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that was due to them; so that no true Dio sciple of his shall ever be called to an Account for them in another World. And this is that Notion of Redemption that doch commonly obtain among us. When we speak of Christ as our Redeemer, we mean it with relation to his dying for our Sins, or making such Satisfaction to God for them, that we, upon the Account thereof, are acquitted or justified, though this be indeed only one Bránch of our Redempo tion.

3. For, in the third Place, Christ camo as much to redeem us from the Dominion' of our Sins, as from the Guilt of them. It was never his Design that a wicked Man should be justified before God, and continue still wicked: but he was sent as well' to destroy' Sin in our mortal Bodies (to subdue it so by the Power of the Spirit, that it should not reign in us) as he was sent to deliver us from the dreadful Consequences of it, vizi the Punishments of another Life, which would otherwise have fallen upon us. And this is ancther Notion of Re

demption that we meet with in Scripture; T.C. 2. 14. as fór Instance, Christ gave himself for us,

that he might redeem us from all Iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar People, zealous of good Works. In this place it is plain chat Christ's 'Redemption' of us is the eña: bling us to mortify all our Lufts and evil Habits, and to become hely, and virtuous

Liversi Livers ; that as before we were the Slaves. of Sin and of the Devil, so we should from

henceforward walk as the Freemen of Jesus E Chrift.

4. But then, besides these three Notions of Redemption already mentioned, there is also a fourch in the New Testament, and which indeed is the Confummation of all the rest, without which they would not have been compleat : and that is the eternal Glorification both of our Souls and Bodies at the last Appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we were obnoxious to eternal Punishment for our Sins, which Christ by his Death redeemed us from; as likewise we were the Slaves and Vassals of Sin, which Slavery Chrift, by sending his Holy Spirit, redeemed us from ;, so after these Redemptions were wrought, there still remained a fourth, viz. the Redemption of our Bodies from the Grave, and the uniting them with our Souls in perfect Happiness. And this to be effected by that Spirit which raised up Jefus from the Dead' at the Day of the general Resurrection. Now in this Sense, as well as in the other fore-named;, we have the Word Redemption frequently used in the New Testament; as Heb. 9. 12. Chris by entering into the holy Place (that is, the highest Heavens) hath obtained eternal Redemption for us. That is to say, Our Saviour ascending up into Heaven with his Body, to sit at the right Hand of God for

evermore,

evermore, is an Evidence to us, that he hath obtained an eternal Redemption for us : and he is a Pledge and Assurance to us, that our Bodies shall be redeemed from the Grave, and live in Heaven eternally with him. This likewise is the Notion of Re

demption in the 8th Chapter to the Romans; Ver.23. there, says the Apostle, We ourselves, who

have the Firft-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the Adoption, to wit, the Redemption of the Body. Where you may observe, that that Consummation of Happiness at the general Day of Judgment, which St. Paul and other Christians here waited for, and groaned after, is called by two Names; first, the Adoption, or Sonship : And the Reason of this Name is clear, because Christians are not, and shall not be compleatly manifested to be the Sons of God, till they be made Partakers of the Resurrection. For this we have our Saviour's express Authority, who, speaking of thofe who shall be thought wor.

tby of the Rewards of the other World in Luke 20. that Day, tells us, that they are the Chil

dren of God, being (or because they are) the Children of the Resurrection. The other Term, by which that State of future Hape piness is expressed, is the Redemption of the Body; which is a very proper Expression. As for our Souls, they were redeemed before, by being delivered from the Power of Sin, and from the eternal Punishment

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consequent upon it ; and to no other Kinds
of Death were they obnoxious. But our
Bodies are not redeemed till that glorious
happy Day, when they shall be restored
from the Grave to live for ever with the
Soul in unspeakable Happiness. Another
Text, wherein the Word Redemption is
taken in that Notion we are speaking of,
is in the first Chapter to the Ephesians,
where the Apostle faith, After that ye be-Ver

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lieved ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of 14.
Promise, which is the Earnest of our Inbe-
ritance, until the Redemption of the pur-
chased Pofesion. In whích Text there is
no Difficulty, when we know what is
meant by the purchased Polefon, or, as it
is render'd in the Margin, peculiar Treasure

. And, without doubt, this must be understood of the Church, the whole Body of faithful Christians, whom Christ purchased with his Blood; upon which Account they may truly be called his purchased Pofesion, or his peculiar Treasure, as the israelites Exod. 19 were called by God after he had brought them out of Egypt. Well then, if the Re- Plal. 135. demption of the purchased Polesions be no more than the Redemption of the Church, or the whole Body of Christians ; then the plain Sense of the Place is, that God gives us his Holy Spirit as an Earnest of that Inheritance which he will bestow upon us at the general Redemption of the Church, which will be at the Day of the Resurrec

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tion. And there is no doubt but this Paf.
fage and my Text are directly parallel, and
mean the same Thing. No doubt but the
Redemption here must be the same with
the Redemption there, viz. not any Re-
demption that is paft or present, but that
of Christians, which is yet to come at the
general Judgment. In truth, there is no
other Notion of Redemption that will fit
the Place. And of this it is that our Lord
himself seems to speak, where, having
mentioned the signs that should precede
his Approach to Judgment, he says, When
ge see these things come to pass, then lift up
your Heads, and look up, for your Redemption
draweth nigh.

Having thus given a particular Account
of the feveral Notions of Redeniption, and
fhewn from thence how we are to under-
stand the Day of Redemption in my Text;
let us, in the next place, enquire what is
meant by being fealed to this Day of Re-
demption : of which I shall speak more
briefly.

Luke 21. 28.

II. A Seal hath always been used for two especial Purposes; either for the Confirmation of Covenants and Contracts between God and Man, or for marking any Thing for one's own. Now to either of these Uses of a Seal, we may suppose the Apostle to allude, when he says that we are sealed by the Spirit. If we take it in

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