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What We Are In, By, and Through Christ

Posted by Curt Wildy on July 13, 2014

What We Are In, By, and Through Christ

(Originally Titled “Mr. Trigg’s Answer to Ruth”)

The Gospel Magazine

Vol. II. No. 23
October, 1842

Grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord; it hath reigned over, and reigned down sin, by Jesus in his obedience, sufferings, death, and resurrection; for he hath triumphed gloriously, the horse and the rider hath he thrown into the sea. Yea, he hath spoiled principalities and powers, made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in himself, and put away sin by the sacrifice of himself; and grace by him, in the demonstration of the Holy Ghost in our hearts, reigns over and down sin in us, so that sin shall not have the dominion over us, for we are not under the law but under grace. Then as we live in this blessedness, in union with, and in eternal life and salvation in, Christ, being joined to him the Lord and one spirit, so, in this sense, we live as if there had been no sin, or that there is now no such a thing as sin or death; and it is by virtue of this that I always live happy in the Lord; for he that is dead is freed or justified from sin, knowing that if we be dead with Christ, we shall also live with him; for if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; for in that he died, he died unto sin once, but in that he liveth he liveth unto God; likewise reckon ye yourselves dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God by Jesus Christ our Lord.

These things are plain to them that understand, and thus, as new creatures in Christ, we live as remote from sin and death as our most glorious Christ, because as he is, so are we in this world, And, be it further observed, that he was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Then, as this is true, and we are living in the fulness of it, and are justified from all things, how is it possible that sin or death can join itself unto it? The thought of such a thing would be monstrous, and decidedly contrary to God and truth. Therefore, being a witness of the truth and blessedness of this statement, and, as Christ dwells in me and I in him, so I live completely out of sin and death, eternally made free from sin, condemnation, curse, and wrath; being reconciled to God by the death of his Son, and made nigh by his blood. And, I add, as there is that death-blow struck by our most glorious Christ on the old man, it being crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin, then it is our very dear mercy to live Christ, knowing Christ to be our life, who saith, “Because I live, ye shall live also;” and, as we live and walk by faith in him, so we live and walk in peace and equity with God, redeemed from all evil and all iniquity; and although we find that in me, that is in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing, and cry, “O wretched man that I am,” we do not stop here to live in, or by, any of these things: they, with all their concomitants, are passing backward, and we passing through them with much tribulation; yet they cannot hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.

Then what is the mercy? Why, I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord; so then, with or in my mind I serve the law of God, but with my flesh the law of sin. This is neither trifling with, nor living in, sin, but living above it; and this is the way to live it down, and to live and walk in Christ as if sin were a complete nonentity. I hope, yea, I believe you understand me. I do assure you this is the blessedness I live and go on in day by day, although but few seem to understand me when speaking of these blessed truths, in the realization of them in the heart; and as Christ is my all and in all, self, sin, and death appear as nothing. Therefore I cannot serve sin by poring over what I am as a sinner, and drawing inferences from what I feel of the workings of corrupt nature, and set it up, as many do, together with the subtil workings of Satan, as a standard of real experience. I desire to leave this dirty work to the workers at the dung-gate, and go on preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all; and, as having nothing, yet possessing all things. I acknowledge with you that there is nothing in, of, or by the Lord Jesus that pleases the old man, but all is contrary to his mind, will, desires, &c.; and the old man never yet did one thing to please the Lord Jesus; oh, no! he is too self-seeking for such an act.

These truths are some of the mysteries of our most holy faith, and are congenial with a spiritual mind, which is life and peace; and we know that nothing can live and act contrary to its nature. Then, as we have a spiritual life and nature, and the mind of Christ, and we are declared to be new creatures in Christ, who said, “That which is born of the Spirit is spirit,” this assuredly is as distinct from flesh, sin, corruption, and death, as our most glorious Christ is; and it is herein I live without sin. These truths appear to be stumbling-blocks to the self-seeking, who set themselves up as truth guards, so that I get cautioned and condemned; “Nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.

