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God in Christ Jesus.

God in Christ Jesus.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY A. MEANS, D. D., LL. D.,


" Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a
highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain
and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the
rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all
flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."— Isaiah
xl,3, 4,5.

BY A. MEANS, D. D., LL. D.,


" Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a
highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain
and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the
rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all
flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."— Isaiah
xl,3, 4,5.

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GOD I CHRIST JESUS.BY A. MEAS, D. D., LL. D.," Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert ahighway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountainand hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and therough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and allflesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."— Isaiahxl,3, 4,5.In the impressive language of the great historian of the reforma-tion, " Jesus Christ is the purpose of God in history." Whereas,unfortunately for the world, the religion of the Messiah has been toooften degradingly regarded as a mere appendage to the embodimentof divine truth — a couvenient supplement to a reigning system — de-signed perhaps to embellish or explain it, or at best to furnish man-kind, in the character of its great founder, with a lively impersona-tion of inimitable virtue.Our views, however, of this grand system of world-reforming andworld-saving power, derived from the inspired volume, authorize andrequire us to announce its claims as coeval witb the guilt of Para-dise, and constituting a part and parcel of the stupendous economy of the moral and intellectual universe ; and like the brilliant rings of Saturn, which adorn his evening skies, engirdling our sin-doomedworld, and spanning the moral heavens with a zone of living light,¦which reveals at once the dignity and the destiny of our race, andsolves the otherwise inexplicable problem of human existence. Inshort, God in Christ Jesus, " reconciling the world unto himself," isthe great truth which illumines Revelation's page from the Penta-teuch to the Apocalypse. Such a religion, then, rises into augustnessand grandeur in human contemplation, as it challenges the attention anddemands the confidence of mankind. But to accomplish its sublimedesigns it must come with the badges of divinity upon its brow, andthe overpowering displays of Omnipotence in its train. Proposingto redeem the world from the curse of ages, and to herald the way toa happy eternity, it must antecedently prepare the human mind for110 GOD I CHUIST JESUS.the gradual development of its wonderful truths, and then propi-tiously begin the extension of its divine sway, which is only to beconsummated when the ransomed nations, from the Arctic circles to
 
the line, shall exult in the universality of its millennial reign.The religion we reverence, then, is not the ephemeral offspring of finite intelligence, much less the surviving spawn of an exploded phi-losophy. As the sun of heaven was the physical center upon whichhung the vast revolutions of all the planetary worlds that circlearound him — no less during the first Mree demiurgic days of the Mosaiccosmogony than after he had assumed, upon the fourth, his morebrilliant phase and became the measurer of our days and the light-giver to the universe — so the " Sun of Righteousness," the great cen-ter of the moral heavens, was no less essentially and efficiently pres-ent when " the morning stars sang together, and all the suns of Godshouted for joy," than after four thousand years had rolled away,when, robed in the full-orbed light of his glory, he rose upon theworld from the crimson horizon of Calvary. Yea, the " Rock of Ages " was no less the stable foundation of christian faith when theauthorities of the synagogue, surrounded by the dim outlines of avague theology, proclaimed " An eye for an eye and a tooth for atooth," than when, under the noon-day effulgence of the cross, thoseGod-like doctrines were so benevolently inculcated — " Love your en-emies ; bless them that curse you ; do good to them that hate you,and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you."Thus we are to regard Christianity as an integrant portion of themoral organization of the world, and inseparable from its history anddestiny ; blending its issues with the physical condition and final ca-tastrophe of our planet ; and yet for the wisest of purposes, and inaccordance with an eternal law of heaven, the beauty and symmetryand majesty of its mighty proportions have been reserved for the grad-ual evolution of succesive centuries.or are all its exalted truths yet illustrated, nor its noblest tri-umphs yet achieved. Its grand consummation is yet to be effectedamid the splendors of the resurrection morning and the glories of thedescending throne ; when earth's returning millions, over-spanned by" new haavens," and standing upon " a new earth, wherein dwellethrighteousness," clad in the courtly costume of a higher dominion,shall set out afresh upon the diuturnally ascending scale of progress-GOD I CHRIST JESUS. Illive intellect for a still more exalted goal, nearer, and still nearer thetranscendent light of the throne !Progress towards perfection marks the order of the divine econ-
 
omy in every department of its reign. An approximation to higherfrom lower conditions characterizes the movements of the physical,mental, and moral universe. ature to her profoundest depths feltand obeyed this impulse from her God long before the inspired dic-tum, " Let us go on to perfection," fell upon the moral world fromthe lips of the gifted Apostle of the Gentiles.The gray dawn and the rosy tints of twilight must gently train thedelicate retina to meet the bolder blaze of the rising sun and the me-ridian brightness of the perfect day. The swelling bud and the open-ing flower must be evoked from the torpid sleep of winter ; the ge-nial breath of spring start once more the bounding pulse of forestlife ; and then, and not till then, will earth's green glories and hergolden harvests vindicate the perfection ot the vegetable kingdom.ay, this law of physical progression is traceable in its action fromthe elementary atom up to the highest combinations in the inorganicworld — from the microscopic cellule which nurses the germ of veg-etable and animal life, up to the gorgeous organization of planetsand suns in the profound depths of space. Geology, from her ven-erable records graven with the stylus of passing centuries upon hereternal tablets of rock, convincingly establishes its prevalence andpower, and by a striking and unpremeditated harmony of testimony,from the deep subterranean tombs of the Fauna and Flora of a pre-Adamic world, substantially confirms the ascending order of creation,as in the cosmical details of the Mosaic history. There was a time,according to the annunciations of holh, when the elements of ourplanet constituted but a diffuse, nebulous, chaotic mass, " withoutform and void," and when " darkness was upon the face of the deep :"a time when, in the magnificent oriental phrase of inspiration, it hadbut just " issued out of the womb," and when " the cloud was madethe garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it."*This, however, was but its elementary condition. " Let there belight, and there was light," was the next step in the order of se-quence. Then followed, as successive links in the continuous chain,the condensation of the nebulous mass into fluids and solids, the re-• Job zxxviii, 8, 9.112 GOD I CHRIST JESUStreat of oceans and seas into tlieir cavernous beds, and the upheavalof islands, continents, and mountain ranges above the retiring floods.Passing by the Algae of the seas, next come the first manifestations

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