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first made, both in Adam and in Christ; and in testimony of Christ's death makes the forbearance of the soldiers to break his legs, after the manner in which they had acted by the other two sufferers, an additional proof that the spirit had left its tabernacle of flesh; and adds the fact of blood and water issuing from the Saviour's perforated side, as conclusive

confirmation of absolute death; he then finishes the sentence by speaking of the Redeemer's person, and of the Spirit, the water, and the blood, by saying, "And these three agree in one." That is, the Spirit, the water, and the blood were constituent parts in the person of God the Word made flesh, or in the person of God and man in one Christ.

These reflections are submitted to the reader for his serious consideration; and surely when we are told of the issuing forth of water and of blood from the wounded side of the Saviour just deceased, we must plainly see that this water and this blood could only by possibility exude from the natural body of the seed of the woman, an immaculate virgin, and agreeable to the predictive promise of an atonement for sin in the person of the Divine Word made flesh,

eternally appointed to bruise the head of the serpent; thus we have in the crucified person of Jesus Christ the material or natural image of both the first and the second Adam, this natural image of the first Adam being both recognized and admitted as a derivative substance of the woman, or mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is one of the very many proofs that the word image in the Mosaic account of the creation of man, must and can only relate to the material personality of Adam and of Christ. I am perfectly aware that these two verses in the 5th chapter of St. John have been considered by many persons of a very intricate description, and therefore the divine and human natures of Christ, in his character of God and man, have been intentionally kept apart, and each respectively and distinctly spoken of.

In conclusion, this prepared body of the Lord Jesus Christ, and which in its natural origin was exclusively the seed of the woman;

*St. Paul, in Heb. x. 5, speaks of Christ's humanity on this wise: "Wherefore, when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not, but a body hast thou prepared me." &c., which was after the bodily image of the first Adam, a natural substance.

was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God; that is, not in the sinful and fallen likeness to which the primitive Adam, our great forefather, had by transgression reduced himself and his posterity, who begat children in his own corrupted estate, both with regard to the soul and to the body; and whose issue were sinful after the manner of their federative head; for such as is the tree, such is its fruit. Whereas human paternity stood in no relation whatever to the Word made flesh; therefore that holy thing born of a pure virgin, is justly called the eternally begotten Son of God, but yet whose body, agreeable to the natural maternity of his only earthly parent, was made subject unto death. Of whose declared incarnation before the creation of our great father and progenitor Adam, mention has already been made agreeably to the scriptural truth of the sacred text, which proves Christ to be the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world; or the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world, and the divine antitype of that blood, sacrificially shed, and declared (by faith) available for the remission of iniquity,

transgressions, and sins, until the sacrifice of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, when the immolation of creatures, and oblatory worship, should cease, there being then nothing farther for the sacrifice to represent, and which has, according to the written word and will of Jehovah, come accordingly to pass.


The meaning of the word "image," as applied to Adam and to Christ, by Moses, in his account of the creation of tho first man, taken with reference to, and in conjunction with a part of Heb. x., and other parts of scripture. 1. The weakness of the legal sacrifices-10. The sacrifice of Christ's body once offered-14. Hath for ever taken away sins.

"FOR the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect.

"For then, would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers, once purged, should have had no more conscience of sins.

"But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

"Wherefore, when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared



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