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the New Testament, the great peace-maker between God and man that blessed days-man who layeth his hand upon both parties, and hath found out a way by which God can be just, and yet justify sinners believing in Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life ; the way by which God can receive into his favor rebels who have sinned and transgressed against him....the way by which sinners can come into the presence of Jehovah, as to their reconciled, forgiving, covenant God; and by the power of his Spirit, in the language of faith, call him Abba Father....the way by which they receive every covenant blessing in time, and by which they have abundant entrance administered to them, into the kingdom of their beloved, the heavenly Canaan, the new Jerusalem, the city of the living God, whose gates shall not be shut at all by day, and there is no night there, but the glory of God doth lighten it, and the lamb is the light thereof. He is the truth, that is his name; he is the faithful witness, God that cannot lie; the fountain of life, the author and giver of eternal life to his people: because he liveth, they shall live also; he is their advocate in the court of heaven; he is one with the Father, and he ever lives to plead their cause; he thoroughly understands the law; he well knows all their malicious accusers, and is capable to answer all their allegations, and triumphantly bring off that poor sinner, who commits his cause, though a bad one, into his hands. Satan says, that soul hath sinned; shall it live? thou hast said, the soul that sinneth it shall die; canst thou be just, O God, and not execute this sentence? but Jesus, our adorable advocate is by; he says, "It is true, that soul hath sinned,
but I have died. Father, behold my hands, my feet, my side: Why was I crowned with thorns on Calvary? Why was I crushed beneath the weight of thy wrath? was it not for that soul that it might not perish? all its iniquities thou hast laid upon me; I have made my soul an offering for its sins; thy justice is satisfied, I have paid his debt....thy law is magnified, I have made it honorable; thou art a just God, therefore pardon and justify that sinner; I have bought him at the price of my blood; I have taken away his filthy garments and clothed him with change of raiment. Father, I will, that he whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am, that he may behold my glory: the Lord rebuke thee Satan, even the Lord that has chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?" Thus Satan is disappointed, thus the sinner is saved, and God forever glorified in the Son of his love, whose name is called wonderful counsellor, the everlasting Father, and the prince of peace. He is Jesus, a Saviour! no name so sweet to the ears of a sensible sinner; a name which can bring peace to the distressed conscience, and lay every storm of guilt in the delightful repose of calm serenity: though we are continually wandering from thy fold like lost sheep, still thy Saviour is called Jesus; thou art an everlasting Saviour: this is my beloved, and this is my friend: O ye daughters of Jerusalem, is he not the altogether lovely?
"Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside, that we may seek him with thee?" Since he is this
all-glorious Saviour; this adorable, superlatively excellent person; tell us, O thou his beloved and bride, whither he is turned aside, where he takes up his abode? that we may seek him with thee, that we may inquire after the knowledge of him, whom to know, is life eternal; that we may partake of his saving benefits, receive out of his abundant fulness, and share those rich blessings he so freely bestows.
"My beloved is gone down into his garden to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies:" God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet; he is ascended into the heaven of heavens, leading captivity captive, having received gifts for sinners, even for the rebellious; he is entered into the holy place, and hath sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high: there he reigneth, there he walketh among his saints in light; those trees of righteousness, who are like green olives, and full of sap; of his own right hand's planting, whose pleasant fruits are sweeter than camphire, with trees of frankincense, myrrh, and aloes, with all the chief spices: there he unfolds the bright beams of his glory, and displays the sweet smiles of his face; yet he bows his ear to the cry of his beloved, who hath not yet arrived at that glorious haven of eternal rest, but is still like a ship in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves, and contrary winds; he is the pilot; he sitteth at the helm, and will steer her safe to the good port, the heavenly harbor, where she would be. O that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his
wonderful works to the children of men: my beloved is mine, and I am his, he feedeth among the lilies.
"Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?" who but the beloved, the spouse of Jesus, in whose heart the sun of righteousness is beginning to rise; her light, her excellency and beauty shineth not forth at once, but when the day-spring from on high hath visited her soul, she shineth brighter and brighter, to the perfect day, going from strength to strength, and from glory to glory, till she appear before the God of gods in Zion: she is fair as the moon, for as that receives all its splendor from the sun, so Zion, the perfection of beauty, receives all her loveliness from the fulness of Jesus; and being filled with his grace, shines with bright celestial lustre, in the midst of a dark, benighted world: but though she is bright, adorned with silver rays, she is not altogether a fair orb of light; many, too many dark spots of sin abide in her heart, and appear in her conversation; yet, though fair as the moon, she is clear as the sun, without spot or blemish, or any such thing, being complete in Jesus, made white in the blood of her beloved, and cloathed in the spotless robe of his everlasting, glorious righteousness; she is as blameless, as sinless, as perfectly righteous, as the great God-man, Immanuel, the beloved of God, in whom his soul delighteth, and in whom he is eternally well-pleased, who hath declared that Satan hath no part in him. This her glory, is for ever the same; it neither waxeth nor waneth, nor is subject to change;
but endures to the days of eternity, unsullied, undiminished; brighter than the angels of light, those fair sons of the morning. She is terrible as an army with banners, standing with her loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness, her feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, and having above all, the shield of faith, which is able to quench all the fiery darts of the devil: on her head, the helmet of salvation; in her hand, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always, with all prayer and supplication. Thus armed and prepared for the battle, she follows the great captain of salvation, to a sure and certain victory; she wrestles not only against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places, but looking to Jesus, her strong deliverer, having on the whole armor of God, she fights the good fight of faith, and is more than conqueror, through him who hath loved her; she is terrible as an army with banners; her enemies fall before her, for he that is the mighty God of Jacob, hath promised, no weapon formed against thee shall prosper;" he saith, "Fear not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteonsness: behold all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded, they shall be as nothing, and they that strive with thee shall perish; thou shalt seek them, and shall not find them, even them that contended with thee; they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of