prophet, says God, that is, I will call and set one
apart for that work. (3.) We fee further, his fur-
niture for the work: I will put my words in his
mouth. (4.) We see what his work and business
is: it is to speak to them all that is commanded
bin of God; to deliver to them the whole coun-
fel of God for their falvation. (5.) Here we see,
who the persons are to whom God has a regard, in
the designation of Christ to this office : they are
finners, sensible that it was impossible for them to
hear God speak to them imniediately, and yet
live; which put them upon that. desire expressed
in the 16th verse of this chapter, Let me not hear
again the voice of the Lord my Gad; neither let
me see this great fire any more, that I die not. (6.)!
We moreover fee God's design in appointing
Christ a prophet, even a compliance with the de
fires and necesfities of convinced sinners. This
appears plainly.to be his design, if ye obferve the
connexion betwixt, the 15th and 16th verses of this
chapter. The Lord promises, in the 15th ver.
Christ to be à prophet: and in the 16th he tells,
that it was, according to their desires, in Horeb.
(7.) We may further take notice of the qualifica-
tions which they desire in this prophet, and which
Christ accordingly is endued with; and they are,
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that he be one of themselves, one who by his greatness should not be a terror to them; and that he be faithful in declaring to them all that the Lord should acquaint him with. Thus we see in

some measure, and hereafter may see more fully, I of what use it is to sinners, in order to their be. lieving on Christ, that he be a prophet.

(2.) The Lord Jesus Christ is a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedek, Psal. cx. 4. God having made him so by an oath. And in his discharge of this office doth no small part of the concernment of awakened sinners ly. It is not my design at present, to enter upon any large dil course of this office of Christ. I must here take notice of, and open up the nature of this office, in order to that end and scope which we now drive at, the relief of convinced sinners. I shall not stand upon a recital of all the acts which do be long to this office, of which not a few might be mentioned. There are two which deferve especie al consideration, his oblation, and his intercession thereupon. The first is the foundation of the fecond. Now that ye may understand what advantage flows from this office to the persons of whom we discourse, I shall a little enquire, who the per. son is to whom Christ offers facrifice, who they are for whom he doth so, who he is that offers facrifice, and what that sacrifice is that he offers: and upon the whole it will appear, of how great advantage this office is to finners, and how much he is thereby fitted to be the object of sinners faith. I shall only touch at such things here as are indispensably needful in order to lay a foun. dation for faith. :*

First, As for the person to'whom he offers facrifice, and with whom he intercedes, no doubs

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