Theological Works; Published at Different Times, and Now Collected Into Volumes Volume 1

Theological Works; Published at Different Times, and Now Collected Into Volumes Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1810 edition. Excerpt: ...dependence on Christ, and consecration to God through him: we therefore learn more fully the nature of this mystical union, by the parable of the vine and its branches. Mere nominal Christians continue unfruitful; and at length are taken away, withered, and gathered to be burned: but true believers are vitally united to him, and abide in him by the quickening and fructifying influences of the Holy Spirit.f Yet even this illustration falls short of fully elucidating the subject; nay, the nearest of all relative unions does not entirely answer to it; for believers are in Christ, as the members are in the human body. He is the Head of the church, and every Christian is a part of his mystical body, bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh, l Pet ii.--8. ph. ii. 20--22. if John xv. 1--8. and the Holy Spirit dwells in all believers, as the life and soul of this mystical body. They live spiritualty by virtue of this union with their Head; they arc placed under his guidance and authority; have one common interest, and fill up their stations in the church for the benefit of the whole. According to the remarkable words of the apostle, " I am crucified " with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ " liveth in me."--" Your life is hid with Christ in " God; when Christ, who is our Life, shall appear, " then shall ye also appear with him in glory,"f There is, however, another way of illustrating the subject, which may help us to explain the way in which sinners attain to so high an honour, and so blessed a distinction. The believer is in Christ, as Noah was in the ark. " By faith Noah being warned " of God was moved with fear, and prepared an ark."J He believed the sure testimony of God, more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
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  • English
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  • 123649458X
  • 9781236494580