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PART IV.

GENERAL VIEW OF CHRIST'S MINISTRY, PASSION,

RESURRECTION, AND ASCENSION; AND OF THE STATES OF MAN AFTER DEATH, BOTH IMMEDIATE AND ULTIMATE.

Four thousand years elapsed between the time of the institution of the Adamite Covenant, and the appearance of Christ in the flesh, when He came upon earth to ratify finally His Covenant of Salvation.

The prophecy of Jacoba had shown at what period of the Jewish history the expected Redeemer would come, and Daniel b had fixed the precise dates of His ministry and passion. The person, the character, the conduct, and the sufferings of the Incarnate WORD, had been most accurately and minutely described in the prophetic writings. It had been foretold, that He should be of the seed of Jacobs, of the tribe of Judahd, of the lineage of Davide, and of the

• Gen. xlix. 10.

• 2 Sam. vii. 12–14. 1 Chron. b Dan. ix. 26, 27. - xvii. 11-14. Isaiah, xi. 1.

c Gen. xxviii. 14. Isaiah, Jere. xxiii. 5. Matt. i. 1. Ixv. 9.

Acts, ii. 29, 30; xiï. 23. Gen. xlix. 10. Isaiah, Rom. i. 3. 2 Tim. ii. 8. Ixv. 9. Hebr. vii. 14.

town of Bethlehemf; that He was to be born of a virgin 8; that gold and incense should be presented to Him"; that He should be carried into Egypti; that He was to be the Son of Godk, the “ fellow" of the Lord of Hosts, “ the mighty GOD, the everlasting Fatherm,” “He whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” They described the humility of His appearance"; the contempt with which He was received P; the mildness of His character 9; His benevolence"; His entrance into Jerusalems; the persecutions and the sufferings u which He endured; the treachery of His familiar friend w;

Micah, v. 2. Matt. ii. 1, "Micah, v. 2. John, i. 1 ; 5, 6, 8, 9, 11.

viii. 58; xvii. 5, 24. & Isaiah, vii. 14. Matt. i. * Psalm xxii. 6. Isaiah, 18—25. Luke, i. 27, 31. lii. 14; liii. 2. Matt. viii. 20.

* Psalm lxxii. 10, 15. Philip. ii. 7,8. Isaiah, lx. 6. Matt. ii. 11. P Psalm xxii. 6. Isaiah,

i Hosea, xi. 1. Matt. ii. xlix. 7; liii. 3. Matt. xii. 14, 15.

55, 57. Mark, ix. 12. * Psalm ii. 7. Dan. vii. 9 Isaiah, liji. 7. 13. Mark, i. 1. Luke, i. 35; Isaiah, xl. 11. Matt. xxiii. ix. 35. John, xvii. 24. Rom. 37. John, x. 11. i, 4.

s Zech. ix. 9. Matt. xxi. 5. i Zech, xiii. 7. Matt. xxvi. Psalm ii, 2. Acts, iv. 26. 31. Philip. ii. 6.

u Isaiah, liji. 4. m Isaiah, ix. 6. Psalm w Psalm xli. 9; cix. 5, 8. xlv. 6. John, i. 1; x. 30. Matt. xxvi. 23, 47. Luke, 1 Tim. vi. 15. Titus, ii. 13. xxii. 47. Acts, i. 20. Hebr. 1. 8. Rev. i. 8.

the miracles which He performed **. They named the sum for which He was soldy, and the use to which that money was to be appro

* Isaiah, xxxv. 5, 6. Matt. xi. 5.

* The miracles which Christ wrought, not only afforded proofs of his divinity, but they had also a figurative meaning : “Go,” said he, “ and show John again those things which ye do hear and see. The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached unto them.” Isaiah, referring to the establishment of Christ's spiritual kingdom, says, “ Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing; for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the deserta." As Christ opened the eyes of the blind, so did He remove the spiritual blindness of those who had never beheld the “true Light 4,” He opened the eyes of the understandingss of those who were spiritually blindó. He unstopped the ears of the deaf; so did He, in a spiritual sense, open the ears 7 of those who had never heard the voice of truth; who, having ears, heard not8. He made the lame walk; and He healed those who were spiritually lame', teaching those who walked in their own ways 10, “ so to walk even as He walked",” that they might no longer halt. He made the * Matt. xi. 4, 5.

