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fuitable end for him, who had all the jarring elements to manage, all the opposite tendencies of things to govern, and direct to one common end, than to give a proof of his wonderful skill in reconciling the seemingly opposite and irreconcilable interests of justice and mercy! Never was there any end more noble, more suitable than that which God had in view, in the contrivance of this salvation. He design'd to complete the difcovery he gave of his attributes, to honour his laws, to expose the folly and weakness of his great enemy, to shew his glorious wisdom in composing the greatest difference, reconciling the most seem. .| ingly cross and irreconcilable interests of justice and mercy.

Thus we see the end was wise : nor were the means, and the timing of the meansless fo. Much of wisdom was there laid out in fitting the person of the redeemer, to open a door for the glorification of the grace, mercy and love of God, to repair the honour of God's law and of his authority, to baffle Satan's power and policy, and to reconcile and amicably compose the opposite interests of spotless justice and tender mercy. Much of wifdom shines in timing of this discovery, and in the application of it. Well might it be called inanifold wisdom that Mines herein. And justly may that salvation, which is thus wisely contrived, be called great, in respect of that wisdom which did contrive it. . (2.). This is indeed a great salvation, and can- . not but be so, if we consider the author of it, God, the great God. He it is who contrived, and claims the honour of the accomplishment of this work, of the salvation of the church as his due: and this honour is given him cordially by all those who

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are saved. They find themselves obliged to own
all other things unable for contriving or for effe-
&tuating a work so great as is the salvation of sin-
ners. In vàin is salvation looked for from the
hills, and from the multitude of mountains; in the
Lord alone is the falvation of his people, Jer. iii.
23. And this acknowledgment of the church
is confonant to that declaration which God gives,
Ifa. xlv. 21. There is no God elfe beside me, a
just God and a Saviour, there is none beside me..
All the persons of the glorious Trinity have their
distinct hand and concernment in this falvation:
The first proposal is owing to the love of the fa-
ther, the accomplishment of it to the fon; and the
application of it to the spirit. Sure it must be a
great work indeed, a great salvation that bufied
the thoughts of the blessed Trinity from all eter?
nity, and employed, if I may fo speak, their hands
in time. And such is the falvation we speak of.

(3.)'Tis a great salvation, if we consider the way of its accomplishment, the ineans whereby it is brought about; and these were the wonderfulgreat condescension of the Son of God, humbling himself so far as to take upon him the form of a servant, sinful man, Phil ii. 6, 7. his inexpressibly great sufferings in soul and body, and the exceeding greatness of his mighty power put forth in the application of these great things which were pur. chased, not with things of so small a price, so inconsiderable as silver or gold, or'fuch corruptible

dross, but with the precious blood of Christ, i Pet. . i. 18. á (4.). 'Tis great salvation, if we consider the manner of its publication.- God himself brought the first news of it to Adam, and did afterwuds upon several occasions carry on the discovery, by

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adding to that fieft revelation, and giving new beams of light to it, as the various occasions of the church did require, Heb. ii. 2, 3. But that which is most remarkable, and of greatest consideration, is that the publication of this was a part of the work which a humbled God, while tabernacled amongst men, took to himself; he went about preaching salvation.

(5.) This salvation deferves to be called great, if we take a view of the great evils we are hereby liberate and saved from. (1.) Hereby we are faved froin great pollutions. We are all by nature as black, as filthy as hell; we have by sin debased ourselves to hell: we are so filthy that God, the holy God, cannot look upon us without abhorrence: , we are abominate by the holy angels, and even by ourselves, when our eyes are opened. There is so much filthiness in every sinner, as is sufficient to make him loathe himself, if he but saw himself. Job, who had as great a testimony given him by God, the best judge as ever man had, yet loathes and abhors himself, when God lets him see himself. Must not that be great filthiness that makes not only God, the holy God, loathe man; but even, sinful polluted man abominate himself? And is it not a great salvation to be saved from fo great filthiness? Sure it is. 'Tis a filthiness that the nitre and fope of human endeavours has many times been tried upon, but to no purpose. Nothing can wash out the stain but the blood of God: and to be saved from such filthiness, is a mercy of no small consideration : 'Tis indeed great falvation. (2.) 'Tis falvation from the guilt of fin. Sin' carries in it an obligation to punishinent, Rom. viii. 1. It ties sin and punilhment together; and confequently is like a strong chain whereby the sinner

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is bound to destruction, so fast that he cannot get
away from it. He is tied to hell, and sure when
one finds himself thus knit to destruction, he will
think it a great salvation to be saved from it, to
have this knot loofed. (3.) 'Tis salvation from
the dominion of sin. Sin is a great tyrant, and
imposes a most heavy and intolerable yoke upon
all its vasals. We may fee what a tyrant it is,
by the many tragical events with which the world
is daily filled. We see some kingdoms foked in
blood, some families buried in contempt; some
men ruined in their reputation, others in their
bodies, others in their estates : and if we enquire
who has done all this mischief; we shall find that
fin has done it all. It has made one part of a na-
tion imbrue their hands in their neighbours blood;
it has hurried men upon these foolish and hurtful
practices, whereby they have ruined their families,
their estates, their names, their souls, their bodies.
Sure then salvation froin the reign and dominion
of this insufferable tyrant, deserves to be stil'd great
salvation.' (4.) 'Tis falvation from the molesting
power of the remainders of sin that dwells in be-
lievers : and this is great falvation. So grievous
are the workings, stirrings, motions of this ene.
my, that it makes the children of God many times
look upon themselves as wretched, and cry out
with the apostle, Rom. vii. 24. O wretched man
that I am, who mall deliver me from the body of
this death ? And to be freed from that which
makes a man account himself miserable and
wretched, is certainly a great salvation. (5.) 'Tis
salvation from the wrath of God; and how great
a mercy is this? Who knows the power of his
wrath ? And who knows how great a deliverance.
it is to be saved from the wrath to come? Such

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only can who have their eyes open, to see the
danger: they are in from the imminency of the
whirlwind of the Lord's anger, 'that goes forth
with fury, and falls with pain upon the head of
the wicked. (6.) 'Tis salvation from Satan's fla-
very: and sure to be saved from his layery is a
great salvation indeed. He rules in the children
of disobedience: and where he reigns he never
treats one of his slaves better, than he did that
poor child, of whom we have an account in the
Evangelists. . He takes them and tears them, and
bruises them, throwing them sometimes into the
fire, and sometimes into the water, Matt. xvij. 14.
Mark ix: 17. Luke ix. 39. He runs them into
very different evils, fire and water, but equally de-
structive to their life. And to be faved from such
treatment, from such an enemy, is surely a great
falvation; and will easily be acknowleged such, by
all who know how great a misery it is to be under
such a yoke. (7.) 'Tis salvation from the sting of
death, and from the fear of death. We read of
some that all their lifetime have been in bondage
through fears of death, Heb. ii. 15. Where
'tis likewise declared a part of Christ's undertak-
jng, to deliver luch. Forasmuch then as the chil.
dren are partakers of flesh and blood, he also him.
self likewise took part of the fame, that thro? death
he might destroy him that had the power of death,
that is, the devil; and deliver them who through
fear, of death were all their lifetime subject to
bondage. Whoever takes a view of these evils,
which this falvation and deliverance has a respect

to, cannot but own it a great salvation,
, (6.). To add no more considerations for the il-

lustration of this property, it must be owned to be .. a great salvation, if we consider what are the ad

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