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the self in his flesh rose to the fullness of the stature of a man, crowned with victory over death, our pattern, our hope, the embodiment of all that is good in our civilization, and of that life which will overcome the world.
In the introduction of the inspired volume it is recorded that the Lord God formed man by breathing his own life into Adam,-a naturally living organism, made out of the elements of the ground,--and he became a living soul, a living life, i. e. true life dwelling in a self-acting physical body, called natural life. But natural life even sentient, individualized by a material organism is not real life. It has no conceptions of the moral emotions as true life has, which lightens every man coming into the world. Life dwelt first in the physical in Adam. Adam stood erect. He was an upright grower, poetically styled a tree of life with the knowledge of good and evil. The garden of Eden was the effect of the influence of a holy man imparted to the creature about him, as he stood in the midst of the garden.
Life never dies. Its powers are everlasting. The impulses of natural life are selfish, and its workings end in death. The day thou eatest thereof dying thou shalt die. When Adam began to indulge the passions of his Alesh, Eden faded from about him, nature's curse took hold of the ground, and his physical existence became a journey to the tomb. Every righteous struggle since has been to regain what Adam lost. We worship God aright by quickening the divine life in us. Our highest reverence is for those commanded by its impulses. The Bible is sacred because it is a history of men moved by the holiness of spirit, written by men commanded by its influence, and knowing that they who are made wise by such knowledge grow into the image of the Father on high, attaining unto his power of everlasting life.
As Adam was to dress and keep the garden, so the ordination of men was to subdue the earth and replenish it. The world is a lonely waste where they have not recreated it. But our dominion thus far has been according to the flesh,-in the sweat of the face, under the curse. The supernatural dominion, which is by faith, is recorded in the Scriptures only. Miracles have been as exceptions.
Adam never rose above his natural body, entering into a glorified body either by transfiguration or resurrection. He was of the earth earthy. Jesus had a natural body. He was made a sin, but he knew no sin. He held his flesh under the absolute commandment of his spirit. He went from grace to glory, entering into a body made by the new and living way, into the holy of holies, mortality overcome by the abundance of life and death swallowed up in victory. God's greatest work of creation, begun in Adam, was completed in Jesus Christ, our second Adam, by becoming a quickening or living spiritual man. Jesus is our perfect pattern, and equally when he was in his spiritual glorified body, as his conduct when in the flesh. Moreover what God has accomplished in one man he can do in thousands, and will when the same powers of life command them. In his triumph over death Jesus reached the goal of what God designs men shall be, and what the race shall become following in the footsteps of Jesus.
Revelation was given to quicken men into holiness till a generation of second Adams, both by transfiguration and resurrection shall regain Eden, making the earth as a garden of the Lord, by delivering the creature now travailing in pain from the bondage of the corruption of sin and death into the glorious life of God. THE SUBLIME WORK OF THE CREATOR IS YET TO BE ACCOMPLISHED, AND AWAITS THE WILL OF MEN. As it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for those who enter into his love.