Marshall - BT765 M37 1788

s 7^7ie Gofpel-.Illyl1ery Direet. IIX. the firft, trtnfgreflìon : and this new frame was far more excellent than ever the firft Adam's was: be- caufe man was really joined to God by a clofe in feparable union of the'divine and human nature in one perfon, Chrift ; fo that thefe natures had corn- rnunion each with the other in their aaings, and Chrift was able to a& in his human nature, by pow- er proper to the divine nature, wherein he was one God with the Father. The words that he fpake while he was upon earth, he fpake not of hin-mfeif, by any mere human power, but the Father that dwelt in him, he did the works, John xiv. io. 'Why was it that Chrift fet up the fallen nature of man in fuch a wonderful frame of holinefs, in bring- ing it to live and aft by communion with God, liv- ing and acing in it ? One great end was, that he might communicate this excellent frame to,his feed, that fhould be born of himand in him, by his Spirit, as the lait Adam, the quickening Spirit; that, " as " w e have born the image of the earthly man, fo " we might alfo bear the image of the heavenly, " t Cor xv. 45, 49." in holinefs here, and in glory hereafter. Thus he was born Emmanuel, God with us ; becaufe the fulnefs of the Godhead, with all holinefs, did firft dwell in him bodily, even in his human nature ; that we might be filled up with that fulnefs in him, Fvla'tth. i. 23. Col. ii. 9, ro. Thus he came down from heaven as living bread, that, as he liveth by the Father, fo thofe that eat him, may live by him, John via 57, 56. by the fame life of God in them that was firft in him. 2. By his death, he freed himfelf from the guilt of our fins imputed to him, and from all that in- nocent weaknefs of his human nature, which he had borne for a time for our fakes. And, by free- ing himfelf, he prepared a freedom for us, from our whole natural condition; which is both weak as his was, and alfo polluted with our guilt and nful corruption. Thus the corrupt natural coats,