Christ and the Inheritance of the Saints: Illustrated in a Series of Discourses from St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Christ and the Inheritance of the Saints: Illustrated in a Series of Discourses From St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians
The inspired writers, in setting forth salvation, adopt sometimes the one course, and sometimes the other. With Paul, for instance, the subject of heaven now introduces Christ, and now from Christ, the Apostle turns to expatiate on the joys of heaven. Here, as on an angel's wing that Sheds light on every step, we see him ascending, and there descending, the ladder. Taking ﬂight from the cross, he soars upward to the crown and now, like an eagle sweeping down from the bosom of a golden cloud, he leaves the throne of the Redeemer to alight on the heights of Calvary. As an example of the ascending method, we have that well-known passage in his epistle to the Romans For whom he did fore know, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren: moreover, whom he did pre destinate, them he also called; and whom he called, them he also justified; and whom he justified, them he also glorified. There we pass from the root to the fruit, from the cause, step by step, to its effects; here again Paul guides us upward along the stream of blessings to their perennial fountain. He first Shews the precious gift, and then reveals the gracious giver; the purchase first, and afterwards the divine Purchaser. From the crown of glory, ﬂashing on the brow of a Magdalene, he turns our dazzled eyes to another crown, a trophy' hung upon a cross; a wreath of thorns, armed with long Sharp spikes-each.
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