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offices and powers are of God : that all the gifts of the Spirit, all his graces and comforts, which God gave him without measure, were all from Ged, contrived by his wisdom, appointed by bis will, and defigned by his grace, for his own glory, in our salvation.
What gives you satisfaction in believing and relying upon Ghrist? Is it that sure and good bottom, that all that Christ is and hath, is of God; that all that he hath said, is of God; that all that he hath done, is of Gud; that all that he is doing, is of God; that all that he will do, is of God; that his whole mediation, and all his mediatorial actings are of God; and that therefore you may well venture your foul and salvation upon him? Hath this given confidence to your faith of justification, through his righteousness, because it is the righteousness of God; and to your faith of fanctification, through his grace, because it is the grace of God; and to your faith of washing in his blood, because it ; the blood of God?
This is true faith indeed, built upon the foundation of God's laying in Zion.
Do you know and believe, that all things whatsoever the Father gave to Christ, are of God ftill; that not only they were of God's giving, but are still the things of God? This is what the Spirit fhows, when he comes to glorify Chrift; “ He shall glorify me; for he shall receive of mine, and thall flew it unto you. All things that the Father hath, are mine: therefore faid I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it into you,” John xvi. 14, 15 All things that the Father hath are his, and all spiritual blessings are given by the Father to the Son for us, and the Son intrufts the Spirit to convey them to us, and fo to glorify Christ, by fhewing that all his things are of the Father. And, as it is remarkable here how Christ gives his Father the glory of all things that are given him, declaring that they are of God; fo, the true and saving knowledge of Christ leads the foul natively to God, and to give God the glory of all things that Christ hath. And, indeed, the knowledge of Christ would not fave us, if it did not lead us to the know. ledge of God himself: therefore, says Christ, as Mediator, “I am the way,” not the end; "No man cometh to the
Father but by me.” You must not terminate the knowledge of Christ, in Christ him felf, but ufe it as a medium and way to bring you to the Father; for, “ By him we believe in God, who raised him from the dead, and gave him glory, that our faith and hope might be in God," 1 Pet. i. 21.; for, All things are of God. And hence the faith of Christ, which is beyond all miftake and delufion, is such a faith of Christ as terminates in God, in the enjoyment of God, in the love of God, the fear of God, the worship and fervice of God, the honour and glory of God in Christ. Thus by your faith of this doctrine,
6. Hence fee an open door of faith and hope to finners and saints. I am come to tell you this day, that as all things you have already, as creatures, are of God, as a creating God; your life is of God, your breath is of God, your being is of God, in whom you live, and move, and have your being : so all things you want and need to have, as new creatures, are of God, as a redeeming God, a promising and giving God, in Christ Jesus. God hath set up a ladder between heaven and earth, between him and us. Christ, the God-man, is the true Jacob's ladder, by which we may afcend up to God. By the gospel of God, this ladder is discovered to you: and now this day, God is fhewing himself at the top of the ladder, proclaiming that all things are of him, and saying, Bebold, I make all things new.
Here is an open door of faith and hope to you, man, woman, who are deftitute of all things, and by nature cursed in the want of all things, because of your want of God, of whom all things are. Here you may fee not only the foundation of all the good things you need and want, that are of God; but also the channel through which, and the reason why you may hope and expect to have them; because all things are of him, as à reconcil. ed God in Christ. If you look upon God as an enemy, you will expect no good thing from him: and, indeed, the first look that a finner brought to Christ, gets of God, is of God in the law, as a fin-revenging God. And, aş you are a finner and transgressor of God's laws, you are doomed to death and wrath, and have nothing to look for from God, but destruction and damnation. But, if you see this, and be crying out,“ What shall I do to be saved,” who am such a vile and guilty finner beyond all finners? Then view him in the gospel glass, upon the top of the ladder of mercy, on a throne of grace, as reconciled by Jesus Christ to you. You, by your fin, have prov ked him ; but Christ, by his righteousness, hath rec inciled him to you; and the word of reconciliation is committed unto us, and we must execute our commiffion, by preaching the gospel to every creature, and proclaiming him to be a reconciled God in Christ to you, O finner: and, O Sirs, if this moment you could believe that God is in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, and reconciling you to himself, you would no longer, dubt, that he is ready to give you all things that you want. Life and pardon, grace and glo. ry, and all good things are of God, and ready to be given to you upon the price paid for them by the Son of God. You cannot think, perhaps, that there is any thing to be expected froin God for such a finner as you are: but think again, whether any thing, yea, all things good and great, may be expected from God, because of such a righteousness as Christ's is, and because of such a Beloved as Christ is, and such a love as the Father bears to him: for all things relating to the new creation, and the new covenant in Christ Jesus, are exhibited to you, in the gospel, only in him.
