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ever them that are sanctified. Finally, the Jewish High Priest entered into the holy of holies alone, once every year, and with blood of others; but Christ, by his own blood, entered in once into the holy place ;- not into the holy places made with hands, -but into heaven itself ; not having procured a temporary and carnal remiffion of fins; but having obtained eternal redemption for all the people of God; wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost, that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them: and as He was once offered to bear the fins of many, so unto them that
look for him, shall be appear the fecond time, without sin, unto salvation.
3. The Scriptures exhibit Christ to be a mighty, a glorious, an eternal King. Thus fpake Jehovah concerning Him, Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion. Now, we know that Zion, which the LORD hath chofen, and hath desired for his habitation, is the church of God, in the midst of which He dwells, and to which Jesus Christ is appointed head over all things—a Prince and a Saviour. And while He is exalted as the ruler of his people Israel, according to the promise that he thould fit on the throne of his father David; he hath also received the heathen for his inheritance, and the utter most parts of the earth for his poffeffion; and he shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. In vain shall men reject his authority, for he fits at the right hand of God, and there he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. Moreover, the kingdom of Christ is not like the kingdoms of this world, which have been pasing on in continual succession ;-each filling up the measure of its greatness, and then sinking into its original no. thing ;-leaving behind traces just sufficient to remind us that it was—and is no more: for his is a kingdom which cannot be moved, and of the increase of his government there shall be no end; wherefore let all, with the Psalmist, glorify his name, and say, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.
Nor are we left to our own conjectures in the application of the prophetic declarations concerning the Meffiah's kingdom; for the New Testament clearly directs us to Jefus of Nazareth, as the person in whom they received their fulfilment; and those who believe, may for once borrow the language of his adversaries, and say, Hail, King of the Jews. Indeed, the heawenly messenger, who first announced his approaching birth, adverted to, and confirmed (doubtless as part of his commission from on high) this great truth, that the Lord God should give unto him the throne of his father David, and he should reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there should be no end. The Lord Jesus himself also during his ministry, on many occasions evinced the dignity wherewith he was invested ; but especially on that great one, when he was called to answer for himself before Pontius Pilate, he witnessed a good confeffionthat he was indeed what the derision of a mocking multitude styled him. And when the rage of that multitude was permitted to exert itself to the utmost, it was not that he was destitute of power to save himself, but because He was given up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God. Nor was the Saviour, in this bis obedience unto death, as one employed to accomplish a purpose, from the framing of which he was excluded ! No: the counsel of peace was between them dotb; and of his own gracious pleasure he had
said, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. Having this will of God always in his heart, he availed himself not of his mighty power, but rebuked those who, on this trying occafion were not likeminded with himself, saying, How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled ? and when at length the bitterest agonies overwhelmed him, he stayed his foul upon this, Not my will, but thine be done. Thus, Jesus was indeed a fervant, and came to do the Father's will; but he was the Lord of all, who TOOK UPON HIMSELF the form of a servant ; he was the King of kings, who LEARNED obedience.
It is the joy of all them that believe, to know that 'the humiliation of Jesus is now at an end; and that he who was crucified, is Lord and Chrift. JEHOVAH reigneth, let the earth rejoice :: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let all his faints praise him, for they are his servants, his people whom he foreknew, and will not caft away. For their fakes he hath ascended up on high, and led captivity captive : and for them he hath received gifts, that the LORD God might dwell among them. They have been made willing in the day of his power, and they now find his yoke easy, and his burden light. The power which first subdued them to himself, is now constantly exerted in their support, and is engaged for their full, their eternal falvation. But let them that stumble at the word, being disobedient, tremble at him that is travelling in the greatness of his Arength. The irrevocable word has gone forth, Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies; and which of them all stand when He appeareth ? He has come to them as a Prophet, and they refused instruction ; as a Priest, and they scorned to be cleansed by him; as a King, and they
would not that He should reign over them. Be wise now therefore, ye that are his enemies; be instructed, ye that magnify yourselves against him, Kiss the Son (left he be angry, and ye perish from the way), when his wrath is kindled but a little: blessed are all they that put their trust in him. For he that believeth in him, fhall not be confounded ; and whosoever Jhall call on the name of the Lord Jhall be saved.
TO THE EDITORS OF THE ADVOCATE OF REVEALED TRUTH, AND
INSPECTOR OF THE RELIGIOUS WORLD.
HOSE parts of divine truth against which the weapons of hostility are chiefly directed, have a peculiar claim on the attention of those who profefs to be its advocates. Of this you seem to be aware, by the manner in which
you conduct your work.
I have, therefore, no doubt of your chearfully complying with my request, to give me your thoughts on the following fubject; as the important truth involved in it, has (I believe I may confidently say) been more grossly misrepresented, and had to encounter more violent opposition than any other part of divine Revelation.
In what sense is God said in Scripture, to appoint some men unto wrath?
219 WE agree with the proposer of the above question, that the subject alluded to is most important, and we are glad of the occasion he has given us of setting forth, according to the light of Scripture, a doctrine which has suffered fo much from the ignorance and misrepresentation of ungodly men. This we hope to do in a future number; and meanwhile we leave the field open to any of our friends who may wish to undertake the same pleasing talk, and shall thankfully receive the result of their meditations.
ON BOLDNESS IN PRAYER.
THAT finners are permitted to draw nigh unto God, and to make their requefis known unto him by prayer, is a privilege of unspeakable magnitude: of which unbelieving men have not the least perception ; which the children of God can never Tufficiently estimate. And if it exhibit wonderful condefcenfion in the Supreme, that he is to be approached by us at all; how is the favour enhanced, when we are allowed, nay exhorted and commanded, to come boldly unto the throne of grace!
The question, What is that boldness spoken of in the word ? is indeed important; for it respects what uniformly and effentially accompanies acceptable prayer. The nature and ground of it is easily to be collected from various parts of the word; especially from Heb. x. 19, Having boldness to enter into the Holiest, by the blood of