man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his," Rom. viii. 9. - "Ye are the temple of God, and the
spirit of God dwelleth in you," 1 Cor. iii. 16. - "The spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you," 1 Pet. iv. 14. -
"We live in the spirit," Gal. v.25. - This our precious Jesus himself confirms, in his intercession, John. xvii. 21. 23.
"That they all may be one, as thou Father art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us. I IN THEM, and thou
in me, that they also may be made perfect in ONE." Receiving his spirit, and quickened by his divine influence, they become
united to Christ; they receive the gift of faith, Eph. ii. 1. 8: they believe and adore, they love and obey.
Thus "CHRIST LIVETH IN THEM, and the life they live in the flesh, they live by the faith of the Son of God," Gal. ii. 20.
"Their life is hid with Christ in God," Colos. iii. 3.
As the union of the Son of God, the second person in the holy Trinity, to our human nature, "God manifest in the flesh," is pronounced the
"great mystery of godliness," 1 Tim. iii. 15: so his union to his church, by which every living member is made ONE with the living head, is another mystery,
and with propriety is also called great. This is the mystery which distinguishes the living from the dead; which draws the line of separation between
real and merely nominal christians; which determines the relation upon which the christian religion is founded, and fixes the essential criterion wherein
it differs from the religion of nature.
The example of the apostle, in the passage before us, must suggest an apology for this digression.
But what has been mentioned is not wholly foreign to our subject. Let those who are acquianted with the style of scripture, and are capable of estimating
the analogy which subsists between a type and its antitype, determine; whether, admitting that the apostle calls the latter a great mystery, he does not
thereby imply that the former, in a certain degree, is mysterious also.
The learned CUDWORTH wrote an excellent essay upon marriage, as a mysterious type of Christ and his church, agreeably to the doctrine of the apostle,
Eph. v. This essay is translated into latin, and enriched with notes by the celebrated MOSHEIM. The reader will find it in the principal work of Mosheim,
comprised in two vols. folio. A work highly esteemed in Europe, but of which
probably there are few copies with us. For the information of those who wish to possess it, the title is added: R CUDWORTHII SYSTEMA INTELLECTUALE
Latine verlit JOANNES LAUREN: MOSHEMIUS.