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to be particularly inventorięd by us, since they are un searchable. But, agreeable to what hath been faid before, we shall, for opening thereof, mark the fol. lowing things.
1. The unseen guard of the covenant is under his hand. There is given unto him all power over na. tural and spiritual things, to manage the same for the preservation, protection, and restraint of those foine. time to be brought into the covenant ; while yet they are strangers from it, and neither perceive the guard about them, por the commander thereof; John v. 22. The Father-bath committed all judgment unto the Son. Hof. xi. 3. I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms, but they knew not that I healed them. Sometimes they are, during their state of blindness, in iminent hazard of their lives, and narrowly escape, before the stream of strong temp. tations threatning to carry them quite away ; and yet the force of these is broken one way or other, and they brought back from the very brink of ruin ; and they never truely know whose debtors they are for these things, nor see the love-design in them, until converting grace has reached them; and then they hear the Captain of that guard saying to them, as he said to Cyrus, Ifa. xlv. 5. I girded thee, though thou haft not known me. So the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire, for the defence of Elisha and his servant: while yet the servant faw pone for them, but against them, until the Lord opened his eyes, 2 Kings vi. 17.
2. The quickening Spirit of the covenant is in him, whereby to quicken dead singers, and caufe them to live. The Spirit of life behoved to be purchased for finners, otherways there was no life for them. Now, the fulness thereof is purchased, and actually lodged in the Mediator, according to the covenant. Hence Chrilt propofeth himself to dead Sardis, as having the feven Spirits of God, Rev. iii. 1.; and faith to the
Jews, John v. 25. She dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; that is, dead fouls shall be quickened, and being quickened, shall believe. Thefirst Adam be: ing made a living foul, was capable to communicate natural life, but not being made a quickening fpirit, he could not restore life once lost: but the Last A. dam was made a quickening fpirit, to restore spiritual life to finners dead in trefpasses and fins. So, in Christ as the Trustee of the covenant, as the fountain of life. Adam's sin put out the lights of the whole world; and his natural offspring were all left by him as fo many blind candles: but the second Adam is made, and set up, a flaming lamp to lighten them again; and as many of them as it toucherh, do instantly fame too : and could they all but touch it, and none are forbidden, they should all be lighted again, and fine with the light of spiritual life, partaking of the spirit of life in Christ Jefus.
3. The righteousness of the covenant is in him, whereby to justify the ungodly that have no righteousness of their own. Hence his name is, The Lord our righteousness. Jer. xxiii. 6. Righteousness of man before the Lord was quite worn out; there was nothing of that kind left upon any of Adam's children, as it is written, There is none righteous, no not one, Rom. iii. 10. But Jesus Christ having, in his birth, life, and death, wrought out the righ. teousness of the new covenant, brought it in, and presented it unto his Father, Dan. ix. 24. with Lev. xvi. 15. And it was sustained and accepted as the new covenant righteousness, for justfying all that believe ; and was lodged with the worker thereof, intrusted with it as administrator of the covenant, Hence he is said to be made untoʻxs righteousness, 1 Cor. i. 30. namely, by a divine constitution, even as he was made the covenant. And intimation hereof is made unto sinners in the gospel, for a ground of faith, Ifa. xlv. 24. Surely fball one fay, in the Lord
have I righteousness. Heb. Only in the Lord (concern. ing me he hath
said) is righteousness. They are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, narrating the divine conftitution concerning bimself. Compare ver. - 23.. with Rom. xiv. 10 11. Wherefore the gospel is called the ministration of righteousness, 2 Cor. iii.9.; and his ministers; ministers of righteousness, chap. xi. 15.; he being intrusted with the new.covenant righteousness, for to administer it to finners unto justification of life, as the phrase is, Rom. v. 18.
