The Glorious Majesty of Christ’s Person (Part One)
William Skelton, S.S.
Published in The Earthen Vessel: and Christian Record & Review, 1846 – Volume II
Dear Mr. Editor,
In perusing the cover of the August Vessel, your faithful correspondent, Conscience, proved to be to me a faithful monitor; he has spoken loudly and powerfully in the matter that the exaltation of the glorious majesty of Christ’s person; the telling out the wonders of his precious blood, and the immeasurable and unsearchable perfections of his righteousness, is what every earthen vessel, whether animate or inanimate, should be engaged in, even in the midst of all the dreadful filth such earthen vessel may contain. And now, Mr. Editor, as your faithful correspondent Mr. Conscience, and mine, have directly met in with each other, and not a jarring sentiment has been advanced by either relative to the great and important point, which has formed the subject of their solemn consideration, and it being unanimously agreed upon between them that in all things Christ shall have the preeminence; your Mr. Conscience, has laid a necessity on mine, to be a mouth for both, through the medium of the Earthen Vessel, for the exaltation of the all-glorious person of Christ, the righteousness of Emmanuel, God with us; and so, in humble hope that the Spirit of God (whose office work it is to glorify Christ, to lay open to the view of a living faith the all dazzling glories which centre in the incomprehensible person of our Lord Jesus Christ,) will be pleased to lead me and to take me in the visions of God, (Ezekiel xl.) unto this high mountain, I shall proceed to bear a testimony concerning his Person, of whom he himself declared, “All the prophets wrote of me;” and “before Abraham was, I AM;” and Esaias saw his glory when he exclaimed, ” Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, the whole earth is full of his glory;” and I feel as that my heart is inditing a good matter in the behalf of those who feel themselves brimful of bad matter and manners, while I bear testimony in and through the Holy Ghost, out of an heart made experimentally to know, yet not being able fully to comprehend, concerning his all-glorious Person.
As the Christ of God he is one in God and with God, and one with us and in us; and as such in the unity of his Person, the whole fulness of the Godhead dwelleth bodily, substantially, inherently in him, he possessing in himself every attribute of essential divinity, having said in the days of his flesh “All that the Father hath are mine, and I am glorified in them.” The mighty God, the Lord of hosts, the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Lord God omnipotent, the Lord Jehovah; then is he so, that whoso honoureth, worshippeth, and adoreth him, honoureth, worshippeth, and adoreth the Father also, and whoso honoureth not, adoreth not, the Son, honoureth not, adoreth not, the Father; and as Jehovah’s Christ, and ours, he has stood eternally united unto us, and we have been in eternal union with him, not by the creation of an human soul before the birth of time, said to be taken then into union with his Person, but in the eternity of his person, as the Christ of Jehovah, who being one eternal now, knows of nothing new, and contemplates nothing old: this Christ of God, as the eternal Logos, or Word, lays eternally in the bosom of the Father in all his divine offices and characters, which he eternally sustained in behalf of the church, who are, and were one in him, and who by virtue of an eternal union are, and ever were, the members of his mystic body, of whom he is the eternal living head, and so they were set up in him as the objects of Jehovah’s eternal delight, irrevocable favour, and never beginning never ending choice, according to his eternal purpose and decree in whom they were eternally blessed by “God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, according as he chose them in him before the foundation of the world, that they should be holy and without blame before him in love.” He, in his own proper Person, possessing that eternal life which, as the gift of the Father, was given unto the church IN HIM, before the world was, “For this is the record that God hath given unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son; he that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life.’‘—” And now, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the a world he saith, and let all the angels of God worship him;” as they gaze on him he being seen of angels, as God manifested in the flesh, in no new relationship to the church, filling no new office, sustaining no new character in her behalf, but in her nature manifesting himself as her everlasting Head, Husband, and Representative, Daysman, and Mediator, Lawgiver, and Law-fulfiller, Surety, and Ransom, High Priest, and Sacrifice, Altar and Offering, Sin-burden-bearer and Sin-propitiation, Curse-endurer, and Curse-remover, wrath enduring and hell-suffering Saviour and Redeemer, Lord and God; of whom it is written “when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them which were under the law; that we might receive the adoption of sons;” not that we might be made the sons of God thereby, for we are sons of God, by adoption, as an eternal act in him; but that we might receive the adoption of sons; and all the blessings and blessedness thereto belonging, in, through, and by him. And now as concerning the Person of the God Man Christ Jesus, not by conversion of his divinity into humanity, nor by admixion of the two natures in the One Person of Emmanuel, the glorious fact of his being eternally united unto me, and my being eternally united unto him, constitutes the fundamental basis of our being glorified together; for so this union stands according to his own words when addressing the Father, “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one.” And by this one offering, when he offered himself without spot to God, and died the just for the unjust, he hath perfected for ever them which arc sanctified; and oh!
The wonders of his precious blood to tell,
The precious blood of Christ, Emmanuel!
Why, fellow Conscience, if you have
felt the power, the efficacy, the cleansing
virtue of it, you can join me in declaring
it is the blood of God;
And while the wonders of this blood we tell,
We do declare it saved us both from hell.
Continued in Part Two.