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another. He is to have no Successor in his s E R M. Priesthood, any more than he had any Predecessor in it: Having neither Beginning of Days, nor End of Life, but being the Son of God himself (to whom Melchisedec was only made like) he abideth a Priejl continually, ver. 3.
So that Christ, you fee, is an etemalPrieR, with respect to his Person, his Office, and the EffeSl of his Office. As to his Person, he • neither succeeded any one; nor shall any one ever succeed him. Of Him, it is truly and literally witnessed that he liveth; and because he continueth ever, he has an untransferr able Priesthood. And then as to his Office, he ever liveth, faith the holy Penman, to make Inter cession; i. e. he will intercede till he has brought all, for whom he intercedes, to Glo.* ry. And lastly, as to the EffeB and Success of his Priesthood, we are told again, that he has perfected for ever them that aresancJified': Nothing more will ever be wanting either to render or preserve them perfect: He is the Author (faith my Text) of eternal Salvation to all that obey him.
Thus is Christ a Priest after the Order of Melchisedec; a Priest chosen without Respect
S E R M. fpect to Family or. Tribe; a Priest to bless all Men, in Virtue of one single Sacrifice he has offered, and to facrifice no more; and a Priest to endure, and to do all that a Priest can, do, as long as a priestly Office shall be needful.
But to conclude his sacerdotal Office, there is one Thing still remains to be spoke to, and one, in which he is preferred before Aaron and Melchisedec both. And that is, that he was advanced to, and confirmed in, his Priesthood by an Oath. 'Those Priests -were made without an Oath, but this Priest (the Lord Jesus) with an Oath, by him, that said unto him, The Lord sware, and will not repent, Thou art a Priest for ever after the Order of Melchisedec, chap. vii. 20—22. Inasmuch therejore as not without an Oath, he was made Priest; By so much was Jesus made a Surety of a better Testament. For the Lany 'maketh Men High Priests that have Infirmity; but the Word of the Oath, which was stnce the Law, maketh the Son, who'is consecrated for evermore, ver. 28. And most certainly, that Priesthood which God himself thought fit to approve by an Oath, must be thought more excellent than any Priesthood.
And now I think I have finished the Doc- CHAP, trine of my Discourse; and may the Mercy and Goodness of God manifested to us in the Redemption of the World by his Son Jesus Christ have such an Effect upon our Lives and Actions, that we may not lose the good Things he has prepared for them that Love him and keep his Commandments. Amen,
The Necessity os Heresies, and the Use os them to the Church.
1 CQR. xi. 19.
'There must also be Heresies amongfl you, that they which are approved may be made manijefi among you.
S ?A M. T F ever it can be of Use and Service to ReiX ligion to shew that the Propagation of Heresies and Infidelity is of Advantage to the Church; and that it is necessary to the Support and Maintenance of Truth that Men should continually arise to oppose it; a Discourse on that Subject can never, I think, be more seasonable than now. For that Heresies, or, at least, Doctrines opposite to the received Articles of our Faith, are daily broached, and almost every where spread, I need not go about to prove. The Case is evident, and known too well. I wish a single Article of the Creed could be named (the first only excepted, cepted, which asserts the Being of a God, s^,RrM" the Maker of all 'Things, whether in Heaven or in Earth; excepting that, I fay, I wish a single Article could be named, which has not been openly disputed and denied. All the rest of the twelve have been mangled, arraigned, ridiculed and condemned; just as the Lusts of Men's Fancy and Passions have hurried them on. Even those Articles, that concern the two other Divine Persons in the most holy, blessed and undivided Trinity, are all treated with Contempt: One of those Persons is denied his Being; and the other, even by those, who allow his Existence, has been openly reviled as an Impostor and Cheat; has met with worse Treatment than he did from the Jews; has been more than crucified j has been represented more like the Devil than God.
When thus the Foundation of our Religion is sapped; when He in whom is all our Confidence and Trust, when our Saviour and Lord, upon whom we depend for all that is valuable both in this World and the next; when the Eternal Son of the Almighty God is thus daily and openly insulted and blasphemed; when his Miracles are reviled, his Institutions laughed at, his Sacraments annulled,