The eternal Spirit, in his sure testimonies concerning Christ and the church, speaks very blessedly on this sinless subject by the beloved John, as it is written, “Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” * * * Beloved, now are we the sons of God * * * And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” This is a pure truth, and the subjects of it are pure, even as he is pure; surely there is no sin to be seen herein. “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sin, and in him is no sin.” This is very blessed and plain; Jesus, God manifest in the flesh, hath taken away our sins, consequently we are free from them, and in him is no sin; therefore, as we are in him by eternal election, and created anew in him in righteousness and true holiness, we are in him without sin; and “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not;” “He that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous;” “He was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him;” then we not only live without sin, and are righteous as He is righteous, but are the righteousness of God in him. This is the unalterable position of the church in her spiritual union with her Maker and Husband; and “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for his seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God; and in this the children of God are manifest” And in this truth I must rejoice, being born of God, and living in oneness of nature, life, and spirit with our most glorious Christ. “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself;” that is, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirits that we are the children of God; and if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ” And thus we know, believe, and experience, that “whosoever is born of God sinneth not, but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Precious living this, beloved; in peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ I pray the Lord to give unto us, and all his dear children, a growing knowledge of these blessed truths; then there would not be so much talk about self-corruption and the devil. I have written freely to you on a subject that is very dear unto me by the demonstration of the Spirit; the divine properties of the same being realized in my heart humbles me before the Lord, and I must sing, “The Lord liveth, and blessed be my Rock, and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

Yours, in our precious Lord Jesus,

London.                             A. Triggs.

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Meditation by Thomas Watson

Posted by Curt Wildy on July 13, 2014

MEDITATION

By Thomas Watson

Meditation is like the watering of seed—it makes the plants of grace to flourish, and the fruits of grace to ripen. Meditation is the wing of the soul.

The meditation upon truth hath more sweetness in it than the mere remembrance of it. The memory is the chest where truth is laid up—meditation is the palate to feed on it. The memory is like the ark, where the manna was laid up. Meditation is like gathering the manna and feeding upon it daily. A sermon remembered, but not ruminated, will only increase our condemnation.

Without meditation, the Word preached may increase notion, but not affection. There is as much difference between the knowledge of a truth and the meditation of a truth, as there is between the light of a torch and the light of the sun.

He that loseth his heart in the morning, in the world, will hardly find it again all the day after.

Meditation doth make the heart serious—it is as ballast to the ship. Meditation consolidates a Christian. Solid gold is best. The more serious a Christian grows, the more spiritual he is; and the more spiritual he becomes, the more will he resemble the Father of spirits.

It is better to meditate on one sermon than to hear five. If an angel were to come down from heaven and preach to men; yea, if Jesus himself were the preacher, none would profit without meditation. The bee sucks the flower, and then works it in the hive, and it becomes honey. We must not only suck the flower of the Word, but work it in the hive of the heart.

Meditation fits for prayer, and makes the pulse of the soul beat strongly after God. The lamp of prayer will soon go out, unless meditation cherish and support it. When the soul is on the mount of meditation, then is the heart in tune for prayer.

Meditation is the saints’ perspective-glass, by which they see “things invisible.” It is the golden ladder by which they ascend in holy imagination to heaven. It is the dove sent out, and which brings back the olive-branch of peace.

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Scripture by Thomas Watson

Posted by Curt Wildy on July 11, 2014

SCRIPTURE

By Thomas Watson

The lines of Scripture are more valuable than mines of gold: God’s Word is the loadstar which directs us to heaven; it is the field where “the pearl” is hid.

The Scriptures are the richest jewels that Christ hath left. Satan and his agents have been endeavouring in all ages to blow out the light of God’s Word, but have never succeeded—a clear evidence that it was lighted from Heaven.

The mystery of Scripture is so profound that no man or angel could have known it, had it not been Divinely revealed that the Prince of Life should be born and die; that the Lord of Glory should be put to shame; that sin should be punished to the full, yet pardoned to the full. Then the Word is so full of goodness, justice, and sanctity, that it could be breathed from none but God; it bears his very image; it has no errata in it; it is a beam of the Sun of Righteousness; a crystal stream, flowing from the Fountain of Life; it commends to us whatever is “just, lovely, and of good report.” This “sword of the Spirit” cuts down vice. Out of this tower of Scripture is thrown down a millstone upon the head of sin. The Scripture is the Royal Law, which commands not only the actions, but the affections. Where is such holiness to be found as is digged from this Sacred Mine? Who could be its author, but God himself?
 
