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triumphantly passed, and by which He sees man redeemed to God. And, if Christ hath suffered in the flesh, should not you and I also, cease from sin ? Should not we view what iniquity cost Him ? Yes: God forbid, that any who name his all-prevailing and glorious name, as their soul's hope for mercy, should crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to

open shame.

II. I might have observed at this stage of the subject, that all the prophecies concerning the first coming of Christ, on an errand of love to sinners, in the volume of the book, put by God into the hands of the elder Church, were finished, and not one, not a jot, not a tittle of that record of the Holy Ghost had fallen to the ground. But I have heretofore said something on this point, and must therefore next observe, that THE LAW WAS ABROGATEDthe ceremonial law, as the shadow of good things to come, of which the body was Himself--and the moral law, under which man lay in helpless bondage, and which he was no more able to obey than to create his own soul, was utterly taken away from all believers, as it respects the relation in which they stood to God, for life, under a covenant of works, -a covenant broken by man; but by no other man to be repaired, except the man Christ Jesus, the man who was the fellow of the Lord of Hosts. The ordinance of the pascal Lamb was then abolished. Christ our passover is sacrificed for us; and his blood, sprinkled by faith upon the sinner's soul, satisfies divine justice, and opens a way for the honourable exercise of divine mercy. O come, my dear friends, who love Him, and glory in his name, come and partake Him by faith this day ; come and feast upon the sacrifice, with praise and thanksgiving. The brazen serpent, which Moses lifted up in the wilderness, hath now its blessed explanation, as it then had its healing office ; for as Moses

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bless God the Holy Ghost, who gives light from heaven to understand them, and to see Jesus alone in them, as the disciples on the mount saw Moses and Elias enter into the cloud with Him ; but only He remained, as the end of the law and the prophets, when the cloud was withdrawn. The veil of the temple is now rent in twain, from the top to the bottom; the way into the heavenly sanctuary is opened :-and ye, brethren, who are one with Him, by faith, “ having boldness to enter into the holiest, by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for you, through the veil, that is to say his flesh; and having a high priest over the house of God, should draw near, with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having your hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and your bodies washed with pure

The true light of God's presence is seen on a mercy-seat sprinkled with the blood of Christ. You may take of that blood, as priests unto God for yourselves ;

water.”

and plead it, and find the plea admitted, with all the readiness of a Father's love to you. And then, dear brethren, that Moral Law, which a God inexorably just, by whom it was given, was bound to honour, hath been amply and for ever magnified.

" What the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending his own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Beginning at that awful point in man's history, and God's procedure, where our nature had failed ; and being determined that the breach of his Father's law should be repaired when man had broken it, He first became obedient unto the law for man; and submitted to every requirement which it made upon Him, as God's admitted, appointed substitute for the utterly depraved and helpless creature; that He might become the Lord our righteousness. He lived in it, there

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