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another. He is to have no Successor in his SE R M. Priesthood, any more than he had any Predecessor in it: Having neither beginning of Days, nor End of Life, but being the Son of God himself (to whom Melchisedec was only made like) be abideth a Priest continually,
So that Christ, you see, is an eternal Priest, with respect to his Person, his Office, and the Effect of his Office. As to his Person, he . neither succeeded any one ; nor shall any one ever succeed him. Of him, it is truly and literally witnessed that he liveth; and because be continueth ever, he has an untransferrable Priesthood. And then as to his Office, he ever liveth, saith the holy Penman, to make Intercesion; i. e. he will intercede till he has brought all, for whom he intercedes, to Glory. And lastly, as to the Effect and Success of his Priesthood, we are told again, that he has perfected for ever them that are sanctified: Nothing more will ever be wanting either to render or preserve them perfect : He is the Author (faith my Text) of eternal Salvation to all that obey him.
Thus is Christ a Priest after the Order of Melchisedec; a Priest chosen without Re
SER M. spect to Family or. Tribe ; a Priest to bless
all Men, in Virtue of one single Sacrifice he has offered, and to sacrifice no more; and a Priest to endure, and to do all that a Priest can do, as long as a priestly Office shall be needful.
But to conclude his facerdotal Office, there is one Thing still remains to be spoke to, and one, in which he is preferred before Aaron and Melchifedec both. And that is, that he was advanced to, and confirmed in, his Priesthood by an Oath. Those Priests were made without an Oath, but this Priest (the Lord Jesus) with an Oath, by him, that said unto him, The Lord sware, and will not repent, Thou art a Priest for ever after the Order of Melchisedec, chap. vii. 20-22. Inasmuch therefore as not without an Oath, he was made Priest ; By so much was Jejus made a Surety of a better Teftament. For the Lay 'maketh Men High Priests that have Infirmity; but the Word of the Oath, which was fince the Law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore, ver. 28. And most certainly, that Priesthood which God himself thought fit to approve by an Oath, must be thought more excellent than any Priesthood.
And now I think I have finished the Doc-CH A P.
XI. trine of
Discourse ; and may the Mercy and Goodness of God manifested to us in the Redemption of the World by his Son Jesus Christ have such an Effect upon our Lives and Actions, that we may not lose the good Things he has prepared for them that Love him and keep his Commandments. Amen.
The Necessity of Heresies, and the Use
of them to the Church.
I COR. xi. 19.
they which are approved may be made mani-
F ever it can be of Use and Service to Re
ligion to Thew that the Propagation of Herefies and Infidelity is of Advantage to the Church; and that it is neceffary to the Support and Maintenance of Truth that Men should continually arise to oppose it ; a Difcourse on that Subject can never, I think, be more seasonable than now. For that Heresies, or, at least, Doctrines opposite to the received Articles of our Faith, are daily broached, and almost every wliere spread, I need not go about to prove.
The Case is evident, and known too well. I wish a single Article of the Creed could be named (the first only ex
cepted, which asserts the Being of a God, SER M.
When thus the Foundation of our Religi-