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who hath required this at your hand to tread my courts ?”
:“ Now I shall answer thee. For the burntofferings of rams, and of lambs, and of the beasts, were but types and shadows, to be done away. The two types stand for the end: the sinofferings and the peace-offerings. But these offerings did not do away the sins of the people ; aud therefore I said, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God; to give up my life as a sacrifice for the redemption of man. For know I told thee, in the fall, Adam cast the blame upon his Creator, for giving him the woman; and that blame I said I would bear, to die for the transgression of man, to cast out the adversary that betrayed the woman, to prove the just judgments of God in the end ; that if I suffered for the woman, as she betrayed the man; so, in like manner, shall Satan be cast out, that betrayed the woman : and this is the just will of God, to take away the evil and establish the good, that the kingdoms of this world may become the kingdoms of the living God.
“And now I shall answer further, why it was the will of God that I should take Man's nature upon me: it was that I might be a clear and just judge for man, in all things : but I ask mankind, how JEHOVAH, the Creator of the universe, who was never touched with the infirmities of men, could be a clear judge, to pity their weakness, their infirmities, and their temptations, to show them any mercy in the end, if I had not taken man's nature upon me? But know what is written concerning Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Genesis, xviii. 20-22. “And the Lord said, because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous, I will go down now, and see whether they have done al
together according to the cry of it, which is come up unto me, and if not, I will know.” i .
“ Here let men answer, why I said I would go down to know, and not trust the report which the angels brought ? i
" Now I shall begin to throw open the Bible, which stands in figures throughout for the end : for neither the Law nor the Gospel have ever been kept aright by men ; because of the various temptations men are liable to; and therefore I came down to know all the temptations they had to go through, as I said by Sodom and Gomorrah, I will go down and see. But now come to the creations upon the eartly: have I not ordered that kings and rulers, judges and counsellors, should be placed upon the earth, to rule by the Lord ? And as I have placed this on the earth ; do men simply suppose that JAH JEHOVAH, the mighty God of Jacob, did not create ONE above the ANGELS, to do the will of God, and be a counsellor with him in heaven ; ONE in whom he could confide? But know it is written, he chargeth his angels with folly. Now, from the earth, judge the heavens, how things are presented from one to the other, before they are brought unto your kings and princes; and know in what manner I have compared the kings, to a likeness of the King of kings, and Lord of lords : and now I ask mankind, if the prince takes away the power of the king, so long as the king reigneth? . or do the prince and king make two kings? In thy heart thou answerest, no : then, from this likeness, let them judge the FATHER and the Son, and know it is but one God, and one MEDIATOR between God and man. Do not the sons of your kings go out to war against his enemies? but does that take the power from the king, or his honour from him, because he sends his sons to fight the battles in his stead? Ind
where they gain the victory, doth not the king gain the honour and glory, from the victory which his sons have gained ? Here let men see the parable clear; then they will see that there are not two Gods, but one God, not two LORDS, but one LORD ; that the Son doth not take the honour from the FATHER, any more than a prince doth from the king : but he that giveth no honour to the prince, cannot give honour to his father; and the king would be angry to see his son despised. This I have made plain before mankind, to shew them plainly the truth of the Prophets, and the truth of my Gospel, which all mankind shall find is true.
" And now I will shew thee how all stand in figures, in types, and shadows, for the end.
The great promise was made to Abraham, when he offered up his son Isaac, as a sacrifice, by God's command : for though I prevented him from slaying his son, yet, in heart it was done by him; because he would have laid his hand upon the son and slain him, if the Lord had not sent the angel to prevent him. See the promise." Genesis, sxii. 16-18. “By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thrine only son ; that in blessing, I will bless theeand in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed : because thou hast obeyed my voice.”
“But no more than Isaac was made the sacrifice, no more have these promised blessings ever yet taken place upon the earth : but know I came to be the ISAAC, that was offered up as a sacrifice for sin. Then let them look to the xxvith chapter, and see the promise made to Isaac.”
Verses 3, 4. "I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which
19 I sware unto Abraham thy father. And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries : and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed."
“ Here let men see in what manner this type and this shadow stand; then they must know that the true ISAAC must appear, who was offered up, before these blessings can take place, to bring in a SEED of FAITH, like the faith of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and then the seed of faith will remain : for I shall destroy the enemy that soweth the tares amongst the wheat: and I shall bring in all these blessings, that are promised throughout the scriptures. This will I fulfil, when I have set my King upon my holy hill of Zion."
Psalm, xxi. 1-2.-" The King shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips.”
" Here the Psalms of David stand as figures for the end, though judged by mankind that they alluded to David: but was David that King of glory, who is written of in the Psalms ?”
Psalm, xxiv. 7-10.--" Lift up your heads, 0 ye gates; and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. -Who is the King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory."
“ Now let the Jews answer, who is the Holy One of Israel, spoken of throughout the Psalms, and throughout their Prophets?"
Isaiah, Iv. 5–6.-" Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not; and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee, because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the Lord
while he may be found call ye upon him while he is near.”
Isaiah, xlix. 7.-" Tbus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy ONE, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy ONE of Israel, and he shall choose thee.”
“ Let them answer, who is the Holy ONE, spoken of by the Prophets? There is one God, and his name ONE; and there is one LORD, the HOLY ONE of Israel, and his name ONE. So there is but one God, as they allow; yet there is the Holy One of Israel, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, whom they must now look unto to the ends of the earth, if they will be saved. For the laws of Moses condemn them all; and as a swift witness he will come against them, that they cannot answer one word of a thousand, to justify thenselves in keeping his commandments. So if I try them by the laws of Moses, then they are all cast and condemned.
“ Here I shall leave thee for the present, of the Jews, and turn to the Gentiles, who profess to believe in my Gospel, and - no more discern what they believe, to be redeemed by my power, and to be saved with an everlasting salvation, according to my Gospel;--those who say all is finished, no more discern what they are to be saved by, than the Jews discern how they can be saved by the laws of Moses.”
“ And now I shall answer thee from their saying, if they believe in my visitation to thee, that a SECOND Son is to be born in a likeness of the FIRST, then JESUS CHRIST must be an insufficient Saviour. To their folly I now tell thee and all maukind, that an insufficient Saviour they have