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Jesus the Seed of Abraham

Jesus the Seed of Abraham

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HEBREWS ii. 16.

He took not on him the nature of angels, but he took on
him the seed of Abraham.

HEBREWS ii. 16.

He took not on him the nature of angels, but he took on
him the seed of Abraham.

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JESUS THE SEED OF ABRAHAMBY REV. THOMAS REELL, B.D.HEBREWS ii. 16.He took not on him the nature of angels, but he took onhim the seed of Abraham.THE event which we are assembled this day tocommemorate, is placed far beyond the adequatecomprehension of the human intellect. Theincarnation of the Divinity, is a mystery, whichthe penetration of man cannot fathom, nor hisingenuity disclose. The measures of infinitegoodness are as incomprehensible to a finite mind,as the acts of infinite power. How the co- eternal and co-equal Word of God, which was bothwith " God, and was God/ could descend fromthe ineffable glory of the Divinity, and be clothednot only in the semblance, but in the substance,of mortality ; how the Majesty of heaven couldbe united to the frail and perishable form of humanity, must ever remain to us a mysterywhich enquiry can only perplex, and discussionconfuse. But it is not to be concluded, becauseSERMO III. 33the manner is unintelligible, that the matter istherefore incredible ; nor because we cannot assign the particular mode, that the general proposition, therefore, is not an object of our faith.In many cases which relate to the natural world,our knowledge is often limited ; in all cases which
relate to the attributes, the power, and the dispensations of the Deity, our faculties are alwaysby necessity confined. When, then, we speak of the incarnation as a subject which we cannot inall its bearings comprehend, we do not excludeit from being an object of rational belief, andfrom thence of perfect faith.We believe it, as the testimony, not only of man, but of God. or is there any event sincethe foundation of the world, that stands recordedupon stronger or more powerful evidence. Wehave the witness of man, in the attestation of friends, to the facts ; we have the collateral testimony of enemies, as a confirmation of theirexistence. We have the witness of God in thevoice of prophecy, in the miracles attending itscompletion. All these materials of belief, in theirvarious bearings, conspire with astonishing powerto build up the fabric of our faith, to strengthenits foundations, and to confirm its solidity.The union of the Divine and human nature inthd person of Christ, has perplexed the imagination of many, who because they cannot compre-JD34 SERMO III.hend its mode, proceed to deny its existence >yet upon the same grounds they must ultimatelydeny their own existence ; for it will be found noless difficult, no less impossible to account forthe union of soul and body in their own person,than of the human and Divine nature in the person of Christ. That such an union was miraculous we allow ; and what is not miraculous in
the mercies of our Redemption ! Though incomprehensible in the mode, it is neither contradictory nor impossible in fact. o reason canbe assigned against its existence, and we havethe whole testimony of Scripture for its corro-boration. It was not man, but God, that wasmade flesh " In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God, and the Word wasGod" " and the Word was made flesh, anddwelt among us." Again it is represented, that" being in the form of God, he thought it notrobbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men."Before the world was, Christ existed in the bosom of the Father, and "in him dwelt the fulnessof the Godhead bodily."He, therefore, who was the Word, which in thebeginning was with God, and was God ; He,whose glory Isaiah saw as the glory of the Godof Israel ; He, who was in the form of God, andSERMO Hi. 35was equal with him, " being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person ;"He, whose being is included in the One EternalIndivisible Divine essence, descended from onhigh, and was made flesh. And " took not onhim the nature of angels, but took on him theseed of Abraham."In pursuance of this train of thought, it willbe my purpose to consider, first, the fact of ourLord taking upon himself the seed of Abraham,and the circumstances attending it ; and, secondly, the reason of his preference of the seed of 

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