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to the end that the Promise might be SURE TO ALL THE SEED, ['all families,' and 'kindreds,'] not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the trust of Abraham, which is the Father of us ALL.'---Rom. iv. 14--16.
Thanks be to God for His UNSPEAKABLE GIFT!". .--2 Cor. ix. 15.
And as man is led to view the broad river of the Lord's universal Grace and boundless Mercy, fertilizing the wide earth, whether in its operations for present good, or in the inspiration of hope for the future, or of its healing and sanctifying power; with the steady eye of faith, contemplating the mighty gloriousness of the fathomless Gift towards which the myriad streams of Almighty Grace are tending, his fervent prayer and ours shall be,
“Roll on, thou mighty river,
Forever and the same,
Thy healing waters came.
Thou life to him shalt give,
Lo ! every thing shall live.
Shall swell its blissful tide,
In Jesus shall abide.
A ransom’d-world shall bend,
Rev. T. J. GREENWOOD.
PROPOSITION SIXTEENTH.. · The Church Universal, which is the Possession and Body
of Christ, according to Prop. XI., shall be Eventually SANCTIFIED and UNITED to Him, in Eternal Peace and Reconciliation.
PROOFS. *Christ loved the Church, and gave himself for it, [he “LOVED THE WORLD,” “GAVE HIMSELF A RANSOM FOR ALL.” If his ‘Church' does not comprise the sinful and unbelieving of mankind, why should he have given himself a sacrifice for it?) that he might SANCTIFY and CLEANSE it, [of what should he cleanse his Church, if it only comprise the pure and holy?] with the washing of water by the word ; that he might PRESENT IT TO HIMSELF A GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having spot nor wrinkle, nor any such thing; but that it should be Holy and without blemish. - - For no man ever yet hated his own flesh, [so, “the Lord abhorreth nothing which His hands have made,' and Jesus loveth his enemies,] but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord his Church. For we* are members of his BODY, of his flesh aud of his bones, [every soul is a necessary member of the everlasting church, in some sphere or other,---read 1 Cor. xii.] For this cause, (as it is written concerning marriage in general,) shall a man leave his father and mother and be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be ONE FLESH. This is a great Mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the Church.'---Eph. v. 25--32.
* There are about a hundred passages in the writings of Paul, where he thus familiarly speaks in the name of the whole race and universal Family to which he belongs, using the terms WE, US, OUR, YE, &c. as a Representative of the broad Fraternity of his kind, which our Oppo. sing Christians are accustomed to cramp and narrow down in their interpretations, to the pent-up, ungracious measure of human selfishness, and anti-christian illiberality. This is often done at great expense to subject, appositeness, and common sense, and without regard to context, the whole tenor and design of the Gospel, and the plainest principles of reason. Would that these, however, were the only expressions in which the mind of the Apostle comprehended and addressed all the children of "the one God and Father of All,' which have to suffer the abuse of such shrivelled expositions. What better treatment do those plain, universal terms, 'ALL,' 'ALL Men,' 'ALL Things,' &c. which are quite as nu. merous as the former class, experience at their hands ?
"I will betroth thee unto me forever; yea, I will betroth .. thee unto me in Righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving-kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness ; and thou sha!t know [this implies that they did not before know] the Lord, - - I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy, and I WILL SAY TO THEM WHICH WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, THOU ART MY PEOPLE ; and They shall say, THOU ART OUR God.'Hos. ii. 19--23.
*For as a young man marrieth a Virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee; and as the Bridegroom rejoiceth over the Bride, so shall thy God Rejoice over thee.'--- Isa. lxii. 5.
For thy Maker is thy Husband; the Lord of hosts is his name: and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, THE GOD OF THE WHOLE Earth shall he be called.'---Isa. Ixiv. 5.
Turn! O backsliding Children, saith the Lord ; for I am Married unto You !'-.-Jer. iii. 14.
“Glorious hopes and ineffable imaginings crowd our holy theme ;
nite expansion. . To learn all things is privilege of reason, and that with a growing
The Will of God is love ;
Proverbial Philosophy. Concerning the subject of this Chapter, there is an interesting, scriptural, curious treatise by the celebrated RelLY, entitled, “Union; the Consanguinity and Affinity between Christ and his Church,' in which the doctrine is beautifully developed, and strongly sustained. This is the work which was chiefly instrumental in the conversion of MURRAY. There is a cheap 12 1-2 cent American Edition of it.
