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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. 66 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 scriptores: 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 just 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 lxvi. 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, I 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 unto 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. 21. “knowing this, that my members 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.” Epli. v. 30. Christ in God.” Coll. iii. 3. 6Dead 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, fe. The superlative love of God to his Son, is manifest 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 blessed of the greater. Only considering, that 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
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 lite 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 his grace and kindness nnto
21, 22. “ God was in Christ reconciling the the world, subscrvient 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 feinale 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 is 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. " Js- shalt not eat of it, for in the day that thou earrael 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 wlierewith 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 himn are ye in Christ Jesus, plural, as containing the woman, in hiusell, who of God, is made unto ns wisdom, and that the Lord God said unto them “ Be fruitrighteousness, and sanctification, and redemp- ful and multiply and replenish the earli, 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 uniin 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 existid Christ all our hopes and expectations by him a rib in my side. Thetwain werecreated 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 hin before the founda- . suffering 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 Tin. 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-j 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 husvurul lur nis wife, 262
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 ignoranee and wanderings, the Woman in himself, manifesting his wis- and be touched with a feeling of her infirinidom in naming the creatures, and withal lies. Moreover, the scriptures affirm, that his dominion over them, was the wisdom of "by the offence of one judgment came upon his wife ; and her honourable exaltation in all men unto condemnation.” Rom. v. 8. point of dominion : so 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 included in him were in passivity, and into a distinct consciousness of existence, was he the active consciousness of the whole. not less relate 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 : In like 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 inade sin* Members of his body, of his flesh, and of ners, so by the obedience of one, shall many his bones, (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; bat 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 without 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." 1 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 whereof I am treating. As all died, and
were lost in Adam, when he was caught in and not before : it was then the precious toils of sin and death, it is evideni they ointment was poured on his head, and runwere then united in him, then united to him, ning down his beard, reached the hem of his so that his sin was their sin; his death, their garment. Concerning which oil, the Lord death. As in Adam so in Christ, united in saith, “upon man's flesh shall it not be pourhim, in all he did, and suffered; saved in ed, neither shall ye make any other like it, him, crucified with him, risen with him, asafter the composition of it, it is holy: and it cended and seated with him, in heavenly shall be holy unto you: whosoever compoundplaces, &c. Why may not our salvation in eth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it Christ from union with him, in his obedience, upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his and death, be judged as reasonable as our people." Exod. xxx. 32, 33. May it not be condemnation in Idam, from union with him, determined, that this oil, answers to the uncin his sin and misery? I acknowledge the tion which is from the holy one; the anointlatter is more familiar, when I would do good ing which guides us into all truth: that“washevil is present with me: whilst the former is ing of regeneration, and renewing of the holy more remote from our senses, and only mani- ghost, which he shed on us abundantly, fest, when“welook not to the things which are ihrough Jesus Christ our Saviour." Tit. iii, not seen bat to the things which are seen." But, 5, 6. Jesus when anointed with the holy if laying sensible things aside, as that which is ghost, and with power, was clothed with the temporary, we attend wholly to the testimony people ; they being anointed in him. “Beof the scriptures; having the anointed to guide hold how pleasant a thing it is, for brethren us, we shall enter into truth, and spiritual to dwell-together in unity; it is like the prethings will be manifest. I would now proceed to cious ointment upon the head, that ran down consider Aaron clothed with the garment of his upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, that went priesthood, as a figure of Christ, and his Church down to the skirt of his garment.” Psal. united. It may not be denied that Aaron was a cxxxii. 