God’s Word is the judge of controversies—the rock of infallibility: all truth must be brought to the touchstone of Scripture, as all measures are brought to the standard.

Let no man talk of a revelation from the Spirit; the Spirit of God acts by the Word, and he who pretends to a new light which is above the Word, or contrary to it, deceives himself and dishonours the Spirit; his light being borrowed from him who “made himself an angel of light.”

This blessed Book will fill the head with knowledge and the heart with grace. God wrote the two tables with his own fingers; and if God took pains to write, well may we take pains to read.

There is majesty sparkling in every line of Scripture; it sounds forth sweet melody. How sweetly doth this harp of Scripture sound! what heavenly music doth it make in the ears of a distressed sinner! especially when the Spirit of God touches the strings. The Scripture is a rock of diamonds—a chain of pearl adorning the Christian, and glorifying God. The Scriptures are profitable for all things. Is the believer cast down? here are “comforts to delight the soul;” is he assaulted by Satan? here is “the sword of the Spirit” to resist him. The Scripture is a chart, by which he sails to eternity: “The commandment is a lamp, and the law is light.” The Scripture is the Christian’s Sundial, by which he sets his life; the Balance in which he weighs his actions; the Map by which he daily walks: “Therefore I love thy commandments above gold.”

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The Importance of a Well-Balanced Diet

Posted by Curt Wildy on July 8, 2014

The Importance of a Well-Balanced Diet

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Our Father has given us everything necessary for our spiritual nourishment and overall well-being. First and foremost He gave us Christ; His finished work on the cross is the basis for all that is blessed in our lives (now and in the eternal age to come). In Him we have forgiveness of sin and perfect righteousness. Our Father has given us the Holy Spirit; by Him we are led into all Truth and furnished with all that is necessary for the transforming of our mind and the conforming of our souls to the image of Christ. The Holy Ghost quickens us, converts us, convicts us, and works faith and repentance in us unto the age to come. Our Father has given us His Scripture, the Holy Bible, by which the Spirit of God teaches us all that we need to know and by which we are exhorted, comforted, corrected, and otherwise thoroughly edified. In Christ, by the Spirit, His word becomes our food, our bread, our meat; it is our milk, our honey; even the cup of cold water by which we are spiritually refreshed.

But what of this Bible? We are told that the Bible is not this, and not that, and not some other thing. I disagree; for me, the Bible is everything because it reveals to us Christ, it points us to Christ, it leads us to Christ, all when made quick and powerful in our hearts by the Holy Spirit…. and for me, now more than ever, Christ is everything.

During this extended “time out” period, I have seen all the more, and with greater power, that the Bible is a book on theology; it is a book on psychology; it is a book on sociology; it is a book on ethics and morality. Indeed, the Bible is a book on history; on science; on poetry; on health; on economics; on politics; on family relations; on “self-help”… the Bible is not only a book on these things but it is the book on such matters — and no doubt many other such, ones that extend far into the “secular” realm, the dreaded “life application” realm. Christianity is real, it is living, it is Christ Himself working and revealing HIMSELF in us and through us everyday, everywhere, and in all things. He extends Himself into all avenues of our life — all of them. Granted, at differing points in our sojourn, He extends Himself into these matters in varying degrees; sometimes greater, sometimes lesser; but the LORD is LORD over all aspects of our life. When wielded by the Spirit, God’s word governs, rules, and instructs us concerning everything that we are to experience in this life. Everything that we are to face, everything that we are to do (yes, do) in this life is covered by the holy word. What aspect of the human experience remains free from the revealed will of God and His instruction to us concerning it?

