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Christ's personal appearance on earth, founded on metaphysical
RELATIVE TO THE
PLAN OF REVELATION
IN contemplating the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, a careful observer will necessarily remark, not only an uniformity of design, but also one continued well organized system of conduct, established from the beginning of the world, and predicted to continue to the end of it.
This authentic history of God's providence through. out, points with an uniform direction to one great object. It is kept constantly in view, amidst all the dark and mysterious, or bright and luminous conduct of the supreme and adorable Creator of the universe, relative to the government of the world; and the final disappointment and overthrow of the powers of darkness, in the restoration of our guilty race, to the favor of God our maker.
If the scriptures be true, this can only be done by the establishment on earth of the glorious kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, the mediator between God and man, on his second coming, to the glory of God
the Father, and the joy and comfort of his faithful people, of all nations, languages and tongues.
To this end, all the vast apparatus of nature and providence, from the beginning of the world, has con stantly hastened.-All the partial or particular dispensations of the governor of the universe towards individual nations or people, have been merely so many necessary steps or means to elucidate, foretel, or accomplish this all important event.
In short, to use the words of an eminent writer,* "the history of the Old and New Testament," hath a secondary or prophetical sense in many instances.
Its great events, are signs and figures of things not seen as yet, and many of them are in force as such, at this hour.-Great things are still to be expected, of which we can form no conception, but as they are set before us in the figures of sacred history.
God shall descend, and this earth be on fire; and the trumpet shall sound; and the tribes of mankind shall be assembled, as formerly the Jews were at Mount Horeb- Distress shall come on a wicked world, when its iniquity shall be full, as destruction did on devoted Canaan, proud Babylon and apostate Jerusalem."
In this world, the blessed Redeemer, God's only begotten son,-the express image of his substance†
† Person, as mentioned in our translation, is certainly not the meaning of the Greek word Uposaseos. vide Parkh in loco and Campbell on the gospels, Diss. x. part v. Sec. 9, &c.
received insult, contumely and reproach.-In this world, he was cruelly scourged, mocked at and spit upon-In this world, he was condemned at Pilate's bar as a common malefactor-crowned with a crown of thorns, and crucified between two thieves-In this world, since his resurrection and ascension, he hath been despised, rejected of men, crucified afresh, and his blood shed for the remission of the sins of ungrate ful men, denied by those who profess his name, and treated as an unholy thing.
How consonant to reason then is it? How analagous to all the dispensations of the righteous governor of the universe? How agreeable to the terms of the covenant of grace, and the promises to the suffering redeemer, that in this world, and by its redeemed inhabitants, for which he has given himself up to affliction and death, he should also receive honor and glory, power and dominion, homage and adoration? Thus he shall see the blessed effects of the travail of his soul and therewith be satisfied.
The Lord Jesus Christ could only suffer in his human nature-He was never despised or rejected in heaven, as to his divinity-He was always, as God and the lamb, loved, adored and worshipped by all the heavenly host.--St. John, the beloved disciple, testifies," that he heard the voice of many angels round about the throne; and the living creatures and the elders and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, worthy is the lamb that was