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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
are saved. They find themselves obliged to own
(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
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
is bound to destruction, so fast that he cannot get
only can who have their eyes open, to see the
to, cannot but own it a great salvation,
lustration of this property, it must be owned to be .. a great salvation, if we consider what are the ad