14. Feb. 1691
110. Ps. 1. The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, untill I make thine enemies thy footstool.
- Doctr. Our once humbled wounded & bruised Mediatour has long since been exalted not only by a Glorious Resurrection from the Grave, & also by a Glorious Ascension into heaven, but also by a glorious session at the right hand of God
We have shown you what this session is: & when it did begin: And (3) last: are speaking to the fruits of it. Why (1) The benefit hereof partly appertains to Christs Sacerdotal Office, viz: his Intercession for beleivers (2) It belongs partly to his Kingly Office: & consists (1) In his governing of his Church (2) In his defending of his Church
- 1. Use. Information in a few particulars
- 1. Infer: This Doctrine of Christs sitting at the right hand of God the Father may eminently confirm that sound & wholsom doctrine of Divine Providence. It is a woful peice of our corruption in an evil time, when the wicked prosper, & the godly party meet with vexations by & by to cry down divine Providence, as if God had forsaken the earth, & there were no profit in his service, as they 3. Mal. 14. 15. It is vain to serve God—And now we call the proud happy: yea they that work wickedness are set up—Yea & this is an error that in times of the Churches adversity the godly themselves are apt to slide into. 73. Ps. 2. &c. But when they look into the word of God, & hear what God sais in his Sanctuary they will be better instructed. 16. v. &c. There is a King that Governs all: Christ Jesus who is King of Kings, by whom Kings reign, & princes decree justice. And he is called Gods King. 2. Ps. 6. because God hath appointed him King of his Church & Governour of the Nations. 2. Ps. 6. 8. 9. &c. He has a Providential Kingdom & a spiritual Kingdom.
- 2. Infer: This doctrine of Christs sitting at the right hand of God may confirm the Doctrine of the Divine nature of Christ. As his Conception, Birth, Life, & Death, hold forth the truth of his Humane Nature: So his Resurrection from the Grave, & sitting at the right hand of God hold forth the truth of his Divine nature. This is an Honour (as the Apostle argues) too big for the holy Angels. 1. Heb. 13. And agreable only to him that is equal with God.
- 3. Infer: This doctrine of Christs sitting at the right hand of God may confirm that truth that Christ hath a Church. It holds forth Christs Kingly power (as has been shown) therefore this King hath some Subjects. For King and Subjects: as Father & Son, & the like are Relates, & most strongly argue one another. No subjects, no King &c. Hince Christ calls the Church my People: & he tells us that no enemies shall overthrow his Church. 16. Matth. 18.
- 4. Infer: Last: This doctrine may confirm the truth of the Perseverance of the Saints: because stronger is he that is with us & for us, then he that is against us. There are three arguments for the truth of this point.
- 1. The blessed purpose of God. 2. Tim. 1. 9. Who hath saved us, & called us according to his own purpose & Grace, which was given us in Christ before the world began. Now the counsels & purpose of God cannot faile.
- 2. The free Promise of God for their perseverance. 32. Jer. 39. 40.—I will put my fear in their hearts that they shall not depart from me. 10. Zech. ult. I will strengthen them in the Lord, & they shall walk up & down in his Name, saith the Lord.
- 3. Last: From the Undertaking of Christ for them.
- 1. As their High-Priest, he Intercedes for them. 22. Luke. 32. I have prayed for thee that thy Faith fail not. 17. Joh. 9. 11. 20. I pray for them—Holy Father, keep thrô thine own Name, those that thou hast given me &c
- 2. As their great Prophet he teacheth, & instructeth them by his holy Spirit unto eternal life. 1. Joh. 2. 20. Ye have an Unction from the holy one, & ye know all things, i.e. all things necessary to Salvation. Christ as a Prophet reveals to them the whole & perfect & Saving will of God. Hince he is called not only a Prophet, but a teacher, the Apostle of our profession, the Angel of the Covenant, The Wisdom of God, the treasures of Wisdom & Knowledge
- 3. Last: As their King he undertakes the Government of them: The Subduing all their lusts; the strengthning all their Graces, so that they shall not fall totally and finally. 10. Joh. 27. 28. My sheep follow me: & I give unto them eternal life, & they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand. Sin would pluck them, & Satan would pluck them out of my hand, but they shall never be able to do it.
- 2. Use. Instruction, & Exhortation.
- 1. O be we all exhorted to get an interest in Christ Jesus. For this end the Gosple is sent calling you under Christs Kingdom And for our slighting of Christ Jesus God is angry & sending forth destroyers
- 1. Mot: Oh would you have an Intercessor, an Advocate with the Father; Oh then embrace Christ Jesus upon Gosple termes. 1. Joh. 2. 1. What had the Jews done in Hamans dayes had it not been for an Intercessor queen Esther. Why loe Satan can produce a worser bond signed & sealed by the hand of Gods justice, by wch we are under a double death, namely bodily & Spiritual. But loe here is an Intercessor, not a Queen Esther, but a Christ, an All-powerful Mediator: Oh then away to Christ &c
- 2. Mot: Oh would you have your enemies, your lusts, the Devil trode under your feet? 2. Tim. 4. 18. The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work. 1. Cor. 15. 57. Oh then embrace Christ Jesus
- 2. Instr: As often as we appear before God & offer him our prayers, or praises do we all in the Name of Christ. For it is He alone who sits at the Right hand of God the Father that perfumes our offerings, & whereby they become a sweet smelling savour unto God: And the Father in & by his Son will make returnes to us of all needed blessings. Let us not therefore imitate the blind world who give God their services without any consideration had to the Mediatour. Christ gives us other instruction. 14. Joh. 13.14.—whatsoever ye shall ask in my Name, that will I do—And thus Beleivers are wont to pray. 9. Dan. 17. Now this imports three things.
- 1. A deep sense of the unworthiness both of our Persons & our services of divine acceptance.
- 1. Of our Persons since the fall. 18. Gen. 27. I have taken upon me to speak to the Lord which are but dust and ashes. So the Publicane. 18. Luke. 13. who stood afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to Heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. So the Centurion. 7. Luke. beginning Lord I am not worthy that thou shouldst come to me, no nor worthy that I should come unto thee
- 2. Of our prayers & services. For the Person being unworthy needs most his services be so: for wo can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? As we see in the Church. 64. Isa. 6. We are all as an unclean thing, & all our Righteousness are as filthy rags. 3. Philip. 9.
- 2. A Deep sense of our Need of an Intercessor: a Mediator between God & man
- 3. Last: An apprehension of the Sufficiency of Christs Worthiness. 1. Eph. 6. Accepted in the beloved. This is required in our offerings unto God.