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PROPOSITION FORTY-FIFTH. As the Universal FATHER, the Lord is the Friend, and
will also be the Saviour of All.
EVIDENCES. "One GOD, THE FATHER OF ALL.'—Eph. iv. 6. To us, there is but one God, The FATHER, of whom are All Things, AND WE IN Him.'— 1 Cor viii. 6.
Have we not All ONE FATHER ? Hath not One God Created us ?-Mal. ii. 10. We have ONE FATHER, even God.'—John viii. 41. “One is your Master, and All YE are Brethren.' Thus strongly, in connection with the sentence “THE WHOLE FAMILY IN HEAVEN AND IN EARTH,'---Eph. iii. 15, do we establish the doctrines of the Universal Pa. ternity of God, and the One Brotherhood of His Creatures,
Even some of the heathen poets have truly said, We are also His Offspring, [OFF-SPRUNG.] Then we are fall] the Off-Sprung of God. - Acts. xvii. 27-29. 'Go to my Brethren, Jesus taught that we are all neighbors and brethren,--Mat. vii. 3; Luke xvii. 3; x. 27--37 ; Rom. xiv. 10; 1 John iii. 10--21, &c.] and say unto them, that I ascend unto my Father and Your Father, and to my God and Your God.'-.-John xx. 17.
“What though his erring feet,
Have stumbled in the way,
He has been led astray ?
Upon his brow is set,
He is thy Brother yet."-BUFFORD.
He is “THE FATHER OF SPIRITS.'-Heb. xii. 9. "Behold, All Souls are Mine, saith the Lord.'—Ezek. xviii. 4.--«None is able to pluck them out of my Father's hands.'
O Lord, Thou art our FATHER; we are the clay, and Thou our Potter; and we are All the Work of Thy hands.' ---Isa. lxiv. 8. •Doubtless Thou art our Father, though
Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not. Thou, O Lord, art our Fathér, our REDEEMER.'- Isa. lxiii. 16.
“Thou art my God, my Father, the Rock of my SALVATION.'-Ps. lxxxix, 26.
Thou hast been my help.; leave me not, neither Forsake me, O God of my Salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, THE LORD WILL TAKE ME UP:'--Ps. xxvii. 9, 10. A woman may forget her suckling child,---yet,' &c.
'A Father of the fatherless, and a Judge of the widows, is God in His holy habitation. ---Ps. lxviii. 5.
As a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.'---Deut. viii. 5; Prov. iii. 11, “Like as a Father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For He knoweth our frame, He remembereth that we are dust.'---Ps. ciii. 14.
Your HEAVENLY Father knoweth what things ye have Need of.'---Mat. vi. 8. •If ye, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, HOW MUCH MORE shall your Father which is in Heaven.'---Luke xi. 13.
'It shall come to pass, in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not My People, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the Sons of the Living God. The children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and appoint themselves ONE HEAD.'---Hos. i. 10, The Creation shall be delivered from the Bondage of Corruption, into the glorious liberty of THE (adopted, sanctified,] CHILDREN OF GOD.'---Rom. viii. 21.
A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master. If I, then, be a Father, [and be eternally disobeyed and contemned of My Children,] where is Mine Honour? saith the Lord of hosts.'---Mal. i. 6.
“Nor He content
From men to angele, to celestial minds,
PROPOSITION FORTY-SIXTH. * As the Universal GOVERNOR,* God will Ultimately
Triumph over All Evil.
EVIDENCES. *Thine, O Lord, is the Greatness, and the Power, and the Glory, and the VICTORY, and the Majesty: for All that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine. Thine is the KINGDOM, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as Head above All. Both riches and honour come of Thee, and Thou Reigpest over All; and in Thine hand is Power and Might, and in Thine hand it is to make Great, and to give Strength unto ALL.'.--1 Chron. xxix. 11, 12.
The God of heaven shall set up a KINGDOM, which shall never be destroyed; and the Kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and Consume All these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.'---Dan ii. 44.
The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens, His Kingdom RULETH OVER ALL. -- Bless the Lord, All His. Works, in All places of His Dominion.'---Ps. ciii. 19, 22.
The Kingdom of the Most High is an Everlasting King. dom, and All Dominions shall Serve and Obey Him. ---Dan. vii. 27.
