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2. His power. Hence faith the pfalmift, Pfal. Ixxvii. 10. I said, This is my infirmity : but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. There we find God's power under the metonymy of a right hand, opposed to the infirmity of his servant. " My infirm and weak faith,” faith Asaph, “ made me apt to sink under the weight of heaven's displeasure ; but when I called to mind my sweet experiences of the di. vine power which had been exerted for my deliverance in former distresses, this reyived my spirit, and refresh. ed me again."
Christ's fitting at the right hand of God, implies the following things.
1. A itate of rest, Micah iv. 4. They fall sit every man under his vine and under his fig-tree. Chrift had a troublesome life while in the world ; but now that he has finished the work the Father gave him to do, he has for ever fat down as the right hand of God, Heb. X. 12. and is thereby set beyond the reach of men and devils. While here they would give him no rest from his cradle to his grave; but now they may tear his picture, and perfecute his members, but they cannot reach his person,
2. Continuance in that state ; 2 Kings vii. 3. Why fit we here until we die ? said the four leprous men at the gate of Samaria. The days of sorrow that he met with on earth shall never recur; his crown shall flourish on his head, and his kingdom stand firm and be established.
Hiş sitting at God's right hand denotes,
1. The accomplishment of that work, and the confummation of all those offices which he was to perform on the earth for the redemption of elect figners. For till all this was finished, he was not to return to his glory. For he that hath entered into bis reft, bath ceased from his works, as God did from his, Heb. iv. 10,
2. The great delight and satisfaction that the Fa. ther had in Christ, and in that glorious work which he had finished, When lic returned from earth to
heaven, the Father welcomed him with the greatest testimony of satisfaction and joy, Sit thou on my right band, &c. Psal. cx. 1.'
3. The great honour and dignity to which he is ad. vanced in heaven. While he was here on earth, he vailed his divinity with the infirmities of the flelh, and lived in a mean and low condition : but now he is ex. alted to the highest honour. Ia this respect he hath be. ftowed more honour upon his own Soa as Mediator, than ever he did on any creature : for, as it is faid, Heb. i. 13. To which of the angels said he at any time, Sit thou at my right hand, until I miake thine enemies thy footstool ?
4. His being invested with sovereign dominion and supreme authority and power. God bath highly exalted him, and given him a name above every name, Phil. ii. 9. 10. He bath fet him at his own right hand in ihe heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, &c. Thou madest him a little lower than the angels, i. e. in respect of his state of humiliation on the earth; thou hast crowned him with glory and honour, and set him over the work of thy hands, and baft put all things in subjection under his feet, Heb. ii. 7. 8.
It is Christ as Mediator that fits at the Father's right hand. With respect to his divine nature, which in the days of his flesh was as a bottle in the smoke, ap. parently sullied and vailed, it now breaks forth in all its essential glory and splendor. And with regard to his human nature, which while tabernacling here bore the likeness of sinful flech, and had nothing more engaging in it than that of other men to outward afpect, it has obtained a glory far superior to all creatures, even the very angels being made subject to the man Christ.
The ends for which our Redeemer sitteth at the right hand of God, are these following.
1. That, as a mighty King, he may protect and defend his church and people, against the rage of all being mad... and advani nay with him
w eh its'> va temporal and spiritual, ll. xxxii.
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, che devil with all his retinue, the e n in :a, tin, and hell, Psal. cx. 1. Acts ii. o te te 13. I Cor. xv. 25.
Sau wich royal munificence he may dispense o de la raithful subjects all those gifts and graces www.ornit tuality them for the fruition of that glory wild be revealed, Acts v. 31.
he may act the part of a powerful Inter. .. or them, Rom. viii. 34.
