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PSALM lxviii. 18.

Thou haft afcended on high, thou haft led caprivily captive, thou haft received gifts for men : jea, for the rebellious alfo: that the Lord God might dwell among them.

עליק למרום

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Hrift ascended.


1. This was typified, Lev. xvi. 2, 3.
2. Foretold in the Text, Epb. iv. 8.
3. Performed by Christ, John xx. 17. Luke xxiv.

50,51. Аčts i. 9, 10, 11.
This Ascension was,

1. Local.

2. Visible, because no more was he to be

seen on Earth.
2. Why did he ascend?

1. To confirm our Faith.
2. To make intercefsion for us, 1 Fobn ii. 2.

3. To prepare Mansions for us, Fobn xiv. 2.
Use. Is Christ ascended?
1. Ascend to him with your Affections,

Col. iii. 1.
2. Long to be with him.

II. Thou baft led Captivity Captive. aw n'w 1. We are naturally Captives.

1. To fin, Rom vi. 16.
2. To Satan, 2 Tim. ii. 26.
3. To the World, Mat, vi, 24.

2, Chrift

2. Christ delivereth us from this Captivity,

Luke iv. 18. Afts iii. 26. 3. He makes us his own Servants, and so

captivates to himself the Captives of Sa

tan. Use. Let us serve him who hath redeemed us

to himseif, i Cor. vi. 20.


IJI. Thou hast received gifts for Men, op DIN2 έδωκε δύμαια τους ανθρώποις, So allo the Targum 1. What Gifts?

i Repentance, Acts ii. 38.
2. Pardon, i Foln ii. 1.
3. His Spirit, Ais ii. 1. 7ohn xvi. 7.
1. To convince us, foln xvi. 9, 10, 11.
I. Of fin

3. Judgment.
2. To guide us, John. xvi. 13. Rom. viii.

14. 3. To sanctifie us, Tit. iii. 5. I u. 4. To quicken us, Rom. viii. 2. s. To help us in Prayer, Rom. viji. 15,16. 6. To discover our Estates to us, Rom.

viii. 16. 7. To comfort and support us, Fobni xiv.

16, 17. IV. Tea, for the rebellious, 017710 749, that is, even for finners, Roni, v. 8. who rebell,

1. Against GOD, Isa. i. 2, 3.
2. Against Chriit, job xxiv. 13.

V. That the Lord God might dwell amongst 11 ern, which implies, 1. Our Relation to him, Deut. iy. 7.

2. His

Bb 3

2. His favour to us, Lev. xxvi. 11. Exod. xxxiii.

1, 2, 3, 16. Exod. xxxiv. 9. 3. Our Communion with him, 1 John i. 3. 4. His gu dance of us, Psal. Ixxviii. 14,52, 53.

Psal. Ixxvi. 2. 5. His Protection, Numb. xxiii. 21, 22, 23.

Ffal xlvi. 5,6,7. Pfal. xxiii. 4. 6. His providing for us, Psal. xxiii. 1,5,6. 7. His being our GOD, Lev. xxvi. 11, 12.


1. Believe the Ascension.
2. Live like those who believe it.

Psal. Ixxiii. 25.

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earib that I desire besides thee.


OD is to be desired before all things in the

1. What is it to defire GOD? 1. To prefer him in our Judgments, Pbil. i. 8. 2. To chuse him in our Wills. 3. To be more Zealous in our endeavour after

him than any thing else.

II. What is it in GOD we are to desire?
1. His Glory, Exod. xxxii. 32.
2. His Favour, Psal. xxx. 5. Psal. Ixiii. 3.
3. His Presence, Pfal. Ixxxiv. 10.
4. His Enjoyment, Psal. xlii. 1, 2.

III. Why

III. Why should we desire GOD above all things? 1. Because he is more desirable than all things,

Like xviii. 19. Prov. iii. 15. 2. All other things are only defirable for his

fake. 3. He alone can satisfie our desires, Isa. Iv. 1.

Psal. xvii. 15: I. Uše. Reproof, to those that defire all things

before GOD. 1. That think of other things more than

GOD, Psal. xviii. 4. 2. That are unwilling to part with any thing

for GOD. 3. That regard not the Ordinances. 4. That make it not their business to seek

after GOD. 2. Exhortation, As Solomon, 1 Kings iii. 5, 11,

12, 13: Motives.

1. This is the end why we have desires.
2. 'Tis gross Idolatry to desire any thing be-

fore GOD, Col. iii. s.
3. To desire GOD above all things, is a

good evidence of Heaven.
Desire GOD here, and enjoy GOD

Desire GOD above,

1. Riches.
2. Honours.
3. Friends.
4. Relations.
5. Pleasures.
6. Liberty.
7. Knowledge, Si Chriftum discis satis

8. A


8. A good Name.
9. Health.
10. Life, Temporal, Eternal, Exod.

xxxii. 32.

And manifest that you desire GOD more than these things. 1. By being willing to part with them when

GOD calls for them.
2. By being more serious in looking after

GOD than these things.
Vide Vol. 4. Serm. viii. of this Author.

PSAL. XC. 12.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.


T is our Duty to number our days, Psal,

xxxi. 4.

1. What Arithmetical Operations should we perform each Day? I. Addition. Add each day, 1. To the number of your Graces, 2 Pet. i.

5,6 2. To the Degrees of each Grace, 2 Pet. iii.

18 2. Substraction. Substract,

1. From the sins of your Souls, Col. iii. 5. 2. From the 1trength of your

sins. 3. Multiplication. Multiply,

1. Your thoughts of GOD, Psal. cxxxix.

17, 18.

2. Your

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