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• shall be willing in the day of thy power. There is need of his fubduing us by Strength of Hand, because by Nature we are utterly averse from coming away from them, and submitting to him : Luke xix. 14. * But his citizens hated him, and . sent a message after him, saying, We will not • have this man to reign over us.' Prov. viii. ult. • All they that hate me, love death. He subdues us to himself, by the Sword of his Word in the Hand of his Spirit: Rev. i. 16. ' Out of his mouth

went a sharp two-edged sword.' Eph. vi. 17. "Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word

of God,' &c. The Word fo managed by the Spirit, operates as a Sword, piercing the Soul, and conquering our Obstinacy, and making us willing to yield: Heb. iv. 12. The word of God ' is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any

two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing "asunder of foul and spirit, and of the joints and

marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and

intents of the heart.' Psal. cx. .z. forecited, He opens the House of our Bondage, and breaks their Yoke from off our Neck, by his Spirit applying to us his Satisfaction : Zech. ix. 11. ' As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant, I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit

wherein is no water. The applying of Christ's Satisfaction to us, hath that Effect, inasmuch às thereby the Law hath full Satisfaction, as to us; and the Law. being fatisfied, the Strength of Sin is broken ; the Strength of Sin being broken, the Sting of Death is taken away; the Sting of Death being taken away, the Devil loféth his Power o. ver us ; and his Power over us being loft, the present evil World, his Kingdom, loseth its Power o

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ver us too : 1 Cor. xv. 56. 57. The fting of

death is fin ; and the strength of fin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Hcb. ii. 14. 15. ' Forasmuch then as the children are par' takers of flesh and blood, he also himself like' wife took part of the same: that through death " he might destroy him that had the power of

death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who

through fear of death were all their life-time sub"ject to bondage.' 2 Cor. iv. 4. ' In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of

God, should shine unto them.' The State, then, that all whom Christ hath redeemed by Power are in, with respect to Sin, Death, the Devil, and the World, is, that they are rescued from the Bondage and Dominion of them all : Rom. vi. 14. « Sin shall not have dominion over you : for ye

are not under the law, but under grace.' John V. 24.- Verily verily I say unto you, He that • heareth my word, -and believeth on him that

sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come ' into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. AEZs xxvi. 18. "To turn them from the power

of Satan unto God.' Gal. i. 4. Jesus • Christ gave himself for our sins, that he might

deliver us from this present evil world. Compared with 1 John v. 19. And we know that we

are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickredness.

He fecures us from going back, of our own accord, to their Bondage and Dominion, by ruling us ; Micah v. 2. ' But thou, Bethlehem Ephra


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cah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth

unto me, that is to be ruler in Israel. vers. 4. • And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the

Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord

his God, and they shall abide.' He fo rules us, in the Capacity of Head of the Church, Eph. v. 23. Hof. i. ult. Then shall the children of Judah, and

the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall

come up out of the land.' The Church is the Society of us whom he hath called unto himself, out of the World, wherein Sin, Death, and the Devil reign : Afts xv. 14. Simeon hath declared ? how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to s take out of them a people for his name.? And the Supremacy and Headship over the Church, is competent to no Man nor Angel, but Chrift him self alone : Col. i. 18. ' And he [the Son of God]

is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in

all things he might have the pre-eminence.' Eph. iv. 5. ' There is one Lord.? I Cor. viii. 6. ' To

us there is but one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom

are all things, and we by him.' He rules us, as he is Head of the Church, both externally and internally. He rules us, as Head of the Church, externally, giving us Laws, and Ordinances, and Officers to fee to our observing of them. His Laws are the Laws of the Ten Commands : If. xxxiii. 22. The Lord is our lawgiver,' &c. Compared with Exod. xx. 2. 3.-17. I am the

Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of • the land of Egypt, out of the houle of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. &c.'



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His Ordinances are the Ordinances of Worship, and of Discipline, and Government : 1 Cor. xi. 2. . Now I praise you, brethren, that you keep the

ordinances, as I delivered them to you.' 'verf. 23. I have received of the Lord, that which al• To I delivered unto you, That the Lord Je'sus, the same night in which he was betray.

ed, took bread,' &c. Matth. xviii. 17. i 8. And • if he mall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the

church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven : and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven. I Cor. xii. 28. God

hath set in the church, governments,' &c. His Officers are Pastors, Teachers, Ruling Elders, and Deacons : Eph. iv. 11. 'And he gave some, apo

ftles: and some, prophets : and fome, evange

lists : and some, pastors and teachers. I Tim. V. 17. Let the elders that rule well, be counted • worthy of double honour, especially they who • labour in the word and doctrine.? Chap. iii

. 10. Let them use the office of a deacon, being found • blameless.' He rules us, as Head of the Church, internally, by his Spirit within us writing his Laws in our Hearts, and making us obedient : Ezek, xxxvi. 27. ' And I will put my fpirit within you, " and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye 'fhall keep my judgments, and do them.' Heb. viii

, For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Ifrael after those days, faith

the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, ( and write them in their hearts. He carries on his Rule over us, in chis Life, graciously reward


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ing our Obedience with his royal Favours, and correcting us for our Sins: Psal. xix. 11. In

keeping of them (the judgments of the Lord] there is great reward.' Rev. iii. 19.


many as I love, I 'rebuke and chaften. He consum. mates his Rule over us, in the Life to come, by making us perfectly holy and happy : 2 Tim. iv. 8. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day : and not to me on. ly, but unto all them also that love his appearing

He fecures us from being carried back, by the Force of his and our Enemies, to their Bondage and Dominion, again, by defending us, and restraining them : Psal. lxxxix. 18. The Lord is I our defence : and the holy One of Israel is our

King. lxxvi. 10. ' Surely the wrath of man I shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt I thou restrain.'. We need his Defence, because they war against us continually, and we are unable to defend ourselves against them : 1 Pet. v. 8. 1 Be fober, be vigilant ; because your adversary the devil, as a roring lion, walketh about seek + ing whom he may devour.' 2 Cor. iii. 5. 'Not 1 that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any

thing as of ourselves : but our sufficiency is of * God.?Christ's Defence against them is extended to the whole church, and to every particular Believer. He defends the Church againft them, fo far that they fhall never prevail so but there fhall be a Church while the World stands : Matth. xvi: 18. * And I say also unto thee, that thou ! art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my

church : and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Chap. xxviii

. ult. Lo, I am with you


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