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fhall appear, by whom the whole impor-, 14 DISCOURSE I. shall send bis Angels, and they Mall gather out of his Kingdom all Things that offend, and them that do Iniquity : And Jhåll cast them into the Furnace of Fire : There shall be Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth. Matt. xiii. 41, 42. Many will say to me in
in that Day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in tby Name? And in thy Name have cast out Devils ? And in thy Name done many wonderful Works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me ye that work Iniquity. Matt. vii. 22, 23. Luke xiii. 26, 27. But above all that remarkable Palfage, Matt. xxv. from Ver. 31 to the End, deferves our special Notice: When the Son of Man Mhall come in his Glory, and all the boly Angels with him, then shall be hit upon the Throne of his Glory, and before him Mall be gathered all Nations, &c. And then he goes on to give an admirable Account of the future general Judgment. He reprefenteth himself as the universal Judge, at whose Tribunal all Mankind
tant judicial Process shall be conducted, and the folemn Sentence pronounced upon the Righteous and the Wicked; in Confequence of which they shall be adjudged to everlasting Happiness or Mifery:
And what a wonderful Weight and Authority must this give to our Lord Jesus
Cbrift as a Teacher! an Authority which no other Teacher ever had! Who would not pay a mighty Regard to his Doctrines and Precepts, that believes that he is the Lord by whom we are to be judged ; and who hath it in his power to accomplish his own glorious Promises, by conferring a transcendent eternal Reward on those that believe and obey him; and to execute his own awful Threatenings, by inflicting the Punishments he hath denounced against the obstinate Opposers of his Authority and Laws?
I would conclude with observing, that our blessed Saviour, who speaketh thus, of himself, was the farthest' in the World from Vain-glory, or unreasonable and excessive Boasting. He truly declareth concerning himself, I seek not mine own Glory. John viii. 50. 'And again, I seek not mine own Will, but the Will of tbe Father which bath fent me. John.v. 30. We may be sure therefore that he did not in the least exaggerate or represent his own Dignity and Divinity in too high and extravagant Strains. He would never have expreffed himself in such a Manner if it had not been true in itself, and agreeable to the Father's Will that he should do so; and if it had not been of great Consequence to Mankind, that they should have a just Sense of his Divine Dignity and Au
thority. thority. And indeed it both tends greatly. to our own Satisfaction and Comfort, and Thould fill us with the highest Admiration of the infinite Wisdom, Grace, and Love of God our heavenly Father, that he hath sent a Person into the World of such unparalelled Dignity, to teach and instruct, to save and to redeem us;, that he hath provided so glorious a Saviour for us, on whom we may with Confidence rely, and who is every Way able and sufficient for the important Work committed to him. And as he is so dear to the Father, and wonderfully one with him, so all the Honours that are paid to him redound unto, and ultimately terminate in, the Honour of God his heavenly Father, to whom be Glory for ever and ever. Amen.. . .
On Cbriff's Authority as a Teacher.
- He taught them as one having Author
rity, and not as the Scribes. . T HE Design of chusing these Words
I was to consider Christ's Authority as a Teacher. And, in the former Discourse “. on this Subject, it was observed, First, That he spake with the Authority of a true Prophet, extraordinarily fent and commissioned from God. Secondly, That he claimed an Authority før transcending any other that ever appeared under the Character of a Prophet or Teacher sent from God. He had a peculiar Kind of AuthoVOL. IV.
rity proper to himself, which no other Person or Teacher ever had, and which gave his Instructions and Precepts a Force and Dignity fuperior to that of any other. For setting which in a clearer Light, we considered the Declarations Christ made concerning his own Divinity and Glory; that he frequently spoke of himself in a Strain of unparalleled Dignity and Grandeur as the only begotten Son of God, the Son of God in a Sense peculiar to himself, and which could not be applied to any other, whether Man or Angel, or any of the highest Order of created Beings; that he represented himself as the great Saviour of of Mankind, the Giver of the Spirit, and not merely the Publisher but the Author of eternal Life, and as the great and final Judge, by whom the Dead shall be raised, to whom all Men must give an Account, and by
whom their everlasting State shall be deter* mined. All which must needs give him an · Authority vastly superior to all that ever · appeared as Teachers of Mankind.
But what Proof have we that the Claim - he laid to this Authority was just and well founded? This is what I now propose to consider.
And, First, This might be concluded from the spotless Holiness of his Life and Character, which rendered the Testimony he gave concerning himself highly credi