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claims this ever adorable (Emmanuel] God ASSOCIATE WITH us in our flesh, in the most harmless form of love, in that of an inoffensive holy child; and in the most amiable relation of our brother, THE SAVIOR, the savior of man, of enemies, of a nature ready to perish; (a) coming, when none was righteous, no, not one, to be obedient to the death of the cross for us, that we might be the blessed people, that know the joyful sound and walk in the light of His countenance; that in HIS NAME rejoice all the day long, and in His righteousness might be exalted as faved from the guilt, the dominion and punishment of sin. For the word savior implies us in dangers and evils we are saved from. Its application in the natural sense in two instances will lead us to a familiar notion of the salvation effected by Him.
That in the O. T. is in Deut. xxviii. 31. where one of the curses denounced against them that go after other gods is, Thy sheep shall be given unte thine enemies, and thou shall have none to [“ save" Eng. B.] rescue (them.) For to think aright of its meaning is to conceive a peep carried away by fome foreign enemies utterly incapable of helping itself, so watched and straitly kept by them for the slaughter that its restoration to its former master would be impossible, unlefs fome, content to sweat and bleed, nay. die in the attempt, should break in
and overcome the foes, retake the theep out of its confinement,
affec(a) Deut. xxvi. 5.
affectionately bear it with all its great weight on his shoulders and breast, (a) restore it to his former master and replace it in his verdant paltures by the refreshing streams, there peaceably to feed and live for his service. Because thus to retake or (as our verfion justly has it) to rescue the sheep from the state it would otherwise have perished in is to fave. From which view of the word this title THE SAVIOR imports us without Him, like this sheep, under divine wrath for fun, fallen into, and carried away by the hands of spiritual and more potent foes, the world, the flesh and the devil, totally un. able to affist ourselves in this state, so watched by adversaries and kept in boudage under the law and in the captivity of fin, that our restoration to our former LORD and condition was absolutely impracticable, unless this GOD-Man had been pleased to come down and retake our nature, to bear us loft meep, as we were, with the weight of our guilt and punishment, on His breast and shoulders, Mat. xviii. 12. Luk. xv. 5. to free us in Him, though He sweated, bled and died, from the bondage of fin, the law and death, and to restore us in the fame body to the Lord to serve Him, and feed in the pastures of His glory hereafter, as of His grace here, by
(a) To tbis circumstance in nature the typic bigb-prieff's bearing of the names of the children of Israel on his shoulders and breaft had a respect.
the pleasant streams of comfort, Pf. xxiii. 2. by living fountains of waters; where they shall hunger no more, neither thirf any more, nor have the fun (of tribulation) light on them, Rev. vii. 17. This is an idea fo ftriking that it may well ftir us up seriously to enquire whether we by faith see ourselves retaken from our sins to ferve God; it may well make each of them, who do, devoutly cry out, o visit me with the SALVATION, and pray that the good pleasure of His will may be fulfilled in them, and they be perfectly delivered by this great shePHERD, the SAVIOR or RESCUER; well render every one diligent, lest they by rejecting Him should in an hour of distress have none to rescue.
Nor less affecting is the idea given us in Aat. xxvii. 20. Behold the Alexandrian fhip which failed from Lafea contrary to the apostle's admonition, unable, when nigh the shore, to bear up against the tempestuous wind Euroclydon, driving before its rage under Claudia ; - the affrighted mariners using every expedient and striking sail for fear of running on the quick-Sands,
the blackning form ftill increasing, the veifel under her masts rolling to and fro like a drunken man, now carried up to heaven, now down to the deep, their souls melting for very trouble - lightning the ship with all speed, casting out the tackling, and, what heightened their woe, many days without fight of sun or stars to Hh
bless their wishful eyes and make an observation by to right their course, whilst driving up and down in the Adriatic amidst the gloomy and perplexing tempeft. Can we wonder to hear the inspired passenger affirm, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away, when the lowring heavens from above poured down their impetuous storm, when the foaming waves beneath, breaking over them with dreadful roar, gaped to swallow them up, when hidden rocks and dangerous coafts were near, on which they might every moment be driven and wrecked, enough to make them at their wits end? O! what a lively sense had they, as of their surrounding wants of salvation, and of the true nature of fervent prayer, fo of what the import of the word would be to them in their distress. Yet for this salvation, which they afterwards had from this ANGEL or sent PERSON of God, when they all escaped safe to land, St. Luke uses the word [Sefofthai] be saved,” as he does the word compounded with [dia] thoroughly in ver. 42, 44. Apprehend we then from its use in this dreadful sea-piece the natural meaning of the word? The application of the word here, as in Mat. xiv. 30, thews it but a picture of that more tremendous scene the believer has deliverance from. It implies him through like fin at sea in the world, -beset by its tempting blandithments, promising a smooth courfe, - his earthy
veffel vefsel meeting with a greater form of affli&tive adverfity, from God, as well as the blasts of the spirit of this world, and powers of darkness contrary to it; him driven before it and after every human expedient obliged to Arike fail and submit to the tempefl, amidst all his wishes for. wings like a dove, that it may flee away, and be at ref, Ps.lv. 7, 9. — violently agitated in mind; now elevated to heaven, now funk into deep dejection of spirit; his soul melting because of trouble ; throwing aside his cares, -calling away every other concern, in order to remove his heaviness in this ftate some-time without a sight of the sun of righteousness to dispel the gloom, or of the prophetic and apoftolic lights to direct his way
yet driven up and down amidst the waves of ungodliness and oppression, or the turbulent paffions of men, so as to have, for aught he can do, all hope of being faved taken away, having heaven above appear angry for
waves upon waves of ungodliness below with their roar, and temptation's force breaking violently upon him to make a pit for his soul;
rocks of offence he may hourly split on;
and variety of extremities near, sicknesses and pains incident to our mortal body, Pf. Ixi. 3, which may every minute make shipwreck of him, and sink him in everlasting woe. A confideration that will shew a man at his wits end, H. where all his wisdom will swallow itself up, in Hh 2