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came forth from the side of her husband, he said, she is now bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh. So, just so, the human nature was in Emmanuel. Grace was given us in him before the world But again, the man was not deceived, but the woman was beguiled. But the man voluntarily put himself into the condition of his deceived wife, although he was apprized death, inevitable death, would be the certain consequence. Thus the maker, the husband of the creature he had made, was not deceived, but he put himself into the likeness of the deceived, that is of sinful flesh, although he knew death, an accursed death, would be the certain consequence.
That all these, the divine purposes of God, might be manifested, the creature was made subject to vanity; and herein is the love of God made known. The love of the creature may be made known in what he would do and suffer for a good man; but God commended his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, he died for us. God might have prevented the adversary from beguiling our general mother, but had he thus done, although man was a rational creature, he never could have known any thing of a Saviour, nor could the purposes of God, proposed in himself before the world was, have been effectuated.
There is none by searching can find out the ways of God, they are in the great deep; but, although we cannot find out God nar his ways, seeing they are as much above us, as the heavens are above the earth, yet he hath in great mercy assured us, that all his ways are grace, mercy, and truth; that all his ways are pleasantness, and all his paths are peace.
Yes, man was made a rational creature, but this rational creature is now an intoxicated creature; he has drank of the wine of fornication, and is mad; but still, like an intoxicated mad man, he fancies himself wise. Vain man would be wise, although born like the wild ass's colt; yet all this is from the adversary. Because, said he, who is faithful and true, speaking to the adversary, because thou hast done this, thou art accursed. This accursed doer of the deed who has brought temporary ruin upon the offspring of God, has, by permission, had the address to make the children of men believe that it is the nature which he has been seeking to murder and destroy, that shall, by its Creator, be forever doomed to his wrath and curse, to the wrath and curse of their Father, and their God. He goes further, though he himself knows he shall reign
but a little while; he has made God's children believe that his reign will be eternal; and that although he hath not fully succeeded in ruining, tormenting, and destroying the whole of the human race according to his wish and purpose, yet a few, and a few only, will escape his snares; and that the number over whom he is finally to triumph will far exceed those who are rescued from his power.
If what we hear men, religious men say, be true, we may at the great day of decision expect to hear the insulting foe, vaunting not only over the heritage of the Lord, but over the Deity himself. Will he not have reason to say, "I have gained my point; I have counteracted the designs of God; I'retain my captives, in chains of adamantine darkness I retain them. In vain hath He who made them, sought to rescue them; He hath made every effort in his power, even to the giving his life a ransom; but all hath proved ineffectual: thousands swell my conquests, for one that is redeemed. It is true that the prophets of God declared that all the ends of the earth should look unto the Lord, that they should remember and turn unto him, that all the kindreds of the nations should worship before him, that in the seed of Abraham all the families of the earth should be blessed, that this seed should take away the sin of the world, that the kingdoms of the world should become the kingdoms of God and of his Christ, and that all nations and kindreds should serve him. The prophets of God have declared that all things should be restored; from the beginning of the world they have testified of the restitution of all things. He who sitteth upon the throne hath said, Behold I make all things new, and there shall be no more pain, nor death, nor sorrow, nor crying; nay, it was reported that I myself should be destroyed, and that not by any exertion of God's strength, but merely by the breath proceeding from the mouth of God, together with the brightness of his coming.
"But, I also commissioned my prophets, who were abundantly more successful. My prophets declared the reverse of this gospel testimony to be truth, and they every where gained almost universal credit; and doth not this day's result declare they merited credit? I, by my prophets, have opposed righteousness to righteousness, and scripture to scripture; my spirit was with my prophets, and I had the address, sitting in the temple of God, to show myself as God. When the promulgator of the gospel dwelt upon the magnitude of a Saviour's grace, my prophets convinced the people that nothing could be further from the truth; but the height of my
ambition was to prove the testimony of Jesus Christ false, even by himself. When his prophets proclaimed his boundless mercy and exceedingly abundant grace, my prophets would prove the testimony false by various passages from that volume, denominated the word of God; but the master-stroke of my policy was, to make mankind believe that what was said to me and my angels, was said of the families of the earth. The moment I gained my point in thus persuading them, I was convinced the day was my own.
"Believing that the goats represented their nature and not mine, they believed that the testimony of all God's holy prophets was not true, that Christ Jesus could not be the Saviour of all men, that all the families of the earth could not be blessed in Christ; and thus my servants reasoned upon the subject.
