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happy; for," The bleffing of the Lord maketh rich ;" and those whom he bleffes, are bleffed indeed. God's bleffing is much worth. Men may blefs, and yet at the fame time God's curfe may make them miferable : but when God bleffes, men's curfes can do them no harm; for, God's bleffing takes away the curfe both from croffes and comforts.
3. The certainty of it, I will bless you. It is fixed by God's unchangeable will; and his will is determined in his unchangeable word of promife: when God fays, I WILL bless you, it is impoffible but the bleffing must take place; and when God's I will is heard by faith, it brings in full affurance, and firong confolation. As when God fays, "I will take away the heart of stone, and give the heart of flefh; I will put my Spirit within you; I will fprinkle you with clean water; I will be your God;" faith's echo is, Amen, Lord, thy will be done.' And when God's I will and our Amen meet together, then our will goes in to God's will, and the thing willed is certain and fure; yea, firmer than mountains of brafs for God's will is unalterable, his promise unchangeable; he has faithfulness for the girdle of his
You have the objects of this bleffing, in the pronoun you. It is true, this you is not in the original; but is fitly enough fupplied by our tranflators; for it is plainly understood, though the words run, From this day will I blefs: As if he had faid, Hitherto curfes and miferies have taken place among you; but henceforth bleffings and happiness fhall take place; In bleffing I will blefs. But whom will he thus blefs? Why, the perfons understood here, are thefe, who, through grace, are determined to apply themselves to temple-work, and temple-reformation. And fo,
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the day that the foundation of the Lord's temple was laid; confider it, from this day will I blefs you." It is the beft day's work that ever was done; and it is the beft day that ever you had in your life; for, from hence you may date your happinefs, even from the day that the foundation of the Lord's temple was laid.
Now, you are to remember that the temple was typi cal of Chrift; not only of Chrift perfonal, in whom dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily; as God dwelt in the temple of old fymbollically, towards which facred temple, Chrift Jefus, we are always to look for acceptance with God; and, like Jonah, to look again towards his holy temple; but also Christ myftical was typified by the temple; that is, the church, which is the houfe of God, whereof Chrift is the living ftone, the fure foundation; and all believers, as living flones, are built up a fpiritual houfe in him; as you have it explained, 1 Pet. ii. 4, 5. Heb. iii. 6. Eph. ii. 20. 1 Cor. iii. 17. 2 Cor. vi. 16. Thus their building of the temple did fignify the reformation of the church, having laid the foundation, which represents the fecuring of the ground-work of re ligion.
Now, let us gather fome fpiritual leffon from this, that they were bleffed from the very day in which the foundation of the Lord's temple was laid in a literal fenfe. The fpiritual myftery here reprefented is the following doctrine, which I take from the words, confidered with their connection.
OBSERV. That all faving bleffings do actually commence from the day the foundation of the fpiritual temple is actually laid. From this day will I blefs you; that is, from the day that the foundations of the Lord's temple were laid.
I use the word actually in both branches of the doctrine, because I speak not of what was done decretively, in the purpofe of God, from eternity; nor of what was done virtually, in the council of peace, and covenant of redemption; nor of what was done fundamentally and meritorioufly, when Chrift died at Jerufalem; but rather of the actual fruits and produce of thefe, when they ac
tually take place in a day of power: and therefore, I say, my doctrine is, That all faving bleflings do actually commence, from the day that the foundation of the fpiritual temple is actually laid. See Eph. i. 3. and ii. 21. compared; where you fee all fpiritual faving bleffings do actually take place, from the time that the foul is united to Chrift, the fure foundation; which is the day wherein the foundation of the fpiritual temple is laid.
But for the further clearing and confirming of this doctrine, I propofe the following method, namely,
I. I would fhew what this fpiritual temple is.
III. How this foundation is laid.
IV. I would fpeak a little of the day in which the foundation is laid, and from which bleffings take their date.
V. Shew what bleffings do commence from this day. VI. Prove, by fome particular arguments and reafons, that faving bleffings do actually commencé from that day.
VII. Make application of the whole fubject.
I. The first thing we are to do then, is, To fhew what this fpiritual temple is. We told you, that the temple was a type of Chrift myftical, and Chrift perfonal; and I defign to exclude none of them in the progrefs of my difcourfe.
Now, the temple was a type of Chrift myftical; that is, of the church of God, and of particular.believers, in many refpects; who, therefore, are frequently called, the temple of God, and the temple of the Holy Ghoft; and the type and antitype agree in thefe, and the like following particulars.
1. The temple was a very stately building; without, very fumptuous; and within, very glorious: built of many ftones, many materials; yet all making up but one temple, upon one foundation; and having three principal partitions, namely, the outward court, for the people; the fanctuary, for the priefts; and the holy of holies, into which the High-priest only entered once a-year, with the blood of the facrifice.-Well, fo it is