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The Advent of Christ.

The Advent of Christ.

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"Now, when Jesus was born," Matthew ii: I.

"Now, when Jesus was born," Matthew ii: I.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Apr 08, 2014
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THE ADVET OF CHRIST. BY JOH SCOTT, D. D. THE BIRTH OF JESUS. "ow, when Jesus was born," Matthew ii: I. THE advent of Christ is a subject of the greatest importance, and should excite the deepest interest in every Chris- tian mind. It presents to us the wonderful condescension of our blessed Redeemer in stooping so low as to take upon him our na- ture and be found in fashion as a man. Con- sidered in connection with the long series of preparatory events which preceded it, the cir- cumstances which attended it, and the import- ant consequences which depended upon it, it shows the unity of the divine purpose, the harmony of the divine word, and the gradual but certain development of the economy of divine grace. We first behold the dawn of the coming day, then the faint beams of the i6o Pulpit Echoes. rising Sun of Righteousness, and then the full diffusion of his glorious light. The proper consideration of this subject is well calcu- lated to strengthen our faith and confirm our hope. Let us consider, I. The birtJi of Jesus — "ow, when Jesus was born." I. This event had long been the subject of
promise. Christ was revealed in Paradise. The promise of a Deliverer was made to our first parents before they were driven from the abode of Eden. It is contained in the sentence denounced against the serpent, " I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed ; it [or he] shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." This declaration can not be understood literally. Such an interpretation would be absurd. othing- could be more inconsistent with our ideas of propriety. To represent the great God of the universe, after he had finished the work of creation, and placed man in dominion as lord of the terrestrial world, and he, through the instrumentality of the serpent, had transgressed the divine law, as declaring, in the most solemn manner, and The Advent of Christ. i6i apparently without any wise or benevolent end in view, that he would put enmity between the woman and her posterity and the serpent and every succeeding brood of serpents, and that while the latter should inflict a partial injury on the former, that the former should finally crush and destroy the latter, would be in- finitely beneath the dignity of the divine character and the magnitude and importance of the subject. We must, then, seek for some other interpretation of this passage more suit- able to the wisdom and glory of God, and to the circumstances under which it was uttered. By the serpent here is no doubt primarily intended Satan, or that evil spiritual agent
who manifested his hatred to God and our first parents, through the instrumentality of a literal serpent, or of some animal or reptile to which that name has been given. This is the view generally entertained upon this sub-  ject, and its correctness is established by nu- merous passages in the word of God. Those who partake of his spirit, and are under his in- fluence and control, may properly be regarded as his seed. John the Baptist, addressing the Pharisees and Sadducees who came to his bap- tism, and who possessed the spirit of the Evil 14 1 62 Pidpit Echoes. One, exclaimed, ''O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come ?" Christ on one occasion said to the Jews, '' O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?" On another occasion he said, '* Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell ?'' The reason why these appellations were given to them by Christ is assigned in another place, where he plainly declared to them, ''Ye are of your father, the Devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie he speaketh of his own ; for he is a liar and the father of it." Here is a very clear allusion to the de- ception practiced on Eve, and the introduction of death into the world, so far at least as our race is concerned, through the agency of Satan. But the Apostle John settles this

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