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hand; that son of man whom he had made strong for himself : Psalm lxxx. v. 17. and the revelation thuş made of Christ, most exactly suited the case. The deyil had been too strong for the innocent pair. He deceived the woman; and though Adam was not deceived, yet, by listening to his sensual part, he became a sinner. Thus the declaration concerning the woman's seed, as the serpent bruiser, was mose divinely adapted to their case; as this great and illustrious one would, by bruising his head, most effectually destroy his works, and make death and hell his footstool. . . . • In the instituted sacrifices, and in the clothing which the Lord God had put upon them, they viewed Christ the Lamb of God, as the only sacrifice for sin, as Jehovah their righteousness; and, through the
light and teaching of the Lord the Spirit, they un· derstood how sin would be atoned for, removed
from them, and put away for ever out of the sight, and from before the Lord : and, as they worshipped before the Lord at the east of the garden of Eden, where the LORD God, JEHOVAH ALÉHIM inhabited the cherubim, they had, in the instituted emblems, as clear and expressive an evidence and prelude to what was really to be done upon the earth by one of the persons in the Deity, who would inhabit and dwell in the man Christ Jesus, and make atonement for sin, and open the gate of everlasting life to all his people, as could be given them. Thus they found health and cure, life, and everlasting consolation, imparted to their minds, and fully experienced that where sin abounded, grace did much
more abound. Never did free grace more gloriously display itself! It was a triumph indeed! and these persons who had been the instruments of making way for the introduction of sin and death, were blessed with the knowledge that “grace would reign through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Thus the very era of grace began with an exhibition of the death of Christ in type and figure : and all that follows this, throughout the bible, is but an elucidation of what was taught Adam immediately upon his fall. It is the root, marrow, and substance of the whole Scriptures. The high priests, sacrifices, atonements, purifications, perfumes, and the cherubim of glory in the Holy of Holies, were but a drawing out of this revelation, sacrifice, and cherubic exhibition, to more public view. The Book of Psalms was written to give a perfect account and description of what the seed of the woman, the real David, the beloved of Jehovah, was to be, do, and suffer, to accomplish the salvation of his Church; and finally to bruise Satan under his and her feet.
May the Lord the Spirit give you light to see the truth of this ; then those sermons which follow will cast lustre on the sacred page: or rather, will serve to point out to you, that there is no part of the Bible but is full of Christ, and that the revelation of him is founded on the covenant of the Eternal Three : so that the doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of the whole. Amen.
THE DESTRUCTION OF THE OLD WORLD BY THE
FLOOD; WITH AN ACCOUNT OF ITS RENOVA-
GOD SHEWED NOAH; WITH THE BLESSING RE* NEWED TO HIM AND HIS DESCENDANTS ; ALSO AN ACCOUNT OF HIS SACRIFICE, WHICH WAS A TESTIFICATION OF HIS FAITH IN CHRIST, AND OFFERED AS A MEMORIAL OF THE SACRIFICE OF JESUS, WHICH WAS TO PERFECT FOR EVER, . iii
Genesis, viii. 20, 21, 22. · And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord, and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnl-offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savor; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth: neither will I again smite any more every living thing as I have done.
While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease.
AS sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so the sentence of death passed upon all men in the first man, in whom all have sinned; so the Holy Ghost is pleased to set before us the fruits and most awful effects of it..
He tells us, Gen. v. 3. that “ Adam lived an hundred years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image, and called his name Seth." Sinful Adam could convey no other image than his own; “ That which is born of the flesh is Aesh," altogether carnal and corrupt; so that we see from hence, that the fountain from which all mankind' were to derive their nature being corrupt, and this being conveyed through the channel of generation, by which every onė was to receive his own distinct personality, they all must, as the consequence of it, be perfectly and totally corrupted and defiled with all the guilt of original sin; and also have inherently in their na: ture conveyed to them, a privation of all good, and a positive inclination to all evil; so that “there is none righteous, no not one.” As Christ, the seed of the woman, was the foundation of the church, and the object of faith and hope, from the first revelation of him in the garden of Eden; and as the supernatural exhibition of the cherubiin and flaming sword was the antediluvian gospel and place of worship, so the Holy Ghost is pleased to give us an account of ten generations from the creation to the flood, and of ten antediluvian patriarchs, who were believers on the Son of God; to whom his person, name, future incarnation and salvation, were precious, Two of these persons divided the whole of that space of time which ran out from the creation to the destruction of the world by the flood, viz. Adam and Methuselah; the one the first man, the other the oldest man that ever was in the world. The former lived to see Lamech, the ninth generation, and died aged nine hundred and thirty years : he was the first of all the pa. triarchs who was removed to heaven. Methuselah lived to the very month in which the flood began, and died nine hundred and sixty-nine years old. Between the death of Adam and Methuselah, it pleased the Lord to translate Enoch to glory without his seeing or tasting death. This was vext after Adam's death, when he had lived on earth as many years as there are days in the year, and finished his course like a sun on earth; seven patriarchs remaining to be witnesses of it: and as Adam's death preached mortality, so Enoch's translation taught immortality. The pames of these patriarchs were vastly significant. Adam, was the common name of the first man and woman, and of their posterity given by the