But the cry goes out “the Bible is only about one subject… Christ and Him crucified.” Really? Is your Bible so frightfully myopic, so frightfully short-sighted and limited, that it only has one topic (as incomparably great a topic as Christ and Him crucified is)? I’m not asking you if your Bible has only one foundation, or one center-point, or one pinnacle, or one primary focus. I am asking you if your Bible is solely about the cross-work of Christ to the exclusion of everything else that God would have us to know, rest in, and do. If it is, you have a very different Bible than mine. You see, I have to ask the question — “Can we say that the Bible is ONLY about anything, any one thing?” Is the Bible so constricted, so narrowly-focused, that it is relegated to the status of being a book of… ONLY…? My Bible is everything because my Christ is everything. My Christ is everything because of Who He Is, What He Is; What He Has Done, What He Continues To Do, and because the fullness of the Godhead resides in Him. In Him the Triune God dwells; and we dwell in Him if we are His; and the Godhead in us. In this light, I know that the word of God has much to say concerning everything that I need to know regarding my walk, my pilgrimage, during this sojourn. The Way has shown us the way through His blessed word and it is the Holy Spirit who effectually puts us on the way, leads us down the way, keeps us on the way, and gets us to our final destination in and with Christ who is our Way. Everything we encounter along the way is addressed and covered by the word of God… there is simply no only in play here. It is not Christ and Him Crucified Only and everything else is confusion, or distraction, or false religion. No, it is Christ and Him Crucified firstly and foremostly, and this is the Gate by which you enter into the Way of understanding concerning everything you encounter on your pilgrimage.

Ask your own selves — Why the false dichotomy? Who lied to you? Who decided that if the Bible is about Christ and Him crucified it cannot also be about everything else that God would have us know concerning how the crucified and risen Christ operates in our hearts and minds today? “Christ and Him crucified” permeates all biblical teaching; it is the foundation of all aspects of Christianity; it is the pinnacle of all that the word of God reveals (though it reveals much); it is the glue that binds and upholds all doctrine; all teaching; all topics; all disciplines. It is all-encompassing because God in Christ is all encompassing. When we open the Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job (and well beyond)… we see all manner of insight into the mind of man (psychology); the social relationships, structures, duties, and shortcomings of man (sociology); instruction concerning suretyship, fiscal discipline, abstention from materialism, investment of wealth, giving to others, borrowing and lending, usury, etc. (economics). Remember also that all that God commands us to do, and commands us to abstain from doing, amounts to the Christian’s divinely-provided morals and ethics. Again, ask yourself, what Bible are you reading if this does not ring true, if the truth of it is not blazingly apparent? Who would even think to say that God’s word, in the light of Christ and Him crucified (and risen), does not instruct us in all aspects of our psychological, social, familial, economic, sexual, vocational, political, theological, and spiritual life?

Christ and Him crucified” is not diminished when we take heed to God’s biblical admonitions concerning all avenues of our life; it isn’t denied or trodden down when we seek to live as Christ lived and to be conformed to His image by His grace as we read the entirety of His word… In fact, it is the opposite — “Christ and Him crucified” is corrupted; mocked; diluted and polluted when we have a lip-service form of godliness without the power thereof — the power that says “In HIM you are free, you are born again, you are of a new heart/mind/spirit, now go out and LIVE as such; serve God and seek ye first His kingdom and righteousness.” You see, I want to be exhorted to LIVE the truth! To have every thought brought into captivity; to have every aspect of my life, my LIFE, my quickened being, governed by God and His will for us — as He has revealed it to us. “Christ and Him crucified ONLY? No; not as many men mean it today… Not when you take into account the often neglected reality that “Christ and Him Crucified” points to Christ as a whole. What is Christ as a whole? It is God the Word made flesh and us, His elect, yoked with Him. 1 Corinthians 12:12 declares “For as the body is ONE, and hath MANY members, and ALL the members of that ONE body, being MANY, are ONE body: SO ALSO IS CHRIST” (not so also is the body, or so also is the church, but so also is CHRIST). Christ is the HEAD, first and foremost, but Christ is the HEAD and BODY as well. Christ is the Lord Jesus first and foremost, but Christ is the Lord Jesus with His bride in and with Him forever as well. Christ is the Lord who was crucified as our suffering, propitiatory, Substitute — the one who forever put away our sin by His death. However, Christ is also the body who was vicariously crucified in and with the Lord and eternally, vitally, united with Him. Christ is One; One with the Godhead and One with the Bride. We see Christ and Him Crucified not only when we see His Person, Attributes, and All-Glorious work on the cross (the chiefest manifestation of it) — but when we see the effects of His work detailed in His word as it pertains to our resulting LIFE experience in and with Him in this age and the age to come.