PROPOSITION SEVENTEENTH. The Intelligent Spirits of All Flesh shall Ultimately SERVE and ADORE their Maker and Redeemer.
PROOFS. All His WORKS shall Praise Him.'—Ps. cxlv. 10. Let Every Thing that hath Breath, [the true translation is here, -Every Thing that hath Breath SHALL] Praise the Lord.' -Ps. cl. 6.'
All the Ends of the World shall Remember and Turn unto the Lord ; and ALL THE KINDREDS OF THE NATIONS shall Worship before Him.'—Ps. xxii. 27.
'All NATIONS WHOM THOU HAST MADE shall come and Worship hefore Thee, O Lord, and shall Glorify Thy name.' -Ps. lxxxvi. 9.
0, Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall All FLESH come.'—Ps. lxxxv. 2.
All the Earth shall Worship Thee, and shall Sing unto Thee; they shall Sing unto Thy name.'—Ps. Ixvi. 4.
ALL THEY THAT GO DOWN TO THE Dust shall Bow before Him.'-Ps. xxii. 29.
'All Kings shall fall down before him, (Messiah ;) ALL NATIONS shall Serve him; - - Men shall be Blessed in him; All NATIONS shall call him Blessed.'-Ps. lxxii.11,19,
All the Kings of the Earth shall Praise Thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of Thy mouth.'—Ps. cxxxviii. 4.
"And there was given unto him Dominion, Glory, and a Kingdom, [that kingdom, be it remembered, is a spiritual kingdom, --it is 'not of this world,'] that ALL PEOPLE, NATIONS, AND LANGUAGES should Serve him.'-Dan. vii. 14.
The Kingdom of the Most High is an Everlasting Kingdom, and All DOMINIONS shall Serve and Obey Him.'-Dan. viii. 27.
"God hath highly exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE should Bow, of Things in Heaven, and Things in Earth, and of Things Under the Earth, and that EVERY TONGUE should Confess, that Jesus is Lord, to the Glory of God, the Father.:- Phil. ii. 9--11.
I am the Lord, and there is None else! I have Sworn by Myself, the word hath gone out of My mouth in Righteousness, and shall not return: That unto Me, EVERY KNEE shall Bow, and EVERY TONGUE shall swear, In the Lord have I Righteousness and Strength !'-Isa. xlv. 23, 24.
“As I Live, saith the Lord, EVERY KNEE shall Bow to Me, and Every TONGUE shall confess to God.'—Rom. xiv. 11.
My House [the Gospel Kingdom) shall be called a House of Prayer for ALL PEOPLE.'—Isa. lvi. 7.
"I will make the place of My feet Glorious. The Sons of them that afflicted thee shall also come bending unto thee, [·Zion'] and All they that Despised thee shall Bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet.'—Isa. lx. 14.
"The Lord God will cause Righteousness and Praise to spring forth before ALL THE NATIONS.'-Isa. Ixi. 11.
The Wrath of Man shall Praise Him.'-Ps. lxxxvi. 10. Satan shall Worship the Lord ITS God, and Him ONLY shall it Serve.'-Mat. iii. 10.
"God shall Bless us, and All the Ends of the Earth shall Fear Him.'-'Let All the People, (rather, All People SHALL) Praise Thee, O God.”—Ps. lxvii. 7, 3, and 5.
•Who shall not Fear Thee, O God, and Glorify Thy name ? [A whole vast Universe of Thy Creatures, eternally, answers Orthodox-dom.] ALL NATIONS shall come and Worship before Thee,' adds the Revelator.-Rev. xv. 4.
"And then shall Every Man have Praise of God.'—1 Cor. iv. 5.
I beheld, and lo! a Great Multitude, which No Man could number, of (properly rendered, even) All Nations, and KINDREDS, and People, and Tongues, stood before the Throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, and cried with a loud Voice, SALVATION unto our God which sitteth upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb,' & c. to end of Chapter.---Rev. vii. 9. Good