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Price and Power. It was neceffary that they should be redeemed by Price, because they were Debtors to Justice, and Criminals in Law: Heb. ix. 22. Without fhedding of blood is no remiffion.' It was neceflary that they fhould be redeemed by Power, because they were in Bondage to Sin and Satan: Luke i. 74. That he would grant unto

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us, that we being delivered out of the hands of ४ our enemies, might ferve him without fear.' And fuch a Redeemer was provided for the Elect, in the Covenant of Grace: Pfal. lxxxix. 19. Then thou spakeft in vifion to thy holy One, and faidft, I have laid help upon one that is mighty: I have exalted one chosen out of the people.'

Queft. 21. Who is the Redeemer of

God's Fled?

Anf The only Redeemer of God's Elect is the Lord Jefus Chrift, who, being the eternal Son of God, became Man, and fo was and continueth to be God and Man, in two diftinét Natures, and one Perfon, for ever.

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The Redeemer of the Flect is the Head of the Covenant of Grace, the Lord Jefus Chrift. And there is no other Redeemer befides him, he is the only Redeemer : Acts iv. 12. Neither is there * falvation in any other: : for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be faved.' The first Part of his Name,

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to wit, the Lord, fignifies JEHOVAH, the true God, the Moft High: If. xlvii. 4. As for our Redeemer,the Lord of hofts is his name, the holy One of Ifrael' Chap. xlviii. 17. Thus faith the Lord thy Redeemer, the holy One of Ifrael,' &c. 1 Cor. xii. 3. 'No man can fay that Jefus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghoft. But the Titles our Lord, one Lord, and the like, denote his Dominion: Acts x. 36. Jefus Chrift is Lord of all.' The second Part of his Name, viz. Jefus, fignifies a Saviour: And he is fo called, because he faves his People from their Sins, and confequently from Wrath: Matth. i. 21. And fhe fhall bring forth a fon, and thou fhalt call his name Jefus: for he fhall fave his people from their fins.' 1 Theff. i. 10.-' Jefus which delivered us from the wrath to come.' The third and laft Part of his Name, to wit, Chrift, fignifies Anointed: And he is fo called, because he was anointed by the Father, with the Holy Ghoft: Acts x. 38. God anointed Jefus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghoft, and with power; that is to fay, the Father folemnly defigned him, and withal furnished him; for his Office, by the Holy Ghoft remaining on and in him: John i. 33. He that fent me to baptize with water, the fame faid un

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to me, Upon whom thou shalt fee the Spirit defcending and remaining on him, the fame is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghoft.' Chap. 34. For he whom God hath fent, fpeaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.' The true Interpretation then of the Name of our Redeemer, the Lord Jefus Chrift, is, JEHOVAH, the Saviour, the

anointed One. He was the fit Perfon to mediate between God and Man, because of his com.

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mon Relation to both, peculiar to himself. His Relation to God, was, that he was the eternal Son of God; and that by eternal Generation of JEHOVAH the Father: Heb. i. 5. For unto which of the angels faid he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he fhall be to me a Son? His Relation to us, was, that he was our near Kinfman: Heb. ii. 11. For both he that fanctifieth, and they who are fanctified, ⚫ are all of one: for which caufe he is not ashamed 'to call them brethren.' He is then our Kinfmanredeemer, who redeems by Right of Kin: Job xix. 25. I know that my Redeemer liveth.' Compared with Ruth iii. 12. And now it is true, that I am thy near kinfman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.' Now, the eternal Son of God came to be our Kinfman, inasmuch as he became Man: Gal. iv. 4. But when the ful'nefs of the time was come, God fent forth his Son made of a woman.' By his becoming Man, he was both God and Man: Matth. i. 23. Behold, a virgin fhall be with child, and shall bring forth a fon, and they fhall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is, God with ' us.' And he will continue to be God and Man for ever: Heb. vii. 24. 25. But this Man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able alfo to fave them to the uttermoft, that come unto God by < him, fecing he ever liveth to make interceffion for them.'

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Our Redeemer then hath two Natures; namely, the Nature of God, and the Nature of Man: Rom. ix. 5. Whofe are the fathers, and of whom

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as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over < all, God bleffed for ever." He was God from all Eternity; but not Man, till he came in the Flesh, about the four thousandth Year after the Creation of the World: Mic. v. 2. But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou, be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee fhall he come forth unto me, that is to be ruler 'in Ifrael: whofe goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.' Matth. i. 17. So all the generations from Abraham to David, are fourteen generations and from David, until the carrying away into Babylon, are fourteen generations: and from the carrying away into Babylon unto 'Chrift, are fourteen generations.' The divine and human Natures were in no ways turned into one Nature, in Chrift becoming Man; but they remain for ever two diftinct Natures, having each of them their own diftinct Properties: 1 Pet. iii. 18. For 'Christ also hath once fuffered for fins, the just 'for the unjuft, (that he might bring us to God), being put to death in the flesh, but quickened 'by the Spirit.' Yet are they not divided neither; but they are united in his Perfon: Jefus Chrift our Redeemer is not then two Perfons, but one only: Eph. iv. 5. There is one Lord.' 1 Tim. ii.

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There is one Mediator between God and men, the man Chrift Jefus.' It was neceffary, that our Redeemer should be Man, that he might be capable to fuffer Death in our Nature, who had finned: Heb. ii. 14. Forafmuch then as the chil'dren are partakers of flesh and blood, he alfo himfelf likewife took part of the fame: that through death he might deftroy him that had 'the power of death, that is, the devil. 1 Cor.

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For fince by man came death, by man 6 came alfo the refurrection of the dead.' It was neceffary he fhould be God, that his Sufferings might be of infinite Value: 1 John i. 7. The blood of Jefus Chrift his Son cleanseth us from all fin. It was neceffary he should be God and Man.in one Person, that what of the Work was done by either of the Natures, might be reckoned the Deed of the Perfon of our Redeemer : Acts xx. 28. Feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.' John ii. ult. ‘Jefus needed not that any fhould testify of man : ❝ for he knew what was in man.'~

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Queft. 22. How did Chrift, being the Son of God, become Man?

Anf. Chrift the Son of God became Man, by taking to himself a true Body and a reasonable Soul, being conceived by the Power of the Holy Ghoft, in the Womb of the Virgin Mary, and born of her, yet without Sin.

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Chrift had a Being before he was Man: 'He was the Son of God by eternal Generation: Heb. i. 5. For unto which of the angels faid he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, will be to him a Father, and he fhall be to me a Son? Prov. viii. 22. 23. The Lord poffeffed me in the beginning of his

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