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ling acceptation of the doctrine of a future life. Hence, throughout the fubfequent part of the chapter he directs their attention almost exclusively to circumftances, which pertain to the refurrection of the juft. Chrift had already fulfilled the prophecies, which had declared that He fhould be the first who fhould rife from the dead. He had afcended into Heaven, and had entered into His glory. He had already presented himself before the throne of God as the interceffor, the forerunner, and the reprefentative, of his faints. In their due time, and in their appointed order, he will receive them from the east and from the weft, from the north and from the fouth, into the kingdom prepared for them, through his covenanted atonement, from the foundation of the world. When the Lord himself shall defcend from Heaven with a fhout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; the dead in Chrift fhall rife firft. And then fhall the righteous who remain alive at that aweful hour be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air: and fo shall they all be for ever with the Lord (e).

Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Fa

(e) 1 Theff. iv. 15-17.


ther: when He shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. For He muft reign, till He hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be deftroyed is death: for He hath put all things under his feet. But when He faith, all things are put under Him; it is manifeft that He is excepted, which did put all things under Him. And when all thing's fhall be fubdued unto Him; then shall the Son alfo himself be fubject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

Because He, who was the Son of God, vouchfafed to become the Son of man; becaufe He who thought it not robbery to equal with God, He who in the beginning was with God and was God, took upon Himfelf the form of a fervant, and humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the crofs: therefore God hath highly exalted Him. As a partaker of the everlasting Godhead, our Saviour could. not be exalted. But in His affumed nature as man, in His character as Mediator, He was capable of being exalted and glorified. Thy throne, O God, faith the Father unto the Son, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever : a fceptre of righteousness is the fceptre of thy kingdom. Thou haft loved righteousness, and hated iniquity: therefore God, even thy God,



hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows (ƒ). "O Thou who art a par"taker of the fovereign and eternal God"head; Thou who, when Thou shalt become "incarnate in human nature, shalt completely "fulfil my righteous law by the Spirit which "shall be poured upon Thee without mea"fure as Man fhalt Thou be raised unto

glory foreign and unknown to the nature "which Thou shalt have affumed, unto a "throne of everlasting righteousness." To Chrift, as man, hath His Almighty Father given 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 things under the earth, and that every tongue should confefs that Jefus Chrift is Lord. He hath fet Chrift, as man, at His own right hand in Heaven, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but in that which is to come: and hath put all things, Himself excepted, under His feet. All power is given unto Chrift in Heaven and in earth. And He muft reign, His feparate and mediatorial kingdom must continue, until He fhall have put down all rule and all authority and power,

(f) Hebr. i. 5. 8, 9.


until He shall have fubdued all things unto Himfelf: until after having extended the dominion of His church over the whole earth, after having crushed with the rod of His vengeance all His adverfaries, whether rebellious men or revolted angels, He fhall complete the glories and evince the everlafting durability of His triumph by the perpetual destruction of death. That laft enemy of man, that latest antagonist of our Redeemer, shall affuredly be destroyed for ever: for God hath put all things, even death himfelf, under the feet of His Son. For in that He put all in fubjection under Him, He left nothing that is not put under Him. For Chrift took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the feed of Abraham, He alfo Himfelf took part of flesh and blood, that through death He might deftroy bim that had the power of death, that is, the devil (g). Chrift fhall enthrone His righteous fervants in an inheritance of everlafting happiness, an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, that fadeth not away; where death cometh no more, for they shall die no more, but are equal unto the angels, and are the children of God, being the children of the refurrection. Then, when He shall thuệ have accomplished His warfare, thus effectu(g) Hebr. ii. 8. 14. 16.


ally attained and established for ever the purposes of mercy for which He took human nature upon Him; He fhall deliver up the kingdom to His Father. He fhall refign His mediatorial kingdom, that separate and delegated fovereignty of the universe which He had held in a character now no longer neceffary, to the Father from whom He had received it: that the eternal Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Ghoft, may thenceforth be - all in all.

Such are the fublime and ftupendous views which the word of God difplays of the univerfal empire of the Son of God, who died for us upon the crofs. Head over all things to His church, angels and authorities and powers being made fubject unto Him ; He is indeed able to fave to the uttermoft all that come by Him unto God. He who is Lord of earth and Heaven vouchfafes to call His people by the endearing name of brethren. He knoweth whereof we are made; He remembereth that we are but duft: for in every thing, except fin, He was made like unto His brethren. We have not an high prieft which cannot be touched with a feeling of our infirmities: for He was in all points tempted like as we are; and having Himself fuffered, being tempted, He is able Dd 3


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