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When Adam, undeceived, 1 Tim. ii. 14, broke through the bounds of the law, contrary to his own judgment, his better knowledge and conscience, the Holy Ghost , and his divine love left him; God gathered unto himself his spirit, and Adam died, Job. xxxiv. 14. And, having finned, en mity and hatred to God took place in him, and he was left in full possession of it. The word of God makes this divine love to be three things to mene
1. It is called the bond of all perfectness, Coloss. iii. 14. It was the bond of union between God and Adam, and all their communion was founded on it: but, when enmity was conceived in Adam's heart, this union was dissolved, God was displeased with man, and man's mind was enmity against God. And God himself asks, , “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos iii. 3. And Adam immediately made this disagreement manifeft; for, as soon as he heard the voice of God in the garden, he fled from him, and hid himself: he loved darkness, and hated the light of God's countenance, defiring no more union nor communion with him, and therefore fied to shun it and escape it.
9. I have before observed that God's love in Adam was the image of God in Adam's soul, and his robe of righteousness: hence it is that Adam felt himself naked when he lost it, and immediately began to substitute fomething instead of it, which was a dress made of leaves, setting a fad example to all his children, which to this day tread in the same steps, by clothing themselves with a covering, but not of God's Spirit, Isaiah xxx. 1.
.! 3. Love, according to scripture, is the way of God, and a way that excels all others: hence Paul calls charity the more excellent way, 1 Cor. xii. 31; and declares that all gifts, knowledge, language, and miraculous faith, are nothing without it but noise and shew. In complete happiness, and in perfect freedom, were our first parents turned adrift on this most excellent way at the beginning. And I have often observed that in the singular, not ways in the plural, is to be met with in the complaints of God upon this bead. « The earth also was corcupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth," Gen. vi. 11, 12
I come now to fhew what this corruption is, Adam's transgression of God's law brought the sentence of the law, which is death, into his con: science; at the entrance of which Satan' took occasion to fill Adam's mind with his own infernal enmity against God, which was not a difficult work for satanic wisdom to perform, seeing the
Holy Spirit and his divine love was gone, and Adam's mind was carnalized by fin, á proper foil for Satan to fow his desperate enmity in.
The image of God in Adam is expressly called the glory of God; “Man is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man," 1 Cor. xi. 7: This glory of God being lost by fin, we are all said to fail or come short of it; " All have finned, and come short of the glory of God," Rom. iii. 23.
Infiead of God's glory being on us, we are become most inglorious by sin; and, instead of being in God's image, which was fpiritual, and which the law of God, being fpiritual, requires, the apostle says we are carnal, fold under fin, Rom. vii. 14; and this disparity is manifest enough betweeñ fpiritual law and a carnal man, sold under sin. God's love by the Spirit in Adam fet him on a level with this fpiritual law of God; but, when this image or love of God was loft, then the disparity between the law and man took place; nór could all the purest natural affections in the 'world, if they met and centered in one soul, amount to a fingle act of obedience to the first aud great command of the moral law; for the law being spiritual, natural affections cannot attain unto it. The Holy Ghost in Adam, adorning and enrobing his fou) with divine love, set him on a level with God's law: and, if the authority of an apostle may be depended upon, nothing lefs can fulfil the law than “ the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost given unto us,” Rom v. 5: for so he says; “ That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit," Rom. viii. 4. By this fulfilling principle Paul does not mean the righteousness of Christ im. puted, for that is without us, and not in us, and is said to be put on, and not into us: by this fulfilling principle he means the love of God in the heart, “Love is," as he says, “the fulfilling of the law," Rom, xiii. 10; and this is not done by us, but God does it in us. This love is the image of God in his faints; and every discovery of God's love to us is inflaming the soul with fresh love to God, which Paul calls changing us“ into the same image from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord,” 2 Cor. ii. 18.
Nor does the apostle Paul, when contrasting Christ with Adam, as the two covenant heads, and heads of two different families, contradict what I have said of Adam. It is highly necessary to disținguish the Creator from the creature, and be tween Adam and the Lord from heaven, between Adam dead and the quickening Spirit. Paul, in that whole chapter, the xyth of the first book of the Corinthians, never once mentions the image of God in Adam, nor Adam as standing in God's image. He begins with Adam as fallen; “Since by man came death, by man came also the resur
rection of the dead; for, as in Adam all die, even fo in Christ shall all be made alive." Then Paul goes on to the creation of Adam ; “ And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul, the last Adam a quickening Spirit.” Here is no mention of God's image in Adam, but of his being made a living roul; and this soul Adam had after the fall, for the soul is the life of the body, the body without the spirit being dead. And the soul of Paul was alive without the law until the commandment came; for, although the sentence was passed upon Adam, and entered into his conscience by fin, yet that sentence was not then, nor is it yet, fully executed ; for God says, “ The soul that sinneth it shall die,” which shews that the execution of death's sentence is yet to come.
Moreover, Paul's contrasting Adam as made a living soul, with the last Adam a quickening Spirit, fhews that Paul's contrast was between Adam as dead and the quickening Spirit as giving life; for all the time that the Spirit of God, the love of God, and the life of God, abode in Adam, there was no room for the quickening Spirit to give newness of life, because the old life was not loft; but, when death entered, and man became condemned, and alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that was in him, Eph.vi.18, then, but not till then, was life and immortality by Christ needed. Furthermore, Paul calling