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mitted to his care. There is nothing clearer than this from the scriptures of truth. Is. ix. 6: "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder." Mic. v. 2: "Out of Bethlehem shall he come forth unto me, that is to be ruler in Israel: whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting." But this will be farther cleared in the induction of the following particulars:

1. In the council of peace, from eternity, he was chosen to be the builder of the house. It was enacted at that counciltable, from eternity, as in Zech. vi. 12, 13: "Behold, the man whose name is the 'BRANCH, he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord, and bear the glory, and sit and rule upon his throne." As by him, who is "the wisdom of God, and the power of God." be brought a beautiful world out of the barren womb of nothing; so by him he rears up a beautiful habitation for himself among men, out of the vilest of materials, which were good for nothing but to be fagots for the fire of hell.

2. As he is the builder, so he is the Father, and the everlasting Father of the family: Is. ix. 6: "His name shall be called, The everlasting Father." The first Adam was but a short-lived father to his family; although he lived à long natural life, nine hundred and thirty years, yet he soon died as a covenant-head, and left his family like a company of fatherless orphans cast out to the open field, without any eye to pity them among men or angels. But when God, in his infinite love, is to take up a new family among the sons of men, he provides also a new Father, an "everlasting Father" for them. God had promised to his "beloved Son" a seed to serve him, Psal. xxii.; and that he should see his seed; and, that they might never more be orphans again, he constitutes his own Son, the Son of his love, God blessed for ever, to be their everlasting Father, and through him the Father of Christ becomes their Father also.


3. He is the great Oracle and Counsellor of the house: Is. ix. 6: His name shall be called wonderful Counsellor." And O, what happiness is it to the offspring and issue, that they have such a Counsellor to go to, in all their perplexing cases, who "hath all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hid in him," and therefore can never give" the counsel that causeth to err!" "There is no searching out of his understanding;" he was never bemisted, nor nonplussed, with dif ficult cases; yea, he is, both by office and promise, engaged to "lead the blind in the way they know not, to make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight." The faith of this made David sing, Psal. lxxiii. 24: "Thou wilt


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guide me by thy counsel, and afterward thou shalt bring me to thy glory.”

4. He is the great Priest over the house, Heb. x. 21. As the high priest under the law was over the temple, so Christ is the great High Priest over the house of God, and as such he is entered within the veil of the visible heavens, to appear in the presence of God for us, to represent our persons, and to offer up the prayers of the church with the much incense of his intercession.

5. He is the great Lord-treasurer of the house ; yea, he himself is the treasury of the house; for " it hath pleased the Father, that in him should all fulness dwell, that out of his fulness we all might receive grace for grace.” As all the stores of Egypt were in the hand of Joseph, so all the stores

grace are in the hand of our Jesus. The whole blessings and gifts of the covenant of grace lie ready in his hand for the use of the offspring; and whenever the children or servants of the house want furniture, either for work or warfare, they have no more ado but to come to him for it, and “ whoever comes to him, he will in no wise cast out.” For,

6. He is the great Lord-steward or Dispenser of the house; it is be that gives the offspring and issue their food in due season ; there is not a crumb of the children's bread but passes through his hand, and his very hand perfumes the food to the true-born children of the family, for his fingers drop sweetsmelling myrrh; and whenever they get a meal from him, their hearts are so cheered with it, that they are ready to sing, as Eph. i. 3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.”

7. He is the Lawgiver of the house: Is. lv. 4: “I will give him for a commander to the people.” Which may be understood not only in a military but forensic sense, because all the laws of a God-Creator are issued to the offspring of the family through him ; for “we are not without law to God, but we are under the law to Christ;" and as such, all the children of the house cry out with one consent, Is. xxxiii. 22, “ The Lord is our judge, the Lord is our king, the Lord is our lawgiver," or, as it is in the Hebrew, “our statute-maker:" and this is it that makes the law to the believer a law of love, and a law of liberty; "his yoke is easy, and his burden light; and his commandments are not. grievous ;” “ the love of Christ constrains them to obey, and run like the chariots of a willing people.” So I say, he is the Lawgiver of the house, and we that are ministers are expressly ordered

go and teach all nations, to observe and do whatsoever he has commanded us,” Matth. xxviii., at the close. And,



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therefore, whatever ministers or church officers teach or act in the house of God, that is inconsistent with his orders, they have to reckon with him. And what sort of a reckoning they will meet with, at the coming of the great Master, see Luke xii. 45–47: " But and if that servant say in his heart, My Lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the men servants, and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken: the lord of that servant' will come when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his Lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes."

III. The third thing in the method was, to show that Christ is fixed, in the management of the house of God, as a nail in a sure place. This will appear, if we consider, ,

1. That there is an irreversible decree passed in heaven for it, that he should be the sole manager and governor of the house: Psal. ii. 6, 7: “I will declare the decree:, the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my only Son, this day have 1 begotten thee. I have set or anointed him King in my holy hill of Zion.” And therefore they who go about to dethrone him, as head and King of Zion, or to invade his sovereignty, as some have done of late, make but as vain an attempt, as one who with his hand attempts to remove mountains of brass; yea, these mountains of brass, I mean the divine purpose establishing Christ's government, will crush and grind them to powder in the issue, however light account they make of it at present.

