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the Executor, and receive your legacy, by faith? Alas! that any Thould be found, who have no heart to it,
Legacy 3. His Spirit of grace, we so much need, Hear the words of the testament, Prov. i. 23. Turn you at my reproof: heboid, I will pour out my spirit unto you. Christ hath the seven Spirits of God, even a fulness of the Spirit in himself, to communicate; and hath made over the fame, by his teftament, to finners of Adam's race: withal, as execútor of the testament, he hath made intimation thereof, declaring himself ready to give the Spirit unto all that come to him accordingly: John vii. 37. Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink, Ver. 38. He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath faid, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. Verse 39. But this Tpake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him, should, receive. O suitable legacy for Adam's children ! Here is life for us, life for our dead fouls: for his Spirit is the Spirit of life, loosing the bands of fin and death, Rom. viii, 2. How shall dead souls live? Our Lord himself answers that question at large, John vi.; fhewing himself to be the life-giving bread, that giveth life unto the world, verse 33.; that it is by eating this bread fouls shall live, verfe 57.; that the quickening Spirit is in it, verse-63. ; and that it is to be caten by faith, ver. 35, 63, 64. Whether then should the foul go for life, but to Christ as executor of his own teftament? ver. For as we derived death from the first Adam, fo we Inuit derive life from the second Adam, else we can. not have it, verse 53. Here is regenerating, and fanctifying grace for us, whereby our natures may be changed, Ezek. xxxvi. 26. the image of God required in us, through grace received, answering to the grace in the man Chrift, as the wax to the seal, John i. 16.; for all this worketb the Spirit of Chrift a those who believe, Eph. i. 13. Here is made o:
ver to us grace whereby we may be enabled to true evangelical repentance, Zech. xii. 10. Ezek. xxxvi: 31. to walk in newness of life, ver. 27. and to mor. tify the deeds of the body, Rom. viii. 13. Here is bequeathed unto us enlightening grace, whereby we may
discern our duty: for the Spirit is the Spirit of light and direction, John xvi. 13.; exciting and strengthening grace, which comes by the supply of the Spirit. Philip. i. 19. Eph, iii. 16.; comforting grace in all trials and afflictions, for he is the Comforter abiding for ever where once he comes, John xiv. 16.; and establishing grace, whereby the finner once in Christ, is for ever kept from falling away, either totally or finally, ver. 17. I John ii. 27. In a word, Christ having left us the Spirit of grace in his testament, all grace suitable to our needs lies open to us.
Wherefore none that hear the gospel remain destitute of grace, but because they will not come to Christ for it.
Legacy 4. A suitable portion of the good things of this life, as infinite wisdom sees needful: Psal. xxxvii. 3. Thou shalt dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Christ in his testament, has disponed to finners a kingdom, even the kingdom of God, and adding those things thereunto. Matth vi. 33. His testament is suited to all our need, even in temporal things: he hath feen to our provision and protection, according to the promises made thereanent in the covenant. These promises primarily made to himself in the eternal covenant, he hath by his testament, as it were, indorsed to us, to be made forthcoming to all who by faith embrace it, and claim them up on it. Wherefore believers may go to Christ for their daily bread, as well as for spiritual benefits ; pleading the testament for the one, as for the other. And to receive the bread and the water in virtue of Christ's testament, will be more satisfying to a Christian in the exercise of faith, than all the fulness of worldly men can be, forasmuch as at that rate they have them as the purchase of the precious blood of the Testator and his Father's blessing therewith.
Legacy, 5. An unflinged death: John viii. 51. If a man keep my saying, he mall never see death. Men in their teftaments make provision for the comfortable life of their legatees; but they can leave them nothing to make death safe and comfortable to them. But in Christ's teftament there is a special provision for his legatees in death, as well as in life: and in the faith thereof, the faints have welcomed the grim messenger, dying comfortably in the faith of the sealed testament, Heb. xi. 13. Our Lord Jesus being to encounter death armed with its sting, and that in irs full strength given it by the broken law, was perfectly sure of the victory: fo making his testament, he left it as a part of his last will, that finners of Adam's race should be free from the sting of death, through faith in him. · A precious legacy, which he could well bequeath, because purchased by his own death ; and which he can and will make effectual, since the fulness of power over death' and the
grave is in his hand, and he is executor of his own testament.
How lamentable is it, that men, knowing they must die, should slight the testament, and the kindness of their best friend, appearing here where none else are capable to help!
Legacy 6. and last. Everlasting life on the other Side of death: John vi. 58. He that eateth of this bread, shall live for ever. Chrift's testament looks not only to this, but the other world; in it is provision made not only for time, but for eternity: he hath disponed in it a kingdom, the kingdom of hea. ven, as an everlasting inheritance for the legatees, Luke xxii. 29. This comprehends the happiness of the soul in its separate state; the glorious resurrection of the body at the last day; and the complete happiness of soul and body together, from henceforth,
and for evermore. The importance thereof who can express ! But whatever is in it, it is in the testament made over to finners of mankind : and whoso. ever of them come to Christ for it, fall, upon the ground of his faithfulness, without all peradventure obtain it.
These are the comprehensive legacies of Christ's testament. To enter more particularly into the detail of them, there would be no end.' Ye have the book of the testament, both old and new, among your hands : read it diligently; and that as Christ's testament, as indeed it is: and in every page ye will perceive of the unsearchable riches. Withal remember, that it nearly concerns you, and every one of you, ás parties legatees in whose favour it was made; since ye are men, fons of men, Prov. viii. 4. The teftament is lawfully intimate to you, both by the preaching of the word, and by putting a copy of it a Bible, in your hands. And ye are called to come to Christ as executor of it, by faith in him, to receive your legacies. Happy will you be, if ye anfwer the call. But if ye do not, it'will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you : for it will aggravate your condemnation, that not only were all these legacies left you in Christ's testament, but the same was intimate un. to you, and ye were called to come to the Executor to receive them, but ye believe not, ye would not. Thus far of Christ the Teftator of the covenant.
III. Christ the Prophet of the Covenant. The covenant being an eternal transaction, which no creature had access to be witness unto; the being thereof was an absolute secret to the whole creation: and, in that it was a mystery of the manifold wisdom of God; Eph. iii. 10. no creature was sufficient to unfold the nature thereof. Upon the which accounts, the Apostle calls it the wisdom of God in a
mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world, 1 Cor. ii. 7. And hence appears a necessity of constituting a prophet of this covenant; and that none but a divine person was fit to be the original propher thereof; and this so much the more, that, by reason of the spiritul blindness of the parties unto whom it was to be revealed, a mere objective relation could not be sufficient in the case : For the natural man, receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him: neither, can he know them, because i hey are fpiritually discerned, verse 14. Wherefore Jesus Christ was as administrator of the covenant, constitute the prophet thereof; being he of whom, by the Apostle's testimony, Mofes truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of your brethren, like unto me, Acts iïi. 22. And whosoever else were at any time prophets there. of, he alone was the original prophet of it, John i. 18, No man hath feen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bofom of the Father, he bath declared him.
And in this character. Christ was constitute, (1.) The Messenger, (2.) The Witness, and, (3.) The Interpreter of the covenant.
1. In the capacity of Prophet, he was constituted the messenger of the covenant, Mal. iii. 1. to bring the good tidings of that treaty of peace into the world: and not only so, but by the authority of Heaven, to proclaim the treaty to finners, to offer them the benefit therof, and to deal with them to accept, by coming into it personally. A covenant fürely of unparalleled weight and importance, that had such a messenger thereof.
2. In the same capacity he was constitute the witness of the covenant, Ifa.lv. 4. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people. God knew the world to be a guilty world, whose conscience wit