Serle - BT590 N2 S47 1776

188 EVERLASTING FATHER. Salvation from before all Worlds. Nor is he his Friend for a Year, or during the fhort Space of his Abode upon Earth, but his Father to Eternity. And as a Fa- ther pitieth his Children; fo doth this compaffionate Sa- viour kindly relieve the Wants of his People, through all their Pilgrimage to Heaven. His Goodnefs, always benign, hears their Prayers, compafliionates their Feel- ings, and rejoices their Hearts. Becaufe they are Sons, and becaufe he hath made them fuch ; GOD bath fen forth the SPIRIT of his SON into their Hearts, crying, Abba, Father.* And " this feeble Crying (as Luther " fweetly obferves) is a mighty Noife in the Ears of " GOD, and fo filleth Heaven and Earth, that GOD heareth nothing elfe ; for it drowneth the Cries of " all other things whatfoever." With refpeft to his divine Nature, Chrift is the Everiafting Father, having the Plenitude of Grace and Glory to beftow ; and, with refpeft to his human Nature, He is the Son of Ag-an,t inverted with Flefh to fympathize and feel. He may be approached, with the filial Reverence due to a Pa- rent, and with the friendly Affeftion expeçted in a Brother. Nor is he to be approached in vain. GOD's People can never afk of Himmore than He is willing to give them, if they afk as his People. His Spirit infpires the Prayer ; and his Spirit cannot afk without ANTIENT OF DAYS in Daniel's Vifion, whole Garment was white as Snow, and the Hair of his Head like pure Wool, is by them in- terpreted very juftly to be the Second Pérfon of the Trinity, who fo appeared to the Prophet. See Dr. King's Rites of the Gree4 Church in Rua. p. 8. * Gal. iv. 6. j The Title ofSon of Man, applied to Chrift, not only refers to his Affumption of human Flefh, but, according to fome, belongs by way of Eminency to the Megah. The Jewilb and the other Commentators fo underftand it in the Old Teftament ; which Ap- plication is farther confirmed by our Lord's frequent and repeated Claims of it in the New. Son ofMan is an Hebraifm often ufed to exprefs fome Perlon of peculiar Dignity. Daniel plainly refers to the Mefiab, when he mentions the Term in vii. 13. See more on this Title in Dr. john $dwards's Difcoirfe on the Style, &c. of the S. S. Vol. u. p. 220. the