1, 2. The composition like unto this, type of Christ; neither as I conceive, that the forbidden by the Lord, is a compound of such garment was a figure of the Church, as attend- virtues, amiable qualities, gracious disposiing circumstances sufficiently prove. The tions, &c. as are thought to abound in man: different colours and materials, in the gar- and when distinct from the consideration of ment, denote the many nations, languages, Union with Christ, and of being anointed in kindreds, and tongues, gathered into the body him, men prosess themselves anointed with of the Lamb: where Jew and Gentile are re- the holy ghost and with power, imputing every conciled, and both made one. Aaron's gar- change of sentiment, and behaviour, to the ment was so contrived, that he should bear the immediate influence of the divine spirit: and names of the people upon his shoulders, en- thus judging of spiritual things, by their own graven upon the stones of memorial : his passions, and fleshly reformations, they may bearing them on his shoulders signifies his be said to pour the oil upon the flesh of man; carrying their names, persons, and burdens, yea, upon the stranger, contrary to the divine through the whole of what he officiated in. institution. This answers well to Jesus, who says of his Aaron was to have his garment on when he Church, “ He bare them, and carried them all ministered in holy things, nor was he to enter the days of old.” Isa. Ixiii. 9. The names into the holy place without it, lest he died; of the people were also engraven upon the and it was to be unto him for glory and for breast-plate of judgment, which (Aaron bear- beauty. A true representation of Jesus, clothing them on his heart) implied his tendered with the people; when by himself he purged concern, and care for their welfare. And, our sin, offering himself up unto God, through how carefully concerned Jesus is, for the wel- the eternal spirit; having put away sin by the fare of the people, let his humbled and sor- sacrifice of himself. And, as by union to him, rowful life, his sharp, dolorous sufferings, his they were crucified with him, so also being shameful and bloody death upon the accursed risen with him, he entered not into the holy tree, bear witness. And, that their names place without them: but like Aaron he entered, were engraven on precious stones, denotes wearing the people into the immediate prefirst, the value of thein, since the most valu- sence of God: and there presenting himself, able of gems were appointed to receive the said, behold I, and the children whom God engraving. The everlasting durableness of hath given me. For, when Aaron entered intheir names was hinted here also, where such to the holy place, with blood in his hand, stones were ordained to bear them, whose (the names of the people sparkling upon his nature admits not of their being erased. This breast-plate, before the face of God,) the also leads to Jesus, who says, “Behold I have blood which he then offered, was respected graven thee upon the palms of my hands." in justice, as the very blood of the offend ing Isa. xlix. 6. Aaron could not be cosecrated people ; whose names being engraven on the until he had the garment on him. Neither garment were there present, and sparkling, could Jesus officiate as the High-Priest and were seen in the blood, by divine justice: Saviour of the people, without taking upon there rendering a reason of their expectations him the seed of Abraham. Heb. ii. 16. It from the mercy seat. On this account, was being, necessary that he as an high-priest, the breast-plate called the breast-plate of should have somewhat to offer. When Aaron judgment; because, by what was there repre had his garment on him, he was anointed, sented, it is evident that mercy was expected
in a way of judgment ; that the song might have an opportunity of exerting his grace,
his be of mercy and judgment. The very same wisdom, power and love, in the redemption union (with as much more, reality, as the of their soul by his blood; and in saving them substance hath above the shadow) is there in himself, with an everlasting salvation. This between the sufferings and blood of Jesus, and being the means of his obtaining that everthe people : That blood, and wounded form, lasting name, glory, honour, immortality, trith which he entered into the holiest of all, and eternal renown, which had been decreed and in wbich he still appears as a lainb who and promised him, " he humbled himself, and hath been slain, relates so truly to the seed of became obedient unto death, even the death Abraham, whom he took upon him as a gar- of the cross : wherefore God hath highly exment, who were contained