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The Glorious Law-Giver, and the Obedient Subject

The Glorious Law-Giver, and the Obedient Subject
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THE
Glorious Law-Giver,
AND THE
OBEDIENT SUBJECT:

BEING THESUBSTANCE OF

A SERMON,

On the DUTY of all BELIEVERS
TO COMMEMORATE THE DEATH OF THE REDEEMER,
IN THE
LORD’S SUPPER.

INTENDING TOSET FORTH

The Authority of Christ;the Nature of the Ordinance;

And aDescription ofthe Persons whohave a Right to
partake of the same.

 

By J. CHURCH,
MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL.

 

“Yet have I set my King uponmy holy Hill of Zion.”
“Obey his Voice; my Name is in him.”

 

SOUTHWARK:
PRINTED BY R. THOMAS, No. 11, RED LION STREET, BOROUGH.

Sold at the Obelisk Chapel.

 

p. 3ASERMON.

1 Corinthians, Chap. xi, Ver. 23, to theEnd.

For I have receivedof the Lord that which also I delivered unto you,&c. &c.

Our most adorable Redeemer is setforth in the sacred Scriptures, as the glorious Mediator of abetter Testament.  In this character, he sustains thethree-fold office in his Church, of Prophet, Priest, andKing—from everlasting he was set up to be futureman—to ransom the elect, honor the divine Law, and glorifyall the sublime Attributes of God.  As Man-Mediator he wasset up; for as the eternal Jehovah, he could not be higher thanhe was; God having chosen his elect in him, accepted them inhim—he appointed him to be all to them; do all forthem; and finally bring them to glory—hence, he says,Thy throne, O God, is for ever &ever.  The Lord Jesus having engaged in the eternalCovenant, to be our Surety, Righteousness, Advocate, and Friend,immediately after the breach of the Covenant of Works, hegraciously p.4revealed himself in his lovely offices; and, as aProphet, he foretold his own incarnation, threatened Satan, andpardoned our first Parents.  As a Prophet, he preached bythe ministry of Noah, to those souls now in the prison ofhell—was typified by all the pious prophets that appearedtill his coming in the flesh, when he gave ocular demonstrationthat he was that Prophet that should come into the world—hecarries on, and still executes this office in the hearts of hispeople, by his Word and Spirit—enlightening their minds,and leading them into all truth; removing the veil of ignorance,and delivering his people from all damnable heresies—hencehe says, I am the Lord thy God, which teacheth thee toprofit, and leadeth thee in the way in which thoushouldest go—this is done by the holy Spirit’sinhabitation.  As our Prophet, he is our light, and will beso for ever—for the Lord shall be thy everlastinglight, & thy God thy glory—though thisoffice will be carried on in heaven different to what it is onearth.  His character, as Mediator, includes his PriestlyOffice; and this is of vast importance to us—this wasshadowed forth under the old Law, by the calling andqualification of the High Priests, particularly Aaron, thoughChrist was not of the same tribe with him, nor made a Priestafter that Law, but of one more ancient, and which continues tothis day, and will for ever, after the order ofMelchisedec—ever blessing his people, and his blessingon Mount Zion is life for evermore.  p. 5Yet Aaron was afigure of the High Priest of our Profession, in his separationfrom his brethren; in the holy unction, when installed intooffice; in the several vestments with which he was cloathed; hismitre, embroidered coat, ephod, and the girdle of it; with thebreast-plate of Judgment—but more so in the sacrifices heoffered up; all which held forth the Redeemer, who, through theeternal Spirit, offered up himself to God; being himself theAltar, Priest, and Sacrifice.  He is still carrying on thisoffice in the Church, and for his people, by presenting hissacred Person, and meritorious Work, to the Father; makingintercession, not as he did on earth, with strong cries andtears to God—not as supplicating an angry Judge; but byshewing himself, as having done, as our Surety, all that Law andJustice could require—he is now our Advocate on high,offering up our prayers and praises, which become acceptable toGod, through the sweet incense of his Mediation.  Ourspiritual holiness is derived from him as our Priest.  Weare anointed by virtue of union with him—the same divineanointing that was on him, as the Head, runs down, even to theskirts of his cloathing, on the meanest, lowest, and weakest ofhis saints; and it is the business of our faith to make use ofhim in every season of guilt and bondage.  We feel theliberty of God’s children, as we are led by the Spirit toJesus, as our atoning and interceding Priest, putting away sin;whilst the Spirit bears testimony p. 6to the conscience, that the bloodof Christ cleaneth from all sin.

