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XIII. of his Rising. Which is, that in more than thirty passages of the New Testament, 'tis expressly affirmed that God raised up our Lord from the Dead, or that he was raised by the Power of the Father; and yet in two or three other places 'cis no less plainly asserted, that Christ raised up himself. Which different expressions might have seemed

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difficult to be reconciled, but that our Saviour himself has in a most remarkable passage upon this Subject, (as it were on purpose,) explained them to us, with the greatest accuracy and exact distinctness. Yob. x.

18. No man, faith he, taketh my Life from me, but I lay it down of myself; I have power to lay it down, and I have Power to take it again; This Commandment, (that is, This Commission, This Power,) bave I received of my Father. I proceed Now in the

Ild place, To consider what were the Effects of Christ's Resurrection, with respect to our Lord himself. And they were, ist, that thereby he was effectually,

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Ser M. and in a moft convincing manner, de-
XIII. clared to be the Son of God; Declared to
W be the Son of God with Power, faith St Paul,

by the Resurrection from the Dead, Rom.
i.
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Insomuch that even those words of the Pfalmist, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee, are by the same Apostle, in his Sermon to the people of Antioch, applied to this very purpose: Axts xiii. 32. The Promise which was made unto the Fathers, God has fulfilled (says he) unto Us their children, in that he has raised up Jefus again; as it is also written in the second Psalm, Thou art my Son, this day bave I begotten thee. Not that Christ Then began to be the Son of God, but that he was Then declared to be fo, by a most powerful and effectual Proof; having loosed the pains of Death, and shown that it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 2dly, Another Effect of Christ's Resurrection, with regard to our Lord himself, was his being thereby declared the Judge of Quick and Dead. Acts x. 40, 42. Him God raised up the third day,----and commanded usap---to testify, that 'tis

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He which was ordained of God to be the Serm.
Judge of Quick and Dead. And ch. xvii. XIII.
31. God hath appointed a day, in which he
will judge the world in righteousness by
that man whom he hath appointed, whereof
he hath given assurance unto all men, in
that he has raised him from the Dead.

If it be here asked, the appointing a
day of general Judgment, being a Truth
of so great importance to Mankind; why
then was it not declared Sooner and Uni-
versally, in All Ages and to All People?
The true Answer (I think) is, that in the
Whole, the Rule of Righteousness and the
great Expectation of a Judgment to come,
is in all Times and in all Places the same;
And
yet

the several Dispensations, or par-
ticular Methods and Degrees of God's
manifesting these Truths to Mankind, by
the Light of Nature and Reason, by Re-
velations to the Jews and Patriarchs, and
by the Gospel of Christ, are and may as
justly be very different, as, in other cases, ,
'tis lawful for God, the Author of All, to
make people of different capacities and in
different Circumstances. And acccordingly,

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SER M. what God, when he comes to judgment,
XIII.

will finally require of Men under these dif-
ferent circumstances, will be proportio-
nally different. · For the Judge of the
whole Earth, will do what is right, and
with Equity shall he judge the Nations.
The Gospel was preached before, says the
Apostle, even in the days of Abraham,
Gal. iii. 8. And even the Gentiles, which
have not the Law revealed, are yet a Law
unto themselves, Showing the work of the
Law written in their hearts, Rom. ii. 14.
So that, upon the whole, God is no re-
Specter of persons; but in every nation, be

that feareth Him and worketh righteoulAds x. 34. ness, is accepted with him : For, not the

Hearers of the Law are just before God,
but the Doers of the Law shall be justi-
fied, ver. 13. And on the contrary, as
many as have finned without law, shall al-
so perish without law,-----in the day when
God Mall judge the Secrets of Men by Je-
Jus Christ, ver. 16.

It remains, that I proceed in the

IIId and Last place, To consider what are the Effects of our Lord's Resurrection,

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with respect to Us. And they are; ist, S e r M.
our Justification. That is to say; The XIII.
Resurrection of Christ from the dead, was
on God's part a publick and authentick
Declaration of his accepting the Sacrifice
of the Death of Christ, as an Atonement
for the Sins of All that truly repent. This
is the Meaning of those Passages of St
Paul,where he tells us, that Christ was de-
livered for our Offencés

, and raised again for
our Justification ; Rom.iv.25. ThatWe, that
is, wicked men both among Jews and Gen-
tiles, having been dead in Sin, that is, ha-
ving been in a State of condemnation;
God, who raised Christ from the dead, bath
quickened Us together with Him, (has re-
stored us to the hope of eternal life,) ha-
ving forgiven us all Trespassés ; Col. ii. 13.
And that, if Christ be not raised, we are
yet in our Sins, 1 Cor. xv. 17; that is, if
Christ be not risen, we have Then no evi-
dence of God's having accepted Christ's
Mediation for us; nor consequently of
our being justified, or having our Repent-
ånce accepted ; to such degrees and Pur-
poses at least, as God has now declared that

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