4. The new covenant right to God is in his per. son as Mediator: and he is actually possessed of the fulness of the Godhead, as he is administrator of the covenant, to communicate of that fulness to all that Thall believe, Col. ii. 9. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Verse 10. And ye are complete in bim, which is the head. Our Lord Jesus, as the eternal Son of God, had a natural indefeafi. ble right to the fulness of the Godhead: but as the second Adam, he took out a new right thereto, purchasing the same by his obedience and death: and as fuch, it is now lodged with him, to be com. municated by him. And thus the peace of the covenant, peace with God is in him, Eph, ii. 14.; the fonship of the covenant, the adoption into the fami. ly of God is in him as the first born among many brethren, Pfal. lxxxix. 27. with John i. 12.; the covenant-interest in God as one's own God, is in him, John xx. 17. And to obtain all these in one, let the finner but receive Christ by faith, and he hath them; for they are all under his hand as trustee of the co. venant, yea in him as the storehouse of the cove.
5. The covenant-fulness of the Spirit of fančtification is in hin, whereby to make sinners holy: Col. i. 19. It pleased the Father, that in him should all fulness dwell. John i. 16. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. Having purchas
ed the fame with his own blood, it is lodged in him as Administrator of the covenant, in respect of which he is said to be made unto us sanctification, í Cor. i. 30. Therefore out of his pierced fide came there forth blood and water; blood to remove the guilt of fin, water to wash away the defilement thereof. So he is the fountain opened for fin and for uncleanness : not a vessel of that water of purification, which, how full soever, would lack as much as it should communicate; but a fountain, a living spring of it, to sup. ply the needs of the unclean, without any lack in iiself: For God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him, John iii. 34. wherefore there is in him such a fulness of the Spirit of holiness, as is, by the infinite efficacy thereof, fufficient to sanctify the whole family of Adam, and even the worst of them. There is a fulness of all grace in him, to be communicated for the repairing of the lost image of God in us. There is grace enough in him to melt the hardest heart to evangelical repentance, Acts v. 31. to mortify the strongest luft, Gal. v. 23. and to quicken, and to strengthen unto holy obedience, 2 Tim.
6. The establishing grace of the covenant is in him, whereby to cause the most fickle and inconstant, once in him, to persevere unto the end: Jude ver. 1. Them that are fanctified by God the Father, and preferved in fefus Chrift. He is constituted the head of influences for all his mystical members, which are to have their nourishment ministred from him, Col. ii. 19. The giving out of continued pardons, necessary for them in this their state of imperfection, is also in his hand, as the Trustee of the covenant, exalted to be à Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Ifrael and forgiveness of sins, Acts v. 31. Thus he is fully furnished for preserving of them in a state of grace, having a fulness of grace in himself to communicate unto them, suitable to all their exiP4
gencies, whether in respect of the power, or of the guilt of their sin.
7. The temporal things of the covenant are all in his hand, whereby to provide for, and afford protection to his people, during their continuance in this world. In the covenant there was made to him a promise of his inheriting all things, as the firstborn of the family of Heaven; and in his person as the last Adam, the ancient doininion over the crea. tures was restored, as we heard before. Now, as he is the Trustee of the covenant, the heritage of the world, and all things therein, is actually delivered over into his hand: so that he is not only Lord of the world in point of right, but in fact; having the power of all therein, from the finalleft
for cover ing of nakedness, even to the crowns and sceptres. This he himself, witnefleth, Matth. xxviii. 18. All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Chap. xi. 27. All things are delivered unto me of my Father. Hence to encourage his impoverished people in their building of the second temple, he faith, Hag, ii. 8. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, namely, to give them to whom I will. And that these are Christ's words, appears from verse 6. compared with Heb. xii. 26. Accordingly, from Pfàlm xxiv. 1. The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof, the Apoftle clears believers right to the creatures, 1 Cor. X. 25, 26. And thus he is fully furnished for affording all manner of provision to his people, in temporal things; and all protection from whatever dangers they can be in while here. The sun, moon and stars, the earth, sea, and air, with all that in them is, are under his hand as the Trustee of the covenant; 'and he can dispose of them all for the ends of the covenant, as the glory of God and the welfare of his people do require.
8. The covenant-fulness of power over death and the grave is in his hand, whereby to disarm death