CHRISTOLOGY, OR THE REDEMPTION WROUGHT BY CHRIST. SECTION 1. ? HISTORICAL PREPARATION FOR REDEMPTION.
Since God had from eternity determined to redeem mankind, the history of the race, from the time of the fall to the coming of Christ, was providentially arranged to prepare the way for this redemption. The preparation was twofold:
I. NEGATIVE PREPARATION, IN THE HISTORY OF THE HEATHEN WORLD.
This showed that the trite nature of sin and the depth of spiritual ignorance and of moral depravity to which the race, left to itself, must fall. It also showed the powerlessness of human nature to preserve or regain an adequate knowledge of God, or to deliver itself from sin by philosophy or art.
Why could not Eve have been the mother of the chosen seed, as she doubtless at the first supposed that she was? (Gen. 4:1 ? ?and she conceived and bare Cain [ i. e, ?gotten?, or acquired?], and said I have gotten a man even Jehovah?). Why was not the cross set up at the gates of Eden? Scripture intimates that a preparation was needful ( <480404>Galatians 4:4 ? ?but when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son?). Of the two agencies made use of, we leave called heathenism the negative
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