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command, they are sent forth to minister unto, and to attend upon his believing people. Are they not all ministering (nestcupyixa worshipping] Spirits *, adoring the divine Majesty, yet fent forth to minister (E15 dianoviær to the service] to the heirs of salvation. He is likewise the head of angels. Though they are not in the same near relation to him, as the finners whom he has redeemed with his blood; for he took on him their nature. There was no redemption appointed for the angels who kept not their first habitation. But the confirmation of those who continue in holinefs and happiness, is in and through him. For all things both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, are gathered together in one [ανακεφαλαιωσασθαι, reduced under one head into one body) in him f. And they are therefore styled in contradistinction from the others, The elect angels I. He is their life, and strength, and joy, as he is ours, though they cannot sing the whole song of his people. It is appropriate to the faved f n amongst men to say, This God shines
ous in our nature, he loved us, and gave self for us. Hebei, † Ephes. i. IQ. 1 Tim. v. 21.
Here then, as I have intimated, is a pattern and encouragement for us. The angels, the whole host of heaven, worship him. He is Lord of all. We in this distant world have heard the report of his glory, have felt our need of such a Saviour, and are, in some degree, witnesses and proofs of his ability and willingness to fave. He lived, he died, he arose, he reigns for us. Therefore humbly depending upon his promised grace, without which we can do nothing, we are resolve ed, that whatever others do, we must, we will worship him, with the utmost powers of our souls. It is our determination and our choice, not only to praise and honour him with our lips, but to devote ourselves to his service, to yield ourselves to his disposal, to entrust our all to his care, and to place our whole happiness in his favour. I hope, in speaking thus, I speak the language of many of your hearts.
Some reflections easily offer from this fubject, with which I shall close it,
1. They who love him, may rejoice in the thoughts of his glory. They have deep, ly sympathized with him, when reading the history of his humiliation and passion,
It has not been a light concern to them, that he endured agonies, that he was rejected, reviled, scourged and slain. He who sufe fered these things was their best friend, their beloved Lord, and he suffered for their fakes. In the glass of his word, and by the light of his holy Spirit, he has been set forth as cru-' cified before their eyes. And they have been crucified with him, and have had fellowship with him in his death. From hence they derive their indignation against fin, and their indifference to the world, which treated him thus. But now he is no more a man of for: rows; his head, which was once crowned with thorns, is now crowned with glory; his face, which was defiled with spittle, shines like the sun; his hands, which were manacled, wield the sceptre of universal government; and, instead of being surrounded by insulting men, he is now encircled by adoring angels. Therefore they rejoice with joy unspeakable, expecting soon to see him as he is, and to be with him for ever, according to the gracious promises he has made them, and the tenor of his prevailing intercession for them..
2. What an honour does his exaltation and glory, reflect upon his faithful followers ? The world that rejected him pays little regard to them. They are slighted, or scorned, or pitied, and, in proportion as they manifeft his spirit, experience a degree of the treatment which he met with. They are accounted visionaries or hypocrites. Many of them are great sufferers. And few of them, comparatively, are distinguished among men by abilities, influence or wealth. They are pilgrims and strangers upon earth. Yet this God is their God. He who is worshipped by angels is not ashamed to call them brethren *. They are nearly related to him who fitteth upon the throne. And he is pleased to account them his portion, and his jewels. It doth not yet appear what they shall be. But the day is coming when their mourning shall be ended, their characters vindicated, and they shall shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Lord. They shall stand before him with confidence, and not be ashamed when he appears. Then Thall the difference between the righteous and the wicked be clearly discerned. In that day the : * Heb. ii. II.
righteous fhall fay, L., this is our God, we bave waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord, we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his falvation *. While the others, however once admired or feared by mortals, the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief ciptiins, and the mighty men, no less than those of inferior rank, shall tremble, shall with in vain to conceal themselves, and shall fay to the mountains and rocks fall on us, and bide us from the face of him that hitteth upon ibe throne, for the great day of his wrath is come t. In that hour, the striking description in the book of Wisdom (which, though apocryphal, is in this passage quite consonant with the declarations of authentic scripture) will affuredly be realized. Then mall the parteous man stand in great boldness before
fance of such as have afflicted him, and made knizount of his labours. When they see it, .::all be troubled with terrible fear, and
Namazed at the strangeness of his falva., far beyond all that they looked for,
repenting, and groaning for anguish o n skall say within themselves, This was
• Ita. xxv. 9. f Rev. vi. 15, 16,