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delight; so his prefence in hell is the source of woc, terror, and despair. Over them he acts as the Law-giver and Law avenger. That he acts as the Law.giver, is evident from the many miracles he wrought, in the days of his fleh, in restraining the powers of hell, and commanding them out of those poffcfied and tormented by them. So much were they under his authority, that, without leave, asked and obtained, they could not so much as enter, a herd of groveling swine. "The devils belought

him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go

away into the herd of swine,” Matth. vii. 31. and if he could give laws to them when on earth, is it to be imagined, he is less capable of it, in his Mediatory character, now that he is in heaven?

And that our Lord acts, respecting these loft creatures, as the Law avenger, appears from the manner in which those very devils accosted him, on that occasion, in the country of the Gergelenes, li hen he commanded them to come out of the man,

they cried out, faying, What have we to do with

thee, Jesus ihou Son of God? art thou come ** hither to torment us before the time?" Matth. viii. 29. They knew him to be the Son of God, and understood, that, as such, he was appointed the Minister of heaven, in their damnation. In both these respects, he roles, and will continue to rule, that whole ariny of infernal locusts, and to rule them as with a rod of iron. These circumstances having place, when he tabernacled upon earth, is a fure indication, that the powers of hell are intirely fubject to him, not only as God, but as God-Man.

Moreover, our Lord's majestical goings in, and over, the powers of darkness, appear with further evidence, from what he said, when manifested, in his mediatory glory, to John in Patmos. “Fear not, “ I am the first, and the last: I am he that liveth,

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" and was dead : and behold, I am alive for ever

more, Amen; and have the keys of hell and " death," Rev. i. 17, 18. That he spoke there as Mediator, in his human, as well as divine nature, is more than evident from the words themselves; wherein, his death, resurrection, and glory, as man, are fully expressed. And, as such, you lee, he has the keys of hell; implying his power of turning these keys, when, and upon whom, foever he plealeth. The reprobate world, whether of men or devils, are all, by his awful, tremenduous hand, fhut up, in these prisons of despair. No enemy of God and the gospel sooner drops the curtain of mortality, than our Lord's goings are dreadfully expressed, in his turning the key of hell as well as death against them. Ere ever their clay.tabernacles be cold, their accursed fpirits are wrapped up in flames, as io winding sheets of wraih, and that under sure ward, by the turning of this irreversible key.

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Our Lord's goings, in all these respects, were established, by the Father, as Man-Mediator ; for, as such only, his goings were, or needed, to be made firm. He acted, does, and will continue, to act, in virtue of a valid commission from the Father, representing the Deity, for these very purposes. That he was and is possessed of such a commission, is certain, from his acting in the capacities mentioned ; for no ufurpation of power can, in the remotest way, be supposed, without reflecting, deeply reflecting, against the Father permitting, and the Mediator practising, it. But manifold fcriptores put the truth beyond peradventure. “I * have set my King (says the Father) upon my holy

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“ hill of Zion; I shall give thee the heathen for i thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the “ earth for thy possession; thou shalt break them " with a rod of iron, thou shalt dash them in “ pieces, like a potter's vessel,” Pfal. i. 6. &'c. again, “ I have exalted one chosen out of the peo“ ple;" and again, “I will also make him, my “ first-born, higher than the kings of the earth.” Pfal. lxxxix. 19. and 27.

Our Lord procured and acquired this commission upon the most honourable terms; namely, as the reward of his obedience unto death. It is precisely in this light the apostle views it, when he says,

Wherefore," namely, as the reward due to his bumiliation, mentioned in the preceding context, “ God also hath highly exalted him." &c. Philip. ij. 9, &c.

And as our Lord's commission was legally expede, and honourably procured; so it is amply supported by the Father. He does nothing, in any of the respects mentioned, but the Father approves, corroborates, and confirms; nor is it possible for him to do otherways, lince our Lord executes his mediatory warrant intirely to his mind. Thus, speaking of his anointed by the prophet, the Father fays, “With whom my hand shall be established; "mine arm also shall strengthen him; and, in my

name, shall his horn be exalted,” Pfal. lxxxix. 21, 24.

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How majestical, then, and how glorious, the Man Christ Jesus ! Compared with him, now, what are all the puny princes, and what the petty potentates, among men ? whatever contributes to render one great and venerable among the creatures,

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has place in Christ to the highest possible degree. But why speak of creature greatness, that, at best, is circumscribed by narrow limits? lince his majesty and greatness know no bounds. Many have much to say in one corner of the earth, whose authority, in another, meets with no regard. Many bear considerable rule here below, who have no interest, no influence, before the throne above. None even of the sons of the mighty, can turn the helm, in the vessel of providence, to their mind; por keep the gates of hell and death from opening upon them or their's. But our Lord's greatness and influence are equal in all places, at all seasons, and over all creatures. With what humility should we-therefore approach, with what reverence adore, with what willingness obey, and with what chearfulness, should we confide in him?

How great, of consequence, the safety, honour and happiness of those interested in the Mediator's friendship? There is nothing in heaven or earth best for you, he will not procure and bestow. Since his goings are fo noble and majestical, and his influence fo vast and extensive; you are sure, that whatever good your situation requires, shall, be conferred and enjoyed, in the properest time, manner and measure. Are you unable to manage your own cause before the throne? his goings in heaven are suited to such a cafe; he praying for you, when you cannot, know not how, or what to pray for yourselves. Are your circumstances in the world trying, penurious and distressing? then know, these are the effects of his wisdom and love ; and that it is because he fees trials and afflictions the greatest blessings you can, in your present circum Itances, enjoy, these bitter galling ingredients are mixed up in your cup.

Are you burdened for the low state of the churches, the declining interefts

of religion, the formality, defections, errors and divisions, which have crept in, and are, in your views, like to gain ground; for the rarenets of conversion among finners, the smallnels of reviving among faints; the awful backsliding among all, that have place then our Lord's goings in the churches are grounds of comfort, at least, of humble filence, in such a case; for if he has work to accomplish, if he has clect feed to gather in, if he has designs of grace upon finners among us, if our Zion is to be favoured, and if the time be come, he will not neglect his own business as Mediator. Are you afraid of death and hell, or afraid of coming fhort of heaven at last ? these fears are all without foundation, since our Lord's goings, in these reSpects, are so manifest, and peculi.

As a consequence of the whole, must not the situation of our Lord's enemies be perilous beyond expreffion? Continuing in a state of rebellion egain him, you can expect no favour from heaven, no good on earth, no advantage from the churches, Do (xemption from death, no fancteary from hell. Wherever you turn your eye, the Mediator prefents you with frowns, meets you with displeasure, , and way-lays you with curses, “ Agree, there “ fore with thine adversary quickly, whill thou

art in the way with him; left at any time the

adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the “ judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast " into prison,” Matth. v. 25.

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