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to be put into a Condition, whereby it
might be capacitated to draw Mans Af! Ek fections in a way agreeable and familiar to R his Nature from the Love of the World to
the Love of it self, Man could never be brought back again to the Path of Life, þut would go perpetually on in the Way which leads to Perdition.
7. Seeing then the goodness of God is such, that it was inconsistent therewith, not to afford Means whereby Man might be re, covered from his loft Condition; and yet not to violate his Rational Nature ; 'twas necessary, that God, being the Object of Mins Felicity, should become Inçarrate and be made Man, to the intent he might fami- ; liarly converse with Man, foftly instil through his Şenses his Divine Preceptşand to do, and suffer such things on his account, and for his fake, as that, considering the Dignity of the Person, the 'unmerited and unspeakable Kindness, and unvaluable Worth of the Benefit, it could not possibly otherwisé fall out, but that as many, as fhould ferjously and frequently reflect and meditate thercon, would be induced to de spise the World, and all its alluring Entice. ments for the perpetual Enjoyment of lo great and excellent an Object, as fo graci
ous and good a God must needs appear to be.
:8. It was therefore the Almighties great Kindness to condescend to Mans Frailty,and be cloathed with his Flesh in the second Person of the blessed Trinity, because in that he is the Wisdom of his Father,and Word of God, (Set. 2.) 'twas an Office peculiarly proper for him to manifest and declare unto the World the Love which God had to Man in reconciling, or drawing him to Himself again.
g. To which End, Christ the Eternal Son of God did many signal Miracles to give irrefragable Testimony, that he was sent from the Father, was One with him, and that the Design of his coming into the World, was to make up the Breach and Distance between God and Man, which he accordingly on his Part did by Teaching, by Doing, and by Suffering. For by his Doctrine he infallibly shewed not only the miserable Condition which Man would eternally incur, unless he forsook the World, and turned to God; but also that God himself was Mans Felicity; and what Course he should take, that he might for ever fully enjoy him. And seeing it was not enough that Man should have his Understanding arighę informed,
unless his Will were likewise inclined to do what he ought in order to the full Enjoyment of God, Christ was graciously pleased to undertake the doing and suffering such beneficial and supendious things for him, that nothing but want of Confideration and due Rex flexion on thèm could poslbly frustrate their prevalent Virtue and Power over the Will, effe&ually to incline and turn it unto God, as the sovereign good thereof. For Since God is Man's Felicity, could any thing possibly be parallel'd hereunto for the merita ing of his Love,& consequently for inducing him to use the means available to Bliss, that the omnipotent Creator of all things should become clad with human Flesh subjeat to Infirmities, for the fole good of his Crca. tore ?: That he should familiarly converse with his Vallals, and call them Friends and Brethren, and really treat thern as such ? That he should toil himself both night and day in travelling from place to place to preach the glad Tidings of Salvation , to heal the Sick, to give Sight to the Blind, to make the Deaf to hear, the Dumb to speak, and the Lame to walk, to comfort the Sorrowful, to pardon the Penitent, and in a word, to do all manner of good? Yea,
and and (as if all this had been a small Token of his Love to man that he should be willing to suffer Banishment, Heat, Cold, Hunger, Thirst? That he would endure to be buffeted, spit upon, reviled, mocked, scourged That he refused not to undergo an Agony, which caused his precious Body to sweat drops of Blood, and to suffer a most ignominious and painful Death? And that all this should be done and suffer. ed, not for the least advantage to the Deity, but wholly for the benefit of man, to save him thereby from intolerable, endless mifery, and to bring him, if he embraced his Kindness, and followed his Instruxions, to everlasting unspeakable Joy and Happiness For God so loved the World, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believed on him sbould not perish, but have everlasting life, John 3. 16.
Object. We hear nothing in all this of appeasing the fierce Wrath of an angry and incensed God; nothing of satisfying Divinc yindicative Justice; nothing of making recompence for the Wrong done to a sovereign Power by the breach of his most righteous Laws.
Solut. That the Almighty neither doch mor can suffer Wrong by any Act of the
Creature, has been sufficiently feen before, (feat. 8. Solut. of Obje&. 1, & 3.) And where no Wrong is, what neceflity there's of Satisfa&ion and Recompence is unconi ceivable ; fothat by granting Christ's Paffion not to be an infinite Satisfaction for an infinite Offence committed againlt God by Sin, in that sense as Satisfa&tion for an Inju: ry done by one man to another is made; there's no danger at all of touching upon Socinianism, it being plainly absurd to infer from the non-neceflity of an infinite Satisfaaion by the suffering of Christ, that he isi not God co-essential with the Father ; since it is through the Incapacity of God's being offended, and not for want of Merit in Christ's Death, that his Passion is not an in? finitely satisfactory Recompence to God for Sin. But nevertheless there is ground enough for an Orator so to expatiate upon the Mystery of Man's Restauration by Christ, as elegantly to use the Allegories mentioned in the Objection, (whilst there are two Parties, God and Man; a Law given by God, and Man the Transgressor of it; that the Father and the Son are diftin& Persons, and that the latter assumed Man's Nature on purpose to make up the Breach between God and Manz and that his great