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Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of the faints. And they sung a new song, saying, thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, but of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation ; and haft made us unto our God kings and priests : and we shall reign on the earth.
· The ministers and people of the church of Chrift are reprefented as worshipping Christ, by prayers, and songs of praise, in which they express their warm gratitude to him for revealing to them, the will of God, and particularly for the revelation contained in this book. This book as a revelation from God is a subject of praise to true Christians in every age, however much it is treated with neglect, contempt, and sometimes with ridicule, by fome who call themselves Christians. It shall gradually become more and more a subject of praise to the church of Christ as that period approaches, when they shall reign on the earth.
Christ is represented, as true God, and true man. First as true God, because the whole Christian ehurch, represented by the four living creatures, and the four and twenty elders, pay religious wor
İnip to him, by prayer and praise. They fall down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, the symbol of sacred music and praise, and golden vials full of odours, which are their own prayers; for they are saints. As religious worship is thus paid to him, he must be God, for in many other parts of sacred scripture, and repeatedly in this book, God is declared to be the fole object of all religious worship, and reason approves of the declaration.
And second, as true man, for he was slain, and hath redeemed the church of God by his blood out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation. If he had not been 'man he could not have been Nain, his blood could not have been shed.
Christians sing that by the blood of Christ they are redeemed and made priests unto God. It is this blood which expiates their guilt; it is this which gives them a right to approach unto God, in acts of devotion, through the mediation of Christ only, without the intervention of the high priest under the law. They have now near access to God, through the blood of Christ, and therefore are stiled.priests unto God, Heb. X. 11,422,
Christians fing, “We shall reign on the earth.” This part of their new song refers to that triumphant state of the church of Christ on earth def. ' cribed in chap. xx. which shall commence about the year of Christ 2000, and which shall be ex
plained in the commentary on that chapter. Particularly it refers to what is said chap. XX. 6. “ They shall be priests of God, and of Christ, and " they shall reign with him a thousand years.”
This song of thanksgiving is sung by the living creatures and elders only, the ministers and people of the Christian church only, because it contains grounds of praise in which they are deeply in. terested; but in which angels have no private interest. They sing of him, who “took not on him “ the nature of angels;" what angels for that reafon, could not fing; - Thou wast flain, and hast “ redeemed us to God, by thy blood, out of every “ kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation, and *" hast made us unto our God kings and priests, “ and we shall reign on the earth.”
If any thing more than was formerly said, were necessary to fhew that the four living creatures, and the four and twenty elders fignify the mininisters and people in the church of Christ, those who are Christians indeed, whom the Lord knoweth to be his ; the words of this song put the meaning of these symbols out of all doubt. What beings in the whole universe, except true Chriftians, could fing and say in truth to Christ, “ Thou “ wast Nain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy "blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and “ people, and nation, and hast made us, unto our
“ God, kings and priests.” And every true Chriftian without exception can say this in truth.
By this song of the ministers and people in the church of Christ, referring to the millenium state of the church on earth, it is fignified, that they shall be instruments under God of bringing about that state ; and that that state when it comes shall be peculiarly joyful to them.
Verles uith, 12th.—And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the beasts and the elders : and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
A very great number of angels now join with the Christian church, in singing a song of praise to Christ, in which angels can join. These are real angels, celestial spirits, who attend the throne of God, and execute the divine commands. Angels join in worshipping Christ. This is fit, the intelligent creature ought to worship its Creator. And Christ is the Creator of angels, as well as of men, Coloff. i. 16, 17, “By him were all things created VOL. I.
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