So you see, Christ is glorified when, in light of the great sacrifice the Lord Jesus made for us, we walk in a way that honours Him. His word is exalted when we cease to put limits on it; when we cease to put “only’s” on it; when we cease to put damnable interpretations on it. Scripture is exalted when, by God’s grace (and only by His grace), He with POWER, MIGHT, and VITALITY, works His word out in our lives. I do not want to be a head-Christian; a fact-only Christian; a thirty-years-from-now-“ONLY“-drinking-milk Christian; a “Christ and Him crucified only” Christian (to the exclusion of everything else that God would have us to learn, know, and LIVE). My desire is to be a led by the Spirit, through both the Word and the word, Christian; a “please apply Your word to everything I think, feel, say, and do” Christian; a “please do not leave any aspect of my life uncovered and unaffected by your word” Christian.

So in summary, my prayer and only hope is in a Lord Jesus Christ who so fills my heart, mind, and soul with Himself and the whole counsel of His word that I am sick of everything else. It won’t be perfect; there will be seasons of darkness, perhaps even many seasons (and deep darkness), but there is no light like my LIGHT, and no joy like the joy of a Christ who isn’t crucified just over there ONLY… but is crucified, and risen, in our hearts unto real Christian living, warfare, and day-to-day action… even, life application. I do not want a philosophical jesus, a debatable jesus, a hypothetical jesus, or a theoretical jesus — I need the real thing — I need the I AM Jesus; the Lord of Hosts Jesus, the Almighty God, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords Jesus — I need that all-permeating, binding every action, governing every aspect of my life, Lord Jesus.  Yes, may the Person of Christ, the Atonement of Christ, and the Victory of Christ be ever before me, first and foremost, but do not leave me without that divine psychology book, that divine economics book, that divine theology book, that divine covering every aspect of my life book — which is the Bible. My prayer, one that I trust He will answer, is that my Lordwill not leave me without His word impacting everything that comes about in my life. If every thought is to be brought into captivity to Him, unto obedience to Him, then I need a Bible that covers all of my thoughts, all of my feelings, all of my actions, all of my life. I know that I have such a Bible now… and I know, as a result, that I will be well nourished, watered, and fed. I also know that I will stumble and fall, and yet I know that I am already risen with Him and with all the brethren in Him. In light of this, let us all press onward towards maturity and seek that meat… that real meat… not the “types and figures” meat but that meat that consists of LIVING OUT THE WORD, by His grace, in Spirit and in Truth. Do not let anyone tell you that “life application” is bad… the Christian knows that life application evidences life; there is no life without application — faith without works is dead! We will not obtain life or keep our life by our works — but you are lying to yourself, and to others, if you think that you can live the course of your “Christian” life disdaining life application and righteous exhortations unto good works. Moreover, I ask that you exhort me as I hope to exhort you. Encourage me as I hope to encourage you. I need it. I have a long way to go, a long way… not only have I not arrived but I’m still taking baby steps at the beginning of the race; I see my great shortcomings but must press on nonetheless and encourage you to do the same — that is what we are called to do. Therefore, let us remove the shackles of an uninformed, Antinomian “Christ crucified only – don’t talk to me about godly living” message and embrace fully… the whole counsel of God, the entirety of His word. May our Lord give us all (all who are in Him) much strength, wisdom, and courage to grow in godly love, knowledge, understanding, and zeal.

To God alone be the Glory, in Christ Jesus.

Amen!

