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xvi Scriptures more or less Explained.
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19. 121, 238 PHILEM. ver. 18, 19.67

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ib. Heb. ii. 10. 165
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11, 16, 17, 83
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vii. 26. 130

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X. 5.

81, 82, 83 1 Cor. i. 30. 68, 120

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73 v. 7.

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xii.
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103 2 Cor. V. 19.

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Jam, i. 21.

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121, 239

ii. 21, 24: 253 257

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257, GAL, iii, 13. 88 1 JOHN ii. 5. 257

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PHIL. iii. 6.
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258
8, 9. III, 112
Rev. iv. 3.

177 1 Tim. i. 9.

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68, 89,

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SERMON I.

Isalah xlv. former part of the 24th

Verse.

Surely, Mall one say, in the Lord have I

righteousness.

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IS the peculiar excellency and glory of the gospel, that in it we are provided with a righteousness for our

justification in the light of God. I shall, with the more advantage, apply this parfage as speaking of such a righteousness, when I have answered two enquiries that at first view offer themselves upon it-Who that Lord is, that is here spoken of: and What that righteoufnefs is, that is here intended.

As to the first of these enquiries ; we have the fullest evidence that the Lord, here fpoken of, is the Lord Jesus Christ, from the Apostle's applying this context to him, Rom. xiv. 10, II. where representing the evil of uncharitable judging and condemning one another, he adds, as a weighty reason to deter from this practice, that we must ourselves be judged by Christ, for we must all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ : Christ will fit fupreme Judge of every man's state and actions, shall we then be

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hafty in the judgment that we pass upon our
brethren ? And then the Apostle immediately
subjoins, for it is written, as I live, saith the
Lord, every knee sball bow to me, and every
tongue foall confefs to God; plainly referring to
the words before the text, I have sworn by
myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righ-
teousness, and soall not return, that unto me every
knee shall bow, and every tongue all fwear :
after which the words of the text follow in the
closest connection, surely, shall one say, in the
Lord have 1 righteousness; in that Lord, to whom
every knee fall bow, and every tongue confess,
that is, the Lord Chrift, who is Lord and Judge
of all. The same passage is likewise applied to
Christ, Phil. ii. 10, 11, And viewing the con.
text in this light, I cannot but think, it furnishes
us with a strong and most convincing proof of
the true and proper Godhead of Chrift, accord-
ing to the excellent note which a learned Com.
mentator * haih given us upon
“ further obferve, fays he, that what the Pro-
“phet speaks here of the Person of God, is ap-
“ plied by St. Paul to Christ, i. e. to the second
« Person of the blessed Trinity.” And after re-
ferring to some other passages of the like fort,
where what is said of God in the Old Testament,
is expressly applied to Christ by the writers of
the New, he adds-

many more such in. “ stances might be given, and all of them are

plain proofs of the divinity of Christ, and that " the Prophets of the Old Testament had all

along an eye to the times of the New, and “ spoke of the Meffiah as God." It seems there

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SĘ RM O N I.

ISAIAH xlv. former part of the 24th

Verse.

Surely, Mall one say, in the Lord have I

righteousness.

'T

IS the peculiar excellency and glory of the gospel, that in it we are provided with a righteousness for our

justification in the sight of God. I shall, with the more advantage, apply this paffage as speaking of such a righteousnefs, when I have answered two enquiries that at first view offer themselves upon it-Who that Lord is, that is here fpoken of: and what that righteoufness is, that is here intended.

As to the first of these enquiries; we have the fullest evidence that the Lord, here spoken of, is the Lord Jesus Christ, from the Apostle's applying this context to him, Rom. xiv. 10. 11. where representing the evil of uncharitable judging and condemning one another, he adds, as a weighty reason to deter from this practice, that we must ourselves be judged by Christ, for we must all stand before the judgment-seat of Chrift Christ will fit fupreme Judge of every man's state and actions, thall we then be

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sages that Christ is made of God unto us righteousness, and fanctification that by him all that believe are justified from åll things that we are to be strong in the grace that is in Chrift Jesus- are sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God----and are compleat in him.

The words therefore, that we have before us, are to be considered as the language of the church, ardently looking after, and embracing in the Lord Jesus, that righteousness which, and which alone, is available for our justification. And it is represented as the joint and harmonious language of the whole church, what the faints in every age and place agree in, surely, Shall one fay; One, and all that are tauglit of God, and acquainted with the methods of his grace. This is no party language; it is what believing Jews and Gentiles alike speak, and all the called and saved of God agree in, according to the different discoveries that have been made of this truth through the several ages of the church. The Old Testament church was reaching after a justifying righteousness in Chrift; and the New Testament church has nothing greater to glory in. The righteousness of God for this purpose is revealed from faith to faith : And, in proportion to their several improvements in knowledge and grace, this is equally and alike the spirit and language of all believers in the world ; surely, Jball one fay, in the Lord have I righteousness, or, as it is in the Hebrew, righteousnelles *, all that righteousness which we

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