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AN EXPOSITION

OF THE

COUNSEL OF GOD

FOR THE

REDEMPTION OF THE WORLD,

&c. &c. &c.

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTION — GOD ETERNAL, FIRST CAUSE- CREATION

OF THE ANGELS ; THEIR REBELLION, AND ITS CONSE-
QUENCES-CREATION OF THIS WORLD AN ETERNAL COUN-

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It has been said that Christianity had its origin in human artifice practising upon the credulity of mankind; and that all attempts to trace its existence under any veil or preparatory arrangement before the time of Jesus, are so many

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subtle expedients, resorted to for the purpose of attaching the weight and consequence of antiquity to the particular faith in which we have been brought up and educated. To shew the fallacy of this assertion, and to prove the Divine origin of our holy religion, is the design of the following exposition of the counsel of God for the redemption of the world.

In going through this subject in a regular consecutive detail of the leading points, it will, it is hoped, be evinced that the scheme of human redemption is much more ancient, vast, and comprehensive, than is apparent to superficial observation; and that it bears evident marks of being not a contrivance of human ingenuity, but a work of Divine wisdom; not a design first formed in the midst of time by an artful adventurer from interested motives, and for political or secular purposes; but a grand economy of grace, devised by the Almighty before time was for the salvation of the world, embracing all ages while time endures, and destined to arrive at the height of its perfection when time shall be no more.

This Treatise, whose only aim is usefulness, and the advancement of the truth as it is in Jesus, and in which no novelty of explication, or departure from accepted interpretation, is attempted, has been drawn up with all plainness

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