Christ alone the way to Heaven, or, Jacob's ladder improved containing four sermons lately preach'd on Genesis XXVIII, XII : wherein the doctrine of free-grace is display'd through Jesus Christ : also discovering the nature, office, and ministration of the holy angels : to which is added one sermon on Rom. 8, 1 : with some short reflections on Mr. Samuel Clark's new book intituled Scripture justification
Keach, Benjamin, 1640-1704.

APPLICATION.

*First, We Infer from hence that great blindness, and ignorance hath siezed upon most of Men, in that they care not to behold Jesus Christ, they can see no Beuty in him to desire him, nor do they marvel to behold this sight.

Secondly, Sinner, will you not behold this Christ thy Saviour? Let me Exhort you to behold the Lamb of God that takes away the Sin of the World; and, O cast a right look unto him!

[Motives.]

1. It will cause, or work godly Sorrow in you fr all your Sins; They shall look unto him, whom they per∣cea, and shall Mourn, &c.

Page  872. It will cause in you Self-loathing,* and Self-ab∣horrance; I have heard of thee by the hearing of the Ears; but now mine Eyes see thee, therefore I abhor my self, and repent in Dust and Ashes. When the Prophet saw the Lord sitting upon a Throne, high, and lifted up, and his Train filled the Temple, he cryed out; I am undone! mine Eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts!*

3. It will cause you to behold great Beauty and excellencies in him: To you that believe,*he is preci∣ous: Yea, doubtless, I count all things loss for the ex∣cellency of the Knowledge of Jesus Christ, my Lord.* You will say then, that he is the chiefest among ten Thousands, and altogether Lovely.

4. It will change you into his own Image; this look is of a Soul-transforming Nature; but we all,*beholding as in a glass the Glory of the Lord, are chan∣ged into the same Image, from glory, to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

5. This beholding of Christ, will cause you to con∣temn all things here below, and to account them as nothing, nay worse than nothing in comparison of him; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,*and do count them but Dung, that I may win Christ. (Syriac and others, Dog's Meat, refuse cast to Dogs) Thus do all that behold him, (in point of Justi∣fication) in comparison of Christ; esteem as no∣thing all good Works, good Duties flowing from a sanctified Heart; nay all inherit Holiness with Faith it self, in respect of any Trust, and Confidence there∣in: So much is the object of Faith valued by all that thus behold him.

6. It will draw the Souls of all that thus behold him, to him, and after him, and to follow him whithersoe∣ver he goes: When I am lifted up, I will draw all Men to me: When I am beheld on the Cross,* dying for them, or in their stead. Lo! we have forsaken all,*and have followed thee? They did thus, and present∣ly too, as soon as he called them:*These are Page  88 they which follow the Lamb, whithersoever he goeth; Those who thus see him, are even sick of Love; Saw ye him whom my Soul loveth?* &c. Tell him I am sick of love

O Sinners, labour thus to behold him! i.e. pierced for you; ying and bleeding on the Cross for you; offering himself to you, standing at your Doors woing and entreating you to open to him, to love him, im∣brace him, and espouse him.

[Consider by way of Excitation.]

1. Can you behold him entering into a Covenant of Redeption from Eternity for you, and not love him?* Can you see hi strike Hands with the Father, leaving out your Names, an only putting his own Name in that Covenant, as your Surety, to pay all your Debts, to stisfie divine Justice for all your Sins, and dye in yur room, and not love him?

2. Can you see him take your nature upon him, and become Man, born of a poor Virgin, a Babe laid in a Manger,* expsed to the rage and malice of Men,* and Devils and not love him?

3. Can you behold him, and think of that pur∣pose of Grace,* eternal Love, and good Will unto you from eerlasting, and not love him?

4. Can you behold him Betrayed, left by his own Diciples Deny'd by Peter,* Spit upon, Scourged, his Hair Torn from his Beard, and all be sprinkled with Blood, condemned as a Malefactor, owned with Thons, and not love him?

5 Can you behold him in his bloody Agny, sweat∣ing great drops of Blood? Can you see him Nailed to a Tree, and his Side pierced with a Spear, which run into his Heart; and all this for you, and not love him?

Thirdly, Reproof.] What, vile Wretch dost thou do? wilt thou Wound him again? sight him, grieve him, and prefer thy Sins and Lusts above him? be∣fre thou didst never truly behold him! Shall God t us display the glory of his Free grace, and magni∣fie Page  89 all his Attributes in our Redemption, by Christ; and dost thou iht and cotmn this glorious Contrivance? ad with th Face of Impudence, seek another way to go o eaven, by Morality, by the Light within, b••••ing something of thine own, with his 〈◊〉, ano think to go to Heaven by a Ladde of ••y ou evsig?

Fourthly, By h you 〈◊〉 see; you that are Pro∣fessors, whet••• you did ver Savingly behold the Lord Jesus, or not; have true Faith o not.

Fifthly, For Incouragement, to a••to behold him;*

1. He is able to save you, tho' neve so vile,* and abominable Sinners; to save you all; to save all, to the uttermost, that come to God by him; i.e. by this Ladder; by this new and living Way.

2. He is also willing as wel as able: This appears; (1.) By his Expressions and Invitations;*Come un∣to me, all ye that Labour, and are heavy Laden, and I will give you Rest? How often would I have ga∣thered thy Children together, &c. (2.) By his Af∣fections. Behold me? behold me? What love hath he shewed! and what Complaints of Sorrow and Grief at Sinners Unbelief! (3.) By his Actions; even every wy: what Love, greater Love, infinite Love, and willigness, can be shewed? how hath he mani∣fested his Readiness to save Sinners.

Sixthly, Terror.*] You must behold him by an eye of Faith, or perish: He that believes not shall be Dam∣ned. He that believeth on the Son, hath everlasting Life; and he that believeth not the Son,*shall not see Life, but the Wrath of God abideth on him.

Obj.] Perhaps some Sinner will say;*I dare not believe yet; I am not humbled enough; I am not fit∣ted, and prepared to come to Christ.

Ans.] Dost thou see thy self Sick, here's thy Phy∣sician? what is required of the Sick, before they come for Healing! Dost thou see thy self a Sinner? O then, come? here is thy Saviour! Dost thou find Guilt to lye upon thy Conscience? who can take Page  90it off but Christ Jesus? Dost thou see thy Filthiness? what can cleanse thee but Christ's Blood? Come as thou art,* to the Fountain: Dost thou Thirst after Happiness? 'tis no where to be found, but in Christ: tho' thou hast therefore no Money, yet come; thou canst not believe in Christ too soon.

Lastly, By way of Consolation to Believers; you are saved already, have eternal Life in you; Grace is the Seed of Glory; you have drank of the water of Life; and that will be a Well of Water in you,*springing up to everlasting Life: You are going to Heaven on Jacob's Ladder, and all the Devils, and Powers of Darkness can't throw you down: You shall never perish. O bless the Lord! and admire Free-grace! and live to him all your Days, with Joy, and Thankfulness!

[But no more now at this time.]