« PreviousContinue »
I have established my covenant with them . and I will bring you into the land concerning which I did swear to give it to them; and I will dwell among the children of Israel, and be their God."*
The Israelites departed from Egypt, and came to Mount Sinai, and there“ Moses went up unto God,” who said unto him, “ I bare you on eagles' wings and brought you unto myself.” Here the covenant of the law was established with its ceremonious ritual. Aaron and his sons were consecrated to the priesthood, and the tribe of Levi separated to the service of the tabernacle.
St. Paul has shown that the priesthood of the sacrificial altar was not to be continuedt; and the inspired writers occasionally disclose that a knowledge of this circumstance was imparted to themselves; one striking instance of which is unfolded in the allegory of the Song of Solomon.
From the time that it was said, down to the day in which our Lord fulfilled the prediction of Isaiah, that He should be for a light to the Gentiles, and of Malachi, “ The Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to His temple,” it was understood by the more enlightened Jews, that the temple was emblematic of some future mysterious church; and under that impression the Pharisees demanded of Jesus, " When the kingdom of God should come ?"*
* Exod. vi.
+ Heb. vii.
We have seen that, in this antitypical church, Christ was the sacrifice, and is the priest; and that His vicarious office is continuous, and to be commensurate with the occasions of mankind. + It has also been shown that the service in this church is purely spiritual, Christ fulfilling the predictions of the prophets by (Himself) baptizing with the Holy Ghost. He subsequently delegated that sacred office to the Apostles on the day of Pentecost, and through them to the ministers of the visible church to this present hour.
In concluding this subject, I would beg leave to point out to you that redemption through Christ is only to be obtained through the operation of faith upon the heart.
I am, &c.
* Luke xvii. 20.
+ Heb. xiii. 8. and Rom. ix. 5.
In contemplating the divine persons of the Trinity, there is usually an inferior degree of attention paid to Him whom we call the third, the Holy Ghost. This disregard, I apprehend, may be attributed solely to a want of practical knowledge of His mysterious influence. God the Creator is now confessed in the order and harmony of nature. Men can safely and certainly, through the light of revelation, “ reason up to Nature's God,” and trace the design and wisdom of creation, in the insects which flutter their hour in the air, as well as in the light and heat of those rays, which seem to give to the universe the beauties which adorn, and the glories which dignify it. With the history of God the Redeemer we are familiar from childhood. We have read of His incarnation
and if we possess no other knowledge of His earthly career, we remember that He performed miracles, that He raised the dead to life, and that He himself was subject to a death, which from its singularity and intense suffering, fills our minds with horror, and we also remember that He arose from the dead, and