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on the Lamb of God, and consume him to spare them.'
The Lord bless what I have set before you on this subject, and lead you afresh into communion with him by faith in Jesus. Amen.
ON THE BIRTH, GIFT, NAMES, THRONE, KINGDOM,
INCREASE, AND PEACE OF MESSIAH, AND HIS
Isalah ix. 6, 7.
• For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be
his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon
the throne of David and upon his kingdom to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth even for ever: the zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this."
THE Holy and Eternal Spirit, who is distinct in personality from the Father and the Son, the co-equal, co-eternal, and co-essential with them,
in the unity of the one incomprehensible Godhead, was pleased to give an outward evidence of bis personality, deity, and office, in the economy of grace, to the old testament church, by raising up a succession of prophets, who spake as they were moved by him, and who foretold the incarnation, work, and otfice of the God-man, Christ Jesus. The prophet Isaiah is one of them who bore testimony to the eternal acts and transactions of the incomprehensible Three, and spake out most freely, fully, clearly, and distinctly, how the everlasting counsel and covenant were to be carried into execution by God manifested in the flesh. In the words before us, he expresses himself most divinely on the subject of the birth of Christ; and with transporting joy celebrates the unspeakable gift of God's love to his church realized in the advent of bis Son. That the
people to whom he ministered, as a prophet, these glad tidings, might feel the mercy he relates to them, what joy would be diffused by the birth of Christ, and how some parts of Galilee would be comforted and enlivened by
the preaching of Messiah amongst them.
Veri 1. “ Nevertheless, the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zehulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterwards did more griev. ously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations." Those parts
preseuce and The whole congregation uniting at the dedication of the temple, with one heart and one voice, in praising the Lord, expressing their faith, and thus triumphing in the prospect of the accomplishment, that God would be incarnate in the person of his Son, and put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, wbich would be an all-sufficient sacrifice, infinitely and everlastingly efficacious; which they were as fully assured of, as that they saw the temple with their bodily eyes, and beheld the cloud of glory which rested on it, and filled it, and the fire which came from heaven consuming the sacrifice, may shew us what unity there is in the hearts and affections of true believers, and how it is expressed in heaven. There all the redeemed of the Lord “Sing a new song to him that sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever." Because all the communicable blessings and glories of Godhead will flow into their minds through the incarnation and sacrifice of the worthy Lamb, throughout eternity.
I will conclude with a quotation from Mr. Romaine, • The dedication of the temple was a great feast : they looked forward by faith to God incarnate as the completion of all their hopes; and when they saw the fire fall and burn up the offering, but spare the offerer, they knew that the divine wrath would fall on the Lamb of God, and consume him to spare them.'