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Burnt-offerings and sacrifice for sin hast thou not required. Then said I, LO, I come. In the volume of the book it is written of me, that I should fulfil thy will, O my God, (I am content to do it :) yea, thy law is within my heart.” And the apostle, rejecting, in like manner, the sufficiency of the Levitical sacrifices, Heb. x. 5, adds: “But a body hast thou prepared me, referring, of course, to the body of Immanuel as the seed of the woman.
The apostle Paul again, speaking of the material or natural image of Adam and of Christ, 1 Corinthians xv. 46, 47, says, “Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven." With this assertion respecting the materiality of Adam, a part of the 2nd chapter of Genesis perfectly harmonizes. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
*“ Begotten, not. made, being of one substance with the Father.Begotten before the worlds : and man of the sub. stance of his mother, born into the world,” Athanasian Creed.
In conclusion, our Saviour himself, when speaking of his own death by crucifixion, of which his incarnation was an unavoidable and indispensable forerunner, thus speaks symbolically of the elements of bread and wine, when instituting the holy rite of the Lord's Supper, and which has been adopted by the christian church universally, in lieu of the rite of circumcision, St. Matthew xxvi. 26–28. 6 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, Take, eat, this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it: for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many, for the remission of sins.”
In the above, and in all other parts of Scripture where Christ is individually spoken of the written word of God will be found invariably to testify of the conjoint natures of God and man in the person of the Redeemer. The institutions of the law declare Jesus Christ, and his salvation by the sacrifice of himself; and according prophecies--delivered through the power of God the Holy Ghost, at both different and distant periods of time, from the days of inspired Jacob and Moses, unto Malachi the last of the Old Testament prophets—declare the same truth, and combine in establishing and confirming the accomplishment of the same purpose, clearly proving the Creator to be the Alpha and Omega of the whole work and word of Jehovah the most high God.
The natural Image of Christ compared with a part of the
13th chapter of Zechariah.—1, The fountain of Purgation for Jerusalem.-2, From Idolatry, and False Prophecy. 7, The Death of Christ, and the scattering of his Disciples.
“ In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.
“ And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of Hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall be no more remembered : and I will also cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
“ And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the Lord: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that
the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied : neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive.
“ But he shall say, I am no prophet, I an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
“ And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
“ Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of Hosts : smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered ; and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.”
In this chapter the prophet predicts the forgiveness and washing away of sins by the blood of the sacrifice of Christ; and foretells the extirpation of idolatrous worship and a discontinuance of the erroneous doctrine of false prophets, when the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world should be offered up, and the gospel preached to the Jews. For mere creature-blood, in which there is nothing of the divine essence, could only symbolically show the certain obliteration of