"How is it possible that all the families of the earth can be blessed in Christ Jesus, when he himself curses the greater part of them out of himself? Thus I constrained them to believe that the glad tidings said to be unto all people, could be intended only to a few selected from all people; and I was so successful, that among the few who considered themselves believers, not one in a thousand, although considering themselves children of God as believers, eyer believed what Abraham believed; and now their doom is irrevocably fixed. The event has established my testimony beyond contradiction. I confess it is beyond my expectation; for while I did all in my power to prevent mankind from believing the gospel preached unto Abraham, I firmly believed it myself. Hence my terrors at the appearance of this seed, the Messiah, the Shilo, to whom it was said the gathering of the people should be. I conceived my torment and my total defeat was then perfected; and upon my expulsion from the man among the tombs, I ventured to ask, Art thou come to torment us before the time? I knew it was the Son of God, and I was greatly appalled when he sent me from my dwelling among the tombs, and mortified to be reduced to the necessity of soliciting a habitation in a herd of swine. But it seems I have been deceived, and my words have at last proved true!"
I say, should the catastrophe be as we are taught, language like this might with propriety be found in the mouth of the foe of God and man; and, indeed, the adversary has been described in this town, by a preacher in the sacred desk, as uttering words abundantly more arrogant and taunting than those I have selected, and this with the laudable purpose of inducing sinners to increase the little flock of the Redeemer.
But I have not so learned Christ. I believe him to be the complete, unequivocal Saviour of the world, the complete, unequivocal Saviour of all men ; the true promised seed, in whom all the families of the earth are blessed; the true Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world; the true bread of God, that came down from heaven to give life to the world; the true propitiation for the sins of the world; the complete destroyer of the devil, and all his works; the true heir of all things; the possessor and owner of all things, for and by whom all things were made, and in whom the divine Nature was reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing unto them their trespasses; but who, when all w❤ like sheep had gone astray, laid on him, the second Adam, the iniquities of us all, that he, as the Lamb of God, taking away the sin of the world, might put them away by the sacrifice of himself.
Thus believing, I have entered into rest; thus believing, I can pray for all men in faith, nothing doubting. Should I, by thus believing, differ from you, I am persuaded you will not feel the less affection for me; and if you should, it will be my consolation, that our common Father will never be offended with me, for yielding full credit to all the gracious words that hath proceeded out of his mouth; who spake as never man spake. He will never condemn me for setting my seal to the truth of a testimony delivered by himself, and by those who have received the teachings of his blessed spirit.
For myself, as I am persuaded of the love of God, of the unbound-. ed love of God, and that no man can know the things of God but by the spirit of God, I never can consider you as blame-worthy, for differing from me. I am persuaded you do the best that in your power lays; and in thus doing, you do well, act nobly; angels could no more. If you think destruction eternal, and I believe destruction will come to a final end, we must wait for the day of the Lord, which will reveal whatever is necessary to instruct, and illumine the mind of man.
I am charmed with the close of your letter; you there speak like yourself, and of our Saviour, as you are wont to do. O, if you had never had any teaching, but the teaching of that spirit which takes of the things of Jesus, and shews them to the labouring mind, you never would have supposed the Redeemer would have sought in vain, that he would have left an individual who was lost, unrecovered, or any who were dead in trespasses and sins, unquickened by
his influence. You are right, my brother; our Saviour is indeed the Alpha and Omega, in him dwelleth the fulness of the God-head bodily; he is all of man, for he is the second Adam, and in him all fulness dwells. Talk we of sin; he was made sin for us, he bear all our sins in his own body on the tree; he bear them that he might put them away by the sacrifice of himself; that he might take away the sins of the world. Talk we of righteousness; Emmanuel is righteous, and we say to this God with us, Thou only art righteous. Talk we of holiness; thou only art holy. Talk we of power; all power in heaven and earth belongeth unto God. Talk we of goodness there is none good but one, and that one is the onlywise God our Saviour. Talk we of light; Christ is the true light which lighteneth every man that coneth into the world; and let, said the divine Instructer, thine eye be single, and thy whole body will be full of light. Every member of the body is light in the eye, and this eye is in the head; I would not, said the Apostle, have you ignorant of this mystery, lest ye be wise in your own conceit; that blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in, and so all Israel shall be saved; and this because the head of every man is Christ, as much as the man, in the order of nature, is the head of the woman; or the divine nature, the head of the humanity in Christ. Yes, the Redeemer is, indeed, as you observe, the sum and substance of all things which ought to be desired. Whom have I in heaven, but him? And what is there on earth to be desired beside him? Yes, the types under the Mosiac dispensation all pointed to Christ; I never was so fully convinced of this, as since I have commenced a regular investigation of the scriptures which constitute the Old-Testament; I have proceeded as far as the ninth chapter of Numbers, and truly we have traced the footsteps of our divine Master, in the books and chapters we have passed over. Yes, the promises are all in him, and in him yea and amen to the glory of God. Yes, and it is the Saviour of all men who is to be the judge of quick and dead. I am solemnized, and filled with sacred transport, when I learn that all judgment is committed to the Son of man. It was well for the children of Jacob, that their judge, in the midst of Egypt, was their brother, notwithstanding the treatment which Joseph had previously received from these hard-hearted brethren.
It is well for Jew and Gentile, that he, in whom Jew and Gentile were reconciled in one body on the cross, is to have the final dispo