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Church has always been kindled into intensest fervour at the Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ; and the Cross has always been the symbol of her strength and the prophecy of her victories.
I may be unable to contribute any additional force to the evidence that the Death of the Lord Jesus Christ was an Atonement for sin, and I may
fail to illustrate its relations to the life of God, the life of man, and the laws of the spiritual universe; but if any of those who listen to these Lectures, and any of those who read them, are drawn to deeper and devouter thought upon the mystery and glory of His great Sacrifice, I shall not have written or spoken in vain.
THE HISTORY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IN RELATION
TO THE FACT OF THE ATONEMENT.
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T is assumed in this series of Lectures that the
Christ was “God manifest in the flesh.” The revelation which has come to us through Him is, therefore, different in kind from that which has come to us through the Prophets of the Old Testament and the Apostles of the New.
It is said of Moses that the Lord spake to him "face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend,” and that Isaiah "saw His glory." 2 St. Paul declared that the
? gospel preached by him was “not of man;"_“I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 3 And St. John describes his own function, and that of the other Apostles, when he says, " The life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us." 4
But the Lord Jesus Christ was Himself the "brightness of God's] glory, and the express image of His 1 Exod. xxxiii. II.
2 John xii. 41.
s Gal. i. 12. 4 1 John i. 2.