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ON THE FIRST REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST, WITH THE SOLEMN EXHIBITION OF HIM AS THE PROPITIATION; AND THE RECORD OF THE ACTS AND TRANSACTIONS OF THE ETERNAL THREE IN THE CHERUBIC EMBLEMS, PLACED AT THE EAST OF THE 6ARDEN OF EDEN.
Genesis, C. iii. v. 24.
"So he drove out the man: and he placed at the east end of the garden of Eden, cherubims> and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."
IN this most invaluable book, which is stiled the Bible, that is, the Book Of Books, on account of the transcendent excellency thereof, it ha<th pleased the Lord God to make a revelation of his essence, personalities, and perfections: and the first chapter of Moses's writings give us a clear
proof of the Eternal Three, and of their joint concern and concurrence in the creation of all things, visible and invisible.
Jehovah, whose essence is incomprehensible, self-existent, immutable, and eternal, was pleased, in all his persons and perfections, to go forth into creation acts, and make known his eternal power and godhead in commanding heaven and earth, with all their hosts, out of nothing, into being.—" He spake, rand it was dose5" "he commanded, and they "storodifast.".
** In the beginning God created the heaven and earth. And tire earth was without form, and void, anil darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light."
In these words we have the epitome of heaven and earth; with an account of their creation.
The essential Three, wh6 exist by a necessity of 'iiatu're hi ^ftte s'e'rPexfe^itig essence, who are co^ 'equally, cb-e'ssentially, aitd eb-eterttally^one in the mcbmpre^^hsible^Jbtfheaa, 'flie «ter>bfesse<l tfebovah; whose life of indeperidefttblessednfess consists in their mutual in-being, in-dwelling, communion, and enjbyhrerrt iff each oftierin a (participation x>f ^tHhe 'perfections Of Godhead; to which -nothing rtckn be added, and'from which mbthing can be fle8itfaiftefl(; *tocre plea^d, for the mhnifestatidn of the glory:6f ifll'the divine'perfections of their one infinite Mature, 'tb create 'an 'htnuhteiJtfWe «juantity ;6f ttanjfc and out of them to produce and farm all things, visible and invisible:—the heavens, vfHh all their hosts; the earth, with all that is therein; angels, an,4 the souls of men; and this was performed |n the spae^ o| si? days i All which we understand by tfce revea)ed accpnnt wl»»pi» Moses give? us, by the inspiration of the Spirit of God, in the first and fecond chapters of Genesis. Thus, ?'through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seeg were not made of things which do appear.'^ Heb*
The word God is plural, say the learned; and yet »t is joined with a word singular. IJp created; because God is one in essence, though there are disjtincj; modes of existence in that infinite essence; for, "there are three that bear record, in rjeaven, the father, the Wpr4, and the HoJyGbpsJt: and these three are one." 1st Epistle pf .John, chap. y. verse 7. The psalmist declares the concern the eternal Three had in the creation of all things; paying, "% the word of the Lord were the Heavens made: and ail the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth." Psalm xxxiii. v. 6. The prophet proves the eternity of God, by his being before the world and time. "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world: even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God." Psalm xc. v. 2.
The essential Three in ,the one Jehovah, the Father, the Ston, and the Holy Ghost, spake, and jail things visible and invisible were produced: and the eternal Spirit gave motion to all; and thus Time began. The earth, thus created, lay covered over with water; and there was darkness between the face of the great deep, and the clouds or cataracts of Heaven; and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. As time began its round from the moment this motion was given, it is a full proof of the'eternity of the Holy Spirit. He it was who gave motion to the Heavens, and thus set the universe agoing; so that from thence time went on, and the works of God were brought into order and perfection. '''.'••;' ..: -.
; Thus the sixth day of the creation being come, the eternal Three, as a fruit of their divine consultation, made man, whose body was formed out of the dust of the ground; whose soul was breathed in at his nostrils by Jehovah the Spirit; as Etihu in the book of Job says, "The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath •given me life." Job xxxiii. v. 4. Thus the first man became a living soul; who was, as the head of all his posterity, to convey his life, form, and image unto them.
AH the Trinity had a joint concern in the creation and formation of man: which fully appears from the words recorded in the twenty-sixth verse of the first chapter of this book; in which we read, "And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over