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to the reason which is rendered, " For this my Son was dead and is alive again, was lost and is found," every faculty of my soul rejoiceth with joy unspeakable and full of glory,
Yes, it is a blessed consideration that in Christ Jesus, Jew and Gentile are made one, united unto God, Thus the Apostle to the Ephesians, ii. 13, to the close.
"But now, in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were afar off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
"For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us ;
"Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
“And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enemy thereby ;
"And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
"For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
"Now, therefore, ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens, with the saints, and of the household of God;
"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone:
"In whom all the building, fitly framed together, groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord :
"In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit."
This is the abiding place of our God; here, as in the temple of old, he fixeth his residence.
But these considerations are subjects of faith, not sense: for faith is the evidence of things not seen. I should not have known that in six days God made the world, &c. &c. had not God, by the mouth of his servant Moses, given me this information. But I have believed the report of Moses, and it has become in my mind an established fact.
But suppose I had never heard this report, or hearing it, had not believed it, would it have therefore followed that it was not true? Does our believing any testimony give it the stamp of truth? you know it does not; neither in respect to things spiritual, nor things temporal. We might adduce a thousand instances to prove this,
which, however, would be unnecessary common sense will decidedly pronounce that truth can never depend upon its reception, or rejection. It is not apparent to our senses, that we had either life or death in the first Adam; yet to this proposition we yield a ready assent. We do not hesitate to acknowledge that in Adam all die; it is only the succeeding declaration we refuse to credit: and with the true spirit of infidelity we ask, How can all be made alive in the second Adam? Yet surely an existence, death and life, is at least as reasonable in the second as in the first Adam, but not so congenial to the feelings of human nature; for alas, misery and destruction are in our paths! I recollect once mingling with an audience, who were returning from church. Did you ever hear such a preacher? said one to another. Excellent, heavenly man: surely the torments of the damned were never before so beautifully displayed.
It is a truth, and a melancholy truth, that mankind dwell with more delight upon the destruction, than the restoration of their species; and if they themselves, and those they best love, be but secure from the evils incident to humanity, they can listen with mighty composure to a tale of horror. The Iliad of Homer, separate from its poetical merit, is preferred to the Odyssy; and Milton's Paradise lost, to his Paradise Regained. In short, every thing we see or hear serves to corroborate the truth of the divine testimony; a truth to which we are frequently under the necessity of recurring. Misery and destruction are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known. Indeed, none but God himself can make himself manifest. No man can know the things of God, but by the spirit of God; and we can never tire in repeating a passage which has ever possessed a charm, capable of lulling the most pungent sorrow which can ever assail the heart of a genuine believer in Christ Jesus, viz. "They shall be all taught of God: all who learn of the Father come unto me," saith the world's Saviour; "and whosoever cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out." Thus, if the gospel be true, and every faculty of my soul acknowledges its authenticity, all souls belonging to the Father, belong also to the Son; and, saith the Son, "All that the Father giveth unto me shall come unto me." All the families of the earth constitute the fulness of the body of our Lord, for it pleased the Father that in him all fulness should dwell. In Christ Jesus is found all truth. The truth as it is in Jesus, is the grand security or
bulwark of souls. Christ Jesus is the Alpha and Omega; the foundation and the top stone: yea, he is all and in all. Whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is none upon earth I desire beside thee?
I will request your attention for a moment to one more passage in the sacred volume, and then perhaps close this voluminous jour nal-wise correspondence.
The passage I have in view, is written in the prophecy of Ezekiel, the twelve first verses of the forty-seventh chapter of that prophecy.
"Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward for the fore-front of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under, from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
"Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the outer gate by the way that looketh eastward: and behold, there ran out waters on the right side,
"And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.
"Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.
"Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
"And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river. "Now, when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
"Then said he unto me, these waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea; which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
"And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live; and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.
"And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it, from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.
"But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.
"And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."
What are we to understand by these waters? The teachings of the Holy Spirit, John vii. 38, 39. "He that believeth on me, as the scriptures hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living
"But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified."
What is inculcated by measuring the waters, measuring a thous and cubits, &c. &c.?
The different periods of time, from the Creation to the flood, is the first admeasurement, the Spirit manifests the promise of the woman's seed, this admeasurement, this thousand cubits, this dispensation, this portion of teaching extended from the garden of Eden to the flood, when the waters were to the ankles. Then suc ceeded that grand display of grace and truth to Noah and his sons, recorded in Genesis ix. from the eighth to the close of the seventeenth verse:
"And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him saying, "And I, behold I, will establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you ;
"And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
“And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall here any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
"And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations :
"I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
"And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud :
"And I will remember my covenant which is between me and you, and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
"And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
"And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth."
This is the second thousand cubits, the second admeasurement, the second dispensation; the waters, the holy waters then reached the knees; instantly upon this followed that remarkable illustration of the promise made in Paradise: "Thy seed shall bruise the serpent's head." Read it in the twenty-second of Genesis, from the fifteenth to the close of the eighteenth verse:
"And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
"And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord; for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thy only
"That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea-shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies:
"And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice."
The teachings of the spirit were here exceeding bright, almost without a cloud; and this glorious promise was repeated to Isaac and to Jacob. Moses appears receiving from Deity the decalogue, the law of ceremonies; every precept, and every figure of which, pointed to Jesus, who was the end of the law, the antitype of the sacrifices and ceremonies. Holy men of God saw, or dimly, or more clear, the Messiah to whom every institution, in their astonishing variety, all pointed. The prophets were indulged with yet brighter visions; twilight was passing away, the day dawned, the teachings of the Holy Spirit assumed a higher, and more decided