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Sendification (er Perfedim) producing Nature, Grace and
Glory, or cur Perfons, Medicine, and Healtb.

9. And God who created the world, is thereupon to be known in his Relations to it; as our Creator in Unity, and as our Owner, Ruler, and Chief Good (efficient, dirigent and final) in a Trinity of Relations. You must know how the Infinite Vital Power of the Farber, created all things by the Infinite Wisdom of the Word, or Son, and by the Infinite Good. ness and Live of thc boly Spirit (As the Son redeemed us as the crernal Wisdom, and Word Incarnaie, fent by the eternal Vitalo Power of the Farber, to rovcal and communicate the eternal Love in the Holy Ghof: And as the Holy Ghost doch sanäific and perfe&t us, as proceeding and sent from the Power of the Father, and the Wisdom of the Son, to shed abroad thc Love of God apon our hearts, &c.)

10. Next to the knowledge of God as Creator, is to be considered the World which he created, and cfpccially the Intcaelnal Creatures ; Angels, or heavenly Spirits, and Men. Man is to be known in his perfon or conftitution first, and afterward in his appointed course, and in his end and perfeAion.

11. Io his conftitution is to be considered, 1. His Being or effential parts : 2. His Redirude or Qualities : 3. His Relations, i. To his Creatour; And 2, To his fellow.crea-, tures.

12. His effential parts are his soul and body: His soul is to be known in the Unity ofits Efence, and Trinity of Gential facule ries (which is its natural Image of God.) les effence is a Living Spirit : Its effential faculries are 1. A Viral divity, or Power : 2. An Understanding : 3. A Will.

13. His Reaitude, which is Gods Morel Image on him, conliftcih 1. In the promptitude and fortitude off his Aõlive Power: 2. In the Wisdom of his Under taxding: 3. In the Mor el Goodnef of his Will, which is its laclination to its End; and Readiness for its Duty.

14. Being crcated such a creature, by a meer resultancy from his Nature, and his Crcator, he is related to him as his Creature; and in that Unity is the subsequent Trinity of Rao Jations : 1. As we are Gods Propriety, or his own: 3. Hin Subjects : 3. His Beneficiaries and Lovers: all comprized in


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the one title of his children. And at once with these Relations of man to God, it is that God is as before related to man, as his Crcator, and as his owner, Ruler, and Chief Good.

15. Man is also related to his fellow crcatures, belowo bim, 1. As their Owner, 2. Their Rulet, 3. Their End, under God: which is Gods Dominative or Honorery Image upon man, and is called commonly our Dominion over the creatures : So that by meet Creation, and the Nature of the creatures there is constituted a state of communion between God and Max, which is 1. A Dominion, 2. A Kingdom, 3. A Family or Pas ternity. And the whole is fometime called by one of these names, and fometime by the other, fill implying the reft.

16. Gods Kingdom being thus conftitated, his Auributes appropriate to these his Relations follow : 1. His Absoluteneß as our Owner : 2. His Holinefs; Trutb and Fuffice is our Ruley : 3. And his Kindness, Benignity and Mercy as our Father or Benefactor.

17. And then the Works of God as in these chicc Relations follow; which are s. To Dipofo of us at his pleasure as our Owner : 2. To govern us as our King: 3. To love us, and do us good, and make us perfc@ly happy as our Bonclador and

18. And here more particularly is to be confidered, 1. How God disposed of Adem when he had new made him : 2. How he began his Government of him : And 3. What Bencfits he gave him, and what he further offered or promised him.

19. And as to the fecond, we muft 3. Consider the Antrsedent part of Gods Government, which is Legislation and then shescaftor) thc confequent part ; which is i. Judgment 2. Execution. And Gods Legislation is 1. By making oxy Natures such as compared with objects, Duty shall result from this Nature fo related : 2. Or 'ellt by Precept or Revelation from himsel, besides our Natures. 1. The Law of Nature is fundamental and radical in our forefaid Relations to God themselves, in which it is made our natural duty, 1. To sube wit ous selves wholly to God, and his difpofil, as his own: 1. To obey his commands : 3. And to receive his mercics, and thankfully to rerurn them, and to lovs him. But though

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(as Gods essential principles, and his foresaid Relacions, are admirably conjund in their operations ad extra ; lo) our Relativc obligations are conjund, yet arc they so far diftinguich-. able, that

