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Critics agree with us in referring the prophetical language of this chapter to the period of the Restoration, in the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times.'
Then will I Turn to the People a pure language, that they may ALL call upon the name of the Lord, and Serve Him with one consent.'-Zeph. iii. 9. I
"And EVERY CREATURE which is in Heaven, and on the Earth, and Under the Earth, and Such as are in the Sea, AND ALL THAT ARE IN THEM, heard I saying, Blessing, and Honor, and Glory, and Power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb, forever and ever!'-Rev. V. 13.
0, Praise the Lord, All ye Nations; Praise Him All ye People. For His Merciful Kindness is great toward us, and the Truth of the Lord endureth forever! Praise Ye the Lord.'--117th Psalm.
•Bless the Lord, ALL HIS WORKS, in All places of His Dominion ! Bless the Lord, O my soul!'-Ps. ciii. 22.
“And thus, on the Grand and final Consummation, when every will shall be subdued to the Will of Good to All, our Jesus will take in hand the resigned cordage of our hearts. He will tune them as so many instruments, and will touch them with the finger of his own divine feelings. Then shall the Wisdom, and the Might, and the Goodness of our God, become the wisdom, might, and goodness of All His intelligent creatures. The happiness of each shall multiply and overflow, in the wishes and participation of the happiness of All. The Universe shall begin to resound with the song of congratulation, and All Voices shall break forth in an eternal hallelujah of praise transcending praise, and glory transcending glory to God and the Lamb! There shall be no lapse thenceforward, no falling away forever! But God in Christ, and Christ in his Redeemed, shall be a Will and a Wisdom, and an unction, and a Righteousness, and a Goodness and a Graciousness, and a glory rising on glory, and a blessing rising on blessedness, through an ever beginning to a never-ending eternity !"—Brooke's •Fool of Qualty; a work strongly Recommended by Dr. Adam Clarke.
“Round as we gaze on the works of creation,
Wisdom and Goodness in all things we see;
Shineth the Grace that proceedeth from Thee !
Dawneth resplendent from mansions above,
Fill'd with the fruits of Unsearchable Love !
Sighing and sorrow forever shall cease ;
Shall make universal the Kingdom of Peace !
Oft shall remembrance Thy mercies recall,
Rev. ABEL C. THOMAS.
PROPOSITION EIGHTEENTH. Every Alienated and Rebellious Child of the Lord's Family,
shall be SUBDUED and RECONCILED to Him through Christ.
PROOFS. Then cometh the End, when he shall have Put down All rule, and All authority and power.'-1 Cor. xv. 24.
For he must reign till he hath Put ALL ENEMIES under his feet.'—25.
"He hath Put All Things under his feet.'--27.
ALL THINGS are of God, who hath Reconciled Us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given Us the ministry of Reconciliation, to wit: that God was in Christ Reconciling (Himself unto the World?) THE WORLD unto Himself.' -2 Cor. v. 18, 19.
“According to the working whereby He is able to Subdue ALL THINGS unto Himself.'—Phil. iii. 21.
For it pleased the Father that in Christ should All Fulness dwell ; - - and to Reconcile ALL THINGS to himself, whether Things on Earth, or Things in Heaven.'-Col. i. 20. The term 'All Things' occurs five times in immediate connection with this passage, and no ‘Orthodox’ Expositor ever pretends, or has ever ventured to contract the universality of that phrase in either of those instances. But the instant they light upon this 20th verse, like the two or three thousand years leap they are accustomed to make in the xxivth of Matthew, the identical language is metamorphosed into altogether a different meaning! 0, Consistency !
"God hath set him at His own right hand, in heavenly places, far above All principality, and power, and might, and dominion, (except Lucifer's think you ?) and Every Name that is named, not only in this world, but in that which is to come; and hath Put All THINGS under his feet, and gave himself to be the Head over All Things, to the Church, which is his Body, (see Prop. XI.) the Fulness of Him that FILLETH ALL IN ALL. —Eph. i. 18--24.