1920 all his friends and followers may with him Loisilated into heaven, and advanced unto a glole lace, being made kings and priests unto God,
* 5. 6. Rev. iii. 2 1. i Behold here the great difference between our turner's ftate while here on earth, and what it is In in heaven. How wonderfully is the scene chan. im. When he was on earth, he lodged in a stable,
a uvw he reigns in a royal palace. Then he had a vinniger for his cradle, but now he fits in a chair of wiki While here he was hated and scorned by men,
now he is adored by angels. Here his name was vivoached and reviled, but there he hath a name a.
ve every name. Here he was a man of sorrows, indcquainted with grief; but now he is anointed hiih che oil of gladnels, and filled with inexpressible Gröght and joy. While here he seemed to have no où or comeliness why he should be desired; but
ww he is manifestly the brightness of his Father's Sury, and the express image of his person. Here is lay grovelling upon the ground, sweating drops v clotted blood ; but there he fits upon a royal zone, surrounded with many myriads of holy an
ki Here he groaned, but there he triumphs; here he was crucified, but there he is crowned.
2. Behold how highly our nature is dignified and enobled, in the perion of our Redeemer. It is far
exalted above that of the angels; and thefe glorious spirits bow the knee to him who is bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh.
3. This lets us see that the redemption of lost fin. Ders, that was brought about by the death of Chriff, was very pleasing unto the Father. The great dignity and honour that is now conferred upon him, speaks a fragrancy in his fatisfaction to God, as well as a ful. ness of merit for the sons of men.
4. Then we should draw near to him in all the du. ties of worship with the most awful reverence and the deepest proftration of soul, such as becomes the glo: ry and dignity of his adorable Majesty. Let us have grace whereby we may serve him acceptably, with reverence and godly fear.
5. Then let this exalted Saviour have your hands and your heart. Will ye deny him a lodging in your fouls, to whom the Father has given to sit on his right hand? The rejecting of Christ in his humbled estate, was grievously punished on many individuals, and occafioned the destruction of the Jewish church and nation. And fhall ye escape, if ye reject him now in his exalted and enthroned ftate? It is better that our hearts be his throne where he may sway his sceptre in a way of mercy and grace; than that we be made his footstool in wrath.
6. Let this settle and compofe the hearts of the Lord's people, with respect to the state of religion, and the interests of Christ's kingdom ainong men.
Christ is feated on his throne, and will see to his in. · terest in the world. Zion's God and King réigneth; I. li. 7. If Christ be on his throne, all his enemies hall be destroyed. As sure as he reigns King for eter, so sure shall Antichrist be degraded and humbled from off his throne, and all the rags he has left behind him in the Proteftant churches be burnt. '
IV. The fast ftep of our Lord's exaltation is bis coming to judge the world at the last day. . As I dif
not an improbable supposition, that on this grand oc. casion he was attended with the company of those many faints that rose from the dead after his resurrection; whom he carried along with him not only to grace the folemnity of his ascension, but as the first fruits of his triumph over death and the grave, and a demonstrative evidence that the rest should follow in due time. .
[3.] He went to heaven as a glorious conqueror, triumphing over all his enemies. When he ascended up on high, says the apostle, he led captivity captive, Eph. iv. 8. As conquerors of old in their folemn triumphs used to lead their captives fettered with iron chains ; fo Christ having spoiled principalities and powers, made a fhew of them openly; triumphing oe ver them, Col. ii, 15. Some think that at Christ's ascension there was some real visible triumph, some o. pen pomp and shew, in which the devils were led as chained captives through the air; which was visible, not to all, but to God, the angels, and the spirits of just men made perfect. But whatever be in this, it is certain that Christ fought and overcame all his enemies; he gave them the last blow upon the cross, he seized on the spoil at his resurrection, and led them in triumph at his ascension into heaven, and by his peaceable possession of his throne his subjects enjoy the benefit of all.
[4.] He ascended into heaven with shouts and acclamations of great joy, Psal. xlvii. 5. God is gone up with a mout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Hence, 1.) His ascension was celebrated with the acclamations of angels. If they sang fo chearfully when they came to proclaim his birth, 0 what shouts and jubilations were heard among them when they accom. panied bim in his triumphant entrance into heaven! The whole city of God was moved at his coming ; the very heavens resounded, and echoed their acclainations of joy. Hence is that passage, Psal. xxiv. 7. Lift up your beads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye e