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ty, and truth. Therefore, it doth not appear how proved, what man decrees, or what the law God from a principle of mercy, and peace, to- of nations is, hath no weight at all when wards mankind, could punish sin upon Christ, brought to teach the way of God with man. without the concurrence of righteousness, Besides, I know notofany human laws, which and truth: nor can this concurrence, or har- admit of suretyship in capital offences; and mony, be proved; without union between sin is not only a debl, for which suretyship is Christ, and those for whom he endured the sometimes admitted, but a transgression, a cruss, and despised the shame.

crime, capital in the highest sense, only aton1st, Because, contrary to truth : which de- ed for by the shedding of blood; by the death, clareth that every man shall die for his own yea, by the eternal death of the sinner : which sin. 2 Cor. xxv. 4. Deat. xxiv. 26. And justice must inflict, before it can be properly again, “whosoever hath sinned against me, Him satisfied ; nor can it possibly admit of a surely will I blot out of my book," Exod. xxxii. 33. here: because, it can only punish Him, whom This was the answer of God unto Moses, when it first finds guilty; and that not by reckoning he would have atoned for the sin of the people, him to be what he is not, according to human by suffering in their stead. Nor will he de- quibbles; but according to artless, reasonable, stroy the righteous with the wicked, because divine equity ; which can only declare such the judge of all the earth doth right. Gen. guilty, on whom the fault is found, and can xviii. 25. “Keep thee far from a false mat- only find the fault on such who have committer; and the innocent and the righteous slay ted it: We only committed the fault, upon thou not: for I will not justify the wicked." us only can it be found : 'Therefore, without Exod. xxiij. 7. Thus the voice of truth is, such an union between Christ, and us, as ex. that the singer shall die for his own sin: and poses us, in his person, to judgment, and conthat the righteous shall not suffer. “Say ye demnation; the harmony of the divine perfecto the righteous it shall be well with him, for tions, doth not appear in the things which he they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe suffered, because contrary to truth and justice. unto the wicked, it shall be ill with him, for Again, it is contrary to mercy, as mercy the reward of his hands shall be given him." may not, consistent with its own nature, tresIsai. iii. 10, 11. This is the language of pass the limits of truth and justice. But, if truth: one jot, or tittle of which, shall not Jesus suffered for sin, without such an union fail; though heaven, and earth, should pass to the sinner, as made his sufferings and blood, away: therefore, such an union, or relation, to be regarded as that of the offender; though between Christ and his Church, as gives Him there be an appearance of mercy towards us, the right of redemption, and brings Him un- there is great lack of it towards Him, who sufder that character which is obnoxious to pun- fered for sin, unjustly charged upon him. ishment, is absolutely necessary, that his Such is not the naiure of infinite goodness, to sufferings for sin, might accord with the de- shew mercy to one, through injustice to anclarations, and demands of truth.

other : But, if united to the sinner, there is a 2dly. It is contrary to justice to afflict the consistency, yea, a divine equily, in his sufferinnocent: to punish, and destroy him, is cruel- ings; and mercy appears to man ; where God ty, and injustice. Without the consideration hath provided himself a lamb for the burnt-offerof union, where is the justice of charging the ing: the like appears to Christ, where God hath black rebellion, and crying guilt of man upon engaged to support him under his just suffer. the pure and spotless head of Jesus? but God ings, to hold his hand, and to keep him, when doth nothing unworthy of himself, or contrary he gave him a purifier to the people. This is to the harmony of his nature. To say that the mercy, tempered with justice, and in the faith. undertaking on Christ's part was voluntary, ful view of this, every believer can sing of neither proves, nor implies, his right to suffer: mercy and judgment. because it is not his willingness, but the ap- Again, it is contrary to wisdom ; yet God probation of divine justice, which proves his hath marked out all his ways in infinite wisright to taste the death of the cross. And, as dom: But that system which is not founded the nature and properly of justice, is always in equity, hath no exhibition of true wisdom its own rule of acting ; it cannot admit of the in it; nay rather accuses God (if imputed to innocent's being punished, nor of the trans- him) either as lacking wisdom when concertgressor's being acquitted : For God the right- ing his plan, or else, of unwillingness to give eous judge, haih pronounced a woe unto us a specimen thereof : and consequently of such who justify the wicked for reward, and denying his own praise, and man's happiness; take away the righteousness of the righteous which consists in admiring, and glorifying from him, Isaiah v. 23. I am aware of an ob- him, in the discoveries of his infinite wisdom. jection here, from such who would establish For, where is the wisdom of imputing sin to imputation, without relation, or union, viz. Christ which he had no right to bear ? and that the law admits of one man's being surety, whence his right, if not from union to the sinor bondsman for another; and can justly ner? But grant this, then indeed the great deep oblige him to fulfil his engagements : to this, breaks open, and wisdom, infinite wisdom ap1 answer. It is most absurd to make human pears: whilst each beholder, with wonder laws a standard for God's method of dealing cries, ()! the depth! who hath known the with mankind; except, it be first proved that mind of the Lord'? or who hath been his counthose laws are fully conformable to the law sellor ? of God; in justice, and equity : until this be It is also contrary to love : the scriptures are

