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All-comprehensive--Its Signification and Provisions.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Gal. 3: 10 For as many as are of the works of the law, are under the curse : for it is written, Cursed
every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith : but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
280. Its plan all-comprehensive.
Ep. 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth ; eren in him : 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will : 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ : 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord : 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. [See 235.]
281. Its signification and provisions.
(s. 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation : that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth !
Mat. 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding and they would not come. 4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared
Its Standard-Its Effects.
my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready.
25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Lk. 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Jn. 3: 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be listed up. 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.
14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Rom. 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent ? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things !
1 Cor. 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. [See 290.]
282. Does the gospel require as high degree of moral perfection as the law ?
Mat. 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Rom. 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
283. Gospel everlasting in its effects.
Is. 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation.
Sinners opposed to it.
Mat. 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Heb. 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.
Rev. 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth.
284. Sinners opposed to the gospel.
Mat. 20:10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house, 12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. 13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny? 14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own ? is thine eye evil because I am good ? 16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
Lk. 15:28 And he was angry, and would not go in; therefore came his father out, and entreated him. 29 And he answering, said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment, and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends : 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
Rom. 10:3 For they, being ignorant of God's righteous. ness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
1 Cor. 1: 18 The preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness. 23 We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness.
Gal. 1: 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men ? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Penalty of resisting-Sinners Invited.
285. Fearful penalty of the gospel, or consequences of resisting its light and claims.
Mat. 11:20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not. 21 Wo unto thee, Chorazin! wo unto thee, Bethsaida ! for if the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, in the day of judgment, than for thee.
12:41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and behold, a greater than Jonas is here. Lk. 11:31, 32.
Heb. 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses' law, died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Or how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace ?
GOSPEL INVITATIONS. 286. Sinners invited.
Is. 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth : for I am God, and there is none else.
55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread ? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul de
light itself in fatness. 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me. hear, and your soul shall live: and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
Mat. 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light.
22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
Lk. 14:17 And sent his servant at supper-time, to say to them that were bidden, Come, for all things are now ready.
Jn. 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Rev. 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
287. Invitations with e.rpostulations.
Pr. 1:20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets : 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity ? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge ? 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Is. 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
48:17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel ; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. 18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.