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der, but also Boldly enter into the holiest; not lianding in the outer court, as it were, or behind the vail gazing, or only putting in your hand by the rent vail, but come in wholly and enter boldly. The vail is rent in twain;
then, come and enter by the rent. You may all come boldly to the holiest, by this new and living way that is confecrated through the vail. O may such a dog, such a filthy dog as I come? Yes, we use to say, when doors are open, dogs come in; the door is open, the vail is rent; let dogs come in and get a crymly. The Gentiles are called dogs in scripture; and it is said, “ Without are dogs, murderers, sorcerers, whoremongers:” but to all the dogs that are without the vail, we, in God's name, proclaim liberty to come in, and get what will save you and sanctify you. You say you have nothing to bring with you, no grace, no good. I tell you, there is none here, but they have something to bring to Christ with them. What is that? Have you not much fin and misery to bring with you? have you not much want, weaknefs, and wickedness, to bring with you? Come with all your ills, in order to get all good; came with your fins, and get grace; come with your guilt, and get a pardon; come with your filthiness, and get cleanfingi come with your wants, and get fulness, Let dogs come in and get a crumb; yea, a feast. There is nothing to hin, der you, since the vail is rent. The la v is not in your way, for that is fulfilled; the flaming cherubim is not in your way, for Chrift hath rent the vail of God's wrath, and divided the Red Sea of divine vengeance, that you might pass through. Have you a mind for heaven, man, woman? here is the way, it lies through the rent Yail; and if you take no: this way, you shall never enter there: For there are two porters that will keep all unbe. lievers out; namely, justice and holiness. Justice will fay, I must be satisfied; holiness will say, I must be vine dicated, or else you shall never enter here; but if you come by this rent vail, you shall have open entrance into the heavenly kingdom. Chrift will say to justice, Let such a man in, for I paid you all his debt; holinefs let such a man in, for I gave you a perfect obedience for him ; look upon himn in me. This will fatisfy both ķ3
these porters to let believers pass. O then, come and enter through the vail that is rent. Chriltless foul, who will satisfy justice and holiness for you? These porters will never be bribed by you. Therefore, O come, and enter by the rent vail, for there is no other way to heaven. 15. Come and sing. If you have made entrance, O
fing, Glory to God in the highest, that ever rent this · vail. You might go home singing, if you took up the
true meaning of the text, and turned it to a fong; and sing it with understanding, “ Behold, the vail of the temple was rent in twain, from the top to the bottom." Behold, the vail is rent, and shall never be whole again. Behold, the work is completed by the Son of God; the work is done, and shall never be undone. To the Au. thor and Finisher of this great work be glory for ever. Amen,
S E R MON: III.
The BEST MATCH; or, the 'In
comparable Marriage between the CREATOR and the CREATURE.
. . I sa'I A H liv.''5. vs.... i
T by Maker is thy Husband.
the fufferings of Christ, and the blefied fruits and
* This was delivered in two discourses at Culross; but the precise time and occasion cannot be ascertained; only we see the first edition was printed Anno
I shall defer my further introduction and explication, and also whatever might be said concerning the external relation betwixt Christ and the visible church, my chief design being, at this time, only to speak a little to that internal fpiritual marriage-relation betwixt Christ and the invisible church, or Christ and the believer, as it is represented under the formality, of a marriage ; and what I would offer upon this subject, I lay before you in this doctrinal proposition,
That there is a marriage-relation betwixt Christ and
believers, wherein he supplies the place of a hula band unto them, and they the place of a bride and , Spouse to him, : ;
In prosecuting whereof, I would effay these three things, 1. Prove, That there is such a marriage-relation be.
twixt Christ and believers. II. Speak to the nature of this marriage. III. Give the reasons, why Christ comes under such
a relation to his people, IV. Make some application of the subject.
1. To confirm the doctrine, that there is a marriage. relation betwixt Christ and believers. This will appear from these two confiderations.
1. From the compellations given to Christ with rela. tion to believers. How frequently doth the trouse call him her Husband in the book of the Song? “ As the ap. ple-tree among the trees of the wood, so is my Beloved among the fons. My Beloved is mine, and I am his,'* Song ii. 3. 16. And, says the apostle, 2 Cor. xi. 3. “I have espoused you to one husband, that I may pre. sent you as a chaste virgin unto Christ.”. O,
2. The marriage-relation betwixt Christ and believ. . ers appears from the compellations given to believers in fcripture, with respect to Christ. How frequen:ly calls he her his love, his fpoufe, in the book of the Song ? " Thou hast ravished my heart, my fifter, my SPOUS.. : How fair is thy love, my sister, my SPOUSE!” Song iv. 9,10. In Rev. xix. 7. there the church, for believers in the collective capacity) is called the bride, the Lamb's
wife: “ The marriage of the Lamb is come, and the BRIDE hath made herself ready." We need not stand to prove that which is so evident, we need say no more to confirm it, than to repeat the text, “ Thy Maker is thy Husband." Therefore I come,
II. To speak of the nature of this marriage: and here we would briefly consider, 1. The Parties married, 2. The Terms of the marriage. 3. The Properties of the marriage. 4. The effects of it. 5. How the match is carried on. 6. How it is concluded.
(1.) I say, let us consider the Parties married; whe is the Bridegroom, and who is the bride.
1. Then, the Bridegroom is the Wisdom of God; and all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found in him: he knows all the wants of the bride, and is ready to supply them.--On the other hand, the bride, before her matching with him, is the most arrant food out of hell : her fally is discovered by continuing to tefuse to match with him; to refuse to give her consent to this heavenly Bridegroom, i
2. The Bridegroom is the eternal Son of God; the King's only Son; “ The King made a marriage for his Son:" He is the blood-royal of heaven. On the other hand, What is the bride's pedigree? She needs not boast of her defcent; “ Thy father was an Amoriie, and thy mother an Hittitę," Ezek. xvi. 3. There is a vast dif. ference here.
3. The Bridegroom is the heir of all things: he hath all riches, « The unsearchable riches of Christ.”-Bug what is the bride worth before he match with her ? Shq is worse than nothing, poverty itself; and not only a beggar, but in debt, and Christ is willing to pay her debt,
4. The Bridegroom is comely and glorious. All the seraphims and cherubims above, all the fons of men in the world, all the crowned heads on earth, in all the circumstances of glory, are but like black pieces of earth compared with this glorious Bridegroom. On the other hand, What is the bride before He match with her ? Even as black as the devil can make her: Non