Another office of vast importance to the Church of God, is theKingly Authority of our Redeemer; this he sustains, and this heexercises—as God he is King by nature, and has a kingdom,common to the three divine Persons—hence he is called Lordof Hosts, or armies; the six armies—two in heaven, electangels and spirits of just men—two on earth, the Church andthe nations of the world—two in hell, fallen angels andreprobate characters; and it is a most awful consideration, thatall who despise his Law, Gospel, and Grace, dying in such astate, he will make them feel his kingly power, in breakingthem to pieces.—Psalm ii.  This office isexercised in the Church of God; the Father himself says, Yethave I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion: the learnedtell us it reads in the Hebrew, I have anointed my Kingupon my holy hill of Zion—in allusion to their anointingkings at their inauguration—anointed with the oil ofgladness, above their fellows.—In the OldTestament he was prophesied of and typified by piouskings.—The Church of God is Christ’s kingdom, and themembers of it his subjects: the exercise of this office is firstin the hearts of his saints, in rescuing them from the power ofthe Devil, by his almighty grace—the King of Glory opensthe doors of their hearts; first destroys the Devil’sarmour, even the p.7veil of ignorance, (in which he trusts) then turns Satanout for ever.  He makes us willing in the day of hispower, to come out of the world; to chuse him as ourbetter part; to love him, to serve him all our days, inthe newness of the Spirit, and not in the oldness of theLetter—the throne he sits on is our hearts, and thiswill be for ever—thy throne, O God, is forever and ever.  He displays this office in our defence;for upon all the glory shall be a defence from ourenemies; from the dominion and damning power of sin;maintaining our graces, continuing and preserving us in thefaith, keeps us from falling, finally, and preserves us to hisheavenly kingdom and glory.—This office is executed,externally, by the Word and Ordinances.  Christ, as King, isLaw-Giver in his own Church; the New Testament is our Rule ofConduct.  As Ministers, we are not to send our hearers, norgo ourselves to Moses, for a Rule of Conduct; the preceptiveparts of the New Testament are quite sufficient; and where theiris faith in the soul, embracing the righteousness of Jesus, andthe love of God shed abroad in the heart, such are noAntinomians; for the righteousness of the holy and righteous Lawof God, is fulfilled in them who walk not after the flesh,but after the Spirit—this is the end of the Law, andthe glory of the Gospel; and while we serve in the newness ofthe Spirit, we obey the external Precepts of the Law, as faras they extend to us, as creatures of God’s power.  p. 8We have nospiritual King but Jesus; he is the Head of the Church, and theMaster of his House.  His laws are spiritual, as they relateto spiritual Subjects—I will put my laws in theirhearts, and in their minds will I write them. These are, first, Faith, which is the Work of the Holy Ghost, andcenters in the Person and Work of Jesus.  The other isLove—a new commandment I give unto you, that yelove one another.  This love stands distinguished fromthat mentioned in the old Covenant; that respects allmankind, as our fellow creatures—this is the law ofLove; a new commandment Christ has given to us.  As King hehas external Laws, which must be obeyed in Faith and Love, calledthe Obedience of Faith, and serving in the newness of theSpirit; and I am very confident that wherever Christ hasdisplayed his Prophetic office in teaching, and his Priestlyoffice in anointing the soul, that all such characters acceptChrist as their King, and say, from the heart, Thine arewe, Lord, and on thy side, thou blessed KingZionO King, live for ever! and takeme as I amto thee I yield till my powers,and consecrate all my days.

I remark, then, that there are certain external Laws, whichJesus has issued out, and ought to be attended to; not one ofthem is grievous; but this yoke is easy, and thisburden is light.  His commandments or ordinances are notgrievous, but p.9pleasant; and when our Faith is in exercise, our Hopelively, and our Love glowing, we find Wisdom’s wayspleasantness, and all her paths peace.  I willmention some, and enlarge only upon one, which is the design ofthis Discourse.

First—The Ministry ofthe Word.  This is the gloriousMagna Charta, exhibiting the loveliness of the Saviour,the wisdom of God, the freeness of grace, the high privileges ofall the elect.  I mention this because some proud professorshave written (and many have imbibed their error) that everyChristian is to be a Preacher!—and if so, Where wouldbe the Hearers?  These men, to me, resemble the awfulcharacters that conspired against Moses and Aaron, who said,all the Lord’s people are holy; and why should notone be exalted to preach as well as another!  But let theabove characters read their awful end, as recorded in the 16thChapter of Numbers.  The public Ministry of the Wordis an Ordinance of Christ, for public good; this is plain fromthe Old and New Testament—See, then, thatye refuse not him that speaketh from heaven in Christ’sname; for how can they preach, to any good purpose,except they be sent?

SecondlyPrayer,public and private; and good men ought always to pray—Iwill that men pray every where—the Jews had theirstated times for Prayer; in the evening, in themorning, and at p. 10noon-day will I cry untothee.  In public, by Ministers, or private Christians attheir Prayer-Meetings, which are praise-worthy, when carried onin a spirit of modesty and humility, with life andfervor—and here I would drop a Word ofExhortation—Let your public Prayers be always short. O that Ministers, Masters, Heads of Families, and those whoconduct Prayer-Meetings, would adopt this method.  Godforbid that I should limit the Holy One of Israel to time, inleading the minds of his people to himself, but we can certainlydistinguish between access to God, and a long, dry, formaladdress to the Deity.  How tedious the service when theMinister is nearly half an hour (and I have known it the caseforty minutes) in Prayer, and the same old, dry, formal addressto God twice, and perhaps three times a day.  O thatDissenters, Baptists, and Presbyterians particularly, wereconvinced how painful they render that service that ought to beperfect freedom, to old and young.  The same hint I woulddrop to those who conduct Prayer-Meetings: Why should one brotherbe so prolix as to engage a full half hour, and sometimes

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