we may fay, that these which conjunaly make our Moral duty, yet are not all the results of our Relation to a GoVIT Hour, as fucb; but the second only; and therefore that only is to be called thc kadical Lap in the striat fenfe, the other two being the Moral results of our Rectitude. The duty of fubje&tion and obedience in general, arising from our Natures related to our Creator, is chc radical governing Law of God in us. But yet she samc fubmission, and gratitude, and love, which are primarily our duty from their proper foundations, are fecondarily made also the matter of our subjective duty, because they are also commanded of God. 2. The parsiculas: Laws of Nature are 1. Ofour particular dutics to God; or of Piety : 2. Os of our duties to our selves and others : 1. Ads of Justice, 2. And of Charity. These Laws of Naturc arc 1. Unelter able; and that is, where the pature of our persons, and of the objects, which are the foundations of them are unalterable, or fill the fame: 2. Or mycable, when the Naure of the things which arc its foundation, is mutable. As it is the immutable Law of immutable nature, that we love God as God, and that we do all the good we can,&c. becaufe the foundation of it is immurable : But e.g. the Law againa Incert was mutablc in nature: For nature bound Adams chil. dren to marry cach other; and nature bindeth us fince (ordinarily) to the contrary : :2. The revealed Law to Adam was fuperinduced. The parts of Gods Las muft also here be considered. 1. The introductive Teaching part (for Gods [caching us, is part of his ruling us) and that is, Dodrines, HiAory and Prophecy. 2. The Imperative pers, commands to do, and not to do. 3. And the sanctions or motive parts in Law and execution, which are 1. Promises of Beneficial Rewards : 2. Threatnings of hurtful penaltics.

20. Gods Laws being thus described in general, and those made to Adam thus in particular, the next ching ro be .confidered, is mans bebaviour in breaking tboje Laws, which must be confidered in the Causes, and the Nature of it, and the immediate effc&s and consequents.

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21. And nexe mult be considered Guds confiquent part of Government as to Adam, viz. his judging him according to his Law.

23. And here cometh in the Promise, or the first edition of the Nese Covexant, or Law of Grace; which must be opened in its paris, original and end.

23. And then must be confidered Gods execution of his fencence on Adem, lo far as he was unpardoned ; and fo upon the world, till the end.

24. And next must be considered Gods enlargements and explications of his Covenant of Grace, till Chrifts Incarnation.

25. And next, mens behaviour under that explained Covenant.

26. And Gods fentence and execution upon them there- . pon.

27. Then we come to the fulness of time, and to explain the work of Redemption diflinly. And 1. Its Original, the God of Nature giving the world a Phyfician or a Saviour: 2. The Ends: 3. The confieutive Couscs ; Where 1. Of the Person of the Redeemer, in his Efence, as God and Man, and in his perfections, both effential, and model, and accidental.

28. And 2. Of the fundament al works of our Redemption (such as Creation was to the firn Administration )vi&. (his fisit Undertaking, Interpofition, and Incarnation, being all presupposed.) 1. His perfe&t Refignation of himself to his father, and fubmiffion to his difpofing Will: 2. His porfe & fubjeciion and obedience to his Governing Will: 3. His perfect Live to him: 4. And the suffering by which he cxpreft all chefe. The three hift meriting of ibemselves; and the litt meriting as a satisfactory Sacrifíce, not for is felf, but for its usefulness to its proper onds.

29. From this Offering once made to God, Chrift acquired the perfc&er citle of a Saviour, or Redeemer, or Mediatour, which one contained this Trinity also of Relations towards Man: 1. Tbeir Owner : 2. Their Ruler: 3. Their Benehaor: The Father also as the fird principle of Redemption, acquiriog a second title (besides the firft by Crcation) to all these: and towards God, Chrill continucih ihe Relation of so bois avenly Brieft.


30. In order to the works of these Relacions for thcfuture, we must consider of Christs exaltation ; lq Of his Justification and Refurre&ion: 2. Of his Afcenfion and Glorification: And 3. Of the delivering of All Power, and All Ikings into his hands.

31. The work of Redemption thus fundamentally wrought, doch not of it self renow mans nature ; and therefore purreth no Law of Nature into us of it felf, as the Creation did : And therefore we mult next proceed to Chriss Adminiftraiiin of this office, according to these Relations ; which is i. By Lea gislation or Donation ; enacting the New Covenant (where this lalt and perfc& edition of it is to be explained; the Preceprove, the Promisory and the Penal parts, with its effc&s, and iis differences from the former Edition, and from the Law of Nature and of Works.

32. And 2. By the promulgation or publication of this covenant or Gospel to the world, by calling special Ofacers for that work, and giving them their commission, and promising them his Spirit, his Proteation, and their Reward.

33. And here we come to the special work of the Holy Iboft; who is 1. To be known in his Elence and Perfor, as che third in Trinity, and the eternal Love of God: 2. And as he is the grand Advocate or Agent of Chrift in the world, where his works are to be considered s. Preparatory, on and by Chrilt himself: 2. Adminiftratory : 1. Extraordinary, on the Apostles and their helpers : 1. Being in them = {pirit of extraordinary Power, by gifts and miracles : 2. or extraordinary Wisdom and Infallibility, as far as their commissionwork required : 3. And of extraordinary Love and Ho. lincss. 2. By the Apoflks, 1. Extraordinarily convincing and, bringing in the world : 2. Sertling all Church-Do&rincs, Officers and Orders which Christ had lefe unsettled (bringing all things to their remembrance which Chrif had caught and commanded them; and guiding them in the reft.) 3. Recording all chis for polterity in the holy Scriprurcs. 2. His Ordinary Agency 1. On Ministers, 2. By Candification on all quc Bclicvers is after to be opened.

34. And here is to be considered the Nature of Chriftianis ty in fieri : Faith and Repentance in our three great Relations

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