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enough in him, then you will believe there is to spare also: and hence, have you not seen that your present, chief, and only good lies here? And do you boast of this as enough, and glory in Christ; for, “ In him shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.” 6. Do you value and bighly prize the Anointing that teacheth all things; and highly prize the Spirit's work in glorifying Christ, by taking of his and shewing it to you? And are you glad of every glance of his glory that the Spirit gives you in the word of grace : and in so far as he gives you a heart to know him, a heart's desire after him, and a heart's delight in him ? O have you got some glance of a glorious Trinity in this text; and of the joint concern each person thereof hath, according to the distinct economy of the glorious Threeone God, in carrying on this work of redemption and salvation ? And are you well-pleased with this device as most honourable to God, and profitable to you? Hath any thing like this been formerly or presently your heart-ravishing exercise ? Then, Oman, woman, thou art greatly beloved; Christ is here himself inviting you to his table, and saying, “ Rise, my love, my fair one, and come away,” resting on me for all things ; for, “ All things that the Father hath are mine.”
SERVICE OF THE FIRST TABLE.
Now, believer, you are set down to a feast of fat things, a feast of great and glorious things. The Master of the feast, who is the matter of it, is saying, “ All things that the Father hath are mine;" and they are mine for you : all my Father's treasures are inine ; and all my treasures are for you; and I am sent of the
Father to give all to you, to give his love to you which he gave to me: see John xvii. 23. 26. I am sent with the word of salvation to you; and am sent with the cup of salvation; and the bread of life to you.
« Our Lord Jesus Christ, the same night wherein he was betrayed, took bread,” &c. O my friends, remember, that as all things that God hath are Christ's, so all things that Christ hath are God's. This bread here, sacramentally representing the broken body of Christ, is the bread of God; 1 Jolin iii. 16. “ Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us," that sin and guilt being expiated, and justice being satisfied, a vent might be made for all things that the Father had to communicate unto you.
“ After the same manner also, after supper, he took the cup,” &c. Now, all things that God the Father hath, all the fruits of the love of God in Christ, are in this cup of blessings. You are now getting the seal of the covenant of promise, and you may be sure that the covenant is well ordered in all things, seeing that all things the Father hath are his, and committed to his management; therefore, all things, however heavy and trying, shall be well-ordered. All the children shall have this to say in the issue of all their troubles, that “ He hath done all things well." It is unbelief that says, O! this and that is an ill-ordered providence, an ill-ordered trial. T'arry a little, till faith look up and see that Christ hath the management of it, and you will see therein infinite wisdom and holiness, truth and faithfulness. And in the faith of all being in Christ's hand, by the Father's appointment, you will have ground to say, O well-ordered temptation, that hath thus tended to humble me; well-ordered tribulation, that made me seek and take rest in God only as my hiding-place: well-ordered oppression that I met with, which, through grace, made me to run to him who is a refuge for the oppressed; well-ordered chastisement, that hath sent me to my heavenly Father; well-ordered losses and crosses, that have contributed to win my heart, and made Christ precious to me: well-ordered desertion, that imbittered sin to me, which separated between God and my soul, and made God's presence more precious to me than ever: well-ordered victory, that sin and Satan got over me, that tended to fill my soul with holy revenge against sin: and made me set the power of heaven against the power of hell, and the power of Christ against the power of sin; well-ordered disappointment I met with at such a time, that made me know that God is a sovereign to be waited on, and not limited to my time : well-ordered calumny and reproach cast upon my name, that made me to seek to have my name perfumed with the savour of Christ's name, which is as ointment poured forth, and made me see how I was honoured to have some conformity to Christ, who was most innocent, yet inost reproached : and even to glory in the cross of Christ, and reckon the reproach of Christ greater riches than all the treasures of Egypt; for I have found, that when I have been reproached for the name of Christ, the Spirit of God and of glory bath rested on me: 0 well-ordered providence, that hath dried up the streams of creature comforts, and worldly enjoyments, that I might betake myself to the fountain of consolation ; well-ordered dispensation, that friends and brethren turned their backs upon me: for, “ When all men forsook me, the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me;" and, “ I was not alone, for the Father was with me:" O well-ordered weakness and fainting, under such and such a shaking and sinking providence, that made me run to that name of the Lord as a strong tower, the God who gives power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increaseth strength; for, “ The Creator of the ends of the earth fainteth not, neither is weary ; there is no searching of his understanding.” The covenant being well-ordered in all things, makes even the greatest extremity to be well.ordered, for making the Lord's appearing at such a time to be the more wonderful and welcome; and all, because Christ hath all things that the Father bath, and the ordering of all providences, and will make all work together for good to them that love him.
