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the body of Christ appeared to be on the holy mount, which fell short of the glory with which it now shines forth in heaven. . Christ is God and man united in one person ; he is, as such, the fellow of the Lord of Hosts. See Zechariah' xiii. 7. In consequence of the union of the human nature to the second person in Jehovah, it became 'a right and due to that human nature, immediately on its assumption into personal union with the Son of God, to be in heaven, This was suspended for a while, that the work of salvation might be accomplished. A little before it was completed, our Lord said to his disciples, “ Verily, I say unto you, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” Accordingly, in about six days, or as Luke expresses it, about eight days, from the time Christ uttered these words to his transfigu. ration, he took up into a mount, Peter, James, and John, and was transfigured before them; at which time, according to Matthew, “ His face shone as the sun, and his raiment was white and glistering.” Mark says, “ His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow, so as no fuller on earth can white them.” Luke says, “As he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering." They compare the light of Christ's face, and the body of Christ, to that of the sun; and the light of his raiment to the light of the sun, or of the moon in the air, which makes it white, or to the sun shining on snow. This was such a glory as filled the disciples with dread, they were sore afraid. Our Lord did not let the glory of his humanity shine out to the full, yet it shone so glorious, that Peter says, “ We were eye-witnesses of his majesty;" and John says, “We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.” Moses and Elias appeared in their glorified bodies, to give evidence of the glory which will be put on the bodies of the saints at the last day. Thus the heaveuly Adam, the Lord from heaven, shone forth in glory so divinely and inexpressibly, that Peter calls it by the word “majesty," the same word which is used for his great glory in heaven. Heb. i. 3.
Yet the glory of Christ's transfiguration, though it proved itself to the spectators to be such as none could wear, or bear, but he who was the only begotten of the Father, yet it fell short of the glory with which he shines forth in his human nature in heaven. This was a representation of the glory in which he will appear at bis coming in his kingdom, as Peter declares in the first chapter of his second epistle, Christ, now exalted in his human nature at the right hand of the Majesty on high, shines forth with greater lustre and brightness before saints and angels, than he did on the holy mount. A beam of brightness shining on Paul, when Christ appeared to him at his conversion, was above the brightness of the sun, and totally deprived him of his sight for three days; when he was caught up into the third heaven he saw Christ's glorified humanity, yet he could utter nothing concerning
This short account of Christ's transfiguration and glorification, is sufficient to prove his body to be glorious: it must be so, it being the subject of all the manifestative and communicative glory of the Godhead. He is “ The Lord of Glorythe fellow of the Lord of Hosts—the Lord from heaven;" who, when he descends, it will be in bis own glory, and in his Father's, with his angels. And then, as “ God-man--the second Man-the Lord from heaven,” he will change the bodies of his saints, make them such by spi. ritualizing them, as they shall have a glorious conformity to his body; he will make them like his glorious body, “ according to the mighty power whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.” Phil. iii. 3. Thus the elect, as clothed with the righteousness of the God-man, -purified in his most precious blood, -inwardly clothed with the garment of perfect sanctification, and body and soul clothed with immortality and glory, will shine complete in their glorious Head; their bodies will be like Christ's : his is spiritual, so will their's be: his body is
glorious; so will their’s be: he is in his body heavenly; their's will also be heavenly. His humanity will shine brighter thạn ten thousand suns; they will, in their heavenly bodies, shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father.
Thus the second man, the Lord from heaven, will raise up the bodies of his saints to so glorious and spiritual a condition, as will be their everlasting perfection.
I conclude with the words of holy Romaine, • To be where Jesus is, to see him face to face, to be like him in body and soul, and to enjoy him with every faculty of both, is the fullest blessedness of eternity. For him to dwell in his people, is the heaven of heavens,' May the Lord shine upon the subject, and bless it to all your souls, and make it truly profitable unto you. Amen.
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SUBJECT OF PAUL'S PREACHING TO THE GEN-
EPHESIANS iii. 8.
« Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ."
THE writer and speaker before us bad learned the knowledge of the Holy One from Christ himself, and was caught up into paradise, where he saw the Lamb of God upon his throne, and heard the surrounding hosts of elect angels and saints sing a new song to the honour of his name, saying, “ Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood : worthy is the Lamb that was slain.” When he was permitted to descend and dwell again on earth, he proved that he had caught fire at the altar above ; for he “ determined to know nothing save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”