in his body as alted him, and given him a name, which is members thereof, of his flesh, and of his above every name. Phil. ii. 8, 9. God bones, as to be in justice, respected as their having, in the riches of his wisdom and love, own blood, shed for their sins : and a suffi- so insepatably connected man's happiness cient reason rendered, of their faith in, and with the glory of his son, that each is included their hopes from the mercy seat. “ Almost in the other: and here are the people the gloall things are by the law purged with blood, ry of Christ, as the priestly garment was the and without shedding of blood is no remis- glory of Aaron. “For as the girdle cleaveth sion.” Heb. ix. 22. Intu the breast-plate to the loins of a man, so have I caused to of judgment, Moses put the Uriin and Thum-cleave unto me, the whole house of Israel, mim, the Lights and Perfections ; whereby a and the whole house of Judah, that they might free intercourse was opened, between God be unto me for a people, and for a name, and and man: This was a true representation of for a praise, and for a glory,". Jer. xiii. 11. "out divine wisdom and purity; of God manifesy of Zion the perfection of beauty God hath in the flesh, dwelling in the midst of the peo- shined.” Psal. I. 2. And as beauty conple, Psal. cxxxii. 14. “This is my resi for sists in a perfect body, where none of the ever, here will I dwell, for I have desired it.” members are lacking, nor any thing superfluThus the Urim and Thummim was a figure ous: bearing withal a just proportion in every of the Godhead, Aaron of Christ, and his gar- part, so is the Church ihe beauty of Jesus as ment of the people; these three agreeing to the fulness of him who filleth all in all. Eph. gether in one; as where Jesus speaking to the i. 33. “My substance was not hid from thee, Father, saith, “I in them, and thou in me, when I was made in secret; and curiously that they may be made perfect in one, John wrought in the lowest parts of the earth, thine xvii. 23, at that day ye shall know that I am eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect in the Father, and you in me, and I in you.” and in thy book all my members were writJohn xiv. 20. Aaron's garment was to be ten, which in continuance were fashioned, unto him for glory, and for beauty : so also when as yet there was none of them." Psal. was the Church to be unto Jesus, "all things cxxxix. 15, 16. Time would fail me to were made for him, and he is before all things; mention all the particulars of this mysteriand by him all things consist," Coll. i. 16, 17. ous garment: as those also of sundry other and "He is the appointed heir of all things.” mysteries in the Jewish Church, which I apHeb. i. 2. His being before all things, implies, prehend were instituted as positive figures of that his honout, and glory, was what the Fa: ihat blessed union subsisting between Christ ther had first; and principally in his view, when and his Church. the decree went forth for the creation of man: I might go on, to use similitudes drawn whilst all his permissions concerning man, from Moses and the prophets, as a farther exand all his inmediate dealings with him, plication of this matter, tending also to prove are rendered, in infinite wisdom, subservient and confirm it; for such was the manner of to this view. And indeed, upon this founda- the holy ghost's speaking unto the Fathers, tion, where he hath made all things for the under the Old Testament. But as all who glory of his Son, and hath put all things in profess Jesus Christ, understand not the scripsubjection under him, decreeing him the tures, nor the power of God, it is probable homage and worship of every knee; with a that this niethod may be objected unto, and fall acknowledgment of his being Lord: I the matter treated by many as fables of Allesay, upon this foundation, hath the Father es- gory. I would therefore consider what the tablished his own glory, and praise. As ap- New Testament says thereof, as using greater pears from Phil. ii. 9. 10, 12. All things plainness of speech, and by all the literals acwere made for him, that as a Son, he might knowledged, as speaking more to the purpose. have an inheritance, as a king, he might have a Our Saviour teacheth us the grace of union kingdom, as a bridegroom, he might have a under the similitude of a vine and its branches : bride, and as a head, he might have a body I am the the vine, ye are the branches. John consisting of many members. And, that xv. 5. Where our Saviour takes on him this he might be the Saviour of that body, appellative, the vine, he is to be understood was man created in a mutable state. “For as speaking of himself according to his human the creature was made subject to vanity, not nature, hence he is called the plant of renown, willingly, but by reason of him who hath sub- Ezek. xxxiv. 29. The plant which the heajected the same in hope," Rom. viii. 20. That venly Father hath planted : Mat. xv. 13, the creature being deceived through sin, and wherein his husbandry-appears. When the lost in the bondage of corruption, Jesus might the stock os set is first planted, there are no