The argument of this Proposition is continuouis of that general subject, The Government and Final Triumph of Christ's Kingdom, which is embraced in Propositions XVIII., XIX., and XXXVII. The inquiring reader by referring to the words KINGDOM, THRONE, REIGN, RULE, JUDGMENT, &c., in Cruden’s Concordance, will find quite a number of interesting passages relating to this important theme of Revelation, which we have not room to give place to.
•Behold, a King shall Reign in Righteousness, and princes shall Rule in Judgment. A Man (Christ] shall be as a Hiding-Place from the wind, and a Covert froin the tempest; as Rivers of Water in a Dry place, as the shadow of a Great Rock in a weary land. -. The heart of the rash shall understand Knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerer shall be ready to speak plainly.'---Isa. xxxii. 1.-4.
Behold, a King shall Reign and prosper, and shall execute Judgment and Justice in the Earth. In his days shall Judah be Saved, and Israel shall dwell safely ; and this is the name whereby he shall be called, The Lord OUR Righteousness.'---Jer. xxiii. 5, 6. “For AS SIN hath Reigned unto death, even so shall GRACE REIGN, THROUGH RighTEOUSNESS, unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord.' •By the RighTEOUSNESS OF ONE, the Free Gift came upon ALL Men unto Justification of Life.'---Rom. v. 21, 18. .
Out of thee shall he come forth unto Me, that is to be Ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of Old, from Everlasting. -- And he shall stand and feed the people in the Strength of the Lord, in the Majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide ; for now shall he be Great unto the Ends of the Earth. And this Man shall be our PEACE.'---Micah v. 2--5.
Of the increase of his Government and Peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his KINGDOM to order it, and to establish it with Judgment and with Justice from henceforth even forever. The Zeal of the Lord of hosts will Perform this.'---Isa. ix. 7.
"He shall build the Temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the Glory, and sit and Rule upon his Throne; and he shall be a Priest upon his Throne; and the Counsel of Peace shall be between them both. - . And they that are FAR OFF shall come and build in the Temple of the Lord.'--. Zech. vi. 13--15. “Christ, the Head of All Things,' 'of Every Man,' and 'the chief Corner-Stone---in whom All the Building, fitly framed together, groweth unto a Holy Temple in the Lord.'---Eph. ij. 21.
"Let us come near together to Judgment. Who raised up the Righteous Man from the East, [Messiah,] gave the Nations unto him, and made him Rule over kings? Who hath wrought and done it, calling the Generations from the Beginning? I, the Lord, the First, and with the Last; I am He. -- even the Ends of the Earth saw it, drew near, and came.'---Isa. xli. 1--5.
The Lord REIGNETH, He is clothed with Majesty ; the Lord is clothed with strength, and hath girded himself; the World also is established, that it cannot be moved. Thy Throne is established of Old, &c., Thy testimonies are very sure.'-Ps. xciii.
'All the Ends of the World shall remember and turn unto the Lord, and All the Kindreds of the Nations shall worship before Thee. For THE KINGDOM is the Lord's, and He is the GOVERNOR among the Nations.'—Ps. xxii. 29, 30.
All Thy Works shall Praise Thee, O Lord, and Thy saints shall Bless Thee. They shall speak of the Glory of Thy Kingdom, and talk of Thy Power ; to make known to the sons of men His mighty Acts, and the Glorious Majesty of His Kingdom. Thy Kingdom is an Everlasting Kingdom, and Thy Dominion extendeth over All Generations. -- Let All Flesh Bless His holy Name forever and ever.'
Ps. cxlv. 11--21. «THY KINGDOM COME.'—Mat. vi. 13.
Then cometh the End, when he shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father ; when he shall have put down All rule, and All authority and Power. For he must Reign, till he hath put All Enemies under his feet.--. The Last Enemy shall be Destroyed, Death. For He hath put All Things under his feet. (But when He saith All
Things are put under him, it is obvious that He is exeepted which did put All Things under him.) And when All Things shall be Subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto Him that did put All Things under him, THAT GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL'— 1 Cor. xv. 24--28. , O Lord God of Israel, Thou art the God, even Thou alone, of All the Kingdoms of the Earth ; Thou hast made beaven and earth.'-2 Kings xix. 15.
O Lord God of our Fathers, art not Thou God in heaven? and Rulest not Thou over All the Kingdoms of the Hea