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Saviour of the World: He was declared, or demonstrated, as St. Paul speaks, to be the Son of God with Power by his Resurrection from the Dead. Rom. i. 4. It was also an open Declaration of God's Acceptance of his Oblation and Sacrifice, and that he was infinitely well pleased with what Christ had done and suffered for the Redemption of the humnan Race. And, finally, it was a sensible Proof and Pledge of our Resurrection to immortal Life. Chrift had promised concerning those that believe and obey him, that he would raise them up at the last Day. Joh. vi. 39, 40. And his Rising himself from the Dead, according to his own Prediction, Thewed that he is able to accomplish this glorious Promise, and that it may be safely depended upon : Now is Christ risen from the Dead, faith the Apostle, and become the First fruits of them that Nept. i Cor.
His Resurrection is the Pledge of theirs, as the First-fruits were of the following Harvest. And again, if we believe that Jesus died, and rose agcin, even fo them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him, viz. his second Coming. I Thef. iv. 14.
Christ, having shewed himself alive after his Pallion by many infallible Proofs,
ascended into Heaven, and was received up into Glory ; he was taken up in his human Nature, in which he had descended to such amazing Depths of Suffering and Abasement, to Joy and Glory inexpressible. This is a ravishing Contemplation! How should it gladden our Hearts to consider the Glories which Christ's exalted Humanity is now invested with, as the Reward of his Obedience and Sufferings ? For we are told, that, because he became obedient unto Death, even the Death of the Cross; therefore God hath highly exalted him, and given him a Name which is above every Name. Phil. ii. 8, 9. Thus, in this admirable Saviour, we have both the most Mining Example of holy unreserved Obedience, and also the most eminent Proof and Specimen of the glorious Reward which shall attend it.
But we are not to regard Christ's Exaltation and Glory merely as a Reward of his Obedience and Sufferings, but aş necessary to his farther Discharge of his inediatorial Office. We must not imagine, that, upon his Entrance into Heaven, he left off interesting himself for us of the human Race.
He still pursueth his glorious Design which he had undertaken for our Salvation ; and there are two Things to
be observed concerning the Exercise of his mediatorial Office in Heaven. The one is his Appearing in our Behalf as our great High Priest, and making perpetual Intercesion for us : The other is his being invested with an universal Authority and Dominion as the great King and Head over all Things to his Church.
With Regard to the former it is observed by the sacred Writer to the Hebrews, that we have a great High Priest that is palsed into the Heavens, Jesus the Son of God. Heb. iv. 14. It was necessary to the Fulfilling of his Priestly Office, that, as he had offered himself a Sacrifice for us upon the Cross, so he should make Intercefsion for us in the heavenly Sanctuary. And this Intercession is founded on his Atonement, and on the Merit of his Obedience and Sufferings. To this purpose it is declared, that Christ, being an High Priest of good Things to come, not by the Blood of Goats and Calves, but by his own Blood, entered in once into the holy Place, having obtained eternal Redemption for us. He is entered, not into the holy Places made with Hands, which are the Figures of the true, but into Heaven itself, now to appear in the Presence of God for us. Heb. ix. II, 1.29 24:
And we are assured, that he is
able to save them to the uttermost those that come unto God by him, seeing be ever liveth. to make Intercession for us. Heb. vii. 25, The Manner of this his Interceffion we are not able distinctly to explain, but it seems to be understood of a most prevalent and efficacious Interposition on our Behalf, whereby he procureth for us from his heavenly Father the most valuable Benefits, and commendeth our sincere though imperfect Services to his gracious Acceptance. · Accordingly we are expressly required to offer up our Prayers for the Blessings we stand in Need of in the Name of Christ the Mediator: Our spiritual Sacrifices are said to be acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. ii.
And it is through him that we have Access by onę Spirit unto the Father. Eph. ii. 18. And God's having appointed this Method of transacting with us through his Son hath a happy Tendency to dispel our guilty Jealousies and Fears, and gives us an encouraging Assurance that he will deal graciously and favourably with us ? What a mighty Consolation is it to Creatures conscious of so many Sins and Defects, that the Son of God, who by the Divine Appointment took
him human Flesh, and did and suffered so much for us here
oa Earth, continueth, now that he is in the Height of his Exaltation and Glory, to mediate and intercede for us as our great High Priest and Advocate with the Father, and that we are allowed and commanded to come in his prevailing Name! The Apostle to the Hebrews justly draws this Conclusion from it: Let us therefore come boldly unto the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain Mercy, and find Grace to help in Time of Need. Heb. iv. 14, 15, 16. Thus it
appears, that Christ's Priesthood in Heaven, and his Intercession for us there, is a just Ground of rejoicing in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
But this Joy will be still heightened, if we consider that this great Mediator and Saviour is invested with an universal Authority and Dominion, the more effectually to fulfil the Ends of his mediatorial Undertaking, and accomplish the glorious Work of our Salvation. To this Purpose St. Paul declares, that God, having raised him from the Dead, hath jet him at his own Right Hand in the beavenly Places, far above all Principality and Power, and Might, and Dominion, and every Name that is named, not only in this World, but also in that which is to come ; and hath put all Things under his Feet, and gave him to be the Head