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for every form of evil, but whatever be the kind or degree of guilt, “the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin.” One spirit sanctifies and inspires with hope of a blissful immortality
5. The Bible has one method of instruction for all. The figurative style of the Bible is adapted to the universal mind of man. The moral of our Saviour's parables, is as readily comprehended by the Hindoo, as by the European. The metaphorical use of words as used in both Testaments, is founded upon a principle inherent in our common nature, and hence all men naturally understand them in the same manner. Some explanation of figures may be required by the untaught, though less than is requisite on almost any other subject.
The Bible has not a class of threatenings for each individual transgression, but the face of the Lord is against all doers of iniquity. Wicked individuals or communities, in all times and places, may feel that the threatenings of God's word, are all against themselves. The righteous individual or nation, may also feel that they are privileged to claim all the promises of the sacred volume. The same great and precious promises that cheered and strengthened the saints of old, have lost none of their virtue, but will support the righteous every where and forevermore.
In like manner, predictions of the Bible, run through ah time, from their delivery to the grand consummation. Sodom, Egypt, Babylon, revolted Jerusulem, and the whole wicked world, having a unity in character, and worthy of a similar destruction, are subjects of the same prophecies. On the other hand, as the tabernacle, the temple, and
Zion, prefigure the Church on earth and in heaven, which embraces all the holy of both worlds, the same predictions may allude to all, and running through the whole history of the Jewish and Christian dispensations, may end with the Church of the first-born in glory; and as Christ and all his followers, being identified with him, are the seed of Abraham-as he who sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all one, the same prediction often refers to Christ and also to all the spiritual Israel.
6. Finally, the grand end of the Bible, as has been constantly intimated, is to consummate the most perfect state of unity amongst men.
We have said that there were strong points of resemblance in the religions of men. The unity here discovered, would, however, be more perfect, if the religious nature of man could be brought to conform to a common standard.
Now, the religion of the Bible, Christianity, is that common standard. Its design is to make the human race
“For by one spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or
and have been all made to drink into one spirit. For the body is not one member but many." Thus when the religion of the Bible shall have fulfilled its design, having penetrated every part of human society, and every diseased limb has been either healed or cut off, and there remains no scism in the body, its perfect unity will appear with consummate beauty and glory. Every middle wall of partition will then be broken down between Jew and Gentile, rich and poor, small and great, learned and unlearned, old and young; mutual envyings and strifes will cease; and all
will be one in Christ. To establish this glorious UNITY, was the object of our Saviour's mission into the world. Such is the word of prophecy. “He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
But they shall sit every man under his own vine and under his figtree; and none shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.” The ferocious dispositions of men will be changed. “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”' - The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den."
What a peaceful termination of all this strife! This great earthly drama winds up in UNITY and PEACE! Who, standing behind curtains of darkness, has caused the long, intricate and doubtful affair to turn out such a perfect drama, in which God and man, and man and man are united? Whoever that Power may be, whose law of unity is discoverable at so many points, throughout the entire Bible, we may feel assured He himself is ONE, and not a plurality. A plurality of agents could never have created and governed with such unity. And whoever that Power may be, He is
the self-same Being, whom we have seen exhibiting a similar unity in the government of nature. No where else, but in nature, do we find this law of unity, recognized in the Bible, thus proving that the two volumes, nature and revelation, are from the ONE only living and true God, with whom is no variableness nor shadow of turning.
Thus, the Christian, standing on the summit of the spiritual Zion, with the light of God's own face, glowing upon the pages, can read from both volumes, -" There is one God and there is none other but he." The Bible is true, for its one God is the same with the one God of nature.
THE GOODNESS OF GOD, AS TAUGHT BY NATURE AND BY
THE LORD 13 GOOD TO ALL.-Psalıns 145: 9.
What disposition does the Great Creator entertain towards his creatures? This question is one of vast interest to every human being. Is he good or is he malevolent ? Or is he good to a part and malevolent to a part ? Or is he good to all and malevolent to none? We well know how the Bible decides the question, and at first thought we might, perhaps, reply that his goodness to all could admit of no doubt. But then, we are met with the fact, that all the heathen represent him as decidedly malevolent. How is this, if nature, so manifestly, teaches his goodness ? Man, in a state of nature, has so frequently erred respecting the character of God, that many have utterly discarded nature, as total darkness and corruption, and refer to the Bible as the only reliable authority on the subject. The truth appears to lie directly between such an opinion, and that of those who suppose they may always rely upon their deductions from nature. It is no more strange, that the mass of men should misinterpret nature, than that multitudes