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introduction of three of the Evangelists, and first epistle of John. In this word, Christ is also revealed to us as the head of the holy angels,* and the prince of the kings of the earth.

Hence, writes the apostle, Col. i. 15-18 Who is the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creature: For, by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers, : All things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things confift. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first born from the dead, that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.

From the truth, or doctrine contained in this dame, which is above every name, let us then take our departure, in launching out into the boundless mysteries of God, that we may shape a true course for the haven of light and blessedness, and not concerning faith make shipwreck.


The word Angel, compounded of the words mellenger and God, and which fignifies a messenger--Servant--or one sent of God, is another most remarkable name given to

• Tade 6. Την ειυαν αρχην.
+ Rev. 1. 5. Ο αρχών την βασιλείας της γης.

Christ. This name, and the name beginning, have a peculiar relation to each other; the one fignifying the same thing in relation to the work of redemption, or the world of grace, that the other does in relation to the work of creation, or the natural world.

That the name beginning, given to Christ, has a special relation to the natural world; and signifies that the whole creation is constituted and consists in him;--and the name angel, given to Christ, has a special relation to the work of redemption, and signifies that the world of grace, particularly, is constituted and consilts in him, will appear by examining how they stand connected in the scriptures, which will be found generally the same as in the following passages:-

In the beginning God created the heaver and the earth. Gen, i, 1.- The Lord pollessed me, the beginning, his way, before his works of old. Prob. viii, 22.-In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word. was God; the same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him. John i. 1—3—And thou, Lord, in the beginning, hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands. Heb. i. 10.

And the angel of the Lord called to him out of heuven, and said Abraham, Abraham. Gen. xxii, 11.-i he angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads. Gen. xlvii. 16.— Be. hold I find an angel before thee. Exod. xxiii.

unit the angel of his presence saved then. Hui. Ixii. 9.---It may be observed, that the


world of grace, or church-state, began in Abraham's family; and that, till then, no mention is made of the Angel of God.

These names of Christ, each one so fignificant, are joined together in the name ARCHANGEL.

And, thus combined, they have the most peculiar force. In this word, we behold the world of nature, and the church-state of the gospel, or world of grace combined together, and upheld and governed by one handwe behold Christ clothed with a cloud, and a rainbow upon his head, standing upon two worlds, sea and earth, which, for a time, under his authority, subfifts together; and then, by the same authority, together pass away,

In this view of Christ, given in this his glorious name, we have an explanation of the great mystery of God in the frame or constitution of all temporary things; and can easily discover why the government of them, even in the New Testament, is ascribed to the Archangel, and that, with his voice, the whole scene must be closed.

THE SON. BUT there is another world, the world to come, to which belongs the resurre{tion and the holy city, New-Jerusalem ; in relation to which, Christ bears the name of Son--this world is put in subječtion unto him, in this

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name, the same as the worlds of nature and grace are put under him, as the Archangel; and, because this world is the most glorious; the world of glory, this new name is his moft glorious name.

That the name Son, given to Christ, re: lates principally to his kingdom, power and glory, appears from the following passages, and many others :--Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I fhall give thee the heathen for thine inherit. ance, and the uttermoft parts of the earth for thy pollefpon. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pie. ces like a potter's vessel. Pfal. ii, 7

7-9:He sall be great, and Mall be called the Soro of the Higheft: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David ; and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Luke i. 32, 33.-And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the fpirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Rom. i. 4.-Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. Col, i, 13.The first-born from the dead, that in all things he might have the pre-eminence. Col. i. 18. But, unto the Son he faith, 7 hy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a fceptre of righteous ness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Heb. i. 8.

Thus, in relation to the world of glory, whereof the scriptures here speak, we behold Chrilt as a Son aver his own house, crowned with glory and honour.

All this theory opens, most apparently, from the divine will. These several states of Christ, the worlds themselves, and the names which are expressive of his relation to them, are all borne upon the face of the divine principle: As being the foundation, and at the head of the first creation, how ex. pressive is the name Beginning ? Taking the form of a servant, and appearing at the head of a militant church, how clear is the import of the name Archangel ? But, having performed a work of filial duty, in which he was humbled to the lowest state; and being raised up, according to the spirit of holiness, or according to the promise, and seated up. on his Father's throne, with what power is he declared to be the Son of God?

These three names, Beginning, Servant, and Son, are the grand pillars of revelation, whereon


be found inscribed the whole counsel of God-in them we have complered the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Chrilt, who is, and who was, and who is to come; the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.

It may be proper here to notice, respecting the names given to Christ, generally, that Some of them rank distinctly in the same re. lations as those given above: as with the Beginning, the Creator, God Almighty, and God of Glory; with the Archangel, Jehovah, Lord of Hofts, and Michael; and, with the Son, the Lamb, the Resurrection, and Prince of the Kings of the Earth. Some of them respect two of these relations, as Jesus, Redeemer, and Shepherd; and some are

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