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electing them into this as its cause : For thou loved i before the foundation of the world. So that here it

may juftly be observed by us, that God's grace towards us is beyond all our thoughts and conceptions, as it is manifested in this wondrous act, in choosing our perfons in Christ, and loving us with the fame love he does him. And this is the uttermost of Christ's will, and discovers his boundless love unto us, that we, the elect, should be where he is to behold his glory : Father, I will, that those whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory which thou haft given me : for thou lovedft me before the foundation of the world. Let us view and admire the unsearchable grace of Christ. How is his grace towards us discovered here! He loved us from before all time. His delights were with the fons of men from everlasting. When about to become incarnate, he uttered himfelf thus: Lo, I come, I delight to do thy will, O God. When he had assumed our nature, he, as though all his delight was in suffering for his people, says, I lay down my life for the sheep. And here it is, Father, I will, that they also whom thon has given me be with me wbere I

Christ is in heaven at his Father's right hand, and has the crown of pure gold upon his head. He is made moft blessed for ever, as Mediator; and where he is, his people are to be also, that they may behold his glory. His presence, a sight of him, and the enjoyment of him, constitute the heaven of heavens in eternal glory. And here I end. May God the Holy Ghost bless the reading of it. Amen.

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Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon

thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of fins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy.

In this chapter

, we have an account of the prophet Daniel, how he, being sensibly affected with the desolation brought upon Jerusalem, and the temple, and upon the people of the Jews, on account of their fins and transgressions, was thereby led to seek unto the Lord, by prayer and supplications, with fasling and Jackcloth and asbes. He had, by reading and searching the prophecy of Jeremiah, and by seeking the face of God in prayer, been led by the Holy Ghost to underfand the number of the years, wbereof the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Ferufalem. The propet Daniel, having been led to the understanding of this, humbles himself before the Lord, and acteousness. Jesus Christ was the great and grand sub. ject and end of all prophecy. To him gave all the pro. phets witness. They bore testimony concerning him, as the Son of God as one of the coeternal persons in the Godhead, who had covenanted with his Father to be the furety of his people, and who was to become incarnate, and to be cut off by the sword of divine justice for the fins of his people. They gave witness unto his sufferings and death, and spoke of the glory that should follow, as the consequence thereof; how, that the Messiah being wounded for the transgressions of his people, and having made his soul an offering for sin, he should be raised from the grave, and be exalted as Mediator at God's right hand; from whence he should shed abroad abundantly the Holy Ghost upon his apostles, and render his gospel, and the preaching of it, effectual to the pulling down the {trong holds of sin and Satan, and bringing his own people to the knowledge and acknowledgment of him. The prophets with one voice bear their testimony, that through his most precious blood-lhedding, the pardon of fin would be obtained and bestowed, as the fruit of it; and, that through his name, whosoever believeth in him, should receive, as the gift of God's free grace, remission of sins. Indeed, the words of our text contain the sum and substance of the glad-tidings of the everlasting gospel. And here we have first, the time marked out for the Messiah's coming. The Lord had been pleased to promise to send his people a Saviour, a great one, who should deliver them. He had made known by his servant

Isaiah, that Christ should be born of a virgin, and that he should come from Jesse's withered stock; by the prophet Micah, that Bethlehem should be the place of his birth; and by the prophet Daniel, he is pleased to declare the exact time of his coming. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy boly city. By these seventy weeks, we are not to understand weeks of days, but weeks of years, and these seventy weeks make 490 years ; during this space of time, the Jews, through the liberty given them by Cyrus, were to return unto their own land. They were now in Babylon, and God had foretold by the prophet Isaiah, that he would raise up Cyrus, whom he calls his shepherd, Isa. xliv. 28. who was to build the city of Jerusalem ; that is, cause it to be builded, and be, says JEHOVAH, fvall let go my captives, (that is, the Jews, who were at that time captives in Babylon, and this was to be done freely) not for price, nor reward, faith the Lord of Hojis. And this prophecy concerning Cyrus, was given out, and he was prophesied of by name more than 200 years before his birth. The Jews were to return unto their own land, build the city and temple at Jerusalem; and from the going forth of the decree granted by Cyrus to do this, to the Messiah's coming, was to be about the fpace of 490 years : at which time Christ was to assume man's nature, appear in the second temple as was prophesied of by Haggai, perform the great work of man's salvation, and fulfil all the types and prophecies concerning himself. We will next consider the great work which the Messiah was to do, and this our text tells us was to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness. In the council of the Eternal Trinity, it was decreed and appointed that Messiah should be cut off, but not for himself. And Jesus, who is JEHOVAH, and, in the Godhead, coequal and coeternal with the Father and the Holy Ghost, was graciously pleased to engage on the behalf of his people for their falvation. He who is the brightness of his Father's glory, and the express image of his person, in whom all the fulness of the Godhead dwelleth substantially, was pleased, in the fulness of time, to take hold of the nature of his people, and, by the assumption of it, to come into the world in order to save his people from their fins. The Eternal Father prepared a body for him; the Holy Ghost formed it in the virgin's womb; Chrift, the Eternal Son of God, assumed it into personal union with his own perfon; and in our nature, which Chrift assumed, he was pleased to fulfil and perform all that was written concerning him. Behold this wonder of wonders! The great God, glorious in holiness : born of a sinful virgin, born in the likeness of sinful flesh, made under the law; and taking upon him to fulfil and perform the whole, and the utmost demands of it! Jesus Christ, as to his human nature, was perfe&lly holy; and as our great high priest, he was holiness unto the Lord. There was nothing in his heart but was perfe&tly agreeable to the law of God. And this divine Saviour and surety, who was God and man, in the person of one Christ, was pleased to perform the following work-to finish the transgression. Now here

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