2. He is fixed in the administration of the house, with the solemnity of a covenant transaction: Psal. Ixxxix. 3: “ I have made a covenant with my chosen :- Thy throne shall be established for ever.” In the council of peace, between the Father and the Son, it was concluded, agreed, and finally ended, that the Son of God should reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and, for farther security, this is recorded in the volume of God's book. 3. With the solemnity of an oath taken by the great JEHO

This is one of the immutable things wherein it is impossible for God to lie: Psal. lxxxix. 4: “ Once have I sworn to build up thy throne, and perpetuate thy seed.” And if God has interposed his oath, all controversy should be at an end about Christ's supremacy in the house of God.

4. 'In his oath he pledges ihe brightest jewel of the crown of Heaven, the most dazzling perfection of his nature: " have sworn by my holiness, I will not lie unto David," &c.





He will as soon cease to be a holy God, as suffer his Son's authority in his house to be overturned.

5. He is fixed in the management by a solemn call and investiture: “ I the Lord have called thee,” Is. xlii. 6; Heb. v. 4: “ he was called of God, as was Aaron.” And as for his inauguration into his mediatory offices of “ Prophet, Priest, and King” of his church, we read of it in the context; and Matth. iii., at the close, when the heavens were opened, a voice heard from the excellent glory, “ This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased;" and the Spirit, at the same time, descending upon him in the likeness of a dove.

6. He is fixed in the government by an actual possession of the throne, he is a set down at the right hand of the Majesty on high :" Psal. cx. 1: “ The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” See this actually fulfilled, Phil. ii. 9–11: "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the " praise and “glory of God the Father."

7. He is fixed in the government of the church, by a complete victory over all his and his church's enemies, so that none of them are capable to give him the least disturbance. The head of the old serpent is bruised; sin, that first-born of the devil, is finished, and transgression ended; the world is overcome, death is unstinged, the curse of the broken law is abolished, torn, and disannulled ; " hell and death bound and cast into the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone." Thus

you see that our great Immanuel is fixed in the government of his Father's house, like “ a nail fastened in a sure place.”

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IV. The fourth thing in the method was, to show that the whole house, with all its appurtenances, hang or depend upon this blessed nail that is fastened in a sure place. I shall confine my. self to the text; and there we find three things mentioned, that are said to hang upon our blessed Eliakim.. 1. All the glory. 2. All the offspring and issue. 3. All the vessels of the house, from vessels of cups, to vessels of flagons. A word to each of these.

First, then, All the glory of the house hangs upon our Lord Jesus Christ. I gave already a hint to prove that the house is glorious; but now I would enlarge it a little, in order to let you see, that every glorious thing in the house of our God


hangs upon the nail that he has “ fastened in a sure place;" and you may take up this in the following particulars :

1. God's presence in the church is that which makes her glorious: Psal. I. 2: “ Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.” Psal. lxxvi. 1, 2: “ In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling-place in Zion.” When God withdraws from a church, the ways of Zion do mourn, and a dismal Ichabod is to be read in every corner of her streets, " The glory is departed.” Well, this glory hangs upon Christ, for it is owing to him that the tabernacle of God is with men. . Unless “God were in Christ reconciling the world to himself,” if he had not been well pleased with his person, his mediation, and smelt a sweet savour in the sacrifice of his death, the Lord God had never taken up house again with men, no more than with the angels that fell. It is owing to Christ's appearing in the presence of God for us in heaven, that God's - delights are with the sons of men" upon earth.

2. The revelation of the mind and will of God in the scriptures of truth, is the glory of the church, and as necessary for her as the light of the sun in the firmament is to this lower world. This is “ as a light shining in a dark place, to which we do well to take heed, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in our hearts." This was the glory of the church of Israel, that God gave his statutes and testimonies to them when he dealt not so with every nation. This makes the church of Goshen, a land of light, when the rest of the world are

“ the dark places of the earth, full of the habitations of horrid cruelty.” Now, this revelation hangs upon “the nail fastened in a sure place;" for Christ is the Alpha, and Christ is the Omega of the whole scriptures. He is the glorious Author of it: “ The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath revealed him," John i. 18. It is only “the Lion of the tribe of Judah that opens the book, and looses the seven seals thereof." He is the subject matter of the scriptures, for “to him bear all the prophets and apostles witness;" they are just the record of God concerning Christ; hence Christ declares, John v. 39: " These are they which testify of me.” He is the end of the scriptures; they are pointed to him, as the needle in the compass points to the pole star; the very design and end of the Bible is, what the star in the heavens was to “ the wise men of the east, to show them where “ Jesus the King of the Jews” is to be found, John xx. 31 : “ These things are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through his name.”


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