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very explicit, in declaring the Father's love to "For as the body is one, and hath many memthe Son; but the punishment of this Son, for bers, and all the members of that one body, crimes he stood in no relation to, implies a being many, are one body: so also is Christ." defect in love: yea, rather a greater love to 1 Cor. xii. 12. “ Ye are the body of Christ, man, the offender, than to his well-beloved and members in particular.” Cor. xii. 27. Son, who was the “ brightness of his glory, “ He is the head of the body, the Church." and the express image of his person :" and is Coll. i. 18. “ 'The head over all things to withal a manifest contradiction to the divine his Church, which is his body, the fulness of testimony, which asserts the pre-eminence of him that filleth all in all.” Eph. i. 22, 23. Jesus in all things. Withal, to love the im- " Ye are complete in him." Coll. ii. 10. pure, is inconsistent with the morality of the "We being many are one body in Christ, divine nature; therefore, where the Father and members one of another.” 'Rom. xii. 5. giving his Son is at any time mentioned as - And that he might reconcile both unto God an evidence of his love to mankind, it is a in one body by the cross." Eph. ii. 16. “And proof of his superlative love unto him, * and they two shall be one flesh; this is a great a manifestation of his glory; the descent of mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and his humbled life, and bloody death, being the the Church.” Eph. v. 31, 32. “ For both appointed depth, from which he was to ascend he that sanctifieth, and they who are sanctifiabove all heavens, that he might fill all things; ed, are all of one.” Heb. ii. 11. " And the and that he might thus inherit the boundless, glory which thou gavest me, I have given infinite riches of his Father's love, it was ne them; that they may be one, even as we are cessary he should suffer what he did; and, one, I in them, and thou in me, that they that the extendings of the love of God, to man, may be made perfect in one, and that the might be subordinate unto the love he bears world may know that thou hast sent me, and to the eternal Son of his bosom, his union to hast loved them, as thou hast loved me." those for whom he suffered the death of the John xvii. 22, 23. " And the vessel that he cross appears absolutely necessary.

made of clay was marred in the hand of the The union of Christ, and his Church, is a potter, so he made it again another vessel, as necessary consideration, for the right expli- seemed good unto the potter to make it.” Jer. cation of the scriptures: without which, they xviii. 4. She was delivered of a man would want a key, and a great part of them child. Who hath heard such a thing? Who be altogether unintelligible, and without any hath seen such things ? Shall the earth jast propriety in phrase. To prove which, 1 be made to bring forth in one day? Shall a need only note a few of the numerous pas- nation be born at once ?" Isaiah Ixvi. 7, 8. sages which are pregnant with this matter. "In whom also ye are circumcised, with the And here I design not the least intimation of circumcision made without hands, in putting my quoting all the scriptures which positively off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the speak of this truth; nor will I affirm, that circumcision of Christ:" Coll. ii. 12. “Buthose mentioned, are of the whole, the most ried with him in baptism." Coll. ii. 11. “I pertinent to the purpose, but having their am crucified with Christ.” Gall. ii. 20. light and perfection in Jesus Christ our Lord ; " Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, and being (as I conceive,) such as treat of when the iniquity of my heels shall compass His union with the Church, 1 oft make use of me about?" Psalms xlix. 5. “Who his own them, as a confirmation of my doctrine, when self bare our sins in his own body on the discoursing on this subject : therefore, occur- tree, that we being dead onto sin, should live ring the more readily to my memory, I men. unto righteousness, by whose stripes ye were tion them in particular, as - In thy book all healed." 1 Peter ii. 24. "Knowing this, that my mernhers were written.” Psalm. cxxxix. our old man is crucified with him.” Rom. vi. 16. “We are members of his body, of his 6. "Ye are dead, and your life is hid with flesh, and of his bones.” Eph. v. 30. Christ in God.” Coll. iii. 3. " Dead to the . Whether one member suffer, all the mem law by the body of Christ.” Rom. vii. 4. "If bers suffer with it, or one member be honoured, we be dead with Christ, we believe we shall all the members rejoice with it.” 1 Cor. xii. 25. alsı live with him." Rom. vi.8.“Reckon ye al

so yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin; but *God so loved the world that he gave his only alive unto God through Jesus Christour Lord." begotten Son, fc. The superlative love of God to his Son, is manisest here: where the valuable. Rom. vi. 11. " Thy dead shall live, my dead ness of the gift so infinitely preferable to the re- body shall they arise.” Isaiah. xxvi. 9 “Af. ceiver, is, in order to enhance the grace intelligi. ter two days will he revive us, in the third bly hinted. God's giving his Son, and giving day will he raise us up, and we shall live in himself, is a synonymy in scripture ; and confirms his sight.” Hosea vi. 2. “Hath begotten us the above proposition ; the lesser being always again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of all things were made for him, and that he is the Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Pet." i. 3. Not appointed heir of all things, it will appear in bright. the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but ness, that the honour and glory of the beloved the answer of a good conscience towards Son, and of the Father in him, was first and prin: God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” 1 cipal in view, when he was given for the life of Pet. ii. 21. “ Now hath he reconciled, in the world; consequently, God's love to the world, the body of his flesh through death.”. Coll. i. was subordinate unto that wherewith he loved his Son; and all bis grace and kindness nnto

21, 22. “God was in Christ reconciling the the world, subservient unto his glory.

world unto himself.” 2 Cor. v. 19, “And

was raised again for our justification.” Rom. | shall confine myself to a few only, and those, iv. 25. “ And hath raised us up together such as show the matter with more ease and and made us sit together in heavenly places familiarity. in Christ.”. Eph. ii. 6. “Even when we The apostle shows us Adam, as a figure of were dead in sins, hath quickened us together him who was to come. Rom. v. 14. I would with Christ.”. Eph. ii. 5. “ And you being therefore consider wherein this divine grace dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of was shadowed forth in Adam: Moses tells us your flesh, hath he quickened together with that when God created Man, male and female him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” created he them; and blessed them, and callColl. ii. 13. “Who hath blessed us with ed their name Adam, in the day when they all spiritual blessings in Christ : according were created. Gen. v. ii. Thus were the as he hath chosen us in him before the foun- twain created in one: the Woman in her dation of the world, that we should be holy, Husband, where they had one name given and without blame before him.” Eph. i.3, 4. them: he called their name Adam: It was “We shall be like him; for we shall see him whilst they were in this condition, that the as he is." 1 John iii. 2. “Because as he is, Lord God breathed into their nostrils the so are we in this world." 1 John iv. 17. breath of life, and man became a living soul. “Who hath saved us, and called us with an It was whilst they were in this capacity, unholy calling, not according to our works, but distinguished in person, that the Lord God according to his own purpose and grace which commanded man, saying, “Of every tree of was given us in Christ Jesus, before the the garden thou mayest freely eat, but of world began." 2 Tim. i. 9. “ He hath made the tree of knowledge of good and evil thou us accepted in the beloved." Eph. i. 6. ]s- shalt not eat of it, for in the day that thou eatrael shall be saved in the Lord, with an est thereof thou shalt surely die.” Gen. ii. 16, everlasting salvation." Isaiah xlv. 17. “Sure- 17. It was whilst the twain thus existed in ly shall one say, in the Lord I have righteous- one, that the Lord God brought all the ness and strength: in the Lord shall all the beasts of the field, and fowls of the air unto seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory." Adam, to see what he would call them, that ver. 24, 25. “ This is the name wherewith he might at once, give a specimen of his he shall be called, the Lord our Righteous wisdom, in making their names explanatory ness.” Jer. xxxiii. 16. “This is the name of their nature; and also by this act be inwherewith he shall be called the Lord our stated in that dominion over the creaRighteousness." chap. xxiii. 6. "To them tures, which the Lord God had given bim. who are sanctified in Christ Jesus.” 1 Cor. Yea, it was whilst the person of Adam was i. 2. “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, plural, as containing the woman, in himself, who of God, is made unto us wisdom, and that the Lord God said unto them “ Be fruitrighteousness, and sanetification, and redemp- ful and multiply and replenish the earth, and tion; that according as it is written, he that subdue it,” &c., and when the Lord God afglorifieth, let him glory in the Lord.” ver. terwards (causing a deep sleep to fall upon 30. “They shall call his name Emanuel, Adam, and taking the rib from his side, of which being interpreted, is God with us. ” which he made the woman) brought ber unMatt. i. 23. Time would fail me, to men. to him, Adam said, “This is now bone of tion all the scriptures which I apprehend are my bones, and flesh of my flesh, she shall be full of this matter; and are, as I conceive, in- called woman, because she was taken out of capable of any consistent explication, that man." Gen. ii. 21. Thus, her existing in a takes not in the union subsisting between distinct personality, did not hinder her union Christ and his Church. If what I have al- to the man, for when Adam saw her, he said ready said, hath the weight, which it appears this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my to me to have; then, without union with flesh, as truly so now, as when she only existed Christ all our hopes and expectations by him a rib in my side. The twain were created in one, are groundless, and without the least shadow of the woman in her husband: similar with this, reason: what I have said before, when proving the Church existed in Christ; “ According as the inconsistency and unreasonableness of his he hath chosen us in him before the foundasuffering for sin, without union to the sinner, tion of the world.” Eph. i. 4. “Having is of equal force to prove this assertion, as I this purpose and grace, given us in him, am persuaded, that all the ways of God with before the world began." 2 Tim. i. 9. The man are founded in equity.

