An epilogue to
Let me add that God, in His history of man, has shown what flesh is, and even the creature left to himself. The first thing man has always done is to spoil what God has set up good. Man himself —
- The first thing we read of him is eating the forbidden fruit.
- The first Noah did, after offering thanksgiving for his deliverance, was to get drunk.
- Israel made the golden calf, before Moses came down from the mountain.
- Nadab and Abihu offered strange fire the first day after being consecrated, and Aaron never went into the holy of holies in his garments of glory and beauty.
- The son of David, Solomon, loved many strange women, and the kingdom was divided.
- The Gentile head of gold persecuted the godly, and became a beast, characterising the empires that followed him for the seven times.
What shall we say of the church? How soon did all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ, and forsake the devoted and faithful apostle! John could say, “There are many antichrists, whereby we know that it is the last time.” But God has worked on in grace, in spite of this, to shew what He is, His longsuffering and goodness and patience. So all those things — man, the law, the priesthood, royalty in the Son of David, He that rises to reign over the Gentiles, His being glorified in His saints — all is made good in its place in the Second Man, the Last Adam. May His name be eternally praised! As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy. As is the Heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
For original see Union in Incarnation, the Root Error of Modern Theology
For my summary see Christ’s Coming into Manhood – Some Errors Exposed