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God." By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of Jesus Christ once for all, (Heb. x. iv.) there being no more sacrifice for sin. When Moses had finished the work, the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. If that which was done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth. In Jesus, we (his tabernacle which the Lord pitched and not man) rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. As the shadow is to the reality so was the work of Moses to that of Christ—his holy life was glorious -his death finished a glorious work; and led to a triumphant and glorious resurrection and ascension." Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, the figures of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us," whither the fore-runner, even Jesus, is for us entered, made a High Priest for ever after the order of Melchisidec. It appears that Christ was not a priest on earth, until he had finished the work, fulilled the law, and in the last act, that of giving himself for a sacrifice, became a high priest, who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life; “ For if he were on earth he should not be a priest,” &c. (Heb. viii. 4.) He was a prophet-a teacher, the law-fuláller—the Lamb slain—the last sacrifice offered, and by his own blood he entered at once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption, and through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God. Neither was he a king on earth; he was born King of the Jews according to lineal descent, but did not reign; for when they came to make him a king he would not-he said, my kingdom is not of this world-be would not reign as a temporal king exclusively over the Jews, whose kingdom is rent from them, never to be restored : He reigns spiritually in the hearts of all his people as they are brought into his kingdom of grace out of all nations, and when he shall appear the second time without sin unto salvation, he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe, and shall show who is the blessed and only potentate- the King of kings, and Lord of lords. When reflecting on the entire completion and fulfilment of things in Christ, the mind is lost and overwhelmed in the stupendous subject.
The beauty and harmony of the work of Moses and the work of Christ, will admit of much study and contemplation, to be turned to great spiritual profit and establishment in the faith. The ceremonial law, the sacrificial law, being the shadow of good things to come was completed in Christ, and cannot possibly be restored : the Levitical Priesthood was disannulled, for Christ is made a priest for ever, and hath an unchangeable priesthood. The moral law was fulfilled by him, he was the sacrifice without blemish or spot, for such a High Priest became us, holy, harmless, and undefiled. He says, “ Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets; I am come to fulfil-and till heaven and earth pass,
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one tittle shall in no wise, pass till all be fulfilled. Whosoever shall break one least commmandment (James ii. 10.) shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaveu.” Matt. v. 17–20. None but Christ ever did or ever could keep the law pure and undefiled, as of necessity required by a Holy God. 6 Wherefore my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ, that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. Being dead to the law by the body of Christ, by our union with him we bring forth fruit unto God, and are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held, that we should serve in the newness of Spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Rom. vii. 4, 6.
And here is one distinction between the law and the gospel.The law brings forth fruit unto death; (Rom. ix. 5 ) the Pharisee, puffed up with, and going about to establish his own righteousness-moralists, whether Christian or Deist, bring forth fruit unto death. The law condemns, but cannot justify; and eternal praises unto him who hath died, yea, rather has risen again,-he who is justified cannot be condemned. Those who have received the Lord Jesus Christ into the heart bring forth the fruits of the Spirit through faith in him. The work finished by Christ was perfect, complete, entire-not a new piece put upon an old garment-nor new wine put into an old bottle: it was a work to last for evergiving life, not working death,-justifying, not condemningmaking free, not keeping in bondage.
Moses, by Divine command, celebrated the first Passover-our Blessed Lord celebrated the last-fulilling and abrogating it; “ He said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Pass. over with you before I suffer, for I will not any more eat thereof until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God." Christ was the sum and substance of the work of Moses the types, the shadows, law, priesthood, sacrifices, all completed in Him; having fulfilled all, he finished the work--the vail of the temple was rent, and all who believe 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.
We have then a high priest who ever liveth to make intercession; to whom we come continually with our daily offerings of praise and thanksgivings; our sacrifices, a broken and a contrite heart, our daily supplications, to be kept from evil-to be guided by his most Holy Spirit, to walk as becometh heirs of a heavenly kingdom. Let those which have believed in God be careful to maintain good works; but avoid foolish questions and genealogies, and contentions and strivings about the law, for they are unprofitable and vain.
Moses and the prophets are passed away—“. This is my beloved Son, (was the voice from heaven) hear ye him.” Moses finished his work, which all perished. Christ FINISHED HIS WORK, which
can never perish. Let us, then, run the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith! Mar. 1833. A FEMALE WANDERER IN THE WILDERNESS.
serpeing both the han Whence it is not
THE BRAZEN SERPENT.
(continued from p. 65.) We now come to consider the type and the truth, the serpent and the Son of man, and see how the one resembles and answers to the other. These resemblances are many. But I am not able to take up every particular:
1.-The matter of the serpent. It was brass ; remarkable for strength and durability, enduring both the hammer and the fire ; an emblem of the strength or power of God. Whence it is, that strong impediments are called gates of brass, Ps. cvii. 16. And an impregnable strength is called a wall of brass, Jer. i. 18. xv. 20. And herein some observe a resemblance of Christ, who is the Lord, strong and mighty, Ps. xxiv. 8. Strong, like a brazen wall, to l'esist all the powers of hell; and mighty to subdue and destroy all his enemies. He is described with feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace, (Rev. i. 15.) able to tread under foot all his adversaries. And strength to stand up under bis sufferings, and to undergo whatever the justice of God should inflict.
2. Brass is said to be a metal and a fossil united. The human nature of Christ in itself was weak like a fossil, but being supported by bis Divine person, to which it was united, was mightily capable of enduring such sufferings, as all the men and angels in the world must have sunk under.
