Posted by: the watchmen | December 25, 2007

CH Spurgeon____December 26.

December 26-Morning {Daily Reading: #Re 9:1-11:19} {Quick Study: #Re 6:1-8:13}

“The last Adam.” {#1Co 15:45}

Jesus is the federal head of his elect. As in Adam, every heir of

flesh and blood has a personal interest, because he is the covenant

head and representative of the race as considered under the law of

works; so under the law of grace, every redeemed soul is one with the

Lord from heaven, since he is the Second Adam, the Sponsor and

Substitute of the elect in the new covenant of love. The apostle Paul

declares that Levi was in the loins of Abraham when Melchizedek met

him: it is a certain truth that the believer was in the loins of

Jesus Christ, the Mediator, when in old eternity the covenant

settlements of grace were decreed, ratified, and made sure for ever.

Thus, whatever Christ hath done, he hath wrought for the whole body

of his Church. We were crucified in him and buried with him, {#Col2:10-13} and to make it still more wonderful, we are risen with himand even ascended with him to the seats on high.

{#Eph 2:6} It isthus that the Church has fulfilled the law, and is “accepted in thebeloved.” It is thus that she is regarded with complacency by the

just Jehovah, for he views her in Jesus, and does not look upon her

as separate from her covenant head. As the Anointed Redeemer of

Israel, Christ Jesus has nothing distinct from his Church, but all

that he has he holds for her. Adam’s righteousness was ours so long

as he maintained it, and his sin was ours the moment that he

committed it; and in the same manner, all that the Second Adam is or

does, is ours as well as his, seeing that he is our representative.

Here is the foundation of the covenant of grace. This gracious system

of representation and substitution, which moved Justin Martyr to cry

out, “Oh blessed change, O sweet permutation!” this is the very

groundwork of the gospel of our salvation, and is to be received with

strong faith and rapturous joy.

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