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Thus Christ triumphed over Death and Hades, and became “ the first-fruits of them that slept d."
The resurrection of Christ affords a figure of our own resurrection. When we die, we put off our corruptible bodies, which return unto dust, and we enter the abode of departed spirits; and « at the last trump
” “ we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” we shall put on incorruption, and we shall have bodies fashioned like unto Christ's glorious body; we shall be clothed with spiritual and immortal frames, so that “ as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly,” for “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of Gode.”
Thus Christ, having quitted Hades, resumed the body which He had left on the cross", and ascended into heaven, whence He will come in like manner as He went into heaven). In the mean time, He acts the part of a Mediator with GOD for mankind. " We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous,” “ Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also
d 1 Cor. xv. 20.
43. John, xx. 19, 20, 27. e 1 Cor. xv. 42-54. 2 Cor. 8 Luke, xxiv. 51. v. 1, 2. Philip. iii. 21. h Acts, i. 11.
I Luke, xxiv. 36, 39, 40, i 1 John, i. 1.
maketh intercession for us k." We have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God !,” who hath entered into the holy of holies, and by His blood which He sprinkled before the mercy-seat of God, He hath obtained redemption for us m.” His covenant of salvation was finally sealed by His death on the cross ; when hanging on that cross, " He said, it IS FINISHED, and He bowed the head and gave up the ghost ";" at that moment, His covenant received its full and final ratification. “ There is no more offering for sino.” We have now “ boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He hath consecrated for us through the vail, that is to say, his flesh P;” for, no sooner had He exclaimed, “ It is finished,” and had given up the ghost, than “the vail of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom 9," whereby it was shown, that the impediment to our admission into beaven was removed *. By this “ new and
k Rom. viii. 34.
• Hebr. x. 18. | Hebr. iv. 14.
p Hebr. x. 19, 20. m Hebr. ix. 11, 24.
9 Matt. xxvii. 51. John, xix. 30.
Although the covenant of salvation was not fully ratified, the purchase of it not completed, until Christ on the cross exclaimed, it IS FINISHED, yet the benefits of that covenant extend throughout all time and throughout all space. The benefits of it have been communicated to man from the moment of " Adam's transgression;" for, from that moment, throughout
living way," we have access unto the Father'; this is “ the strait gate,” the “ narrow way, which leadeth unto life,” “ the gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall entert.”
Christ, then, “after He had offered one sacrifice for sins, for ever sat down on the right hand of God, from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool u;" “ for He must reign till He hath put all enemies under His feet w." “ Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father ; when He shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power *;" for the “ Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end comey."
all succeeding ages, until there shall be “time no longer," eternal life has been obtained, is obtained, and can be obtained, through Christ only, through His atonement, through His covenant of redemption. For, if the salvation of man could be effected by any other means, then was the sacrifice of Christ a superfluous offering. “ It shall be in that day,” says Zechariah, speaking of the coming of Christ, “ that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them to the former sea, and half of them to the hinder sea!.” Christ is the fountain of those “ living waters 2 " which form the “ pure
river of water of life 3,” proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb; and these waters flow toward the sea, and " being brought forth into the sea, the waters [i.e. of the sea) shall be healed." The term sea is figuratively employed in Holy Writ to denote the infidel world. The “ living waters” of Christ flowing into that sea, cause it to be healed; for He will heal the spiritual Egypts; half of the living waters go toward the “ former sea;" they extend backward to heal the former spiritual sea, their retrospective operation extends to the beginning of time; half of them go toward“ the hinder sea,” they extend forward to the time which is yet to come; in their prospective operation they heal the spiritual sea, until there shall be “no more seao," when there shall be “time no longer7." i Zech. xiv. 8.
5 Isaiah, xix. 22. See Jere. ij. 13; xvii. 13.
PART III. 3 Rev. xxii. 1. Ezek. xlvii. 1.
6 Rev. xxi. 1. * Ezek. xlvii. 8.
7 Rev. x. 6.
* Eph. ii. 18.
t Psalm cxviii. 20.
See Ezek. xliv, 2, 3; xlvi. 1-3.
“ The end of the world”," “ the day of the Lorda," the second coming of Christb, “ the great and terrible day of the Lord,” is thus announced : “ The sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken, and then they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and gloryd.” “ The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also and the works that are therein shall be
u Hebr. . 12, 13. Psalmi
a 1 Cor. v.
• Acts, i. 11. Hebr. ix. 28. * 1 Cor. xv. 25.
c Joel, ii. 11. x 1 Cor. xv. 24.
Mark, xiii. 24-26. Isaiah, y Matt. xxiv. 14.
xii. 9, 10. Ezek. xxxii. 7, 8. • Matt. xüi. 39.
Joel, ii. 10, 11 ; ïïi. 15, 16.
burnt up; the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat e;" and there shall be “ new heavens and a new earth, and the former shall not be remembered nor come to mind."
“ Behold, He cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him, and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him 8.” “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lordh.” “The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raisedi.” “ All that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life ; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnationk.” “ He shall send His angels, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the otherl.” " The Son of man shall come in His
1 Cor. xv.
e 2 Peter, iii, 10, 12. Psalm h 1 Thess. iv. 16, 17. cii. 26. Isaiah, li. 6; xxxiv. 4.
52. f Isaiah, Ixv. 17; Ixvi. 22. k John, v. 28, 29, Dan. 2 Peter, iii. 13. Rev. xxi. 1, xii. 2. 27.
| Matt. xxiv. 31. & Rev. i. 7. Zech, xii. 10.