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heaven. And, like as Solomon's temple was dedicated just about the time of the feast of tabernacles, so at or near about the same festival, our Lord was probably born; so it will in due season be pronounced by a voice from heaven, “ Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” He will be to them at that season, their heaven of heavens ; they will be where he is : they will see him face to face: they will be made like him in body and soul, and enjoy him with every faculty of both : and in this the fullest perfection of eternity consists; and in this its utmost blessedness will be found.
O that Jesus, the Holy One of God, the Most Holy, the anointed and consecrated One, who is our true temple, altar, sacrifice, intercessor, and representative, may most graciously shine forth upon you, and perfume your minds and hearts with what I have been delivering unto you at this time; and give you living and internal evidence, that he is your living bread, your everlasting light, your way of acceptance, access, and communion with God. Grant it, Lord Jesus, for thy own glory. Amen.
THE SAINTS AND CHILDREN OF THE MOST HIGH
GOD WILL BEAR THE IMAGE OF THE SECOND
1 CORINTHIANS v. 47, 48, 49. “ The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also, which are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly."
AS there is no evil the man in Adam is not the subject of, and liable to in time and eternity, so there is none that the man in Christ is not saved from, and has not an antidote against in the everlasting gospel of the blessed God. Is sin the greatest of all evils, does it defile both soul and body, and introduce misery and death into every faculty of the soul, and every member of the
body? This, though awfully true, the man in Christ, the believer in Jesus, is divinely saved from. Jesus bore all his sins, in his own body, on the tree. He was nailed to the cross with the whole body of sin and death. He there purged out the guilt of sin, and abolished the stain of it. There he made an end of sins, made reconciliation for iniquity, finished the transgression, and brought in everlasting righteousness: which being imputed by the Father, and apprehended by faith, enables the believer clearly to see that Christ hath loved him, and washed him from bis sins in his own blood. Here is then an antidote against the guilty pollution of sin. The blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, cleanseth from all sin. Does the law of God pronounce an eternal curse upon all who have broken it in the least instance? The Lord Jesus delivers believers from it, he himself having sustained the curse for them. Has sin brought with it the sentence of death upon all flesh, so that there is no discharge in that war? Jesus hath abolished death, aud with his own voice pronounced from heaven, “ Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." Is the grave the house appointed for all living, and must the body in it be reduced to dust and rottenness? Christ by lying in it, has gained a compleat conquest over it. He is the resurrection and the life. And his people are risen in him as their head, and will, one day by virtue of their union with biin, be raised in their own bodies to life immortal. Thus there is not one evil, one misery, or any thing at which nature shudders and fears, but the men in Christ, true believers in the Son of God, are completely saved from in Christ, and may boldly triumph over. Death itself can do them no barm: their being laid in the grave need give them no uneasiness: they will rise from it every way better for lying in it. This honour belongs to all Christ's saints; they are his members, one with him: they will one day be conformed in body and soul to him; they will see him as be is, they will shine as he does. And as they in their bodies have borne the image of the earthly Adam, they shall bear the image of the heavenly Adam in their bodies also. So that the head and members, Christ and the church, shall be conformed to each other, and be compleat.
It is good to view and review the glorious revelation made of Christ in the sacred page. He sustains the name and title of Saviour; it being his work to save his people from their sins: and it is his office to bestow upon them every blessing and benefit of it. It is expressly said, “ He was made sin for us; that he bore our sins in his own body on the tree; that he died for our sins, and rose again for our justification." The apostle John celebrates his praise,
for “ loving us, and washing us, from our sins in his own blood.” Paul says, “ Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; he is the end of the law for righteousness, to every one that believeth." Our Lord himself says, “ I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth, and believeth in me, shall never die.” Blessings on him. “ Forasmuch then as the children were partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself, likewise, took part of the same: that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” He is Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. 1 Thess. i. 10. We have a promise to be accomplished to believers at the article of death; “ When an abundant entrance is to be administered into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ," 2 Peter i. 11. “ When we are absent from the body, we are assured we shall be present with the Lord.” 2 Cor, v. 1, 2, 3. And as it respects the future coming of our Lord from heaven, it is expressly declared, that, “ If we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." 1 Thess. iv, 14. And this chapter, out of which I have read my text, presents us with a glorious view and prospect of the eternal triumph of saints, at the re