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to the office 'of Redeemer. You need only read from the 17th verse, to be satisfied, that this was the doärine the Apostle meant to deliver : “ If ye call on the Father, who ci without respect of persons judgeth accor“ ding to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear : Forasmuch
as ye know that ye were not redeemed "s with corruptible things, as silver and « gold ;- but with the precious blood of " Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and “ without spot," who verily was foreordain, ed, namely, by the Father, sustaining the character of the Supreme Lord and Judge before the foundation of the world.
“ Known unto God are all his works * from the beginning." The scheme of redemption, and the several steps preparatory, to its final execution, were fixed and adjusted before time commenced. This in part appears from the manner of its first publication in paradise, as Moses hath recorded it in the sacred history. The cool majestic folemnity with which the whole procedure was conducted on that important occasion, and especially the putting, the gracious pro
mife of a deliverer to our guilty parents, into the form of a judicial sentence against the grand apostate who had seduced them, plain. ly showed, that the constitution which then commenced was not an after-thought, or newly-devised expedient, but that all was the result of previous counsel and design; that the rebellion had been foreseen before it was acted, and redemption decreed before the forfeiture was incurred.
Many passages might be quoted from the Old Testament writings, where the Father's choice and ordination of the Saviour are declared in the strongest and most explicit terms. In one place he is introduced, proclaiming his sovereign pleasure in these words : “ Behold my servant whom I up“ hold, mine elect in whom my foul de
lighteth : I have put my Spirit upon him, 6 he shall bring forth judgement to the “ Gentiles. In another place, where Merfiah himself is the speaker, the Father's commission is thus acknowledged by him : “ The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, 66 because the Lord hath anointed me to “ preach good tidings unto the meek, he
shath sent me to bind up the broken
hearted, to proclaim liberty to the caps tives, and the opening of the prison to $6 them that are bound.” And this last quotation is more remarkable, because the Evangelift Luke informs us, that our Lord, after reading it publicly in the synagogue at Nazareth, directly applied it to himself, by adding these words, “ This day is this s Scripture fulfilled in your ears," Luke iv. 21.
But there are other declarations of our blessed Redeemer, which, without any cir. cuit, express che fame truth, in terms so plain, that it is impofùble for any body to mistake their meaning. “I proceeded forth," faid he, “ and came from God; neither “ came I of myself, but he sent me."-" I 6 do nothing of myself, but as the Father “ hath taught me I speak these things, and 6 he that sent me is with me."-" I came " from heaven to do the will of him that « sent me,'
”-“ I have not spoken of myself, « but the Father which fent me, he gave « me a commandment what I fould say, sic and what I should speak.” Such explicit
acknowledgements from the mouth of " the “ faithful witness," which must be fami-, liar to the ears of all who are conversant. with the lively oracles of truth, are sufficient to illustrate the agency of the Father in framing the plan of man's Redemption bea fore time commenced, and in ordaining the Son to carry it into execution..
Secondly, His. agency is no less confpicuous in manifesting the Saviour at the appointed season.
It was the original promise, that “ the. "feed of the woman should bruise the fer
.pent's, head.” Accordingly we read, Gal. iv. 4. that " when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son made of
The propriety of which expression cannot fail to strike us with pecu, liar force, when we recollect what the angel said to Mary, after the had informed her, of the high honour which God was about to confer upon her, Luke i.
35. « Ghost shall come upon thee, and the pow
er of the Highest shall overshadow thee : as therefore also that holy thing which shall
a woman :
« The Holy
« be born of thee, shall be called the Son of «God.” - All the predictions of the prophets concerning the time and place of the Messiah's birth, and the circumstances of the Jewish nation sat that important period, were most exactly fulfilled, as might casily be shown.
A special messenger was sent to prepare the world for his reception : This was John, the Baptist, (who had likewise been fore. told in ancient prophecy), to whom the Father manifested the promised seed, by a vifible descent of the Holy Ghost, at his baptism, - accompanied with a voice from hea.. ven, which said, “ This is my beloved Son, “ in whom I am well pleased.” Which fignal and most authentic attestation was im. mediately published by John to the men of, that age ; for this was the record he bare, John i. 32, 33, 34,
“ I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it, " abode upon him. And I knew him not:
but he that sent me to baptize with water, " the same faid unto me, Upon whom thou
shalt-see the Spirit descending and remaining on him, the same is he which bapa