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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. (1. U.) Information (2. U.) Instruction (1) To get an interest in Christ (2) To offer all our Services to God in the Name of Christ. To proceed.
- 3. Instruction. To be very thankful for, & to make utmost improvement of, the Ministry of the word, & the divine Ordinances we are priviledged by. It is by the Ministry of the word, through the efficacy of the Spirit, that Christ brings us into his blessed Kingdom. This is the very end of Christ in sending forth his Ambassadours. 26. Acts, 15–19. And it is by his Ordinances of Baptisme & the Lords Supper that he Seals us up to the day of Redemption. 4. Eph. 30. It is at his Table (where some of us have been this day, & more should come) that Christ gives forth his Loves. 7. Cant. 12.
- 4. Instr: It teacheth Ministers to endeavour a true separation between the precious & the vile, & to labour what in them lyes to gather a pure Church unto Christ, a Church of holy subjects, for this is a principal end of Christ in giving of his word. 15. Jer. 19. those that will subject to the Laws of this great King we are to accept, & to encourage & comfort: others we are to refuse & reject.
- 5. Instr: It teacheth Hearers if they would have the benefit of the word & Ordinances, that they look unto Christ: for the Saving efficacy hereof is from him. 1. Cor. 3. 5. &c. We must say in this case, as Peter & John did concerning the people that they as Instruments healed, 3. Acts. 6. &c.
- 6. Instr: It teacheth us to War a good warfare, to subdue all our Spiritual enemies, if we would reign with Christ in his Kingdom, 3. Rev. 21. To him yt overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my Throne, even as I also overcame, & am set down with my Father in his Throne.
- 7. Instr: It may teach us that we be not ashamed to own & confess Christ JEsus who is so gloriously exalted: nor to be offended at the present low condition of the Church in the midst of its enemies. Oh shortly the case will be far otherwise. And therefore let us look more at future things, & follow the cloud of witnesses, & our Lord Jesus himself. 12. Heb. 1. 2. 3.
- 8. Instr: It teacheth us not only to look unto Christ as a Priest to intercede for us, but as a mighty King to give us victory as we need. We are to make use of him as a Priest. 4. Heb. 14. 13. 16. And also as a Mighty King, wo can make us more than conquerors. 8. Ro. 36.37.
- 9. Instr: Last: Because Christ is so great a King: hince three things especially are required of us.
- 1. That we give him great Reverence & Honour. This is required that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow &c. 2. Philip. 8. 9. 10. 11. It is taken out of 45. Isa. 22. 23. 24. 25. Good men will not speak of good earthly Princes without due respect & Honour. How much more Honour is due to this King of Kings. Davids heart smote him when he cut off Sauls garment because he was the Lords anointed: how much more should our hearts quake, & our bowels Tremble upon the discovery of dishonour cast upon Christ either by our selves, or others.
- 2. That we give him due obedience: For if obedience be due to an Earthly Prince, or Superior thô but in the family: Oh what then is due from us to Christ, whose Subjects & houshold servants we all are? Let us then imitate those good subjects, who when Saul was chosen King, brought him presents as tokens of subjection, & not Sons of Belial wo despised him. 1. Sam. 10. 26. 27.
- 3. Last: That we be grateful & Thankful unto Christ for the great & singular & provident care he takes of us. Oh we might have been left out into the wild wilderness to inhabit the Regions of the shadow of Death &c.
We were by nature far off, but this blessed King has brought us near to himself. Oh the gratitude that is due from us which should be expressed
- 1. By a ready & cheerful attendance upon him in his Courts. 100. Ps. ⅌ totū. Oh what a wonderful favour is this, that the great King should still be holding forth the Golden Sceptre of his Grace to us every Sab: day! O the joyful sound that we hear &c.
- 2. By a cheerful obedience to all his known & revealed will. Oh this is a good King; all his Laws are good; & therefore how ready should we be in obedience? We should imitate the great joy that was at Solomons coronation. 1. Reg. 1.39. 40.
- 3. Last: By not counting our very lives to[o] dear for Christ, our King. This great King, has laid down his life for his Subjects; How much more ought we to lay down our lives for him, & imitate those three Heroes that for King David jeopardized their lives. 2. Sam. 23. 15. 16. 17.
- 3. Use. Caution to us all: O have we a care we persist not in our natural Rebellion to this great King. 2. Ps. 6 &c
- 4. Use. Last: Consolation in several particulars
- 1. This Doctr: of Christs session at the right hand of God, as Priest interceding for us confirms us in the Blessed doctrine of Gods free grace in remission of sin by Jesus Christ. 1. Joh. 2. 1. 2. If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father. Oh this is comfortable news. It is hereby we may look up to God with holy confidence; & that God looks down upon us with delight. Oh then get an interest in Christ 5. Eph. 27. And then all our Spots shall be done away
- 2. This may comfort all Beleivers in the assurance of their perseverance: because this great King will not suffer any of his sheep to be pluckt out of his hands It is true the Righteous fall, they fall after conversion, as well as before conversion, & sin carries along with it the demerit of Death, & that not only temporal, but eternal, but having a perfect high Priest he makes full attonement. 3. Phil. 9
- 3. This gives comfort that our works & service become acceptable with God the Father upon account of Christs intercession. Our works in themselves cannot please God, because they are but in part good, & in part poluted: for a truly Regenerate person is in part carnal & in part spiritual; & therefore the work cannot be perfect. But now by the Intercession of Christ his Merit & Satisfaction is imputed to us as if it were our own. This is the Golden Censer that perfumes all the services of Beleivers. 8. Rev. 3.
- 4. This may comfort us in that Christs intercession is of yt efficacy that it procures the communion of the Holy Spirit, that helpeth our infirmities. 8. Rev. 26.
Althô therefore the Intercession of Christ be made in the Heavens, yet the fruits of it are enjoyed in the Earth even as the body of the Sun placed in the Heavens, yet it influenceth us & the earth with its warming beams. Therefore if we would know whither Christ intercedes for us, there is no need to ascend up into Heaven, but to descend into our own hearts, & examine whithr we have the benefit of it. We need not climb up into the clouds to see whither the Sun shine or no: so here &c
- 5. Last: This may comfort us in that we have a King to our Saviour: Therefore we should look to him for all help: And because he Governs his church, not only by his word & spirit, but also by his Rod, & afflictions: therefore we are to beware of fainting when we are chastened, or despising the Rod. 12. Heb. 5. Also we are to look to him for the good of all, he chastens us for our profit. 12. Heb. 10. Also we are to rest in the Government of Christ. The Church may meet with storms, but it shall never sink. For Christ sits not idle in the Heavens, but takes most faithful care of his little Ship (the Church) bound for the Port of Heaven, laden with many precious gems & Jewels, a treasure purchased by his own inestimable blood. He hath Seven eyes, & Seven horns. 5. Rev. 6. perfection of wisdom & perfection of Power, & all engaged for beleivers, and therefore you have no cause to fear &c
So much for Christs Glorious Exaltation