3. Although in form and in appearance it was a serpent, yet not in truth; having the shape of a serpent, but without its sting or poison. And herein it set forth the Son of man, the bar enosh, but whose flesh was not sinful. Christ was made in the likeness of men, (Philip. ii. 7.) and was by the Pharisees reputed a sinner ; we know, said they, to the alan born blind, that this man is a sinner, that is, a notorious sinner : He was numbered among the transgressors. Nay more, having as a surety taken upon him the sins of his people, he was by imputation made sin for them; and having the iniquities of his people laid upon him, he was by imputation the greatest sinner in the world. And as by one man came sin and death, so by one cometh righteousness and life. God could have found out many other anuidotes and remedies for the poisonous stings of these serpents, but he made choice of this to display his power. A serpent stings, and a serpent shall heal. Even so, he could possibly have found out other ways and means for the redemption and salvation of bis people, but bis wisdom saw good thus to display his power; that as by a man, made in the image and likeness of God, came death; so by the Word made in the likeness of men, should come the resurrection of the dead; that as all in Adam die, so all in Christ should be niade in life.
4. The stinging of those poisonous serpents were cured by the likeness of a serpent that had neither sting nor poison ; so the sting and poison, the guilt and power of sin was taken away by him that was free from both. Christ, saith Peter, bath suffered for us, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. He was made sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
5. The brazen serpent was made under the legal dispensation, for the cure of the stinging of the fiery serpents, whilst the children of Israel were in the wilderness; so the WORD was made of a woman, and made under the law, to heal the wounds of his people from the stinging of the Old Serpent, whilst they are in the wilderness of this world. · But, upon what occasion was this brazen serpent made and set up? Wby, upon the deadly biting and stinging of the Israelites by the fiery serpents, whereof some were dead already, and others in imminent danger of death. Behold then, what it was that occasioned the making and lifting up of this true Brazen Serpent : What occasioned the Uncreated Word to take the likeness of men, and in that nature to suffer and to die! It was our misery that called for this mercy : we are all stung, and mortally stung by the Old Serpent, and some were dead already; for all the sons of men being in Adam, tanquam in radice, as in the common stock and root, they sinned in him; and so death which had seized upon him, pussed upon them ; pervasit; a metaphor taken from poison, (say some,) which being received into the stomach, it passeth through the whole body, secretly dispersing itself through all the veins. Thus did the poison of the old Serpent, being taken in by our first parents, it presently passed through the whole body of mankind in Adam, transfusing itself into us, so as we are all by nature no bet. ter than dead men ;'as Mephibosheth once said to David, All of my father's house were but dead men before my Lord the King ; such are all the natural generation of Adam through his transgres. sion and rebellion against God, Dead men, or men of death; not only subject to natural death, but under the power of unbelief, and bound over unto the judgment of the great day. And here is the occasion of bringing in the true Brazen Serpent, of sending a Saviour into the world : Had not the Israelites sinned, and upon their sin been punished after the manner narrated ; that brazen ser. pent had never been made. ' Had not Adam sinned, and sinning died, and all his natural posterity in him ; we should not have need. ed a Redeemer : The Uncreated Word, the Son of the Father, in truth and in love, needed not to have been sent forth in the likeness of sinful flesh; in that nature to suffer and to die. It was an act of Divine Mercy to the children of Enoshim, miserable men.
Here it may be observed, that Divine Mercy should put us in
mind of our misery. The Brazen Serpent lifted up in the midst of the camp, it could not but be a memorial to the Israelites, to put them in mind of what misery they had brought upon themselves, by provoking the anger of God against them. The like use we should make of the beholding of Christ crucified! When he is held forth by the ministers of the gospel, in the preaching of the word and in the ordinances, as crucified before our eyes : when we consider what he bath done and suffered for us, and reflect upon our sinfulness, and there take notice of the occasion of his infinite hu. miliation ! For it was in consequence of our sin and misery, that God displayed such transcendent mercy ; the glory of his grace being the motive within himself for the great mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh.
The next particular which the type lead us to consider is, By whom was this means of cure devised and appointed ? The answer is, By God himself. He it was that directed and commanded Moses to make and set up the Brazen Serpent. And behold here, who it was that planned and appointed the way and means of eternal salvation for the chief of siuners, namely, God himself. And had not God in his infinite wisdom found out this way and means of salvation for poor sinners by Christ; man bimself could never have thought of it. No, nor yet the angels; As for them, they now stand admiring and adoring the Author of this sacred mystery, de. siring more and more to look into it. Here is the wisdom of God himself; the apostle when speaking of the doctrine of Christ crucified, calls it, the Wisdom of God, and the Wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden Wisdom (1 Cor. i. 24. ii. 7.) ; hidden from men and angels; and which would have been so for ever, had not God himself revealed it.
Ordained by God himself, yea, fore-ordained before the foundation of the world, the hidden wisdoin, which God ordained before the world, for our glory. God's determinate council and foreknowledge is from everlasting; and what he determined in his eternal purpose, the power of his will, was virtually done as truly as it was manifested by the will of his power in the fulness of time, in giving and sending his Son; for God so loved the world, ibat he sent forth his Son in the likeness of sinful flesh; yea, he gave bis only begotten Son, the propitiation for our sins, that we might not perish, but that we might live through him. And I may add, God so loved the world, that for his own sake, he gave and sent forth his Spirit to testify of his Son, and to glorify his Son, that he, the Father, might be glorified in his Son.
The brazen serpent was lifted up on the wilderness side of Canaan; and it was lifted up under the legal dispensation ; só God sent forth his Son into the wilderness of this world, made of a wo. man, and made under the law, or legal dispensation. (Gal. iv. 4.) Whatever Christ did, or patiently suffered, it was all by bis Father's will and appointment. This our Saviour saith of himself,