man and woman, under this consideration, Though I might offer many more reasons had but one name: he called their name showing the necessity of this union, yet at Adam. So Christ and his Church, in this present I shall forbear; judging the hints al- union bears one name, both are called the ready given, sufficient to the purpose. I shall Lord our righteousness. He, Jer. xxiii. 6. therefore hasten to consider its nature, at- and She, chap. xxxiii. 16. We the rightetempting in my measure an explication there ousness of God in him, 2 Cor. v. 21. The of according to truth.

Lord God covenanting with Adam as the In speaking of the nature of union, as sub- head of the earthly creation, as having the sisting between Christ and his Church, I woman in himself, drew a figure of his covemight have recourse to numerous similitudes nant with Christ, as having the Church exwhich the scriptures afford; and which the isting in him; he as the head engaging for Holy Ghost makes use of to that purpose ; but I his members ; as the husband for his wife

as the King for his subjects, as the root for the Church, nor the Church without him at his branches, &c. Which covenant was af- any time; it was equitable for her curse and terwards confirmed of God in Christ, when condemnation to fall upon him. Withal, he sware unto Abram, that in his seed all the such was his love unto his spouse, that he nations of the earth should be blessed. The voluntarily put himself in her condition, when promises made unto him, are all yea, and amen, he appeared in the likeness of sinful flesh, in him, 2 Cor. i. 20. In him declared, in him tempted in every pointlike her, that he might fulfilled upon all his members. Adam having compassionate her ignorance and wanderings, the Woman in himself, manifesting his wis- and be touched with a feeling of her infirinidom in naming the creatures, and withal ties. Moreover, the scriptures affirm, that his dominion over them, was the wisdom of by the offence of one judgment caine upon his wife; and her honourable exaltation in all men unto condemnation.” Rom. v. 8. point of dominion: 80 Jesus having the “For all have sinned and come short of the Church in himself, in all the displays of glory of God.” Rom. iii. 23. It is evihis wisdom, is the wisdom of the Church. dent hence, that in Adam's offence, all of1 Cor. i. 30. Likewise his dominion, where fended : which supposes such an union beall things are put under his feet, is the ex. tween Adam and his offspring, that his sin alted grace and glory, which was promised was their sin ; and his ruin their ruin; thus the Church: Psalm viii. compared with Heb. by his offence, were they made sinners; whilst ii. 6, 7, 8, 9. Eve when taken from Adam they jucluded in him were in passivity, and into a distinct consciousness of existence, was he the active consciousness of the whole. not less related unto him, than when she was And, that his sin hath reached the ends of only a rib in his side, as appears from Adam's the earth, hath corrupted the whole mass of testimony, she is now bone of my bones, and mankind, both the scriptures and common flesh of my flesh : Inlike manner, the Church experience, (from the visible effects thereof when put forth in the creation of Adam, into daily produced in every man) abundantly dea distinct personality from her head and hus clare. If it be granted, that there was such band Christ

