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the Knowledge of the Son of God. unto A PERFECT MAN, (that all Mankind shall become as One, Great, Perfect Man,] unto the Measure of the Stature of the FULNESS OF CHRIST, .- from whom the WHOLE BODY, fitly joined together. [Christ being 'the Head,'] and compacted by, that which every joint supplieth, working in the measure of Every Part, inaketh increase of The Body unto the Edifying of itself in Love.'- Eph. iv. 13--16.

"I am the Light" of The WORLD.'—John viii. 12. Ye shall Know The Truth, and the Truth shall make you FREE,' [from ·Sin,' v. 34.]-viii. 32.

The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto leaven which a. woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till THB WHOLE was Leavened.'- Mat. xiii. 33; Luke xiii. 31.

That he might give Eternal Lise to as many as Thou hast given him; (All Flesh,''All Things,') and this is Life Eternal, to Know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.'-John xvii. 2, 3.

"I will give them an heart to Know Me, saith the Lord.'. -Jer. xxiv. 7. “Therefore My People shall Know My name.'-Isa, lii. 6.

“Thou who did'st come to bring,
On thy redeeming wing,

Healing and sight ;
Health to the sick in mind,
Sight to the inly blind,
0, now, to All Mankind,
•Let there be light !!"

A. C. T.

PROPOSITION TWENTY-EIGHTH. DEATH, which is the Scripture term for Moral and Natu

ral Corruption, shall be swallowed up of Deific Life, and Incorruptibility.

PROOFS. •Death, the Last Enemy, shall be Destroyed. — 1 Cor. xv. 26. For as in Adam All Die, even so in Christ shall All be MADE Alive.'-22. •Death is swallowed up in Victory!'-1 Cor. xv. 54.

And the Lord of hosts will swallow up Death in Vic tory !'-Isa. xxv. 8.

He hath A BOLISHED Death, and brought LIFE, and linmortality to light through the Gospel.'—2 Tim. i. 10.

•That he might Destroy Death, and him that hath the power of Death, that is the Devil,' (the Evil, for “the sting of Death is Sin.')—Heb. ii. 14.

'I will Redeem them from Death. O, Death, I will be thy Plagues !---Hos. xiii. 14.

AND THERE SHALL BE NO MORE Death.'---Rev. xxi. 4.

Who shall Deliver us from the body of this DEATH ?' For ‘sin reigns in our mortal bodies,'---Rom. vi. 12; viii. 11, but not in our immortal, for this is to be a glorious body. Answer: Christ; who 'gave himself for us that he might Deliver us from this present evil world.'-.-Gal. i. 4. Is it likely that he will thence carry us to some world that is infinitely more corrupt and miserable than the present?

This corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.'---1 Cor. xv. 52. The Cream tion shall be Delivered from the Bondage of Corruption.'

In justification of the sense we attach to the words •Death," and Life,' as they are used in these passages which speak of the destruction of the former, in the triunph of the latter, we present the following passages to show that the frequent Scripture usage of these words is in favor of their interpretation here to relate to spiritual, and not physical mortulity:

To be carnally minded, is death ; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.'---Rom. ii. 6. “We have passed from death unto life; he that loveth not his brother abideth in death.'--- 1 John iii. 14. •If a man keep my saying he shall never see death,'---John 'viii. 51. She that liveth in plea.. sure is dead while she liveth,'---1 Tim. v. 6. The receiving of the Jews shall be as life from the dead.'---Rom. xi. 15. - A wake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.'---Eph. v. 14. Yield yourselves unto God as those that are alive from the dead.'--Rom. vi. 13. You bath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.' -. •When we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, and hath raised us un together.'---Eph. ii. 1,5. •Being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he Quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.'---Col. ii. 13.

The hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live,' John v. 25. Let the dead bury their dead.'---Mat, viii. 22. I was alive without the law once; but when -, sin revived, I died.'---Rom. vii. 9. •If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.'---Mat. xix. 17. He that believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, • - and is passed from death unto life.'---John v. 24. •Narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.'---Mat. yii. 14. In the way of righteousness is life; in the pathway • thereof there is no death.'---Prov. xii. 28. See also Ezek. xviij. and xxxvii. &c. , Now these passages are with us, conclusive to the point, that when the Bible affirms the final destruction of Death, it contemplates the glorious universal resurrection from the moral death which has passed upon all men to condemnation,' through that which fell upon Ad. 'am:in the day of transgression; that it announces the utter extinction of all that is at enmity with our spiritual nature, and the ultimate regeneration of all souls from the death which sin entails upon them, to the divine Life of holiness and .glory. :!, mi

s ter :v He has died to slay Death; he has risen again to bring Mankind from under the empire of Hades. All this he has

done through his mere unmerited mercy; and eternal thanks are due to God for this unspeakable Gift. He has given us the Victory over Sin, Satan, Death, the grave, and Hell.” ---Dr. Adam Clarke.

