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expression intimates something important and wonderful. Had Job, in the spirit of prophecy, spoken of any individual of Adam's race, of Isaiah, or Paul, there would have been nothing extraordinary predicted by faying, he shall stand upon the earth, for all men do so, in their fucceffive generations. But that the Redeemer, the Lord of glory, the Maker of all things, should condescend to visit his creatures, to dwell with men for a season, to stand, and walk, upon the earth with them, clothed in a body like their own, is an event which never could have been expected, if it had not been revealed from heaven. It was the object of Job's faith, and well deserving the solemn preface, with which, he introduces his firm persuasion of it, Ob! that my words were graven with an iron pen, in the rock for ever! When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord of Hosts, instead of admiring the magnificence of the building, he was struck with the condescenfion of the Lord who would vouchsafe to notice it, and honour it with a symbol of his presence. Will God indeed dwell with men upon the earth ? Behold the heaven of heavens cannot contain him, bow much lefs
this house which I have built * ! But what was the visible glory which appeared in that temple, if compared with the glory of the only begotten Son of God, when he tabernacled in our flesh! The human nature of Christ, is that true temple, not made with hands, in which God is manifested upon a throne of grace, that finners may approach him without disınay, and receive, out of his fulness, grace for grace. To him all the prophets gave witness, on him the desire and hope of his people, in all ages, have been fixed. He was to stand upon the earth, as Mediator between God and man. And in the fame office, now he is upon the throne of glory, he is, and will be, admired, adored and trusted in, by all his believing people, to the end of time. • IV. From the Redeemer's appearance upon earth, Job infers the restoration, and refurrection, of his own body. His trials had been great-bereaved of his children and substance, afflicted with grievous boils, harrassed with temptations, reproached by his friends: out of all these troubles the Lord his Redeemer delivered him, and his latter days
* 1 Kings viii. 27 . . R 3
were more prosperous than his beginning: But he knew that he must go the way of all the earth, that his body must lie in the grave, and return to dust. But he expected a future time after his dissolution, when in the flesh, for himself, and with his own eyes, he should fee God. The expressions are strong and repeated. He does not speak the language of hesitation and doubt, but of confidence and certainty. It likewise appears that he placed his ultimate happiness in feeing God. His words are not very different from those of the apostle, When he shall appear, we Mall be like him, for we shall see him as he is *. To behold the glory of God, as our Redeemer, to be in a state of favour and communion with him, and according to the utmost capacity of our nature, to be conformed to him, in holiness and love ; is that felicity which God has promised, and to which all his servants aspire. Some foretastes of it they enjoy in the present life, which cheer them under their trials, and raise them above the groveling pursuits of those, who have their portion only in this world; but their chief possession is in hope.
* 1 John iii. 2.
They look forward to a brighter period, when they shall awaken from the sleep of death, to behold his face in righteousness *. Then, and not till then, they shall be completely satisfied. The expectation of Job, therefore, affords a sufficient proof, that the doctrines of an immortal state, and of a resurrection unto life, were included in the revelations which God afforded to his people in the earliest times, and, consequently, that the religion, of the Old Testament and of the New, is substantially the same.
The great inquiry this subject should impress upon us, is, Are we thus minded ? What think you, my dear friends, of Christ? Have you accepted him as your Redeemer. And have you a good hope that you shall see him to your comfort, when he shall return to judge the world ? If so, you may rejoice. Changes you must expect. You must die, and your flesh must be food for worms. But he has promised to change our vile bodies, that they may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty power whereby he is able to subdue all things unto þimself t.. * Pf. xvii. 15.
t Phil. ii, 21, R 4