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S E R M.for us, and without us, by providing himself i a Lamb that takes away the Sins of the World. All therefore that is left upon our Hands is only to take Care that we turn not this Grace of God into Wantonness, and render it an Occasion of Security and Presumption. In a Word, and to conclude: The Account I have given you of our High Priest and his Sacrifice, mould raise your Spirits under those Dejections, into which Sorrow for Sin, in such of you as endeavour to live without Sin, is apt to sink you: It mould bring you into the Disposition of those honest Debtors, who, the more they are forgiven, the more they love. And you know what Judgment must needs be made, and what Proofs will be expected of this, by him that faid, If you Lorx met keep my Commandments; John xiv. 15.
Jesus an High Priest after the Order of
H E B. v. 9, io.
Christ, being made serf ecJ, became the Author of eternal Salvation, unto all them that obey him.
Called of God, an High Fries after the Order of Melchijedec.
N discoursing; on the Offices which our S E R M.
to execute as the Messias or Christ; from his Office of Prophet, we were advanced to his Priesthood, and have mewed, that, as it was foretold that the Meffias mould be a Priest as well as a Prophet, so Jesus was one as well as the other: An High Priest as much beyond the Jewifi High Priest, as he was a Prophet greater and higher than Moses: Such a Priest, as by one single Sacrifice or Offering, •vol, II. P did
S eyt M ^ more than all the Sacrifices of the Jews could ever effect: By the offering of himself, of his own Body on the Cross once for all, he made full Satisfaction for the Sins of the whole World, and so finished and compleated, and put a final End to all the burthensom Rites and Ceremonies of the Aaronick Priesthood, which could do nothing of themselves to the putting away Sin, except only prefigure and point at him, the great High Priest who in Time was to come, the Substance, of which they were only the Shadow.
But this Text calls us to contemplate him as performing a more high and excellent Priesthood still: A Priesthood to which all he did to compleat and fulfil the Jewijh Priesthood, served only to consecrate or prepare him. For so my Text tells us, that being made perfect, i. e. being consecrated (as the Word * signifies) by the things which he suffered (as the Verse before tells us) /. e. by the Things which he suffered to expiate our Sins, He was made the Author not of a temporal, but of eternal Salvation to all that ebey him, called of God, an High Prieji after
* Tifeiwfiiif. See Whitby on Heb. ii. 10.
a the the Order of Melchifedec: After the Order S E R M. of one, of whom though many 'Things may be. said, yet they are hard, the inspired Penman tells us, to be uttered: Though they are hard, as he intimates, not so much through any Difficulty in the Things themselves, but through the Dullness or Slowness of them that were to hear them. For he supposes that those who are of full Age, or of ripe Understanding, and who, by Reajhn of Use, or of Habit, have their Senses, or their Apprehensions, exercised to discern both good and evil; ver. 14,. such Persons, I fay, as being capable of digesting strong Meat, i. e. the substantial and solid Doctrines of Christianity, the holy Penman supposes capable of conceiving and apprehending what he was desirous to fay concerning the typical and antitypical Melchisedec: i. e. of Melchifedec as the Type of Christ, and Christ as a Priest after the Order of Melchifedec; to both which Subjects he therefore proceeds, and in which, so far as he goes before rs, we may fafely follow him. For the Divine Author intimates the Subject to be hard or difficult, not so much with intent to debar, as to whet, our EnquiryT For as a thing of common Observation, or easy to be understood, is ge
S ER M. nerally neglected as not worth our looking into; so things abstruse, and above the Reach of common Apprehensions are more apt to excite our Attention. Of such Nature he represents the Order of Melchifedee's Priesthood to be: A Subject not level to every Capacity, but yet such as he thought proper to notify and declare to those who were capable of apprehending it: He therefore that hath Ears to hear, let him hear. For since all Scripture is given by Inspiration of God, and is profitable, some for Doctrine, some for Reproof, some for Correction, and some again for Instruction in Righteousness, 2 Tim. iii. 16. it is not meet that a Subject on which an inspired Writer insists so particularly, mould be passed over unheeded by us; especially a Subject so fruitful of Docrine and Instruction in Righteousness, as this upon Examination will appear to be. We are only to be careful not to be wise beyond what is written: Not to fay any thing which the Holy Scriptures do not teach, but soberly to examine what they do. And to do this in as clear a Method as I can think of: I shall