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Godhead fills. it with all the fulness of the divine nature.
All the essential perfections of Jehovah, such as eternity, immensity, omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, immutability, necessary, and self-existence, as subsisting in the person of the Son of God, have a perpetual and personal inhabitation in Christ, who is both God and man, " the brightness of the Father's glory, aud the express image of his person."
By the personal union of the divine nature, as subsisting in the Son of God, to a human body chosen and prepared for that purpose, with a reasonable human soul, which is the great mystery of godliness, the glory of our most holy religion, (and one of the deepest and most sublime mysteries of it,) we have all contained in the tabernacle, and temple laid open, and set before us in its highest signification.
The God-man, Christ Jesus, is the true tabernacle, the antitype of Solomon's temple: in him God accepts his people: through his sacrifice and intercession, their prayers aud praises come up before him with the most perfect fragraucy and delight: in him they have everlasting life: their complete salvation, with all the fulness of grace and glory is contained in him: he is to them the bread of life, the light of everlasting life, their hidden manna: his priesthood is au unchangeable one; he is eternally fixed in it, which was pointed out to the old testament church, by Aaron's rod which budded, blossomed, and bore fruit, which proved his priesthood and his sons' to be of divine authority. As the resurrection and ascension of Christ, proved him to be a priest for ever after the power of an endless life. In Christ God grants his presence to his people: and by him, as the mercy-seat, as the true Urim and Thummim, delivers out his whole mind and will unto them: in him they shine with lustre inconceivable before God, who beholds them in Jesus complete.
Our Jesus, as the antitype of the temple, its furniture and service, is the medium of all our access to God. It hath pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell: in him, as his people's treasury and repository, are contained all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge: in him God shines, and from him reflects all the beams of his love, all the bowels of his mercy on us; yea, all his manifestative glory is reflected on us, and shines within us, in the face or person of Jesus Christ. As the divine light, splendour, and glory, were reflected, and shone forth from between the cherubims on the high priest, on the day of atonement, when he entered the most holy place, with blood and incense; so Christ is the Sun of grace, to his church on earth, and will be the Sun of everlasting glory to them in heaven. And, like as Solomon's temple was dedicated just about the time of the feast of tabernacles, so at or near about the same festival, our Lord was probably born; so it will in due season be pronounced by a voice from heaven, " Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." He will be to them at that season, their heaven of heavens; they will be where he is: they will see him face to face: they will be made like him in body and son!, and enjoy him with every faculty of both: and in this the fullest perfection of eternity consists; and in this its utmost blessedness will be found.
O that Jesus, the Holy One of God, the Most Holy, the anointed and consecrated One, who is our true temple, altar, sacrifice, intercessor, and representative, may most graciously shine forth upon you, and perfume your minds and hearts with what I have been delivering unto you at this time; and give you living and internal evidence, that he is your living bread, your everlasting light, your way of acceptance, access, and communion with God. Grant it, Lord Jesus, for thy own glory. Amen.
The Saints And Children Of The Most High God Will Beau The Image Of The Second Adam, The Lord From Heaven, By Having At Their Resurrection From The Grave Of Death, Spiritual Bodies Fashioned Like To His Glorious Body.
1 Corinthians V. 47, 48, 49.
"The Jirst man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also thai are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also which are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the hea
AS there is no evil the man in Adam is not the subject of, and liable to in time and eternity, so there is none that the man in Christ is not saved from, and has not an antidote against in the everlasting gospel of the blessed God. Is sin the greatest of all evils, does it defile both soul and body, and introduce misery and death into every faculty of the soul, and every member of the body? This, though awfully true, the man in Christ, the believer in Jesus, is divinely saved from. Jesus bore all his sins, in his owu body, on the tree. He was nailed to the cross with the whole body of s"in and death. He there purged out the guilt of sin, and abolished the stain of it. There he made an end of sins, made reconciliation for iniquity, finished the transgression, and brought in everlasting righteousness: which being imputed by the Father, and apprehended by faith, enables the believer clearly to see that Christ hath loved him, and washed him from his sins in his own blood. Here is then an antidote against the guilty pollution of sin. The blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, cleanseth from all sin. Does the law of God pronounce an eternal curse upon all who have broken it in the least instance? The Lord Jesus delivers believers from it, he himself having sustained the curse for them. Has sm brought with it the sentence of death upon all flesh, so that there is no discharge in that war? Jesus hath abolished death, and with his own voice pronounced from heaven, " Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." Is the grave the house appointed for all living, and must the body in it be reduced to dust and rottenness? Christ by lying in it, has gained a compleat conquest over it. He is the resurrection and the life. And his people are risen in him as their