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BRAZEN SERPENT;

OR

LIFE COMING THROUGH DEATH,

BY

THOMAS ERSKINE, Esq. ADVOCATE ;

AUTHOR OF “ REMARKS ON THE INTERNAL EVIDENCE FOR THI

TRUTH OF REVEALED RELIGION.

Out of the eater came forth meat ; out of the strong (the oppressor) came forth
: sweetness.

Judges xiv. 15

EDINBURGH: WAUGH & INNES;

M. OGLE, GLASGOW ; R. M. TIMS AND W. CURRY, JUNIOR,

& CO. DUBLIN ; AND WHITTAKER & CO. LONDON.

M.DCCC.XXXI.

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EDINBURGH: PRINTED BY A. BALFOUR AND CO. NIDDRY STREET,

CONTENTS.

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That a Man must be born again-Not that he is to im-
prove his Old Nature, but get an entirely new principle
of LifeThis is the great matter to which pardon is

subservient as a means to an end, -
The Israelites looked to the brazen serpent, not for pardon

but for life, -
The difference between Pardon and Life-Pardon was
declared in the serpent as already past,-Pardon believ..
ed is Life-unbelieved is not Life,

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The difference to be noted between healing the body and

healing the soul,

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The difference between Salvation by faith, and Salvation

by works.-Looking, and fleeing into the city of refuge,

and the Prodigal returning to his Father's house—ure

material types of believing in Christ, and used to show

that the thing to be believed can only be known by per-

sonal experience,

The gospel contained in the Serpent lifted up—1st, a gen-

eral forgiveness, seeing none died after its listing up, by

the sentence of God, but by his own choice-2dly, a

demonstration that their sufferings did not proceed from

any lack of love in God, seeing the very infliction itself

by which sin was punished, was in the purpose of God,

to become the source of a new and higher life~ These

two things at least must be contained in the Son of man
lifted up. In fact much more is contained the type
being a dim foretelling of the antitype,

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31-36

Page The Nature and Necessity of the Sufferings of Christ.

Not that he suffered instead of men, to save them from
suffering-but as their Head, their Leader and Com-
mander, opening a way for them through death, by which
way he calls on them to follow him,

37-55 I may add, that the female victims appointed by the law

for burnt offerings, must represent the church, and thus indicate that the members of Christ must rise into the life of God, through the same fiery process which perfected their Head. The three things that took place in connexion with the

death of Christ, to the end we might believe sin forgiven in consequence of his sacrifice, - - 57-58-59 The resurrection of Christ the great proof that sin is put

away–He having died as the condemned Head of the race, and having risen as the righteous Head of the race - The dispensation of the Righteous Head is a dispensation, during which sin is not imputed— It is also called " The accepted time and day of Salvation." This dispensation is appointed, not to give a toleration to sin, but to give sinners the opportunity to turn to God and live. It is a manifestation of God as the Fountain of life, accessible to the chief of sinners-Pardon is not an ultimate object-it is only a means to an end, and that end is holiness or life-Men will be judged as having lived under a dispensation of forgiveness— The dispensation of Christ contrasted with the dispensation of Adam,

59-72 Man never was called on to make a provision for himself,

but to live by a provision of God's providing—those who rejoice in this provision enter into rest,

73-77 Jesus has taken our flesh and become one flesh with us, in

order that we might become one spirit with Him the two bonds,—all men necessarily connected with him by the first bond, viz. the flesh; and those who believe in the love which made the first bond, become connected with Him in the second-viz. the spirit-" Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God”-compared with Paul's statement of the gospel, “ Christ in you the hope of glory,”—this the ground of the future judgment,

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Page The difference between the Son of man lifted up, and the brazen Serpent listed up, explained.- The Serpent listed up is not the type of Christ-but the type of Christ's victory. The Serpent is the devil -Christ is the bruiser of his head -and the brazen Serpent prefigures the accomplishment of that promised bruising-Christ " through

death overcame him who had the power of death,” 91-100 How Christ suffered as our Pattern and Forerunner, the

Author and Finisher of our faith, not having been born the Righteous Head, but having earned it by a life of faith, through the power of the Spirit.-- He was in the whole nature just as the new creature is in an individual man-On the nature of punishment, - . 100-119 That the provision in Christ for us consists in two parts

Ist, a present possession of forgiving love ; and 2d, a hope of the glorious appearing of Christ.- None can make use of the second, who have not already made use of the first.—None able to abide the day of Christ's appearing, but those who know the forgiving love of God to themselves. This principle illustrated by the 6th chapter of Isaiah-and by the introduction to the Apocalypse--and by the examples of Abraham and David, as applied in the epistle to the Romans, (see foot note especially of page 142).–The righteousness spoken of in that epistle, is the character which fits a man to meet the righteous Judge, and so to rejoice in his coming-it is not an outside thing—the true humanity of Jesus, 120-149 The righteousness which is by faith is the same thing as the

Life, a trusting in the character of God.—Job's righteousness—the importunate widow, . . - 149.152 The character of the Life laid up for us in Jesus-a life

coming through death—and only to be enjoyed in proportion as the flesh is dead,

153-160 The Kingship over the Earth, which Adam lost by his un

faithfulness, restored in Christ-the glorious establish. ment of that kingdom—the gospel preached by Jesus and his disciples-the contest now carried on by the Spirit of Jesus working in the body, against the Spirit of Satan—the preparing of the body—or making the bride ready—then he will come,

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On prayer,

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