You may be sure that all things that God hath promised will be accomplished : for, “ The promises are all Yea and Amen in Christ.” You may be sure, that all things whatsoever you ask believingly, you shall receive, John xiv. 13, 14. and chap. xvi. 23.
Here is a never-failing fountain of joy and comfort to you, though all things else should fail you ; though flesh and heart should fail you ; though the good frame you have should fail you; though ministers and people should fail you, yet God will fail you never; for, “ He will be the the strength of your heart, and your portion for ever.” All things that you have, and that creatures have, may fail, because all flesh is grass; but the all things that the Father hath, cannot fail you ; because Christ is possessed of them, he has said, they are all mine.
SOLEMN WORK WAS ENDED.
Now, O believer, improve the doctrine delivered out of Christ's mouth, saying, “ All things that the Father hath are mine;" and therein see the new-covenant and the superiority of the second Adam to the first : we have all things in the second Adam to greater advantage than ever we could have had, if the stock had remained in the hands of the first Adam. Why, we have all things in Christ.
1. More gloriously, he being the glorious God, the brightness of the Father's glory : hence the new.covenant ministration is said to exceed in glory, 2 Cor. iii. 9. and the gospel is called the glorious gospel : because therein the glory of God shines more brightly, than ever it did under the law, or could have done in the first covenant.
2. In Christ we have all things more abundantly, John x. 10. “ He came to give life, and to give it more abundantly;" he came to give grace, and to give it more abundantly; he came to give glory, and to give it more abundantly; he came to give obedience to the law more abundantly, even to magnify the law; to give satisfaction to justice more abundantly: to give satisfaction to all the attributes of God, more abundantly than could have been done any other way.
3. In Christ we have all things more safely, all the stock being so well secured in his hand; the bonds of provision being all sealed with his blood :, for, all the promises of God are so many bonds and obligations faith hath to rely upon; they are all Yea and Amen in Christ Jesus to the glory of God, 2 Cor, i. 20.
4. In Christ we have all things more comfortably. This is the comfort as well as the honour of all the saints, that now their store is lodged in the hand of the Father's Beloved, and their Beloved ; in whom God is well-pleased, and they are well-pleased; and that their supply runs in such a sweet channel; for, thus “ We enjoy God, through Jesus Christ, by whom we have received the atonement,” Rom. v. 11.
5. In Christ we have all things more wonderfully, to the surprise and admiration of men and angels. Christ's name is wonderful to all the rational world, that are enlightened in the knowledge of him; “Great is the mystery of godliness.” Angels desire to look into it; and new scenes of wonder will open out of this contrivance of infinite wisdom to all eternity.
6. In Christ we have all things more durably; “I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever,” Ps. Ixxxix. 2. The covenant of grace and mercy is an everlasting covenant; it stands fast in Christ. The covenant of works was properly betwixt God and man; like a bridge over a river, the one end built with firm stone, the other of fading clay, and so the weak end fell down; and there is no 'passing to heaven by any such bridge: by any such covenant: Such is the Arminian's covenant, that makes God's will one end of it, and man's freewill another; but no wonder that the weak end fall