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love the cause will need none; those who are otherways will receive none.

The Scripture of itself is our only possible rule, both for faith and good manners, and not any human book, or pretended standard whatso ever; for so it is written, 2 Tim. iii. 16, 17. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correc tion, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly fur'nished unto all good works.'

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THE

PSALMS,

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INTRODUCTORY ILLUSTRATIONS.

PSALM I.

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That the Person who is described and praised in this Psalm, can be none other but the very Son of God,' made of the woman, made under the law, become in all things like unto his brethren, except sin,' may be confidently collected from the absolute pureness and perfection of that character, which is here delineated, and attributed to him : for, as the Lamb of God behoved to be without spot and without blemish, so this person is represented, on the one hand, as free of transgression, and, on the other, as conformed to the law of the Lord; which is his perpetual delight and meditation. -Upon which account he is pronounced BLESSED; and, by a resemblance abundantly familiar to the inspired writers, likened to a tree planted by streams of water, bearing fruit round all the season, prospering every way, and flourishing, with undecayed leaf, in full, undiminished, everlasting glory. Now, all this exactly corresponds with the glorious things, every where spoken of that Holy One of God, EMMANUEL, under thebe sacred appellations, The Stem of the Root of

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Jesse ; the Root and Offspring of David; the

Branch ; the Good Olive; the TREE of LIFE in ' the midst of the paradise of God, and on either side

of the river, which beareth twelve manner of fruits, and yieldeth fruit every month ; and whose leaves

are for the healing of the nations,' &c. We find the Lord himself also, in the same parabolical style, addressing his disciples to the following purpose, * Now are ye clean through the word which I have • spoken unto you.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye

abide I am the VINE, ya are the branches; he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do

nothing:'--And, on other occasions, dropping the figure, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work-Lo, I come to do thy will, O my God; yea, thy law is within my

heart 4 ---Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that

thy Son also may glorify thee I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which

thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glo: rify thou me with thine own' self, with the glory

which I had with thee before the world was.'-For this, in answer to his prayer, he was raised from

the dead, crowned with glory and honour, and highly exalted, and a name given him, which is above every name; that at the name of JESUS f. every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and " things in earth, and things under the earth; and

that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ ' is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” -Thus the Son, who became the servant of the Father to bring many sons and daughters to glory, was recompensed, 'made most blessed for ever, and exceeding glad with his Father's countenance –Now, surely, such a character, and such a blessedness, as the legal due reward of that character, must originally, and in the first instance, belong to the Son of God,

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considered personally, or by himself; and to others only by way of imputation, communication, and de rivation from him: for to whom, besides him alone, of all the sons of Adam, will such a character and blessedness otherways apply? For, separate from him, and as they are in themselves, the verdict of JEHOVAH stands thus declared and confirmed against them all ; “There is none righteous, no not one!' Neither can they be justified in his sight by the the deeds of the law: ' for by the law is the know" ledge of sin.' They are all under the curse, shut up by the law under sin, under wrath, fc. But, though this be the situation of all who believe not the gospel, yet · by him all who do believe it are

justified from all things from which they could * not be justified by the law of Moses.' Thus bis people all become righteous, as the prophet speaks, not indeed through works of righteousness done by themselves, but through the righteousness of God, • which is by the faith of Jesus Christ to all, and

upon all them that believe,' who are · justified • freely by his grace through the redemption that • is in Jesus Christ-who is made of God the end

of the law for righteousness' (or personal justification)' to every one that believeth -as it is written, • If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord

Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be

saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is * made unto salvation. ---In singing this Psalm, therefore, the true worshippers are directed to rejoice in CHRIST JESUS their Mediator, Advocate, and Forerunner, who for them magnified the law, and made it honourable, by redeeming them from the curse thereof with his own blood; and, being now through the knowledge of the truth set ever. lastingly beyond the reach and fear of condemnation by the law, they are taught to consider it in the hand of the Mediator, as the royal law of

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