, was not less united unto him, a union between Adam and his offspring, as than when she only existed in him; which rendered his sin theirs, why should it be she did, before the earthy man was created, thought a thing incredible, that the like or ever the worlds were made: as is manifest union, subsisting between Jesus and his seed, from the apostle, who tells us, that he speaks renders his condition theirs? especially as the of Christ and his Church, where he says that apostle hath stated the matter ihus: “ As by they twain shall be one flesh. Eph. v. 32. one man's disobedience, many were inadesin* Members of his body, of his flesh, and of ners, sn by the obedience of one, shall many his bonez, (verse 30,) one spirit (Cor. vi. 7.) be made righteous.” Rom. v. 19. The scripwith him their own Lord and husband: Af. tures here shewing the method of sin in ter this manner, (according to my apprehen: Adam, and of grace in Christ, takes an occasion) did the beginning of the creation of God sion to illustrate the latter by the former: inpreach Jesus: and the union of Adam and his timating, that as sin came upon all Adam's spouse represent that of Christ and his Church. posterity by his single act; before they had

The next thing I shall attempt an expla- any capacity of sinning, after the similitude nation of this divine union by, is the fall of of his transgression; or of personal concur. Adam, and of the world in him; for this also rence with him in his iniquity: it must have abounds with instruction, with positive and been from such a union to him, such an inintelligible figures of the Lamb and his wife. clusion of the whole in him, as rendering his The apostle tells us, that " Adam was not condition theirs in whatever state he was : deceived, but the woman being deceived was hence, his sin, its curse and fruit, was their's, in the transgression.” 1 Tim. ii. 14. “Never before they felt it, knew it, or ever were contheless, neither is the man without the woman, scious of existence. Thus by one man's disneither the woman without the man in the obedience, many were made sinners. In like Lord.” Cor. xi. 11. From hence we gather, manner, Christ's righteousness is upon all his that Adam was not deceived in his own per seed: by his single act, before they had any son; but knowing what Eve had done, and capacity of obeying, after the similitude of seeing their ruin inevitable, he voluntarily his obedience; or of assenting to what he did, put himself into her condition, by receiving or suffered : this manifests such an union to the fruit from her hand, and eating thereof: him, such an inclusion of the whole seed in such was his love unto his wife. And as him, as renders his condition theirs, in every they were not, (though distinct in person) state which he passes through; insomuch, . without each other in the Lord, her transgres- that his righteousness, with all the blessings sion extended unto him; and his union unto and fruits thereof, is theirs ; before they her, made it equitable, for the curse and con- have known it, believed it, or ever were condemnation of her folly, to fall upon him; scious of existence. Thus by the obedience and that withou: the consideration of his con- of one are many made righteous. sent and compliance with her.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ In like manner, Christ the husband was not shall all be made alive." I Cor. xv. 22. (Bedeceived: but his wife, the Church, being de- sides proving the general resurrection) the ceived, was in the transgression. Yet as the apostle explains in those words, the matter union was such, that Christ was not without I whereof I am treating. As all wied, and

