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The seventh verse of this Psalm is paraphrased by the celebrated Saurin thus, "Sacrifice and offerings thou wouldest not accept, but a body hast thou provided me, in which I may render thee a more acceptable service. God prepared the body for serviceThen said Christ, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God!”

That Christ might do the will of him who sent him. it was necessary that he should appear in the flesh. He therefore said to his Father, “A body hast thou prepared me." Messiah, before he came into this world, was well acquainted with the contents of his commission, and therefore ,said, “In the volume of the book it is written of me,” &c. in reference, no doubt, to what is written in Genesis iji, 15; And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: It shall bruise thy bead, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

As it was the will of God that the serpent's head should be bruised, by the Seed of the woman, Christ was willing to come into the world; and, in the capacity of the woman's Seed, to do the work appointed him; and this he was willing to do, though he knew that he could not escape the bruise upon his heel.

Christ could see from bis commission, which was taken from the records of the counsel of peace, what he had to do and to suffer every day of his life. He said therefore to his sorrowful mother, “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my

Father's business?" To do this business was the delight and the joy of his heart. Hence he said to his disciples, • My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."

It was the will of him who was sent, as well as of him who sent him, that the works of the devil should be destroyed. Christ, therefore, readily entered upon the work, which the Father had given him to do. Christ was always acquainted with the decrees of God concerning him: he knew what was written of

him; and he knew that the Son of man must go as it was written of him. He knew that he should be betrayed by Judas, that he should be condemned by the Jewish council for blasphemy, and by them be deliv, ered up to the Gentiles to be crucified.

Christ knew that he must suffer, and he knew that he should suffer in a good cause.

He knew that his sufferings would arise from the agency of Satan; because God had said to the serpent, “Thou shalt bruise his heel.” And by these bruises we are healed; that is, salvation comes to a lost world, through the bruise which Corist received upon his heel from the imine! diate agency of the old serpent. And as our griefs and sorrows are removed through this channel, it is therefore said of Christ, that he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, sinitten of God, and afflicted.” Dr. Louth's translation of this passage, gives us a just idea of its true sense, which is as follows: “Yet we thought him judicially stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” This is evidently a prediction of what the council of the Jews would think of Christ, when they should condemn him, as if he were guilty of some capital crime. They treated him as judicially smitten of God, that is, justly condemned; because, say they, he is guilty of blasphemy. We have a law, say they, and by our law he ought to die; because he made himself the Son of God. Hence those who were condemned for a capital crime, among the Jews, and executed by hanging, were viewed by them, as accursed of God; for Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” Christ was not executed according to a Jewish law, for their law required that for blasphemy a man should be stored. But as Christ was delivered up to the Romans to be executed, and seeing they executed him for no fault, they might as consistently crucify bim as put him to death in any other way; and by this means the decree was fulfilled, that Christ should die by being lifted up from the earth. And by crucifixion he was lifted up, and by crucifixion he was hung upon a tree.

And as salvation comes to sinners through the cross of Christ; Paul knowing therefore the treatment which he had received, in the accomplishment of the deeree concerning binı, said, he was made a curse for us; fox “Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”

The treatment which Christ did receive from his murderers, is expressed in prophetic language by the Prophet Isaiah thus; "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” But in the 5th verse of this chapter, (Isaiah lii) the propliet speaks plainly what was endured by Christ for our redemption. Dr. Lowth's translation is as follows; “But he was wounded for our transgressions; was smitten for our iniquities; the chastisement by which our peace is effected, was laid upon him; and by his bruises we are healed.” By this we clearly see, that our redemption is procured by the accomplishment of the first prediction concerning Christ; namely, that he should receive a bruise upon his heel, while he should be employed in the work of doing the will of Him who sent him.

Christ said to his Father, Lo, I come to do thy will, o God, thy law is within my heart. This law of God does not mean the moral law. however, perfectly conformed to it. But, doing forever what is required in this law, would not make an atonement for sin." To love God with all the heart, , &c. and our neighbour as ourselves, are the two great commands, on which hang all the law and the proph, ets: But Christ could have loved God perfectly, could have done every thing contained in these two great commands, without leaving the blessed abodes of the upper world. It was not necessary that Christ should be in this world, in order to do the things required by

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these two great commands. But Christ said, Lo, I come to do thy will, o God. Had Christ remained in heaven therefore, his part of the covenant of redemption could never have been performed. Besides, Christ was under obligation to love God with all his heart on his own account, whether he had come into the world or not. This was of infinite consequence to Christ, on account of his own personal honour and happiness. Had he not loved righteousness, and hated iniquity, his Father never would have said to him, *Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest.rightcousness and hatest iniquity, therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellow's."* Jesus, therefore, though made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, was crown. ed with glory and honour.” If Christ had not suffered death in the exercise of perfect love to God, he would not have merited a crown of glory and horiour. Do. ing the will of God then implies perfect conformity of heart to God: still the will of God in the sense of the text, means something more, and distinct from, loving him with all the heart.

Christ, that he might do the will of him who sent him, must not only be a man, but he must be the second Mun. The first man was of the earth, earthy; the second man was the Lord from heaven.” And as the first man was a figure of the second, so the second man inust answer the figure: And as Adam was a covenant head, so Christ must be. “For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." Christ then must be a covenant head, and take the place of Adam-his place before his fall-- not his place as a transgressor: this would be inconsistent, because Adam was not the figure of him who was to come, after he ceased to obey the law of his Maker, For as soon as Adam eat of the forbidden tree, the relation between them as type and Antitype, ceased. God made Adam upright, and in that character he was tried; but he did not retain his character: by transgression, therefore, he lost his station as federal head. And as Christ was the Antitype of Adam, it was the will of God that he also should be tried; for if he could not bear trials, if he could not resist every temptation, and triumph over all opposition from earth and hell, he could not do the will of himn who sent him. Hence Christ submitted to the lowest degree of humiliation, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Christ was tried by Satan and wicked men. Read the history of Christ, and we shall find how extremely great his trials were. The powers of darkness from earth and hell were combined against him. Wicked men and devils opposed him in his work; but he was determined that nothing should prevent his doing the will of his holy Father.

* Psalm alv, 67.

T'hat the Child Jesus might do the will of his God, he must be put into such a situation as that every thing prophesied concerning him, might be accomplished in him. Hence Joseph went into Egypt, "and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled, which was spoken of the Lord by the mouth of the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my Son. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, He shall be called a Nazarene.”

We may know what the will of God was, which Christ had to do, by knowing what he actually did do, when he was come in the flesh: and by knowing what things were prophesied of him; together with the things by which he was represented by types and shadows, we see the whole work.

The predictions, types, and shadows, by which the Messiah was represented, we have already considered.

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