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where? Would you see His mind ? Oh! I would bring you to the time when the thought of man was as a sweet story or a loved image in His mind, before the stars were created, before the hills had been brought forth, before He had ever broken the silence of His own immutable counsels; for there never was a time when the Church was not in the eternal counsels. Our salvation was like a lovely story, a sweet tale; it was the thought cherished by God from all eternity. It was in the salvation of man God Himself was to be revealed, as He had never before been. Hence God did not say of man, as He had said of light and other creations of His power. He did not say, “Let man be, and man was;" but He said “Let us make man in our image”—the image of what the second man, the Lord Himself, was to be, wearing man's nature, for ever and ever. Hence He loved man; and when there was none other with whom to speak, He is found speaking with Himself, saying—“ Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." God's delight was man, in whose nature God would eternally dwell. “ His delights were with the sons of men, and His rejoicings in the habitable parts of the earth.” Ah, who does not see Jesus, the everlasting Jesus, in this ?
And when woman is to be formed, I find Him saying, “ It is not good for man to be alone." In other words, it is not good for the God-man to be without His Church. In this infancy of time I find Jesus bringing out His cherished thought of our association with Him as members of His body-in other words, our oneness with Him, even as the body and head are one—that He must have us who are His body. Hence He again communes with Himself saying,
6. It is not good for man to be alone.” It is here one sees Him, communing with Himself about her who was the type of His Church—which is His body—“members of His body, His flesh, and of His bones.
And when sin came in, I see Him bringing out substitution and atonement; and because sin put away is that which constitutes the Gospel, I see Him telling man what was in His mind—“ The seed of the woman shall be bruised; but He shall bruise the serpent's head."
Evil had come in, and must be atoned for. God in this; I see Jesus in this; God rehearsing to Adam the revelation of that victorious love which He was ages hence to display on Mount Calvary.
And here, in passing, I see another beautiful truth. I see that in the reception of this Gospel, man is passive. I see that righteousness, salvation, was gratefully received by him; that he 6 toils not, neither does he spin.” God said, “ The seed of the woman shall be bruised, die, that man may live." Adam is calmly passive; he has a mind simply receptive: he believes God, and, already in the energy of the truth of God, calls his wife Eve, that is, “ the mother of all living." I see in this not only Adam, but Christ; not man only, but Jesus.
I see the Gospel which was in the mind of God from all eternity.
But where do I not see Jesus ? I turn to A bel; God had respect to Abel and his offering—He had respect to Abel on the ground of the offering—that offering was Jesus; I see His accepted blood; I see that
} atonement is made by blood; I see that without shedding of blood there is no remission. And as evil deepens, I see, in the deluge, the righteousness of God revealed from heaven against all who obey not the Gospel; but I see a full salvation from out of that wrath, for Enoch is delivered from the wrath to
I see how evil man in himself, in his very essence, is—that God says of him, “the end of all flesh is come.
God no more strives with man, for the carnal mind is enmity against God. He therefore dooms him to death, which death Christ takes upon the cross. God thus brings in Christ, saves by blood-by death,
which the flesh has merited, and gives life-a new creation, not the old changed, but a new one—in a risen Christ. I see Jesus in all this. I see that ere the floodgates of wrath are poured out upon the earth, the Church, as Enoch, having life and immortality, will be caught up at Christ's coming; for, “ the dead in Christ shall rise first; and we who are alive and remain shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.”
And now, as hitherto, we have seen salvation on the ground of sacrifice; a little further on, in the ages, we see glory coming in. “The God of glory
* appeared to Abraham,” not as He appeared to these Greeks, the humble one, the despised one, the abased one, “ the man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,'
“ the God of glory;" for by-and-bye this humble one is to reign, but now, for the present, we see Jesus.
Where, I ask, would you see Jesus? Would you see Him in His Person as Man ? He came to Adam seemingly as a man; He spoke to Adam as “a man speaketh to his friend;" and He came to Abraham
-talked with him as a man. You find Him how wonderful and blessed !-eating with him and telling him, as at Mamre, of His plans as to judgment on Sodom, without much reference to His glory. Byand-bye the picture will be turned: the glory will know no bounds—the King will have put on His beauty. But all through these ages you find Him coming as a man-not as one whose manifestation brought fear and terror, as was the case on Sinai at the giving of the law, but as a guest, a friend. These are only parts of His ways; you can trace them out at your leisure; everywhere in the dawn of the Word you can find Him. But the shadows which fell on these early ages, were not those of His humanity only; deep shadows of the Godhead also fell gloriously and even dreadfully around. The Lord appeared to Abraham
as a man
in the fire and smoke. His righteousness was foreshadowed in His doom on Egypt. He it was who appeared to Moses—whose angel slew the first-born; He it was who clave the sea in twain-who led out from its depths of death and judgment His chosen people. Everywhere you may find Him-in all the Scriptures, in Moses, in the Psalms, and in all the Prophets.
But, not to weary you, where will you find Him as on the cross itself—that wondrous tree?
There, indeed, is the great substance, from which all sacrifices and all the offerings are but shadows. It is at Calvary we find a full revelation of the grace and love of Christ Jesus. I
66 Can it be true ?” I see, (as my poor peasant said) the “ cooper,” or carpenter's son, as Son of Man dying on the cross to atone for sin; and I say,
66 Is it true that the blood which streams from that cross, from those wounded hands and side, is the blood of that Son—does the Son of the Highest groan and bleed, and suffer and die ?" Oh, timeless, matchless, untold love !-a love stronger than death; for He went down into death. He died the death of death, and hell's destruction, 6 Was there ever love like His ?” Oh! who can tell it—who repay it ?
"Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Demands my life, my soul, my all."
The man of Sychar is the same as the man exalted at the Father's right hand. He is the
“ same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.”
See Him in the house at Bethany; there sat Lazarus at the table, who had been dead, but was alive; and there was Simon, who was a leper, but had been cleansed; and there too Mary, who anointed Him for His burial; and there, also, faithful, serving Martha. What a scene it was! Martha, a picture of the serving Church; and Mary copying the angels who desire to learn and look into these things; and connected with them Lazarus, seated in rest and peace in risen life.
We often find our Jesus thus, beloved friends. In one place He sat with sinners, and in another with saints; and often the cry is raised, “He receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.” And why? Because He had come from a far distance for them, and loved tơ think of the time when they would sit down with Him. But here, so to speak, none were sinners. There was Simon cleansed, and Lazarus having put off corruption, sitting down at the same table a type of the risen life. There was Mary, full of conscious fellowship, listening to the words of Jesus; and Martha, like many another Christian, full of service. It is all an image of what it will be when the present sorrowing time shall lose itself in glory; when earth's present woes shall have passed away; when the body united to the Head, shall be for ever with the Lord;” and when the Lord—the Head and the members-will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in His kingdom.
Would you see Jesus ? Come with me awhile into the garden of Gethsemane; as our dear young brother has reminded us, if the disciples had only known — if they had only watched with Him that “one hour," they might have said, “Beloved Master, let us watch with Thee, if only to wipe the deathdrops from off thy marred brow.” For the heart that loved a sinner to wash his feet with her tears, and wipe them with the hairs of her head, could surely have