: "Unto him, [Shiloh,' the Messias,] shall the Gathering of THE PEOPLE be.'-Gen. xlix. 10.
"Jesus Christ, after he had offered one Sacrifice for Sins, forever sat down at the Right Hand of God, from thence expecting till his ENEMIES be made his footstool.'—Heb. x. 12, 13.
Thou hast Put All Things in Subjection under his feet. For in that He Put ALL in Subjection under him, he left NOTHING that is not Put under him. But now, we see NOT YET, All Things Put under him.'-Heb. ii. 8. Physi. cally, and governmentally, All Things are, already, in subjection to Christ; for The Father hath delivered all things and committed all judgment, into his hands, and given him all power in heaven and in earth.' But the great, universal Spiritual Subjection which is contemplated in the Gospel through his glorious reign in that heavenly Kingdom of Zion which 'ruleth over All,' and which cometh not by observation,' we see Not Yet.'
*The casting away of Israel, shall be the Reconciling of THE WORLD.'—Rom. xi. 15.
When we were ENEMIES, we were Reconciled to God by the Death of His Son.'-Rom. v. 10.
We joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom We have now received the Atonement,' (the Reconciliation.) Notice that it is Us who are to receive the atonement or reconciliation, for We are the unreconciled party, and not our Maker, because He is of one mind and unchangeable, and therefore was He never unreconciled. Did He send the Saviour in order that He might love the world ? No; for He so loved the world, that He sent His only-begotten Son.' How contrary this to the teaching of the Methodist and Episcopal Articles : “Christ truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to Reconcile His Father to Us,” &c.
Calmet says, respecting the word Atonement, “We have evidently lost the true import of this word, by our present manner of pronouncing it. When it was customary to pronounce the word one as own, in the time of our translators, the word atonement was resolvable into parts, AT-ONEMENT, or the means of being at one, i. e. reconciled, in fellowship.” The word occurs but once in the English N. T. its original being always elsewhere properly rendered Reconciliation.
"He will send forth judgment unto (endless damnation ?) VICTORY !!—Mat. xii. 20.
"I have Overcome THE WORLD.'—John xvi. 33.
Behold, All they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed, (see also Isa. xlv. 25,) and confounded; they shall be as nothing, (in their deep humility.) They that strive with thee shall be melted. Thou shalt seek them, and shall not find them, (as such,) even them that contended with thee.'-İsa. xli. 11, 12
Through the Greatness of thy Power shall Thine ENEMIES Submit themselves unto Thee; they shall Sing unto Thy Name.'—Ps. lxvi. 3, 4.
(The Lord of Hosts shall Defend His (elect) People, and they shall devour and Subdue the Enemies.'-Zech. ix. 15.
The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine Enemies thy footstool. The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion; Rule thou in the midst of thine Enemies. Thy People SHALL BE WILLING, (who were not willing before,) in the Day of thy Power.'Ps. cx. 1--3.
The Lord shall go forth like a Mighty Man; he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war ; he shall Prevail against his Enemies.' -- Isa. xlii. 13.
0, clap your hands, All YE PEOPLE; Shout unto God with the Voice of Triumph! For the Lord Most High is terrible; He is a Great King over All the Earth. He shall Subdue the People under us, and the Nations under our feet. - - Sing praises unto God, sing praises ! Sing praises unto our People, sing praises. For God is the King of All the Earth! Sing Ye praises with understanding. God reigneth over the Heathen! He sitteth upon the Throne of His holiness!'—Ps. xlvii. 1--8; See also, xcvii. 1--7.
“And I heard, as it were, the Voice of a Great Multitude, and as the Voice of Many Waters, and as the Voice of Mighty Thunderings, saying, ALLELUIA! for the Lord God OMNIPOTENT Reigneth ?—Rev. xix. 6.
Wide o'er the world a King shall reign,