was raised again for our justification.” Rom. | shall confine myself to a few only, and those, iv. 25. " And hath raised us up together such as show the matter with more ease and and made us sit together in heavenly places familiarity. in Christ.”. Eph. ii. 6. “Even when we The apostle shows us Adam, as a figure of were dead in síns, hath quickened us together him who was to come. Rom. v. 14. I would with Christ." Eph. ii. 5. “And you being therefore consider wherein this divine grace dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of was shadowed forth in Adam : Moses tells us your flesh, hath he quickened together with that when God created Man, male and female him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” created he them; and blessed them, and callColl. ii. 13. “Who hath blessed us with ed their name Adam, in the day when they all spiritual blessings in Christ : according were created. Gen. v. ii. Thus were the as he hath chosen us in him before the foun- twain created in one: the Woman in her dation of the world, that we should be holy, Husband, where they had one name given and without blame before him.” Eph. i. 3, 4. them: he called their name Adam: It was * We shall be like him; for we shall see him whilst they were in this condition, that the as he is," i John iii. 2. “ Because as he is, Lord God breathed into their nostrils the so are we in this world." 1 John iv. 17. breath of life, and man became a living soul. “Who hath saved us, and called us with an It was whilst they were in this capacity, unholy calling, not according to our works, but distinguished in person, that the Lord God according to his own purpose and grace which commanded man, saying, “Of every tree of was given us in Christ Jesus, before the the garden thou mayest freely eat, but of world began.” 2 Tim. i. 9. “ He hath made the tree of knowledge of good and evil thou us accepted in the beloved." Eph. i. 6. « Is-shalt not eat of it, for in the day that thou eatrael shall be saved in the Lord, with an est thereof thou shalt surely die.” Gen. ii. 16, everlasting salvation." Isaiah xlv. 17. “Sure- 17. It was whilst the twain thus existed in ly shall one say, in the Lord I have righteous- one, that the Lord God brought all the ness and strength: in the Lord shall all the beasts of the field, and fowls of the air unto seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.'

." Adam, to see what he would call them, that ver. 24, 25. “ This is the name wherewith he might at once, give a specimen of his he shall be called, the Lord our Righteous- wisdom, in making their names explanatory ness.” Jer. xxxiii. 16. “ This is the name of their nature; and also by this act be inwherewith he shall be called the Lord our stated in that dominion over the creaRighteousness.” chap. xxiii. 6. “To them tures, which the Lord God had given him. who are sanctified in Christ Jesus." I Cor. Yea, it was whilst the person of Adam was i. 2. “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, plural, as containing the woman, in himself, who of God, is made unto us wisdom, and that the Lord God said unto them “ Be fruitrighteousness, and sanctification, and redemp- ful and multiply and replenish the earth, and tion; that according as it is written, he that subdue it,” &c., and when the Lord God afglorifieth, let him glory in the Lord.” ver. terwards (causing a deep sleep to fall upon 30. “They shall call his name Emanuel, Adam, and taking the rib from his side, of which being interpreted, is God with us." which he made the woman) brought her unMatt. i. 23. Time would fail me, 10 men to him, Adam said, “This is now bone of tion all the scriptures which I apprehend are my bones, and flesh of my flesh, she shall be full of this matter; and are, as I conceive, in- called woman, because she was taken out of capable of any consistent explication, that man." Gen. ii. 21. Thus, her existing in a takes not in the union subsisting between distinct personality, did not hinder her union Christ and his Church. If what I have al- to the man, for when Adam saw her, he said ready said, hath the weight, which it appears this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my to me to have; then, without union with flesh, as truly so now, as when she only existed Christ all our hopes and expectations by him a rib in my side. The twain were created in one, are groundless, and without the least shadow of the woman in her husband: similar with this, reason: what I have said before, when proving the Church existed in Christ; “According as the inconsistency and unreasonableness of his he hath chosen us in him before the foundasuffering for sin, without union to the sinner, tion of the world.” Eph. i. 4. “ Having is of equal force to prove this assertion, as I this purpose and grace, given us in him, am persuaded, that all the ways of God with before the world began.” 2 Tim. i. 9. The man are founded in equity.

man and woman, under this consideration, Though I might offer inany more reasons had but one name: he called their name showing the necessity of this union, yet at Adam. So Christ and his Church, in this present I shall forbear; judging the hints al- union bears one name, both are called the ready given, sufficient to the purpose. I shall | Lord our righteousness. He, Jer. xxiii. 6. therefore hasten to consider its nature, at- and She, chap. xxxiii. 16. We the rightetempting in my measure an explication there- ousness of God in him. 2 Cor. v. 21. The of according to truth.

Lord God covenanting with Adam as the In speaking of the nature of union, as sub- head of the earthly creation, as having the sisting between Christ and his Church, I woman in himself, drew a figure of his covemight have recourse to numerous similitudes nant with Christ, as having the Church exwhich the scriptures afford; and which the isting in him; he as the head engaging for Holy Ghost makes use of to that purpose; but! his members ; as the husband for his wife

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