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throwing off the costume of heaven, and putting on the habiliments of hell; or, in other words, casting away from him his Robe of Innocence, composed of Righteousness and True Holiness, and putting on the Cloak of Guiltiness, composed of Injustice and Rebellion. The question now is, having put off this Beautiful Garment, how can he put it on ?
• But, O my soul, with rapture hear
The Second Adam's name;
To all his seed proclaim.
Praise to his high mysterious grace !
E'en by our fall we rise;
A heavenly Paradise.”
THE PREPARATION MADE FOR THE RESTORATION OF
THE BEAUTIFUL GARMENT.
HAD we been present among the angelic hosts on the day Adam and Eve were driven out of the garden, we might, perhaps, have heard those happy beings lamenting the sad condition into which the guilty pair had fallen; and we might have noticed, when the question passed along their shining ranks, “ How can he be restored ?"-tbat
-All the heavenly choir stood mute,
And silence was in heaven,Yes: it appears that even those wise and holy beings, who for untold ages had been taught lessons of wisdom and goodness in the high
school of heaven, could not discern how even the Allwise God could forgive and save the guilty rebels, and yet maintain his truth and justice inviolable. They had seen satan fall like lightning from heaven," and even the hope held out to the human transgressors was to them, with all their knowledge, an unfathomable mystery. But “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord ? or who hath been his counsellor ? or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again ? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen."
“ With God all things are possible;" that is, all things holy, and just, and true; not otherwise : for he says,—“I the Lord your God am holy.”— “ A God of truth, and without iniquity ; just and right is he."-It is impossible for God to lie."
God could not but punish siu in may, for he had declared he would ; and now he could not but save him from his sin, for he had promised he would. How could he then be “ a just God and a Saviour ?" We shall see.
Having proinised, he proceeded to perform : not by immediately sending the deliverance, but by holding out the hope and the expectation of it.
On the first promise given in the garden to Adam and Eve, they and their children-the
sons of God,”—as they were then called, rested their faith and hope. And then this one promise was enough. It was not a worn-out old tradition, but a fresh and living thing, told with reverential faith and lively hope in the families of the first fathers of the world: Upon this one promise Enoch and Noah, and all those who then “called upon the name of the Lord,” rested with implicit confidence and cheerful expectation. Even then the men who “ walked with God” could say, “ Behold, the Lord cometh.”
After the great destruction by water, when men again multiplied upon the earth, we find, as I have already noted, that the natural corruption of their heart yielded its own fruits. Warfare and strife, pollution and crime, idolatry and ignorance, vice and sin, prevailed. Men were now further removed from the times of the first promise, and its influence upon their conduct was losing its force. Again did God, in his infinite mercy, interpose, to stay the torrent of unbelief and transgression which had once more set in, and was carrying all mankind upon its rolling and impetuous current.
And the way he did this is recorded in my faithful history, in which I find a record that about two years after the death of Noah, in the year of the world 2008, Abram, the son of Terah, a descendant of Noah by Shem, was born. Terah lived in Ur, a city of the Chaldees, and there is reason to believe that both he and his family and neighbours were all idolators. God, in his infinite wisdom, determined to take the son of Terah and make with him a covenant, and set him up as an example of faith and obedience to the world; determining, too, that from his seed, in due time, the Deliverer of the world should come. He then called Abram by his grace—that is, moved his heart by a gracious influence to fear, and obey, and love him.
When Abram was about seventy-five years of age, the Lord commanded him to leave his home and country, and go where he would direct him, and he would then make of him a great nation. Abram obeyed the Lord, though he knew not whither he was going. He was led 'into the land of Canaan, and the Lord appeared