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serpent. This hath been done by the incarnation, obedience, sacrifice, sufferings, and death, of Christ; and was completed by his swallowing up death in victory. The figures in the cherubic representation are not here named; but the secondary cherubims, which without doubt were the true copies of the primary ones, are mentioned four times in the Bible; and from the account given of them in Ezekiel ch. i. v. Jo. and c. 10. v. 14. we are informed of their particular figure, which was the face of a bull, of a lion and man united, and of an eagle. The three conditions of the one substance in the heavens ; fire, light, and air, as the representatives of the Eternal Three, which they have chosen to represent themselves by, are, 'in the three faces of these three animals in one body, with the human figure united to that of the lion, (the emblem of light, the emblem of the second person) very expressive and very proper to convey the knowledge of the Trinity in unity, and the great mystery of redemption. The tree of life or lives, was Christ. The flaming sword was to be turned from sinners belonging to the election of grace, and fall on Christ their surety: thus the way to the real tree of life or lives, was most freely laid open to their view.
I proceed, lastly, to view the foundation laid in all this for faith and hope in God: it being hereby evidenced, that where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.
The revelation of Christ in the word of promise ; for such it was to the fallen pair, though it was delivered threatening-wise to the devil in the serpent;
with the instituted sacrifice and cherubic figures, contained the whole Gospel in epitome: all that follows after is built upon it, and is nothing more or less than an explanation, and unfolding of what was contained in it. It is expressly declared by the Apostle Peter, speaking of Christ, that “to him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Acts x. v. 43. Adam and his wife were the first believers in Christ Jesus, the first prophets who spake of him; and they receiv. ed their knowledge and faith concerning Christ, his incarnation, righteousness, and death, and that it was founded on the will, council, and covenant of the Eternal Three, by the immediate revelation and teaching of the Holy Ghost; who produced in their minds a supernatural birth, gave them an understanding to know what was set before them in he promise of a Saviour, and led them into an acquaintance with the way and manner in whieh he would atone for their sin, and bring in an everlasting righteousness : so that in this word of promise was an immutable foundation laid for faith and hope in God. Christ was set forth as the object of it ; his blood and death were most clearly expressed, and his righteousness revealed as the rabe which alone could cover and make righteous in the sight of God; and the Three in Jehovah were represented as bearing witness to their own acts, and hieroglyphically shewing how the sword of divine justice, and the fire of infinite wrath should be stretched out, and fall on, and be executed on, the surety, the man of Jehovah's right hand; that son of man whom he had made strong for himself: Psalm lxxx. v. 17. and the revelation thus made of Christ, most exactly suited the case. The deyil had been too strong for the innocent pair. He deceived the woman; and though Adam was not deceived, yet, by listening to his sensual part, he became a sinner. Thus the declaration concerning the woman's seed, as the serpent bruiser, was mose divinely adapted to their case; as this great and illustrious one would, by bruising his head, most effectually destroy his works, and make death and hell his footstool.
In the instituted sacrifices, and in the clothing which the Lord God had put upon them, they viewed Christ the Lamb of God, as the only sacrifice for sin, as Jehovah their righteousness; and, through the light and teaching of the Lord the Spirit, they understood how sin would be atoned for, removed from them, and put away for ever out of the sight, and from before the Lord : and, as they worshipped before the Lord at the east of the garden of Eden, where the LORD God, JEHOVAH ALÉHIM inhabited the cherubim, they had, in the instituted emblems, as clear and expressive an evidence and prelude to what was really to be done upon the earth by one of the persons in the Deity, who would inhabit and dwell in the man Christ Jesus, and make atonement for sin, and open the gate of everlasting life to all his people, as could be given them. Thus they found health and cure, life, and everlasting consolation, imparted to their minds, and fully experienced that where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. Never did free grace more gloriously display itself! It was a triumph indeed! and these persons who had been the instruments of making way for the introduction of sin and death, were blessed with the knowledge that “grace would reign through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord."
Thus the very era of grace began with an exhibition of the death of Christ in type and figure : and all that follows this, throughout the bible, is but an elucidation of what was taught Adam immediately upon his fall. It is the root, marrow, and substance of the whole Scriptures. The high priests, sacrifices, atonements, purifications, perfumes, and the cherubim of glory in the Holy of Holies, were but a drawing out of this revelation, sacrifice, and cherubic exhibition, to more public view. The Book of Psalms was written to give a perfect account and description of what the seed of the woman, the real David, the beloved of Jehovah, was to be, do, and suffer, to accomplish the salvation of his Church; and finally to bruise Satan under his and her feet.
May the Lord the Spirit give you light to see the truth of this ; then those sermons which follow will cast lustre on the sacred page: or rather, will serve to point out to you, that there is no part of the Bible but is full of Christ, and that the revelation of him is founded on the covenant of the Eternal Three : so that the doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of the whole. Amen.
THE DESTRUCTION OF THE OLD WORLD BY THE
FLOOD; WITH AN ACCOUNT OF IT$ RENOVA-
GENESIS, viii. 20, 21, 22.
And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord, and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnl-offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savor ; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth: neither will I again smite any more every living thing as I have done.