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ry, and all the holy Angels with him, tbex Mall he fit upon the Throne of his Glory. And again, he intitles him by the name of a King, ver. 34. Then shall the King Say to them on his right band, Come ye blefed, &c. This is taught by che Apostle, 2 Cor. si 10. We must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ. And again, John s. 22. The Father judgerb no man, bat hath committed al Judgment to the Soni Not that the First Person in the Trinity or the Third, is excluded from his Judgment, but appropriating his Judgment to the Second Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, who in a visible Form, according to his Humanity, shall execute the last Judgment upon all Flesh
Queff. But how is it said, 1 Cor. 6.2. That the Saints shall judge the World? Anfo. That place of the Apostle and the like is to be understood as Affeffors, as such as Mall give aslent or approve of the Judgment of that moft righteous Judge, to whom thall be given at the last Day shat Honour, to sit as Justices on the Bench by the Judge, to approve of his righteous Judgment. Again, the Saints shall judge the World, as Members of the Head, which is tbe Judge.
Now the Administration of the last Judgment is laid upon the Son for divers Respects. Resfon 1. Why Christ must be the Judge. First, la regard that he was the person that was Redeemer of the World, and was himself judged in and by the World ? It is therefore expedient that he should few the Power and Glory of that his Humanity,he being Judge of the World.
Secondly, in regard of his Church,who have feen only bis Homility to their Justification, so they may ac last behold his Power and Glory at his second appearing to their Glorification.
Thirdly, and lastly, that in this last Act of his he might fully accomplish that his Kingly Of. fice, and then deliver the Kingdom to God the Father; no more to rule and govern them by his Magiftrates and Ministers, as now he doth for the gathering together of his Saints, and to The perfecting of God's Body; and to nourish and cherish them by his Word and Sacraments, fince the Lord himself, the Lamb, in the mida of the Throne, fhall be all these unto them.
True it is that our Saviour Christ is King, Priest, and Propber, a true Prophet, in whom was con• tained all the Secrets and whole Counsel of God, a true High Priet, whose Sacrifice alone was able to put away the Sins of the whole World, but when he comes on the Throne of Majesty, to judge the Quick and Dead, he shall not come as a Priest or Prophet, for the Offices of Christ are finished. For his prophetical Office, he hath fufficiently revealed the whole Counsel of God his Father, to his Church and People, first by his holy Pro.. phets, then by himself, after by his Apostles and Ministers. And therefore seeing that this prophetical Office is finished, he calls not him. self a Proplet, but a King. Again, Christ Jesus our Priest having once for all offered up that propitiatory Sacrifice for the Sins of all the Elect, now this Office of a Priest is also finilised, and the Sacrifice must be no more intreated and
repeated. But now he cometh as a King in all Majesty and Glory. For tho’his Prophetical and Priestly Office be accomplished, yet his Princely Office is not finished, but fail in a special manner thew it self at that Day, and Christ Jefus the Judge of Quick and Dead, Mall manifeit himself to be King of all Nations to Men and Angels. Now shall he fhew himself to be a King of Kings and Lord of Lords,full of Divine and Heavenly Glory.When our Saviour Jesus Christ lived onEarth, he came in misery, very poor and lowly, then every bafe Fellow,every linfalWretch durft mock him and spit in his Face; Herod, Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas, and the Rabble of the Jews durft then use him at their pleasure. But now he shall come as a King full of Majesty and . Glory, guarded and attended upon with many thousand of heavenly Soldiers, even all his holý Angels; and then he will make Herod and Pontius Pilate, yea the greatest Kings and Mo
narchs to stoop, nay, then all his Enemies shall i tremble and quake, Zach. 12. 10. and not dare to open their Mouths agaios him, as the wicked and rebellious Crew did once, when they cried, away with him, aray with him, crucify him,crucify him, when the third part (I dare say) did not understand what he was accused for; but they the oftner cried, Crucify him, when the Judge could not find him any way guiliy; bue if it were not so, his blood, say they, light upon us and our Children. Which I think it hath done, for they are utterly depopulated, and are as Vagabonds on the Face of the Earth. These were
i hat faithless Generation of the Jews, which when they shall behold him whom they have crucified, to become theic Judge, and have that Power wiib him, and shall see his side and his Hands which ebe Nails and Spear pierced : What tien will they do? What then can they expea ? Even that fearful Sentence, Go ye cursed into everLasting fire with the unbelievers, where is nething but weeping and wailing, and gnashing of tecih.
This may serve then in the first place for mat. ter of fingular comfort and consolation unto the Godly, who may rejoyce in this, that Christ their Saviour and Redeemer shall be their fudge; · they need oot fear the Judge nor any hard Sentence that he will proncunce against them at thai Day; since the Judge is their Savicur, their Redecmer, cheir Brother, their own Flesh; yea their own Head. The consideration of this made Job to hold op his Head, and in the midst of all Miseries to receive some hope ; I know that mig Redeemeth livetle Gotell my b; ethren (saith Christ) that I am rifen again : Words of joy and comfo!t, a Redeemer, a Brother : Why could the Godly fear, when they are to deal with fuch a One? What Wife would fear 'her loving Husband to hear and to judge her Cause ? She need not doubt, but that the matter will go well with her; her most dear loving Husband shall both hear and judge and avenge her Cause. Let all God's People then comfort themselves in this the confideration of their Judge: It was he chat was judged for thee on Earth, and redeemed thee with his own Blood, and hath ever since made Inter. cellion to God for thee, that is to be thy Judge.
Use 2. 2dly. Whiat ground of Terror may this be to all wicked Sinners chat live in Sin, to see him come in that wonderful Majesty to be the Judge, whom they have condemned, whose Meme bers they have persecuted, and whose Word and Gospel they have not regarded, but trodden under foot ? For he shall come with a sharp two edged Sword to cut them in pieces, and a consuming Fire to burn up all ungodly Sinners, Heb. 12. 29. Surely the consideration of this, that Christ shall be the Judge, may daunt the Hearts and strike Terror into the Souls of all wicked Men; They shall see him whom they have pierced, saith the Prophet, even him against whom all their Vilanies have been committed. . What a fearful Sentence may such expect from Christ at that Day. Here is a Judge that will judge righteously, from whom there is none to appeal to; and becioso it is he whom they have rejected, condemned and despised, him whom they would in no wife fuffer to rule and reign over them: What can fuch look for, but Gundemnation, and to be cast into otter Darkness.
Oh confider this betimes, ye that puc from you the Thoughts of this Judge, and of this Juugment; for as a Snare is shall come one Day opon all that are on the Earth; take heed of abusing his Patience any longer: Why tholdest thou thos treasure up to thy self with gainst the Day of Wrath? Thou thinkest it will go hard wich Cain, Pharoah; Pilare and Judas, ác thao Day, and why, not with thee, if chou remainest