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alway even unto the end of the world. He de. fends every particular Believer against them, fo far that none of them shall ever pei ish: John X. 28.
I give unto them eternal life, and they shall ne. ver pérish, neither fhall any pluck them out of my hand. He defends the Church, and every particular Believer, by the Communication of his Grace to them, and the Working of his Providence for them: 2 Cor. xii. 9.
" And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.' Zech. iii. 9. For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes, behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, faith the Lord of
hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land ' in one day? He restrains all his and our Ene. mies, bounding them by his Power, as to the Kinds, Degrees, and Continuance of their Attacks on us: Job ii. 6. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold,
he is in thine hand, but fave his life.' 1 Cor. x. 13. There hath no temptation taken you, but
such as is common to man: but God is' faithful, « who will not suffer you to be tempted above
that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to
bear it. Rev. ii. 10. Behold, the devil shall call &
some of you into prison, that ye may be tried;
fhall have tribulation ten days.
last enemy that shall be destroyed, is death.' For when the Soul is in Heaven, free from Sin, the Devil, and the World, the Body lies in the Grave under Death. But our King will fully rescue us from Death too, by the glorious Refurrection at the last Day : 1 Theff. iv. 16. 'The Lord himself « shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of the archangel, and with the trump of
God: and the dead in Christ Tall rise first.' I Cor. xv. 53. 'In a moment, in the twinkling of an
eye, at the last trump, (for the trumpet shall sound), and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we Thall be changed."
We are to receive Christ as our King, renoun. cing the Dominion of Sin, Death, the Devil, and the World, and wholly giving up ourselves to him, to be ruled by him as our Head : T. xxvi. 13. ! O Lord our God, other lords besides thee have « had dominion over'us ; but by thee only will we
make mention of thy name.' Psal. ii. ult. Kiss & the Son lest hę be angry, and ye perish from the
way, when his wrath is kindled but a little :
blessed are all they that put their trust in him.' We are to make use of him as our King, daily applying and trusting to him, for Life, Strength, and Defence, and Victory over our Enemies : 2 Tim, ii. 1. Thou therefore, my son, be strong
in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Cor. i. 10.God delivered us from fo great a death, and
doth deliver : in whom we trust that he will yet 6 deliver us.'
Quest. 27. Wherein did Christ's Hua miliation confift?
Anf Christ's Humiliation consisted in his being born, and that in a low Condition, made under the Law, undergoing the Miseries of this Life; the Wrath of God, and the cursed Death of the Cross; in being buried, and continuing under the Power of Death for a Time.
EXPLICATION Christ's Humiliation belonged to the Condition of the Covenant of Grace; performed by himself: And it was then a voluntary Thing in him : Phil. i. 7. 8. Christ Jesus made himself of no reputa
tion, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men : and be
ing found in fashion as a man, he humbled him • felf, and became obedient upto death, even the
death of the cross.' He humbled himself, that he might execute his Offices, especially his prieste ly, Office : Luke xxiv, 26. Ought not Christ to
have suffered these things, and to enter into his
glory? And he humbled himself, putting hima self in a State of Humiliation, and bumbling him. self in that State.
Christ God-man put himself in a State of Humia liation, emptying himself of his Glory, and taking upon him the form of a Servant: Phil. ii. 7. forecited. The form of a Servant he took upon him, was the form of a Bond-servant : Psal. xl. 6. San crifice and offering thou didst not desire, mine
ears hast thou opened;"Marg. digged. Com. pared with Exod. xxi. 6. "Then his master shall
bring him to the door, or unto the door-posts :
and his master shall bore his ear through with
an awl ; and he hall serve him for ever. He took upon him the Form of a Bond-servant, being made under the Law, Gal. iv. 4. 5. "But when the ful
nefs of the time was come, God fent forth his . Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to * redeem them that were under the law, that we
might receive the adoption of sons.' He was made under the Law as a Bond-fervant, to redeem us that were under the Law as. Bond-fervants : Gal. iv. 4. 5. forecited. vers. 7. Wherefore thou art no
more a servant, but a son ; and if a son, then an
heir of God through Chrift. He did then trani fer our State of Servitude under the Law upon himself : 'If. xlix. 3. Thou art my servant, o
Ifrael, in whom I will be glorified. And what hay upon him as fo made under the Law, was, to give it that perfect Obedience in Holinefs of Nature and Life, that it required of us for Life, and under the Curse of it to bear our Punishment: Matth. iii. 15. Thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Gal. iii. 13. Chrilt hath ree deemed us from the curse of the law, being made
a curse for us. His Obedience then, as well as his Suffering, was a Part of his Humiliation, Phil. ii. 8. forecited; forasmuch as he gave it in the Form of a Bond-fervant. But his State of Humi. liation is now over, and at an End. And it ended at his Resurrection, Rom. xiv. 9. To this end Chrift both died, and rose, and revived, that he
might be Lord both of the dead and living.' • Christ humbled himself in that State, performing the Obedience, and bearing the Punishment that it required. He humbled himself, performing the Obedience which that State required, inasmuch as,
in the Form of a Bond-fervant, he was conceived and born of a Woman, perfectly holy, and lived perfectly righteous : Psal. xl. 6. Marg. forecited. Compared with Heb. x. 5.'Wherefore when he
cometh into the world, he faith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not, but a body hast thou
prepared me.' Gal. iv. 4. Phil. ii. 7.8. both forecited. His very being conceived and born of a Woman, was a notable Piece of Humiliation in bim ; and that because he was the Son of God, Gal. iv. 4. Phil. ii. 7. He humbled himself, bearing the Punishment which that State required, inasmuch as, all along from his Conception to the Grave, he submitted to the Effects of the Curse transferred from us on him, Gal. iii. 13. fore cited.
He so humbled himself in his Conception, being conceived of a Woman of a mean and low State: Luke i. 48. ' He hath regarded the low estate of
his handmaiden. An Evidence of the mean and low State of the Mother of our Lord, is her being espoused to a Carpenter : Matth. i. 18. Mary
was espoused to Jofeph.' Compared with Chap. xiii. 55. Is not this the carpenter's fon? Is not • his mother called Mary?'
He lo humbled himself in his Birth, being born in a low Condition. The low Condition he was born in, was, that he was born in the small Town of Bethlehem, in the Stable of an Inn, and laid in a Manger instead of a Cradle, because there was no Room for them in the Ion : Mic. v. 2. ' But
thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee * fall he come forth unto me, that is to be ruler in Israel.' Luke ii. 7. * And the brought forth