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judgeth no man, but hath committed all judg. ment to the Son," Joho v. 22. SECT.
III. This was all the doing of Jehovah the Father ; as, in the plan of redemption, there are particular parts the province of each person in the Trinity. Strictly speaking, indeed, there is nothing done by Jehovah, in the Person of the Father, but may be equally said to be done by Jehovah, in the Perfons of the Son and holy Ghost : yet, in a suitableness to our weak comprehensions, as for other ends, worthy of infinite wisdom and grace, there are different parts in the execution of the council of peace, ascribed to the different Persons of the Godhead : the purchase of redemption is afcribed to the Son; and application of it to the Spirit ; as the contrivance of it is to the Father : fo here, the reward bestowed on the Mediator, for “his becoming " obedient even unto death,” is attributed to the Father, whose Servant, in that capacity, he was.
Our Lord's exaltation is the doing of the Father, as, in the different parts of it, it required nothing less than the power of God to accomplish. If divine power was necessary to raise him from the dead, fo, to give him glory, and to advance him, in his human nature, to such an exalted pitch of honour and magnificence.
It was, likeways, the doing of the Father, as the powers with which Christ, as Mediator, is clothed, were originally in the Godhead; were so much the province and prerogative of God, that it was competent for him to delegate and commission whom he pleased, to act in these exalted capacities. The creatures being all his, he might have ruled them by what instrument he chused, without leaving room to say, “ What does thou?"
And it was the Father's doing, as, at a future, an appointed period, he will reassume the reigns of government into his own hand. Though they are now laid on the shoulders of Christ, it is only for a time; in the language of inspiration, “ until " the mystery of God be finished,” Rev. x. 7. “ when (as Paul expresseth it) the kingdom fall “ be delivered up to God, even the Father, and 6 he be all in all,” i Cor xv. 24, 28. The Father's committing all things into the hand of Christ, fays, they were, originally, in his own; and the kingdom's being delivered up to the Father, says, it was formerly under his perfonal management, as was observed above. 4
The change in our Lord's circumstances now, compared with what they were, in the days of his humiliation, is truly wonderful. Who would think, that the Glorious Man, in the midst of the throne, shining with a splendour which far outdoes the fun in his brightness, was the poor, afflicted and defpifed Jesus of Nazareth, who tabernacled, above thirty years, with men upon earth? who would think that the distinguilhed Person, enthroned with the Father, and encompassed with the praises of eternity, was the same Galilean, who was panneled before a heathen tribunal, and treated, by Jews and Gentiles, with unsufferable contempt? who would take the living Lamb, in Immanuel's land, to be the very perfon, who bled, was torn, panted, and expired on the accursed tree? who could know that exalted Redeemer, as he appears in his Father's kingdom, to be He whom Jofeph of Arimathea wrapped in clean linen, and interred in his garden at Jerusalem ? Nothing wil
either surprise or delight the ranfomed ones more, than the view of Jesus Christ as he is. For, after all they hear, read, think and believe, concerning his personal excellence and glory; upon seeing him, they will, as the queen of Sheba refpocting Solomon be obliged to say, "the one half was dever “ told," 1 Kings x. 7. the one half did we say? nay, in respect of what they will then fee him to be, all their former discoveries will appear to have been but darkness, gross darkness and ignorance. The view of this beavenly Man will not only justify all they ever did and suffered for him, but probably fill them with wonder and surprise, because they will not then be capable of shame and remorse, that they loved, adored and served him so little; that they were so averse to suffering in his cause, and so unforward in such work and warfare as were connected, inseparably connected, with his honour and glory. The heavenly vision of Jesus Christ will fill the redeemed with delightful, rapturous amaze, that ever such an immaculate, matchless and glorious Master as he, took, and put up with, such low, ignoble, pitiful and worthless fervants as they. But, if the view of this change in our Lord's circumstances will be such an agreeable and delightful surprise to the excellent ones of the earth ; what, say my brethren, what will be the thoughts, and what the feelings, of unbelievers, upon this discovery! Those who now treat his authority in the gospel with the highest contempt; look on his servants and followers, as Gilly, credulous fouls ; consider his yoke, as an unsupportable burden ; count his day, institutions and ordinances, a weariness scarce to be boin; still more, who, avowedly act in opposition to him, his interests and people; 0, what tongue can express, or thought conceive, the horror with which the first
view of the exalted Man will strike fuch infatuated creatures!
Our Lord's exaltation is an undoubted evidence, that all the family of faith fhall likeways, in due time, have their feet fet upon a rock, and, as far as they are capable of it, be made partakers with him of his glory. Your future circumstances, believers, of which your Lord's exaltation is the earnest, will be fo different from your present, that you will not only, in a manner, be milkenned by others, but, one would think it almost possible, you will then mifken yourselves. When set on the rock of glory and triumph, no remainders of your present imperfection, guilt and grief, pain and discouragement, temptation, fear and distress, shall have place ; and, when set there, your conformity to the glorious Man, in his exaltation, will be so great, as it is impossible for us now to say. Were you to have a present view of the appearance you will then make, it would certainly be more than the earthen vessel could well hold. If John, acquainted with the vision of the Man Christ, was in danger of falling down to worship at the feet of his fellow fervant; what ftrange impressions might such a discovery be supposed to have upon you ? Though “it doth not yet appear what ye shall be," let it fuffice, that “when Christ, who is your life, “ shall appear, ye ihall be like him, for ye shall os fee him as he is," i John ifi.
Moreover, the exaltation of Christ is a sure proof, as to his enemies, that they shall, in no ways, efcape. The God-Man, whom ye now despise, is fet above you, is constituted and appointed your Judge ; and will, fooner or later, have an awful reckoning with you. Every degree of opposition to him, and rebellion against him, will cast up, in that final, decisive process; when, to your utter
confusion and despair, you shall be obliged to stand and receive your condemnation from that ve. ry mouth, from which you will not now embrace the offers of life and indemnity. What will the Atheist, who treats all religion with ridicule and scorn, think, when the reality of the whole shall appear, to the conviction of assembled worlds ? What will the Deift say, when the truth of revelation shall, as with a pen of iron, and the point of a diamond, be written on his conscience, at the bar. of Chrift? What will the Arian, Socinian, and other enemies of our Lord, in his Divine Nature, do; when panneled before him, as God-Man? with what face will the Arminian, and other fuch enemies of an imputed righteousness, appear, without the wedding garment? How will the swearer shrink, on the citation to answer for all the impious words fpoken against this Judge? How will the drunkard Jagger, under the influence of the wrath of God? How will the fabbath-breaker tremble, in the view of no fabbatism, no rest day nor night, for ever? Where will prayerless perfons, then, hide their guilty heads? In what consternation must the despisers of those ordinances, wherefore Christ is the sum and fubitance, ftand, to answer for their conduct? Will whore mongers, adulterers, and other unclean per. fons, then, venture to make a mock at such fins as, once, cost their Judge his precious blood ? In fine, what will all unbelievers, all hypocrites, all unholy, all immoral and profane, wretches, do, at the coming of this Jesus, in his glory, whose calls, by the gospel, they now, fo shamefully Night? O sirs, put not the evil day far off; because judgment is not fpecdily executed, for the Lord's fake, do not dream of exemption from it. Believe the truth of the doctrine respecting Christ's exaltation ; realize his sitting in judgment; think on the impor