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dom and sweet familiarity, to communion and fillowship. And here our mountain seems to stand strong, and we are rcady to think that we shall never be moved. I know of but one stage higher than this that ever I arrived at. This stage brings Christ nigh, as evidently set forth crucified among us; and we look at, admire, and wonder at him. This is the Lord manifesting himself to us, and dwelling in us. But after this he leads our thoughts higher ; for, after we have looked at him, mourned over his sufferings, and been stung with hatred to self and fin on the account of them, he raises us up with another appearance of himself, and that is as risen from the dead, crying out, “ All hail !” This raises us up to his glorification, and we rise to a lively hope of his returrection from the dead. This comforts our fouls, that his sufferings are over, and that “ death hath no more dominion over him.” And now our hope is adınitted within the veil, we rise to newness of life under the influence of the Spirit of love and joy; and not only are our affections admitted to God's right hand, where he fitteth, but we are “ made to fit together in heavenly places in Chrift Jesus.” This is the highest fiage in the divine life. The highest receptacle in the temple from the ground-floor was the galleries. Ezek. xli. 15, and xlii. 3. Into these (if I mistake not) the Jewish women were admitted. This is dwelling on high, and iceing the King in his beauty;
whereas, when he is exhibited to us upon the cross, he looks in his sufferings like a facrifice, or as one made sin for us, and as numbered with the transgressors, but by no means as a king. It was as glorified, enthroned, and crowned with glory and honour, that he appeared to Ezekiel, Daniel, and John. And in this appearance the holy spouse faw him; “ The hair of thy head is like purple : the King is held in the galleries.” Song vii. 5. Purple is a royal colour, and in his royalty she faw him; and, though she had often had a glimpse of him as Icaping upon the mountains and skipping upon the hills, standing behind the wall, looking in at the window, and shewing himself through the lattice, and oftentimes had felt the finger of his power making her bowels to move, and had felt his name as an ointment poured forth, and at times caught hold of him, yet The could not retain him, as the owns, “ My beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone; my foul failed when he fpake," &c. &c. But at last he tells her to turn away her eyes from him, for The had overcome him: then she says, “ My beloved is mine, and I am his.” And he certainly is held or bound in the galleries; for by heavenlyminded fouls, who have enjoyed him, and who never can rest without liim, nor find any satisfaction in any thing short of him, he is held, and to such he is bound, in the bond of everlasting love, and that by his own promise, and by his
own act and deed:“ I will betroth thee unto me in judgment; I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, in loving-kindness, in faithfulness, and for cver; and thou shalt know the Lord.” And, as he is thus bound to a wise, he will never seek to be loosed. John, in his Revelation, saw him in his priesily garments among the candlesticks, and as king upon his white horte; but as glorified in both. This wonderful appearance so astonished John that he fell to the ground; but it was intended to raise John's conceptions higher than before ; for, though he had known Christ after the flesh, yet from that time forward he knew him so 110 more.
I have been much of late meditating on what Paul calls the new man in us. Jeremiah says, “ Thy word was found, and I ate it, and it was the joy and rejoicing of my heart.” John and Ezekiel ate the roll and the little book, and declared that they were sweet as honey; but what that mouth is which feeds so sweetly on the promises and on the passover lamb, is hard to describe. "A feast of fat things, of marrow and fatness, and of wines on the lees well refined,” it certainly is. We have an altar to eat at, and certain it is that the new man has got his mouth which feeds upon spiritual provision, digcfts it, and receives nourishment and satisfaction from it; but this month remains a mystery to me. The new man has got his nose, but I cannot tell what it is. All Christ's garments
smell of mytrh, aloes, and cassia, out o the irory palaces; and God doth make manifest the favour of the knowledge of Christ among his people. This we know; and, on the other hand, if one come into our company whose fcent remains in him, whose scent is not changed, who is settled on his old lees, what a stinking favour do fuch little foxes fend forth! But who can describe that nofe that fo fenfibly distingaishes between the odour of Christ's garinents, and the stench of the foxes, and the stinking favour of dead flies? Nor is the new man without his ears. What is spoken to the outward cars hath no effect if it goes no farther': " I will allure her, and bring her into the wildernefs, and speak friendly to her heart.“ Hlofca ii. 14. Hence it is faid of Christ that “ he thall not cry, nor lift up, nor cæufe his voice to be heard in the street." Ifa. xlii. 2. And yet niany will fay in the last day, “ We have eaten in thy prefence, and thoa haft taught in our streets." They heard the voice of the man; but it is only the dead, or self-condemned, that hear the voice of the Son of God and live : « Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” John xviii. 37. And all his sheep hear his voice, and follow and distinguish his voice from all others; and Christ hath dropped his benediction both upon fuch ears and eyes : “ Blessed are your eyes, for they fee, and your ears, for they hear.” And I know that he hath often spoke to my inmost soul,
and I heard the voice, felt it, and understood it; but my outward ears had nothing to do with it. But what those ears are that hear so plainly when he speaks friendly to the heart, I cannot describe. The eyes of the new man are as wonderful: “ The world sees me no more,” says Christ, “ but ye see me; and because I live ye shall live also.” And again : “ I will send the Comforter to you, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him ; but ye know him, for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” Moses saw him that is invisible; the patriarchs saw the promise at a distance; “A wise man foresees the evil, and hides himself;" and the saint, in his first love, sees “ the King in his beauty, and the land which is very far off.” And I have seen my dear Master in open vision for many months together. But what these eyes are is a mystery. Paul says these things are spiritually discerned; and he tells us that the eyes of our understanding are opened; but he doth not explain what those eyes are. I know that faith difcovers wonders. But the soul hath more eyes than one. What are the eyes of the underftanding? The new man hath got his affections also, which are peculiar to him, the objects of which are, first, God, and his word, and his faints. These affections, love, or charity, are the principal parts of the new man; and, when in exercise, they fill the soul with joy unspeakable and full of