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venant fidelity, he should die; for, loosing the breath of life, he must of course be a dead

It will also be observed, that the depravity of the fall cannot be contemplated as being merely negative, or the loss of the image of God; for this covenant, as shewn, being of the nature of marriage, the breach of it implies being joined to another. A separation from Chrilt can'exist only by union with an Anti. Christ. An entire separation from Christ, and union with the serpent, being free from righteousness, and filled with all unrighteousness, is the fearful itate of the apostacy; and the truc statement of the case is sufficient to shew, that without an almighty intervention, the depravity of the fall must have extended universally through nature,

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DIVINE THEORY,

PART II.

THE ARCHANGEL: ALUSTRATING THE TRUTH OF CHRIST AS BEING TKS

IEAD OF THE REDEMPTION-WORLD.

CHAPTER I.

OF THE ELECT ESTABLISHMENT. Section 1. The Union of the ele&t World with

the Beginning. THOM "HOUGH the elect establishment did not

distinctly open, in our world, till the call of Abraham; yet, as the lines were marked out in the beginning, and it actually took place in the upper world, immediately upon the great apoftacy; from this time we may conlider the glorious Lord as entering upon his mediate state, and commencing the work of redemption.

By the name of archangel, being compounded of the words beginning and angel, we are reminded, that the scene immediately opening will be a twofold exhibition, and that views of the service-work will be closely combined with prospects of the same nature of those already contemplaicd; for the

whole divine exhibition, being one entire work, framed upon one unbroken plan, the foregoing is not shut by the opening of a following scene; but the work of exhibiting the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God, is continually proceeding on from glory to glory

It has already been hinted, that the glory of the approaching day will consist of the exhibition in one full view of the universe, of the threefold glory of Christ, viz. the glory of the Beginning, in the most perfect state of the creation; the glory of the angel, in the illustrious proofs of his merit and honor, as he will appear covered with the wounds and scars of the faith and patience of the militant state; and the glory of the Son of God, in the open shew of his victory, by the presentment of his trophies in the full assembly of the church triumphant,

Section 2. The Divinity of the Archangel.

In this place, it will be proper to notice the scripture evidence of the divine character of the archangel, and that he is none other than the Lord Christ.—Among the angels of God, no doubt, there is a natural chief; one, whole proper name is Michael, and who, on account of his highest post and command, from their first estate, bare among them the diftinguishing title of archangel; but, upon the awful emergency of the breaking out of a rebellion, when Chrilt himself food forward to defend their ground of truth, this mighty angel willingly gave up to him his command, his title, and his name; and as Christ went in person into the field, as commander in chief of God's hofts, he wa: known among them by the proper name and title of their Àngelic Commander,

The representations which are made un. der this character are such, as sometimes lead us necessarily to conceive of the Lord himself; at other times, however, another distinct person is most naturally understood; as in i Theff. iv, 16. where it is said, The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the ARCHANGEL: So that to explain and reconcile these representati. ons, it appears necessary to adopt ihe abore hypothelis, that two persons may be intended by this same name,

Among the evidences, that this glorious angel, so distinguished in the affairs of the holy people, is the Lord Christ, the following passages may be noticed. And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself havelfworn, faith the Lord, for because ihou has done this thing, and has not withheld thy fon, thine on. lyfon: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy feed as the stars of heaven, and as the land which is

up: on the sea thore; and thy feed shall poffefs the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all ihe nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hall obeyed my voice. Gen. xxit,

45, 16, 17, 18:—The angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads. Gen. xlviii. 16 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bus: and he looked, and behold the bush burned with fire, and the bujh was not consumed.--- Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face: for he was afraid to look upon God, Exod, iii. 246.Behold, I send an angel before thee, to keep thee in thy way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.-Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not: for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him, Exod. xxiii. 20, 21,-And in all their affli&tion he was affli&ted, and the angel of his presence saved them. Ifai. Ixiii. 9. And they anfwered the angel of the Lord that stood among the myrtle trees, &c. Zech. i. 11,

-The prophet called this angel that talked with him his Lord. See verse 9. The angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve. Acts xxvii. 23.- And the angel which 1 saw stand upuri the sea, and upon the earth, lified up hisland to heaven, and sware by him that liv th for ever and ever, that there fould be time no longer, Rev. x, 5, 6.-Hagar called the name of the angel that spake unto her, 7 hou God feeft me, Gen. xvi. 13. And Jacob was called ifrael, power with God, because he had power over the ongel, and prevailed. Hosea xii, 4.- It may, be observed in all these initances, that angel is Christ's mediate or service-name, and refers to him as being engaged in the work of redemption.

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