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CHAP. VIII. Of Christ the Mediator. IT pleased God, in his eternal purpose, to choose and or
dain the Lord Jesus, his only begotten Son, to be the Mediator between God and man; the Prophet", Priest,
Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that father of many nations,) before him we might receive the promise of the whom he believed, even God, who Spirit through faith.
Ver. 10. quickepeth the dead, and calleth. Now to Abraham and his seed were those things which be not as though. the promises made. He saith not, they were. Ver. 23. Now, it was And to seeds, as of many ; but as not written for his sake alone, that of one, And to thy seed, which is it was imputed to him; Ver. 24. Christ. Acts xv. 11. But we be- But for us also, to whom it shall lieve that through the grace of the be imputed, if we believe on him Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be saved that raised up Jesus our Lord from even as they Rom. ii. 21. But the dead. Heb. xiii, 8. Jesus Christ now the righteousness of God with- the same yesterday, and to-day, and out the law is manifested, being for ever. witnessed by the law and the pro- I. a Isa. xlü. 1. Behold my servant phets : Ver. 22. Even the righte. whom I uphold, mine elect in whom ousness of God, which is by faith my soul delighteth : I have put my of Jesus Christ, unto all and upon Spirit upon him, he shall bring all then that believe ; for there is forth judgment to the Gentiles. no difference: Ver. 23. For all 1 Pet. i. 19. But with the precious have sinned, and come short of the blood of Christ, as of a lamb with glory of God.
Ver. 30. Seeing it out blemish and without spot :: is one God, which shall justify the Ver. 20. Who verily was forecircumcision by faith, and uncircum- ordained before the foundation of. cision through faith. Psalın xxxii. 1. the world, but was manifest in Blessed is he whose transgression is these last times for you. John iii. 16. forgiven, whose sin is covered. For God so loved the world, that he With Rom. iv. 3. For what saith gave his only begotten Son, that the scripture Abraham believed whosoever believeth in him should God, and it was counted unto him not perish, but have everlasting life. for righteousness. Ver. 6. Even as I Tim. ii. 5. For there is one God, David also describeth the blessedness and one Mediator between God and of the man onto whom God impu- men, the man Christ Jesus. teth righteousness without works, b Acts üii. 22. For Moses truly Ver. 16. Therefore it is of faith, said unto the fathers, A prophet that it might be by grace; to the shall the Lord your God raise up end the promise might be sure to unto you of your brethren, like all the seed ; not to that only which unto me; him shall ye bear in all is of the law, but to that also which things whatsoever he shall say unis of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all; Ver. 17. (As Heb. V. 5. So also Christ glo. it is written, I have made thee a. sified not himself to be made an.
and Kingd; the Head and Saviour of his Church o; the Heir of all things*; and Judge of the world : unto whom he did from all eternity give a people to be his seed", and to be by him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified
II. The Son of God, the second person in the Trinity, being very and eternal God, of one substance, and equal with the Father, did, when the fulness of time was come, take upon him man's naturek, with all the essential properties and
high priest"; but he that said unto him, he hath put him to grief : him, Thou art my Son, to-day have when thou shalt make his soul an I begotten thee. Ver. 6. As he offering for sin, he shall see his seed, saith also in another place, Thou he shall prolong his days, and the art a priest for ever, after the order pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in of Melchisedec.
his hand. d Psal. i. 6. Yet have
i i Tim, ii. 6. Who gave himself King upon my holy bill of Zion. a ransom for all, to be testified in Luke i. 33. And he shall reign over due time. Isa. lv. 4. Behold, I have the house of Jacob for ever, and of given him for a witness to the peohis kingdom there shall be no end. ple, a leader and commander to the
e Eph. v. 23. For the husband is people. Ver. 5. Behold, thou shalt the head of the wife, even as Christ call a nation that thou knowest not ; is the head of the church: and he is and nations that knew not thee shall the saviour of the body.
run unto thee because of the Lord f Heb. i. 2. Hath in these last thy God, and for the Holy One of days spoken unto us by his Son, Israel; for he hath glorified thee. whom he hath appointed heir of I Cor. i. 30. But of him are ye all things, by whom also he made in Christ Jesus, who of God is the worlds.