When destroying Death shall die,
Hush'd be every rising sigh,
Tears be wip'd from every eye,

Never more to fall ;
Then shall praises fill the sky,
And songs unto the Lord Most High,
The Universal Host shall cry, .

"God ig All in All!'"

PROPOSITION TWENTY-NINTH. HELL, whatever it be, shall also Ultimately Deliver up All that were under its Power, and be Destroyed.

PROOFS. 1st. That there is Redemption from Hell.? The Lord killeth, and maketh alive; He bringeth down to Sheol, [Hell,] AND ERINGETH up.'—1 Sam. ii. 6.

"I will ŘANSOM THEM from the Power of Sheol.'--Hosea xiii. 14.

And Hades [Hell,] Delivered up the dead which were in it.'—Rev. xx. 13. . Great is Thy Mercy towards me, and Thou hast Deliv ered my soul from the LOWEST Hell.'Ps. Ixxxvi. 13. B Out of the belly of Hell cried I, - - I went down to the bottoms of the mountains, and the earth with her bars' was about me forever; that is, three days : 1 yet Thou hast brought up my life from corruption, O Lord, my God.' Jonah ii. 2, 6. " 'Like sheep are they laid in Sheol, -- but God will ReDEEM my soul from the Power of Sheol, (HELL,] for He shall receive me.'-Ps. xlix. 14, 15.

I, (THE PSALMIST,] am counted with them that go down into Sheol.' Ps lxxxvij. 4. "The sorrow's of Hell com. passed me about.”—2 Sam. xxii. 6; Ps. xviii. 5. The pains of Hell gat hold on me.'-Ps. cxvi. 3. Yet who be. lieves in the endless perdition of the sweet singer of Israel?' "Thou wilt not LEAVE my soul in Hell.'Ps. xvi. 10.

Your covenant with Death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with Hell SHALL NOT STAND.'—Isa. xxviii. 18.

'In Hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torment,' and there was no water to cool his tongue.—Luke xvi. 23. “As for thee also, [Messiah,] by the Blood of thy Covenant, I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the Pit, WHEREIN IS NO WATER.'-Zech. ix. 15.

Christ suffered in his flesh for the unjust, and went and preached the Gospel to them that were dead, spirits in Prison that were sometimes disobedient, that he might bring us to God,--that their spirits might 'live according to God.-1 Pet. iii. 18--22 and iv. 6. For he hath 'the keys of Hades,' -Rev. i. 18. And the gates of Hades shall not Prevail against his Church,'—Mat. xvi. 18, because it is to embrace · All Families,' and Kindreds.'

After his resurrection, Jesus explicitly declared, I have not yet ascended unto my Father.'-John xx. 17. And Peter said, “David is not (yet) ascended into the heavens.'Acts ii. 34. Jesus was 'our Forerunner into the Holy Place,' the •First-Fruits,' and 'First-Born of Every Creature.' Where were the spirits of the before-departed, then, and his own glorified spirit, before his ascension to the mansions of his Father ? They were in the Middle World,

Sheol, Paradise,' the Lower Heaven. Jesus died that he might go and take possession of THE DEAD, of whom he had become Lord as well as of THE LIVING ---Rom. xiv. 9.Thence, 'He ascended up on high, leading Captivity captive, ['freeing the prisoners,') and received gists for Men, yea, for THE Rebellious also.' - Ps. lxviii. 18; Eph. iv. 8.

The souls of all men, in fact, must pass the experiences of the Middle State, in order to reach the higher heaven where their 'naked' spirits are to be 'clothed upon with their house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.-2 Cor. v. 1--4. Is this doubted ? Are we not told that Sheol .- gathereth unto him All Nations, and heapeth unto him All People ?'—Hab. ii. 5. That the Lord 'brings us to

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