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(A sight to which our eyes are strangers yet)
Worthy the Lamb, for he was slain for us !"
Lord's approach ?”
THE RECIPIENT OF THE GLORY OF GOD,
BLESSING TO THE WHOLE EARTH.
“I bring near my righteousness ; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion, for Israel my Glory.” (Isaiah xlvi. 13.)
" What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision ? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the Oracles of God.” (Rom. iii. 1, 2.)
“ For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: who are Israelites ; to whom pertaineth (i. e. belongs) the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the Law, and the service of God, and the promises.” (Rom. ix. 3, 4.)
“ A Light to lighten the Gentiles, and the Glory of my people Israel.” (Luke ii. 32.)
“ And (Elohim) said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and past not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee : and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed ; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” (Gen. xxii. 16, 18.)
“ And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee : and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Gen. xii. 3.)
" This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.” (Isaiah xliii. 21.)
The Great and Almighty God, Creator and Supporter of the heavens and earth, and all things that are therein, had a right to choose, to elect, and adopt one people, as a recipient, to contain, preserve, and through whom to manifest his Great Name " above all people upon the face of the whole earth.” (Deut. vii. 6.) This people and recipient are the literal Jews -- the lineal descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
That God must choose some recipient as a medium of communication is self-evident; for without this medium of communication his creatures must be left destitute of the knowledge of his power, wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and truth; indeed, without a knowledge of his divine attributes.
And as his creation necessarily includes all creatures, the inferior as well as the superior, and was intended to manifest all properties, natures, births, growth, and dispositions, and in which there could not be an equality,* or else there could be no diversity or difference manifested, which different lives, natures, and dispositions are necessary to constitute a world.
* How ridiculous then for some weak-minded persons to accuse God of partiality because of inequality.
Then God's first object in creating this world, was a desire and design to manifestation; all properties, natures, births, and dispositions were permitted and intended to burst forth into the wheel of time, and hence the great wrestling of Light with Darkness Life with Death Sin with Righteousness- and Time with Eternity — took place, until the superiority of Light and Truth should be for ever manifested and established over Darkness, Sin, and Error.
This was commenced by God's choosing and adopting a recipient for his great name in the person of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the great primogenitors of the present literal despised Jew or Israelite.
Of these I say, God made an election and adoption, “choosing them to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” “For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” (Deut. vii. 6.) And his written word is the only medium through which he has made known his will to his creatures. This appears self-evident from many of the declarations and prophecies