made -unto us wisdom, and righte& Acts xvii. 31. Because he hath
ousness, and sanctification, and reappointed a day in the which he demption. will judge the world in righteous- II. k John i. 1. In the beginning ness, by that man whom he hath was the Word, and the Word was
whereof he hath given with God, and the Word was God. assurance unto all men, in that he Ver. 14. And the Word was made hath raised him from the dead. flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we
be John xvii. 6. I have manifested beheld his glory, the glory as of the thy name unto the men which thou only begotten of the Father,) full of gavest me out of the world : thine grace and truth. I John v. 20. And they were, and thou gavest them we kugw that the Son of God is me; and they have kept thy word. come, and hath given as an Psal. xxii. 30. A seed shall serve derstanding, that we may know him, it shall be accounted to the him that is true : and we are in Lord for a generation. Isa. liii. 10. him that is true, even in his Son Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Jesus Christ, This is the true
common infirmities thereof, yet without sin'; being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, of her substance . So that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures, the Godhead and the manhood, were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion". Which person is very God and very man, yet one Christ, the only Mediator between God and mano.
God, and eternal life. Phil. i. 6. to her, The Holy Ghost shall come Who being in the form of God, upon chee, and the power of the thought it not robbery to be equal Highest shall overshadow thee : with God Gal. iv. 4. But when therefore also that holy thing which the fulness of the time was come, shall be born of thee shall be called God sent forth his Son, made of a the Son of God. Gal. iv. 4. [Sce woman, made under the law. better k immediately foregoing.]
1 Heb. i. 14. Forasmuch then as » Luke .. 35. [Sce the foregoing the children are partakers of flesh Verse] Col. ii. 9. For in him dwells and blood, he also himself likewise eth all the fulness of the Godhead took part of the same: that through bodily. Rom. ix. 5. Whose are the death he might destroy him that fathers, and of whom as concerning had the power of death, that is, the the flesh Christ came, who is over devil. Ver. 16. For verily he took all, God blessed for ever. Amen. not on him the nature of angels; but 1 Pet. iii. 18. For Christ also hath he took on him the seed of Abra- once suffered for sins, the just for ham. Ver. 17. Wherefore in all the unjust, that he might bring us things it behoved him to be made to God; being put to death in the like unto his brethren; that he fiesh, but quickened by the Spirit. might be a merciful and faithful i Tim. üi. 16. And, without contro. high priest in things pertaining to versy, great is the mystery of god. God, to make reconciliation for the liness: God was manifest in the sins of the people. Heb. iv. 15. flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of For we have not an high priest angels, preached unto the Gentiles, which cannot be touched with the believed on in the world, received feeling of our infirmities ; but was up into glory: in all points tempted like as we are, • Rom. i. 3. Concerning his San yet without sin.
Jesus Christ, our Lord, which was m Luke i. 27. To a virgin espoused made of the seed of David according to a man whose name was Joseph, to the flesh : Ver. 4. And declared of the house of David; and the vir- to be the Son of God with power, gin's name was Niary. Ver. 31. And, according to the Spirit of holiness, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy by the resurrection from the dead. womb, and bring forth a Son, and 1 Tim. ii. 5. For there is one God, shalt call his name Jesus. Ver. 35. and one Mediator between God and And the angel answered and said un- men, the man Christ Jesus.
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III. The Lord Jesus, in his human nature thus united to the divine, was sanctified and anointed with the Holy Spirit above measure P; having in him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge ?; in whom it pleased the Father that all fulness should dwell": to the end, that being holy, harmless, undefiled, and full of grace and truth, he might be thoroughly furnished to execute the office of a Mediator and Surety. Which office he took not unto himself, but was thereunto called by his Father"; who put all power and judgment into his hand, and gave him commandment to execute the same w.
IV. This office the Lord Jesus did most willingly undertake *; which that he might discharge, he was made under
III. P Psal. xlv. 7. Thou lovest new covenant, and to the blood of righteousness, and hatest wicked- sprinkling, that speaketh better things ness : Therefore God, thy God, than that of Abel. Heb. vii. 22. hath anointed thee with the oil of By so much was Jésus made a surety gladness above thy fellows.. John of a better testament. ü. 34. For he whom God hath sent u Heb. v. 4, And no man taketh speaketh the words of God : for God this honour unto himself, but he giveth not the Spirit by measure un- that is called of God, as was Aaron: to him.