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The Glorious Majesty of Christ’s Person (Part One)

Posted by Curt Wildy on April 14, 2014

The Glorious Majesty of Christ’s Person

W. Skelton, S.S. (Part One)

The Earthen Vessel: and Christian Record & Review

1846 – Volume II

Dear Mr. Editor,

In perusing the cover of the August Vessel, your faithful correspondent, Conscience, proved to be to me a faithful monitor; he has spoken loudly and powerfully in the matter that the exaltation of the glorious majesty of Christ’s person; the telling out the wonders of his precious blood, and the immeasurable and unsearchable perfections of his righteousness, is what every earthen vessel, whether animate or inanimate, should be engaged in, even in the midst of all the dreadful filth such earthen vessel may contain. And now, Mr. Editor, as your faithful correspondent Mr. Conscience, and mine, have directly met in with each other, and not a jarring sentiment has been advanced by either relative to the great and important point, which has formed the subject of their solemn consideration, and it being unanimously agreed upon between them that in all things Christ shall have the pre-eminence; your Mr. Conscience, has laid a necessity on mine, to be a mouth for both, through the medium of the Earthen Vessel, for the exaltation of the all-glorious person of Christ, the righteousness of Emmanuel, God with us; and so, in humble hope that the Spirit of God (whose office work it is to glorify Christ, to lay open to the view of a living faith the all dazzling glories which centre in the incomprehensible person of our Lord Jesus Christ,) will be pleased to lead me and to take me in the visions of God, (Ezekiel xl.) unto this high mountain, I shall proceed to bear a testimony concerning his Person, of whom he himself declared, “All the prophets wrote of me;” and “before Abraham was, I AM;” and Esaias saw his glory when he exclaimed, ” Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, the whole earth is full of his glory;” and I feel as that my heart is inditing a good matter in the behalf of those who feel themselves brimful of bad matter and manners, while I bear testimony in and through the Holy Ghost, out of an heart made experimentally to know, yet not being able fully to comprehend, concerning his all-glorious Person.

As the Christ of God he is one in God and with God, and one with us and in us; and as such in the unity of his Person, the whole fulness of the Godhead dwelleth bodily, substantially, inherently in him, he possessing in himself every attribute of essential divinity, having said in the days of his flesh “All that the Father hath are mine, and I am glorified in them.”  The mighty God, the Lord of hosts, the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Lord God omnipotent, the Lord Jehovah; then is he so, that whoso honoureth, worshippeth, and adoreth him, honoureth, worshippeth, and adoreth the Father also, and whoso honoureth not, adoreth not, the Son, honoureth not, adoreth not, the Father; and as Jehovah’s Christ, and ours, he has stood eternally united unto us, and we have been in eternal union with him, not by the creation of an human soul before the birth of time, said to be taken then into union with his Person, but in the eternity of his person, as the Christ of Jehovah, who being one eternal now, knows of nothing new, and contemplates nothing old: this Christ of God, as the eternal Logos, or Word, lays eternally in the bosom of the Father in all his divine offices and characters, which he eternally sustained in behalf of the church, who are, and were one in him, and who by virtue of an eternal union are, and ever were, the members of his mystic body, of whom he is the eternal living head, and so they were set up in him as the objects of Jehovah’s eternal delight, irrevocable favour, and never beginning never ending choice, according to his eternal purpose and decree in whom they were eternally blessed by “God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, according as he chose them in him before the foundation of the world, that they should be holy and without blame before him in love.” He, in his own proper Person, possessing that eternal life which, as the gift of the Father, was given unto the church IN HIM, before the world was, “For this is the record that God hath given unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son; he that hath tfce Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life.’‘—” And now, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the a world he saith, and let all the angels of God worship him ;” as they gaze on him he being seen of angels, as God manifested in the flesh, in no new relationship to the church, filling no new office, sustaining no new character in her behalf, but in her nature manifesting himself as her everlasting Head, Husband, and Representative, Daysman, and Mediator, Lawgiver, and Lawfulfiller, Surety, and Ransom, High Priest, and Sacrifice, Altar and Offering, Sin-burdenbearer and Sin-propitiation, Curse-endurer, and Curse-remover, wrath enduring and hell-suffering Saviour and Redeemer, Lord and God; of whom it is written “when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them which were under the law ; that we might receive the adoption of sons;” not that we might be made the sons of God thereby, for we are sons of God, by adoption, as an eternal act in him ; but that we might receive the adoption of sons; and all the blessings and blessedness thereto belonging, in, through, and by him.

Continued in Part Two.

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