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the days of his flesh, said to the Jews, “before Abra ham was, I am.”
Jesus Christ is exhibited to our view in the sacred Scriptures, “as having come down from heaven, as from a place of settled abode, previous to his appearance among men.” “And-110 man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. He that cometh from above is above all.”* And he is declared by Saint Paul, to be the Lord from heaven, - Christ is the brightness of his Father's glory; which GLORY he had with the Father before the world was. And he is the image of the invisible God; and by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth.
Įt was Christ who led the children of Israel through the wilderness and through the sea. This is evident, for, "The Rock which followed them was Christ." The Lord Jehovah who came down on mount Sinai, and gave the law to Moses, was Christ; this is evident, otherwise, he and Moses could not converse together face to face. “And it came to pass as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses and the Lord spake unto Moses face to face.” It was God in human nature who wrestled with Jacob; this is evident from the history of the case. “Let me go,” said the Man who wrestled with Jacob, "for the day breaketh. And he said I will not let thee go except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel; for as a prince thou hast power with God and with men; and hąst prevailed.” This Man did not see fit to tell Jacob his name; but he blessed him there. This was the same Person of whom saith the Prophet Isaiah, His name is Wonderful. “And Jacob called the rame of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved. *
* John ü, 13 and 31.
The Ancient of days mentioned in Daniel is evidently the Christ. And the deseription given of him by the prophet proclaims bis Godhead. 1 beheld till the thrones were cast down and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him; thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thou. sand times ten thousand stood before him; the judg. ment was set and the books were opened.
And this is the very Person, who, after he had finished the work which the Father gave him to do, ascended to heaven: And while he blessed his disciples, "he was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; who also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who is taken up
from you into heaven, sball so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
All must appear before the judgment seat of Christ; and when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, and sit upon the throne of his glory; though he will be seen in the body in which he ascended to heaven, yet his divinity, will shine through his humanity with such glorious brightness as to convince the whole moral creation that he is the Son of God as well as the Son of man.
“And before him shall be gathered all nations." He will be able accurately to distinguish between moral characters, so as to set the one on the right hand and the other on the left:-Let us hear the Son of God in vindication of his own divinity: “Then shall the King şay unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Unto ihem on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels–And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal."
* Genesis xxxii,
DOING THE WILL OF GOD THE DESIGN OF
HEBREWS x, 9. Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. 6. REDEMPTION, by the precious blood of Christ, supposes that in his sufferings and death, he was doing the will of him who sent him.
Every step which Christ had to take; and, therefore every step which he did actually take, in accomplishing the glorious work of redemption, or in making atonement for sin, was previously delineated in the “Counsel of peace.”
Every thing which God's righteous Servant had to do, when he should come into the world, was comprised in the covenant of redemption. His work was plain before him. The Son knew what he had to do, and what “cruel mockings” he had to endure; and he knew what encouragement his righteous Father had given him. He knew that his holy Father would always be with him; and that when he should call upon his God, he should be heard.
Having his work completely drawn out before him, knowing the difficulties in his way, and the number, strength and policy of his enemies, Christ counted the cost; and cheerfully consented to undertake the arduous work; saying to his father, “Thy law is in my heart.”
Christ received from his Heavenly Father a commission, containing his whole work as the great Redeemer of man; and on being “faithful to him who ap: pointed him,” in the execution of it, he knew that his
reward would be great; “that he should see of the trai vail of his soul and be satisfied.”
In coming into the world to make an atonementfor sin, Christ acted the part of a servant: Being the Messiah, the Anointed of the Father, he came not to do his own will, but the will of him who sent him.
Jesus speaks abundantly of himself as being sent of God. And on his mission, he grounded his authority in sending forth his aposties. After his resurrection, “Jesus said to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."
The salvation of millions, the overthrow of the power of darkness, the glory of God, and the interest. of the universe, depended upon Christ's ability, and fidelity in accomplishing his part of the work of him who sent him.
“Christ came not into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through bim might be sav. ed.” But, if he had taken one wrong step, instead of Saving the world, he would bave destroyed it. It would in effect have delivered up the world into the hands of him, “who now worketh in the children of disobe.dience."
It was of singular importance that Christ should have a proper regard for the moral law-that he should he holy and harmless_that he should not destroy the. law or the prophets, but fulfil them. But in this law we do not find a complete delineation of his work as our great High Priest and Redeemer.
To learn what the Seed of the woman had to do, in order to bruise the serpent's head, we must not look for it in the moral law. God never meant to delineate the work of the Redeemer on tables of stone. What we find here, though written with the finger of God, does not contain the commission of the great Immanuel. But this commission or law is found in the covenant of redemption. In merely fulfilling the moral law, Christ would not have bruised the head of