Here then is good news and glad tidings to all people that hear this gospel, that all things, relating to the new heaven and the new earth, are of God. Good news to the hardened, unconvinced finner; conviction is of God, who promiseth to send his Spirit to convince the world of fin.-Good news to you that are not yet regenerated ; regeneration is of God, who, of his own will begets us, by the word of truth. O Sirs, cast yourselves down at the footstool of sovereign grace, reigning thro' the righteousness of Christ to eternal life.--Here is good news to you, guilty sinner ; justification is of God in Chrift: He is the God that justifies the ungodly, and hath set forth Christ to be the propitiation thro' faith in his blood. Here is good news to the polluted sinner; purification
and sanctification is of God in Christ: “ The God of peace can fanctify you wholly. I am the Lord that sanctifieth you.”—Good news to miserable wretched finners; re. demption is of God in Christ, who of God is made to you wildum, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.Good news to the weak and impotent foul, that can do nothing: for power and ability is of God in Christ, who says, “ He giveth power to the faint, and to him that hath no might he increaseth strength.”-Good news to the weary and restless; foul rest is of God in Christ, who says, " Come to me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”—Good news to the unbelieving soul, plagued with an evil heart of unbelief, that faith is of God; it is the gift of God in Christ, who is the au. thor and finisher of it.-Good news to the impenitent and hard-hearted finner, that fees the flooy heart will not break; the new heart, and the heart of flesh is cf God; the penitent heart is of God, who exalted Christ to be a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance to Israel, and remiffion of fins.--Here is good news to the soul diseased and over-run with all spiritual maladies; health and healing is of God in Christ, whose name is JEHOVAH-ROPH1,
I am the Lord that healeth thee.”. Good news to the black deformed foul, all blackened, as it were, with the smoke of hell; beauty is of God, who says, “ Though ye have lien among the pots, ye shall be as the wings of a dove, covered over with silver, and her feathers with yel. low gold.”_Good news are here to the tempted soul, tossed with the horrid suggestions of Satan; the way to escape is of God in Christ, the God of peace that shall bruise Satan under your feet.-Good news to the harrassed, distressed, and oppressed soul, sighing under fome heavy burden; relief is of God, who is a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in time of trouble: your time of need is his time of pity, who is the burden-bearer ; “ Cast thy burden on the Lord, and he will sustain thee."
Let the disconfolate conceive hope in him; for conso. lation is of God; he is the God of all consolation. Let the poor and needy conceive hope; for your fufficiency is of God; your supply is of God.--Let the naked and starving foul conceive hope; for food and raiment is of
God, who feeds the ravens, and clothes the lilies, and how inuch more will he feed and clothe you, Oye of little faith! As all things are of him, so the bread of life and the garment of salvation also.- let the bound and fettered foul have hope in him; for, liberty is of God; “ The Lord looseth the prisoners;” and God hath anointed Christ with the Spirit, to proclaim liberty to the captives.-Let the bewildered foul here, that hath loft its way in this dark and cloudy time, conceive hope in him; for light and leading is of God, who hath promised to lead the blind in a way they know not, and in paths which they have not trode.
May not the barren and fruitless fouls conceive hope liere? Fruitfulness is of God, who hath said,
66 Instead of the thorn, fhall come up the fir-tree; and instead of the brier, shall come up the myrtle-tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”—May not the withered foul conceive hope here? For a blessed watering is of God, who says, he will pour waters on the thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground. O! let the backsliding and backfalling foul conceive hope here; for recovery and restoration is of God, who says, " I will heal their backslidings. I have seen his ways, and will heal him, and restore comforts to him and his mourners.” O! let even the graceless fouls, that have any sense of their graceless state, see a door of hope here; for grace is of God, who is the God of all grace.-Let dead finners, dead souls, dead hearts here, in the name of the living God, rise and hear the good news, that life is of God, who is the God that quickens the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were. AN things are of God.
But, perhaps, fome may fay, What ground have I to expect these things? Though they be of God, yet perhaps not for me. Why, because he is a reconciled God in Christ. But what ground have I to think that he is reconciled to nie? If the word of reconciliation be sent to you, upon that ground you may believe that he is reconciled to you. Now, he hath committed to us the word of reconciliation, and charged us to preach the gofpel of reconciliation to every creature, to every foul a.