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12. The divine will embraces the glory which Christ had with the Father, before the world was-the wonderful scene of his humiliation--the present and future glory of his exaltation, and the whole divine exhibia tion in all the works of God.-And being a matter of fact, and discoverable, it lies before us as the perfect pattern, type, or map of the whole universe.

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vine principle, we shall behold Christ, the Sun of the universe, exhibited first in his antecedent, or primitive state, as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber :-We shall then behold him in his intermediate or covenant service state, as a strong man, with cheerful zeal, running a race: Finally, we shall behold him in his consummate or glorified state, as the fun, full orbited, from whose heat nothing is hid; or, as the bridegroom rejoicing in his bride.

Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also defcended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same ala so that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things, Eph. iv.-This, his descending, implies, that, in a primitive state, he was high; and thus we have his glorious

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history, Philp. ii. Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himselfof no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.--Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name : That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth -And that every tongue should confess that 'Fesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father:

A view, therefore, of the whole doctrine of Christ may be given in three words, high, humbled, and exalted. This threefold glory of our Lord Jesus Christ forms the all-comprising circuit of the Sun of Righteousness; and it manifestly unfolds from the divine will; for, his filial character was the delight of the Father, and he was blessed as a Son from everlasting; but, the manifestation of this filial character, which necessarily implies the manifestation of the Father's authority, required that he should stoop in obedience—and to make such a stoop, as would answer to; and express the infinite authority of the Majesty of Heaven, required that he should descend to the lowest possible state of humiliation: and a reward, such as the infinite me. rit of a work giving birth to a manifestation of the glory of God requires could be nothing less than his exaltation above all heavens.

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As we have stated, the ftipulations of the covenant which Christ was brought into by the Father, were for substance these, that he should come into the world and perform a work of filial duty, which should give a full display of the authority and glory of the Fa. ther; and, as a reward, he should be exalted and exhibited in all the splendour of that display.

Allo, in the full exhibition of the divine principle, we shall behold three slates of the creation, in perfect conformity to these three ftates of Christ as the Head and Lord of all. One all dressed out in the habiliments of in. nocence and primitive glory-bright and joyful as the morning: another, shrouded in a cloud and baptismal waters, groaning and travelling in pain; and the other shining, glowing and fructifying under the beams of the Sun of Righteousness, or by the light, heat, and blesledness of the Desire of all Nations.

This theory, arising necessarily from the divine principle, is the argument exhibited by the apostle Peter, in his second Epistle, chapter third, against them who deny a future Itate, saying, Where is the promise of his coming? or, where is the evidence of a world to come? for all things are inue as they were from the beginning of the creation.—But the Apostle replied, This, this fundamental principle they willingly are ignorant of, that the heavens, such as were at first, and the earth being constructed of water and by water, by the word of God; whereby the world that the

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