Ver. 5. So also, Christ glorified 9 Col. i. 3. In whom are hid all not himself to be made an high the treasures of wisdom and know- priest; but he that said unto him, ledge.
Thou art my Son, to-day have I Col. i. 19. For it pleased the begotten thee. Father that in him should all funess John y. 22. For the Father dwell,
judgeth no man; but hath com* Heb. vii. 26. For such an high mitted all judgment unto the Son : priest became us, who is holy, harm- "Ver. 27. And hath given him auless, undefiled, separate from sinners, thority to execute judgment also, and made higher than the heavens because he is the son of man, John i. 14. And the Word was made Mat. xxviii. 18. And Jesus came, fesh, and dwelt among us, (and we and spake unto them, saying, All beheld his glory, the glory as of the power is given unto me in hea. only begotten of the Father,) full of ven and in earth. Acts ii. 36. grace and truth,
Therefore let all the house of IsActs x. 38. How God anointed rael know assuredly, that God Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy hath made that same Jesus, whom Ghost, and with power ; who went ye have crucified, both Lord and about doing good, and healing all Christ. that were oppressed of the devil : IV. * Psal. xl. 7. Then said I, for God was with him. Heb. xii. 24. Lo, I come: in the volume of the And to Jesus the Mediator of the book it is written of me: Ver. $.
the lawy, and did perfectly fulfil it?; endured most grievous torments immediately in his soula, and most painful sufferings in his body b; was crucified, and died; was buried, and remained under the power of death, yet saw no corruption d. On the third day he arose from the
I delight to do thy will, O my God; he suffered him. Mat. v. 17. Think yea, thy law is within my heart. not that I am come to destroy the With Heb. x. 5. Wherefore, when law or the prophets : I am not he cometh into the world, he saith, come to destroy, but to fulfil. Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest a Mat. xxvi. 37. And he took rot, but a body hast thou prepared with him Peter, and the two sons me : Ver. 6. In burnt-offerings and of Zebedee, and began to be sore sacrifices for sin thou hast had no rowful, and very heavy. Ver. 38. pleasure: Ver. 7. Then said I, Lo, I Then saith he unto them, My soul come (in the volume of the book is exceeding sorrowful, eveu unto it is written of me) to do thy will, death : tarry ye here, and watch O God. Ver. 8. Above, when he
Luke xxii. 44. And besaid, Sacrifice, and offering, and ing in an agony, he prayed more burnt-offerings, and offering for sin, earnestly: and his sweat was as it thou wouldest not, neither hadst were great drops of blood falling pleasure therein, (which are offered down to the ground. Mat. xxvii
. 46. by the law ;) Ver. 9. Then said And about the ninth hour Jesus he, Lo, I come to do thy will, o cried with a loud voice, saying, God. He taketh away the first, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani ? that that he may establish the second. is to say, My God, my God, why Ver. 10. By the which will we hast thou forsaken me? are sanctified, through the offering 6 Matthew, Chapters xxvi. and of the body of Jesus Christ once for xxvii. all. John X. 18, No man taketh Philip. ii. 8. (See the last scripit from me, but I lay it down of ture in * immediately foregoing.] myself: I have power to lay it down, d Acts ïi. 29. Him, being deliand I have power to take it again. vered by the determinate counsel This commandment have I received and foreknowledge of God, ye have of my Father. Phil. ii. 8. And being taken, and by wicked hands have found in fashion as a man, he hum- crucified and slain : Ver. 24. Whon bled himself, and became obedient God hath raised up, having loose. unto death, even the death of the the pains of death; because i
was not possible that he shoul y Gal. iv. 4. But when the ful- be holden of it. Ver. 27. BE ness of the time was come, God cause thou wilt not leave my son sent forth his Son, made of a wo- in hell, neither wilt thou suff man, made under the law.
thine Holy One to
corru 2 Mat. jii. 15. And Jesus an- tion. And Acts xiii. 37. But swering, said unto him, Suffer it whom God raised again Saw to be so now: for thus it becometh
corruption. Rom. vi. 9. Knot us to fulfil all righteousness. Then ing that Christ, being raised fro