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THE EXALTATION are verified in nature only, and the person on the account thereof. (t.) Sometimes that is spoken of the person which be- longs not distinctly and originally unto either nature, but doth belong unto him on account of their union in him, whichare the most direct enunciations concerning the person of Christ. So is he said to be the Head, the King, Priest and Prophet of the church; all which offices he bears and performs the acts of them, not on the singular account of this or that nature, but of the hypostatical union of them both. (3.) Sometimes his person being denominated from one stature, the properties and acts of the other are as- signed unto it. So they crucified the Lord of glory. He is the Lord of glory, on the account of his divine nature only; thence is his person denominated, when he is said to be crucified, which was in the human na- ture only. So God purchased his church with his own blood, Acts xx. 28: the denomination of the person is from the divine nature only; he is God; but the act as- cribed unto it, or what he did by his own blood, was of OP CHRIST, &C. 125 the human nature only. But the purchase that was made thereby, was the work of the person, as both God and man. Soon theother side; " The Son ofman who is in heaven," John iii. 13. the denomination of the per- son is from the human nature only; s, the Son of man." That ascribed unto it was with respect unto the divine nature only; a who is in heaven." (4.) Sometimes the person being denominated from one nature, that is ascribed unto it which is common un- to both: or else being denominated from both, that which is proper unto one only is ascribed unto him. See Rom. ix. 4. Matto. xxii. 42. These kinds ofenunciations the ancients expressedby I,aa>.ayñ, alteration, , tAaiee s, permutation, ai.ovw, com- munion, a ',r.s i,r he,as, the manner ofmutual position, da i1se¡ed.rea, the communication ofproperties, and o- ther the like expressions. These things I have only mentioned, because they are commonly handledby others in their didactical and pole- mical discourses concerning the person of Christ; and could not well be here utterly omitted. CHAP. XIX. THE EXALTATION OF CHRIST; WITH HIS PRESENT STATE AND CONDITION IN GLORY, DURING THE CON+ TINUANCE OF HIS MEDIATORY OFFICE. THE apostle describing the great mysteryofgodli- ness, God manifest in theflesh; by several degrees of a- scent, he carrieth it within the vail, and leaves it there in glory, i,1df,, I Tim. iiì. 17. God was mani- fest in the flesh, and received up into glory. This as- sumption of our Lord Jesus Christ into glory, or his glorious reception in heaven, with his state and condi- tion therein, is a principal article of the faith of the church, the great foundation of its hope and consolation in this world. This also we most therefore consider in our meditations on the person of Christ, and the use of it in our religion. That which I especially intend herein, is his present state in heaven, in the discharge of his mediatory office before the consummation of all things. Hereon doth the glory of God, and the especial concernment of the Ii church at present depend. For at the end of this dis- pensation he shall give up the kingdom unto God, even the Father, or cease from the administration of his me- diatory office and power, as the apostledeclares, 1 Cor. xv. 24-27. " Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up thekingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power. For he mitst reign, until he bath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed, is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that be is excepted who did put all things under him. And when all things shall be sub- dued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be sub- ject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."