41. Rom. ii. 19. 2 Peter, i. 9. * Isaiah, xxxv. 5, 6.

7 Psalm xl. 6. 3 Rom. xi. 25. Eph. iv. 8 Rom. xi. 8.

9 Hebr. xii, 13. 4 John, i. 9; viii. 12. 10 Acts, xiv. 16.

s Eph. i. 18. Luke, xxiv. 1 1 John, ii. 6. 45; iv. 18.

12 1 Kings, xviii. 21. Micah, 6 Matt. xv. 14. John, ix. 40, iv. 6,7. Zeph. iii. 19.

18.

priated ?. They mentioned His imprisonment and trial a ; the false accusations which were brought against Himb; the blamelessness of His

dumb speak, and He made those who were spiritually dumb, speak His praise. He cleansed the lepers; and He cleansed those who were spiritually unclean. He healed the sick; and He was the physician who came to heal sinners 13; “ Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses 14," “ for “ He bare our sins in his own body on the tree,” and by His stripes we are healed". He raised the dead ; and He suffered, that man should pass “ from death to life 16 ;" He “ hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light, through the Gospel 27," He fed the multitude miraculously with a few loaves 18; and He is that “ bread of life,to which if a man come, he “shall never hunger 18.” He stilled the raging of the sea; so hath He stilled the raging of the spiritual sea : and as He walked on the sea, so did He put the spiritual sea, the empire of the great dragon,under His feet. The miraculous draught of fishes which He produced after His resurrection, was a figure of the multitude of converts to Christianity which should be made through the ministry of those whom He had appointed as fishers of men 19; for they were “ the fishers” standing upon the river of the water of life, who spread nets to catch the fish of the great sea exceeding many 20." 13 Mark, ii. 17.

16 John, v. 24. 14 Matt. viii. 17. Isaiah, 17 2 Tim. i. 10. ljïi. 4.

18 John, vi. 35. 15 1 Peter, ii. 24. Isaiah, 19 Matt. iv. 19. liji. 4.–6.

20 Ezek, xlvii. 10.

z Zech. xi. 13. Matt. b Psalm xxxv. 11. Matt. xxvii. 6—10.

xxvi. 60. Isaiah, liii. 8. John, xviii.28.

life; the humiliation which He endured, in being scourged and bruised , smitten on the cheek, and spat upon f; His conduct before His accusers 8 ; His being numbered with the transgressors b; the piercing His hands and feeti; the shedding His blood, by the piercing of His sidei; the taunting insults which He received as He hung on the cross k; the giving Him vinegar and gall to drink '; the division of His garments, and the casting lots for His vesturem; His exclamation to God when on the cross "; the last words which He uttered on the crosso; the preservation of His bones from being broken P; His burial ?; His resurrection"; and

c Isaiah, liï. 9. Matt. * Psalm xxii. 7, 8, 13. xxvii. 4, 19, 24. Luke, xxi. Matt. xxvii. 39–43. 22. John, xviii. 38; xix. 4. Psalm lxix. 21. Matt. 2 Cor. v. 21. 1 Peter, ii. 22. xxvii. 34. 1 John, iï. 5.

* Psalm xxii. 18. Matt. d Isaiah, I. 6; liji. 4, 5. xxvii. 35. Matt. xxvii. 26, 30.

n Psalm xxii. 1. Mark, e Micah, v. 1. Matt. xxvii. xv. 34. 30.

• Psalm xxxi. 5. Luke, Isaiah, I. 6. Matt. xxvi. xxiii. 46. 67.

P Psalm xxxiv. 20. John, 8. Isaiah, liïi. 7. Matt. xix. 38. xxvi. 63.

9 Isaiah, liï. 9. Matt. " Isaiah, liii. 9, 12. Luke, xxvii. 57, 60. xxiii. 32, 33.

Psalm xvi. 10; xl. 2. i Psalm xxii. 16. Zech. Isaiah, liï. 10, 12. Acts, ii. xii. 10. John, xix. 18, 34, 37; 31. 1 Cor. xv. 4. See Hosea,

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