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CHRIST JESUS the LORD

Confidered as
The inexhaustible MATTER OF,
GOSPEL-PREACHING

IN A
SERMON

At the à Mr.JA MASSOCIATT

At the ORDINATION of the Rea

verend Mr. JAMES MAIR to be
Minister of the AssociATE CON
GREGATION at Lintoun, BOLTA

May 29. 1740. ]

By James FISHER Minister of the GAANID

Kinclaven.
Entred in Stationers-Hall.

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Printed for DAVID DUNCAN, and sold at his

• House near the Foot of the Weft-Bon, and sold by
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2 Cor. iv. 5. For we preach not ourselves, but

Christ Jefus the Lord, and ourselves your Servants for Fesus Sake.

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N this Epistle the Apostle vindicates I himself from the Calumnies and A

spersions of the false Teachers of these

Times, not only in asserting the Validity of his Milion to the holy Ministry, which some of them seemed to question, but also in affirming that he discharged his paftoral Office from a sincere Regard to the real Edification of lost Sinners, and not from any selfish View, or carnal Biass whatever, as you may fee in the Words of our Reading: For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, &c. .

In which Words you may notice, ift. The Duty of Gospel Ministers; it is to preach í we preach) the Word fignifies, to proclaim or publish a Thing with a loud and audible Voice, that all may hear, in Allusion to Cryers or Heraulds, who pub

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lifh the Edias of Magistrates. Ministers indeed are, by their Office, Cryers or Heraulds, not to proclaim the Edicts and Commands of earthly Princes, but to lift up their Voice like a Trumpet, in declaring the whole Council of God2dly. You have the Subject, or the Matter of Gospel-Preaching, expressed negatively; it is not ourselves, but it is, or ought to be, Christ Jesus, the Lord. Under these Names, here given to thc glorious Redeemer, is comprehended the whole Matter of Gospel-Preaching. Christ fignifies Anointed, and under this Name are included all the Do&rines relating to his ea: ternal Designation and Appointment to the Office of Mediator, and the unmeasurable Communication of the Spirit to him, for the Discharge of his mediatory Offices. Jesus signifies a Saviour, and under this Name are contained all the Doctrines relating to his wonderful Incarnation, his exemplary Life, and meritorious Death; or all the Truths that are comprehended under the Impetration or Purchase of our Re-' demption, the Honour of all the divine Artributes manifested thereby, together with the Circumstances of the Persons whom he came to save. Again, the same glorious Person is to be preached as he is the Lord, which takes in all the Do&rines pertaining to his Exaltation, his supreme Headship

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