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SER. I.
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RECONCILIATION.

fully under the Mosaic dispensation; and it was the "theme of prophecy," until "the fulness of the time was come, when God sent forth his Son, made of a woman" into this lower world. It has, with different degrees of light, been the object of the saints' faith in every age; and it is the only ground of hope to man, whether saint or sinner. And therefore the denial, or disregard of the doctrine of the Atonement, constitutes a man an enemy of the cross of Christ.

What saith the Scripture?
The testimony of the Spirit by Prophets and Apostles.

"After threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself." Dan. ix. 26.

"He shall bear their iniquities." Isa. liii. 11.

"Who his own self bare
our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." 1 Pet. ii. 24.

Observe, it was through the grace, and by the appointment of the Father.

"It pleased Jehovah to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Jehovah shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities." Isa. liii. 10, 11.

"It pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; and (having made peace through the blood of his cross,) by him to reconcile all things unto himself.—And you, that were sometime alienated, and enemies in your mind, by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy, and unblamable, and unreprovable, in his sight." Col. i. 19-22