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sect. plation to the Most High, through the me11. rits of the Most High his only begotten

Son; and in the mysterious facrifice, then offering upon the altar, he views with the eye of faith the sufferings of the one great facrifice for lost mankind: such is the myftery of the altar 5,.. :.

The same belief in the divinity of the Meffiah may be deduced from the following very remarkable passage in the Midrash. “ Thus he saved them by the hand “s of other judges, who being but flesh “ and blood, ye fell into slavery again : “ but in the age to come (i. e. of the Mef“ fiah) I in my own substance will redeem “ you, and ye shall not be reduced into “ fervitude any moreh."

According to R. Salomon Jarchi, the Talmuds, and Maimonides, when the priest sprinkled the blood of the victim upon the consecrated cakes, and other hallowed utenfils, he was always careful to do it in the form of a cross. The same symbol was used when the kings and the high-priests

& Differt. in Maimon. de Vaccâ Rufà, p. 495.

Cited by Bp. Patrick, Comment on Judges, c. iii.


were anointed. And whenever they had chap. occasion to move the victims, or to wave v. the branches of the palm-tree, the motion -was always made so as to express the fi- , gure of a cross i

. From these authorities we may judge, how far the Jews were in that total ignorance of the end and purport of their Law, which some persons are fond of afserting. To maintain, indeed, that they enjoyed those clear views of the nature of Christ's kingdom, which we do at present, would be no less abfurd, than contrary to the declarations of Scripture. They lived in the twilight of the Gospel ; we in the full blaze of its day. They looked forward with eager expectation to the first advent of the Messiah ; we are in the same situation as to his second coming. They believed, that he would shortly manifest him

i Differt. in Maimon. de Vaccâ Rufâ, p. 497.

I am aware, that many of these Jewish writers flourished after the commencement of the Christian cra; but that circumstance does not appear to invalidate the argument drawn from their declarations. Since they do not admit Jesus to be the Messiah, they are placed in exactly the same predicament, with regard to any of their particular tencts, as they were previous to the advent of Christ."


sect. self upon the earth, though they did not - II. fully comprehend the mode of his appear

- ance; we believe, that he will come to be

our judge, though, with regard to the par-
ticular process of that awful day, we are,
and must remain, considerably in the dark,
till instructed by the event. In short, it
seems to be nearly as unreasonable to
maintain, that Christians do not believe in
a future state of rewards and punishments,
because their views of it are indistinct, and
their perceptions clouded; as it is to affert,
that the Jews did not look beyond their
ceremonial Law to its completion in the
promised Saviour, because their apprehen-
fion of his nature and office was not so
definite, as if they had lived posterior to
his ministry.

· The result of the whole is, that the very Gospel, which is now universally received by the Christian world, was in reality preached to the ancient church of Israel. Veiled indeed it was beneath the types and shadows of the Law; but it still proposed to loft mankind the fame offer of redemption, and the same doctrine of a mediator. From the creation of the world, to the day of its final diffolution, one mode only


of salvation has been revcaled; and the .CHAP. everlalting happiness ooth. of ecw and Gen- V. tile is equally built uron the perfect obedience and the meritorious facrifice of the Son of God.

: All dependence thoa mpen our own righteousness we utterly disclain; for we know, alas! by bitter experience, that we can do no good thing. We prefume not to demand falvation as a debt; but we rely entirely upon the worthiness of him, who hath promised, that he will not suffer the gates of hell to prevail against his church. Here the Christian rests in the full assurance of hope ; an assurance depending upon God's oath, and built upon his omnipotencek When this oath can fail, and when this omnipotence can be subverted, then, and not till then, will the joyful confidence of the believer be shaken. Meanwhile, his grateful heart labours to bring forth fruits, in some small degree at least, worthy of his free and unbought juftification. Hath God, through Christ, done all for him, and shall he not strive to make the smallest return? His foul revolts from the very idea of such base ingratitude ; the

k Heb. vi. 16.

. remem

Sect. remembrance of benefits conferred is a con11. stant spur to his industry ; and his daily

· lamentation is, that he, who hath received so much, should repay so little. Respecting futurity he has no lasting anxiety; he trusts that all things work together for his good ; and his flesh rests in hope, notwithstanding his ignorance of the peculiar manner of spiritual existence. « The secret “ things belong to the Lord our God; but “ those things which are revealed belong “ unto us, and to our children for ever, “ that we may do all the words of this “ Law !.”

| Deut. xxix. 29,


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